John J. Zefutie, Jr.

Partner, Co-Founder, and General Counsel


John J. Zefutie, Jr. is a business advisor, advocate, litigator, and trial attorney who counsels clients in a wide array of legal matters and helps them to navigate the often-difficult landscape of legal disputes. His clients include large industrial manufacturing companies, foreign banking institutions, freight services and logistics companies, construction and construction management companies, private for-profit educational institutions, medium size companies, medical practices, and individuals facing civil claims.

A seasoned litigator, Mr. Zefutie works tirelessly to achieve favorable results for his clients.  Prior to co-founding Colella Zefutie LLC, he practiced with several of the country’s most prestigious law firms.

Mr. Zefutie has tried cases to verdict across the country.  He has successfully handled general commercial litigation, contract negotiations, mass tort litigation, financial services litigation, consumer fraud actions, restrictive covenant cases, and unfair competition litigation. In addition to his trial and litigation experience, Mr. Zefutie has obtained and successfully defended against temporary and preliminary injunctive relief. He also has substantial experience in arbitration proceedings.

In the toxic tort area, Mr. Zefutie was part of a team of attorneys that defended the City of New York and more than 150 contractors against thousands of highly publicized and complex personal injury actions venued in the Southern District of New York. Those actions arose from the rescue, recovery, and debris removal effort following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

Dedicated to public service, Mr. Zefutie currently serves as the Secretary of the Supreme Court of New Jersey District VII Ethics Committee, where he manages the Committee’s work and handles the submission and investigation of ethics grievances.  He has served by appointment to various Supreme Court District Ethics Committees for the last decade.

Notable Facts

Mr. Zefutie attended college on a theatre scholarship where he focused on the works of Stephen Sondheim, Brian Friel, and Eugene O’Neill. Graduating cum laude with degrees in Political Science and History, he was awarded the Henry J. Trainer Award for Performing Arts. In law school, Mr. Zefutie was an editor for the Seton Hall Law Review and a member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board. He was the winner of the Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition, a Regional Finalist in the National Moot Court Competition and a recipient of the Seton Hall Oral Advocacy Award.

  • Selected Publications
  • Co-author, “Don’t Arbitrate Contract Disputes,” New York Law Journal, August 7, 2020
  • Co-author, “Model Mania: A Litigator’s Take on the COVID-19 Models That Have Shut Down the United States,” New York Law Journal, April 15, 2020
  • Quoted, “Second Chance Faces Class Action Over Misleading Guarantees,” Class Action Reporter, November 22, 2017
  • Author, “Privilege Covers Lawyer Notes From GM Ignition Switch Investigation, District Court Finds,” The Law for Lawyers Today, 2015 (blog post)
  • Author, “Sticks and Stones? Censure Recommended for Discourtesy, Prosecution Threats,” The Law for Lawyers Today, 2015 (blog post)
  • Co-author, “Private Rights of Action Under HAMP,” The Review of Banking & Financial Services, 2012
  • Co-author, “U.S. Sellers of Foreign Goods on the Hook: The Retailers Immunity Act May Not Provide Adequate Protection,” 190 New Jersey Law Journal 1016, 2007
  • Author, “From Butts to Big Macs: Can the Tobacco Litigation and State Attorney General Settlement Serve as a Model for Fast Food Litigation?,” 34 Seton Hall Law Review 1383, 2004


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Saint Joseph’s University, B.A., cum laude

Professional Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Thompson Hine LLP
  • Patton Boggs LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Law Clerk, Barbara Byrd Wecker, J.A.D., Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Southern District of New York


  • Supreme Court of New Jersey District VII Ethics Committee
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Directors
  • Church of St. Gregory the Great, Parish Council
  • Executive Board Member of Knights of Columbus Council 7677

The Raven Blog

Posts by John J. Zefutie Jr.
  • DON’T JUDGE A LAWYER BY HER CLIENT - Now that election season is entering the litigation phase, I’ve seen several news stories and social media posts that seem to pass judgment on lawyers for representing certain clients—mainly Republicans.  Some have criticized attorneys for representing clients who hold opposing political views, and others have demanded those attorneys be “unfriended” and that connections with them...
  • John Zefutie Sits Down With OF COUNSEL: THE LEGAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT REPORT To Discuss His Background And How His Firm Serves Its Clients - I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Steven Taylor from the publication Of Counsel to discuss my experience and the path that brought me to Colella Zefutie LLC.  Below is the Q+A article that was published this month.  Steve, thanks for the great conversation.  JZ   Of Counsel Interview . . . ....
  • A Bridge To Nowhere: Kelly, et al. v. United States - For better or worse, people across the country who hear “New Jersey” likely think of two things—(1) the Sopranos (good) and (2) Bridgegate (not so good).  As we all know, “Bridgegate,” as it was dubbed by political pundits and others in the media, was a lane closure scandal.  Two individuals close to former Governor Chris...
  • A Lawyer’s Movie Recommendations During Quarantine - In addition to practicing law, I’m somewhat of an amateur movie critic (just ask my Facebook friends). During this quarantine, I’m sure many of us are spending a bit more time in front of the television. Unfortunately, sub-par Netflix specials like Tiger Kinghave captured national attention. So, I’d like to take a break from the...
  • COVID-19 and Thinking Beyond the Bar Exam - Last week, I wrote about the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s order cancelling the July 2020 bar exam and expanding certain provisions of Rule 1:21-3 to allow 2020 yet-to-be-licensed law school graduates to practice law under certain restrictions. On Easter Sunday, the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Law Journal published a commentary entitled Even...
  • COVID-19’s Impact on 2020 Law School Graduates - The Supreme Court of New Jersey has canceled the bar exam scheduled for July of 2020 and permitted recent 2020 law graduates to practice law subject to certain conditions and restrictions. This is an unprecedented, but necessary, decision in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. New York already has canceled their local testing day and...
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