In this issue, we feature 50 lawyers we think are emblematic of the next wave of leadership of the New Jersey bar, based on their achievements so far in their careers. In past years, we profiled groups of 40 promising lawyers under age 40. We expanded the field to 50 this year because, well, New Jersey has the talent.

As usual, our criteria for selection of these rising stars are that they have developed practice niches, amassed strong books of business, demonstrated leadership qualities, shown expertise in litigation or transactional work and committed themselves to pro bono, charitable and professional volunteer work. All of these factors tend to make an individual stand out among his or her peers.

No two of the 50 were selected for identical reasons. They have distinguishable qualities and have structured their careers differently, yet each stands out in some way, however nuanced, and we believe each is deserving of this distinction.

We did not give preference to partners at larger firms, but they are well-represented, because by making partner before age 40, they have demonstrated to their firms much the same qualities that we also focus on. Neither did we consider characteristics like gender and ethnicity, yet the diversity of the group is apparent.

From our standpoint as observers of the New Jersey legal profession, these young lawyers are well worth watching.

— Ronald J. Fleury, Editor in Chief

Nicholas D. Bliablias
Born: October 24, 1977
Position: Counsel, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, Whippany
Practice Areas: Civil litigation, labor and employment
College: Lehigh Univ., B.A., political science, 2000
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law, Newark, 2003
Career History: Current firm, counsel, 2008-present; Alpert, Goldberg, Butler, Norton & Weiss, associate, 2005-08; Genova, Burns & Veronia, associate, 2004-05
Profile: A second generation lawyer — the son of renowned criminal defense lawyer Dino Bliablias — he is credited by his firm as client-centric with strong communication and interpersonal skills that help him project sincerity and confidence. Bliablias concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on representing public and private sector entities in connection with labor and employment litigation and transactional matters. At his prior firm, Bliablias worked on jury trials before the New Jersey Superior Court, Law and Appellate Divisions. He also had experience in arbitration before the NASD. In firm management, he assists in the oversight of five associates and also spearheads the firm’s summer associates program. This summer the firm hired three associates who are currently working with attorneys in different practice groups under his direction. In his practice, he represents private and public sector employees, including schools and school districts such as the East Orange Board of Education, in litigation and general legal services. He conducts training and provides counsel on employment matters. He conducts seminars on employment law issues, such as social media in the workplace, best practices for small businesses and antidiscrimination laws. He is also a published author in this field, whose writings include a guide to New Jersey contract law, published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Anthony J. Borrelli
Born: April 6, 1975
Position: Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, Morristown
Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation, Securities Arbitration
College: Boston College, B.A., political science, 1997, cum laude
Law School: Fordham Law School, J.D., 2000
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2000-present
Profile: Borrelli has first-chaired 15 binding securities arbitrations and trials (and second-chaired a number of other trials and arbitrations) and has consistently obtained positive results for the clients. According to his firm, this has given him the perspective and judgment that clients value and the experience to train and mentor the firm’s associates. He has developed particular expertise in representing financial institutions with respect to claims unique to the securities industry. He has litigated hundreds of matters involving banking, regulatory and sales practice issues. Given the fallout from the 2008 credit crisis and the uncertainty of the current economic climate, Borrelli’s experience with these issues has been invaluable to the firm and its clients. His clientele includes UBS Financial Services Inc. of Weehawken and related corporate entities, including UBS AG, UBS Bank USA, UBS Securities, UBS Investment Bank, UBS International Morgan Stanley. As a partner, he has supervisory responsibility for counsel, associates and paralegals in handling of commercial litigation and securities arbitration matters. He has served on the firm’s Green Committee since its inception in January 2008 and is involved in a number of initiatives to reduce energy consumption and to enhance conservation and recycling efforts. He has been on the firm’s Recruiting Committee since 2000 and has conducted several on-campus-interview and recruiting programs at Fordham Law School and numerous in-office interviews for summer associate and associate positions at the firm. He has served as a mentor to a number of the firm’s summer associates and first-year associates. Currently, he is involved in establishing a pro bono partnership between Riker and one of its largest corporate clients to work with several New Jersey pro bono organizations.

Naim Bulbulia
Born: September 12, 1973
Position: Partner, Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia, River Edge
Practice Areas: Trusts and estates
College: Amherst College, B.A., law, jurisprudence and social thought, 1995
Law School: Harvard Law School, J.D., 1998
Career History: Current firm, 2008-present; Skoloff & Wolfe, partner, 2005-08; Bingham McCutcheon, associate, 2002-05
Profile: Bulbulia left Bingham McCutcheon in 2005 to come to New Jersey and start a trusts and estates practice at Skoloff & Wolfe. In a matter of months, he was originating significant amounts of work for himself and his colleagues. After just six years in New Jersey, he has a book of business that according to his firm should pass the $1 million mark in annual revenue this year. He prides himself on doing first rate legal work at an affordable price. He demystifies sophisticated estate and gift tax laws and strategies for clients and is often able to defuse volatile situations among family members and avoid litigation for families. At the age of 34, he joined Skoloff & Wolfe as a non-equity partner and grew a trusts and estates practice from the ground up, ultimately generating annual revenue of over $300,000 in each of his years at that firm. At his present firm, he is currently involved in over one hundred active matters, ranging from the preparation of simple wills, up through the administration of multimillion-dollar estates. Bulbulia is also actively involved in numerous high stakes estate litigation matters. He is an equity partner who directly oversees an associate and a paralegal. He takes an active role in firm management decisions, such as hiring and firing of attorneys and staff, determination of compensation of attorneys and staff and generally determining the continuing growth of the firm.

Nicole R. Cassata
Born: October 12, 1976
Position: Partner, Chasan, Leyner and Lamparello, Secaucus
Practice Areas: Insurance Defense
College: Fairfield Univ., B.A. politics (minor: sociology), 1999
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2002
Clerkship: Hon. Carmen Messano, A.J.S.C., 2002-03
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2004-present; Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, assistant prosecutor, 2003-04
Profile: Cassata is actively involved with insurance clients to provide training, advice and insight into how they manage and defend claims litigation issues. She has worked closely with several clients to provide hands-on training and continuing education to both existing and new employees on a wide variety of topics. In her firm’s view, this relationship with our clients sets Cassata apart from her contemporaries in the insurance-defense field. Her clients include Allstate New Jersey Insurance Co. (defense litigation / defense PIP litigation), State Farm (indemnity insurance defense PIP litigation), New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. (defense litigation / defense PIP litigation), Metlife Insurance Co. (defense PIP litigation) and Encompass Insurance Co. (defense PIP litigation). Among her appellate cases is Kellam v. Feliciano, an interlocutory appeal from the Special Civil Part, Passaic County, in which the Appellate Division held that the defendants/appellants were entitled to relaxation of court rules to expand discovery in a personal injury suit, including interrogatories and deposition of the plaintiff. Cassata in active in the Hudson County Bar Association and Hudson County Inn of Court and has lectured for ICLE on Personal Injury Protection litigation.

William J. Castner
Born: December 27, 1972
Position: Partner, Gibbons, Newark
Practice Areas: Government affairs, business & commercial litigation
College: Rowan Univ., B.S., magna cum laude, 1995
Graduate School: Eagleton Institute of Politics, M.S., public policy, 1997
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law, Camden, J.D., 1999
Clerkship: Hon. James R. Zazzali, associate justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2000-01; Hon. Sylvia B. Pressler, presiding judge for administration, Appellate Division, 1999-2000
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2012-present; private practice, 2010-11; N.J. Office of the Governor, chief counsel, 2009; N.J. General Assembly Majority Office, executive director, 2002-09
Profile: Castner enjoys a statewide reputation as a problem-solver with deep bipartisan relationships. He has been one of Trenton’s most prominent, widely respected figures for well over a decade. His long record of public service for New Jersey includes such prominent roles as chief counsel to the governor, member of the State Commission of Investigation (SCI), chief counsel to Democratic members of the Apportionment Commission, chief counsel to the Redistricting Commission, general counsel to the General Assembly, executive director of the General Assembly Majority Office (then the youngest director in its history), staff attorney for the Fair Share Housing Center, staff member of the Legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services and chief counsel to the New Jersey State Democratic Party’s efforts to win legislative redistricting in 2011. As chief counsel to Gov. Jon Corzine, he helped reduce number of statewide judicial vacancies to 19. He also assisted in Associate Justice Barry Albin’s successful renomination and confirmation by the state Senate in 2009. As executive director of the General Assembly, he helped oversee New Jersey’s special session on property taxes in 2006. As general counsel of General Assembly, he helped draft New Jersey’s landmark 25-point ethics and campaign finance overhaul in 2004. Castner most recently played a critical role in the passage of New Jersey’s higher education restructuring legislation and legislation reforming tenure for public school teachers.

Amy Beth Dambeck
Born: August 26, 1976
Position: Partner, Stark & Stark, Lawrenceville
Practice Areas: Employment, litigation
College: Univ. of Richmond, B.A., English, 1998
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., certificate in health law, 2001
Clerkship: Hon. James D. Clyne, J.S.C., 2001-02
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2004-present; Cooper Levenson, associate, 2002-04;
Profile: Stark & Stark calls Dambeck a tremendous asset to its Employment Law Group, of which she is a member, as well as countless other practice groups within the firm. She is respected in the firm as a go-to resource. Practice group leaders, shareholders and associates from the Business & Corporate, Litigation, Securities, Condominium and Mass Tort Groups regularly turn to Dambeck for assistance in a wide range of employment and business-related legal matters. Dambeck is said to utilize a cross-disciplinary approach, incorporating her extensive experience in all facets of employment law, litigation and counseling. She represents clients in all areas of employment law. Aspects of her practice include wage and hour issues; employment discrimination prevention and defense; negotiation, drafting and enforcement of employment agreements (including restrictive covenants); wrongful discharge issues; drafting and implementation of employment policies, handbooks and severance agreements/policies; the conducting of employment-related investigations, seminars and training; general employment counseling; and issues generally related to the employer-employee relationship. As a member of the firm’s Marketing Committee, she meets monthly with managing partners, the firm administrator, practice group directors and the marketing and business development directors in order to formulate a cohesive firm-wide marketing plan. As a member of the Employment Law Group, she is responsible for the supervision of several associate attorneys and staff and for assistance with the management of the Group relative to transactional and consulting practice areas.

Jonathan Fallon
Born: October 28, 1980
Position: Partner, Mandelbaum Salsburg, West Orange
Practice Areas: Intellectual property; registered patent attorney
College: Penn State Univ., B.S., mechanical engineering, 2003
Law School: Univ. of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., 2006
Career History: Present firm, partner, 2012; Fallon & Fallon, partner, 2010-11; Maldjian & Fallon, partner, 2007-10
Profile: Fallon, who first became a partner in a law firm at age 26, joined Mandelbaum Salsburg this year and has launched a growing intellectual property practice for the firm. Already he is single-handedly handling all of the intellectual property needs of several of the firms’ largest clients and has put Mandelbaum Salsburg on the map of reputable intellectual property practice groups in the state. He has filed and/or prosecuted over 100  patent applications successfully to obtain exclusive protection for clients’ products and methods in a variety of technological fields. He also focuses on creating cost-effective growth strategies to preserve technology for start-up businesses.  He serves as chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group and as a member of the Technology Committee. His clients include Tumi, Inc., of South Plainfield (patent portfolio management), High 5 Games, of Mahwah (corporate intellectual property counsel), OFS Fitel LLC of Norcross, Ga. (patent portfolio management), M.D. Online, Inc. of Parsippany (patent portfolio management) and Archtech Electronics Corp. of Dayton (IP portfolio management and IP assertion/litigation strategy). He has successfully negotiated several multimillion-dollar license deals in casino gaming industry. He also successfully negotiated a license deal for the manufacture of the Chicken Stick, a popular wireless video game accessory.  A frequent lecturer, his presentations have included “2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, Aligning U.S. Patent Law with the Rest of the World,” Primerus Business Law Institute, June 2012, and  “Intellectual Property: Mining the Value, Avoiding the Pain,” Breakfast with Mandelbaum Salsburg, May 2012. In charitable work, he has been an active donor and attendee of fundraising events for Prevention First since 2007.

 Stephanie R. Feingold
Born: December 6, 1973
Position: Partner, Patton Boggs, Newark
Practice Areas: Environmental litigation and counseling, toxic torts, general litigation, government investigations, electronic discovery
College: Univ. of Pennsylvania, B.A., history and environmental studies, 1995, magna cum laude
Law School: Columbia Law School, J.D. 2000
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2006-present; Latham & Watkins, associate, 2005-06; Barger & Wolen, associate, 2003-05
Profile: Although her current practice focuses on environmental litigation, investigations, and counseling, Feingold is accomplished in many practice areas, including electronic discovery, privilege, and government investigations. In her firm’s view, what distinguishes her is her broad range of experience and her strength in all of her practice areas. While still an associate, Feingold drafted, argued, and won a landmark electronic discovery issue in the District of New Jersey. In her practice, she looks beyond just understanding the client’s immediate legal issues, and takes into account the client’s business as a whole, and how legal decisions made in the short term may affect the client down the road, thus providing proactive, preventative counseling that saves clients money in the long term. She is committed to the development of young associates; she mentors two associates, and currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s litigation training committee. She is credited with always taking time to provide feedback to the junior attorneys with whom she works, to make sure that they are learning and not just blindly doing. This extends not only to her protegees but to all associates with whom she works. She recently taught a well-received course on attorney-client privilege and work product protection. Feingold serves on the Firm’s Going Green committee (and is currently seeking LEED Green Associate certification). She is the office library representative and helped plan the firm’s 50th Anniversary celebration. She recently received an award from the Legal Aid Society for outstanding pro bono service.

Michelle Fiorito
Born: September 15, 1972
Position: Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara, Caldwell
Practice Areas: Construction law, commercial litigation, insurance, contracts
College: Seton Hall Univ., B.A., political science (minor: business), 1994
Law School: Pace Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1997
Clerkship: Hon. Bruce A. Gaeta, J.S.C., 1997-98; Hon. Elijah J. Miller, J.S.C., 1997-98
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2002-present; Bergen County’s Prosecutor’s Office, assistant prosecutor, 1998-2001
Profile: As a principal of Zetlin & De Chiara, one of the country’s leading construction law firms, Fiorito has successfully defended engineers, architects, and government agencies in some of the largest and most complex multi-million dollar lawsuits of recent times. In her relatively short career, Fiorito has earned a reputation as a skilled and fierce defender of the rights of design professionals involved in sophisticated construction projects throughout the country. In her firm’s opinion, her talent for both litigation and negotiation, coupled with her valued contributions to the design and construction industry represents the epitome of distinguished service both to her clients and as a member of the profession. As a partner, she supervises 10 associates and five staff members and serves as chair of the Professional Development Committee. Her clientele includes KPF (construction litigation, contracts, consultation), Flack + Kurtz (construction litigation, contracts, consultation), Thornton Tomasetti  (construction litigation, contracts, consultation), SOM (construction litigation, contracts, consultation) and JRS Architects, construction litigation, contracts, consultation. Through the Bergen County Bar Association, Fiorito provides needed pro bono service to victims of domestic violence.

Lauren Fraser
Born: March 18, 1976
Position: Partner, Laddey, Clark & Ryan, Sparta
Practice Areas: Personal Injury
College: Rutgers College, B.A., history and political science/economics, 1998
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2003
Clerkship: Hon. Karen D. Russell, J.S.C., 2003-04
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2004-present
Profile: In the eight years that Fraser has been an attorney with Laddey, Clark & Ryan, she has proved herself as an outstanding community leader and trial attorney. Serving on a trial team, Fraser has carefully honed her trial presentation skills over the last eight years having participated in approximately 15 Superior Court trials and hundreds of municipal court trials. She has helped obtain some of the largest personal injury jury verdicts in Sussex County, according to her firm, and has received positive verdicts in all but two personal injury trials. She is also credited with constantly trying to improve the public’s overall impression of attorneys through thoughtful presentation at trial and creative community service initiatives. One way she furthers this goal is by instructing continuing education courses in New Jersey as well as nationally, most recently in Atlanta, Ga. As the Personal Injury Practice Group manager, she supervises an associate, two paralegals, a legal assistant, a law clerk and a summer clerk and is responsible for caseload distribution and management of staff protocol. As a member of the Recruitment Committee, she is responsible for identifying and interviewing outstanding attorney and staff candidates and for making recommendations to the equity partners. She also serves on the Wellness Committee, developing and facilitating firm-wide wellness programming including fitness and weight loss challenges. On the Special Events Committee, she coordinates events such as 20th Anniversary Celebration of firm (2009) and participation in community events such as Sparta Day and Sussex County Chamber of Commerce Family Day. Fraser has served in the posts of assistant municipal prosecutor for Sparta, Hampton and Stillwater townships (2005-08) and presently for Ogdensburg Boro (since 2006).

Richard W. Gaeckle
Born: August 4, 1976
Position: Partner, Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, New Brunswick
Practice Areas: Construction law, green building; LEED Accredited Professional
College: St. Peter’s College, B.S., economics, 1998
Law School: New York Law School, J.D., 2002
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2003-present; Bogart, Keane, Ryan & Hamill, associate, 2002-03
Profile: To his firm, Gaeckle’s work on the development of the Green Building practice group was prescient. When he started the group years ago, Green Building issues were barely on the legal radar, but Gaeckle saw the coming wave of legal issues and started the research. Such early recognition of potential business is usually the province of partners, but it was  Gaeckle who came to the partners with the idea of starting the practice area. It took some convincing but the partnership finally approved the venture, which involved substantial time and effort on Gaeckle’s part, above and beyond his billable-hour demands. Gaeckle is credited with a keen understanding of the practical, business part of law practice while excelling at the technical aspects of representation. He has been the Green Building Practice Group team leader since November 2008. Other management roles include service on the Associate/Partner Liaison Steering Committee (since February 2007) and the  Associate Mentoring Program (since January 2007).  Among is clients is the American Institute of Architects, New Jersey, which he assists with general counsel services, preparation of administrative rulemaking petitions and oppositions to proposed administrative rulemaking, interaction with State Board of Architect and Division of Law and Public Safety. He also represents the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, assisting with general counsel services, preparation of administrative rulemaking petitions and oppositions to proposed administrative rulemaking, interaction with State Board of Professional Engineers and Division of Law and Public Safety. His published works include: The “Green” Architect: An Examination of Liability in a Green World, New Jersey Architect, Summer 2008 (AIA New Jersey).

Jeffrey M. Gradone
Born: November 10, 1973
Position: Partner, Archer & Greiner, Princeton
Practice Areas: Real estate tax appeal; condemnation and eminent domain law; tax law; redevelopment law; and alternative & renewable energy
College: Rutgers College, B.A., history/sociology, 1997
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2000
Clerkship: Hon. Harold A. Kuskin, Tax Court of New Jersey, 2000-01
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2003-present; McCarter & English, associate, 2001-03
Profile: Archer & Greiner says Gradone’s efforts have resulted in significant reductions in the tax burden on hundreds of companies, helping them increase profitability in a state known for its heavy taxation and resulting migration of commercial enterprises to other states. Gradone is a leading state and local tax attorney, a former New Jersey Tax Court law clerk, an experienced negotiator and litigator, a member of the state Supreme Court Committee to the Tax Court, the secretary to the Tax Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, co-chair of the Property Tax Committee of the Tax Section of NJSBA, a frequent lecturer in CLE programs for lawyers, appraisers, and tax assessors, a member of the Council of Princeton Future, the treasurer of the Princeton Athletic Club, a member of the legislative committee of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties-New Jersey and the 2011 recipient of the NJSBA Legislative Service Award. He is an integral member of Archer’s Real Estate Tax Appeal Practice Group, one of the firm’s best-performing segments and among the most dynamic and successful of such practices in the state, the firm says.  As one of two partners in the Group directing associates and counsel, as well as performing complex legal analysis and advocacy himself, Gradone has helped build the firm’s business in this area to previously unattained, unimagined levels of success.

Candida J. Griffin
Born: September 27, 1977
Position: Associate, Scarinci Hollenbeck, Lyndhurst
Practice Areas: Litigation; appellate advocacy; labor/employment
College: Empire State College, SUNY, B.S., accounting, 2005
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law, Newark, J.D., 2009
Clerkship: Hon. Ariel A. Rodriguez, P.J.A.D., 2009-10
Career History: Current firm, 2010-present; Identity House, New York, N.Y., executive director, 2004-07; National Housing Institute, Montclair, Director of Operations, 2003-04
Profile: Griffin is a 2009 law graduate, but the leadership role she plays in litigation matters, the firm’s business culture, and the legal community is that of a seasoned attorney. Within the firm, Griffin is the chair of the Diversity Committee and an active participate in the Women At Scarinci Hollenbeck Committee. She is a key leader in the firm’s new social media marketing, frequently authoring blogs on a variety of legal issues. Moreover, Griffin is frequently tapped to write appellate briefs and has one published Supreme Court decision and another pending. Ms. Griffin is active in the New Jersey State Bar Association, serving as the secretary of the GLBT Rights Section (and set to be chair in 2015). She worked on behalf of the NJSBA to draft an amicus brief in defense of the state’s Anti-Bullying School Law. She also serves as an advisor to the Essex County Executive through her participation on the Essex County LGBTQ Advisory Board. As chair of the firm’s 10-member Diversity Committee, devoted to promoting diversity awareness within the firm, she drafts policies on issues relating to diversity, such as transgender restroom policies, flex-time policies;  attends diversity events on the firm’s behalf and assists in solicitation of new clients. As supervisor of the firm’s Constitutional Law Reporter Blog, an educational blog relating to constitutional law issues, she oversees a law clerk and other staff to develop content.

Richard B. Haber
Born: June 9, 1976
Position: Vice president, assistant general counsel, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Iselin
Practice Areas: Corporate legal & compliance, mortgage banking
College: Seton Hall Univ., B.A., Criminal Justice/Spanish, May 18, 1998
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., June 4, 2001
Career History: Current position, 2011-present; McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, associate, 2009-11; Zucker, Goldberg & Ackerman, associate, 2001-09
Profile: Haber is responsible for management and oversight of JPMorgan Chase Bank’s national network of law firms providing foreclosure/bankruptcy services on its behalf in 54 states/territories, including but not limited to: retention and termination of firms, referral volume decisions, training and development on Chase procedures and mass network communications. Before joining Chase, he started a mortgage banking litigation practice at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, a full service law firm that did not previously have such a practice. He has originated and handled a variety of matters for several national mortgage servicers, including contested foreclosure matters transferred from volume foreclosure firms and defensive litigation in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. After approximately 5 months at Chase, was promoted to lead attorney of the Default Attorney Management Team, which is responsible for retaining and terminating law firms, referral volume decisions and numerous other functions involved in managing a national attorney network of approximately 200 law firms.  He manages a staff of 17 lawyers and nonlawyers located in New Jersey, Florida and Ohio. He organized and served as emcee for a three-day Default Attorney Summit in Dallas, Texas, April 2012, which was attended by over 400 network attorneys and Chase employees.  He has been responsible for the implementation (both internally and through network law firms) of numerous provisions in the OCC and DOJ/AG consent orders. Last year, he was the senior attorney on a newly formed Attorney Oversight Team of eight lawyers, responsible for ensuring the quality of legal work performed by national foreclosure/bankruptcy law firm network through audits, file reviews and on-site visits.

John E. Hogan
Born: November 26, 1972
Position: Partner, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, Woodbridge
Practice Areas: Criminal defense, civil rights, liquor license matters, administrative law, appellate practice
College: Providence College, B.A., 1995
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1998, cum laude
Clerkship: Hon. Michael D. Farren, J.S.C., 1998-99; Hon. Vincent E. Hull, Jr., J.S.C., 1998-99
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 1999-present
Profile: At 39 years of age, Hogan has developed a reputation as a stand-out attorney in the areas of criminal defense and liquor license litigation. His compassion for his clients and reputation for excellence have lead to numerous community and professional recognitions, such as Woodbridge Citizen of the Year for 2009. In addition to his legal work, Hogan is the current chairman of the Board of Directors of the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, the region’s most successful and active chamber of commerce. He has published numerous articles and was a special editor of the December 2010 edition of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. As a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee, he interviewed and made recommendations for employment of lawyers (supervised numerous summer associates and their mentors). As chair of the Associates Committee, he coordinated associate matters with management as a liaison. According to his firm, Hogan is a go-to person when people are in need.  He is always willing to go the extra-mile to provide assistance or help someone in need.  He is highly respected for his ability to attain the goals of his clients while maintaining a practical approach to the problems.

Robert L. Hornby
Born: August 7, 1975
Position: Partner, Wolff & Samson, West Orange
Practice Areas: Commercial contract, solar energy litigation, toxic torts, product liability, restrictive covenant, commercial real estate litigation, foreclosure, trust and estate and environmental law
College: Univ. of Arizona, B.S., Political Science & History, 1997
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2000, cum laude
Clerkship: Hon. David S. Baime, P.J.A.D., 2000-01
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2010-present, 2001-05; Edwards Angell Palmer and Dodge, senior associate, 2009-10; Thacher Proffit and Wood, associate, 2005-08
Profile: Hornby, one of the youngest members of Wolff & Samson, re-joined the firm in June of 2010 after stints at two other firms. He has taken a leadership role within the firm, serving on several committees including as chairman of the Pro Bono Committee. In this role, Hornby has expanded the firm’s pro bono representation on both the firm and attorney level, nearly doubling the hours devoted to pro bono work. Hornby’s unique experience includes serving as national coordinating counsel for a major telecommunications company in products liability matters and developing a nation-wide subpoena compliance program for a major VOIP provider. His recent experience includes the successful defense of the Bergen County executive in Dressler v. Donovan, No. BER-L-2801-12, a significant case of first impression involving the intersection of the constitutional authority of County officials.  He is directly responsible for managing numerous complex litigation matters including but not limited to matters involving construction defect, shareholder derivative, restrictive covenant, solar energy and governmental authority issues.  Supervise in excess of fifteen associates and counsel as well as numerous paralegals and staff.  In addition to his other firm positions, he is chairman of the Litigation Support Sub-Committee, charged with developing and overseeing the firm’s litigation support department. He is also a member of the Technology Committee; and a member of the Marketing Committee (from 2010 to 2012).

Prashanth Jayachandran
Born: April 27, 1973
Position: Of Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Princeton
Practice Areas: Labor and employment
College: Univ. of Wisconsin, B.A., Economics and Political Science, 1995
Graduate School: Syracuse Univ. Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Master of Public Administration, May 1998
Law School: Syracuse Univ. College of Law, J.D., 1998, cum laude
Career History: Current firm, associate then of counsel, 2004-present; Michael Best & Friedrich (Milwaukee), associate, 2001-04; Bond, Schoeneck & King (Syracuse),1998-2000
Profile: Known among his colleagues as “P.J.”, Jayachandran has built and maintained a robust national labor and employment practice, taking a lead role in representing clients across the country in single-plaintiff and complex litigation matters. Long-standing clients like Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and Novo Nordisk see him as the go-to lawyer for a spectrum of matters. This past year, his firm reports, Jayachandran achieved stellar results for numerous clients, including dismissal of claims and lawsuits on behalf of BMS, Stewart Business Systems, and AtlantiCare. As a result of numerous achievements, Jayachandran was recently promoted to Of Counsel. Jayachandran is prided by his firm for hiss commitment to client service, dedication to his community  and pro bono and community service. He served as the first vice chair of Morgan Lewis’s Princeton office Pro Bono Committee and playing a substantial role in creating the office’s pro bono program. He helped create the current program by establishing relationships with numerous pro bono organizations throughout New Jersey, and he coordinated the Princeton office’s July 2011 Pro Bono Week. He also coordinated the Princeton office’s involvement in the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Election Protection Project in 2008. In charitable work, he serves as a board member and co-chair of the Fund Development Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County.  

Kate Kalmykov
Born: February 20, 1980
Position: Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, Florham Park
Practice Areas: Business immigration and compliance
College: American Univ., B.A., magna cum laude 2002, M.A., international affairs .2005
Law School: American Univ. Washington College of Law, J.D., 2005
Career History: Current firm, of counsel, 2011-present, associate, 2005-08; Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, associate, 2008-11
Profile: Kalmykov focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance. She represents clients in a wide-range of employment based immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters including students, trainees, professionals, managers and executives, artists and entertainers, treaty investors and traders, persons of extraordinary ability and immigrant investors. This year Kate Kalmykov helped numerous clients in securing immigrant investor (EB-5) funds and she enabled hundreds of investors to obtain their green cards through the immigrant-investor program. Kalmykov has extensive experience working on immigrant investor matters. She works with developers across a variety of industries — hotels, office construction, manufacturing, assisted living, pharmaceutical — on developing new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments. This includes creation of new regional centers and having projects adopted by existing regional centers or through pooled individual EB-5 petitions. For existing regional centers, Kalmykov helps to prepare amendment filings, file exemplar petitions, address removal of conditions issues and ensure that they develop an internal program for ongoing compliance with applicable immigration regulations and guidance. She also counsels foreign nationals on obtaining green cards through individual or regional center EB-5 investments, and issues related to I-829 removal of conditions.  Through the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Citizenship Now,  Kalmykov has participated in Citizenship Day, when she helps indigent individuals to complete their applications for U.S. citizenship.  Kalmykov has devoted numerous pro bono hours to victims of domestic violence through the filing of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, enabling these individuals to obtain U.S. permanent residency.

Justin M. Klein
Born: April 7, 1978
Position: Partner, Marks & Klein, Red Bank
Practice Areas: Franchise and general business law; litigation and transactional
College: Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., political science, 2000
Law School: New York Law School, J.D., 2003
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2005-present; Marks & Associates, associate, 2003-04
Profile: Klein’s multiple ninefigure recoveries for his clients in complex franchise litigation is likely unprecedented for any attorney younger than 40 years of age, but such recoveries represent only a fraction of what elevates him above his contemporaries, his firm says. Klein combines a prodigious knowledge of his areas of the law with an almost prescient entrepreneurial spirit that is responsible for making his boutique law firm in Red Bank a national player when it comes to franchise law, landing major franchise and corporate clients. Klein’s success as a rainmaker is surpassed only by the financial recoveries he has obtained for his clients throughout the country. As managing partner, he oversees nine lawyers and supervises more than six associates and a paralegal and support staff. He is responsible for the general day-to-day operations of the firm which includes a Chicago office.  His clients include Retrofitness LLC of Colts Neck, a national franchisor of fitness facilities, for which he performs all general counsel matters; drafting of federally (and various states) mandated disclosure documents, handle various litigation matters; and drafting and negotiating of vendor agreements. He oversaw the multimillion-dollar private equity merger for its predecessor company (Retrofitness Corp.) with a Chicago-based private equity firm. He also represents Toasted Subs Franchisee Association of Denver, the national franchisee association for the Quiznos Subs franchise. He handles formation documents and general corporate matters and litigation matters (for the organization and its members), including defense of trademark dispute and representing the board of directors in litigation with franchisors.

Khaled John Klele
Born: October 27, 1974
Position: Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, Morristown
Practice Areas: Litigation, health care, products liability, construction, employment
College: Rutgers Univ., B.A., Biology/History, 1996, with highest honors
Law School: Univ. of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2000
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2000-present;
Profile: Klele is looked upon as very detail oriented. He learns the facts of a matter before making decisions, and this approach has resulted in numerous successes involving litigations where claims against his clients are either dismissed or are settled for little compensation. In one instance, an adversary dropped their demand by 98 percent. Klele has also been involved in numerous trials and arbitrations. As a result of his skill level, he was conducting depositions and handling motions at a very early stage in his career and continues to do so. He is credited with having a knack for technical issues, which is invaluable when it comes to experts. Klele deposed the leading expert in SCRs, Volker Rummenhohl. He was so well versed in the technology that by the end of the cross-examination, Rummenhohl acknowledged that a defect existed. Klele also finds time to serve the public, whether through the Ethics Committee or otherwise. He is a member of Recruiting Committee and currently serves as a mentor in the firm’s Summer Associate Program. He supervises one full time associate, paralegal and secretary and shares in the supervision of four junior associates. On April 10, he gave a seminar, with two other attorneys, regarding the New Jersey Law of Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets, held at Johnson & Johnson’s Headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Those in attendance were Johnson & Johnson’s in-house counsel. At the end of July 2012, he will be providing a seminar at the firm on strategies in legal research.

Sarah Klosek
Born: April 2, 1975
Position: Associate, Fox Rothschild, Lawrenceville
Practice Areas: Corporate, intellectual property, patents, life sciences
College: Rowan Univ., B.S., chemistry, 1997
Graduate School: Purdue Univ., M.S., analytical chemistry, 2000
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law, Camden, J.D., 2003
Career History: Current firm, associate, 2007-present; Synnestvedt Lechner & Woodbridge, associate,
2005 -07; Pennie and Edmonds/Jones Day, associate, 2003-04
Profile: Klosek manages the prosecution of over 200 patent applications. Her work has world-wide implications for her clients because she oversees prosecution of both U.S. and foreign patent portfolios. Her clients include sole inventors, universities and corporations. During the course of her career, she has obtained patents in a wide range of technological areas such as cancer treatment, paint and plastic recycling, and treatment for ophthalmic diseases. For example, she recently obtained U.S. Patent No. 8,173,163 for Rutgers University. Klosek is also a frequent public speaker on the topic of patent law. She presents to all audiences including other attorneys, graduate and undergraduate students, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Additionally, Klosek participates as a mentor in the firm’s formal mentor program for incoming first-year attorneys. An objective of the mentor program is to ease the transition to practice by providing individualized coaching in the protegee’s area of practice. In addition to managing her patent prosecution docket, Klosek also performs freedom-to-operate searches, conducts due diligence analyses, and renders legal opinions on third-party patents.  Representative technologies with which she is familiar include pharmaceuticals, polymers, small molecules, green technology, medical devices, biotechnology, nanotechnology, NMR spectroscopy, photochemistry, analytical chemistry, and surface chemistry. In her volunteer work, Klosek is a member of the New Jersey Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education Science and Technology Workforce Committee, and brainstormed ideas for the 6th Annual Women in New Jersey’s Science and Technology Workforce Summit in June.

Julie A. LaVan
Born: August 4, 1977
Position: Partner, LaVan Law, Moorestown
Practice Areas: Business transactions, business litigation, labor and employment law, and construction law
College: Philadelphia Univ., B.S., 1999, cum laude
Law School: Widener Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2006
Career History: Current firm, founder and managing partner, 2006-present
Profile: Day after day, LaVan demonstrates what is best about the legal profession, her firm says. Not only is she in the early years of running her own practice, but she takes on clients whose battles may be against very large and mighty companies, if they have been wronged. In addition to her diligent legal case work, LaVan is actively involved in a number of high profile charitable, community, business and legal organizations where she strives to make a positive difference. At the same time, she is a mother of two children under the age of seven. LaVan embodies leadership in that not only is she in the beginning years of running her own firm, but she devotes a significant amount of her limited time to mentor and train law school students in the nuances of private practice.  She reaches out to the local law school to take on several interns each semester to expose them to the day-to-day practice management and marketing issues. One success story is that of her newest associate attorney. Alana Gregorio worked with LaVan while attending Rutgers University School of Law in Camden full-time. Just this past year she graduated and became a full-time associate of LaVan Law. Gregorio has been assigned significant client work as a result of all the hands-on training that she received under LaVan’s tutelage.

Patricia A. Lee
Born: June 26, 1973
Position: Partner, Connell Foley, Roseland
Practice Areas: Healthcare/ERISA litigation, construction law, complex commercial litigation, professional liability defense, and class action defense
College: Rider Univ., B.A., political science (minor: English literature), 1995, summa cum laude
Law School: American Univ., Washington College of Law, J.D., 1998, magna cum laude
Clerkship: Hon. R. Benjamin Cohen, J.S.C., 1998-99
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2003-present; Law Offices of Alan L. Zegas, associate, 1999-2003
Profile: In the eyes of her firm, Lee has been a standout in both the firm and the bar for her representation of clients in a wide variety of litigation, appellate, and transactional matters. She has managed both high profile and complex matters, including multimillion-dollar construction disputes and the defense of several multidistrict litigation and nationwide class action suits involving healthcare and consumer fraud issues. Her hard work, determination, and practical skill set has not only resulted in favorable verdicts and decisions for her clients, but has also enabled consensus building to achieve settlements in contentious matters. Her ability to command both complicated facts and legal issues, and to persuade others on those issues, has been the linchpin for much of her success. Even with a robust practice and two small children, Lee devotes significant time to the firm’s Hiring Committee, mentoring younger attorneys, and legal and nonlegal organizations. Lee has managed large complex litigation matters and, in that context over the course of the last three years, she has supervised more than 15 associates, three paralegals and two secretaries, along with additional support staff handling project-based assignments. Lee currently serves on the Website Committee and has been primarily responsible for leading the launch of the firm’s revamped site which was unveiled on June 8,  the first major site update in a decade.

Scott S. Liebman
Born: April 6, 1980
Position: Partner, Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown
Practice Areas: Life sciences compliance, commercialization and regulatory counseling
College: Lehigh Univ., B.A., English and religious studies, 2002
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2005
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2005-present
Profile: Liebman is a leader in the New Jersey legal profession as a result of his work counseling pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology manufacturers on federal and state laws, including the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Prescription Drug Marketing Act, the Antikickback Statute, the False Claims Act and the Food & Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997. Clients rely on him to develop policies and procedures related to their comprehensive compliance programs and to conduct management and sales force training on various compliance issues. Liebman also is vice president of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman’s subsidiary, Porzio Life Sciences, LLC and chair of its Compliance Committee. Liebman has developed and implemented a comprehensive internal training program that is used to educate all new company personnel on the ever-changing regulatory landscape and Porzio Life Sciences’ role in fostering compliance in the life sciences industry. As a principal of the law firm, Liebman supervises six attorneys. He oversees the performance of audits, gap analyses and risk assessments for life sciences industry leaders. The chair of Porzio Life Sciences’ Compliance Committee, Liebman crafts and implements comprehensive compliance programs for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology clients to facilitate adherence to federal and state laws and guidances. As vice president of Porzio Life Sciences, Liebman supervises 30 regulatory professionals. As the creator of the company’s comprehensive internal training program, Liebman personally educates all new personnel on the ever-changing regulatory landscape and on fostering compliance in the life sciences industry.

Jeanne LoCicero
Born: August 17, 1973
Position: Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, Newark
Practice Areas: Civil rights, constitutional law
College: Douglass College, B.A., women’s studies, 1995
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law, Newark, J.D., 2000
Career History: Current position, 2004 to present; Debevoise & Plimpton, associate, 2001-04; American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, law fellow, 2000-01
Profile: As deputy legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, LoCicero has successfully handled numerous civil rights and constitutional cases, and her work resulted in significant victories within this past year. Most notable was the resolution, by way of consent agreement, of a years-long jail conditions case. The agreement was extensive and a significant victory for inmates at a jail notorious for its conditions and overcrowding. Numerous cooperating attorneys were involved and, as with numerous cases in which the ACLU-NJ takes part, LoCicero was in charge of overall supervision and management of the case as well as taking an extensive direct role therein. LoCicero supervises dozens of ACLU-NJ cases, serving as lead counsel in a number of them. She is also a leader in the civil rights community generally, working with other organizations and providing legal education, such as recently developing and instituting a legal training on the rights of persons in encounters with police. In her capacity as deputy legal director, Jeanne is responsible for managing the intake department which screens thousands of requests for intake each year.  She serves as co-counsel on the majority of the ACLU-NJ’s docket and assists in determining the organization’s position on the constitutional issues it litigates both as direct counsel and amicus, as well as weighing in on litigation strategy.  She also participates extensively in public education.

Joseph M. Lucosky Jr.
Born: January 10, 1974
Position: Managing Partner, Lucosky Brookman, Woodbridge
Practice Areas: Corporate, banking, mergers & acquisitions, securities, private equity and venture capital
College: Rutgers Univ., B.S., accounting (minor: political science), 1996
Law School: Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2001
Career History: Current position, 2011-present; Anslow & Jaclin, partner, 2008-11; Seward & Kissel, senior associate, 2006-08; Cahill Gordon & Reindel, associate, 2001-06
Profile: The managing partner of his firm, Lucosky has accomplished more in 10 years than most attorneys do in their lifetime. From a working family in Wallington, hard work put him through college and law school to become first in his family to go beyond high school. At two elite New York City firms, he developed sophisticated corporate and securities transactional skills. He then returned to New Jersey and made a unique offering to small and mid-cap companies. In 2011 he co-founded Lucosky Brookman. Within 18 months, he had grown the firm from three to eight attorneys, supported by two staff. With over $3.3 million of revenue, the firm is creating jobs and opportunity in New Jersey, boasting New York-quality work, national in scope, to a growing client base. A newly signed five-year lease tripled the firm’s office space to enable the firm eventually to employ 20 people comfortably. As managing partner, Lucosky develops and implements the direction, expansion and strategic vision of the firm, which has grown to eight attorneys. He supervises and manages both the corporate finance and securities practice groups while expanding the Firm’s litigation practice group. His practice serves over  35 public company and 75 private company clients. By serving a special niche in the corporate finance and securities legal arena, the firm is a new player in the area for high-end securities and transactional services.

Boris I. Mankovetskiy
Born: January 23, 1976
Position: Partner, Sills Cummis & Gross, Newark
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, financial reorganization and creditors’ rights
College: Montclair State Univ., B.A., summa cum laude ,1998
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2001, cum laude
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2001-present
Profile: Mankovetskiy was elected a partner at Sills Cummis when he was only 33 years old, becoming one of the youngest attorneys to be so elected at the firm. In his 11 years of practicing law, he has established himself as a well-respected member of the New Jersey and national bankruptcy bars. He is also credited with playing a key role in many of the largest and most complex Chapter 11 cases in the state of New Jersey over the last decade, and his efforts resulted in successful outcomes for his clients, his firm reports. In recent years, Mankovetskiy has been one of the key attorneys at the epicenter of three hospital bankruptcies in Hudson County that resulted in the sea-change of healthcare delivery from a not-for-profit to a for-profit model in Hudson County. In these highly complex cases, presenting a volatile combination of bankruptcy issues, public interest and politics, his efforts contributed to the preservation of all three hospitals for the local communities, while relieving the taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars of debt. At the same time, Mankovetskiy’s constituency, the unsecured creditors, were put in a position to obtain meaningful recoveries in difficult situations where such creditors stood to receive little or no recoveries at the commencement of the bankruptcy cases. Mankovetskiy serves as co-leader of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Department.  He handles the administration of the department’s activities, expansion of the Firm’s bankruptcy practice and supervision of associates and paralegals. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee and as a member of the firm’s Audit Letters Committee.

Josh M. Mann
Born: December 8, 1975
Position: Partner, Budd Larner, Short Hills
Practice Areas: Real estate, land use and redevelopment, foreclosure
College: Syracuse Univ., B.S./B.A., broadcast journalism/political science, 1998
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law, Newark, 2004
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2010-present, associate, 2004-06; Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, associate, 2006-10
Profile: Mann chairs Budd Larner’s land use and redevelopment practice and manages large portions of our foreclosure and distressed debt practice areas. He is a sought-after speaker on the real estate market and how the foreclosure crisis and developments in foreclosure law affects real estate in general. Mann is also a leader on redevelopment issues, particularly in the City of Newark. Finally, Mann is considered one of the leading practitioners in the state concerning the development and financing of charter schools and educational facilities. As chair of the Land Use and Redevelopment Group, he manages one full-time associate, one counsel, three partial associates, two paralegals and a secretary. He also manages the firm’s foreclosure practice, with two associates and one paralegal. Clients include the New Jersey Institute of Technology, for which he is outside redevelopment counsel for a 23-acre Newark downtown redevelopment. Other clients are Garrison Investment Group, for which he handles foreclosure litigation and transactional workouts for a major distressed loan portfolio; TD Bank, handling land use approvals in northern New Jersey;  Guardian Real Estate, handling redevelopment of 270-unit apartment complex in Newark for a major New York based developer; and Newark Preschool Council, handling the purchase of multiple sites, development approvals and bond financings for largest provider of pre-school education in New Jersey. In charitable and pro bono work, he serves as general counsel to Center for Collaborative Change, Newark, a non-profit that provides community engagement, data analysis and needs assessments.

Jennifer Mazawey
Born: February 14, 1973
Position: Counsel, Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster, Newark
Practice Areas: Commercial real estate, land use and construction law, education law
College: Rutgers Univ., B.A.; political science/history, 1994
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1997, cum laude
Clerkship: Hon. Christine L. Miniman, J.S.C., 1997-98
Career History: Current firm, counsel, 2002-present; Fogarty & Hara, associate, 2001-02; Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, associate, 1998-2001
Profile: Mazawey, counsel in the firm’s Newark office, is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Redevelopment & Environmental Law, Construction Law & Litigation and Education Law practice groups. She also chairs the firm’s Professional Development Committee and manages approximately eight to 10 junior attorneys in the real estate and education practice groups at the firm. In her own practice, she represents developers in all aspects of their development projects. She regularly appears before planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment. In addition, Mazawey assists clients with permit acquisition from agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation. She also assists clients with the drafting of their various professional services and construction contracts and represents clients in construction-related disputes.
For over a decade, Mazawey has also practiced in the area of education law. She served as both general counsel and special labor counsel to boards of education and boards of trustees throughout the state of New Jersey. In that capacity, she has handled matters at the Public Employment Relations Commission, as well as the Office of Administrative Law and state and federal courts. Among other things, she has counseled clients on matters of board governance, labor relations, special education matters and school construction.  , Mazawey served as captain of the firm team for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk.

Owen C. McCarthy
Born: August 8, 1973
Position: Partner, Connell Foley, Roseland
Practice Areas: Product liability and tort law; business litigation; crisis management and catastrophic loss
College: Union College (Schenectady), B.A., political science (minor: history), 1995
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1998
Clerkship: Hon. Peter F. Boggia, J.S.C, 1998-99
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2003-present; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin, associate, 2002-03; Huntington Carver, associate, 1999-2002
Profile: Since joining Connell Foley in 2003, McCarthy has tried more than 40 cases to verdict, involving matters of significant exposure to his clients. His caseload includes matters involving wrongful death, surgeries, cognitive injuries and substantial economic damages. He is responsible for all aspects from initial case assessment through appeal. He has routinely obtained verdicts at amounts well below the plaintiff’s final settlement demand resulting in substantial savings for his clients.  McCarthy has also been a dedicated public servant, one of only five individuals in the state’s history to be elected to municipal office in different counties, his firm says. While residing in Bergen County, he served a councilman and deputy mayor for the Borough of Fair Lawn. He simultaneously served a commissioner, and later treasurer, of the Bergen County Housing Authority, the state’s second largest public housing authority. Since 2011, he has served as a councilman in the Borough of Manasquan, Monmouth County. As a practice group leader he is responsible for supervising the workflow and assignments of a team of eight attorneys representing the state’s largest insurance carrier in multiple forums concerning available insurance coverage and the defense of third party liability actions. Though a busy, seasoned litigator, McCarthy provides day to day supervision of associates and staff, assuming a leadership role by mentoring younger associates about legal issues and professional life issues.

Jason Meisner
Born: March 18, 1976
Position: Of Counsel, Coughlin Duffy, Morristown
Practice Areas: Commercial and pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, business counseling and criminal defense
College: The George Washington Univ., B.A. English (minor: sociology), 1997
Law School: The Catholic Univ. of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2000
Clerkship: Hon. Patrick L. Woodward, Circuit Court for Montgomery, Md., 2000-01
Career History: Current firm, of counsel, 2005-present; Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, associate, 2003-05; Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, assistant prosecutor, 2002-03
Profile: Meisner is one of the firm’s hardest working, most capable and adaptable senior litigation associates, his firm says, crediting him with developing and implementing strategic plans in litigation of all types generating creative and effective solutions. The transactional and estate practice groups also rely upon Meisner to directly manage issues and develop solutions for their clients and to resolve disputes through litigation where it is unavoidable.
Meisner has discretely and effectively resolved criminal and ethical matters for clients, achieving results that often exceeded expectations, and he has seen a steady increase in his own client base as a result of his efforts. Meisner contributes to the firm’s management through his participation on the Associates’ and Technology committees. Under his lead, the Associates’ Committee was revised to a streamlined and efficient body that generates ideas, provides feedback on those ideas and communicates them to the partnership.  This committee has provided an effective means of communication between the partnership and the associates. Ongoing supervision of up to four associates and two paralegals in litigated matters. As a project team leader in Ketek and antitrust litigation, he supervised of up to eight associates and two paralegals. His published writings include: “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, The Statute of Repose Defense Could Be The Fairest Of All–Reflecting on a Critical Defense for Design Professionals,” IADC Newsletter, December 2005.

Matthew R. Mendelsohn
Born: June 30, 1980
Position: Senior Associate, Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, Roseland
Practice Areas: Complex litigation,class actions, product liability, medical malpractice, personal injury
College: Rutgers College, B.A., economics/communications, 2002
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2005
Career History: Current firm, associate, 2006-present; Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman, associate, 2005-06
Profile: Mendelsohn is known at his firm as  driven, aggressive and mindful that being a successful lawyer means more than just being a competent attorney, but being able to cultivate business. Over the last few years, Mendelsohn has originated numerous cases including class actions and is fast becoming one of the most prominent automotive class-action attorneys in New Jersey. He has obtained tens of millions of dollars in compensation for more than five million class members. Mendelsohn’s competency has been acknowledged by several federal judges and he has been appointed Lead Class Counsel in multiple high-profile consumer class actions in courts throughout the country. Mendelsohn is also currently a lead attorney in several high-profile consumer class actions pending throughout the United States. The include In re Nissan Radiator/Transmission Oil Cooler Litigation (S.D.N.Y.), consolidated actions from throughout the country brought on behalf of over one million vehicles owners related to defect that results in catastrophic transmission failure.  Mendelsohn was recently appointed co-lead class counsel by Vincent Briccetti, U.S.D.J. In anther case, Neale v. Volvo North America (D.N.J.), a nationwide class action involving defects in over a million Volvo vehicles, Mendelsohn has been appointed interim co-lead class counsel by Peter Sheridan, U.S.D.J.  Other major cases are Faistl v. Energy Plus (D.N.J.), nationwide class action on behalf of consumers who were victims of Defendants’ “bait and switch” tactics regarding energy services, and Dunner v. Honda (C.D. Cal.), a nationwide class action relating to brake defects in over one million vehicles.

Stephen J. Mogila
Born: September 14, 1973
Position: Senior Associate, Proskauer Rose, Newark
Practice Areas: Labor and employment, employee benefits, executive compensation
College: Seton Hall Univ., B.A., political science, 1996
Law School: Univ. of Baltimore, J.D., 2000; New York Univ. School of Law, LL.M., taxation, 2001
Career History: Current position, 2007-present; N.J. Division of Law, deputy attorney general, 2004-07; Scialabba & Associates, associate, 2001-04
Profile: Mogila is one of Proskauer’s key employee-benefits attorneys in the New Jersey Office’s Employee Benefits Department. This year, as in prior years, Mogila serves as the primary relationship attorney (or as strong co-chair) for some of the largest multiemployer pension, welfare and annuity benefit funds in the entertainment industry (both Broadway and Motion Picture and Television) as well as the newspaper, construction and building operation/management trades. Indeed, to all these longstanding and high-profile clients, Mogila is the “face of Proskauer” and he has truly earned the trust and respect from them as well as all the major players and professionals that work in this area of the law. The firm calls Mogila a creative lawyer who proactively and strategically addresses complex issues with his clients’ business needs in mind. His practice covers the full gamut of employee- benefit issues, including advising clients regarding all aspects of pension and welfare plan administration, plan investment issues, mergers and terminations, government audits, participant communications, fiduciary responsibility matters and prohibited transaction issues. In firm management, he serves as an elected member of Proskauer’s Associates Council, which functions as the representative body for the firm’s domestic and global attorneys in terms of addressing issues with the firm and the Executive Committee.  He is currently a co-chair for the New Jersey Office’s Summer Associate Program and, in this capacity, has been directly responsible for planning such events and ensuring that the summer associates get substantial exposure to real lawyering work and client contact.

Korin A. Neff
Born: April 3, 1974
Position: Group Vice President, Global Privacy, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, Parsippany
Practice Areas: Litigation including general commercial, franchise, vicarious liability, class actions, regulatory
College: Emory Univ., B.A., philosophy and political science, 1996
Law School: Washington College of Law, The American Univ., J.D., 1999, cum laude
Career History: Current company, in house counsel (successive positions), 2003-present; Gibbons, associate, 1999-2003
Profile: Neff’s most impressive achievement in her years in-house at Wyndham Corporation was introducing and originating the entire privacy function at one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, with operations on six continents,. Over the past two years, Neff has had primary responsibility for the creation, development, and implementation of Wyndham’s Global Privacy Program. Among her other diverse responsibilities are as co-chair of the company’s Information Risk Committee, chair of the Privacy Program Committee, chair of the Committee on Policies and chair of the Compliance and Ethics Leadership Team. She manages personnel, financial resources and processes, including a team of eight that includes attorneys, compliance professionals and paralegal and administrative support. During Neff’s tenure managing litigation for Wyndham/Cendant, she managed thousands of complex, significant cases. As Wyndham’s corporate compliance officer, Neff coordinates with three business units to advance the company’s compliance initiatives.  In addition to her achievement in originating and implementing the global privacy function at one of the world’s largest, preeminent hospitality companies, Neff impressively balances a complex, high-level, busy, career (in which she seems to be constantly advancing) with an involved and active family life as a mother to a 6-year-old boy and 4-year-old identical twin girls.

Brian J. Osias
Born: March 13, 1973
Position: Partner, McCarter & English, Newark
Practice Areas: Insurance coverage and commercial litigation
College: Rutgers College, B.A., history/biology, 1995
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law, Camden, J.D., 1999, with honors
Clerkship: Hon. Barry L. Garber, U.S.D.J. (S.D. Fla.) 1999-2000
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2000-present
Profile: The lion’s share of Osias’s practice is focused on suing insurers on behalf of his policyholder clients, mostly Fortune 500 or other well known companies. He also litigates a variety of contract, commercial and product liability cases. Clients include General Electric, Novartis, American Standard and Toll Brothers. Osias has a strong track record, winning or settling on favorable terms in the vast majority of his cases, his firm reports. The cases are typically complex, often involving millions of dollars and multiple parties. Due to the nature of his case load, Osias manages teams of associates and paralegals and reports directly to sophisticated in-house counsel and senior executives. As a result of Osias’s efforts, policyholder clients have recovered well in excess of $100 million so far. Osias’s practice is national in scope, and he has cases in state and federal courts across the country.  Chambers USA has recognized him as one of McCarter & English’s “future stars,” noting that he is “impressing sources” with “superb legal arguments and excellent written briefs,” stating that he is “a success among clients” for his “tenacious, yet balanced approach,” and describing him as “fully engaged.” In 2007, McCarter & English recognized Brian with an award for “outstanding pro bono efforts” for his non-billable, pro bono work. In addition to his litigation practice, Brian counsel’s clients on the scope of their existing insurance coverage concerning a variety of policy forms, including general liability, property, crime, fidelity, cyber-risk, directors and officers, and employment practices.

Anthony M. Rainone
Born: June 18, 1977
Position: Partner, Brach Eichler, Roseland
Practice Areas: Labor and employment, commercial and construction law, litigation
College: Fordham Univ., B.A., communications, 1999
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2003
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2011-present; Podvey Meanor, associate, 2006-06, partner, 2007-11; Peckar & Abramson, associate, 2006; Law Offices of Richard Malagiere, associate, 2003-04
Profile: Rainone has demonstrated to his firm a commitment to the highest level of client service, ethical behavior, courtesy and professionalism to adversaries, and giving of his time to the community. He is active in the business community, having spent the past four years as board member of a 40+ year old regional chamber of commerce, including the past two years as president. He has worked with people of all political ideologies as a leader in Essex County of multiple government affairs events, including hosting speakers such as former Gov. Jon Corzine, Gov. Chris Christie and multiple U.S. congressmen from area districts. He has also been appointed by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Dickinson Debevoise as a guardian ad litem and as pro bono counsel for an inmate at Northern State Prison for over two years in an Eighth Amendment case arising out of the failure to provide adequate medical treatment. In firm management, he is one of two partners responsible for the Employment Law Group, supervising one to two  associates and a paralegal. Rainone is also a diligent and frequent author, contributing to Brach Eichler’s Monthly Employment Law Update Newsletter that he created last year, covering New Jersey, New York, and Federal labor and employment law issues. He also serves on the firm’s website committee.

Brian N. Rath
Born: October 25, 1972
Position: Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Princeton
Practice Areas: Health care
College: Georgetown Univ., B.A., history (minor: biology), 1995
Law School: Georgetown Univ. Law Center, J.D., 1999
Clerkship: Hon. Sylvia B. Pressler, P.J.A.D., 1999-2000
Career History: Current firm, associate then counsel, 2000-present
Profile: Rath provides multifaceted representation to his firm’s health care clients, including regulatory counseling, transactional and focused litigation. This enables him to act as a general counsel from the outside providing additional value to his clients.
Rath is known as able to easily adapt to areas of the law in which he does not practice on a daily basis. For example, although primarily a regulatory and litigation attorney serving long term care clients, he was able to integrate himself successfully into the field of cancer research and clinical trial contracting as the temporary in- house counsel for the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups. Rath has been a member of the firm Diversity Committee since 2008 and of the Princeton Office Associate Hiring Committee since 2003. He was the Princeton Office summer associate coordinator from  2003 to 2008. Rath is dedicated to his practice and to his service to the local community.  After taking a leave of absence from November 2011 through February 2012, when he underwent a liver transplant, he returned to his demanding practice of law and to his position as chair of the board of trustees of United Way of Greater Mercer County. He also serves on a number of nonprofit boards.

Michael Rato
Born: February 25, 1975
Position: McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Morristown
Practice Areas: Unclaimed property law and commercial litigation
College: Stevens Institute of Technology, B. Eng., environmental engineering (minor: social science), 1998
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2001
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2010 to present; Sidley Austin, counsel, 2001-10
Profile: According to his firm, Rato is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts on unclaimed property law, and his experience in this practice is unparalleled. Some of the largest companies and financial institutions, such as Citibank, GE, and Morgan Stanley rely upon him for unclaimed property law advice, and he has guided a number of companies through multi-state unclaimed property audits by states and private auditing firms. Clients that he advises on unclaimed property law compliance include General Electric Company, Western Union Company, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Citibank, N.A.  and Morgan Stanley. Rato represented First Data Corporation in an unclaimed property audit by more than 40 states. He was the primary outside counsel responsible and the matter settled satisfactorily. He represented Western Union in a multistate unclaimed property audit, also as primary outside counsel responsible, with a favorable outcome. In addition to his role as  head of unclaimed property practice, Rato is a member of the firm’s hiring committee and he frequently volunteers to mentor new attorneys. He publishes a daily unclaimed property law blog ( and is a frequent speaker and author on unclaimed property law topics.  He has been interviewed and quoted by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Insurance News on unclaimed property law topics, and is one of the foremost experts on this rapidly developing areas of the law.

Asaad K. Siddiqi
Born: August 3, 1976
Position: Of Counsel, Walder, Hayden & Brogan, Roseland
Practice Areas: Corporate/commercial litigation, business counseling, appellate, white-collar criminal defense, and government investigations
College: Rutgers College, Rutgers Univ., B.A., history (minor: biology), 1998
Law School: St. John’s Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2001
Clerkship: Hon. Madeline Cox Arleo, U.S.M.J., 2001-02
Career History: Current firm, associate then of counsel, 2002-present
Profile: In addition to his busy corporate and litigation practice, Siddiqi is active in  LeadNJ (f/k/a Leadership New Jersey), a 26-year young non-profit think-tank and volunteer organization. Those who work with him say he stands  out as a prominent voice, demonstrating a rare quality as a professional service provider. He is known as engaging and personable while being equally adept at counseling clients, writing articles, and getting business done. He listens, understands, and then speaks with a simpleness and wisdom, LeadNJ colleagues say, adding that he has earned a reputation as a “go to” person and as a true leader within the organization.  Siddiqi is well known and respected outside his law practice, having been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The Star Ledger in articles relevant to Gov. Chris Christie and the diversity of the state court bench.  Aside from his client commitments, Asaad also writes articles on current and cutting edge topics for New Jersey Lawyer and the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association.

Joshua N. Silverstein
Born: January 10, 1975
Position: Partner, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, Cherry Hill
Practice Areas: Mergers and acquisitions, insurance, closely held/family owned businesses, business, alternative dispute resolution, private equity and publicly held companies
College: Rutgers Univ., B.A., political science, 1997, summa cum laude
Law School: Univ. of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2001
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2001-present
Profile: Through his extensive corporate work and experience as a practice group co-chair, Silverstein has proven himself to be a leader at his firm. His representation of clients in middle-market ($10 million to $300 million) M&A transactions, combined with his insurance industry expertise and his leadership positions within Stradley Ronon and in the community, make him a rising star in New Jersey. He has served as co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, helping manage approximately 25 attorneys. Silverstein co-led Stradley Ronon’s representation of Tasty Baking Company, makers of the popular Tastykake brand of baked goods, in the company’s merger with Flower Foods. The all cash merger, valued at approximately $175 million, was completed in May 2011.  Though much of his work is confidential, Silverstein has a wealth of experience in middle-market M&A transactions in New Jersey. He has been praised by both clients and colleagues for his dedication to client service and his knowledge of middle-market transactions. Among his publications is “Investment Adviser M&A Strategies and Succession Planning,” October 06, 2011, a three-part webinar series to help investment advisers better understand M&A opportunities by providing guidance on business, valuation, practical and regulatory aspects of the M&A process.

Ethan A. Skerry
Born: May 11, 1973
Position: Partner, Lowenstein Sandler, Roseland
Practice Areas: corporate, corporate finance & securities, investment management, life sciences, mergers & acquisitions, private equity & mezzanine financing, venture capital, angel investing, M&A
College: Middlebury College, B.A., English literature, 1995
Law School: Columbia Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1998
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2007-present; Time Inc., associate counsel, 2005-07; Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, associate, 1998-2005
Profile: Through a robust and diverse corporate practice that focuses on M&A and securities law, Skerry distinguishes himself as a leader at Lowenstein Sandler. He represents some of the nation’s leading multimillion and multibillion dollar corporations including Time, Inc., Cerberus Capital Management, The Estée Lauder Companies, LifeCell and Buddy Media, as well as emerging start-ups. As an adjunct professor of a course on corporate transactions at Seton Hall Law School and a member of Lowenstein’s Recruiting Committee, Skerry actively mentors future attorneys. He also remains active in pro bono matters, including his most recent work to incorporate the Henrietta Lacks Foundation (founded by bestselling author Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks), which provides financial assistance to needy individuals who have made important contributions to scientific research without personally benefitting from them. Skerry customarily acts as the lead outside lawyer to the clients he services and in that capacity, supervises a wide range of Lowenstein Sandler Members and Associates who assist on the transactions. Among the clients he  represents on wide range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, is Buddy Media Inc.’s pending $745 million sale to Other large clients are Hachette Book Group,  Time Inc. and Figment LLC.

Kenneth J. Soriero
Born: May 16, 1978
Position: Senior Associate, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, Westfield
Practice Areas: Construction law
College: Villanova Univ., B.S. accountancy, 2000, cum laude
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2005, magna cum laude
Career History: Current firm, senior associate, 2005-present;
Profile: From the outset, Soriero has demonstrated an ability to provide first-rate legal counsel in a wide variety of practice areas, with a specialty in Construction Law. His firm calls his versatility critical, given its size and need to continuously serve the broad range of legal needs of clients. Soriero has also demonstrated a commitment to the firm by his willingness to mentor incoming associates. As a role model for younger attorneys entering the profession, his success is credited to his attention to detail, fresh approach to business development and ability to be forward-thinking. Soriero is viewed by senior members of the firm as someone who can work independently and can resolve complicated legal matters prior to trial. A senior associate with primary responsibility for over 25 construction clients and matters at any given time, clients include Westfield Planning Board, Intercontinental Construction Contracting Inc., MMC Contractors Northeast and Central Jersey Mechanical Inc. Busy as he is, Soriero is known at his firm as always willing to go the extra mile and assist other attorneys who may need his help. A team player, he maintains a positive attitude in everything he does, his firm says.

Susan L. Swatski
Born: February 11, 1974
Position: Counsel, Hill Wallack, Princeton
Practice Areas: Employment law, products liability, construction
College: Susquehanna Univ., B.A., international studies/German, 1996, cum laude
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2002
Clerkship: Hon. Dennis M. Cavanaugh, U.S.D.J., internship, 2002
Career History: Current firm, counsel, 2010-present; Herrick Feinstein, associate, 2005-09; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, associate, 2002-04
Profile: Throughout her 10 years of practice, Swatski has represented a broad range of corporate clients in the areas of products liability, employment law and construction. Her diverse representations have included an international coffee retailer, a medical device manufacturer, state agencies, construction companies, condominium associations, staffing and maintenance companies, and seasonal recreation facilities.  Swatski’s leadership in the bar is exemplified by her practice in both state and federal courts, as well as administrative tribunals, arbitration and mediation. Swatski shares her experience with young lawyers through her firm’s mentoring program, as well as, being a NACLE employment law lecturer, serving as a commentator on local radio programs, and publishing regularly in her fields of practice. Swatski balances her diverse matters with a commitment to pro bono work, serving the Trenton arts community and volunteering with Mercer County Dress for Success and the International Rett Syndrome Research Foundation. When litigation becomes inevitable, Swatski brings to the table extensive experience in helping her corporate clients manage the potential costly pitfalls associated with electronically stored information (ESI).  Swatski has designed and negotiated extensive e-discovery protocols establishing parameters for ESI productions, including incorporating clawback procedures for privileged documents, use of keywords as search terms, culling duplicates and document review sampling agreements as well as computer assisted coding procedures. Swatski serves as the point person at Hill Wallack for managing large scale e-discovery matters.

Anna Maria Tejada
Born: August 25, 1975
Position: Of Counsel, Kaufman, Dolowich, Voluck & Gonzo, Hackensack
Practice Areas: Employment and labor on behalf of management
College: Rutgers Univ., B.A., psychology (minor: Spanish/Puerto and Caribbean studies), criminology certificate, 1996
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law, Newark, J.D., 1999
Clerkship: Hon. John E. Wallace, J.A.D., 1999-2000
Career History: Current firm, of counsel, 2008-present; Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, Associate, 2002-08; Education Law Center, Equal Justice Fellow, 2000-02
Profile: By all accounts, Tejada is known for her compassion in the areas of education law and minority rights. She has dedicated many years to representing parents of special needs children and helping to protect their rights, and has also been relentless in pursuing other individual rights through pro bono work. In firm management, she supervises younger associates in litigation matters, assigns work projects for associates, and revises their work. Tejada is actively involved in the Hispanic Bar Association, and in her current role as regional president (Region III) since 2011, she has been instrumental for creating opportunities for minorities in the law. She is also a member of the Leadership Team for the HNBA National Corporate Counsel Conference and 17th Annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition, a national conference held in Jersey City with over 800 attendees. She spearheaded the Volunteer Effort for Jersey City Public School No. 5 to encourage students to consider the legal profession as an option as the HNBA’s commitment to fostering the pipeline to our legal profession.  She has also been a part of the HNBA/ACC Executive Leadership Program for Latina Attorneys since 2010.

Gregory E. Tomczak
Born: October 6, 1976
Position: Partner, Ambrosio & Tomczak, Montclair
Practice Areas: White collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation
College: Rutgers Univ., B.A., philosophy (minor: psychology), 1999
Law School: The George Washington Univ. Law School, J.D., 2002
Clerkship: Hon. Francis P. De Stefano, J.S.C., 2002-03
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2010-present; Genova, Burns & Giantomasi, Associate, 2008-10; Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, assistant prosecutor, 2006-08; Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, assistant prosecutor, 2003-06
Profile: Tomczak has established himself as an accomplished trial lawyer in both criminal and complex commercial litigation. In 2009, he became certified as a Criminal Trial Attorney after only five years of practice. He has represented criminal clients ranging from the leader of the Bloods street gang to corporate clients charged with white collar crimes.  Tomczak has also had success in complex commercial litigation spanning virtually all industries. He has been especially successful in resolving shareholder/partnership disputes on behalf of minority shareholders. Tomczak was also part of a team that represented the former president of Stevens Institute of Technology in a civil action filed against the school by the New Jersey attorney general. In firm management, he is the leader of the entire litigation practice, including handling cases from inception through verdict.  His notable clients include Vincent Young, leader of a set of the Bloods Street gang, charged with offenses under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act; Panico Salons, as general counsel for all legal matters;  and Wholesale Lighting Services Inc., as general counsel for all legal matters. In addition to legal work, Tomczak is a member of the board of trustees of the Red Bank YMCA and devotes a significant amount of time raising money for the Y.

Frank F. Velocci
Born: August 10, 1974
Position: Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath, Florham Park
Practice Areas: Corporate restructuring and commercial litigation
College: Montclair State Univ., B.A., political science, 1996
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1999
Clerkship: Hon. Rosemary Gambardella, U.S.B.J., 1999-2000
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 2000-present
Profile: Velocci has a wide-ranging practice but has built a particular following in distressed-business investigations and reorganizations. The way he stands out among his peers was evident most recently when Chambers USA recognized him as an “up and coming” individual in the New Jersey bankruptcy and restructuring space. Coveted Chambers recognition is based on client and market feedback, echoing Velocci’s success at representing clients in a number of complex bankruptcy-related litigations. His experience includes litigation and arbitration in the areas of real estate, telecommunications, health care, prerogative writs, legal malpractice and business torts. Velocci has been involved in a number of complex litigation cases involving the investigation of distressed companies and their former executive. He regularly represents debtors, trustees, committees and secured creditors in a number of complex Chapter 11 cases. Notable clients include St. Mary’s Hospital, the first stand-alone reorganization of a New Jersey hospital in more than 10 years, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. Velocci worked on negotiation of a consensual  stand-alone plan of reorganization and a long-term, interest-free repayment plan with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on St. Mary’s legacy Medicare debt so that the hospital could assume its provider agreement with CMS.

Denise Walsh
Born: November 27, 1976
Position: Senior Associate, Marcus, Brody, Ford & Kessler, Roseland
Practice Areas: Business counseling, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance
College: Seton Hall Univ., B.A., psychology, 1999
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2002, magna cum laude
Career History: Current firm, senior associate, 2004-present; Lowenstein Sandler, associate, 2002-04
Profile: Walsh has taken increasingly significant responsibilities in the Business Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Most recently, she became Managing Editor of the section’s newsletter. In addition, as the co-chair of the section’s Business Entities Committee, Walsh played an important role in the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (S-742/A-1543), which recently was passed by the Assembly and is pending before the Senate. As a member of the committee for the past six years and as co-chair since 2011, Walsh was involved since the committee first began contemplating a new limited liability company act, she helped to draft and edit the pending legislation, interacted with the Office of Legislative Services, met with legislators and appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee. As a senior associate at her firm, Walsh supervises the work of two paralegals and one junior associate while working on various business and financing transactions.  A member of the firm’s Transactional Department, Walsh has represented national lenders in multi-million dollar financing transactions across multiple states.  Walsh also has played a lead role in multiple transactions whereby clients are selling or purchasing businesses. Walsh drafts and negotiates the transaction documents and performs the necessary due diligence. She also writes and lectures in her practice area.

Jennifer L. Ward
Born: December 12, 1974
Position: Partner, Spector Gadon & Rosen, Marlton
Practice Areas: Employment law, professional liability, director’s and officer’s liability, and legal malpractice
College: Liberty Univ., B.S., government (specialization: philosophy), 1996
Law School: Regent Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1999
Career History: Current firm, associate then partner, 1999-present
Profile: The youngest attorney ever to make partner at her firm, and now the New Jersey office’s managing partner, Ward is called a natural leader and master business generator, both of which qualities have benefitted her firm and the individual attorneys she mentors, the firm says.  In only four short years of practice, she has developed a self sustaining client base. At present, she is on the highly competitive approved panel list for over 10 insurance carriers. Shortly after making partner, she was promoted to managing partner of the firm’s New Jersey office. She generates and manages business for all four of the firm’s offices: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. As a result of her ability to generate business, she was invited to serve on the firm’s Business Development Committee. She also chairs the Associates’ Group and spends hours mentoring/coaching associates in the firm in their practices and in how to build and generate business.  She supervises six associates that directly report to her.  Her clients include CNA, Scottsdale Insurance Co., Monitor Liability Manager and Liberty International Underwriters.

David B. Wolfe
Born: December 23, 1975
Position: Partner, Skoloff & Wolfe, Livingston
Practice Areas: Real estate tax appeals and litigation
College: Cornell Univ., B.A., government, 1998
Law School: New York Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2002
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2003-present; Davis Polk & Wardwell, associate, 2002-03
Profile: In addition to serving as co-chair of his firm’s litigation department and as an Executive Committee member, Wolfe is a recognized leader at the local and national levels. He served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, the ABA’s largest division with more than 150,000 members — the only New Jersey lawyer to serve in that role. He created a national service project and was at the forefront of issues facing the profession, including serving as the lead presenter of the Truth In Law School Education Resolution. In this capacity, he was quoted in the National Law Journal, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Wolfe has served on the N.J. Supreme Court Committee on the Tax Court and as the co-chair of the Real Property Tax Committee of the N.J. State Bar Association. He has lectured extensively on property tax appeals and has been quoted in The Star Ledger,,, and  Other ABA YLD projects included Serving Our Seniors, which delivers pro bono legal services to low income seniors across the country. Wolfe personally participated in the development of the concept, the materials and one of the videos.  He also participated in the implementations in New Mexico and Georgia. In 2012, Wolfe was named the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division “Young Lawyer of the Year.”

Jonathan W. Wolfe
Born: December 23, 1975
Position: Partner, Skoloff & Wolfe, Livingston
Practice Areas: Divorce, complex business litigation
College: Cornell Univ., B.A., government, 1998, with honors
Law School: New York Univ. School of Law J.D., 2001
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2003-present; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, associate, 2001-03
Profile: From successfully defending a hedge fund against $12 billion RICO claims, to representing Katie Holmes in her divorce from Tom Cruise, Wolfe has excelled in both “bet your company” litigation and high-profile matrimonial disputes. Beginning his career at Milbank in New York handling securities and business litigation, he  continues to handle high-stakes business litigation and has used his background to handle complex matrimonial matters for business leaders, professional athletes and celebrities. His wide press coverage included appearing on Dateline NBC, discussing his representation of the grandparents in the Sean Goldman dispute. He has been active in the American Bar Association, serving on the  Executive Committee (2010-11), Board of Governors (2008-11), House of Delegates (2004-Present), ABA Section of Family Law (2001-Present), and as an at-large member of the Council, the body responsible for overseeing the operations of the section (2010-present). Wolfe has served as a trustee of the N.J. State Bar Association, chair of its Young Lawyers Division (he was a 2008 professional achievement award recipient) and the NJSBA Family Law Executive Committee. At his firm, he co-chairs the Litigation and Matrimonial departments and serves on the Executive Committee, one of four members responsible for all aspects of firm management, hiring and strategic decisions.