Nicholas J. Costa, Esquire

Nicholas J. Costa was admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey in 1973. Other admissions also include the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to opening a private practice in 1978, Mr. Costa served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and a Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor. In addition to his experience as a trial attorney representing individuals who are injured from the negligence of others, he also has served as a Township Attorney for various towns in Burlington County, including Maple Shade, Delanco, Wrightstown, and North Hanover. These positions included the defense of various towns in injury cases, which gives Mr. Costa an inside perspective on the prosecution of personal injury matters.

Mr. Costa has litigated in State and Federal Courts and has appeared before the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey. He also has appeared before Tax Boards, Tax Courts, the Office of Administrative Law regarding Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Pension Board, Zoning and Planning Boards, Fire Districts, the Council on Affordable Housing, and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. As a Municipal Prosecutor in various towns in Burlington County including Florence, Mount Laurel, Delanco, Lumberton, Maple Shade, Bordentown, Hainesport, Pemberton and Evesham Townships, Mr. Costa has been involved in those issues which arise in criminal, quasi-criminal and negligence injury matters. The above varied and encompassing experience and expertise has assisted in resolving personal injury cases from the perspective of the legal ramifications of various laws that apply to the duties of individuals and the consequence of the violations of those duties.

An example of this was a case in which a woman became a student at a motorcycle training school that had failed to obtain the proper land use approvals to conduct such training, resulting in dangerous and hazardous conditions on the premises which contributed to serious injuries. The matter was settled during litigation after the failure to secure the proper approvals was highlighted by Mr. Costa.

Mr. Costa resides with his wife and four children in Mount Laurel, NJ and has been active in his community, including the sponsorship of various sports activities there. Mr. Costa is a former member of the Board of Directors of Burlington County Chapter of the American Red Cross and has also served as its legal counsel. He is a former member of the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, legal counsel for the South Jersey Police Association, and presently serves on the Legislative Review Committee of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1973
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

Juris Doctorate
Rutgers University School of Law, 1973

Bachelor of Science
Rutgers University, 1970