On May 3,2017, Dennis J. Drasco moderated a program at the ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference in San Francisco, California entitled: “ OVERCOMING IMPLICIT BIAS IN JURORS: STRATEGIES FOR THE COURTROOM. The panel included Paulette Brown, Immediate Past President of the ABA, Paula Hannaford, Executive Director for the National Center For State Courts, Honorable Ramona See, Los Angeles County Superior Court and Honorable Christopher Whitten, Maricopa County Superior Court , Phoenix , Arizona.
Dennis J. Drasco recently participated in a CLE Program at the NJSBA ANNUAL MEETING in Atlantic City on May 18 entitled ARBITRATION UNDER ATTACK: WHEN IS BINDING DISPUTE RESOLUTION APPROPRIATE? On the panel with Dennis were, Justice Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the NJ Supreme Court, Honorable Harriet Farber Klein, retired Superior Court Judge of the Essex Chancery Division , who Moderated the program, Robert Margules, Esq. and David S. Weiss, Director of the NJ Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Christina Silva has been elected a member of the New Jersey Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
The Firm is pleased to announce the following attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 listing of New Jersey Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters which is published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine:
Dennis J. Drasco for Business Litigation (Top 100 Lawyers)
Wayne J. Positan for Employment Litigation: Defense (Top 100 Lawyers and Top 10 Lawyers)
Paul A. Sandars, III for Construction Litigation
Kevin F. Murphy for Estate Planning and Probate
Steven J. Eisenstein for Business and Corporate Law
Kevin J. O'Connor for Business Litigation
Christina Silva for Employment and Labor
Dennis J. Smith for Business and Corporate Law
Edward M. Callahan, Jr. for Construction Litigation
Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the following attorneys from the Firm have been selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters listing of New Jersey Rising Stars for 2017:
Elaine R. Cedrone for Employment and Labor
Elizabeth Moon for Employment and Labor
Arthur M. Owens for Civil Litigation Defense
Scott E. Reiser for Business Litigation
These selections were based on a statewide survey, an evaluation process and a peer review by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys. The methodology for selection can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/.
Kevin F. Murphy presented on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship—Family Business Forum. The program was conducted in the Orangerie on the Florham Park campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Murphy spoke on Estate Planning: How a Trump Presidency Will Affect Family Businesses?
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Christina Silva participated on a panel at the 2017 ICLE Labor and Employment Law Forum at the New Jersey Law Center on March 8, 2017, as a speaker on “Workplace Investigations”.
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Wayne J. Positan has been re-elected to a third term as the New Jersey State Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates from August, 2017 until August 2020.
Dennis J. Drasco participated on a CLE program for NJICLE in Woodbridge on November 21 entitled : “Keys to Jury Selection in a Civil Case”. Mr. Drasco’s topic was Use of Challenges under NJ new Jury Selection Standards.
On March 8, 2017, Wayne J. Positan is the organizer/moderator for the 2017 NJ ICLE Annual Labor Law Forum at the NJ Bar Center. The Forum will include presentations by NLRB Regional Director David Leach, The Annual Employment Law Update; and programs on Ethical Issues in Mediation; Masterful Mediation; Workplace Investigations; and the trial practice segment will be on Jury Issues. Additional speakers include Hon. Peter Bariso, Assignment Judge, Hudson County; Hon. Joel Rosen (ret); Hon. Glenn Berman (ret); Hon Richard Camp (ret); Steve Orlofsky; Paulette Brown, immediate Past President of the ABA; Steve Suflas, and others. Contact NJ ICLE for further information.
Steven Eisenstein will be speaking at the 11th Annual Ethics for Transactional Attorneys NJICLE seminar. The seminar will be held on November 30 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange. Mr. Eisenstein will be speaking on Ethical Issues in Corporate Practice.
Wayne J. Positan participated on a panel discussion on “Masterful Mediation” at the NJSBA Midyear Meeting in Amsterdam in November, 2016. Former NJ Superior Court Chancery Judge Glenn Berman (Ret.) moderated the discussion regarding the mediation of complex business disputes.
CHRISTINA SILVA INDUCTED INTO THE LITIGATION COUNSEL OF AMERICA
On October 20, 2016, Christina Silva, of Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC, was formally inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America at the LCA’s 2016 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows, held at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in Florida. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon evaluations of excellence, effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA seeks a high level of diversity in its composition and includes Women’s and Diversity Initiatives. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership.
STATE BAR FOUNDATION PRESENTS HIGHEST ACCOLADE TO WAYNE J. POSITAN ESQ.
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s highest award—the prestigious Medal of Honor—was conferred on Wayne J. Positan, Esq., Managing Director of Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC, Roseland, NJ. The award, given each year to those who have made exemplary contributions to improving the justice system and enhancing New Jersey’s legal legacy, was presented at the Foundation’s Annual Medal of Honor Awards Dinner Reception on September 12, at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset. His co-recipient was Justice Peter G. Verniero (ret.) of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
“The great tradition of charitable work by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation on behalf of our profession and society is an essential cornerstone of what we do as lawyers,” said Positan. “When I look at the list of prior Medal of Honor recipients, and recognize their achievements, I am truly humbled and proud to be invited to join them.”
Mr. Positan has been practicing law for more than four decades. He has been Managing Director of Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC since 1990, and Chair of its Labor, Employment and Government Group since 1984. A recognized attorney in the areas of labor and employment law, commercial litigation, appellate practice and alternative dispute resolution matters, he is perennially listed in virtually every major “best” list including Best Lawyers in America, New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 (Top 10 2007-2010, #2 in 2007, 2009), Chambers USA's America's Leading Business Lawyers (Top Tier Employment Defense Attorneys since inception), New York Magazine “Best Lawyers in the Metropolitan New York Area,” and NJ Monthly Magazine "Top Lawyers"; as well as International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in Mediation and Arbitration. He received the Essex County Bar Association Saiber Professional Achievement Award and its "Stars of Essex" Award. He received a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism twice. He has received the Humanitarian and Achievement Award of the Columbian Foundation and now chairs its Board of Trustees.
He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America, the New Jersey Academy of Management Lawyers, the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Collegium of Distinguished Alumni, and the American Bar Foundation; is a member of the Executive Committee of the NJ Fellows of the American Bar; and serves as Co-Chair of Fellows of the ABA Section of Litigation. He is a New Jersey Court-Approved Mediator, Federal Court Mediator, and Essex County Chancery Mediator.
He has been involved in a variety of high-profile cases representing companies, governmental entities and officials. Additionally, he has been involved in many appellate decisions that shaped the development of employment law in New Jersey.
Mr. Positan has a long history of involvement with the American Bar Association, including serving as the New Jersey State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, serving on the ABA Board of Governors and its Executive Committees, chairing the Coordinating Council of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice. The report and recommendations of that commission have now been adopted by forty-five states.
A former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), he also served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and was heavily involved in the Foundation’s Capital Campaign to make much-needed structural and technical improvements to the New Jersey Law Center. During his term as NJSBA president, he initiated the Pipeline Task Force to encourage minority students in grade and high schools to become lawyers and judges; the Task Force on Disaster Planning, to assist lawyers and the legal system to respond to disasters; and involved the NJSBA in the Military Assistance Program to assist returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. As president, he also served with the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee.
Paulette Brown, Esq., a Foundation trustee and the president of the ABA through August 2016, explained the reason for her nomination of Positan for the Medal of Honor: “It is because of all he has done to enhance the legal profession and the manner in which he has done it…. Wayne exemplifies all that is great about our profession.” Foundation president Lynn Fontaine Newsome Esq. lauded the nomination: “Wayne J. Positan's career is characterized by the highest standard of professionalism and service to the public and the bar. As a long-time colleague and friend, I am pleased to salute his achievements with the Bar Foundation's highest award, the Medal of Honor.”
Positan has lectured on over one hundred programs on labor and employment issues, litigation, legal ethics, and the profession ranging from being the organizer/moderator of the NJICLE Annual Labor Law Forum for over twenty years to lecturing at the NJ Judicial College and addressing the Conference of Chief Justices on issues concerning multijurisdictional practice. He is an NJICLE Alfred Clapp Laureate for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education and a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award as well as the 2015 Excellence in Leadership Award of The Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Society of the Seton Hall School of Law. A prolific writer, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the NJ ICLE book New Jersey Labor and Employment Law since its first edition in 1995 as well as the author of numerous articles on labor and employment in a variety of respected professional publications.
He currently serves as President of the Boston University Alumni Association and previously served on the Board of Trustees of Montclair State University. His dedication to the greater community is further reflected in his work on behalf of the Columbian Foundation, the American Hungarian Foundation, the Newark YM&WCA and other worthy organizations. Mr. Positan is a graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, and obtained his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Dennis J. Drasco was appointed by the President of the NJSBA to serve on a BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE.
Kevin F. Murphy served as a speaker during the National Business Institute's "Estate Planning from A to Z" 2-day practical course held on July 21-22, 2016. Kevin presented on the topics "Basic Tax Planning" and "Documenting Long Term Care, Incapacity and End of Life Decisions" on July 21, 2016 in Saddle Brook.
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