The 50 lawyers profiled in these pages are those that we decided — after a rigorous evaluation process — make up potent combinations of youthful exuberance and formidable accomplishment. We do not designate them as "best" or by any other superlative. They are indeed thought of as tops in their fields by the firms or individuals that nominated them, but so were the many other candidates. We say only that they are emblematic of a new wave of leadership in the New Jersey legal profession.

Our basic criteria for selection of these standout lawyers 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 these factors tend to distinguish an individual among his or her peers and signal greater accomplishments ahead.

We did not give preference to attorneys at larger firms, but it is evident that they make up the largest share of the group. Generally, this is because one who has excelled while under 40 at a large organization has demonstrated to the management precisely the qualities we focus on in this survey.

Neither did we give preference to characteristics like gender and ethnicity, yet it is rewarding to see that the slate of honorees turned out to be fairly diverse.

We expanded our search this year to in-house corporate counsel and were pleased to find a number of them made the final cut.

As watchers of the New Jersey legal profession, we have noted that many chosen for this feature in the past have continued their rise to stardom. We have no reason to think this year's group will be any exception.

— Ronald J. Fleury, Editor in Chief

Nicole Alexander
Born: February 1, 1974
Firm/Company: McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Morristown
Law School: Villanova Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1999
College: Univ. of San Diego, B.A., French and international relations, 1996
Clerkships: Jane Bruskin Cantor, J.S.C., 1999-2000
Career: Current firm, director of professional and business development, 2010–present; director of legal recruiting and continuing legal education, 2005-2010; litigation associate, 2000-05
Profile: Alexander has distinguished herself at McElroy Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter as a leader in the firm’s administration. As director of professional and business development, she is credited as having been a key player in the consistent growth of the firm. She reports directly to the managing partner and works extensively with the firm’s executive committee and its chief operating officer. She has oversight of all marketing, recruiting and professional development activities, including the expansion and opening of new offices and the planning of all continuing legal education seminars. She has 10 direct reports and is responsible for managing the business and professional development of over 300 attorneys. Among her accomplishments have been the revamp and overhaul of the firm’s marketing efforts, including its website; the creation of the firm’s CLE program; oversight of the firm’s business development plan; and management of all professional development initiatives, including recruiting and training. She is also co-chair and co-founder of the firm’s Women’s Initiative and serves on the firm’s Diversity Initiative. She regularly advises clients on the impact of social media on marketing and also speaks on the topic of social media and attorney ethics. Alexander has been an adjunct professor at Berkeley College since 2004, teaching business law, human resources, criminal justice and juvenile justice. She also oversees the firm’s pro bono efforts, working with pro bono organizations to coordinate and expand the firm’s outreach efforts, such as Partners for Women & Justice, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice. In her volunteer activities, she has been a mentor for the N.J. Law and Education Empowerment Project (LEEP) since 2010.
Lauren A. Beetle
Born: February 21, 1978
Firm/Company: Hyland Levin, Marlton
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Camden, J.D., 2003
College: Douglass College, Rutgers Univ., B.A., history and political science, 2000
Career: Current firm, partner, 2013-present, associate, 2009-13; Ballard Spahr, associate, 2003-09
Profile: Ascending to partner at Hyland Levin at the age of 35 after only four years at her firm, Beetle has an extensive real estate practice in New Jersey and other states, and also handles business law, financing and liquor license regulation. A considerable amount of her time is spent representing private equity investors and multifamily housing apartment owners in connection with acquisitions, sales and financings, particularly financing provided through the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac agency programs. She also represents retail, industrial and office developers and owners in connection with acquisitions, sales, leasing and financings and has significant experience handling local as well as multi-jurisdictional real estate portfolio transactions. Beetle also routinely represents business owners in connection with business asset and equity transactions and legal governance and formation matters. She serves with other partners in Hyland Levin’s Business Law group as outside general counsel to some of the most vibrant businesses in South Jersey. Her business practice includes counseling clients on financing and licensing issues and developing form commercial documents for industrial and manufacturing businesses. She also represents national restaurant chains, hotels and local business owners in liquor license transactions and regular compliance matters in the state of New Jersey. Beetle writes frequently on real estate and business law issues for legal publications, including the New Jersey Law Journal. In pro bono work, she is part of a team with other partners at Hyland Levin in providing legal advice to various religious-based organizations. In her outside activities, she serves as chair of the Business Resources Advocacy Group, a southern New Jersey networking organization focused on women in management and leadership roles in small and medium-sized businesses, which she helped found in 2011. She has been a member of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW) since 2008.
Michael F. Bevacqua Jr.
Born: September 23, 1974
Firm/Company: Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello & Chattman, Newark
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2003
College: Univ. of Scranton, B.A., 1997
Career: Current firm, equity partner, 2012-present, tier partner, 2010-12, associate, 2003-10
Profile: A substantial part of Bevacqua’s practice is devoted to bank litigation and consumer finance defense in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, including but not limited to claims under the Consumer Fraud Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the FTC Holder Rule, the Truth In Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act and the Lemon Law. Bevacqua has expertise in handling chargeback and other credit card disputes, and possesses an in-depth knowledge of the Visa International and MasterCard Worldwide Operating Regulations and Rules, including the chargeback guides, interchange procedures, and merchants’ performance obligations with regard to card acceptance thereunder. Bevacqua was awarded the litigation portfolio by Capital One Bank (USA) N.A. for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, a significant achievement for a young lawyer. Other representative clients are Capital One Auto Finance, Inc., U.S. Fire Insurance Co., United Recovery Systems, L.P. and Keefe Commissary Network. He also carries on a personal injury practice with a strong record of recoveries, including $2.165 million for a 56-year-old woman who required above-knee amputation as a result of a treatment providers’ failure to diagnose; $1.75 million for the estate of a 58-year-old worker who sustained fatal injuries as a result of a construction accident; and $1.05 million for a 50-year-old motorcyclist who sustained multiple fractures in an accident.
Robert C. Brady
Born: March 29, 1974
Firm/Company: Gibbons, Newark
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2000; Temple Univ. School of Law, LL.M., trial advocacy, 2002
College: Univ. of Massachusetts, B.A., 1996; Villanova Univ., M.A., 1999
Clerkships: Joel A. Pisano, U.S.D.J., 2001-02; John E. Keefe, P.J.A.D., 2000-01
Career: Current firm, partner, 2009-present, associate, 2004-08; LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, associate, 2002-04
Profile: Brady is well-regarded in Gibbons’ Business & Commercial Litigation Department for his dual abilities as an appellate advocate and as a first-chair litigator. He concentrates his practice in business litigation, with an emphasis on representing large franchisors and licensors in commercial disputes, trademark litigation, and enforcement of franchise and license agreement obligations. He has extensive experience in litigation involving covenants not to compete and confidentiality provisions. He often litigates matters involving partnership and shareholder disputes (including oppression and dissenter’s rights cases). Brady is also well-versed in financial services litigation focused upon the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Truth in Lending Act. He participates frequently in trials, appeals, and hearings in both state and federal court throughout the New Jersey-New York-Pennsylvania region. He is also experienced with arbitration and mediation proceedings before the American Arbitration Association and similar dispute-resolution bodies. Brady regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars on issues related to franchise law and civil procedure. Despite his young age, he has been an adjunct professor at Seton Hall School of Law for over a decade. He is also a master of the John C. Lifland Inn of Court. In his spare time, he coaches youth soccer in his community.
Mathew J. Broderick
Born: September 19, 1980
Firm/Company: The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Montvale
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., health law certification, 2006
College: State Univ. of New York at Plattsburgh, B.A., psychology, 2003
Clerkships: Brian Martinotti, J.S.C., 2006-07
Career: Present company, 2013-present; Traub, Liberman, Straus & Shrewsberry, 2010-2012; Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, 2007-10
Profile: As litigation counsel for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Broderick oversees the entirety of the A&P general liability program, encompassing A&P’s entire portfolio of personal injury claims. He also handles a broad scope of commercial litigation involving A&P, its affiliates and subsidiaries. Prior to joining A&P, Broderick was an attorney at national and regional firms, practicing in New York and New Jersey in the areas of general liability, commercial and professional malpractice. His published cases include Luchejko v. City of Hoboken, in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that his client, a condominium association, was not liable for a personal injury occurring on an abutting public sidewalk. While at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Broderick earned a reputation as a sharp and skilled litigator, serving a variety of commercial clients ranging from large financial institutions to major insurance carriers. John O’Toole, one of his direct supervisors, credits Broderick for an ability to understand the big picture of how to address issues and tackle problems in both litigation and transactional matters, with an eye towards practical and efficient solutions. Among his accomplishments at Wilson Elser was authoring a series of opinion letters to a major automotive financier in connection with a multi-hundred-million-dollar transaction.
Jonathan M. Busch
Born: January 5, 1977
Firm/Company: Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, Whippany
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Newark, J.D., 2003
College: Columbia Univ., Teachers College, M.A., politics and education, 2000; Univ. of Maryland, B.A., government and politics, 1999
Career: Current firm, partner, 2013-present, counsel, 2010-13; Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, 2006-10; Saiber Schlesinger Satz & Goldstein, 2003-06
Profile: Since joining Schwartz Simon in 2010 as counsel in the Education Practice Group, he has been a driving force in the firm’s acquisition of new education clients from Middlesex County, which have helped create an enhanced presence in the geographic area. He serves as the lead counsel in four Middlesex County school districts, including two of the largest in the state of New Jersey: the Edison Township Board of Education and the Woodbridge Township Board of Education. He also represents the Sayreville Board of Education and the school board in his hometown of Metuchen. He is also lead attorney for a number of large K-12 public school districts in the state. Busch represents school board clients with respect to a wide range of personnel issues and matters related to board governance, including labor matters, contracts, student issues, compliance with public records and meeting laws and accountability laws and regulations. He provides school boards with in-service training and lectures on such topics as effective teaching evaluation techniques, board member ethics, bullying and sexual harassment. In his management roles, Busch assists in the supervision of the firm’s Education Law Group associates and serves on two firm committees. On the Case Oversight Committee, he collaborates with the firm’s partners on the education group case load to ensure that matters are handled efficiently and given the proper attention. On the Marketing Committee, he works with the director of business development and marketing and firm partners to discuss strategies for new business development, marketing, public relations, community outreach and client retention.
Jennifer M. Carrillo-Perez
Born: March 5, 1979
Firm/Company: Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, Newark
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Newark, J.D., 2004
College: Montclair State Univ., B.A., 2001
Clerkships: Claude M. Coleman, J.S.C., 2004-05
Career: Current firm, counsel, 2012-present; Trenk DiPasquale Webster Della Fera & Sodono, 2005-12
Profile: Now in her second year at Genova Burns, Carrillo-Perez is a member of the Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment and Land Use & Approvals practice groups. She concentrates in land use, redevelopment, regulatory and government affairs, and affordable housing development. She provides guidance and assistance in the preparation of preliminary investigations to designate areas in need of rehabilitation and redevelopment. She assists in the development of redevelopment plans and ordinances and formulates redevelopment agreements, including the requisite adopting legislation. Carrillo-Perez has significant experience in working with governmental entities to identify and secure public financing incentives, payment in lieu of taxes, and tax abatements and specializes in complex redevelopment matters, including Green Acres. At her prior firm, Trenk DiPasquale, she served as land use counsel to municipal government clients as well as to telecommunication and public utility companies, such as PSE&G and T-Mobile. She recently was land use counsel for Biotrial S.A., a French pharmaceutical company building its North American headquarters in University Heights Science Park in Newark, part of a plan for developing a world-class science and technology center in the city. She acts as local counsel to HELP USA on obtaining local financing incentives for permanent housing.
Daniel Carroll
Born: February 1, 1974
Firm/Company: Schenck, Price, Smith & King, Florham Park
Law School: Tulane Law School, J.D., 2001
College: Univ. of Richmond, B.S., business administration, concentration in finance, 1996
Career: Current firm, partner, 2013-present, associate, 2008-13, 2001-05; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, associate, 2005-08
Profile: A member of the Health Care Law Practice and Corporate Practice groups, Carroll represents New Jersey hospitals and hospital systems in connection with various corporate and transactional matters, including joint ventures, diligence for merger transactions with other hospitals, and drafting and negotiating various operational agreements, including consulting agreements, clinical research agreements, equipment purchase and lease agreements, software licenses and confidentiality agreements. Carroll also advises New Jersey-based hospital systems in connection with their corporate governance, corporate policies and compliance issues related to health-care laws and regulations. He is lead outside counsel on legal matters and transactions for one major hospital client (including joint ventures for outpatient services) and for contracting and corporate governance matters of another large New Jersey hospital system. Prior to returning to Schenck Price in 2008, Carroll spent three years at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s Capital Markets Department, representing major commercial banks and investment banks in connection with public and private securitization transactions, with an emphasis on residential mortgage-backed securities.
Charlene E. Davis
Born: October 4, 1980
Firm/Company: Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Princeton
Law School: Temple Univ. Beasley School of Law (Philadelphia and Rome, Italy programs), J.D., 2005
College: Cornell Univ., B.S., applied economics and management, 2002
Clerkships: Paulette Sapp-Peterson, J.A.D., 2006-07; Paul T. Koenig, J.S.C., 2005-06
Career: Current company, compliance counsel, 2011-present; Gibbons, business litigation associate, 2007-11
Profile: After about three-and-a-half years at Gibbons, where she handled corporate litigation, business disputes and products liability cases, including asbestos injury, Davis transitioned to an in-house role at Otsuka America, where she supports key pharmaceutical brands. In support of the brands, she has participated in the development and implementation of policies and procedures, including a first-of-its-kind solution to assist operations. In addition to her legal career, Davis has had significant business achievements. She established her own consulting firm, which assisted local businesses and others with various projects, including the publication of an ebook, Peril, by Timothy J. Holloway. She is a writer herself, having co-authored an article titled “Pennsylvania Restrictive Covenants, Compendium on Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Clauses,” for DRI Publications. She has also served as an instructor in Manhattan and Philadelphia on the topics of attorney-client privilege and work-product protection. Aside from her legal and business accomplishments, Davis volunteers monthly as a “willing worker” to feed the homeless and volunteers annually to mentor children at Martin Luther King Middle School in Trenton.
Jhanice V. Domingo
Born: March 26, 1977
Firm/Company: Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost, Denville
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2002
College: Boston College, B.A., psychology (minor: women studies), 1999
Clerkships: Joseph P. Donohue, J.S.C., 2002-03
Career: Current firm, counsel, 2012-present, associate, 2006-11; Golub & Isabel, associate, 2005-06; Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, asst. prosecutor, 2003-05
Profile: As counsel to Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost, Domingo handles all aspects of family law and works closely with the firm’s Estate Planning Department on her clients’ tax, real estate and business issues. As an assistant Somerset County prosecutor, she gained experience in criminal contempt of domestic violence restraining orders and juvenile delinquency, which has helped her in representing clients in juvenile and domestic-violence matters. Domingo has been active in service to the judiciary, serving on the New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee for the past two years, making recommendations on Rules of Court and other issues relating to family court practice. She is also active in bar associations, especially the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey. As co-chairwoman of APALA-NJ’s Judicial & Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, she has spearheaded the organization’s efforts to identify, encourage and support qualified Asian Pacific American candidates for nomination to the state Superior Court. She has been the point of contact for many candidates, advising them about the process and facilitating their candidacies with the governor’s appointments office, various senatorial offices and other government officials. She has also pushed for APALA-NJ to thoroughly evaluate the qualifications and credentials of the candidates it supports, helping to set the standards by which these candidates are evaluated. Domingo is also a member of the N.J. State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, which promotes participation in bar-related activities by minorities, women, younger lawyers, government lawyers, in-house counsel, physically-challenged and other similarly situated lawyers or lawyer groups.
Nicole M. Downs
Born: December 14, 1975
Firm/Company: Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas, New Brunswick
Law School: Widener Univ. School of Law; J.D., 2001
College: Univ. of Maryland, B.S., finance, 1998
Clerkships: Eugene J. Codey Jr., J.S.C., 2001-02
Career: Current firm, associate then partner, 2002-present
Profile: Downs, as supervising partner of the firm’s Subrogation Department, is credited with its growth and development, having secured such clients as New Jersey Manufacturers Ins. Co., Encompass Ins. Co., the Garden State Joint Insurance Fund and Central Jersey Joint Insurance Fund. She manages the department’s case load and staff and is the sole attorney responsible for all NJM subrogation actions, involving product liability claims against Ford, Toyota, Lexus and General Motors. Her practice also concentrates on workers’ compensation, representing Travelers Ins. Co., the County of Middlesex, the Middlesex County Joint Insurance Fund and others. She also assesses each workers’ comp claim for subrogation potential to reduce clients’ exposure. Prior to making partner, Nicole served as the lead senior associate of the firm, in which she was responsible for supervising and managing all 40 associates, conducting quarterly status and educational meetings for these associates. She was a member of the firm’s Steering Committee, which is comprised of a select few attorneys. Downs serves as the liaison for the Centennial Committee for the N.J. Department of Labor, in which capacity she has given Law Day seminars along with a prestige panel of judges. She has also served as a panelist for ICLE and other forums and provides her clients with private seminars on topics of their choosing.
Lance T. Eisenberg
Born: January 23, 1974
Firm/Company: Berkowitz, Lichtstein, Kuritsky, Giasullo & Gross, Roseland
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1999; New York Univ. School of Law, LL.M., taxation, 2004
College: Rutgers Univ., B.A., business management and psychology, 1996
Clerkships: Rosemary Gambardella, Chief U.S.B.J., 2000-01; Melvin S. Whitken, J.S.C., 1999-00
Career: Current firm, partner, 2013-present; Drinker Biddle & Reath, 2006-13; Lowenstein Sandler, 2001-06; Morgan, Melhuish, Monaghan, Arvidson, Abrutyn & Lisowski, 1998; Azrak & Associates, 1997 -98
Profile: Eisenberg, who joined Berkowitz Lichtenstein as a partner in 2013 after being associated with two large New Jersey firms, devotes his practice to estate planning and administration, fiduciary counseling and litigation, and tax-exempt organizations. He assists clients with the development of estate plans that meet their personal and financial goals and represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries with respect to the administration of trusts and estates. For clients seeking assistance with tax-exempt organizations like private foundations and public charities, he forms nonprofit corporations and prepares federal applications for tax-exempt status, state charitable registration filings and state applications for sales tax exemption. He also advises tax-exempt organizations on nonprofit corporate governance and activity issues. Eisenberg has also taken on a leadership role within the trusts & estates practice, supervising two associates and four paralegals. He also organizes and moderates the department’s monthly meetings. As a leader of the firm’s Technology Committee, he has begun implementing new technologies to improve firm efficiencies. As a Registered Player Financial Advisor with the National Football League Players Association, he has provided estate planning classes for the New York Jets.
Matthew J. Fedor
Born: May 4, 1975
Firm/Company: Drinker Biddle & Reath, Florham Park
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D. 2002
College: Rutgers Univ., B.S., 1997
Clerkships: Peter Verniero, New Jersey Supreme Court, 2002-03; Katharine Hayden, U.S. District Judge, 2003-04
Career: Current firm, partner, 2011 to present, associate, 2004-11
Profile: Fedor represents Drinker Biddle clients in complex business litigation and arbitration, class actions, and consumer disputes, with an emphasis in the wireless communications, consumer products and retail industries. In the past year, he first-chaired five arbitration trials that resulted in awards in favor of his Fortune 20 client. According to the firm, the results in these and other related arbitrations on which he coordinated the overall defense strategy ultimately caused the plaintiffs’ counsel to voluntarily dismiss over 1,100 similar cases, without any settlement, compensation or other relief. In addition to litigating, Matt counsels senior management stakeholders regarding business practices and strategies, litigation avoidance, risk management, compliance with consumer protection laws and regulations, arbitration issues, electronic discovery, and franchise issues. Fedor has taken on leadership roles within the firm. He is the regional partner in charge of associate hiring and recruiting for Drinker Biddle’s Florham Park office and for organizing and managing the summer associate program. He also sits on the firm-wide Hiring Committee. As a member of the firm-wide Technology Committee, he works closely with the firm’s chief information officer and firm management to help plan, vet and implement upgrades and changes to the firm’s IT infrastructure, systems and policies.
Peter J. Gallagher
Born: November 4, 1974
Firm/Company: Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown
Law School: Georgetown Univ. Law Center, J.D., 2001
College: The College of New Jersey, B.A., journalism, 1996
Career: Current firm, counsel, 2013-present, associate, 2010-13; Greenberg Traurig, associate, 2006-10; Boies, Schiller & Flexner, associate, 2005; Drinker Biddle & Reath, associate, 2001-05
Profile: Gallagher represents the firm’s real estate clients in commercial litigation matters, including assisting various lenders and hedge fund clients in the liquidation of portfolios of distressed debt through, among other things, foreclosure and law division lawsuits on notes and guaranties. He represents nonreal estate clients in commercial matters, including currently: representing the largest foreign importer of baby back ribs in a multimillion dollar breach of contract dispute with one of its former customers in federal court; representing a national bank in defense of predatory lending and related claims; and representing several clients in the defense of consumer fraud act violations before the Law Division and the Appellate Division. He also represents the firm’s real estate clients in prerogative writ matters involving challenges to municipal zoning and variance decisions. His firm credits him with the ability to represent a range of litigation clients across various industries rather than being restrained to a narrow specialty. In his pro bono work, Gallagher has represented the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-New Jersey as amicus curiae in a number of matters before the New Jersey Supreme Court implicating important matters of constitutional and criminal law. They included three matters during the 2012 term alone. Peter started the firm’s Real Estate Blog and regularly comments on real estate and litigation-related issues on Twitter.
John V. Galluccio
Born: August 23, 1973
Firm/Company: McCarter & English, Newark
Law School: Fordham Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1998
College: Yale Univ., B.A., economics, 1995
Career: Current firm, associate then partner, 2002-present; Coudert Brothers, associate, 1998-2002
Profile: Since joining the firm in 2002 as part of the Real Estate Group, Galluccio has been involved in the management of some of the group’s most complicated transactions. He advises institutional lenders, developers, multinational corporations and other commercial and nonprofit entities on all aspects of the handling of their commercial real estate transactions, with a particular focus on the areas of construction financing and distressed debt dispositions. He has specialized in office leasing and construction financing transactions, while continuing to work regularly on a wide variety of acquisitions and distressed debt dispositions, as well as development and retail leasing transactions. The firm credits his ability to negotiate multiple phases of complex deals over long durations. Examples are the acquisition of a portfolio of office, industrial and residential investment properties with a market value of approximately $3 billion and the handling of all real estate aspects of the acquisition of a 289 property self-storage facility valued in excess of $2 billion, including title, survey and financing issues. His active clients include Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., Tops Diner (Vrasidas Golemis), CWCapital, Doral Bank, Hayward Industries, Inc. and Capital One, National Association. In his spare time, Galluccio is a volunteer and executive advisory committee member for Habitat for Humanity Newark, Inc., involved in fundraising strategies, property acquisition schedules and future site location identification.
Elizabeth M. Garcia
Born: June 10, 1974
Firm/Company: Parker McCay, Mount Laurel
Law School: Temple Univ. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2000
College: Wheaton College, B.A., international relations and Hispanic studies, (minors: international economics and French), 1997
Clerkships: Michael Winkelstein, J.S.C. and J.A.D., 2000-01
Career: Current firm, associate then partner, 2001-present
Profile: Garcia, the head of Parker McCay’s Labor and Employment Department, provides litigation defense for large, medium and small public entities, boards of education, nonprofits and private clients. She handles all matters related to human resources and regularly holds training for employees and supervisors on litigation avoidance. Her other responsibilities include fielding day-to-day labor and employment questions for clients, supervisors and employee trainings, court appearances, ordinance drafting, legal research and brief writing. She negotiates public and private union contracts; handles grievance arbitrations; prosecutes unfair labor practices at PERC and the NLRB; and counsels public and private employers on state and federal family leave acts, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the American with Disabilities Act and other state and federal employment laws. Garcia was previously a member of the Local Government Department and still does work for it in a reduced capacity. She was successful in obtaining dismissal of several cases against municipalities dealing with discrimination, ordinance violations and complex constitutional issues. Garcia is very active in the Burlington County Bar Association, serving in officer and trustee positions.
Jennifer L. Harwood
Born: March 25, 1975
Firm/Company: Keefe Bartels, Red Bank
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, Newark, J.D., 2001
College: Rutgers Univ., B.A., political science, B.S., administration of justice, 1997
Clerkships: Edmond M. Kirby, J.S.C., 2001-02
Career: Current firm, associate, 2009-present; Cohen, Placitella & Roth, 2007-09; Martin Kane & Kuper (formerly Lynch Martin), 2002-07
Profile: A plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyer, Harwood has achieved numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts and has established a reputation amongst her peers as a leader in the mass torts legal community. At Keefe Bartels and two prior firms, she has for 12 years focused primarily on representing victims of asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma and their families. Clients include pipefitters, laborers, insulators, boilermakers, mechanics, electricians, construction workers and family members who were exposed to asbestos through laundering their loved one’s clothing. The cases require prompt videotaping of the workers’ testimony in order to preserve it, as well as fast and effective investigation and research into exposure incidents. Harwood has handled other complex injury cases, including medical malpractice, nursing home litigation, products liability and class actions, also achieving major settlements. In her volunteer efforts, she has served as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) in Hudson County, responsible for watching over and advocating for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.
Jonathan S. Jemison
Born: February 27, 1974
Firm/Company: Sills Cummis & Gross, Newark
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1999
College: Univ. of Michigan, B.A., political science, 1996
Career: Current firm, associate then of counsel, 1999-present
Profile: Now in his 14th year at Sills Cummis, Jemison is credited as a valuable member of the firm’s litigation department, handling cases in multiple areas of law, including estate litigation, commercial real estate litigation, trademark litigation, and secured transactions. He handles many cases by himself and on larger matters is one of the more seasoned litigators on the team, often called upon to formulate litigation strategies and lead their implementation. Throughout his tenure at the firm, Jemison has supervised junior attorneys and paralegals and as he had gained seniority within the litigation department, his supervisory role has expanded. Jemison has managed teams of associates, contract attorneys and paralegals on large document productions. In recent years, he managed a team of attorneys and paralegals on the review, forensic analysis and production of electronically stored information located on dozens of devices. He also supervises junior associates on a variety of research and writing assignments. For the past 10 years, he has served on the firm’s Hiring Committee, where he actively participates in the firm’s recruitment and hiring of summer associates for both summer and full-time positions. Over the years, he has served and continues to serve as a mentor to young associates at the firm.
Lori A. Johnson
Born: February 25, 1974
Firm/Company: Winne, Banta, Hetherington, Basralian & Kahn, Hackensack
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1999
College: Howard Univ., B.A., 1996
Clerkships: Murry D. Brochin, J.A.D., 1999-2000
Career: Current firm, associate, 2012-present; Schiffman, Abraham, Kaufman & Ritter, 2004-12; Simpkins & Simpkins, 2002-04; Sterns & Weinroth, 2000-02
Profile: Winne Banta prizes Johnson for her experience and legal skills in corporate law, litigation, real estate and financing. Her litigation work involves responsibility for defensive strategies, in such cases as representing investors in a $10 million business dispute with developers, an international aviation parts company in multi-million-dollar breach of commercial loan action and of branded copying company, which sought constructive trust and to enjoin debtor and parties from disbursing settlement funds and related relief. In general corporate work, she represents fast food restaurants, sewing companies, an insolvent cabinetry company, dry cleaners, commercial real estate owners, a charter jets brokerage company, a seafood importer/distributor, medical and dental practices, closely held companies and a pension company and provides general corporate counseling and services, including the acquisitions and sale of assets, preparation and negotiation of contracts, operating agreements, shareholder buy-out agreements, noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements. Johnson has been active in service to the state judiciary, serving for the past three years on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Character, which reviews bar candidates’ applications and investigates, where necessary, fitness to practice law, as well as chairing and attending hearings where candidates have character issues.
David C. Kistler
Born: May 1, 1976
Firm/Company: Blank Rome, Princeton
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2001
College: Univ. of Delaware, B.A., 1998
Clerkships: Ronald J. Hedges, U.S. Magistrate Judge, 2001-02
Career: Current firm, partner, 2011-present, associate, 2008-11; Saul Ewing, associate, 2004-08; Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, associate, 2002-04
Profile: Promoted to partner at Blank Rome less than four years after joining, Kistler devotes his practice to representing clients in high-stakes corporate and commercial litigation. He is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Appellate Litigation Industry Group, co-chairman of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group’s Associate Development/Education Committee and a member of the group’s Pro Bono Committee, as well as the Princeton Office Pro Bono Committee. He was the lead attorney representing a pro bono client in a Section 1983 lawsuit pending in federal district court and recently assisted a Blank Rome team of attorneys in another significant pro bono matter involving allegations of sexual molestation and abuse of a minor by a church pastor. Kistler also has devoted significant amounts of time participating in important nonbillable endeavors. For instance, he has spent the past five years serving on the N.J. Supreme Court’s Committee on Character, which reviews bar candidates’ applications and investigates, where necessary, fitness to practice law. In that capacity he has devoted several hundred hours per year conducting hearings and assisting in the decision making process.
Adam J. Kleinfeldt
Born: December 20, 1974
Firm/Company: Ginarte O’Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, Newark
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Newark, J.D., 2004.
College: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, B.A., political science, 1997
Career: Current firm, partner, 2012, of counsel, 2010-13; Proskauer Rose, associate, 2007-10; McCarter & English, associate, 2004-07
Profile: Named a partner at the Ginarte firm in February, Kleinfeldt’s practice focuses primarily on representing individuals in employment discrimination matters, but he brings to the table experience as a management-side attorney, which provides him with unique insight. Since joining the firm in 2010, he is credited with contributing to the establishment of a large employment litigation practice, overseeing a team of attorneys that litigate a substantial number of cases. In three years, he has recovered more than $7 million on behalf of individuals who have claimed that their civil rights were violated. Representative recoveries include a $2 million settlement on behalf of five Hoboken police officers who claimed racial harassment and retaliation; a settlement of $650,000 on behalf of the only female police officer in the Denville Police Department who alleged she was the victim of gender discrimination and retaliation; a $98,400 jury verdict, plus $150,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs, on behalf of a homosexual employee who claimed he was the victim of a hostile work environment; and a $65,000 recovery on behalf of a person alleging he was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned for more than 60 days.
Todd J. Leon
Born: September 3, 1973
Firm/Company: Hill Wallack, Princeton
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1998
College: Rutgers College, B.A., English and political science, 1995
Clerkships: E. Stevenson Fluharty, J.S.C., 1998-99
Career: Current firm, partner, 2006-present, associate 1999-2006
Profile: Leon is a member of Hill Wallack’s Litigation Division and its Insurance Coverage, Trial & Insurance Defense and Product Liability practice groups. Since joining the firm in 1999, he has built a practice representing some of the state’s largest insurers in their most complex high-value coverage disputes, in both first- and third-party cases. Among his achievements, he has prevailed as lead counsel on multiple types of coverage claims with values in excess of $1 million, including: prosecuting a claim for additional insurance coverage on behalf of a landlord of a commercial building in a case with a value in excess of $2.5 million; prosecuting a claim for coverage on behalf of a municipality under an auto policy issued to its private waste hauling contractor, in a multimillion dollar death case; and defeating a claim for coverage by a homeowner involving mold allegedly due to repeated, wind-driven rainstorms, on the basis of exclusionary language to the policy. His firm credits him with having amassed specific expertise in additional insurance and contractual indemnification issues, and the risk-shifting issues facing carriers and their insureds. He also analyzes and litigates cutting-edge issues of insurance coverage, including advertising injury, cyber liability and employment claims coverage; litigates multimillion-dollar construction defect claims arising out of residential and commercial projects; defends first-party property claims involving issues such as flood, wind and the applicability of various exclusions; and handles coverage claims under both Directors & Officers and Errors & Omissions policies and provides drafting advice to clients on risk management and risk shifting strategies.
Timothy J. Lowry
Born: November 30, 1976
Firm/Company: DLA Piper (US)
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2002
College: Saint Joseph’s Univ., B.A., 1999
Clerkships: Steven P. Perskie, J.S.C., 2002-03
Career: Current firm, partner, 2009-present; Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc./Harrah’s Operating Company, Inc., senior corporate counsel; Hill Wallack, partner, Gaming Practice Group; Sandson & DeLucry, senior associate/junior partner, chief information officer
Profile: Lowry specializes in complex commercial transactions relative to the gambling/lottery sector, with a unique expertise in lottery privatization/outsourcing and Internet-gaming service provider agreements and related commercial transactions. He primarily represents state governments, private equity companies, investors, payment processors, financial institutions, and operators relative to complex commercial transactions facing the gaming and lottery sector. Of particular significance, Lowry led the DLA team in Illinois to take the first state lottery asset to private management. Lottery private management is a novel business model that is revolutionizing how state governments view their highly-valuable lottery assets. Since that transaction, Lowry has consulted and advised other state governments, and he is currently representing Pennsylvania with its private management procurement transaction. The model he and his team developed has proliferated to Indiana and New Jersey, which are using DLA’s copyrighted forms and methodologies for their respective transactions. Ohio, Michigan and a dozen other states are expected to run similar transactions, all in an effort to optimize their highly-valuable lottery assets. Thanks to the documents created by Lowry and his team, these transactions generate billions of additional revenue for the government services for which the state-conducted lotteries serve.
Alex Lyubarsky
Born: February 10, 1977
Firm/Company: Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, Woodbridge
Law School: Fordham Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2001
College: New York Univ., B.A., history (minor: political science), 1998
Career: Current firm, partner, 2012-present, counsel, 2011, associate, 2001-2010
Profile: Lyubarsky, a partner at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer with long tenure at the firm, concentrates his practice in areas of personal injury litigation, particularly product liability, medical malpractice, automobile negligence, fall-down cases and construction accident matters. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in all aspects of personal injury matters, including insurance coverage litigation, and handles cases in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York, including trial and appellate practice. Among his notable victories was the state Supreme Court’s ruling, in Marshall v. Klebanov (2006), that a psychiatrist whose seriously depressed patient commits suicide has no statutory immunity to a suit charging he failed to treat her according to accepted standards of care. A 36-year-old married mother of two young sons had hanged herself two days before a scheduled appointment with her psychiatrist, who a few weeks earlier had refused to treat her, allegedly because of her inability to pay. Lyubarsky also worked on the appeals team that in April won an Appellate Division ruling in Henebema v. South Jersey Transportation Authority, preserving an $8,748,311 damages award for pain, suffering and economic losses under the Tort Claims Act to a woman injured on the Atlantic City Expressway, allegedly due to negligence of SJTA dispatch operators responding to calls about a multivehicle accident.
Karyllan Dodson Mack
Born: November 24, 1977
Firm/Company: K&L Gates, Newark
Law School: Pace Law School, J.D., certificate in environmental law, 2003
College: Indiana State Univ., B.A., environmental science (minor: industrial hygiene), 2000
Career: Current firm, associate, 2003-present
Profile: Mack’s firm prizes her as an accomplished environmental lawyer, representing sophisticated clients with challenging problems. She interacts with senior environmental and other lawyers in the legal departments of the corporations she represents as well as at the Environmental Protection Agency, state environmental regulatory agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice. She is currently responsible for substantial environmental matters in more than 25 states and for some of the most complex matters in New Jersey, including leadership responsibility at the Lower Passaic River Superfund Site — the largest such site in New Jersey, in EPA Region 2 and, according to EPA, in the nation. Ms. Mack is the second chair on the team representing a group of approximately 70 companies that have joined together to investigate and identify remedial options for the site, comprised of the lower 17 miles of the river. In addition to strategic involvement, Mack is responsible for day-to-day management of the group, including developing and managing a multimillion dollar annual budget for the clients, responding to needs of in-house and outside counsel, managing and coordinating the work of eight consulting firms, and interacting with federal regulators. Mack is also the lead lawyer for the companies alleged to be responsible for one of the largest Superfund sites in EPA Region 3 and leads a team of environmental lawyers responsible for nearly 100 environmental cases across the country for one of the nation’s largest corporations. She organized and currently represents a national nongovernmental organization (NGO) called the Sustainable Remediation Forum, dedicated to the development and implementation of sustainable practices in the remediation of hazardous waste sites.
Scott R. Malyk
Born: April 3, 1976
Firm/Company: Meyner &
Landis, Newark
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2002
College: Lafayette College, A.B., government & law, Spanish, 1998
Clerkships: Sebastian P. Lombardi, J.S.C., 2002-03
Career: Current firm, partner, 2012-present, associate, 2008-12; Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker, associate, 2006-08; Golden Rothschild Spagnola Lundell Levitt & Boylan, associate, 2003-06
Profile: Named a partner at Meyner & Landis this year, Malyk works exclusively with the firm’s Immigration Law Group. He interacts on a daily basis with both legal and human resource personnel for Fortune 500 companies as well as foreign nationals. He represents a diverse group of domestic and multinational corporations and their employees, providing both short- and long-term guidance in connection with the hiring, transfer and retention of international personnel worldwide. He also represents the interests of self-petitioning foreign nationals seeking investment opportunities in the U.S., including immigrant investors seeking U.S. permanent residence. Malyk has co-authored several extensive articles on U.S. immigration law, the most recently of which appeared in American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Relations Law Newsletter (September 2012), the New Jersey Law Journal Employment and Immigration General Counsel Supplement (March 2010) and (June 2010). He was chiefly responsible for the development of Meyner & Landis’ corporate immigration blog ( upon which he regularly contributes articles. Scott was also jointly selected by, the nation’s leading immigration law publisher and news resource for immigration law professionals, as a contributor to one of its blogs. He has also participated in presenting continuing legal education courses on the topic of immigration law.
Paul R. Marino
Born: October 25, 1975
Firm/Company: Day Pitney, Parsippany
Law School: Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 2002
College: Loyola Univ. in Maryland, B.A., history and secondary education, 1997
Career: Current firm, associate then partner, 2004-present; King & Spalding, associate, 2002-04
Profile: Promoted to partner at Day Pitney in January, Marino stands out at his firm not only for his outstanding work as a litigator but also for his commitment to pro bono work. He was a recipient of the firm’s annual Coleman Award in December in recognition of his role in forming and captaining a new pro bono project in which Day Pitney attorneys act as court-appointed representatives of allegedly incapacitated persons in guardianship proceedings in New Jersey. The project is in cooperation SCARC Guardianship Services Inc., a New Jersey not-for-profit social services organization that serves as the legal guardians for people with developmental disabilities and also helps parents become legal guardians when their children reach 18. While the SCARC’s program addresses the needs of the proposed guardian(s), their offspring still need representation by court-appointed attorneys, and many lack the financial resources to retain one. Marino responded by creating Day Pitney’s program in January 2012. Since then, he and his colleagues were appointed in 29 such actions in New Jersey. In his practice, Marino is a litigator who represents business entities that manufacture and/or license products and services, such as franchisors, licensors and manufacturers, in litigation with the business entities that use their trademarks and service marks and/or distribute their products and services to the public. He also represents corporations and their officers and directors in the defense of actions brought pursuant to federal and state securities laws. Marino is a member of Day Pitney’s Business Development Committee.
Alan S. Modlinger
Born: March 9, 1974
Firm/Company: Merck & Co., Inc.
Law School: Yale Law School, J.D., 1999
College: Univ. of Pennsylvania, B.A., political science, 1996
Clerkships: John D. Bates, U.S.D.J., District of Columbia, 2002-03
Career: Current company, in-house litigation counsel, 2010-present; Lowenstein Sandler, counsel, 2006-10; U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, trial attorney, 2003-06; Kirkland & Ellis, litigation associate, 1999-2001
Profile: Modlinger currently serves as a director in the Litigation and Government Investigations group within the Office of the General Counsel at Merck. He manages class action, product liability and commercial litigation against the company and provides legal guidance to the company relating to its prescription drug and consumer health-care businesses. Prior to transitioning in house, he served as counsel at one of New Jersey’s top tier law firms, Lowenstein Sandler, and as a trial attorney with the Federal Programs Branch of the Department of Justice, which handles some of the most important policy-oriented litigation in the country. Modlinger has worked on numerous cutting-edge matters involving constitutional law, national security, reproductive law, and the drug industry. While in government service, he was lead trial counsel for the Department of Defense in the Solomon Amendment litigation, cases in which law schools and/or law students challenged the constitutionality of federal statute requiring that universities receiving federal funds allow military recruiters access to campuses. While at Lowenstein, he was initially the lead trial counsel in A.G.R. v. D.R.H. and S.H., in which a gay male couple sought to enforce a gestational surrogacy agreement and obtain sole legal custody for their daughter, who had no genetic relationship to the surrogate. Modlinger has also been active in pro bono initiatives. At Kirkland & Ellis, he coordinated the firm’s Public Service Fellowship, a program that provides funding for public service legal work in New York City.
Peter E. Moran
Born: July 22, 1976
Firm/Company: Peckar & Abramson, River Edge
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2001
College: Seton Hall Univ., B.A., history, 1998
Career: Current firm, senior associate, 2007-present; Dillon Bitar & Luther, associate, 2002-07; Goodwin Procter, associate, 2001-02
Profile: A senior associate in the firm’s Construction Department, Moran is afforded a healthy degree of autonomy in handling matters and counseling the firm’s clients directly. He is regarded for his ability to research and argue intricate points of law while at the same time taking a practical approach to litigation. He has been intimately engaged in some of the firm’s larger, nuanced and most complex litigations. Most recently, he was co-counsel in a three-week international arbitration involving the construction of a highway in war-torn parts of Afghanistan, with an amount in controversy exceeding $40 million. Moran took the lead in cross-examining key fact and expert witnesses and has been involved in assisting the client-contractor since the inception of the matter. He has also functioned as second chair in prosecuting a complex engineering malpractice action by an owner of an internationally-recognized commercial building in New York City with over $100 million in claims stemming from the design of the building’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression systems. In an environmental action, U.S. v. Sensient Colors, he was instrumental in defending a former regional administrator of the EPA and successfully argued that the Morgan Doctrine (the deliberative process privilege afforded to presently-serving, high-ranking government officials) could be extended to former high-ranking government officials as well. His firm credits Moran with serving as a guide and mentor for younger associates, who often seek him out for guidance.
Sandra S. Moran
Born: August 9, 1976
Firm/Company: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Princeton
College: Rutgers College, B.A., political science and communications, 1998
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Newark, J.D., 2001
Career History: Current firm, partner, 2010-present, associate, 2005-10; Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, associate, 2001-04
Profile: Moran made partner in 2010 when she was just 33 years old and became a voting partner in 2012. Her practice focuses on complex commercial matters, including those related to contract, employment, intellectual property, real estate, corporate and partnership disputes in state and federal courts, touching on the financial, real estate, health-care, pharmaceutical and technology industries. She has been lead counsel in a number of cases, most recently obtaining a unanimous defense verdict in federal court on a plaintiff’s age, disability, retaliation and FMLA claims in favor of her client, a long-term care management company, and further obtained a verdict in favor of defendant’s counterclaims for plaintiff’s mishandling of defendant’s HIPAA-protected information. Moran holds leadership roles as co-chairwoman of Buchanan’s Long-Term Care practice group, as a team leader with the Business Litigation and Trial Practice Group, leading 15 attorneys throughout all offices in connection with practice group website; as a member of the Associates Committee, focused on hiring of associates and setting of compensation; and as the Princeton office pro bono coordinator, handling the assignments of pro bono cases for 15 Princeton attorneys. She also serves on the Recruiting Committee in the Princeton office. Moran has served on the board of the New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association since 2007. She also lends her time and expertise as a mentor both within her firm and outside organizations.
Jesse Nash
Born: December 13, 1977
Firm/Company: Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2003
College: Liberty Univ., B.S., political science, 1999
Clerkships: Edmund R. Bernhard, J.S.C., 2003-04
Career: Current firm, partner, 2013-present, associate, 2006-13; Drinker Biddle & Reath, associate, 2004-06
Profile: Nash, with a dynamic transactional practice that spans mergers & acquisitions, commercial real estate and banking, most recently was instrumental in creating and developing the firm’s technology transactional practice: representing both vendors and vendees in technology licensing transactions. In a stand-out case, he represented a startup software company, creating its legal structure from the ground up, and closing software licensing transactions totaling nearly $100 million in total value with several Fortune 500 companies over the last year. Nash co-chairs the Technology Licensing and Alternative Energy practice groups while continuing to serve on the Business Law and Banking and Real Estate practice groups. Nash represents N.J. businesses and entrepreneurs in a range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, entity structuring, and general transactional issues, as well as day-to-day counseling with regard to business operations. He handles a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, including purchase and sale transactions, new construction projects and joint venture deals for developer, investor and entrepreneurial clients. In the banking and financial services area, he represents lending institutions and borrowers in a wide variety of financial matters, including mortgage loan transactions, asset-based financings, unsecured loans, construction loans, interest rate swap transactions, loan syndications and regulated lending. He also represents private equity clients in investment transactions. Nash serves as a mentor to younger lawyers as part of the firm’s mentoring/associate development program. Prior to becoming a partner, he served as associate liaison to the firm’s Management Committee.
Brian M. Nelson
Born: November 11, 1977
Firm/Company: Archer & Greiner, Haddonfield
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Camden, J.D., 2002
College: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, B.A., political science, 1999
Clerkships: Wilbur Mathesius, J.S.C., 2002-03
Career: Current firm, partner, 2012-present; Nelson Supko & Hanlon, managing partner, 2008-12; Gibbons, associate, 2005-08; Parker & McCay, associate, 2003-04
Profile: At age 35, Nelson has already had a distinguished career in law and public service. In addition to his practice as a partner at Archer & Greiner, he serves on the board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority alongside current and former chief executives of some of New Jersey’s largest corporations. He has been called upon by members of both political parties for his insights into law and public governance. He served as a member of Gov. Chris Christie’s transition team in 2009 and most recently served as a member of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s transition team. In 2004, he served as executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee. In his practice, he represents several public entities, serves as township attorney to the Township of Middletown, the largest municipality in Monmouth County, director of law to the Borough of Tinton Falls, special county counsel to the County of Monmouth, and labor counsel to the Western Monmouth Utilities Authority. He represents other public entities in relation to redevelopment and affordable housing matters, serving as general counsel while defending in litigation and investigations. Nelson also represents a number of federal, state and local elected officials and campaign committees, as well as various political organizations in relation to election law and campaign finance issues. He was New Jersey counsel to Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2008 and counsel to Sen. Joe Kyrillo’s campaign for U.S. Senate in 2012. He also counsels private and public clients in governmental and regulatory affairs matters locally, in Trenton and periodically in Washington, D.C.
Andrew O’Connor
Born: April 9, 1975
Firm/Company: Nagel Rice, Roseland
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2000
College: Lafayette College, B.A., 1997
Career: Current firm, associate then partner, 2000-present
Profile: O’Connor has spent the past 13 years litigating high-end personal injury and commercial cases from inception to trial. He has been responsible for more than seven settlements in excess of $1 million, and more than 40 six-figure settlements. One representative case, Sweeney v. Airbrook Limousine, a complex automobile case involving complex theories against several state construction contractors, resulted in a net settlement of $9.75 million dollars. O’Connor focuses his practice on business litigation, mass-tort litigation, and personal injury, handling all aspects of the case, including all pleadings, motions, depositions, experts and other case management details. Other significant recent cases include Franco v. Connecticut General Life Ins. Co., 818 F. Supp. 2d 792 (D.N.J. 2011); Nobel v. Porsche Cars of North America, 694 F. Supp. 2d 333 (D.N.J. 2010). O’Connor also manages several associates, teaching them to manage cases and instructing them on how to argue motions, write briefs, conduct depositions and take part in all aspects of civil litigation. Is his volunteer work, O’Connor works with the N.J. State Bar Association’s Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal services for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also involved in the Adopt a Soldier program and has adopted numerous soldiers for their entire deployment overseas for the last nine years.
Thomas S. Onder
Born: November 11, 1973
Firm/Company: Stark & Stark, Lawrenceville
Law School: Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2002
College: Cleveland State Univ., B.A., English and communications, 1996
Clerkships: U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathryn C. Ferguson, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Raymond T. Lyons, 2002-03
Career: Current firm, associate then partner, 2003-present
Profile: As a partner and member of the Litigation and Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Groups of Stark & Stark, Onder concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, specializing in commercial landlord disputes and secured transactions before state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey. He also represents cooperative, condominium and homeowner associations regarding delinquent owners in bankruptcy filings. Onder draws special distinction for his work with the International Council of Shopping Centers. He was appointed a committee member for the ICSC NextGEN committee, and recently traveled to Washington, D.C., for a Leadership Summit to meet with New Jersey’s Congressional members, including Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg and Representatives Scott Garrett and Rush Holt, to promote the Marketplace Fairness Act and support the commercial real estate industry. Onder is a frequent author and lecturer in the legal community, including CLE programs, on a variety of topics, on bankruptcy, commercial real estate and probate law. He is also a barrista in the N.J. Bankruptcy Inn of Court. Onder provides bankruptcy pro bono assistance through Mercer County Legal Services.
Jennifer A. Osborne
Born: December 10, 1977
Firm/Company: Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, Westfield
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2003
College: Univ. of Florida, B.A., English, 2000
Clerkships: Miriam N. Span, J.S.C., 2003-04
Career: Current firm, partner, 2013-present, associate, 2004-13
Profile: Osborne primarily represents boards of education in a variety of areas, including personnel matters; labor and individual contract negotiations; and student issues. She assists boards of education with a myriad of complex legal issues surrounding reductions-in-force, including tenure and seniority protections; drafts and analyzes corrective action plans; and provides legal guidance on student issues, including but not limited to, off-campus conduct; harassment, intimidation and bullying complaints; and residency matters. Osborne has an expertise in individual employment contract negotiations for both central office administrators and building administrators and assists boards of education from start to finish in the negotiations process and contract drafting. She also provides clients with mandated legal training, often running workshops for school district administrators and staff, and she regularly attends board of education meetings. From the outset, Osborne has demonstrated an ability to provide first-rate legal counsel in a wide variety of practice areas, with a specialty in education law. Lindabury McCormick considers her versatility has been critical for the firm, given its size and need to continuously serve the broad range of legal needs of clients. Throughout her tenure at the firm, she has become a role model for younger attorneys and is viewed by senior partners as a future leader.
Jonathan M. Peck
Born: December 21, 1973
Firm/Company: Patton Boggs, Newark
Law School: Columbia Law School, J.D., 2004
College: The College of New Jersey, B.A., communication studies, 1996; Univ. of Sussex, Brighton, England, M.Phil., political communication, 2000
Clerkships: Susan D. Wigenton, U.S. District Judge, 2008-09
Career: Current firm, partner, 2013-present, associate, 2009-13 and 2006-08; Latham & Watkins, associate, 2004-06
Profile: Peck represents clients facing the challenges of high-profile complex litigation and high-stakes investigations, serving leading companies in the construction, structural engineering, automotive, insurance and banking sectors. Peck served as counsel to the Toyota North America Quality Advisory Panel, an independent group of national experts appointed by Toyota to review the company’s quality and safety practices and procedures. He assisted the panel with its year-long review and its public report to Toyota. He also represented panel members in connection with subpoenas issued in the multidistrict litigation, In re Toyota Motor Corporation Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, 8:10-ML-02151 JVS (FMO). Peck is also dedicated to pro bono work and has represented many nonprofit organizations on a number of corporate and litigation matters, including a community theater, a no-kill animal shelter and a leading N.J. student leadership development organization. He has also helped victims of domestic violence obtain final restraining orders against their aggressors and prosecuted a multi-year international child abduction case under the Hague Convention to reunite a mother with her son who was abducted from their home in Mexico. Through appointment by the New Jersey Supreme Court, Peck serves as a member of the District V-A Ethics Committee, where he investigates — and if necessary, prosecutes — violations of New Jersey’s Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys.
Cassandra M. Porter
Born: September 16, 1974
Firm/Company: Lowenstein Sandler, Roseland
Law School: Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2004
College: Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., B.A., 1996; Pratt Institute, MILS, 1999
Clerkships: Chief Judge Celia Morris, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D.N.Y., 2006-08
Career: Current firm, counsel, 2008-present; Kaye Scholer, assistant managing attorney, 2004-06
Profile: Porter has been immersed in bankruptcy law since her days clerking for the chief bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of New York. She assisted with creating the first model Chapter 13 plan for the district and with creating an affidavit in support of motions for relief from the automatic stay filed in relationship to homes, cooperative apartments and condominiums. As an experienced bankruptcy lawyer, Porter represents creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 matters, debtors in Chapter 11 and pro bono Chapter 7 matters, and individual creditors in Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 matters. Her firm calls her gifted in working with small business owners and entrepreneurs. Among her successes was as counsel for the Unsecured Creditors Committee on the Blue Tulip Chapter 11 and U.S. Eagle Chapter 11 matters. In Blue Tulip, she worked to obtain a 10 cent distribution for unsecured creditors. In U.S. Eagle, the debtors she represented were able to reorganize their businesses and are paying creditors 100 cents on the dollar plus interest. In a world where creditors are lucky to see a double-digit recovery, the outcome was remarkable. Prior to her bankruptcy practice, at Kaye Scholer, Porter served as assistant managing attorney, overseeing state and federal court filings, pro hac vice admissions across the country and discovery-related issues. She also filed the firm’s first Violence Against Women’s Act petition and oversaw three subsequent VAWA filings.
Scott E. Reynolds
Born: September 13, 1974
Firm/Company: Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, Morristown
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1999
College: Univ. of Delaware, B.A., political science, 1996
Clerkships: Gerald C. Escala, J.S.C., 1999-2000
Career: Current firm, partner, 2012-present, counsel, 2006-11, associate 2004-06; Duane Morris, associate, 2001-04; Budd Larner, associate, 2000-01
Profile: As a partner in Riker Danzig’s Commercial Litigation Group, Reynolds’ practice focuses on complex business, financial services and professional liability litigation. Scott represents a diverse group of clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including regional and national financial institutions, partnerships, small and middle-market companies and national corporations. A substantial part of his practice also involves counseling regional and national financial institutions in matters concerning lender liability suits, fraud, negotiable instruments, loan participations, commercial foreclosure, asset recovery and loan workouts. He has considerable experience representing clients in private equity/hedge fund litigation. He was a key member of a trial team in a four-week trial, in which he represented a private equity fund manager in an action against one of the world’s largest investment banks. The dispute involved the improper termination of a Strategic Consulting Agreement, Fund Management Agreement, Advisory Agreement and Pledge Agreement, in addition to other complex agreements and instruments. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Scott’s client in excess of $10 million. Reynolds devotes a substantial part of his practice to advising a major, national supermarket chain with respect to a variety of issues involving distributors, merchandising, shipping, warehousing, leasing, contract matters and general litigation advice. He also has experience defending clients in litigation involving professional liability and negligence.
Micala Campbell Robinson
Born: April 9, 1980
Firm/Company: Greenberg Traurig, Newark
Law School: Howard Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2005
College: Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 2002
Clerkships: U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Office of Legal Affairs, 2005-07
Career: Current firm, of counsel, 2011-present; Day Pitney, associate, 2007-11
Profile: Robinson focuses her practice on some of the most complex issues facing employers today, such as sexual harassment training, use of criminal background checks in employment decisions, trade secrets, restrictive covenants and managing workplace communications in the digital age. She regularly advises both national and New Jersey-based clients on employment discrimination and wrongful discharge issues arising under state and federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. She has defended employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state fair employment practice agencies. For the last four years, Robinson has been defending against a race discrimination case in the Eastern District of New York where four plaintiffs banned together against their employer. While the claims were particularly egregious, three of the plaintiffs were dismissed from the case on summary judgment and through extensive pre-trial proceedings. In her volunteer work, she has worked for more than three years seeking political asylum in the U.S. for a young man from Chad, who was persecuted by the Chadian government based on his tribal affiliation and the political beliefs of his father that were imputed to him. Starting with a minor supporting role on the team of four lawyers assigned to the case, she quickly became the lead attorney. As part of her efforts, she tracked down a witness who still resided in Chad to support the young man’s asylum petition in the midst of the 2008 coup attempts and civil uprisings in N’Djaména, Chad’s capital.
Todd A. Rossman
Born: August 3, 1975
Firm/Company: LeClairRyan, Newark
Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2004
College: Rutgers Univ., B.A., criminal justice, 2002
Clerkships: Robert J. Brennan, J.S.C., 2005; David S. Cramp, P.J.S.C., 2004-05
Career: Current firm, associate then counsel, 2010-present; Hoag-land, Longo, Moran, Dunst and Doukas, associate, 2007-10; Wolf, Block, Schorr, and Solis Cohen, associate, 2006-07; Purcell, Ries, Shannon, Mulcahy and O’Neill, associate, 2005-06
Profile: In his busy litigation practice, Rossman manages approximately 15 to 25 cases involving complex commercial, financial services, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, employment, general liability, product liability, construction, homeowners association, and corporate shareholder disputes from initial pleading stage through trial preparation. He works with an extensive variety of clients, including a major upscale clothing retailer, a commercial supplier of power access products for the construction industry, a national supplier of plumbing equipment for both residential and commercial projects and financial services providers in matters involving state and federal consumer protection statutes, including class action lawsuits. He also has experience in medical malpractice defense and has ongoing matters with health systems and medical professionals in the area. Rossman currently serves as general counsel to a condominium association and a limited liability company. Rossman also serves as counsel in the firm’s Tort Defense Practice. He frequently represents corporate entities, from international companies to closely held companies and individuals, against claims of serious and catastrophic injury that allegedly result from product liability or negligence. He also has significant experience defending large companies in complex construction cases involving theories of defective work, breach of contract, and construction lien issues. Rossman also defends medical malpractice claims for doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.
Robert J. Senska III
Born: May 31, 1977
Firm/Company: Somerset Medical Center, Somerville
Law School: Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2004
College: Union College, B.S., biology (minor: psychology), 1999; Union College Graduate Management Institute, M.B.A., 2001
Career: Current company, vice president regulatory affairs & chief compliance officer, 2010-present; Sills Cummis & Gross, associate, 2007-10; O’Connell And Aronowitz, Albany, N.Y., associate, 2004-07
Profile: At age 36, Senska is credited with significant and far-reaching contributions to Somerset Medical Center that will impact this nonprofit institution for many years to come. He was initially hired by SMC as the director of corporate compliance and, within six months, was elevated to the position of vice president regulatory affairs and chief compliance officer. He planned and established the first in-house legal department and under his leadership SMC now operates under cutting-edge health law protocols. As general counsel and chief compliance officer, he is responsible for oversight, management and guidance of all legal, regulatory and compliance matters. He provides legal advice and guidance to SMC’s board of trustees, its SMC’s executive leadership and all departments and personnel. He is personally responsible for cutting-edge, organizational-wide legal, compliance and policy initiatives, all of which were designed and implemented in 18 months or fewer. The changes to the institution in this very short period of time have been extraordinary. SMC believes that Senska (who is the youngest member of its executive leadership) has established himself as an industry leader in New Jersey health-care law, representing the next generation of health-care law experts in this state. He works closely with fellow executives on developing business and strategic planning initiatives, and increases in market share, which have already impacted SMC’s bottom line.
Michael A. Shadiack
Born: July 27, 1973
Firm/Company: Connell Foley, Roseland
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., labor & employment law concentration, 1998
College: Seton Hall Univ., B.A., liberal studies (minor: business administration; certificate program: business/prelaw), 1995
Career: Current firm, partner, 2009-present, associate, 2003-08; Courter, Kobert, Laufer & Cohen, associate, 1998-2002
Profile: Now an equity partner in Connell Foley’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, Shadiack has devoted his career to representing employers and management personnel in the private and public sectors. He has served as special labor and employment counsel for numerous public sector entities, including the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (2010-present), for which he has obtained successful outcomes on high-profile matters. In 2012, he assisted the authority with numerous labor issues relative to the successful privatization of the Monmouth Park Racetrack. Shadiack serves as lead counsel and has successfully represented employers in all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts, before state and federal administrative agencies, and in arbitration. He also prepares comprehensive and practical employee handbooks, as well as employment, noncompete, nondisclosure, and separation and release agreements, which are tailored to each employer’s specific business practices. Shadiack presents both regionally and nationally as a featured speaker on numerous traditional and cutting-edge labor and employment topics. Since becoming a partner in 2009, Shadiack has been, and continues to be, involved in the leadership and decision-making process of the firm. He is a senior member of the firm’s Hiring Committee. He also performs the role of the firm’s in-house employment counsel, providing guidance to the managing partner, the Executive Committee and others in firm management.
Peter G. Siachos
Born: March 24, 1975
Firm/Company: Gordon & Rees, Florham Park
Law School: Univ. of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2000
College: Univ. of South Carolina Honors College, B.A., Spanish and political science, 2000
Clerkships: James. H. Hodges, Governor of South Carolina, 2000
Career: Current firm, partner, 2013-present; Chronakis Siachos, founding partner, 2011-2013; Garfunkel Wild, associate, 2007-2011; Sills Cummis & Gross, associate, 2005-2007; Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Greenville, S.C., associate, 2000-05
Profile: Siachos is a commercial litigator with a practice focused on franchise issues, particularly the representation of franchisors. He has enjoined trademark infringement on behalf of franchisors and has obtained injunctive relief against franchisees in both state and federal court, ranging from enforcement of simple franchise agreement provisions to forcibly shutting down franchise locations. He also has defended against claims asserted against franchisors by single franchisees, groups of franchisees, franchisee associations, suppliers to the franchise system and area developers. Among his larger clients are Curves International, a franchisor of over 10,000 gyms worldwide, and Michelin North America. Siachos has tried over 40 cases to conclusion in 13 years as an attorney. Among his significant cases have been a large fraudulent-check matter for Synovus Bank, postjudgment motion practice and garnishment proceedings on a $1 billion case for Michelin, and construction litigations for three different condominium associations. He also represents condominium associations as general counsel and litigation counsel. Siachos served by gubernatorial appointment as commissioner of the South Carolina Commission for National and Community Service from 1999 to 2005 and was responsible for the administration and allocation of funds to state and federal-funded community service projects.
Mark K. Silver
Born: November 7, 1975
Firm/Company: Coughlin Duffy, Morristown
Law School: Syracuse Univ. College of Law, J.D., 2000
College: The George Washington Univ., B.A., 1996; Syracuse Univ., Newhouse School of Communications, M.A., 2000
Clerkships: Joyce E. Munkacsi, J.S.C., and Deborah J. Venezia, J.S.C., 2000-01
Career: Current firm, of counsel, 2012-present, associate, 2004-12; Daller Greenberg & Dietrich, associate, 2001-04
Profile: Silver spent the first five years of his career concentrating on pharmaceutical litigation, products liability and premises liability, defending several major pharmaceutical manufacturers in a variety of legal arenas, including the defense of mass tort claims and class actions in multidistrict federal litigation. Additionally, he represented several pre-eminent hotel chains and restaurateurs in premises liability and health code litigation. It was also during that time that he became heavily involved in defense of several significant product liability actions, leading to his selection as a contributing editor to the Product Liability Desk Reference, a Fifty-State Compendium, published annually by Aspen Law & Business (2001-04). Since then he has put considerable time and effort into broadening his practice and becoming a fully rounded litigator who can handle virtually any subject matter in any venue. He now handles commercial contract litigation, estate litigation, medical billing litigation, employment litigation, title litigation, securities litigation and white-collar criminal matters. He is solely responsible for defending a massive title insurance claim stemming from fraud by an attorney that has resulted in multimillion-dollars’ worth of damage and myriad individuals without proper title to their homes. Other case work involves: defending a component part manufacturer in a massive 40-party product liability action; prosecuting the enforcement of a multimillion dollar personal guarantee of a commercial loan; and co-drafting the appeal of one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in New York State. Silver serves as a mentor for the younger attorneys of the firm, always willing to take time to answer questions from first- and second-year associates and guide them in their legal careers.
Sean A. Smith
Born: June 25, 1976
Firm/Company: Brach Eichler, Roseland
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2001
College: Loyola Univ. Maryland, B.A., political science (minor: history), 1998
Clerkships: Sybil R. Moses, A.J.S.C., 2001-02
Career: Current firm, counsel, 2013-present, associate, 2005-13 (including predecessor firm, Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen); Lum, Drasco & Positan, associate, 2002-05
Profile: Smith, who focuses his practice on business, commercial and general litigation, has become a statewide authority in the prosecution and defense of health-care regulatory and statutory disputes, as well as matters involving rent control and the regulation of multifamily properties. Over the last eight years, he has expanded his expertise to representing clients in high net-worth family law matters and disputes arising out of the equitable distribution of marital corporate interests, custody, spousal and child support. Recent successes in private sector matters include: Selective Ins. Co. of America v. Hudson East Pain Management Osteopathic Medicine and Physical Therapy, 416 N.J.Super. 418 (App.Div. 2010), aff’d, 210 N.J. 597 (2012), a case that resulted in the New Jersey Supreme Court’s resolution of medical provider information responsibilities to insurance carriers; injunctive relief on behalf of several medical providers against a large managed care company for the improper termination of network provider participation agreements; resolution of several class-action claims in the Superior Court, Middlesex County, against several multifamily property owners brought by current and former tenants alleging consumer fraud, breach of contract and entitlement to punitive damages; and multimillion-dollar settlements of claims asserted by medical providers against insurance carriers for under-reimbursement for services rendered to the insured. In one class action, a constitutional challenge to the enforcement of the city of Hoboken’s rent control ordinance, Smith represented a class of all property owners whose properties were regulated.
Thomas J. Trautner Jr.
Born: October 23, 1973
Firm/Company: Wolff & Samson, West Orange
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1999
College: Rider Univ., B.A., English (minor: history), 1996
Clerkships: Eugene D. Serpentelli, A.J.S.C., 1999-2000
Career: Current firm, partner, 2010-present, associate, 2000-09
Profile: Trautner has a diverse litigation practice that intersects land use, real estate, affordable housing and eminent domain. Despite his youth, he has achieved documented success on behalf of his clients and has helped establish statewide legal precedent. Among them is American Dream at Marlboro, LLC v. Township of Marlboro et al., a complex land use and real estate dispute which set a New Jersey Supreme Court precedent on standards for vacating or modifying deed restrictions. He co-authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Industrial Office Properties in the Appellate Division case that overturned COAH’s Third Round Rules, thereby dramatically changing affordable housing policy in New Jersey. He also represented Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in a complex land use dispute through trial whereby a Perth Amboy zoning ordinance that had rendered Chevron’s operations nonconforming was overturned. The diverse nature of Trautner’s practice has him supervising a number of teams of associates, counsel and paralegals and to report directly to sophisticated in-house counsel and senior executives. He also serves on the firm’s Hiring and Pro Bono committees, participates in the firm’s Associates-Members Committee; and regularly mentors and trains the firm’s associates.
Maria P. Vallejo
Born: October 11, 1974
Firm/Company: Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, Secaucus
Law School: Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 2007
College: Rutgers Univ., B.A., English and journalism, 1997
Clerkships: Peter F. Bariso, J.S.C., 2007-08
Career: Current firm, associate, 2008-present
Profile: Vallejo, in her five years at Chasan Leyner, has engaged in a wide variety of litigation practice areas, including public entity defense, medical malpractice, commercial litigation, constitutional law and personal injury. Her clients include municipalities, such as the county of Hudson, in constitutional law, employment, bail forfeiture and appellate; the county of Bergen, in constitutional law and employment matters; the city of Newark, in appellate matters; and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners. Since 2009, Vallejo has represented the state of New Jersey and county of Hudson in bail forfeiture matters, where she aided in the successful collection of hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of the county and state. She also represents individuals and businesses, such as Toys R’ Us, Freedom Bank, Deluxe Auto Sales Inc., Casa Dante and Salson, in commercial and litigation matters. Aside from her contributions to the firm, Vallejo remains committed to the improvement of the legal profession — both for attorneys and for the clients that they serve. In 2011, Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli appointed Vallejo to the Hudson Vicinage Committee on Minority Concerns, where she aids in identifying the needs of the minority community so they can be presented to and addressed by the assignment judge. The next year, she was appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court District VI Ethics Committee, where she investigates alleged ethics violations conducted by attorneys. This year, Vallejo was appointed to the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Diversity and Legislative committees. Prior to practicing law, Vallejo had a successful career working as a journalist for nearly 10 years, much of it spent at Dow Jones & Co., where she was an editor and financial news writer, covering Fortune 500 companies.
Jeffrey I. Wasserman
Born: May 27, 1974
Firm/Company: Herrick, Feinstein, Newark
Law School: Fordham Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1999
College: Lafayette College, B.A., history, 1996
Career: Current firm, partner, 2012-present; Chadbourne & Parke, partner, 2010-12; Bracewell & Giuliani, partner, 2008-10, associate, 2005-08; Chadbourne & Parke, associate, 2001-05; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, associate, 1999-2001
Profile: Wasserman joined the Newark office of Herrick Feinstein as a partner nearly one year ago, focusing his practice on complex commercial litigation. He brought with him extensive experience on major national and cross-border commercial litigation matters and is helping to build upon the firm’s roster of major New Jersey and tri-state regional clients, specifically those in the food and beverage industry. He has established relationships with leading companies in New Jersey and beyond, and continues to add to his successful résumé of legal work on a broad range of matters. He represents clients spanning from individuals to Fortune 100 companies, including multinational food and beverage companies, investment banks and private equity funds. He is currently representing the New Jersey-headquartered subsidiary of a Fortune 100 international food company in connection with contractual disputes with vendors and suppliers who have failed to provide services required under their contracts. He also represents an international food company in a contract and trade secrets dispute pending in federal court in New Jersey. The lawsuit claims that the company misused information gained during contract negotiations and misappropriated trade secrets in order to develop a revolutionary food process. Wasserman has extensive experience in state and federal courts, and in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
Martin L. Wilson
Born: November 8, 1976
Firm/Company: Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., Woodcliff Lake
Law School: Villanova Univ. School of Law; J.D., 2002
College: Saint Joseph’s Univ., B.S., M&IS, 1999
Career: Current company, chief compliance officer; V.P. corporate & legal affairs, 2013-present, chief counsel — compliance & litigation, 2011-13, senior director, legal & compliance, 2008-11, legal director, 2007-08, staff counsel, 2004-07, assistant corporate secretary, 2005-present; Schering-Plough, licensing attorney, 2003-04
Profile: As Chief Compliance Officer and VP of corporate and Legal Affairs for Par Pharmaceutical, a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company, Wilson handles an array of issues. He oversees Par’s Compliance department as well as handling non-IP litigation and regulatory work. Additionally, he negotiates various types of contract ranging from business development deals to managed care agreements. As a valued part of the business, he has also been tasked with overseeing Par’s Medical Affairs and Internal Audit functions. In dealing with corporate clients from all sections of the company, he has taken a service-oriented approach and turned traditionally adversarial relationships into ones of collaboration and mutual interest. Wilson also has worked on national litigation matters that have helped shaped the industry. In Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. U.S. et al., he was a driving force behind the recent declaratory judgment motion filed in the District of Columbia regarding the interplay of the First Amendment and the prosecution of off-label promotion. Although the case was ultimately dismissed as part of a settlement, the record helped to clarify certain positions of the Department of Justice and the Food and Drug Administration and altered the course of enforcement in this area generally.
James D. Young
Born: June 1, 1979
Firm/Company: Fox Rothschild, Lawrenceville
Law School: Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Camden, J.D., 2004
College: Univ. of Toronto, B.A., 2001
Career: Current firm, partner, 2012-present, associate, 2004-12
Profile: In his first year of eligibility in 2012, Young was elevated to equity partner status at Fox Rothschild at the age of 33. This year, he was promoted to the role of administrative partner of the litigation department of Fox Rothschild’s Princeton office and now manages that department. Young’s practice focuses on representation of business entities and individuals in commercial disputes, shareholder litigation, enforcement of and/or challenges to restrictive covenants, post-acquisition disputes and estate litigation. While primarily a litigator, he also counsels a leading industrial sand company serving customers in the oil and gas industry, and assisted that company in navigating a complex venture capital raise. His recent cases include obtaining a $1.8 million settlement for an oppressed minority shareholder employee who was the victim of unlawful freeze-out tactics by the majority shareholders and prevailing in a motion for summary judgment that resulted in a verdict of more than $600,000 for an oppressed minority shareholder who was offered less than $20,000 toward resolution of his claim. He frequently prosecutes and defends applications for injunctive relief. He recently managed the emergency review and production of over 1.9 million pages of electronic paper. In addition to his litigation work, James also assists his corporate clients in negotiating contracts, drafting agreements, and addressing day-to-day legal concerns. He is a regular contributor to the New Jersey Litigation Law Blog.