Gebhardt & Kiefer Welcomes New Litigation Partner


Gebhardt & Kiefer in Clinton Township brings on board Matthew P. Lyons as a partner. His practice will focus on civil litigation, primarily in municipal, insurance defense, civil rights, and representation of municipal government and other public entities. Lyons has nearly 25 years of experience, including extensive experience in local government. He served for six years as county counsel for Gloucester County, and four years as assistant county counsel. As a public servant, Lyons served for eight years on the Township Council for Washington Township (Gloucester County). He served as mayor for two years and council president for four years.  In addition, he served as public defender for the Glassboro Borough, planning board solicitor for the Mantua Township, commissioner for the Tri-County Joint Insurance Fund, and assistant counsel for the Gloucester County Board of Social Services. In his private practice, Lyons has done extensive trial work specializing in civil defense litigation, including civil rights matters, claims against public entities, automobile negligence, and products liability. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Villanova University and a J.D. from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Davison Eastman Muñoz Lederman & Paone Adds New Partner Greg S. Gargulinski


Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Lederman & Paone in Freehold brought on Greg S. Gargulinski as partner, expanding the firm’s criminal and municipal court defense practice. Gargulinski joins the firm from Ansell Grimm & Aaron in Ocean, where he began his career in 2001. He focuses on criminal law and municipal court defense. In this capacity, he has represented clients in matters involving DWI/DUI, as well as criminal defense at the state, appellate and federal levels. Gargulinski is a former law clerk to Superior Court Judge Ira E. Kreizman and is the former acting public defender of Manalapan Township. He received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2000.  While attending law school, he worked as a law clerk in the Appellate Division of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.  He also worked in the Center for Social Justice, Juvenile Justice Clinic, where he represented indigent juveniles in all phases of criminal proceedings in the Essex County Family Part. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York. He is an active member of the Monmouth Bar Association, where he previously served as a trustee and co-chair of the Municipal Court, Criminal Practice and Sports Law Committees.

Michael Salad Named Partner at Cooper Levenson


Michael Salad, an attorney in Cooper Levenson’s Business & Tax and Cyber Risk Management practice groups in Atlantic City, has been named a partner. “Michael has proven himself time and again in terms of his dedication and professionalism,” said Kenneth J. Calemmo Jr., chief operating officer at Cooper Levenson. “We know he will continue to serve our clients while upholding the highest standards in legal representation.” Salad concentrates on business transactions, tax matters, and estate and business planning, including cyber risk management issues and management plans. He regularly travels between Florida and New Jersey and assists clients from the Northeast who are seeking to change their residency. He is a recipient of the 2012 International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) Shannon Bybee Scholarship for his article titled, “Royally Flushed: The Legislative Fight to Legalize Internet Gambling.” He holds an LL.M. in estate planning and elder law. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Florida and the District of Columbia.

Judge Conte Joins Javerbaum Wurgaft’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice

Joseph S. Conte JOSEPH S. CONTE

Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins in Springfield welcomes Joseph S. Conte, former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, who has joined the firm as of counsel in the newly opened Hackensack office. Conte brings 20 years of experience as a Superior Court judge to his current practice focusing on mediation, land use cases and commercial real estate matters. Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Conte was engaged in the practice of law in Paramus. He served as a municipal court judge for Ringwood, Upper Saddle River, Wallington and Rochelle Park. He also served as a public defender for Paramus, attorney for the Paramus library board and special borough attorney for Ringwood. Most recently he was appointed an advisor to the Instituto de Seguridad y Proteccion of the Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez in Puerto Rico. He provided services to improve the training of the Puerto Rican Police Department, to eliminate civil rights violations that were identified in a report of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division from Sept. 5, 2011, and other counseling to improve the department. Conte is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in accounting and a graduate of Cleveland University Marshall Law School.

Two Join Stark & Stark’s Nursing Home Litigation Practice

Stark & Stark in Princeton brought on attorneys Sherri Warfel, a partner, and Alex Fajardo, an associate, to the firm’s nursing home litigation group. Nursing home negligence typically includes the failure to provide basic necessities such as water, protection from health and safety hazards, and general appropriate care.

Sherri Warafel SHERRI WARFEL

Warfel has successfully tried or settled hundreds of nursing home cases during her nearly two-decade career. She focuses her practice on representing victims and their families with claims of abuse, injury, or death while under the care of a nursing home or other long-term care facility. She is a graduate of Rutgers Law School.




Fajardo concentrates his practice on nursing home malpractice and litigation and other personal injury claims. Fluent in Spanish, he earned his J.D. from Widener University Delaware School of Law.