Mr. Albano was an editor for William S. Greenberg's Trial Handbook for New Jersey Lawyers (West Group 1999). He received his B.A. from Rutgers University, with honors, in 1995, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, magna cum laude, in 1998, where he was a member of the Cardozo Law Review and an H. Burt and Ruth Mack Scholar. Mr. Albano is a member of the Order of the Coif.
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Timothy H. Alexander
Alexander received his B.A. from Mount Saint Mary's University which he attended with a Presidential Scholarship. He spent his junior year abroad studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
He received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1994.
Though he specializes in civil litigation and civil rights law, Alexander also concentrates on municipal practice and real estate as well as Worker's Compensation law.
His first professional engagement was as law clerk to Hon. Edmund M. Kirby, J.S.C., Essex County from 1994-95.
Timothy H. Alexander In The Press:
- Decision reached in case involving Belleville PD
- Hearing set on Belleville man's claims of continued police harassment
- Lawsuit alleging cover-up in Belleville reinstated
- 2002 arrest still haunts Belleville officials
- Essex County judge refuses to silence attorney in drunk-driving case
- Belleville police settle drunk driving case after years of twists
- Judge bends Contingency Fee Rules for Plaintiff's Lawyer in False Arrest Suit
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Jennifer L. Bocchi
While in law school, Jennifer served as an intern for U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden. Jennifer joined the firm in 2004 following a clerkship with the Honorable Eugene J. Codey, Jr., Presiding Judge for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County, Civil Division, for the 2003-2004 Term.
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After graduation, she worked for three years for Timothy R. Smith & Associates, a general practice firm, where she handled residential real estate transactions and focused on employment law and criminal defense of public employees for the State of New Jersey.
Prior to joining Caruso Smith Edell Picini, PC in 2010, Jennifer practiced corporate and immigration law in a boutique law firm located in New York City.
Today, in addition to assisting in the defense of public employees and in representation of cooperative housing corporations, Jennifer handles matrimonial litigation, immigration and real estate transactions.
Rutgers University, 2002 - B.S.
New York Law School, 2005 - J.D.
New York, 2006
New Jersey, 2005
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2005
New York Bar Association
New Jersey Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Knowledgeable in Spanish
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Anthony J. Caruso
The firm’s founding partner, Anthony J. Caruso, is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, an honor awarded to only five percent of attorneys nationwide.
He has been recognized as a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” and named by Newsweek to its list of Top Attorneys in the Country. Mr. Caruso was selected to serve as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Mass Tort Advisory Committee and is regarded by colleagues as a leader in the defense of occupational disease claims.
Caruso Smith Picini P.C. serves as local counsel for major national law firms and regards its prestigious clients as a testament to, not only the firm’s lawyering skills, but also to a well-earned reputation for integrity
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A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, Marcia previously enjoyed a laudatory career as a Senior Vice President, Group Creative Director in advertising, where she wrote award winning commercials for many well known Hasbro, Milton Bradley, Playskool and Kenner classic brands. Ms. DePolo earned her B.A. in English/Journalism cum laude and her M.B.A. in Marketing cum laude at St. Joseph's University in Bala Cynwyd, PA.
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He has tried cases in numerous Federal and State Courts and has argued cases in both the Federal and State Appellate Courts including the United States Supreme Court. Unlike most lawyers, Mr. Edell's practice has included the representation of injured parties as well as the defense of large corporations in various products liability cases in a number of jurisdictions. This has given him a unique perspective which has translated into better client representation and better results. For example, over his thirty years of practice he has recovered over $100 million for clients.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Edell has served as an adjunct law professor teaching trial practice and products liability at two well respected law schools, has lectured at numerous continuing legal education programs throughout, has authored a variety of legal articles and has been appointed as a special master in complex insurance coverage matters.
EDELL & ASSOCIATES, P.C., Bedminster, New Jersey 1995-2008 Martindale AV rating
After being a principal in two of New Jersey's larger law firms (for almost 20 years) Mr. Edell opened his own law firm specializing in tobacco litigation, general products liability, medical malpractice and commercial litigation. In little over five years Edell & Associates became synonymous with success for clients in both defense and plaintiff's complex litigation. As an example the Firm represented a pharmaceutical firm in the diet drug litigation throughout the state of New Jersey. In its Plaintiff's practice Mr. Edell was able to recover over $100 million for clients, in products liability cases, medical malpractice cases and other complex matters.
BUDD LARNER GROSS ROSENBAUM, Short Hills, New Jersey 1986-1994
Full-service law firm specializing in litigation.
Represented defendants and plaintiffs in diverse litigation matters, including insurance coverage claims, medical malpractice, antitrust and tobacco litigation. Led and managed an extensive team of lawyers and paralegals tasked with supporting case development and defense.
• Tried Cipollone v. Liggett, the 1st successful case against a cigarette manufacturer that caused the industry to disgorge inculpatory internal industry documents.
• Received national television, magazine and newspaper coverage for this effort that latter served as the foundation for the Sates' Attorney Generals' billion-dollar action against the Tobacco industry.
• Defended numerous environmental coverage claims against several large re-insurers.
• Successfully defended the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey against medical malpractice claims.
• Successfully tried an antitrust lawsuit against the Senior PGA Tour in the Federal District Court of Orlando, Florida.
PORZIO, BROMBERG & NEWMAN, Morristown, New Jersey 1975-1986
Associate & Principal
Collaborated with one of the managing partners, serving as Second Chair and later as First Chair in numerous trial proceedings involving complex medical malpractice, insurance coverage and asbestos factory worker lawsuits.
• Secured a favorable court judgment for an asbestos mining company after successfully litigating an insurance coverage case concerning workers' personal injury claims.
• Second-Chaired the trial of the first factory worker case in the US with a positive defense verdict for client.
• Supervised, coordinated, and actively participated in the defense of 100s of asbestos worker cases nationally for asbestos mining company. Worked closely with the client to keep them apprised of all aspects of the litigation nationwide.
• Built the firm's first team of paralegals as well as the filing and litigation support systems to facilitate the handling of high-volumes of litigation cases.
Career Note: Additional history includes roles as Special Discovery Master appointed by the Assignment Judge for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice at Rutgers Law School and Adjunct Professor of Products Liability at New York Law School.
Juris Doctor – Cum Laude; Research Editor, New York Law Forum
New York Law School, New York City, New York
Bachelor of Science in Business
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Supreme Court of the United States • Third Circuit Court of Appeals • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals • U.S. District Court, New Jersey • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York • U.S. Court of Federal Claims • State of New Jersey • State of New York
AWARDS & HONORS
Recipient of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 1988
Recipient of Award from New York Lung Association
For Making Significant Impact In the Fight Against Lung Cancer,1989
• "Risk Utility Analysis of Unavoidably Unsafe Products," Seton Hall Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 3, 1987.
• "The Doctrine of Implied Preemption in Products Liability Cases-Federalism in the Balance," Tennessee Law Review, Vol. 54, No. 4, 1987, co-authored with C. A. Walters.
• "Seeing Is Believing," TRIAL Magazine, August 1989 (included in BEST OF TRIAL Magazine, Product Liability edition, 1991).
• "Federal Preemption of Product Liability Claims," New Jersey Lawyer, Special Product Liability Issue (January 1993).
• "Ethical Pitfalls Confronting the Mass Tort Lawyer," New Jersey Lawyer, No. 166, co-authored with P. J. Duffy (January 1995).
• "Tobacco On Trial," International Society of Barristers Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 4 (October, 1998).
• Adjunct Professor, Trial Practice, Rutgers Law School
• Adjunct Professor, Products Liability, New York Law School
• Lecturer, Products Liability, Fordham Law School Continuing Legal Education Courses on Products Liability, New York, New York
• Speaker, Fourth Annual Toxic Tort Advocacy Institute
• Guest Lecturer, Harvard Law School, Seminar on Complex Tort Litigation
• Panelist, "Demystifying the Civil Legal System For and Reporters in Print a Journalism", Rutgers University, Journalism Resources Institute
• Panelist, "The Big Trial: As A Media Event", Rutgers University, Journalism Resources Institute
• Guest Lecturer, Justice Jackson Lecture Series, Albany Law School
• Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa
• Speaker, New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, New York
• Speaker, "Discovery Products Liability Cases", Richmond Trial Lawyers' Association, Richmond, Virginia
• Speaker, Annual Workhorse Seminar, The Academy of Florida Trial Attorney Jacksonville, Florida
• Speaker, Products Liability, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York, New York
• Speaker, The Johns Hopkins Oncology Centers' Multidisciplinary Clinical Conference Series, Baltimore, Maryland
• Speaker, Products Liability Seminar, Essex County Bar Association
• Speaker, Latest Winning Strategies for Toxic Torts, Institute for International Research Seminar, The 1990 Symposium, New York, New York, 1990
• Speaker, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Products Liability and Toxic Tort Seminar
• Speaker, Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Panel, Vermont Law School
• Speaker, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Toxic Torts Seminar
• Speaker, Baltimore Bar Association
• Speaker, Farleigh Dickinson University, MBA Program
• Speaker, Fifth Annual Masters of Trial Advocacy Retreat, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
• Participant, "Art and Science of Litigation", Court TV Series
• Participant, Rutgers Forum Broadcast on Products Liability, Cable Television, New Jersey
• Speaker, Atlantic Oceans High Profile Media Case, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Convention
• Speaker, Resolution of Mass Tort, American Law Institute, American Bar Association, Professional Education Committee, Boston, Massachusetts
• Panelist, "Scientific Evaluation Expert Testimony After Daubert", Association of the Federal Bar Judicial Conference
• Speaker, Secrets of the Tortmasters Seminar, "Opinion for the TV Generation: Persuading Without Arguing - How Far Can You Go Can You Use Them Now?", The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Panama City, Florida
• Speaker, "Cross Examination of Expert Witness in Toxic Tort Cases", ABA Annual Meeting Tort & Insurance Practice Section
• Speaker, "How to Survive on a Sling - Litigation Tips from David", Ohio State Bar Association Summer Seminar
• Speaker, Landscape of Tobacco Litigation, "History of the Tobacco Wars", Tobacco Products Liability Project Eleventh Annual Conference
• Speaker, "Medical Malpractice in New Jersey", National Business Institute, Inc.
• Speaker, Southern Coastal Medical-Legal Conference on Addiction, Jekyll, Georgia
• Speaker, "'Tobacco on Trial", International Society of Barristers Annual Convention, Orlando, FL
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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.
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Ralph T. Lilore
Contact Ralph T. Lilore:
Ms. Choi-Massimi has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and she has worked for a number of fashion industry companies prior to practicing law. Ms. Choi-Massimi was also involved many real estate projects in New York and New Jersey including a condominium conversion project in Jersey City. She draws on her wide spectrum of business/real estate transaction knowledge to assist her clients with their transactional needs and compliance issues. As a member of the International Korean Lawyers Association and the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, Ms. Choi-Massimi is actively involved in Korean community in New York and New Jersey. She currently resides in Manhattan and is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
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Priscilla L. Pellecchia
Priscilla earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2008 where she was a recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in legal writing. She received her B.A. in English from Georgetown University in 2002 and is currently enrolled in Columbia University's business certificate program. While in law school, Priscilla gained experience in the areas of securities regulation, serving as an intern for the New York Stock Exchange, Division of Enforcement and FINRA; and criminal prosecution as an intern for the Bronx County District Attorney's Office. Prior to law school, Priscilla spent several years as a litigation legal assistant at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
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Richard D. Picini
Prior to joining Caruso Smith Edell Picini, P.C., Mr. Picini was an Associate at Budd Larner Gross Picillo Rosenbaum Greenberg & Sade and the New Jersey Resident Partner at Rubin, Fiorella & Friedman LLP. Mr. Picini is a graduate of George Washington University and was invited to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. He also graduated from the Rutgers University School of Law-Camden and clerked for the Hon. Richard Newman, J.S.C. Mr. Picini is admitted to practice law in state and federal courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Second Circuit.
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Timothy R. Smith
Mr. Smith was formerly employed as a police officer, detective, police union president and member of a prosecutor's office legal staff prior to transitioning into private legal practice. These experiences motivated Mr. Smith to focus his practice in the area of criminal and disciplinary defense. These same experiences render him uniquely qualified to recognize the weaknesses in the charges brought forth against his clients.
As a defense attorney, Mr. Smith has extensive experience representing individuals charged with a wide array of criminal offenses and disciplinary charges. Mr. Smith has served as defense counsel in numerous notable, high profile cases, resulting in full vindication of his clients. Through these results, coupled with his background, Mr. Smith has gained the privilege and distinction of serving as approved counsel to represent the interests of the members of a number of public employee unions. As a corollary to his service in this capacity, Mr. Smith has acquired a keen understanding of the potential consequences that criminal charges may bear upon one's job, or prospective employment, especially in the public sector.
Mr. Smith's expertise spans federal, state, and municipal courts as well as administrative proceedings, and his practice areas include: domestic violence; expungements; D.Y.F.S. matters; traffic summonses (including D.W.I.); weapons forfeitures; public employee pension applications and appeals; appellate practice; and civil defense.
Over the years, Mr. Smith has served as an adjunct professor of graduate studies at Seton Hall University where he has taught Current Legal Issues, a course which focuses on individual rights in the criminal law and employment settings. He has also served as a private consultant to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey instructing police recruits in the area of search and seizure.
Mr. Smith is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey, New York and in the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Timothy R. Smith in the News:
- Drivers recount road rage on the Turnpike
- Judge dismisses indictment against Piscataway teacher charged with having sexual relations with student
- Jury gets case of 2 drivers, road rage
- PBA votes no confidence in township administrator
- Suspended teacher wins bid to suppress his confession
- Charges dismissed in alleged jail beatings
- Judge tosses homicide indictment
- Charges dismissed against West Orange teacher Christopher Yonitch
- Family of dead RPI student wins lawsuit against Troy
- Irvington schools must pay legal fees of teacher who faced criminal charges, court says
- Wielding evidentiary Bludgeon, Court enjoins police destruction of notes
- No 'high-five' video for rape trial jury
- Piscataway teacher's attorney defends judge for dismissing charges against his client
- A mixed verdict in road rage case
- Glen Ridge Jitney Driver Cleared Of Harassment
- Jury refuses to indict ex-teacher
- Hearing ends in dismissal of insubordination case against Edison police officer
- Coach cleared of all charges
- Ex-guard acquitted in school-sex trial
- Judge dismisses complaint against school nurse
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Mr. Stewart joined Klett Rooney, together with Steven Peri, from the firm of Peri & Stewart, L.L.C., which offered transactional and litigation services for corporations and other entities, with special attention to foreign-owned businesses seeking to establish, maintain or expand their presence in the U.S. Prior to his co-founding of the Peri & Stewart, L.L.C. law firm he was an associate from 1986 to 1990 at the Short Hills, NJ law firm of Budd Larner Gross Picillo Rosenbaum Greenberg & Sade. From 1985 1986, he was Law Clerk to the Hon. Richard Newman, J.S.C.
Numerous stock and asset acquisitions of U.S. companies by U.S. and non-U.S. companies in various industries including technology and manufacturing.
Assisting non-U.S.companies establishing and expansion of subsidiaries in the United States.
Counsel companies in the selection and structuring of distribution methods.
Assist U.S. companies with acquisition of non-U.S. assets/companies.
Export regulatory analysis and assistance to U.S. companies exporting to various countries, including Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, Singapore and China.
Evaluation of and assistance with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and boycott issues.
Evaluation of Foreign Agent Registration issues.
Assisting clients in obtaining approval of transactions from U.S. government agencies.
Assisting clients in resolving disputes involving ownership interests in business and real estate development projects.
Assisting clients in refinancing and restructuring of projects.
Participating in commercial real estate sales and leasing transactions.
The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 Comes to Life Business Law Advisor (Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, PC)
Criminal Liability Under New Jerseys Corporate Officials Liability Statute New Jersey Law Journal, August 2, 2004
EU Domain Name Registration Fast Approaching - Business Law Advisor (Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC)
International Trade Requires Specialized Due Diligence - Business Law Advisor (Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC); April 2007
Liability of Corporate Officials & Others under the Malik Decision Business Law Advisor (Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, PC)
Market Turbulence and the U.S. Legal Landscape SACC-Philly Update; 2008
New Jersey Legislative Initiatives in Off-Shore Outsourcing New Jersey State Bar Association, International Newsletter
Product Distribution in the United States SACC-Philly Update; 2005
U.S. Export Regulations: An Overview New Jersey Law Journal; 2006
Scandinavian-American Business Forum, Inc. Founding Member
Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce Member, Board of Directors
Swedish American Chamber of Commerce (Philadelphia) Member, Board of Directors
merican Scandinavian Foundation - Member
International Bar Association
American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
University of Chicago, Alumni Schools Committee
Caldwell Library Foundation Member, Board of Directors
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Ronald S. Suss
For the vast majority of his career Mr. Suss concentrated his practice on plaintiff's personal injury, toxic torts, products liability, complex litigation, and appellate practice. In the course of that work, he championed the cause of working men and women who were occupationally exposed to cancer causing materials. In fact, Mr. Suss successfully litigated one of the first asbestos cases filed in the New Jersey Courts in which producers of asbestos were charged with causing injury to hundreds of factory workers. That case ultimately resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement. He was also involved in the one of the first cases ever tried against the suppliers of asbestos. That case resulted in an award of punitive damages. During his career he has authored appellate briefs which were submitted to the New Jersey Supreme Court leading to landmark decisions in the cases of Fischer v. Johns Manville Corporation, 103 N.J. 643 (1986) and Green v. Sterling Extruder Corporation, 95 N. J. 263 (1984).
Mr. Suss's prior extensive experience representing plaintiffs is now employed to defend the firm's clients in cases in which it is alleged that occupational exposure to asbestos has caused injury. His past experience makes him uniquely qualified to defend the interests of the firm's clients.
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Though his practice is now focused primarily on criminal defense, Mr. Tyshchenko devotes much of his time to the defense of law enforcement personnel, representing police, corrections, and sheriff's officers in both criminal matters and departmental disciplinary actions. In addition, Mr. Tyshchenko defends law enforcement officers at the federal level who have been charged with civil rights violations and criminal offenses.
Mr. Tyshchenko also serves as a Pool Attorney for the Office of the Public Defender, and works on a pro bono basis, and through the Office of the Public Defender, filing applications for Post Conviction Relief.
Contact Vlad Tyshchenko:
Carol Lynn Fine
At Rutgers, Ms. Fine earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice and later became a member of its faculty, serving as the Director of the Administration of Justice Internship Program and AOJ Pre Law Advisor.
She was also appointed as an Alternative Representative to the United Nations for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. Ms. Fine is a reader for the New Jersey State Board of Bar Examiners and serves on the Board of a non profit organization.
Ms. Fine became associated with the firm this year and is involved in a wide range of cases, including asbestos litigation. She is also a member of the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court and the National Employment Lawyers Association-New Jersey.
Contact Carol Lynn Fine:
Mr. Poberezhsky is an associate of the Firm and his practice encompasses both criminal and civil defense litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, he began his legal career at Legal Services where he vigorously defended the rights of tenants facing eviction. He then worked as an associate for Wong, Wong & Associates, P.C., achieving positive results for his clients in a variety of criminal and civil litigation matters.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2003-2006
University of Miami School of Law, 2007-2010
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February 1997 to Present:
Losch & Ehrlich; 425 California St., Ste. 2025. San Francisco, CA 94104
Partner with emphasis in tort and defense litigation, including construction defect cases, general tort defense for insurance companies and self-insured companies; commercial/business transactions, including negotiation and drafting of various contracts, licenses, leases, employment/severance agreements, etc.; All phases of business/commercial litigation, including contracts leases, employment law, ADA, real estate, and construction; intellectual property, including patent, copyright, and trademark law; partnership and corporate disputes; hotel, restaurant, and resort law and litigation.
October 1989 to February 1997:
Lillick & Charles (now Nixon Peabody); Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 2600, San Francisco, CA 9411
Partner in civil litigation group with emphasis in commercial litigation and counseling, mass tort litigation, defense of professionals, construction, intellectual property, wrongful termination and employment law, and special emphasis in negotiating and litigating licensing/distribution agreements.
September 1985 to October 1989:
Goldstein, Barceloux & Goldstein; 650 California Street-25th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Partner in ten attorney litigation firm with emphasis in real estate, contract, wrongful termination and employment law, construction, land use, banking and defense of professionals.
December 1984 to September 1985:
Memel, Jacobs, Pierno, Gersh & Ellsworth; 1801 Century Park East-25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Business litigation section in San Francisco office with emphasis on anti-trust, real estate, contract, wrongful termination and employment law, construction, land use and banking cases.
June 1980 to December 1984:
Weintraub Genshlea Hardy Erich & Brown; Sacramento, CA
Business litigation section with emphasis in real estate, contract, anti-trust, securities, construction, banking and personal injury cases as well as tort defense.
September 1978 to June 1980:
Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento District
Attorney's Office. Trial attorney in the felony bureau and career criminal unit.
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific,Sacramento, California. Graduated "With Distinction," May, 1978.
Dean's List all three years
Member of Traynor Honor Society
McGeorge Scholarship for Academic Excellence
McGeorge Dean's Discretionary Scholarship
1973-75 University of California, Santa Barbara
M.F.A., Art History
1969-73 Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
B.A., Fine Arts
Graduated "cum laude"
Contact Joseph Ehrlich:
I was the supervisor of the office's Appellate Unit during my entire tenure.
My chief responsibilities were supervising all appellate litigation conducted by the office in the state and federal courts and providing legal advice to the Prosecutor and the investigative and trial assistant prosecutors of the office. I argued seventeen cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court, including an interlocutory appeal in a death-penalty case.
I also argued one case before the Third Circuit. (As I note below, I also argued a Third Circuit case while in the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.)
I appeared on a regular basis before the Appellate Division and trial courts. I wrote or edited hundreds of appellate and trial briefs.
Deputy Attorney General, Attorney General's Office - July 1982 to June 1984
I was assigned to the Appellate Unit of the Division of Criminal Justice. I wrote Appellate Division briefs and appeared for argument before that court. I also supervised several other deputy attorneys general within the unit.
Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor's Office - September 1978 to June 1982
During my four years, I worked in the office's appellate, grand jury and trial sections. As a trial assistant, I tried fifteen jury trials. While in the Appellate Unit, I argued a number of cases before the Appellate Division and one case before the Third Circuit. I also coauthored a petition for a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. (The petition was denied.)
Law Clerk, Honorable Joseph L. Conn, J.S.C. - September 1977 to August 1978
Judge Conn sat on the criminal bench in Passaic County. I conducted legal research with regard to criminal cases before the court and assisted the court in drafting opinions.
Summer Intern, United States Attorney's Office, S.D.N.Y. – Summer 1976
I wrote briefs for the Second Circuit under the supervision of the three Assistant United States Attorneys who were responsible for all appeals involving immigration matters.
Rutgers Law School, Newark
Graduated with honors. Honors are awarded to the top ten per cent of the graduating class. I graduated in a class of 250. At the time I attended Rutgers, there was no class ranking.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude. Majored in English Language and Literature.
Contact Steve Kaflowitz:
He is presently "Of Counsel" to the firm and reviews and supervises the representation of injured clients so as to assure that those persons receive fair and adequate compensation for their injuries. The cases he handles involve an array of accidents including Motor Vehicle, Legal and Medical Mal Practice, Machine and Product injuries, Falls and other disabling incidents. He has been a lecturer before New Jersey Lawyers' Groups on subjects related to injury claims against Insurance Companies.
He has argued accident cases before the Appellate Courts of New Jersey and represented a party injured by an Industrial Machine before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Johnson v. Salem
Contact Sheldon Bross:
In 2005, Mr. Peri became the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Tandberg, a publicly traded technology company which was later acquired by Cisco Systems. Having recently left Cisco, Mr. Peri has returned to the representation of a diverse group of clients, serving as the de facto General Counsel for several of them. He holds a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania law school and an AB in History, cum laude, from Princeton University. Mr. Peri is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the District of New Jersey and the Court of International Trade.
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Stacey Lee Trien
Ms. Trien prides herself on her ability to efficiently and successfully multitask. While enrolled as a full-time student at Seton Hall Law, Ms. Trien worked two jobs to further her legal career and support herself. During that time, she gained significant experience in the areas of civil law, entertainment law, and internet/cybersecurity crimes.
Since Ms. Trien's first year of law school through the date of her graduation, she has worked at Bendit Weinstock, P.A., of West Orange, NJ on a large variety of civil matters including medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial disputes, estate law, landlord/tenant actions, and municipal law. During her last year of law school, Ms. Trien also worked in the Business and Legal Affairs Department at MTV Networks, where she gained substantial practical experience in entertainment law, complimenting her extensive education in that practice area. While at MTV, Ms. Trien worked on venue agreements, releases, work-for-hire agreements, and licensing agreements for television, internet, and music rights. Lastly, Ms. Trien embraced the ever-evolving cyberworld by becoming the Cybersecurity Research Assistant for The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology: The Cybersecurity Law Project.
State of New Jersey: 12/2011
United States District Court of New Jersey: 12/2011
State of New York: 1/2012
Southern District of NY: 9/2012
Eastern District of NY: 10/2012
District of Columbia: 5/2013
March 8, 2013: NBI's Entertainment Law 101 CLE Course: Evaluating & Insuring Entertainment Risks
Sept. 24, 2013: NJ ICLE Entertainment 101: A Crash Course in Representing Entertainers and Other “Personalities” For Every Attorney
New Jersey State Bar Association (“NJSBA”); NJSBA Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section, Secretary 2012 - present; NJSBA Young Lawyers Division; New York State Bar Association; and the New York City Bar Association
Contact Stacey Lee Trien:
Mr. Epstein is an associate of the firm where his practice focuses on both criminal and civil defense litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Mr. Epstein began his legal career practicing civil litigation, health care litigation, and workers compensation on behalf of medical providers at Massood & Bronsnick, LLP.
The Pennsylvania State University, 2003 - 2006
Brooklyn Law School, 2007-2010
New Jersey, 2010
New York, 2011
Contact Adam Epstein:
James B. Johnston
Mr. Johnston is a former supervisor at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office where he spearheaded hundreds of investigations including white collar crime, child abuse, sex crimes, organized crime and government misconduct. Before joining the firm he worked in the Legal Affairs Division at MetLife.
Mr. Johnston is past president of the Seton Hall Law School Alumni Council (2010-2011) and former co-chair of the Seton Hall Law School Red Mass Committee. In addition he has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School for over 10 years. As a law professor, Mr. Johnston has lectured and published in the areas of trial advocacy, criminal law, constitutional law and evidence. His law review articles have been published nationwide by a variety of distinguished law schools, including the University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Seton Hall and the University of Texas.
Mr. Johnston received his B.S., M.A. and J.D. degrees from Seton Hall University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
“Executing Capital Punishment Via Case Study: A Socratic Chat About New Jersey’s Abolition of the Death Penalty and Convincing Other States to Follow Suit.” 34 Notre Dame Journal of Legislation 1.
“An Examination of New Jersey’s Money Laundering Statutes”, 30 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 1.
“How the Confrontation Clause Defeated the Rape Shield Statute: Acquaintance Rape, the Consent Defense and the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Ruling in State v. Garron” 14 Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies 197.
“Law School Diversity as a Compelling State Interest: Justice O’Connor’s Application of Strict Scrutiny and the Promise of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger,” 10 University of Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy 9.
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