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  • Kevin F. Murphy  is serving as a speaker during the National Business Institute's "Estate Administration From Start to Finish" program to be held on September 28, 2018 in Hasbrouck Heights.  Kevin will present on the topics "Complex Issues in Estate Administration" and "Handling Estate Administration Tax Issues".

  • Steven J. Eisenstein has been named Vice-Chair Legislation of the Business Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

  • Christina Silva has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys (ANJMA).  The Academy, in which there are presently only 27 Fellows, consists of the top labor and employment lawyers in the state who exclusively represent management/defendants in such matters.

  • Dennis J. Drasco participated in an ABA Webinar entitled “Principles for Juries and Jury Trials:  From the Bench and the Bar, how to facilitate good decision making in Jury Trials on Monday, May 21, 2018.  The moderator was Stephanie McCoy Loquvam, Chair of the ABA Commission on the American Jury.  Also participating on the Webinar panel were Hon. Charles Clevert, Retired U. S. District Court Judge, District of Wisconsin, who is now a JAMS mediator and arbitrator, and the Honorable Barbara M. Lynn, Chief District Judge in the Northern District of Texas.

  • Steven Eisenstein spoke on a panel at the New Jersey Bar Association Annual Meeting at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City on May 18, 2018.  The topic was “The Impact of Tax Reform on Business Transactions”.  Mr. Eisenstein spoke about the choice of entity for businesses and financing issues under the new Tax Act.

  • Dennis J. Drasco was recognized as a “Band 2” Commercial Litigation lawyer by Chambers USA “Leading Business Lawyers”.  Chambers USA stated as follows:  “Dennis Drasco of Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC has a broad commercial disputes practice, with particular expertise in construction and malpractice claims. A market peer praises his written work, noting: ‘He writes the most impressive letters, and can fit into one-and-a-half pages what other lawyers can't fit into ten.’ The interviewee also comments: ‘He is a forceful litigator and that's represented in every aspect of his practice.’”

  • Wayne J. Positan was recognized as a “Band 1” Labor and Employment lawyer by Chambers USA “Leading Business Lawyers” for the 15th straight year.  Chambers USA stated as follows:   “Sources say Wayne Positan is 'a legend' and 'hands down one of the best labor and employment lawyers in the US.' He is knowledgeable across the full spectrum of employment issues, and has taken on very high-profile cases including wage and hour disputes and noncompete matters.”

  • Dennis J. Drasco  moderated and presented at an all-day CLE program of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education at the NJ Bar Center on May 31.

    The Program was entitled COMMERCIAL LITIGATION FROM THE MASTERS.  Among the 12 speakers which included NJ’s finest commercial litigators, were retired Judges Peter Doyne and Lum Drasco & Positan retired Judge Donald J. Volkert , Jr. and PJ Civil, Honorable Craig Wellerson who is Chair of the Rules Committee of Complex Business Litigation Judges. Dennis’ presentation was entitled  “Perspectives on Forum Selection – Chancery, Law Division or Federal Court.”

    Judge Volkert provided commentary on the presentations and, along with Judge Doyne,  spoke on “ADR Concerns in Commercial Cases.”

  • Kevin F. Murphy  is serving as a speaker during the National Business Institute's "Top Estate Planning Techniques" program to be held on June 12, 2018 in Hasbrouck Heights.  Kevin will present on the topics "Annual Exclusion Gifts" and "Qualified Personal Residence Trusts".

  • Scott Reiser moderated a panel at the ABA Section of Litigation’s Section Annual Conference in San Diego, California on May 3, 2018, entitled “The Lawyer, the Addict: Facing a Silent but Prevalent Issue in the Profession.”

  • Scott Reiser 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 2018 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 and Labor (Top 100 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

    Gina M. Sorge for Family Law

    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 2018:

    Elaine R. Cedrone  for Employment and Labor

    Elizabeth Moon  for Employment and Labor

    Arthur M. Owens  for Civil Litigation Defense

    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/.

  • Wayne J. Positan was the organizer and moderator of the NJ Institute for Continuiing Legal Education “Annual Labor and Employment Law Forum” in Woodbridge, NJ on February 28, 2018. Positan led the panel discussions on “Ethical Obligations of Local Counsel”, “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions”, a program dealing with the changes to federal tax law and pending legislation in New Jersey that would impact on settlement negotiations in matters involving harassment claims under federal and state law; and “Workplace Harassment Litigation.”  Positan also spoke on the status of the law nationally on multijurisdictional practice, motion by admission and pro hac vice admission.

  • Kevin F. Murphy  served as a speaker during the National Business Institute's "Trusts--Made Simple" program to be held on December 15, 2017 in Saddle Brook.  Kevin presented on the topics "Where To Begin?--An Overview Of Trusts" and "Ethical Considerations".

  • Thirteen of our Firm’s attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America® 2018

    Dennis J. Drasco
    , who was named in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Insurance

    Wayne J. Positan, who was named in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment

    Paul A. Sandars, III, who was named in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Construction Law

    Kevin J. O’Connor, who was named in the field of Commercial Litigation

    Christina Silva, who was named in the fields of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment

    Bernadette H. Condon, who was named in the fields of Construction Law, Litigation – Construction

    Daniel M. Santarsiero, who was named in the fields of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management

    Scott E. Reiser, who was named in the field of Commercial Litigation

    Elizabeth Moon, who was named in the fields of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management

    Donald J. Volkert, Jr., who was named in the field of Arbitration

    Cynthia A. Matheke, who was named in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

    Philip L. Chapman, who was named in the fields of Corporate Law, Real Estate Law

    Edward M. Callahan, Jr., who was named in the field of Construction Law

    About Best Lawyers®
    Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and they have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. 

  • Kevin F. Murphy  served as a speaker during the National Business Institute's "LLCs: Beyond the Basics" program held on November 9, 2017 in Saddle Brook.  Kevin presented on the topics "Fully Utilizing Tax Advantages" and "Estate Planning and LLCs".

  • 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?

    Click here for the Rothman Ink March 2017 Newsletter

  • 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”.

    Click here to read this article.

  • 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.

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