Donald C. Cofsky

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Location: Haddonfield, New Jersey
Phone: (856) 429-5005
Fax: (856) 429-6328
Email: E-mail Me

Mr. Cofsky’s areas of concentration are three-fold: trial work, including personal injury and commercial litigation, real estate / business, and family formation, including adoptions and assisted reproduction law. He is also an experienced trial attorney having participated in many arbitration proceedings as well as jury trials. Mr. Cofsky obtained an $8 million jury verdict in a well-publicized case, one of the largest in South Jersey. He also represents public entities in construction litigation and represents families in contested adoption matters.

Mr. Cofsky is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, and has received A and V ratings by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for both ability and ethics. He has been named a New Jersey Super Lawyer as published by Law & Politics , an Awesome Attorney as published by South Jersey Magazine, and a Top Attorney as published by SJ Magazine . His expertise in real estate/business law includes both residential and commercial transactions, involving basic as well as complex matters. Mr. Cofsky has represented numerous builders and developers as well as community groups in zoning/planning board proceedings. He also serves as the Solicitor for local zoning / planning boards.

The adoption and family formation practice is a specialized and rewarding segment of the firm’s work. Mr. Cofsky represents adopting parents in private, agency, international, and domestic placements, and has also represented agencies. He has served as a lecturer and workshop leader at numerous adoption seminars. Mr. Cofsky is a fellow and the Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. He has assisted over 1,500 families in completing their adoptions. In 2005 he was named as an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in Washington, DC.

Mr. Cofsky’s education includes: the University of Pennsylvania (B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1968); Temple University Law School (J.D., 1973; LL.M., Taxation, 1978); Law Clerk to the Honorable Theodore O. Spaulding, Superior Court of PA; Law Clerk to the Honorable Marvin R. Halbert, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA; and he is continuing with legal education courses.

Mr. Cofsky has recently completed his term as President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. During his tenure he oversaw the Academy’s participation in the drafting and enactment of the federal Accuracy for Adoptees Act which authorizes correction of birth certificates of foreign-born children adopted by US citizens, as well as the Academy’s participation in 2013 as an amicus in the United States Supreme Court case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl out of South Carolina which involved the Indian Child Welfare Act and the rights of individuals relating to preferences in adoptive placements. He also personally presented United States Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana with the Academy’s prestigious SAKA Award (Strengthening Adoption through Knowledge and Action) at the Academy’s 25th anniversary conference, for her dedication to adoption and for improving the lives children. Don currently serves on the NJ Supreme Court Rules Committee and has assisted in drafting proposed revisions to the court rules involving adoption and assisted reproduction. He has served as a lecturer for continuing legal education courses, including a recent presentation for ICLE on ethics relating to the practice of adoption and assisted reproductive technology law, and for the AOC on legal issues involving assisted reproduction law in New Jersey at the 2014 Family Division Education Conference.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Zoning and Planning

Litigation Percentage

  • 25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1974
  • Pennsylvania, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    LL.M. – 1978
  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    J.D. – 1973
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    B.S. – 1968

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Fellow and Immediate Past President
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, Charter Member
  • New Jersey Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Charter Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice and New Jersey Association for Justice
  • Camden County Bar Association, Law Day, Public Relations, Civil Practice and Bench Bar Committees
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Former Chairman, Law Day Committee
  • American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Donald C. Cofsky
  • Mazer & Cofsky, Partner
  • Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Hon. Theodore O. Spaulding, Law Clerk
  • Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, Hon. Marvin R. Halbert, Law Clerk

ASSOCIATIONS AND AWARDS

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