FRANZBLAU DRATCH is a general practice law firm tracing its roots back to 1961. The firm has a varied practice serving a diverse clientele ranging from professional corporations, individuals and family owned businesses to publicly held corporations, public utilities and banking institutions.
While most of our clients are New Jersey based, increasing numbers of out-of-state clients and their counsel have selected the firm to represent their interests in New Jersey and elsewhere. Our main office is located in Livingston, New Jersey, fifteen minutes west of Newark, New Jersey near Route 280. We also have an office in New York City.
Dedicated to the service of its clients’ needs, Franzblau Dratch possesses the ability to obtain the required results through all three branches of government; legislative, executive and judicial. This total commitment of the firm to its clients may take the form of informal discussion, as well as formal application, to appropriate administrative agencies or to elected or appointed officials to achieve the desired result. And finally, it may take the work of talented litigators to apply, adapt or change the law to meet the needs of our clients.
Whatever the requirements are, Franzblau Dratch has the talent, access and knowledge to get the job done.
The Franzblau Dratch objective is to provide legal services to its clients in a comprehensive yet cost conscious and cost-effective manner and to reflect and pursue the highest legal and ethical standards.
While large enough to offer our clients a wealth of diverse experience and skill, the firm strives to provide close, hands-on attention to each client and to each matter entrusted to our care. This attention to the requirements of our clients is reflected in our willingness to staff matters taking full advantage of the client’s own resources in order to minimize cost to the client.
The attorneys at Franzblau Dratch, P.C. are ready to assist you with all of your legal requirements. Our staff is well versed in the intricacies of the laws, judicial decisions and legal precedents. Our comprehensive range of services include, but are not limited to, the specialties below. Please contact us with any questions, our staff is standing by to assist you. Telephone: 973-992-3700.
Personal Injury litigation of all forms represents a significant portion of the firm’s practice. This practice group includes litigators with broad litigation experience in the following areas:
As auto insurance premiums increase, purchasers try to cut costs by changing insurers, upping deductibles, seeking discounts, and eliminating coverage options. One option no driver should eliminate is uninsured/ underinsured motorists coverage, or “UM/UIM.” Don’t sign UM/UIM waivers.
UM/UIM protects the insured against damages and injuries from accidents involving drivers who have no insurance or inadequate insurance. There are a lot of them, too. Experts estimate that, nationally, about 14 percent of all drivers have zero or marginal insurance. In some states, the numbers are much higher.
Getting into an accident with an uninsured driver can be a nightmare. Some accidents are caused by drivers who are at fault and flee the scene. Others don’t know that their lane changing may have caused a crash. Some large trucks drop debris on the road, causing vehicle accidents. In such cases, when the damaged vehicles or injured drivers or passengers have UM/UIM coverage, individuals are able to file claims and receive recoveries for their accidents.
Workplace/Construction Site Accidents
Premise Liability – Keeping Customers Safe
Business property owners and renters customarily have the responsibility to do all they can to make sure that customers invited to enter their properties are safe from a variety of dangers.
Laws usually require owners to fix dangerous conditions as soon as they find them. Further, retail establishments also must remain vigilant and anticipate dangers by monitoring their premises to identify and eliminate threats that customers might encounter.
Shopper trips on worker’s ladder
When a department-store maintenance employee quit a work site to answer a phone call, he left a ladder extending into an aisle. A shopper tripped on the ladder and severely injured her thumb and forefinger, rendering her unable to grasp anything or perform daily life functions. Her attorney sued for negligence, and a jury awarded significant damages for pain and suffering.
Slips and Falls
Tips If You Slip and Fall
Slips and falls can be funny in slapstick comedies when stunt specialists, protected with padding and knowing how to fall properly, take on-screen tumbles.
But in real life, slips and falls are a leading cause of serious injury. Even the smallest trip-up can result in a great deal of damage to ankles, legs, arms, hands, the back, or the head.
What causes falls? Among the many contributing factors are ice and snow, slippery materials on floors, stairs with faulty handrails, uneven concrete or slate sidewalks, improperly secured carpets or mats, and objects placed unsafely in people’s paths.
Anyone who has a slip-and-fall accident and experiences injury should try to do several things.
First, get immediate medical assistance. Second, ask for the names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses who saw the fall. Third, try to save any evidence related to the fall, such as a squashed piece of fruit and the shoes worn at the time. Fourth, contact legal counsel.
Carpet hides drain
A woman underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and missed several months of work after tripping and falling in a railway tunnel. Her attorney achieved a settlement for her with the owners of the railway station tunnel after demonstrating that they had negligently created a dangerous condition by installing carpeting that obscured the grate of a drain depression from her view.
Vision Correction Eye Surgery
Who wants to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses if they don’t have to? It’s estimated that more than a million Americans elect to have laser vision-correction surgery performed annually.
Of those, approximately 50,000 patients suffer vision complications of some kind. Vision surgery centers qualify patients for treatment by screening candidates for age, general health, vision prescription stability, vision-health conditions, and eye abnormalities, any of which may affect treatment or healing. Screeners caution about the treatment’s risk.
Poor surgical candidate
Laser vision-correction surgery may entail risk from surgical, postoperative care, or healing complications. An investment banker suffered severe vision blurriness in both eyes as a result of laser eye treatment. He sued because his reduced vision forced him to accept lesser employment. A jury provided a significant award when the plaintiff’s attorney demonstrated that the patient’s pre-surgical screening included observation of eye abnormalities that contraindicated laser surgery, which the surgical center downplayed.
America’s product liability laws are a powerful warning to corporate wrongdoers that they cannot market and sell products that injure or kill consumers and expect to get away with it. Here is a brief case study of an automobile latch safety case in which a jury’s verdict held an automaker responsible for marketing a car with a known defective design.
A six year old child suffered a fractured spine and paralysis when the rear seats in her mother’s 2000 Lincoln LS sedan collapsed forward during a rear-end collision. What Ford knew Ford Motor Company had known since 1993 that the latches, which permitted the Lincoln’s rear seats to fold down for extra space, had defective designs that permitted the seats to collapse. Ford changed the design for the 2001 model year, but never recalled the 2000 Sedan.
A jury awarded significant compensatory and punitive damages. The injured child uses a wheelchair and will need lifetime assistance to perform many living tasks.
S.M. Chris Franzblau
Practice Areas: Matrimonial Law, Medical Malpractice, White Collar and other Criminal Defense, Real Estate, Corporate Law, Professional Ethics
Law School: Duke University
Undergraduate: Muhlenberg University
S. M. Chris Franzblau, one of the firm’s senior litigators, practices in the areas of matrimonial, medical malpractice, white collar and other criminal defense, complex real estate and corporate matters, estate planning and litigation.
Mr. Franzblau is active in labor law as a negotiator for management and had been counsel to the New Jersey Joint Council of Teamsters and the Eastern Conference of Teamsters. He has been counsel to many labor unions and counsel to various Pension and Welfare Funds whose assets range from $20,000,000 to over $500,000,000, as well as many corporations.
In addition he has arbitrated labor disputes on behalf of unions before the NLRB, NJ Arbitration Association, and American Arbitration Association in New York and New Jersey and has litigated in the courts on many occasions ERISA related issues, both in civil and criminal aspects as well as Taft Hartley and Landrum-Griffin Act cases.
In addition to the aforesaid he has consulted with fiduciaries on investment policies and programs. He is a founder and has served as a Trustee of the New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers Foundation. He is a director of many corporations and serves as their general counsel. He also has an active appellate practice, appearing before numerous Federal Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court and the Court of Military Appeals.
Mr. Franzblau received his B.A. in 1952 from Muhlenberg College and his J.D. in 1955 from Duke University. He is a member of the New Jersey State, New York State and American Bar Associations and served on active duty with the U.S. Navy in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. Mr. Franzblau served as an Assistant U. S Attorney in 1960 and 1961 in the office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.