Public Employee

Agile Representation when Legal Issues Interconnect.
Relationships between employers and employees are often complex and even strained. It is important to remember, however, that there are federal and state laws that protect the rights of employees.

Public employees and union workers in particular are entitled to job protections. The Constitution prohibits the government from taking certain actions against civil service employees' they cannot be disciplined, demoted, or dismissed without just cause. Union workers are similarly protected under many collective bargaining agreements.

The systems in place to protect the rights of public employees and union workers are complicated. This is why having an experienced administrative defense lawyer is important..

Protecting the Rights of Working People.
Our attorneys work hard to protect the rights of working people through effective legal service that takes into account how one legal problem can affect your whole life.

Advocating for Public Service Employees.
If you are a public service employee such as a teacher or police officer, you need an administrative defense lawyer who knows how the appeals process works in civil service jurisdictions. Our attorneys will represent you before administrative court hearings and before judges. We advocate for teachers who are charged with abuse or neglect through the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).

Standing up for Union Workers.
Contrary to popular myth, the interests of unions are not always identical to the interests of union employees. If you are a union worker, you need labor union representation to stand up for you when your collective bargaining rights are challenged in arbitration proceedings. We work with unions in many local, New Jersey companies.

Attorney Timothy R. Smith is a former police officer who was Union President of the Policemen's Benevolent Association.

Because the entire staff at Caruso Smith Edell Picini takes the needs of our clients seriously, we work hard to provide excellent personal service. We strive to return every phone call by the end of the day, and we are available evenings and weekends by appointment. We also handle criminal defense and family court matters.

Contact Us today for a free consultation. We take all major credit cards.

 

Toxic Torts

Toxic Tort Defense Lawyers
Asbestos Claims Defense Attorneys.

Attorneys at Caruso Smith Edell Picini were among the first lawyers to be involved in a then-new legal category, toxic torts. Beginning in 1978 with claims alleging radiation exposure, Agent Orange, and asbestos, our toxic torts defense attorneys have the legal experience and the scientific, medical, and technical knowledge to handle and manage mass tort litigation, either on a local, regional or national basis.

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Defending Client Rights and Interests.

Our commitment to toxic torts defense litigation remains strong. Mass torts claims handled by our law firm number in the tens of thousands. Our toxic torts litigation law firm has an office staff and technical capabilities to efficiently manage national coordination of mass tort litigation.

Our law firm includes an attorney with a master's degree in public health, and staff members certified in cardiopulmonary technology. We are thoroughly familiar with the science and medicine involved in a full range of toxic tort claims litigation:

Asbestos
Radiation
Benzene
Petrochemicals
Welding rod disease
Pesticides
Electromagnetic frequencies
Sick building syndrome
Mold
Latex
PCBs
Silica
Occupational liver disease
Occupational lung disease
Lead paint


Our toxic tort attorneys represent product manufacturers and property owners in toxic tort and "sick building litigation."

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the toxic tort defense lawyers at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.

 

Environmental Claims

Environmental Claims Defense Lawyer
Environmental Safety Law Attorney

When faced with accusations of contaminated land or water and with involuntary cleanup requests, you need an environmental claims defense lawyer who knows the law, the limits of the law, and the science and technology of the claims. Contact the environmental law attorneys at Caruso Smith Edell Picini .

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Defending Client Rights and Interests

At the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm in Fairfield, New Jersey, our experience with toxic tort claims and insurance law has enhanced our understanding of environmental claims cases. Our scientific and medical knowledge helps us prepare appropriate and effective defense for our clients. Our experience includes many different types of environmental claims:

Involuntary cleanup orders from the Department of Environmental Protection
Gasoline and other toxic spills caused by over-the-road trucking accidents
Underground storage tank leaks that leach into surrounding property and groundwater
Landfill hazardous waste contamination and leaching
Manufacturing spills of hazardous waste (Industrial Site Remediation Act - ISRA)
Groundwater contamination claims
Sick building syndrome claims
Benzene exposure, lead exposure, asbestos poisoning



If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the defense lawyers at the Caruso Pope Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.

 

Product Liability

Product Liability Defense Lawyers
New Jersey · New York · California · Pennsylvania

A machine harms a worker. A tire explodes. Food processing equipment causes an injury. Who or what entity is at fault? The product liability defense attorneys at Caruso Smith Edell Picini have the scientific and technical knowledge as well as the legal knowledge to sort through the issues involved and provide an appropriate defense for manufacturers and others accused of accident liability.

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Defending Client Rights and Interests

Manufacturers are often held liable when defective products injure workers or consumers. But in many cases, a safe machine is altered and made unsafe at the worksite, the manufacturers' installation procedures are not followed, or the equipment is used for a purpose not intended.

Our product liability defense law firm has the knowledge, experience, and resources to defend product liability lawsuits:

Factory machine injuries
Defective machinery
Construction equipment injuries
Defective car seat
Malfunctioning safety system
Exploding battery
Bucket truck electrocutions
Food processing equipment injuries
Exploding tires
Forklift and crane injuries



If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the product liability defense lawyers at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.

 

Insurance Law

Claims Audit Lawyers · Coverage Opinions
Insurance Coverage Dispute Attorneys

The lawyers at Caruso Smith Picini have decades of insurance law experience. As a result, we know insurance law well, and many insurers have depended on our insurance law expertise for coverage opinions, claims audits, subrogation and recovery, and insurance defense representation.

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Defending Insurers' Rights and Interests

When we opened the doors of Caruso Smith Edell Picini in 1989, ourinsurance law attorneys already had significant experience representing insurers. We built on that experience by forming close relationships with our insurance clients so that we could help them meet their obligations while protecting their interests.

Coverage Opinions: At the request of our clients, our law firm renders opinions about the application of coverage in specific cases and in a general sense. What is covered by the policy and what is not? If there is ambiguity or an insurance coverage dispute, we can offer advice and representation.

Claims Audits: Are claims handled appropriately? Does the insurance company always cooperate in good faith? Our claims audit lawyers can review your claims and counsel you on necessary changes and improvements.

Insurance Defense: When your insured clients are facing false or exaggerated claims or when your insurance company is accused of withholding adequate coverage in first-party insurance claims or of acting in bad faith, we can provide effective representation.

Subrogation and Recovery: After you have paid the claim, are there other parties involved who can reimburse all or part of your payment?Contact our insurance subrogation lawyers.

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the defense lawyers at the Caruso Pope Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.

 

Law Enforcement Defense

New Jersey Police Defense Lawyers
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Attorneys

When police officers have an administrative problem or are charged with a federal civil rights violation, they know they can depend on the law enforcement defense attorneys at Caruso Smith Edell Picini in Fairfield, New Jersey.

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Defending Client Rights and Interests

As a law enforcement officer, you have to make life-and-death decisions quickly. When those decisions are questioned, you have the right to have a lawyer represent you. You know the importance of assuring your rights are protected.

Preferred Law Firm: New Jersey Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and Approved Counsel: New Jersey State Trooper Association
At the Caruso Smith Edell Picini police defense law firm, we have attorneys with law enforcement backgrounds including experience as criminal prosecutors. If you are facing an administrative investigation by internal affairs or if you are being investigated for a federal civil rights claim, you need and deserve representation by an attorney who will protect your rights throughout the investigation and any hearings or trials that may result.

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the law enforcement legal defense lawyers at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York,

 

Tony LaRocca

Mr. La Rocca was born and raised in a working class family. He became a Union County Corrections Officer shortly after graduating high school and remained a Corrections Officer working his way through college. After graduating Kean University, Mr. La Rocca received a Law Degree from the Quinnipiac School of Law, (Formerly Bridgeport Law School).

After graduating Law School he began his legal career working for one of New Jersey's largest personal injury law firms located in Newark, NJ. Shortly thereafter, Mr. La Rocca became a partner in the Law Firm of Fano and La Rocca located in East Orange, NJ. Thereafter, Tony La Rocca became the Senior Partner in the Law Firm of La Rocca, Feeley & Associates, located in South Orange, NJ.

In January 2011, Tony La Rocca became a partner in the Law Firm of Caruso, Smith, Edell, Picini, located in Fairfield, NJ. Throughout his over 20 year legal career, Mr. La Rocca has been handling Workers' Compensation Claims on behalf of injured employees. He has established himself as one of the most recognized attorneys in New Jersey handling Workers' Compensation Claims. Coming from a working class background, Mr. La Rocca has established a reputation for fighting to protect the rights of injured workers. He understands the concerns of his clients and is committed to protecting their interests.

The other legal area of focus in which Mr. La Rocca has established an outstanding reputation is representing Cooperative Housing Corporations. He has represented Cooperative Housing Corporations for over 20 years. During that time he has become an active member in the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and the NJ Federation of Housing Cooperatives.

In addition to his extensive legal experience in handling Workers Compensation claims and representing Cooperative Housing Corporations, Mr. La Rocca is an adjunct professor at Kean University teaching in the Criminal Justice Department . Mr. La Rocca has also authored and conducted numerous seminars to Corrections Officers and Police Officers on proper report writing. Having had the opportunity of working in law enforcement and representing numerous law enforcement officers and all public employees, Mr. La Rocca has obtained a unique perspective which allows him to vigorously and effectively represent his clients.

Contact Tony LaRocca:


E-mail: tlarocca@carusosmith.com

Claims against Public Entities

Government Tort Claims Attorneys · New Jersey PERC Hearings
Whether a claim arises from a defective sidewalk or an allegation of a failure to provide police protection pursuant to a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order, government entities in New Jersey know they can depend on efficient, effective defense from Caruso Smith Edell Picini . Ourexperienced government tort claims attorneys have the experience to limit the damage and get the job done right.


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Defending Client Rights and Interests


In providing facilities and services to citizens, public entities face risks every day. Managing those risks and responding appropriately requires a law firm with deep experience and a commitment to public entities. Our township defense lawyers have the discretion and judgment to handle even the most difficult situations. At Caruso Smith Edell Picini , our defense lawyers represent municipalities and other public entities:

Municipality Defense: The defense lawyers at Caruso Smith Edell Picini defend municipalities (through JIF and directly) in cases such as premises accidents, civil employee claims of unfair treatment, claims against the police department, and other lawsuits against the city or township.

New Jersey PERC Hearings: Our administrative law attorneys represent public entities and managers at New Jersey PERC hearings that examine claims by public employees.

Labor Law: In addition to PERC hearing representation, we work with government entities involved with union negotiations, grievances, and collective bargaining agreements.

Civic Authorities: When sewage authorities, utility authorities, or improvement authorities are accused of harming individuals or entities, we have the experience to handle the defense effectively.

Youth Houses, Juvenile Detention Facilities:
When a juvenile facility is charged with dangerous premises or inappropriate behavior

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the defense lawyers at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.

Labor and Employment Law

Employment Liability Attorneys · Collective Bargaining
Employment Policies and Procedures Lawyers

Employees are an important asset in any business. Maintaining that asset requires that employers know their rights and obligations. At Caruso Smith Edell Picini in Fairfield, New Jersey, we have worked with many employers, helping them understand the rules and representing them when claims are made against them.


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Defending Employers' Rights and Interests


Our employment law practice counsels employers to reduce their risks and represents employers to limit the damages of employee claims.

Discrimination: If your company has been accused of discrimination under federal or state laws, our employer defense law firm can represent you in federal EEOC hearings and state Civil Rights Commission proceedings.

Policy Manuals:
We work with employers to reduce the risk of litigation by developing policies and writing employee manuals. Our knowledge of current labor law assures you of accurate information and guidance.

Collective Bargaining: Our lawyers have experience in negotiating collective bargaining agreements in the public and private sectors.

Union Issues: When union grievances arise or when a union contract needs to be reviewed and changed, our employment law firm can guide your company.

Civil Service Appeals: We represent government employers in civil service appeals proceedings.

Harassment Seminars:
At the request of clients, we have developed and facilitated harassment seminars so that managers and employees understand the law.

Employee Contracts: Our employment lawyers draft and review employment contracts, severance agreements, trade secret agreements, and non-compete agreements.

Directors and Officers Liability:
When you have questions about the legal liability of your directors and officers, we can help you understand the law and minimize liability risks.

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the employer liability lawyers at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.

 

White Collar Criminal Defense

Newark White Collar Crime Attorneys
New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you are being investigated for a federal white collar crime, when should you call a criminal defense lawyer? Immediately. As soon as you have a hint that you are being investigated, you need a criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights. Contact the Caruso Smith Edell Picini criminal defense law firm.

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Defending Client Rights and Interests


White collar crime investigations can go on for a long time before charges are brought. During that period of time, every question asked and every document sought can compromise a future defense. The sooner you have an experienced lawyer challenging the evidence, the better your chances of winning the case or limiting the damages.


Tax evasion, mail fraud, and other federal crimes
can sometimes be dismissed or pled down before an indictment is handed down. Your lawyer can help you negotiate an agreement in compromise that will lessen the consequences.

Whatever you are charged with, you can count on a vigorous defense and absolute discretion from the Caruso Smith Edell Picini criminal defense law firm. We have handled high profile white collar crime cases without undue publicity for our clients.

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the white collar crime attorneys at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.



 

Risk Management

Legal Risk Management Attorneys
Legal Due Diligence Lawyers

Does your company routinely assess the risks inherent in your business? As lawyers, we are prepared and willing to protect your rights in a court of law, but we also feel a responsibility to help you manage risks so that you don't have the stress, uncertainty, and publicity of court cases. Contact the risk management attorneys at Caruso Smith Edell Picini for a legal due diligence assessment.

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Defending Client Rights and Interests


At the Caruso Pope Smith Picini risk management law firm, we work with clients to assess and manage risks in a wide range of areas:

Labor and Employment:
Our attorneys perform human resources (HR) audits for clients to determine areas of concern. We prepare HR manuals and offer training on sensitive subjects such as harassment and discrimination. By having well established and understood policies, a business or public entity can lower the risk of discrimination claims and harassment lawsuits.

Contract Reviews:
Our New Jersey risk management lawyers review standard employment, customer, and supplier contracts to assure the language and requirements meet current legal requirements.

Environmental Compliance: Is your business in compliance with environmental laws? Do you have plans and policies in place detailing how hazardous substances should be handled? Are your employees aware of their responsibilities?

Insurance Coverage Review: We help our clients assess their risks and the insurance coverage of those risks. Is there enough coverage? What level of risk is acceptable?

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the legal risk management lawyers at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.



 

Subrogation and Recovery

Subrogation and Recovery Attorney
Insurance Subrogation Lawyer

If you are an insurance executive, you know that many claims you are obligated to pay were not caused by your policyholder, but by another party. In those cases, you need a subrogation recovery lawyer who can identify subrogation opportunities and follow through with effective recovery efforts.

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Defending Client Rights and Interests Since 1989

The Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm has focused on the legal requirements of insurance companies since we opened our doors in 1989. The lawyers who founded the firm gained their experience with insurance law from a large, nationally prominent law firm. We know insurance law well - and that knowledge serves our insurance clients well. The result is effective insurance subrogation recovery:

Identify the subrogation opportunities: Our attorneys have developed well-tested skills in identifying opportunities for subrogation recovery.

Focus on effective outcomes: Not every subrogation opportunity is worth pursuing. The lawyers at Caruso Smith Edell Picini will evaluate each opportunity in terms of cost-effectiveness for the client.

Pursue subrogation and recovery actions: The lawyers at Caruso Smith Edell Picini have a proven record of success in subrogation and recovery actions.

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the insurance subrogation and recovery lawyers at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.

 

Premises Liability Defense

Premises Liability Defense Attorney
When someone slips and falls, when a banister breaks and causes injury, when a toxic substance leaks into the atmosphere in or around a building, property owners and managers can face claims and lawsuits seeking damages. At the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm, we defend property owners and managers and others in premises liability cases.

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Defending Client Rights and Interests

Our premises liability defense attorneys have defended many types of cases from many different kinds of clients. We defend property owners (including landlords and corporations), companies that manage property, andgovernmental entities that own property. Our premises liability cases cover many different circumstances:

> A commercial building's common areas may have uneven flooring or a broken stairway banister.
> A utility may fail to contain radiation within certain parts of the facility.
> A balcony may collapse injuring residents and visitors in an apartment building.
> The steps to a public building may be unsafe because of ice that was not removed.
> Sick building syndrome caused by toxic substances may harm residents or workers.

In all those cases, the allegations need to be investigated, liability needs to be established, and the case needs to be evaluated. Is the hazard that injured a tenant landlord responsibility or tenant responsibility? Was the building's owner made aware of danger? Our premises liability defense law firm has extensive experience in limiting our clients' financial exposure in premises liability lawsuits.

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the premises accident defense lawyers at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.



 

Professional Malpractice

Professional Malpractice Defense Lawyer
Defense of Malpractice Suits Attorney

When professionals are accused of malpractice, it can mean financial losses as well as the loss of a career. The professional malpractice defense lawyers at Caruso Smith Edell Picini defend psychologists, counselors, architects, engineers, and allied health professionals who have been accused of professional malpractice.

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Defending Client Rights and Interests

Our malpractice defense law firm represents clients faced with malpractice lawsuits, tort claims, and professional board actions.

Engineer and Architect Malpractice: Engineer and Architect Malpractice

Psychologist and Counselor Malpractice:
Psychologists and counselors are, by the nature of their responsibilities, often involved in sensitive situations. When accusations of malpractice are raised, their careers can be compromised or even lost. The malpractice defense lawyers at Caruso Smith Edell Picini can help sort out the issues and present a defense with a minimum of public knowledge.

Nurse, Therapist, Medical Technologist Malpractice: At Caruso Pope Smith Edell Picini , we have helped many allied health care professionals defend against claims of medical malpractice. If you are a nurse, a physical therapist, a lab technician, radiologist, or other allied medical professional accused of malpractice, talk to our lawyers.

If you require in-depth experience and a record of effective defense, contact the professional malpractice defense lawyers at the Caruso Smith Edell Picini law firm. We defend clients nationwide from our offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.



 

Appellate Practice

Our appellate practice spans the spectrum regarding the types of issues it addresses.

Steve Kaflowitz, former chief appellate attorney for the Union County Prosecutor's Office from 1984 to 2007 and presently the Firm's Director of Appellate Practice , recently argued before the NJ Supreme Court and was the impetus for changing the ways police officers are required to retain their investigative notes. See (citation for Beltran).

Among the many other notable appeals includes the Supreme Court case of Russo v. Bd. of Trustees, 207 NJ 15 (2011), in which Mr. Kaflowitz successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to alter the standard by which accidental disability claims are evaluated to lessen the burden of applicants seeking to obtain retirement benefits.