Established in Trenton in 1933 by Sidney Stark and joined by his brother Amel in 1939, Stark & Stark practiced primarily commercial and business law. Over the years, the practice expanded to include the needs of individuals requiring courtroom expertise. By the early 1980s the firm had 12 attorneys and moved from its original office in the Broad Street Bank building to larger offices on Franklin Corner Road in Lawrenceville. Rapid growth necessitated another move in 1986 to still larger offices in the Princeton Pike Corporate Center, where the law firm is today.
Princeton, NJ Office
Stark & Stark
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A Full-Service Princeton Law Firm In Mercer County New Jersey
Our law firm handles a broad range of legal matters for residents and businesses throughout Princeton. Our main law office in Princeton New Jersey is composed of more than 75 attorneys practicing in over 30 areas of law, including:
Accidents & Personal Injury
- Birth Injuries. When babies and mothers are injured due to negligent prenatal care or improper medical techniques during delivery, the effects can last a lifetime.
- Burn Injuries. Painful and disfiguring burns can leave a person unable to work. Burn victims are often never the same after surviving their injuries.
- Construction Accidents. Poorly constructed scaffolding, negligent subcontractors, and careless site owners can all play a role in causing injuries on a construction site. Our firm knows how to prove who is responsible and hold them accountable.
- Defective Drugs & Products. Harmful and potentially deadly medication errors and dangerous drugs can lead to terrible consequences. When drug manufacturers rush through research and development, patients can suffer the consequences.
- Medical Malpractice. Whether it’s a doctor negligently performing a surgical procedure or a health professional missing a clear diagnosis, medical errors can be lethal. Negligent hospitals, physicians, and other health care professionals can be held accountable.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents. Thousands of people die every year, and tens of thousands more are seriously injured by drunk, impaired, distracted, and otherwise careless or negligent drivers. Our firm demands full and fair compensation for accident victims and their families.
- Motorcycle, ATV & Pedestrian Accidents. Some of the most serious injuries we see are from crashes involving motorcycles, ATVs, and pedestrians. Without the protections of a motor vehicle, riders and pedestrians can suffer severe and permanent injuries.
- Nursing Home Negligence. When people are at their most vulnerable, they deserve the highest quality of care. Sadly, greed often makes large privately owned nursing home companies cut corners on staffing and training, leading to painful and deadly injuries, such as bed sores, fractures, falls, infections, malnutrition, and even death, all at the hands of negligent health care staff and nursing home owners.
- Product Liability. When a product does not function as it should and leads to serious injuries, you may have a right to collect compensation from those responsible.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. When the spinal cord is damaged in an accident, it can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis. Severe spinal cord injuries can leave a victim with expensive, ongoing medical bills and the inability to work.
- Truck & Tractor Trailer Accidents. Weighing as much as 80,000 pounds or more and carrying heavy freight or hazardous chemicals, semi-trucks pose a huge threat to the public when they are operated by bad drivers or are not properly loaded or maintained. Negligent truck drivers and trucking companies can and should be held accountable.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. When a person’s head shakes back and forth quickly, it can cause the brain to suffer damaging physical injuries and bruising. This can actually alter neurological functioning and cognitive abilities, causing nausea, headaches, memory loss, irritability, and other serious symptoms.
- Workers’ Compensation. Workplace injuries are unique because in most cases you are required to pursue your claim through the workers’ compensation system rather than a personal injury lawsuit. However, in some limited cases where someone other than your employer is to blame, you may have a right to pursue both types of claims. Our Princeton workplace injury lawyers can help you evaluate your options.
- Wrongful Death. When a loved one dies due to negligence – no matter what type – the surviving family members may have special rights to compensation for the loss they have suffered.
Business & Commercial
- Alternative Dispute Resolution. Some disputes are best resolved privately and outside of court. Our experienced Princeton alternative dispute resolution attorneys may be able to help you solve problems with your opponent by reaching common ground and settling your dispute through arbitration, mediation, or other alternatives.
- Banking & Financial Services. Whether you are involved in a complex battle over a charitable trust or a corporate merger, our office can work to resolve your banking and financial problems. Our firm is well-versed in federal and state consumer and financial regulations that apply to the banking industry.
- Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights. If someone owes you money and is attempting to discharge debts through bankruptcy, our Princeton attorneys can fight to protect your interests by ensuring your rights as a creditor are heard and honored.
- Beer & Spirits. Liquor shop owners, bar owners, restaurant managers, and anyone else who regularly deals with the sale and licensing of beer and spirits should make sure they are up-to-date and compliant with all federal and state regulations. Otherwise, you could run afoul of the law and end up being fined thousands of dollars.
- Business & Corporate. Businesses large and small have frequent legal needs. From forming limited liability companies, corporations, or partnerships to helping to dissolve partnerships, our experienced Princeton business lawyers can help.
- Business Succession Planning. When a business owner dies, it can take considerable skill to execute the necessary legal instruments to pass ownership. Likewise, the owners of progressive and growing companies often require help building the structures to pass ownership from one generation to the next. Succession planning is often the key that allows small companies to grow into great corporations.
- Collections. Make sure that your collection practices measure up and meet federal and state law. Don’t let valuable accounts receivable go uncollected, and don’t get caught violating laws that can cost you dearly.
- Community Associations. From homeowners associations to community associations, the key to maintaining clear and enforceable guidelines is having experienced legal counsel from the start.
- Condemnation & Eminent Domain. The government has broad rights to condemn or even seize property when it is in the public interest. But government powers are not without limits. If you’ve received notice of condemnation or eminent domain, call an attorney right away and protect your property.
- Construction Litigation. When contractors, subcontractors, developers, and local municipalities reach an impasse over contracts, tax deals, and other agreements, litigation may be the only means for resolution.
- Corporate Investigation & White-Collar Crimes. Some criminal cases are simple; others are not. If you’ve been charged with a financial or corporate crime, don’t trust just any lawyer. Call our experienced Princeton criminal defense attorneys with the background and sophistication to defend your rights.
- Employment. Today’s employers need to take a proactive stance on employment discrimination and harassment. Our team can help you build a comprehensive strategy for making your workplace fair and equitable, while avoiding unnecessary complaints and litigation.
- Franchise. Becoming a new franchise is a big commitment, and every state has complex laws that govern how franchises are created. Franchisees and franchisors need competent legal representation to ensure that rights are protected.
- Insurance Coverage & Liability. From disputes over insurance coverage to defending lawsuits, our firm has experience on both sides of the aisle. Make sure you get thorough insurance contract advice.
- Intellectual Property. Copyrights, trademarks, and patents are all part of a complex landscape of issues that many modern companies must navigate. Our team can make sure you stay up-to-date on the law and avoid trouble.
- Investment Management & Securities. A sound compliance program is critical for investment advisory firms. Talk to an experienced attorney who can proactively advise you regarding regulatory and compliance practices.
- Litigation. Any time that two parties can’t agree about a dispute, there is a chance for litigation. Our team is skilled at resolving problems before they grow out of control. But when it does, we are prepared to go the distance.
- Non-Profit Organizations. Complex federal and state rules govern how nonprofit organizations are structured and operated. Failure to follow the rules can mean big tax consequences.
- Public Finance. Whether it’s a tax incremental financing (TIF) arrangement or any other type of government subsidy, when government and private industry do business together, there can be a host of obstacles and potential landmines to avoid. Public finance law involves avoiding pay-for-play scandals and other types of corruption charges, as well as tax issues.
- Real Estate-Related Practices. From new developments to community re-branding to major projects, our team can help with all your real estate matters.
- Securities Arbitration. Are you an RIA or Broker-Dealer that has been named as a Respondent in a securities arbitration proceeding before FINRA or the AAA? Talk to an experienced attorney who can vigorously defend your interests and counsel you through the process.
- Shareholder & Partner Disputes. When business partners have disputes, an experienced legal team can help resolve them with care and discretion.
- Telecommunications. Companies that are involved in the telecommunications sector may be regulated by state, federal, and even local municipal government ordinances. Even small miscalculations can lead to major problems.
Services for Individuals & Families
- Accidents & Personal Injury. Our compassionate and experienced personal injury lawyers fight for the full compensation our clients need to recover from serious injuries.
- Criminal Charges & Municipal Offenses. When your freedom is on the line, you need an experienced Princeton criminal defense attorney who will fight the prosecution every step of the way. From ordinance violations to criminal infractions, our Princeton, New Jersey, law firm will fight to protect you from government overreach.
- Family Law & Divorce. Our knowledgeable Princeton family lawyers can help with divorces, custody disputes, property division, alimony, and prenuptial agreements, among other things associated with family legal issues.
- Family Offices. Mom-and-pop shops are the backbone of America. We can provide the legal advice necessary to keep your business strong.
- Probate Litigation. When people die, a probate process is often needed to resolve any remaining assets or debts. Probate can also be used to help establish a guardianship for a minor child or a disabled adult.
- Residential Real Estate. Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest transactions most people will ever undertake. Get help to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
- Trusts & Estates. Preparing one’s final estate plan shouldn’t be overwhelming. Let our team of trust and estate lawyers help you build a plan to preserve wealth, avoid unnecessary taxes, and give you and your loved ones peace of mind.
History of Princeton
Princeton is a small city nestled near the center of the state of New Jersey near the Pennsylvania border—halfway between New York City and Philadelphia. The city has a population of approximately 29,000 people and is best known for Princeton University which was established in the area in 1756 and is ranked as the #1 national university in the United States. The town has a rich history steeped in academic excellence in the areas of medical science, social sciences including economics, and engineering. Princeton houses 7 of New Jersey’s historical monuments and also supports a thriving business community including companies and corporations such as the Opinion Research Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Siemens Corporate Research, SRI International, FMC Corporation, Church and Dwight, and Dow Jones.
The Princeton bar association is a voluntary local membership of Princeton-area lawyers serving local residents and business in need of legal services. Stark & Stark includes among its staff members of both the Princeton and Mercer County Bar Associations.
Notable attorneys who attended Princeton prior to law school include:
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States; Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice; Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States; Ralph Nader, environmental activist; Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York; Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator; Elena Kagan, Supreme Court Justice; John Foster Dulles; Allen Dulles, former head of CIA; Secretary of State; Samuel Alito, Supreme Court Justice; Laurence Rockefeller, venture capitalist, business leader, and environmentalist; Mitch Daniels, U.S. Governor; and Robert Mueller, former Director of the FBI.
Courthouse Locations in Princeton:
Princeton Township Municipal Court
The Princeton Municipal Court handle cases related to state traffic law violations, petty disorderly and disorderly persons offenses; and violation of Princeton ordinances.
400 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mercer County & New Jersey Courts
Frequently Asked Questions For Your Princeton Personal Injury Lawyer
These are some of the most common questions asked about New Jersey personal injury lawsuits which will help you navigate the process more effectively:
How long does a personal injury case normally last?
There is no one answer to how long a personal injury case can last, as it all depends on the case and how quickly acceptable compensation can be obtained. This process includes filing a complaint, filing interrogatories and answers, following up with experts regarding the case and damages, depositions of witnesses, experts, and parties involved, and negotiating settlement or taking the case to trial. From start to finish, the personal injury case can take anywhere from a couple of months to several years. Our goal is to work through the process as thoroughly and quickly as possible so you can move forward with your life.
Who is going to pay for my medical bills for an automobile accident?
New Jersey is a no-fault state when it comes to automobile accidents. This means you are responsible to cover your medical bills for an automobile accident through your own insurance. It is likely you will pay your own medical bills up front for almost any type of personal injury lawsuit. However, once you file your claim and win, you can be reimbursed for your medical bills as part of your settlement request.
Are experts needed to help prove my case?
In many personal injury lawsuits, experts are needed to help prove aspects of your case. For example, in an automobile accident experts can be used to help determine who was at fault and the amount of damages incurred as result of the accident. In the case of a slip and fall, an expert can be used to determine the details regarding the spot in which the slip and fall occurred and who is liable for the accident. These experts can help prove your claim and also provide a monetary value to various aspects such as loss of future earning and stress and emotional damages.
Is there a time limit to file a personal injury case in Mercer County New Jersey?
Lawsuits related to personal injury claims are limited by a statute of limitations, which is the time limit allotted by the state of New Jersey to file your personal injury case with the courts. Once the case is filed, there are also deadlines by which to file additional documents and respond to filed documents. However, these timelines can include extensions, whereas the statute of limitations can only receive extensions under very specific exceptions upon approval of the courts. This means if you fail to file your case within the statute of limitations, it’s highly unlikely the court will hear your case.
Do I need a Princeton personal injury lawyer Mercer County NJ?
You have a much better chance of getting the money you’re entitled to when a lawyer is representing you. A lawyer can provide experience and guidance on how to get all the funds you should be entitled to, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and future loss of earnings. With the right strategy and the use of evidence and experts, a lawyer will be able to guide you through the process and fight to make sure you’re awarded the proper amount.
Get Help From Stark & Stark Personal Injury Lawyers Princeton NJ
A severe injury can be traumatic, both emotionally and physically. As you try to heal and find your way back to your normal life or your new normal, the last thing you should worry about is the financial strain the recovery process will entail. Our New Jersey attorneys are here to advocate for you and your best interests, helping to make you whole again.
We will work with you to file your claim within the timeline allotted by New Jersey statute of limitations, obtain expert and witnesses to help prove your case and assess your damages, and stay with your through settlement, litigation, and/or appeal. Our goal is to help you heal financially while you work on healing physically.