Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari
26 Journal Square Plaza, #603
Jersey City, NJ 07306
As a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Norberto A. Garcia has represented clients in a broad spectrum of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, construction cases, premises liability and medical malpractice. He was named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2013. He is currently the president of the Hudson County Bar Association where he has been a trustee since 2000. He is a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting law-related education and giving all New Jersey residents a basic understanding of the legal system.
Mr. Garcia has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney since 2001. He has been active in the Hudson County Inns of Court program since 1996 and is currently a master in the program. He served as president of the North Hudson Lawyers Club in 2003. He has been co-chairperson of the Hudson County Civil Practice Committee since 2003. The committee serves as a liaison between the civil bench and bar on issues affecting civil practice, arranges seminars and holds an annual meeting between all the civil judges and the bar to address rule changes and other concerns.
He served on the Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, District VI Fee Arbitration Committee from 2004 through 2009, becoming its chairperson in 2009. From 2005 through 2008 he served on the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Affairs, which advises the New Jersey Supreme Court on how the state judiciary can assure fairness, impartiality and equal access to the courts. It also monitors legislation that may affect minority citizens of the state.
Additionally, he lectures on civil practice issues for various bar organizations including the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Association for Justice and the Hudson County Bar Association.
Mr. Garcia has had numerous jury trial verdicts in cases where the defendant’s insurance company was not making any offers. In recent years these verdicts on “no-pay” cases include Ryou v. Kim (Bergen County) $420,000.00, Savi v. Cohen (Hudson County) $300,000.00, Manzanal v. Manzanal (Hudson County) $237,000.00, Pak v. Lee (Bergen County) $200,000.00, Magner v. GEICO (Essex County) $124,000.00 and Lowery v Smith (Union) $70,000.00. Other significant recent trial verdicts include Suarez v. Benoit (Hudson, Fatal Bus Crash) $1,240,000.00, Baldeon v. Molfetta (Hudson, fall on ice) $829,000.00 and Manzanal v. Manzanal (Hudson, car accident) $237,000.00. In addition to these jury trial verdicts, Mr. Garcia has achieved millions of dollars in settlements for his clients throughout his career.
Mr. Garcia’s first exposure to the law was in college at Seton Hall University where he worked for Pressler & Pressler in East Hanover as a collection team manager. While attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School he worked for the Bronx Legal Aid Society assisting public defenders. Shortly upon graduation from Law School, he joined Sinins & Bross in Newark and began working for the rights of negligence victims. He later joined Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte where he became a Partner in 2008. He became Of Counsel with Javerbaum Wurgaft in 2013.
Born in Camaguey, Cuba, he came to the United States with is parents as a young child and grew up in Hudson County. He has a B.A. cum laude in history from Seton Hall University and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has been admitted to the bars of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Garcia resides in Kinnelon, New Jersey with his wife and two sons. He is a member of St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes.
Seton Hall University, BA History 1990 cum laude
University of Pennsylvania, JD 1993
Presentations and Publications
Author, Ask The Lawyer, City Family Magazine, January 1997
Moderator, Hudson County Bench Bar Conference, October 2014
Speaker, NJAJ, Opening Statement in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case, 2/21/09, Edison, NJ
Speaker, NJSBA, Hot Topics in Torts: Lack of Secuirty Cases, 11/5/09, San Francisco, CA
Speaker, NJAJ, Trial Practice Panel Discussion, 10/19/05, Seton Hall Law School, Newark, NJ
Speaker, North Hudson Lawyers, Best Practices, 11/20/01, West New York, NJ
Speaker, SM Medical, Getting Big Money on Soft Tissue Cases, 2/7/08, Secaucus, NJ
Moderator, HCBA, Hudson Civil Bench Bar Open Exchange, Annually from 2008 to present, Jersey City, NJ
Speaker, HCBA, Civil Law Year in Review, 12/27/12, Jersey City, NJ
Speaker, HCBA, Medical Testing and Procedures at Trial, 7/25/12, Jersey City, NJ
Moderator, HCBA, How to Ethically Practice and Protect Yourself, 3/20/13, Jersey City, NJ
Speaker, NJAJ, Using Demonstrative Evidence During Direct Examination, 11/14/13, East Rutherford, NJ
Speaker, NJAJ, Motions for Default, 11/13/13, East Rutherford, NJ
Speaker, NJAJ, Falling on the Right Side: Closing Statements in a Premises Case, 11/15/13, East Rutherford, NJ