Codey, Eugene J.Counsel
Retired Judge Eugene J. Codey, Jr., joined the firm in September 2011 as counsel and serves in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice group. In his capacity in the firm's ADR department, Judge Codey is focused on resolving commercial and other disputes more quickly and efficiently than can be accomplished through traditional litigation in the Courts.
At the time of his retirement on September 1, 2011, Judge Codey had been the longest-sitting New Jersey Superior Court Civil Presiding Judge, having served in that capacity since February 1, 1998. He conducted hundreds of trials - both jury and non-jury - and managed thousands of cases ranging from consumer fraud to insurance, environmental, corporate disputes, employment/labor, medical malpractice, and personal injury. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the classification and consolidation of all New Jersey cases related to the prescription medication Reglan.
Judge Codey received the highest ranking in overall competence in the 2011 New Jersey Law Journal’s survey of lawyers’ evaluations of 350 New Jersey trial court judges. His selection marked the first time, since the Law Journal began publishing judicial surveys in 1989, that a civil presiding judge led the statewide ranking of judges.
Judge Codey has lectured on behalf of the Essex County Bar Association and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He has also taught at the New Jersey Judicial College and at training seminars for newly appointed civil judges. He served on the New Jersey Judicial Council and was chair of the Conference of Civil Presiding Judges in New Jersey from July of 2005 until his retirement. Judge Codey was a member of the Civil Practice Committee and the Supreme Court Committee on Fairness and Access.
A 1974 graduate of Seton Hall Law School, after serving as an Essex County assistant prosecutor from 1976 to 1981, he practiced as a partner with the law firm of Farley, Isles & Codey in West Orange, N.J. until 1991, when he joined the bench. For many years, Judge Codey served as a master (1998-2002) of the Hechel Inn of Court, comprised of senior members of the bench and bar who are engaged in the trial practice of law and who have demonstrated superior character, ability, and competence.
Along with his professional commitments and achievements, the former judge has been actively involved in many community activities including the Interfaith Network for Homeless, Habitat for Humanity, and Essex County Bar Association programs assisting underprivileged children.
Honors and Awards:
- Recipient, James J. McLaughlin Professional Award, New Jersey State Bar Association (2013)
- Recipient, Saint Thomas Moore Medal, Seton Hall University's Saint Thomas Moore Society (2005)
- Essex County Bar Association
- State Bar Association
• Panelist, “Practical Tips for Getting the Most Out of Mediation,” Essex County Bar Foundation, Roseland, NJ (May 7, 2013)
Panelist, "Civil Case Law Update," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Fairfield, NJ (January 12, 2013)
Speaker, "Successfully Proving Damages," New Jersey Association for Justice Education Foundation's Meadowlands Seminar 2012, Sheraton Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ (November 15 & 16, 2012)