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Attorney Rich Gaeckle


Mr. Gaeckle is a seasoned partner at Petro Cohen, P.C., with 20 years of litigation and trial experience. As part of the Personal Injury team, Rich handles all matters on behalf of those injured as a result of the fault of another including:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Bicycle & Motorcycle Accidents
  • Slip & Fall / Trip & Fall
  • Dog Bite & Animal Attacks
  • Dangerous Property Conditions
  • Construction Accidents
  • Product Liability & Industrial Accidents
  • Claims Against Public Entities
  • Wrongful Death

A graduate of St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, Rich attended New York Law School where he achieved the honor of becoming a Law Review Articles Editor. While studying in law school, Rich worked as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant for various professors during his tenure. During that time, Rich also volunteered for the New York Bar Foundation, representing tenants in landlord/tenant and eviction disputes, and worked for a non-profit legal assistance agency helping employees in receiving challenged unemployment benefits.

After law school, Rich entered private practice with a specific concentration in construction law. He served as the Co-Chair of the Construction Section of the New Jersey Bar Association and was a frequent lecturer at Rutgers University School of Engineering. Rich has been certified as a LEED Accredited Professional, a certification held by only a handful of attorneys across the country, exhibiting a specific knowledge in sustainable and environmentally responsible design and construction. In utilizing this skill, Rich volunteered his efforts and represented homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy, pro bono, in the Rebuilding Union Beach Project. Rich has argued before administrative boards on behalf of his clients and has successfully petitioned changes to administrative regulations. He has had the privilege to present testimony to the New Jersey State Senate on proposed legislation. Rich was named by the New Jersey Law Journal as a New Leader of the Bar early in his career and has received recognition by New Jersey Super Lawyers.

“The practice of law is first and foremost a profession.”

Rich is an experienced and skilled litigator and trial attorney having tried numerous cases to verdict. He has lectured nationally and has authored a number of publications. In enhancing his trial skills, Rich became a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates after attending a course of study at the ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School. In addition, Rich is experienced in appellate advocacy having been credited in a number of representative and published decisions:

Schaefer v. Allstate New Jersey Ins. Co., 376 N.J.Super. 475, App. Div. 2005

Daidone v. Buterick Bulkheading, Inc., 191 N.J. 557, 2007

Commercial Ins. Co, of Newark v. Steiger, 395 N.J.Super. 109, App. Div. 2007

Ivashenko v. Katelyn Court Co., Inc., 401 N.J.Super. 99, App. Div. 2008

Hill International, Inc., v. Atlantic City Bd. of Educ., 438 N.J.Super. 562, App. Div. 2014

Rich has received an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell exemplifying the highest standards of ethical and profession conduct. In his practice, Rich holds true to this honor always engaging his clients, adversaries and the Court with respect and professionalism in seeking the ultimate goal of achieving a resolution to any dispute. He embraces the oft quoted dictate: “The practice of law is first and foremost a profession.”

Rich is a native of South Jersey, having grown up in Cape May County. He currently lives in Galloway with his wife and children. He is a dedicated (and often frustrated) Cleveland Browns fan, enjoys spending time with his family, “Football Sunday”, playing soccer and hiking with his kids, and photography.

For more information on personal injury, or to set up a free consultation, contact Mr. Gaeckle at (888) 675-7607.

Here are some excerpts from client testimonials about Richard Gaeckle. To read the full testimonial, click on any of the “Read more” links below.

I was extremely overwhelmed when I had a life-altering incident and found that I needed to hire an attorney. I had no experience in the legal world so my sister conducted a search for me, vetted several firms and recommended two.

Read More SUSAN I.

If all of the attorneys at Petro Cohen have the same attentiveness and respect as Mr. Richard Gaeckle, then Petro Cohen are the attorneys for you.

Read More Leandrea M.

Hi, I’m Denise. I have Rich Gaeckle representing me due to a vehicle accident back in 2020.

Read More DENISE W.

Richard Gaeckle of Petro Cohen is a very professional and caring lawyer! He worked very hard on my case with GREAT success, and I was always kept in the loop of what was happening.


An accident that results in injury is disturbing, even more so when you realize you need legal representation to protect your interests and don’t know where to turn. Thanks to a referral from a friend, I turned to Petro Cohen, P.C.

Read More THERESA S.

Hello, I’m Jewlyin. I’m represented by Richard Gaeckle of Petro Cohen.

Read More JEWLYIN H.

My name is Kell. My case just got settled!

Read More KELL E.

Generally, I am not one to send out reviews or testimonials because, as someone who works in the service industry and is “old school,” giving excellent service should be part of your job. However, since I have not had much experience with litigation cases, I felt a testimonial was worth my time as our attorney, Rich Gaeckle, did an outstanding job for us.

Read More DAVE S.

When I was injured in an automobile accident, a friend of mine referred me to Petro Cohen law firm. From day one, my whole experience with Rich Gaeckle and the law firm was awesome!

Read More TRACY T.

I was involved in a five car pile-up auto accident and injured my back which put me out of work. It was recommended to me that I contact Petro Cohen Law Firm.

Read More SHANE M.

Rich Gaeckle of Petro Cohen was instrumental in helping me obtain a settlement for a car accident I was involved in. “Not only did he get the maximum amount I was entitled to from the insured, but went the extra step to make sure I was compensated from all parties, and did so in a timely manner.” Not only did he get the maximum amount I was entitled to from the insured, but went the extra step to make sure I was compensated from all parties, and did so in a timely manner.

Read More SUSAN T.
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