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Barry A. Kozyra Mentored Students At The Nutley High School For The 2017 2018 Mock Trial Competition Held At The Essex County Court House

February 2, 2018

Barry A. Kozyra acted as lawyer-coach with Joseph Dwyer as teacher-coach and mentors to students at Nutley High School for the 2017 - 2018 New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Mock Trial Competition. Mr. Kozyra met with the student teams regularly to instruct on trial procedures such as opening and closing statements, preparing a fact or expert witness for direct and cross-examination and introducing documents as evidence for use at trial. "I have been involved with the NJSBA Mock Trial program through the Essex County Bar Association since my days as a young lawyer. It is an opportunity for the students to have a hands-on involvement in what it is like to be a lawyer or witness in a trial in a real courtroom. The Nutley High School team exhibited the best traits to be good lawyers(...)

Congratulations To Michael J. Rankin For His Continued Volunteer Efforts In His Local Community

February 2, 2018

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC is proud to recognize and congratulate Michael J. Rankin for all his volunteer efforts in his community. On January 18, 2018, Michael Rankin was voted in as the Chairman of the West Caldwell Zoning Board of Adjustment by his fellow members. Prior to being the Board's Chairman, Mr. Rankin served as a member of the Board for many years. Mr. Rankin is also the Chairman of the 27th Annual Rotary/Kiwanis Caldwell Street Fair. The street fair will be held on October 7, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the center of town on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, New Jersey. The street fair is the biggest annual family event in West Essex with over two hundred vendors and approximately 30,000.00 attendees. (...)

Appellate Division Reverses Denial Of Rule 104 Hearing In Products Liability Matter

January 29, 2018

ROBERT B. SPAWN reports on a recently published decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. A recent New Jersey case involved a high school student appealing a trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of a defendant manufacturer of cafeteria tables. The student's finger was caught in the table's locking mechanism when the table unexpectedly folded, and the student required surgery to repair his injuries. The student retained an engineering expert, whose report concluded that: (1) the student's actions were reasonable and not a cause of the accident; (2) by manufacturing the table with locking hinges several inches from the end of the table, defendant created an unreasonably dangerous condition that was the cause of the student's injuries; (3)(...)

Robert B. Spawn, Jr. Has Joined The Firm As An Associate

November 13, 2017

KOZYRA & HARTZ, LLC is pleased to announce that Robert B. Spawn, Jr., has joined the firm as an Associate. Mr. Spawn is a graduate of Colgate University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2012) and Rutgers Law School (J.D., 2016). While in law school, Mr. Spawn served as Administrative Editor of the Rutgers Law Review and President of the Rutgers Intellectual Property Law Society. During his time with the Rutgers' Community and Transactional Lawyering Clinic, Mr. Spawn was responsible for handling guardianship matters and facilitating the formation of new business entities. Additionally, as an intern for Richard J. Greenstone, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, Mr. Spawn gained experience working on a wide array of entertainment and transactional matters. Mr. Spawn also served as a judicial(...)

Michael J. Rankin Is Recipient Of The Rotary Club Of The Caldwells’ 2016 2017 Rising Star Award

July 11, 2017

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC is proud to announce that MICHAEL J. RANKIN has received the 2016 - 2017 Rising Star Award by the Rotary Club of the Caldwells at its Annual Installation Dinner at the Richfield Regency on June 27, 2017. The award was presented to Michael for, amongst other things, his diverse and countless hours of volunteer work within the community. Michael has been a member of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells since 2015. Congratulations, Michael!