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The biographies that follow are of 40 young New Jersey lawyers we think are worth watching, not only for what they have achieved so far in their careers but more so for the potential they show to be among the leaders of the New Jersey bar in the not-so-distant future. We selected the lawyers based upon information provided by their firms or gleaned from other sources. In choosing them, we looked at such indicators as achievement in practice areas; record of publication, lecturing and presenting to professional forums; recognition by peers and professional organizations; leadership positions at the firms; leadership in bar groups; merit-based membership in professional groups; pro bono and civic activity; and special challenges overcome in attaining career success. We favored lawyers who have taken charge of practice groups or committees in their own firms at a young age. The field was not limited to partners (though many are) nor was it restricted to large firms. Sometimes, the best indicator was the founding and/or growing of a small firm or a practice area within a firm. The attorneys chosen represent a broad spectrum of the bar, covering an array of practices. Some are litigators and some are devoted to transactional and compliance-oriented areas. What all have in common is that they have distinguished themselves early in their professional lives and promise more of the same. Any qualitative list is necessarily subjective, and there are doubtless numerous young attorneys who have yet to gain public attention. As we repeat this selection in future years, they may be chosen. But for now, the 40 lawyers listed are well qualified to carry the distinction. - Ronald J. Fleury Editor-in-Chief
Vincent N. Avallone

Firm: McCarter & English, Newark Position: Partner Born: Sept. 12, 1968, Parsippany Education: Rutgers Law School-Newark, J.D., 1993 (articles editor, Computer & Technology Law Journal); Princeton Univ., B.A., 1990 Years at Present Firm: 7 Primary Practice Areas: Employment law defense. Previous Experience: United States Army, Judge Advocate, 1994-97; served as lead prosecutor for the U.S. Army Military District of Washington; special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia; criminal defense counsel in the National Capital Region Highlights: Avallone joined McCarter & English directly from service as an Army Judge Advocate, having already amassed a formidable record in military legal practice. He served as first or second chair in criminal jury trials, bench trials and administrative hearings both on the prosecution and defense sides. His most notable successes included the defense of several nationally publicized cases of sexual harassment against Army drill instructors at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. As a special assistant U.S. attorney, he handled the criminal prosecution of civilians who engaged in unlawful conduct on select military installations. Avallone received special recognition for his judge advocate work, including the Army Commendation Medal. At McCarter & English, Avallone rapidly developed significant client relationships in the field of labor and employment law and became a partner in just four years. The firm says he has consistently delivered outstanding results, successfully negotiating favorable resolutions and obtaining favorable trial verdicts and pretrial dismissals. In April 2004, he became leader of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group, comprised of 13 attorneys in offices in Hartford, Stamford, New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore. He is also a published author and frequent speaker on employer-defense issues.


Ernest E. Badway

Firm: Saiber Schlesinger Satz & Goldstein, Newark Position: Partner Born: Dec. 19, 1967, Providence, R.I. Education: Duke Univ. Law School, J.D., 1992; Boston Univ., M.A., 1989, British history; Boston Univ., B.A., 1989 Years at Present Firm: 7 Primary Practice Areas: Litigation and dispute resolution. Previous Experience: U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, staff attorney, 1995-97; Strook & Strook & Lavan, associate, 1992-95 Highlights: Coming to Saiber, Schlesinger from the SEC, Badway quickly carved out a unique specialty niche, representing broker-dealers, associated persons, hedge funds, corporations, and high net worth individuals in litigation and dispute resolution. At age 36, he is already an established authority on regulatory compliance, and especially on the hottest topic in the area, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He has lectured in the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s program on the Sarbanes-Oxley aftermath and was co-program chair of “The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: How the New Rules Affect Your Law Practice” and “The Sarbanes-Oxley Update.” He has moderated forums at the New York County Lawyers’ Association titled “Navigating the Regulatory Rapids in Today’s Security Industry,” “Regulation FD: A Practical Approach,” “State Securities Regulation: The States Are Here to Stay,” and “Securities Enforcement Update.” Badway has also spoken at the ACI’s Corporate Counsel program on internal investigations, is co-chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Securities and Exchanges and is on the adjunct faculty at Brooklyn Law School. He has published articles in the field of regulatory compliance and has also been a featured commentator for Bloomberg Television News, KFXN All News Radio, and print publications, including CBS Marketwatch.com, Bloomberg.com and Fortune magazine. He became a partner this year.


Lynda A. Bennett

Firm: Lowenstein Sandler, Roseland Position: Partner Born: Sept. 13, 1969, Staten Island, N.Y. Education: Valparaiso Univ., J.D., 1994, magna cum laude; Susquehanna Univ., B.A., 1991, cum laude Years at Present Firm: 6 Primary Practice Areas: Commercial litigation; insurance coverage litigation and counseling. Previous Experience: Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin, associate, 1996-98; Anderson, Kill, Olick & Oshinsky, 1994-96 Highlights: Bennett is Lowenstein Sandler’s youngest full-time woman partner and has emerged as one of the firm’s young leaders. She is vice-chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group, serves as chair of the Insurance Coverage Institute and is an editor of the Insurance Group’s Claim Denied publication. She is also an active member in the Technology and Employment Practice groups and serves on several firm management committees, including the Recruiting Committee, chairs the Diversity Initiatives Committee and is among the founding members of Women Lawyers of Lowenstein Sandler, a proactive group of female partners and associates dedicated to providing a forum for women’s issues in the law and community service. As a litigator and counselor, Bennett has represented Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer Inc., Hoechst Celanese Corporation, and USFilter Corporation, all of which were involved in multimillion-dollar environmental insurance coverage litigations with their insurers. She also represents and counsels corporate policyholders in insurance matters that include directors & officers/executive liability, product liability, construction defective liability, environmental liability, employment liability, advertising injury liability, intellectual property and cyber-risk liability, business interruption and broker malpractice. Bennett is a frequent speaker and author on insurance issues. In the past year alone, she has moderated two New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education programs regarding insurance coverage for natural resource damage liability and “hot topics” in New Jersey insurance law. She was recently appointed to chair the New Jersey State Bar Association Insurance Law Section Newsletter and Web Page Committees. She is also strong in community service, having helped organize and sponsor fund-raising events for the National Alliance for Autism Research and has served as a heart captain for the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk. She also volunteers as a member of Berkeley Heights Township’s Insurance Committee, where she evaluates her hometown’s existing insurance program and provides recommendations on valuable risk management techniques.


Martin Borosko

Firm: Becker Meisel, Livingston Position: Partner Born: Feb. 28, 1967, Princeton Education: Rutgers Law School-Newark, J.D., 1992; Trenton State College, B.A., 1989 Years at Present Firm: 4 Primary Practice Areas: Civil litigation. Previous Experience: Wolff & Samson, associate, 1996-2000; Schwartz, Tobia, Stanziale, associate, 1991-96 Highlights: In less than four years since joining Becker Meisel, Borosko has become a member of the firm’s executive committee and its hiring partner. In the latter capacity, he has been responsible for establishing and overseeing the firm’s associate mentoring program and summer associate program. The firm says that the success of the programs has been instrumental in its ability to recruit and retain associates and has helped spur the firm’s growth over the last three years from four to 18 attorneys. In his practice, Borosko represents corporations in disputes involving complex questions of land development and construction law. He recently represented Asbury Partners, L.L.C., the entity retained by Asbury Park to undertake the estimated $500 million redevelopment of the city’s historic waterfront. He was also involved in a cases overturning a regional sewer authority’s attempt to block a major Mount Laurel development, setting the standard of care owed by a general contractor to an owner under a cost-plus a guaranteed maximum contract and interpreting the scope of “pay when paid” clauses in construction contracts. Borosko writes regularly on legal issues concerning land development and construction law, has appeared as a guest speaker on television news programs, has been interviewed by a number of news publications relating to legal matters he has handled, and often speaks to industry groups on new developments.


Shereen C. Chen

Firm: Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Voorhees Position: Associate Born: Oct. 3, 1971, in Taipei, Taiwan Education: Rutgers Law School-Camden, J.D., 1996, with honors in international law; Johns Hopkins Univ., B.A., 1993 Years at Present Firm: 11/2 Primary Practice Areas: Litigation; labor and employment. Previous Experience: Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose & Podolsky, associate, 2001-03; Katz, Ettin & Levine, associate, 2000-01; Camden Immigrant Advocacy Project, coordinating attorney, 1998-2000; Camden Center for Law and Social Justice, director of immigration department, 1998-2000; Wolf Professional Association, associate, 1996-98 Highlights: Chen’s addition to Ballard Spahr last year resulted in the establishment of the firm’s immigration and naturalization practice department, which she coordinates at all of the firm’s locations nationwide. She is also an integral part of the firm’s pro bono team, having worked on seven pro bono cases in the past year. Chen is a frequent lecturer on the topic of immigration and naturalization law and has appeared on television news media as an expert on the subject. Her recent speaking engagements include Builders Association of Southern New Jersey; New Jersey Amusement Association; Federal Bar; Tri-State Human Resource Association; and Rutgers School of Law. She has appeared several times on NBC 10 News (Philadelphia) “Legal Lines” regarding immigration law and she was spotlighted in a Courier-Post article (Oct. 2, 2003) featuring trends in immigration law. She has also been the keynote speaker for the naturalization ceremonies at the Mitchell Cohen Federal Courthouse in Camden. Her community involvement is formidable. She serves on the Advancement Council for the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. She is also active in S.C.A.N. (Sensitivity and Cultural Awareness Now); Coalition of Multicultural Understanding; Rutgers Art Council; the City of Camden Asian-American Advisory Commission (2002); and the Philadelphia-based group GOMEZ, which assists individuals and families with immigration law cases.


Daniel J. Cohen

Firm: Coughlin, Duffy, Kelly, Lisovicz, Midlige & Wolff, Morristown Position: Partner Born: Dec. 16, 1964, Newark Education: Vermont Law School, J.D., 1991, magna cum laude; Univ. of Delaware, B.S., 1987 Years at Present Firm: Just founded Primary Practice Areas: Litigation. Previous Experience: McElroy, Deutsch & Mulvaney, associate, then partner, 1995-2004; assistant Somerset County prosecutor, 1992-95; Hon. Wilfred P. Diana, Superior Court of New Jersey, law clerk, 1991-92 Highlights: Cohen is one of 10 equity partners who formed Coughlin Duffy this past March. At his new firm, he chairs the hiring committee and co-chairs the marketing committee. A former prosecutor, Cohen gained extensive experience at McElroy, Deutsch in complex, multiparty litigation in state and federal courts in New Jersey and numerous other jurisdictions, including class actions and mass tort litigation. His areas of concentration include multiparty toxic tort litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, products liability, labor and employment, appellate practice, contract disputes and white-collar criminal defense. Cohen currently serves as national counsel for a publicly traded premiere health-care sales and marketing company. He also acts as corporate counsel to a number of small and midsized business, which involves consultation in such areas as employment and human resource issues, preparation, review and negotiation of contracts, software agreements, and employment agreements. In addition to writing and lecturing about his practice areas, he has also been widely active in pro bono work and community service. He was appointed by Gov. Christine Todd Whitman to the Department of Corrections, Board of Trustees for the Youth Correctional Institutional Complex and was recognized by Essex County Volunteer Lawyers for Justice for Pro Bono Service.


John Coyne

Firm: McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Morristown Position: Partner Born: Nov. 11, 1965, Newark Education: Rutgers Univ., J.D., 1991; Johns Hopkins Univ., B.A., 1987 Years at Present Firm: 10 Primary Practice Areas: Commercial litigation, insurance. Previous Experience: Robinson, St. John & Wayne, associate, 1992-94; Hon. John M. Boyle, N.J. Superior Court, law clerk, 1991-92. Highlights: Coyne, who co-chairs McElroy, Deutsch’s insurance services practice group, has argued numerous matters before the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division. Several of his cases have resulted in published opinions, including Re/Max of New Jersey, Inc. v. Wausau Ins. Cos., 162 N.J. 282 (2000); Miller v. McClure, 162 N.J. 575 (2000); Courvoisier v. Harley Davidson, Inc., 162 N.J. 153 (2000); and Princeton Ins. Co. v. Chunmuang, 151 N.J. 80 (1997). He has lectured both clients and professional groups on a variety of insurance coverage-related issues. He is the author of “Effect of Exculpatory Contractual Provisions on Tort Liability to Third Parties,” 31 Tort & Insurance L.J. 785 (1996); “Probabilistic Puzzles: Can the Unknown Be Quantified?” 138 N.J.L.J. 1491 (Dec. 12, 1994); “Defeating Claims for Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing,” The Alert, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Summer 2001); and co-author of “Coverage of Employment Discrimination Claims Under Standard Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Insurance Policies,” 35 Tort & Insurance L.J. 1097 (2000). He also practices in the areas of products liability, unfair competition, employment discrimination and complex commercial litigation. Among his clients are insurance companies and other corporations involved in provision of staffing services, public relations services and industrial manufacturing.


Richard M. DeAgazio

Firm: Budd Larner, Short Hills Position: Partner Born: July 31, 1967, White Plains, N.Y. Education: Fordham Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1993 (senior articles editor, Fordham Urban Law Journal); Rutgers College, B.A., 1990, cum laude (Henry Rutgers Scholar in history) Years at Present Firm: 10 Primary Practice Areas: Employment litigation and corporate counseling. Previous Experience: Hon. Thomas B. Mannion, Superior Court of New Jersey, law clerk, 1993-94 Highlights: DeAgazio started with Budd Larner as a first-year associate and became partner in just six years. He has developed a thriving practice in employment litigation and counseling on behalf of corporate clients in such areas as Title VII, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, FMLA, ADA, whistle-blower laws, sexual harassment and noncompetition agreements. He is a frequent writer on employment law issues. Among his notable articles are: “Company Holiday Parties: A Breeding Ground for Sexual Harassment,” Martindale-Hubbell (2003); “Protecting Proprietary Business Information,” Martindale-Hubbell (2003); and “New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Sexual Harassment Law,” Martindale-Hubbell (2004). He also co-authored, “The Four-headed Monster: ADA, FMLA, OSHA, and Workers’ Compensation,” 46 Labor L.J. 48 (Jan. 1995).


Louis DeVoto

Firm: Ferrara, Rossetti & DeVoto, Cherry Hill Born: July 27, 1965, Jersey City Education: Ohio Northern Univ., Pettit College of Law, J.D., 1993; St. Joseph’s Univ., B.S., 1987 Primary Practice Areas: Products liability; medical negligence; automobile liability; premises liability. Highlights: DeVoto has strung together an impressive collection of recent personal injury awards, including a $5.5 million verdict in a defective-design seatbelt case and a $1.3 million settlement of a suit charging that negligent construction of a roadside stand without protective metal poles led a patron to be struck by a car. In 2001, DeVoto won a $1.6 million verdict in Gloucester County on behalf of a 16-year-old boy who lost his hand to an exploding firework that had been left in a Deptford Park after a display. DeVoto has been certified as a civil trial advocacy specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is the author of a number of articles on trial strategy.


Patrick C. Dunican Jr.

Firm: Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Newark Position: Managing director Born: Dec. 15, 1966, Brooklyn, N.Y. Education: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., cum laude 1991 (editor-in-chief, Seton Hall Law Review); Iona College, B.A., 1988 Years at Present Firm: 12 Primary Practice Areas: Complex business and commercial litigation. Previous Experience: Hon. Clarkson S. Fisher Sr., U.S. District Judge, law clerk, 1991-92 Highlights: This January, Dunican � at age 37 � became the managing director of one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest firms. The appointment capped a history of rapid advancement with the firm, where he started as a first-year associate in 1992. While still an associate, he was chosen in 1997 to open and strategically grow the firm’s New York office. In just five years, the office grew from one to 40 attorneys, leading the office in mergers and recruiting. In 1999, he was named a partner and administrative partner-in-charge of the New York office. Soon after, he became the youngest member of the firm’s executive committee and co-chair of the firm’s strategic growth committee. When Gibbons Del Deo decided to pass the torch to the next generation of leadership, he became the obvious choice for managing director. Dunican was named the 2002 Young Alumnus of the Year by Seton Hall Univ. School of Law. He was recognized for his achievements as a young attorney, as well as for his service to the law school Alumni Council, the Seton Hall Red Mass Committee and as an adjunct professor of legal research and writing for five years. In addition to his service to Seton Hall Law School, Dunican has worked with the Gibbons Fellowship Program, which undertakes public interest and constitutional law projects and litigation from all sectors. The firm sponsors three fellows, two based in New Jersey, for its two-year program. Working with a broad cross section of public interest groups, the Fellowship Program has become widely known in New Jersey and nationally as a voice for the poor and underrepresented. Dunican has also worked on pro bono causes of his own. He successfully represented the family of a Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center victim when an insurance company denied payment of life insurance proceeds because all of the employers’ records were destroyed in the collapse of the towers.


Adam Friedman

Firm: Wolff & Samson, Roseland Position: Partner Born: Jan. 1, 1967, Forest Hills, N.Y. Education: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva Univ., J.D., 1991; Cornell Univ., B.S., 1988 Primary Practice Areas: Litigation; surety and fidelity law. Highlights: Friedman, a partner since 2001, is one of three hiring partners at the firm and a member of its 12-member fidelity and insurance law department, the biggest practice in the firm. He is a seasoned and accomplished litigator and an active member of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association. His chief specialty is representing carriers in fidelity and surety bond cases. Friedman’s cases include Becton Dickinson v. Wolckenhauer (2000), a $5 million fidelity bond case involving the restitution rights of a crime victim over the Internal Revenue Service’s rights to collect taxes on the stolen $5 million, a matter Friedman lost on a statute of limitations issue.


Vito Gagliardi Jr.

Firm: Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown Position: Partner Born: September 1964 Education: Washington & Lee Univ. School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989; Univ. of Notre Dame, B.A., 1986 Primary Practice Areas: Commercial litigation; employment law; education law. Highlights: Gagliardi, a litigator for school boards, has made a subspecialty of representing regionalized school districts that want to deregionalize. Gagliardi was the lawyer behind the 1997 dissolution of the Union County Regional School District (the first in the state to deregionalize) and the 1998 dissolution of the Lower Camden County Regional School District. He also represents police departments and other entities in employment law matters, as well as carrying a commercial litigation practice. Gagliardi is a member of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys, for which he served on the board of trustees for two terms. He is also a member of the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey School Boards Association. He is also a member of the New Jersey Law Revision Commission, which advises on statutory amendments and codifications.


Lisa Halperin

Firm: DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Wisler, Teaneck Position: Partner Born: March 6, 1970, Hackensack Education: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1995; Syracuse Univ., B.A., 1992, magna cum laude Primary Practice Areas: Public procurement; privatization; public finance; complex transactions; solid waste law; municipal law. Highlights: Halperin joined the firm in 1996 as an associate and became a partner in just six years. Her forte is solid waste law, developing procurement documents, evaluating responses and negotiating construction and operating agreements for all types of solid waste and related facilities. She has appeared before, and worked with, the Department of Environmental Protection in procurement matters and in developing and securing waste-flow orders and solid waste management plan approvals. She is general counsel to the Essex County Utilities Authority, advising on procurement, contracting and regulatory issues. Halperin also handles structuring of public/private partnerships and negotiating contracts for long-term leases and operation of county health-care facilities and county and municipal utilities.


Gary W. Herschman

Firm: Sills, Cummis, Epstein & Gross, Newark Position: Partner Born: Aug. 11, 1964, Memphis, Tenn. Education: George Washington Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1989, with high honors (editor, The Washington Law Review; Order of the Coif); Lafayette College, B.A., 1986, summa cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Epsilon) Years at Present Firm: 7 Primary Practice Areas: Health and hospital law. Previous Experience: Brach Eichler, Roseland, associate, 1993-97; Richardson, Berlin & Morvillo, associate, 1991-93; U.S. Dept. of Justice honors program, trial attorney, 1989-91 (recipient, Special Achievement Award) Highlights: Since his arrival at Sills Cummis, Herschman has spearheaded the growth of the firm’s health-care and hospital law practice, increasing it more than 10-fold in a few short years. The 25-lawyer practice group that he chairs advises dozens of hospitals and health-care facilities in New Jersey and New York, including many of the largest hospital systems in the region, on strategic issues and transactions. He also represents hospitals in the defense and settlement of government investigations. Herschman is a published author on health-care topics, writing articles on health-care law issues in local and national publications. Recent articles were published in hfm, the monthly magazine of the national HFMA (regarding how to structure hospital-physician joint venture ambulatory surgery centers), in Provider, the monthly magazine of the American Health Care Association (regarding when quality assurance documents are privileged), and in Compliance Today, the monthly magazine of the national Health Care Compliance Association (regarding actions hospitals should take as a result of the OIG’s 2004 Work Plan). He serves on the executive board of the Health Care Association of New Jersey, and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Forum of the American Bar Association, the Health and Hospital Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He also has served on the boards of trustees of the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation and Parents Anonymous, and on the editorial board of the Healthcare Antitrust Manual.


Beth Hinsdale

Firm: Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, Roseland Position: Partner Born: June 25, 1965, Montclair Education: Villanova Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1990; Pennsylvania State Univ., B.A., 1987 Years at Present Firm: 14 Primary Practice Areas: Public sector labor and employment law. Highlights: Hinsdale in 2000 became the first woman at Grotta, Glassman to work her way from first-year associate to partner. She has a strong administrative record at the firm: she has headed the summer associate committee and founded a female marketing initiative dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women attorneys. She presently chairs the public sector law group and serves on the firm’s diversity committee. Hinsdale’s experience in public sector labor and employment law spans 14 years of representing municipalities, counties, state agencies and New Jersey. As labor counsel to New Jersey from 1995 to 2002, she assisted state officials in the development of labor policy and legislation, and helped to negotiate contracts covering more than 60,000 state employees that, in turn, served as a framework for public sector negotiations across the state. She serves as an employment law trainer to several public sector groups and insurance carriers and as a trainer to both employers and employees in the areas of harassment prevention, FMLA compliance and ADA accommodation issues. She is a state-approved mediator for cases covering employment law. Hinsdale has been appointed to several public sector insurance litigation panels and has recently been appointed to serve as editor of the Public Sector Personnel Law Update, which is a nationally published newsletter on recent cases of interest to public sector entities across the country. She is also on the board of the Essex County chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners and a member of Female Executives of New Jersey. Hinsdale also dedicates time to Pro Bono Partnership, an organization that links charitable organizations with attorneys to perform legal work free of charge in their areas of specialty.


Donna M. Jennings

Firm: Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, Woodbridge Position: Associate Born: Sept. 25, 1964, Bronx, N.Y. Education: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1995; Rutgers College, B.A., 1986 Years at Present Firm: 7 Primary Practice Areas: Land use. Previous Experience: Hill Wallack, associate, 1996-97; Hon. Robert T. Quackenboss, N.J. Superior Court, law clerk, 1995-96 Highlights: In her short career, Jennings has quickly become an authority in the field of land development approvals and litigation, including site plan approvals, variances, subdivisions, developers’ agreements, rezoning applications, redevelopment and related litigation. She has made frequent appearances as a speaker in professional forums, among them the Atlantic City Builders’ Convention for the past three years and the Central Jersey Builders’ Association this year. She has also published articles and co-authored the land use chapter in Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey (ICLE, 2003). She is a member of the New Jersey Builders Association Land Use and Planning Committee, the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties and the Industrial Commercial Real Estate Women’s Association. She was recently appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the State Bar Association’s Land Use Section. At Wilentz, Goldman, Jennings chairs the firm’s associates committee and for six summers has served as a mentor with the firm’s summer associate program. She has also served as a mentor with Seton Hall School of Law’s Partnership in Excellence Program. Among her pro bono efforts, Jennings represented the family of a victim from the World Trade Center disaster before the 2001 Victims’ Compensation Fund. This year, she co-chairs the Ladies Links for Better Health Golf Committee, an organization that raises money for scholarships to high school girl golfers and for purchasing vital medical equipment for the women’s health center at CentraState Medical Center.


Eric Kahn

Firm: Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks & Zarin, Springfield Position: Partner Born: Dec. 23, 1967, Summit Education: Rutgers Law School-Newark, J.D., 1993; Haverford College, B.A., 1990 Years at Present Firm: 11 Primary Practice Areas: Civil litigation, workers’ compensation. Highlights: Kahn, who grew up in Springfield, began working for Javerbaum, Wurgaft as a clerk while still in law school and became a partner in 2001. In his 11 years of practice, he has contributed to the development of substantive law in the field of personal injury law and has been recognized and selected for leadership positions in a number of bar organizations. In addition to trying numerous cases � including two World Trade Center cases resulting in multimillion-dollar awards � he argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Brooks v. Odom, 150 N.J. 395 (1997), and Prevratil v. Mohr, 145 N.J. 180 (1996), and has appeared before the Appellate Division on a frequent basis. Kahn has also expanded the firm’s practice into employment law, developing an expertise in wrongful discharge and employment discrimination cases. He has been a speaker at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and other forums on automobile negligence law and related subjects. He serves on the state Supreme Court’s District XII Ethics Committee and the Essex County Bar Association’s Delegates Counsel and is an arbitrator for the Automobile and Personal Injury Negligence Arbitration Programs in Essex and Union counties. He also serves on the Automobile Insurance Reparations Committees of the State Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America-NJ. Kahn is also active with the Richard J. Hughes chapter of the American Inn of Court, Orange Senior Citizens Housing Council and with other civic groups in and near his community. He has also served as chair of the Union County Bar Association Golf Outing Committee from 2000-04 and is a certified high school basketball official.


John E. Keefe Jr.

Firm: Lynch, Martin, Kane, Kuper, Keefe & Bartels, North Brunswick Position: Partner Born: 1965 Education: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1990; Gettysburg College, B.A., 1987 Primary Practice Areas: Negligence and product liability. Highlights: A 1990 admittee, Keefe made partner in just six years and leads his firm’s plaintiffs’ personal injury department. He has tried numerous matters to verdict and prosecuted hundreds of cases on behalf of victims of catastrophic loss. Among his victories was a $64 million settlement in 2002 in a class-action suit against Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. over defective tires, in which he shared the lead counsel role. The litigation, which included plaintiffs in Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania, was consolidated in New Jersey, whose Consumer Fraud Act is the most generous. Keefe also practices sports law and is a certified player agent with the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. Keefe is an active member of the New Jersey, Middlesex and Monmouth bar associations. He serves on the executive committee of the State Bar’s Civil Trial Section and as a legislative chairman. He is a trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.


Robert T. Lewis

Firm: Capehart & Scatchard, Mount Laurel Position: Associate Born: Dec. 15, 1971, Camden Education: Widener Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1997; Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro, B.S., 1994 Years at Present Firm: 3 1/2 Primary Practice Areas: Medicare compliance and workers’ compensation. Previous Experience: Hedrick, Eatman, Gardner & Kincheloe, Raleigh, N.C., 1998-2000; Lewis & Pittard, Southern Pines, N.C., 1997-98 Highlights: Lewis, the head of Capehart Scatchard’s Medicare practice group, has developed a national practice focusing on Medicare compliance issues and claims arising under the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute. He is a frequent lecturer and has written several articles addressing this new area of law, which has dramatically impacted both liability and workers’ compensation claims. He also represents employers, self-insured companies and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation defense matters. Lewis has been widely published in Mealey’s Managed Care Liability Report, Mealey’s Litigation Report and other articles about the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute, as well as participating in more than 20 presentations on the subject within the past two years. This past June, he made a presentation before the judges of the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation, and in July, he was asked to be a faculty instructor for the University of Florida’s Medicare Set-Aside Program. Among other lecture forums are The American Inns of Court (South Jersey Group), Burlington County Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the University of Florida, and the University of Mississippi.


Elizabeth G. Litten

Firm: Fox Rothschild, Princeton Position: Special counsel Born: Jan. 20, 1965, Philadelphia, Pa. Education: Rutgers Law School-Camden, J.D., 1990, general honors and distinction in taxation; Vassar College, B.A., 1987, general honors and honors in English Years at Present Firm: 1 1/2 Primary Practice Areas: Health-care law. Previous Experience: DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Wisler, 1994-2003 (chair, health-care department, 1996-2003); Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman & Cohen, associate, 1990-94. Highlights: In 15 years of practice, Litten has become a recognized leader in the practice of health-care law and related regulatory and legislative issues. She came to Fox Rothschild after seven years as chair of the health-care department at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, and she had been a registered lobbyist in New Jersey for nearly 10 years, during which time she has been closely involved in drafting and advocating health-care-related regulations and legislation. While serving on the Health Care Transition Committee for Gov. James McGreevey, she worked closely with the executive and legislative branches of both parties. As a delegate to the Health Care Quality Act Advisory Committee and to the Health Maintenance Organization Advisory Committee, she worked extensively with the Department of Health and Senior Services in recommending large-scale regulatory changes. She is often called on to speak on panels in public forums and before health insurance organizations, most recently before the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She has also participated on a panel with health industry legislators for the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters. She served on the board of the Health Care Financial Management Association, New Jersey chapter, and is currently the editor of its bimonthly news magazine, The Garden State Focus. She also speaks and writes frequently about Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and fraud and abuse issues. During her tenure at Fox Rothschild, Litten established a series of monthly luncheons for women in health-care law and government, as a way to reach out to her peers and further communications between the two groups.


Stacey L. Meisel

Firm: Becker Meisel, Livingston Position: Partner Born: Aug. 18, 1969, Schenectady, N.Y. Education: Villanova School of Law, J.D., 1994; Rutgers College, B.A., 1991 Years at Present Firm: 6 Primary Practice Areas: Bankruptcy. Previous Experience: Schwartz, Tobia, Stanziale, Becker, associate, 1994-98 Highlights: Meisel is a founding member of Becker Meisel, now 18 lawyers strong, which practices in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, construction litigation, labor, motor sports and real estate development law. Besides taking a leadership role in running the firm, Meisel, in 1997, became the youngest person to be appointed to the New Jersey Chapter 7 Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees, in which capacity she administers approximately 80 cases per month. She has also served as a Chapter 11 trustee in substantial cases. Meisel has participated as both a lecturer and author for the annual Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference, sponsored by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She serves on the Essex County Delegates Council, the New Jersey Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and the New Jersey Turnaround Management Association. She has written articles for the State Bar’s Bankruptcy Law Section newsletter as a contributing author. Meisel is also strong in community service. She volunteers for the Essex County Volunteer Lawyers for Justice � from which she received an award for “Volunteer of the Year 2004″ � and serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Home Society, an organization founded in 1894 to help at-risk infants, children and families to achieve their potential. She also serves on the nominating and advocacy committees for the CHS Board.


Louis Modugno

Firm: McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Morristown Position: Partner Born: Feb. 11, 1968, Paterson Education: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1995; Fairfield Univ., B.S., 1990 Years at Present Firm: 8 Primary Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, surety, commercial litigation and general corporate law. Previous Experience: Hon. Stephen A. Stripp, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, law clerk, 1995-96 Highlights: Admitted to the bar in 1995, Modugno made partner at McElroy Deutsch in just five years, during which time he acquired extensive litigation experience in bankruptcy, construction, surety, commercial, corporate, chancery, fiduciary and professional liability practice areas. He co-chairs the Surety/Construction and Bankruptcy/Work-Out practice groups within the firm. His own practice is nationally based. He has appeared in and argued before federal district, bankruptcy and circuit courts and his cases have resulted in published opinions by courts in the Second, Third, Ninth, 10th and 11th circuits. Modugno often lectures on surety and bankruptcy issues affecting insurers. He has given presentations for various bar associations, including ones titled “Business Valuations” for the Essex County Bar Association annual meeting and “Nuts and Bolts of Effective Bankruptcy Trial Practice” at the Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference. Among his clients are several insurance companies, small businesses and contractors. Modugno wears two professional hats, being licensed as a certified public accountant in New Jersey. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee as well as the State Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section. He also chairs the Federal Practice Committee for the Essex County Bar Association.


Brian Montag

Firm: Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Newark Position: Partner Born: 1965 Education: Rutgers Law School-Camden, J.D., 1990; Union College, B.A., 1987 Primary Practice Areas: Environmental law enforcement and litigation. Highlights: Montag, who left Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch two years ago to join his current firm, made news as the lead defense counsel for St. Lawrence Cement Co., winning a Third Circuit victory in an “environmental justice” suit by Camden residents that challenged the opening of a plant. He concentrates his practice on counseling clients on environmental compliance and enforcement matters, private cost recovery actions and a variety of environmental regulatory matters, including air, solid waste, waste-water and hazardous waste violations; permitting, and administrative proceedings. He serves as common counsel for potentially responsible parties in Superfund and Spill Act matters with regard to sites in New Jersey and across the nation, and has been involved in conducting extensive PRP search efforts.


Arnold L. Natali Jr.

Firm: McCarter & English, Newark Position: Partner Born: July 20, 1964, Paterson Education: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1989; Fairfield Univ., A.B., 1986 Years at Present Firm: 14 Primary Practice Areas: Complex civil litigation and insurance coverage. Previous Experience: Hon. Mitchell Cohen, U.S. District Judge, law clerk, 1989-90 Highlights: Natali, who concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation, insurance coverage disputes and product liability matters, has built a national reputation as an expert in the intellectually challenging area of allocating liabilities among multiple types of insurance policies. As a member of McCarter & English’s insurance coverage and general litigation practice group, he has assisted in recovering more than $1 billion in insurance proceeds for Fortune 50 clients who were originally denied coverage for various environmental and business liabilities, including asbestos bodily injury and property damage claims and coverage claims for breast-implant liabilities. He has published numerous articles and a book chapter related to insurance matters, and has lectured at Seton Hall Law School on appellate advocacy and insurance law. He has also lectured, as a sought-after speaker, to fellow attorneys at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Natali is a member of McCarter & English’s pro bono committee, which establishes firmwide policy with respect to the firm’s pro bono commitment. He has personally dedicated hundreds of pro bono hours in nearly a dozen political asylum cases on behalf of clients from Algeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, Rwanda and Somalia, all of them successful. He also participates in civic and charitable activities, including service on the board of directors of the Apostle’s House, the greater Newark social service agency operated by six Episcopal churches. He also serves on the board of directors of St. James Community Development Corporation in Newark and on the board of directors of Team Walker, an education and athletic charitable organization founded by former Seton Hall University basketball star Jerry Walker.


Christine O’Hearn

Firm: Brown & Connery, Westmont Position: Partner Born: June 26, 1969, Camden Education: Temple Univ. School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1993; Univ. of Delaware, B.A., 1990 Primary Practice Areas: Civil practice; commercial litigation; labor and employment; litigation; personal injury; product liability. Highlights: O’Hearn concentrates her practice on labor and employment, personal injury, product liability and construction litigation. She represents individuals and management in employment matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment, and retaliation under state and federal law. She has given seminars on issues related to employment discrimination, employment laws and regulations. She also has represented individuals and businesses in personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice and construction accident litigation.


Marc C. Policastro

Firm: Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin, Davis & Himmel, Woodbridge Position: Partner Born: Jan. 22, 1965, New York, N.Y. Education: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1990(notes and comments editor, Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal); Univ. of Richmond, E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, B.S., cum laude, 1987 Years at Present Firm: 14 Primary Practice Areas: Real estate redevelopment and environmental remediation. Highlights: At 39, Policastro leads Greenbaum, Rowe’s environmental remediation practice. He has developed a significant client base in the environmental and real estate practice area, has significant experience in redevelopment of “brownfield” sites, ISRA, Spill Act and related hazardous substance regulatory matters and is recognized by his peers as having particular expertise in successfully resolving complex environmental compliance and remediation cases. He is also part of the firm’s land use and zoning practice group. He has published articles on such topics as natural resource damage recovery – an issue on the cutting edge of real estate and environmental law – and liability for migrating ground-water contamination. He is an active member of both the New Jersey Builders Association and Mortgage Bankers Association and he has lectured and presented seminars on various environmental issues to these organizations. He is also an active member of the Land Use and Environmental Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association.


Francis ‘Trip’ Riley

Firm: Saul Ewing, Princeton Position: Partner Born: Nov. 4, 1967, Annapolis, Md. Education: Ohio Northern University, J.D., 1994 (Editor-in-Chief, Ohio Northern University Environmental Law Journal); Gettysburg College, B.A., 1989 Years at Present Firm: 5 Primary Practice Areas: Litigation. Previous Experience: Hartlaub, Dotten, Connelly & Terry, associate, 1994-97; Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch, associate, 1997-99 Highlights: Riley’s contributions to Saul Ewing’s litigation practice have been significant in scope and varied in nature. While still an associate, he secured as a client the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the country, and he now leads the real estate brokerage and settlement services practice group, a team of 20 lawyers located throughout the firm’s seven offices. The group provides counseling on business and regulatory issues and serves as litigation counsel to real estate brokerage companies, relocation companies, title brokerage and insurance companies, as well as mortgage brokerage companies and lenders. Riley also supervises teams of associates in various commercial litigation cases in excess of $100 million. Riley also defends large companies against claims brought under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act and is presently spearheading the creation of a new practice group in the area of franchise distribution and dealership. He currently represents franchisors � including a national real estate brokerage franchisor � against antitrust claims, IP claims and in trademark law. Riley regularly speaks to local real estate associations on ethics issues and risk avoidance strategies. Within the firm, he serves as a mentor to new and senior associates, supervising them in cases and helping them acclimate to law firm life. He is a member of the firm’s marketing committee and has served on the contingency fee committee. He has also devoted time to pro bono and community causes. While at Pitney Hardin, he was a court-appointed public defender, accepting cases without charge. For the past three years, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Trenton Area YMCA and he serves as chair of the Lawrence Ewing Trenton (LET) Initiative, a community-based organization that works with local school boards and school administrators to provide essential services and programs to elementary school-age children.


Mary Kathryn Roberts

Firm: Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, Morristown Position: Partner Born: Oct. 15, 1965, Luzon, Philippines Education: American Univ., Washington College of Law, J.D., 1991; Boston College, B.A., cum laude, 1988 Primary Practice Areas: Government affairs; legislative practice; administrative agency practice; insurance; health care. Highlights: Roberts, 38, is one of three lobbyists in Riker Danzig’s lobbying group; the others are John Sheridan, the former transportation commissioner under Gov. Thomas Kean, and James Harkness, former counsel to acting Gov. Donald DiFrancesco. Roberts, who became partner in 2000, was chief of staff at the Department of Banking from 1993 to 1994. Her clients include CIGNA Insurance Cos., Conrail, General Electric, Hertz and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. She also is a member of the board of directors of Family Intervention Services Inc., which provides counseling to families and adolescents.


Richard Rosenblatt

Firm: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Princeton Position: Partner Born: Sept. 4, 1965, Margate Education: Cornell Law School, J.D., 1990; Duke Univ., A.B., 1987 Years at Present Firm: 14 Primary Practice Areas: Labor and employment law. Highlights: Rosenblatt, 38, who started with Morgan Lewis in 1990, became a partner in 2000 and moved to Princeton to spearhead the firm’s New Jersey labor and employment practice. He presently works with such nationally known clients as Honeywell, Wyeth, General Electric, Amazon.com, Elementis, Sungard Data Systems, Pharmacia, ExxonMobil and Unilever. Although his practice is focused in New Jersey, his clients have called on him to serve lead and other significant roles in large litigation matters in far-flung places like Minnesota, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, Florida, Kansas and Washington. He is currently serving as national coordinating counsel for a series of high-profile wage and hour class actions pending in federal courts in Kansas, New York and Washington State. Well known among his peers in the state’s labor and employment bar, Rosenblatt regularly lectures at conferences run by the American Bar Association, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has also published several articles on labor and employment law issues and has been widely quoted in NJBiz and other publications. He recently received the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court’s David Solomon award for 2001-03, given in recognition of his outstanding legal skills as wells as his significant efforts to promote collegiality and to guide and mentor less experienced members of the labor and employment bar. Rosenblatt co-chairs the State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s Committee on Ethics and Professionalism and formerly co-chaired its Committee on Civil and Personal Rights. He also chairs the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Council, which is a forum for senior-level human resources professionals of large southern New Jersey employers to share best practices and to address issues of importance to the human resources community. He is a member of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s Human Resources Committee and the team leader for the southern New Jersey chapter of the Reitman Labor & Employment Law Inn of Court.


Renee A. Rubino

Firm: Scarinci & Hollenbeck, Secaucus Position: Counsel Born: Aug. 13, 1964, Brooklyn, N.Y. Education: Univ. of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1994 (member Akron Trial Team and Jessup International Law Moot Court Team; contributing author, Akron Law Review); East Stroudsburg Univ., B.A., 1991, summa cum laude Years at Present Firm: 1 Primary Practice Areas: Eminent domain and condemnation Previous Experience: Castano Quigley, partner, 2003; McElroy, Deutsch & Mulvaney, associate, 2001-03; Waters, McPherson, McNeill, associate, 1998-2001; Roetzel & Andress, associate, 1994-98 Highlights: Rubino was hired at Scarinci & Hollenbeck last September for the purpose of developing an eminent domain practice group at the firm and generating more business in that increasingly active area of law. She chairs the practice group in that area, which has three other lawyers and a paralegal. In her practice, she represents both condemning authorities and commercial and industrial property owners, working on large highway improvement and development projects. Rubino has been certified by the New Jersey Real Estate Appraisal Board to conduct seminars on eminent domain procedures and valuation issues for commercial and industrial property owners. She speaks on such issues as methods of valuation, severance damages, highest and best use, loss of access, loss of parking, special use property, fixtures, and relocation assistance. She has also spoken on occasion to property owners about condemnation in general, including a broad overview of property owners’ rights under the Eminent Domain Act and the Relocation Assistance Act. Among her published articles is “Economic Development through Condemnation � Can the Government Really Take My Property?” (Garden State Woman, 2002). In addition to doing pro bono work for disabled elders, Rubino has volunteered as a mentor for Newark elementary school students and as a coach for the Fair Lawn Township recreational soccer program. She also participates in charitable events, such as walks for breast cancer and leukemia and as a “partner in hope” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Patricia Ryou

Firm: DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Wisler, Teaneck Position: Associate Born: April 18, 1975, Philadelphia, Pa. Education: Villanova Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1999; Pennsylvania State Univ., B.A., 1996 Years at Present Firm: 4 Primary Practice Areas: Redevelopment law. Highlights: During her more than five years with DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Ryou has developed significant expertise in the areas of redevelopment law, public procurement, and public finance, becoming – at the age of 29 – one of the state’s most accomplished young attorneys in this field. Ryou has assumed a lead role in the firm’s “brownfields” redevelopment practice, which provides representation to developers of projects having a value of more than $7 billion throughout New Jersey. In that role, she handles all aspects of the redevelopment projects, including real estate acquisitions, development applications, and project financing. Ryou has been and is a key player in the firm’s representation of EnCap Golf Holdings, LLC, which is the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s designated redeveloper for a 1,300-acre tract of land in the Meadowlands district. She has worked on the numerous real property acquisitions from both public and private property owners, project financing, and the negotiation of the sale of development rights. She parlayed her experience gained in representing EnCap into representation of a number of other “brownfields” redevelopers.


Michael Selvaggi

Firm: Courter, Kobert & Cohen, Hackettstown Position: Partner Born: Nov. 26, 1964, Newark Education: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1990; St. Joseph’s Univ., B.S., 1987 Primary Practice Areas: Civil litigation; zoning, planning and land use; real estate; education law; municipal law. Years at Present Firm: 13 Highlights: At 37, Selvaggi is past president of the Warren County Bar Association and one of the most well-known lawyers in the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex area. In addition to representing private individuals, Selvaggi is counsel to several school boards. He was Warren County’s 2000-02 trustee to the State Bar Association and is a State Bar trustee as of this spring. He is also a past president of the Hackettstown Area Chamber of Commerce and sits on numerous boards of directors, including The Arc, Warren County Chapter Inc. and Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. Selvaggi was selected as chairman for the Hackettstown Community Hospital 2001 Golf Classic, which raised money for the hospital’s purchase of mammography equipment.


Mark D. Shapiro

Firm: Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Voorhees Position: Partner Born: Jan. 29, 1968, Cleveland, Ohio Education: George Washington Univ. National Law Center, J.D., 1993; Emory Univ., B.A., 1990 Years at Present Firm: 5 Primary Practice Areas: Franchise law, commercial real estate, business law. Previous Experience: Levin & Hluchan, associate, 1995-99; Elkind Cohen & DiMento, associate, 1993-95 Highlights: Shapiro, who made partner at Ballard Spahr in January 2003, carries on a diverse practice, being part of the firm’s real estate department, franchise and distribution group, land use group, real estate development group and valuation group. He also served as Voorhees Township’s special tax counsel from 1997 through 2000. He has published articles on franchise law and real estate law and lectured in several programs across the country on franchise law for the International Franchise Association. He has also participated as a presenter for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Pennsylvania Bar Association on franchise law. He has served as secretary of the State Bar Association’s Franchise Law Committee from 1997 to 1999. Shapiro is also very active in pro bono and community programs. He is a member of the Ballard Spahr Pro Bono Team working on several cases. He has served on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, including the federation’s Young Leadership Council.


Thomas Sparno

Firm: Connell Foley, Roseland Position: Partner Born: Dec. 10, 1967, Newark Education: Washington Univ., B.A., with honors, 1989; Cornell Law School, J.D., 1993 Years at Present Firm: 10 Primary Practice Areas: Commercial litigation; complex products liability; regulatory work for public and private institutions. Previous Experience: Hon. David S. Baime, N.J. Superior Court, Appellate Division, law clerk, 1993-94 Highlights: Sparno is one of two Connell Foley partners in charge of defending Novartis Consumer Health Inc. in mass tort litigation involving phenylpropanolamine, a cough medicine ingredient allegedly linked to strokes. Sparno is regional counsel for Evenflo, the baby products manufacturer. In an appeal he argued successfully, Hinojo v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. (2002), the Appellate Division reversed a $675,000 award to a factory worker who lost part of a finger in a punch press. Sparno is a member of the New Jersey Defense Association’s product liability committee and the District Ethics Committee (V-C) for Essex County.


Gregory S. Spizer

Firm: Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, Cherry Hill Position: Associate Born: Nov. 9, 1972, Harvard, Mass. Education: Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1998; Pennsylvania State Univ., B.S., 1995 Years at Present Firm: 2 Primary Practice Areas: Pharmaceutical liability, products liability, mass torts, civil litigation, commercial litigation. Previous Experience: White and Williams, associate, 2000-02; Lavin, Coleman, O’Neil, Ricci, Finarelli & Gray, associate, 1998-2000 Highlights: Spizer has built a successful record of defending clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey against complex tort litigation, often winning summary judgment dismissals. His new practice area represents a shift from his earlier stint as a plaintiff’s attorney. He serves as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and carries on litigation in state and federal court in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Spizer serves as a chairperson of the Young Friends of Rodeph Shalom synagogue and as a volunteer in the Temple Leap Moot Court program. He also volunteers on the Arlen Specter Senatorial Campaign as a deputy county coordinator for Philadelphia County and has served as an attorney on Election Day for the Sam Katz for Mayor Campaign in Philadelphia.


Damon G. Tyner

Firm: Fox Rothschild, Atlantic City Position: Associate Born: June 2, 1970, Atlantic City Education: Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1997; Howard University, B.S., 1993 Years at Present Firm: 5 Primary Practice Areas: Real estate, zoning and land use law. Previous Experience: Cooper Perskie April Niedelman Wagenheim & Levenson; associate, 1998-99; N.J. Superior Court, clerk to presiding criminal judge, Atlantic and Cape May counties, 1997-98 Highlights: Tyner, one of the busiest real estate and land use attorneys in Atlantic City, is on the rise as a young rainmaker at Fox Rothschild, bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the firm each year. In addition to his business acumen, he is a dedicated volunteer in community activities. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Atlantic County Bar Association’s Honorable Benjamin A. Rimm Award, presented annually to an outstanding young Atlantic County lawyer who best displays the qualities for which the late Judge Rimm was known. The qualifications include integrity, excellence in the practice of law and active participation in philanthropic and civic activities. Tyner has served as solicitor to the Pleasantville Board of Education. His civic and philanthropic activities include the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and the Chief Arthur Brown Memorial Foundation. He serves on the board of trustees of both organizations. He is also a member of the executive board of the Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association. Tyner has been honored for his services to the Atlantic City community with the African-American Male Conference’s Judge Herbert Jacobs Award.


Warren A. Usatine

Firm: Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, Hackensack Position: Partner Born: June 26, 1970, Brooklyn, N.Y. Education: Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1995; Univ. of Virginia, B.A., 1992 Years at Present Firm: 9 Primary Practice Areas: Commercial litigation and bankruptcy. Highlights: Usatine was named a partner at age 31, after only six years at the firm, being one of the fastest attorneys to attain partnership in recent years. He serves on several Cole Schotz firm committees, including the hiring and summer associate committees. In addition to commercial litigation, Usatine has an active bankruptcy practice in which he primarily represents Chapter 11 debtors and creditors committees in the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York. He currently serves as the liquidation trustee of Broadway Trading, LLC, and its affiliates, former day-trading entities that filed Chapter 11 proceedings in August 2002. Usatine frequently lectures on various aspects of bankruptcy law to new lawyers for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He also serves as a master in the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court and was a panelist at the 2003 Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference. He has authored or co-authored articles on bankruptcy law for the Law Journal and other bar-directed publications. He serves on the board of trustees of Newark Now, a nonprofit organization headed by former councilman Cory A. Booker to help the citizens of Newark.


Richard A. West Jr.

Firm: Lum, Danzis, Drasco & Positan, Roseland Position: Partner Born: Jan. 22, 1968, Montclair Education: Rutgers Law School-Newark, J.D., 1993, with high honors; Rutgers College, B.A., 1990, with honors Years at Present Firm: 9 Primary Practice Areas: Litigation, labor and employment law, governmental law. Previous Experience: Hon. Freda L. Wolfson, U.S. District Judge, law clerk, 1994-95 Highlights: West became a Lum, Danzis partner in 2001, after just five years with the firm. During his tenure, he has had primary responsibility for cases with clients such as Pepsi Bottling Group, State of New Jersey and County of Passaic and has handled four successful first-chair trials. Among his notable cases is New Jersey Department of Labor v. Pepsi Cola, 170 N.J. 59 (2001), the largest wage-and-hour case in the history of the New Jersey Department of Labor, involving approximately 500 employees. In another case, Scott v. New Jersey, he represented the N.J. Department of Corrections against 15 plaintiffs who sued alleging race discrimination and retaliation, a case that drew wide press attention. After various elements were settled, summary judgment was entered in May 2004 in favor of the DOC concerning the two primary plaintiffs. West also handled and resolved a major “hot goods” wage-and-hour litigation for a garment industry client involving the United States Department of Labor in New York, and is presently representing a public entity in a large Fair Labor Standards Act litigation involving K-9 police officers. West handles all aspects of employment law, including federal and state antidiscrimination, whistle-blower, family leave, and wage and hour statutes; noncompetition covenants and trade secrets; contractual negotiations and disputes; employee handbooks; privacy issues; and workplace torts. He has represented employers before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, New Jersey Department of Labor, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Labor.


Edward Zimmerman

Firm: Lowenstein Sandler, Roseland Position: Partner Born: June 20, 1968, Brooklyn, N.Y. Education: Univ. of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1992 (comment editor, Journal of International Business Law); Haverford College, B.A., 1989 (Phi Beta Kappa) Years at Present Firm: 12 Primary Practice Areas: Chair of Tech Group. Highlights: Zimmerman, a deal lawyer representing venture funds, technology-based businesses and research universities, founded the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler while still an associate. Since that time, the group has grown from three members to 40 and consistently garners top-tier recognition in various local and international rankings. Among other major deals, he led the team instrumental in completing a series of venture and strategic transactions for a client, which FutureBanker Magazine later listed among the “Top 10 Technology Deals of 2000.” He has also served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School since 1994, where he currently teaches venture capital. While building his practice and client roster, Zimmerman was also devoting 300 hours a year to providing pro bono legal services to a variety of local and national arts and educational organizations. Examples range from negotiating and documenting a complex series of collaboration agreements and related licenses for his client, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s controversial “Still/Here” multimedia performance, an award-winning European film version of the performance, and a follow-up Bill Moyers special (which aired on PBS) about the piece. Zimmerman, along with his wife Betsy, developed the idea of Hoop-A-Paluza, a nonprofit organization designed to support charities serving children in New Jersey with health problems. The family-focused event is held at Millburn High School and has raised more than $160,000 for children’s charities over the last two years, including the BD Pediatric Diabetes Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital and The Valerie Fund. This year, Hoop-A-Paluza will be raising money for the Pediatric Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Zimmerman also helped his clients launch PEAK, a nonprofit designed to pair young professionals with lower-income, inner-city children for mentoring and special events. While juggling professional and pro bono responsibilities, Zimmerman has written prolifically and is a frequent speaker.


Marc H. Zitomer

Firm: Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein, Celso & Kessler, Florham Park Position: Partner Born: Feb. 28, 1970, Elizabeth Education: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1995; Muhlenberg College, B.A., 1992, cum laude Years at Present Firm: 11 Primary Practice Areas: School law, Internet law, labor and employment law. Highlights: At 34, Zitomer is the youngest partner at Schwartz Simon and has been with the firm longer than he’s been a lawyer. He began as an intern with the firm in 1993 while a law student at Seton Hall and became a partner in 2002, his seventh year of practice. As a partner, Zitomer serves as director of the law library and chairs the summer clerkship program, where he oversees hiring, training and mentoring of law clerks in their second or third year of law school. In his practice, Zitomer takes on legal issues that confront school districts, their students and staff. He is an authority on school Internet law, student residency law and school violence and student discipline. It has been his expertise on these emergent issues that has positioned the firm to provide early, proactive counsel and continuing guidance to public boards and utilities throughout New Jersey. The New Jersey School Boards Association recognized his expertise in school Internet law when it invited him to deliver the first lecture it sponsored on the myriad legal issues surrounding Internet usage both in and out of the schools. These include student and staff First Amendment rights on the Internet, copyright issues, cyber-bullying, student discipline for off-campus Web sites that impact the schools, preparation of acceptable use policies, e-mail and privacy issues, and Internet use among board members and its impact on the Open Public Meetings Act. He also regularly speaks at seminars and workshops on New Jersey residency law for school administrators, board members, professional staff and other attorneys. Other areas of his expertise include the no child left behind act, sexual harassment in the school environment, student and staff First Amendment rights and religion in the schools. Zitomer serves as editor-in-chief of Schwartz Simon’s School Law Newsletter and Annual Report.

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