About Us.

Dedicated to equal justice under the law. Providing professional legal services for over 40 years.
Background

Quality Legal and Professional Representation

The Law Office of Richard S. Mazawey is a law firm committed to its mission statement which guides and inspires our employees each day to provide dedicated service, attention to detail, and strong leadership to assist our clients through their legal matters with dignity and respect. This is a commitment you can count on!

Our clients are assured of receiving quality legal and professional representation in all the complex aspects of the law, as well as the highest standard of personalized service and results-oriented conclusions to their life changing legal matters.

For more information about our services, please review our Practice Areas and Attorney profile pages. Please feel free to navigate our site and contact us at your convenience.

Appeals
Business, Commercial, Corporate Litigation
Criminal Defense
Family Law
FELA, Railroad Injuries
Franchise Litigation
Immigration Law and Litigation
Employment and Labor Law
Municipal Court Defense
Occupational Disease & Toxic Tort Law
Personal Injury
Foreclosure Defense, Real Estate Litigation, Commercial Landlord-Tenant Matters

Appeals

The Mazawey Law Firm handles appeals from Federal, State, and Municipal Courts in all civil and criminal law matters. The appeal process is when a lower court/trial level decision is reviewed by a higher appellate court. The appeals court examines the evidence and record from the trial court, and decides whether the lower court ruling and decision was correct and proper.

Business, Commercial, Corporate Litigation

The Mazawey Law Firm handles business/corporate law litigation. The firm specializes in commercial litigation, lease negotiation and preparation, employer/employee relations, corporate separations and business dissolutions. The firm further aids and advises companies and its principals regarding its day-to-day decisions and business operations.

Our Commercial Litigation practice seeks aggressive representation of our clients’ interests. Our attorneys encourage open communication and teamwork with our clients, enabling us to tailor our representation to each client’s business goals and objectives. The Mazawey Law Firm’s commercial litigation lawyers find practical, real-world solutions for our clients. Regardless of the forum, our lawyers have the experience necessary to represent our clients zealously and effectively whether local to the region or across the country.

Criminal Defense

The Criminal Law practice of the Mazawey Law Firm has experienced attorneys to represent clients alleged to be accused of Federal and State crimes and Municipal offenses.

It is a difficult and pain-staking reality when persons find themselves involved in the criminal justice system. Every criminal defense requires care, skill and vigorous aggressive defense, which includes thorough investigation and preparation to secure a winning case strategy. Our firm will hire, where necessary, experienced and skilled, investigators, forensic scientists, accountancy experts and medical experts to assist in the preparation of the best possible legal defense for our clients.

Our firm handles all pre-trial, including motion practice, trial and appeal stages of criminal matters on cases including, but not limited to, violent crimes, white collar and business crimes, blue collar crimes, drug possession and distribution, simple and aggravated assault, harassment, robbery, theft, traffic offense, and DWI/DUI defense.

Family Law

The Mazawey Law Firm has an established reputation for excellence in all areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, division of business interests, division of retirement assets, tax issues, child support issues, issues concerning custody and parenting time, domestic violence, enforcement of prior orders, premarital agreements, adoption and matters that involve the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). Our firm has also established a reputation for providing caring, timely, responsive, yet aggressive representation in this most sensitive area of the law.

Our attorneys believe that achieving settlements is desirable, while still recognizing the importance of being prepared, willing and able to seek judicial intervention. Family law matters must be handled with great sensitivity, dedication to the best interests of the minors involved and attention to detail for the client.

FELA, Railroad Injuries

Each year thousands of railroad workers suffer serious injuries in railroad accidents, derailments, chemical spills/exposure and yard incidents. Enacted by Congress in 1908 to address the epidemic number of work-related injuries and deaths in the railroad industry, the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) was the first worker compensation and industrial safety statute, which, in the words of Justice Douglas, was “intended to place upon the railroad employer the burden of the lives and limbs [and lungs] consumed in the wake of the railroad’s dangerous operations.”

Under FELA, the railroads have a duty to provide safe places of work for their employees. This duty extends also to their tools, equipment and working conditions. If a railroad fails to take these safety measures, or if an employee is injured due to the carelessness of any other employee, the railroad is held responsible and is liable to the injured worker for any damages he or she may suffer.

According to FELA, a railroad employee has three years from the time he or she believes to have sustained a railroad work-related injury to bring a FELA lawsuit. There should never be a reason for FELA lawsuits not to be filed promptly and well before any statute of limitation concerns.

At the Mazawey Law Firm, our attorneys work tirelessly to hold railroad employers accountable to the victims and the families of railroad accidents. We have represented clients in complex, serious injury matters against large railroads such as New Jersey Transit, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corp. (PATH), New York New Jersey Rail, CSX, Conrail, NJ Transit and Amtrak.

The owner and founder of our firm has a nationwide established reputation and has been defending railroad worker/employees and handling FELA claims of all types since 1979.

Franchise Litigation

The firm provides representation to franchisees, franchisers, and suppliers to the franchise industry throughout the United States, assisting our clients in resolving franchise-related disputes efficiently and effectively.

Immigration Law and Litigation

The Mazawey Law Firm provides litigation services in the area of immigration law. Our attorneys provide representation and counsel in cases of removal/deportation proceedings, citizenship matters, and representation before the USCIS throughout the United States and U.S. consulates worldwide.

Employment and Labor Law

Our Employment and Labor litigation team offers skilled representation and represents employees in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration, trial litigation and appellate litigation of all types of employment law matters. Some of the matters we handle include those arising from:

  • Wrongful discharge, demotion, transfer, failure to hire/promote
  • Discrimination (age, ancestry, disability, marital status, domestic partnership, civil union status, national origin, nationality, pregnancy, race/color, religion/creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or other protected class)
  • Harassment/Hostile Work Environment
  • Disabilities/Reasonable accommodation
  • Whistleblower claims
  • Retaliation claims
  • Employee handbook issues
  • Employment contract disputes
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Severance agreements
  • Union contracts/collective bargaining agreements

The Firm also provides legal representation to businesses/corporations for employment defense, management-employer representation and provides advice and counsel in drafting and reviewing employee contracts, handbooks, policy-manuals, non-compete agreements, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements.

Municipal Court Defense

The Mazawey Law Firm aggressively represents our clients in Municipal Court matters to protect and defend their constitutional and legal rights. Our firm handles criminal defense for DWI/DUI defense, driving while on the suspended/revoked license status, moving vehicles violations/traffic offenses, auto insurance surcharges, intent/distribution drug offenses, disorderly persons offenses, and underage drinking/possession of alcohol.

Occupational Disease & Toxic Tort Law

A variety of commonly used materials and chemicals can cause severe injury to a person who has been exposed to them. To recover damages for this type of injury, a victim can initiate a toxic tort personal injury lawsuit in which the victim has to prove that the injury was the result of exposure to a toxic material or chemical.

In order to show liability, plaintiffs must demonstrate that the substance they were exposed to was dangerous and that they sustained injury because of it. This is not an easy burden to carry and requires an effective legal strategy and convincing documentation to support the plaintiff’s injury claims.

These injuries are often severe and irreversible. In a significant portion of cases, toxic exposure can lead to death.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to toxic and hazardous chemicals and have experienced any of these symptoms or illnesses, including but limited to, asbestos exposure which results in melanoma and mesothelioma, you could be eligible to file a claim against the responsible party.

Personal Injury

The Mazawey Law Firm is recognized for its broad experience in personal injury litigation, including cases involving bodily injury claims in automobile accidents, slip and fall accidents,
motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, nursing home negligence, “on the job” injuries, wrongful death accidents, dog bite cases, and many more.

Our firm’s lawyers have been involved in the trial or settlement of thousands of cases, including complex personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Our attorneys pursue claims/actions for seriously injured victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents, and construction accidents. If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need a conscientious, competent and caring law firm working for you. Personal injury cases arise where our clients have been injured as a result of the conduct of others, where the client has suffered a severe disabling injury, monetary loss and disruption to their daily lives. In these times, the Mazawey Law Firm will provide experienced and quality legal representation to guide and direct the client through these stressful times.

The Mazawey Law Firm has settled millions of dollars worth of claims and/or jury verdicts for its clients over the past 40 years.

Foreclosure Defense, Real Estate Litigation, Commercial Landlord-Tenant Matters

The Mazawey Law Firm provides aggressive and zealous Foreclosure Defense representation. Our attorneys represent borrowers/homeowners against lender/mortgage companies and banks, where the borrower/homeowner face the threat of foreclosure. Our firm additionally assists our clients with all loss mitigation remedies, including Loan Modification, Short-Sale Applications, Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure and Cash for Keys settlement.

Upon receiving a notice of intent to foreclose from the lender, it is important to seek out legal counsel for representation from a foreclosure attorney who has skill and experience. The attorneys at the Mazawey Law Firm provide competent and experienced representation in defending and preserving your home. Homeowners have rights in a foreclosure, and with the help of the Mazawey Law Firm, you may be able to postpone or prevent the foreclosure of your home. Mazawey Law Firm also reviews files for possible affirmative claims against banks and servicers which may lead to monetary relief and/or leverage to achieve the homeowner’s goals.

The Mazawey Law Firm additionally handles Real Estate litigation, which includes, but not limited to, breach of a contract of a purchase and sale agreement for either residential or commercial transactions and Commercial Landlord-Tenant disputes.

Phone

Tel: 973-777-6401

Fax: 973-777-9409

Email

staff@mazlawfirm.com

Location

1135 Broad St, Suite #211,
Clifton, NJ 07013