Retired Judge Eugene J. Codey Jr. leads Connell Foley’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practice Group. In this capacity, 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, New Jersey, 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.
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Essex County Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Panelist, "Civil Case Law Update," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Fairfield, NJ (January 25, 2014 and January 12, 2013)
- Panelist, “Practical Tips for Getting the Most Out of Mediation,” Essex County Bar Foundation, Roseland, NJ (May 7, 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)
News & Insights
- New Jersey Law Journal, 09.2017
Best Individual Mediator, New Jersey Law Journal (2014-2017)
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)
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1974)
Seton Hall University (B.S., Marketing, 1970)
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