Michael B. Zerres - Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari

Michael B. Zerres

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Named as 'Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year' for 2015 for the Newark area, and, designated as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the fields of personal injury, medical malpractice & product liability from 2007-2015. Designated as a  Superlawyer from 2004-2015 (10th consecutive year listed in Super Lawyers) in the area of plaintiffs Medical Malpractice. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Jersey by The National Trial Lawyers Association. . Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale.com. 

Michael Zerres, a principal of the firm of Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari , is Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, specializing in medical malpractice, products liability and personal injury cases.

A member of the New Jersey Bar, as well as the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, Mike joined the firm in 1990 and is handling a variety of complex matters involving such issues as the proper management of labor and delivery, cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, newborn care and the failure to timely diagnose and treat various types of cancer.

Mr. Zerres has also presented on legal issues, including "Live Demonstration of an Opening Statement in a Laparascopic Cholycystectomy Case," "Proving Economic Damages in Wrongful Death Cases," "Apparent Authority," "Direct Examination of a Liability Expert" and "The Ethics of Lien Resolution," and, has acted as a co-author and/or reviewer on two books on Nursing Malpractice.

He has been honored by the Cerebral Palsy League of New Jersey and is a longstanding former member of the Board of Governors of the New Jersey chapter of the American Association of Justice and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. Mike has been recognized by the LawDragon legal resources group as one of the nation's leading plaintiffs' attorneys. He is also a member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association of Justice.

Mike is a graduate of Seton Hall University (1984, B.A., magna cum laude) and St. John's University School of Law (1987). He is also a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates), the Morris County Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association, and the Monmouth County Bar Association. 

Here is a list of some of Mr. Zerres' reported decisions: Dehanes v. Rothman 158 N.J. 90 (Sup. Ct. NJ, 1999); Allstate Ins. Co. v. Coven, 264 N.J. Super. 240 (App. Div. 1993); Grecco v. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 345 N.J. Super. 94 (App. Div. 2001); Cordero v. Christ Hospital, et al., 403 N.J. Super. 306; 958 A.2d 101 (App. Div. 2008); D'avila v. Hugo Neu et. als. 42 N.J. Super. 80 (App. Div. 2015).

Seton Hall UniversityBA 1984St. John's UniversityJ.D. 1987

Case History

Dehanes v. Rothman 158 N.J. 90 (Sup. Ct. NJ, 1999) — Supreme Court decision in a medical malpractice, wrongful death case - allowing economic experts and lawyers to comment on the bottom line economic loss to a family as a result of the death of a loved one
Cordero v. Christ Hospital, et al., 403 N.J. Super. 306; 958 A.2d 101 (App. Div. 2008). — Appellate Division decision that allows a party to hold a hospital vicariously liable for the fault of a health care provider under the doctrine of "Apparent Authority"
Grecco v. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 345 N.J. Super. 94 (App. Div. 2001) — Appellate Division decision holding that a parental choice to have their child undergo conservative therapy, instead of potentially curative surgery, to treat a rare medical condition was reasonable under the circumstances, and, the parents could not be legally faulted for their choice.

Client Comments

"Mike Zerres has been a gentleman from day one. He was very impressive."

Office Location

One Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Newark Metro Area
Michael B. Zerres has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs (Birth Trauma, Hospital Malpractice, Litigation, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death)
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Automobile Collision, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Civil Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death)
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs (Automobile, Construction, Consumer Safety Law)

Other Information

Gender: Male