Cottrell Solensky, P.A.

Cottrell Solensky, P.A. is an AV® Peer Review Rated law firm serving insurance carriers and self-insureds in state and federal courts across New Jersey and New York. Founded by Floyd G. Cottrell in 2003, the firm is built on a commitment to fostering close working relationships with clients. This is achieved through comprehensive communications centered on honest, early, and frequent risk assessment in all litigation matters. The firm is creative when seeking cost-effective case resolution, but also prepared to fight a lawsuit to verdict or appeal if necessary. The firm’s ten attorneys are also skilled in mediation and arbitration. Alternative dispute resolution techniques are pursued frequently in an effort to minimize the cost of litigation and achieve early case resolution.

Several times each year, clients call upon Cottrell Solensky, P.A. to immediately dispatch a team of attorneys, investigators, and experts in such varied fields as accident reconstruction, personal injury, fire cause and origin, truck safety, or premises security to an accident scene in New Jersey or the greater New York area. Direct telephone access to the firm’s partners on a 24/7 basis is designed to help claims professionals document and preserve essential evidence when an accident or injury occurs.

In our premises liability practice, Cottrell Solensky, P.A. is the counsel of choice for nationally recognized retailers, restaurants and other insured business owners whose customers have sustained alleged injuries while on their property. When an injury involves the influence of alcohol, Cottrell Solensky, P.A. is experienced in liquor liability issues, dram shop actions, and related insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Cottrell and Mr. Solensky are members of the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA). Mr. Cottrell chairs the NRRDA Membership Committee and serves on its Industry Outreach Committee.

Practice Areas:  Civil Litigation; Insurance Defense; Commercial Vehicle Liability; Premises Liability; Products Liability; Municipal Liability; Toxic Torts; Insurance Law; Litigation and Appeals

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550 Broad Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102


Team Members

Floyd Cottrell - The Skyline Group

Floyd G. Cottrell


Floyd is admitted to practice law in the States of New York (1984) and New Jersey (1985), as well as in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He is also admitted to the Bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Fordham College, Bronx, New York (B.A. 1980) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1983).

Floyd has tried in excess of 60 jury trials to verdict. He was also certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey in 2000 and re-certified in 2005, 2010, and 2015. He was also certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2005, and re-certified in 2010 and 2015. Floyd is also a repeated selection as a New Jersey “Super Lawyer”.

Floyd is a past President of the Essex County-based Brennan-Vanderbilt Inns of Court, after having served as a Master since 2001 and an officer since 2003.

In November 2011, Floyd was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America “(“LCA”). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. He has been awarded the distinction “Barrister, Order of Juris”.

On October 25, 2015, Floyd received the designation “Certified Litigation Management Professional” (“CLMP”) after completing the Litigation Management Institute program at Columbia Law School.

Floyd is a Member of the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (“NRRDA”) and chairs its Membership Committee. He is a long-standing member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (“TIDA”). He belongs to the Housing Authority Defense Association (“HADA”) (formed by the Housing Authority Risk Retention Group) and past lecturer at its annual meetings. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and current New Jersey State Liaison to its Civil Trial Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Defense Association, New York State Bar Association and Essex County Bar Association. He enjoys an “AV” Martindale-Hubbell rating.

He is also a member of the Diversity Law Institute and the Trial Law Institute.

In 2016 and 2017, Floyd served on the faculty of the CLM Claims College School of Transportation, lecturing in both Level 2 and Level 3 courses.

Ed Solensky - Birmingham Skyline - The Skyline Group

Edward Solensky Jr.


Ed focuses his practice on insurance defense and coverage, premises liability, transportation law, and product liability matters. For the past twenty years, he has successfully defended cases for supermarkets and retailers, restaurants, common carriers, and product manufacturers.

Ed began his career with an insurance defense firm where he gained experience into the manner in which corporations and insurance companies defend serious personal injury suits. He left the defense bar in the late 1980s to serve as Corporate Counsel for Anchor Savings Bank FSB and Burns International Security Services, where he directed the company’s self-insured litigation program. Ed’s involvement at Burns with premises security issues affords him a unique perspective in defending cases of inadequate security.

Ed is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colby College and received his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 1985. At Syracuse, he served as Editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce and authored “The President’s International Emergency Economic Powers after Regan v. Wald: An Unchecked Proliferation of Authority”, 12 Syr. J. Int’l Law & Com. 125 (1985).

Ed is an active member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). In January 2011, he was selected to speak at CLM’s 2011 Annual Conference on the topic “Considering Legal Process Outsourcing as Part of Wider Legal Cost Management: Limitations vs. Benefits.” He is also a member of the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (“NRRDA”), DRI, New Jersey Defense Association and Essex & Morris County Bar Associations.