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.
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.