Edward T. Kole is a shareholder at the firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A. and chair of the Business Litigation Department. He is engaged in the practice of complex corporate and commercial litigation. In addition to other areas of corporate and commercial law, Mr. Kole is experienced in complex contract disputes, restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation, securities and derivative actions, as well as litigation concerning business, shareholder/partnership and franchise disputes. His litigation practice in the federal and state courts also extends to cases handled outside of New Jersey, in various courts around the country, including matters venued in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York and Texas.
Mr. Kole is presently the Treasurer of the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey and is a past chair of the Federal Practice and Procedure Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). He is also the current chair of the Business and Commercial Litigation Committee of the NJSBA and previously served as a member of the Appellate Practice Committee. Mr. Kole is also a co-chair of the pro bono committee for the United States District Court of New Jersey. Mr. Kole is a frequent lecturer on federal and appellate practice, restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation, as well as on shareholder disputes and has conducted and moderated numerous seminars for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Mr. Kole is also a member of the Business Torts Litigation, Class Action and Derivative Suits, and Litigation Appellate Practice committees of the American Bar Association.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Kole was a judicial intern to the Honorable Leonard I. Garth, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and to the Honorable Robert E. Cowen, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He was also a judicial clerk for the Honorable Eugene D. Serpentelli, Assignment Judge, County of Ocean, Superior Court of New Jersey.
Mr. Kole has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Best Lawyers in America list since 2006 and New Jersey Super Lawyers list since its inception in 2005.
Area of Emphasis
Corporate Commercial Litigation, Federal Court Practice, Chancery Practice, Appellate Practice, Class Actions, Franchise Litigation, Partnership/Shareholder Disputes, Business Disputes, Security Litigation, Derivative Actions, Estate Litigation
“Updated Corporate Statutes Make New Jersey More Attractive to Businesses; An Analysis of the Recently Enacted Derivative Action Statute” (New Jersey Lawyer, April 2014)
New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure, Chapter 14, Final Pretrial Orders (New Jersey Law Journal Books) (2008-2013 Editions)
The Threat or Prospect of Franchise Termination - Knowing Your Rights In New Jersey (Newsletter Disseminated at Tradeshow, January 2010)
Franchise Attorneys Speak Out About AAHOA's 12 Points (AAHOA Magazine, December 2008)
The More and Pierson Decisions: Restrictive Covenants Between Physicians are Enforceable, and May Restrict Physicians from Practicing in Local Hospitals (Biz India, January/February 2005)
Enforcing Restrictive Covenants in Commercial Leases (Biz India, September-October 2004)
Basics of Injunctive Relief in Federal Court (New Jersey Lawyer, February 2004)
Minimize Undue Influence Claims Through Proper Drafting and Execution of the Will (New Jersey Law Journal, May 26, 2003)
Fighting Claims of Corporate Wrongdoing (New Jersey Law Journal - Complex Litigation, April 28, 2003)
When Your Client's Neighbor Becomes a Competitor (New Jersey Law Journal, March 17, 2003)