Frank J. Kontely joined the firm in 2007 as a Partner. He earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and his law degree at the University of Florida College of Law. He practices throughout the State of New Jersey as an integral part of the firm's General Liability and Construction Litigation areas. His extensive litigation experience includes matters in Insurance Law with a focus in construction, premises liability, personal injury as well as related contractual and insurance coverage issues. He has conducted seminars in these areas for both risk management professionals and attorneys.
Frank advises clients on issues of risk transfer, contractual indemnification, additional insurance and excess insurance. He drafts commercial contracts commercial entities which incorporate these principles for his clients. He prides himself on counseling his clients on cost-effective dispute resolution through early identification of his clients’ exposures and participation in arbitration and mediation. Understanding and responding to his clients’ needs for contemporaneous reporting is another of his strengths.
Frank is also a trial attorney and has obtained several successful jury verdicts on behalf of his clients. For example, in June 2017, Frank successfully defended a developer/general contractor in a case brought by an employee of a subcontractor who alleged personal injuries and economic damages due to a worksite hazard. The employee made a multi-million-dollar settlement demand and, at trial, submitted evidence of over $800,000 in medical bills and lost income. After a two-week trial, the jury found no liability on our client and, therefore, awarded the plaintiff no monetary damages. Having extensive trial experience, Frank also tries Environmental/Mass Tort cases for the firm and has knowledge in matters involving asbestos and mold.
Frank has been involved in two reported decisions. In Proske v. St. Barnabas Medical Center, et al., 313 N.J. Super. 311 (App. Div. 1998), the Appellate Division accepted his argument that a storage facility in a chain of custody of diagnostic films could not be held liable for failing to preserve or spoliating evidence. InZacharias v. Whatman, PLC, 345 N.J. Super. 218 (App. Div. 2001), the Appellate Division commented on complex civil procedure issues involving application of the statute of limitations between state and federal court in an employment discrimination matter.
In addition to being a partner, Frank is the Leader of the firm’s Construction/A&E Team. He also participates in the firm’s training program for new associates. Frank is actively involved in his community. He has served on the Mendham Township Board of Education and the Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee. He is also a coach for Mendham Little League, Twin Boro Bears Football and Mendham Patriots Basketball.
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
- Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”)
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