Arthur Owens was recognized by ALM and the New Jersey Law Journal as a “New Leader of The Bar” at the 2017 Professional Excellence Awards Dinner on June 20, 2017 at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park.
Christina Silva has been elected a member of the New Jersey Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
Dennis J. Drasco was a panelist at the Association of the Federal Bar For New Jersey‘s Annual Judicial Conference on March 23, 2017 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, New Jersey. The topic was IMPROVING THE NEW JERSEY FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM: AN OPEN DISCUSSION WITH JUDGES AND PRACTITIONERS. Joining Dennis (who is a former President of the Association) on the panel was Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle, District Court Judge Freda Wolfson and Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre.
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
Wayne J. Positan for Employment Litigation: Defense
Paul A. Sandars, III for Construction Litigation
Kevin F. Murphy for Estate Planning and Probate
Steven J. Eisenstein for Business and Corporate Law
Christina Silva for Employment and Labor
Kevin J. O'Connor for Business Litigation
Dennis J. Smith for Business and Corporate Law
Edward M. Callahan, Jr. for Construction Law
Receiving special recognition, Dennis J. Drasco and Wayne J. Positan were voted to the Top 100 List and Wayne J. Positan was voted to the Top Ten Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers also announced a Top List of fifty New Jersey lawyers who have been included on its Top Lists for ten years or more, which included Dennis Drasco and Wayne Positan. Super Lawyers stated: "Inclusion on a Top List is a significant accomplishment in itself, and for these attorneys to be included on a Top List for 10 years or more, they truly have demonstrated an exceptionally high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.”
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 Owens for Civil Litigation Defense
Scott Reiser for General 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 elected to a third term as New Jersey State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, from 2017-2020.
Wayne J. Positan will be moderating and speaking at the 2017 ICLE Labor Law Forum at the State Bar Center on Wednesday March 8, 2017. The Forum will feature programs on Ethics Issues in ADR; The Annual Employment Law Update; Masterful Mediation; Workplace Investigations, and Hot Topics in Employment Litigation.
Twelve of our Firm's attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America. Wayne J. Positan (commercial litigation, employment law-management, labor law-management, litigation-labor and employment law, and 25-year inclusion recognition); Dennis J. Drasco (commercial litigation, construction law, litigation-construction, litigation-insurance, litigation-land use and zoning, and 15-year inclusion recognition); Paul A. Sandars, III (commercial litigation, construction law, litigation-construction, and 10-year inclusion recognition); Christina Silva (employment law-management, labor law-management, and litigation-labor and employment, and 5-year inclusion recognition); Scott E. Reiser (commercial litigation); Cynthia A. Matheke (personal injury litigation-defendants, personal injury litigation-plaintiffs, and 15-year inclusion recognition); Kevin J. O'Connor (commercial litigation); Bernadette Condon (construction law, litigation-construction); Edward M. Callahan, Jr. (construction law); Philip L. Chapman (corporate law and real estate law, and 25-year inclusion recognition); Daniel M. Santarsiero (employment law-management, labor law-management); Elizabeth Moon (employment law-management).
Denial of Class Certification Upheld by Third Circuit in Law School Class Action Case - Lum, Drasco and Positan LLC attorneys, Dennis J. Drasco (Litigation Department Head) and Arthur M. Owens (Partner) served as part of Widener University School of Law’s defense team in connection with the Third Circuit appeal in Harnish et al v. Widener University School of Law. Third Circuit upheld the District Court’s refusal to consider the plaintiffs’ claims on a class basis. The panel consisted of Judge Michael A. Chagares, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry and Judge Cheryl Ann Krause. The precedential decision was written by Judge Chagares.
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New Jersey Law Journal Article Regarding Fee Shifting in Legal Malpractice Litigation Lum, Drasco and Positan LLC attorneys, Dennis J. Drasco (Litigation Department Head) and Arthur M. Owens (Partner) authored a editorial which was published in the June 6, 2016 edition of New Jersey Law Journal. Mr. Drasco and Mr. Owens, who also prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the NJSBA in the recently decided, Innes v. Marzano-Lesnevich, New Jersey Supreme Court matter, responded to a prior New Jersey Law Journal commentary by Bennett J. Wasserman Esq. of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. In Innes v. Marzano-Lesnevich the New Jersey Supreme Court confirmed the expansion of fee shifting in favor of a successful legal malpractice plaintiffs to intentional conduct outside of an attorney client relationship. Mr. Drasco and Mr. Owens responded to Mr. Wasserman’s commentary, which used the guise of Innes v. Marzano-Lesnevich to yet again argue against proposed legislation which would eliminate mandatory fee shifting against attorneys and bring the statute of limitations for claims against attorneys from six years to two years.
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Oral Argument Before Third Circuit in Landmark Law School Class Action Case - Lum, Drasco and Positan LLC attorneys, Dennis J. Drasco (Litigation Department Head) and Arthur M. Owens (Partner) attended oral argument in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as part of Widener University School of Law’s defense team in Harnish et al v. Widener University School of Law. The oral argument addressed the denial of plaintiffs’ class certification motion and the panel consisted of Judge Michael A. Chagares, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry and Judge Cheryl Ann Krause.
Denial of Certification of Class Claims Against Widener Law School – Lum, Drasco and Positan LLC attorneys, Dennis J. Drasco (Litigation Department Head), Wayne J. Positan (Managing Partner) and Arthur M. Owens (Partner) served as part of the legal team for Widener University School of Law in connection with the defense of class action claims brought by graduates relating to advertising materials and job placement statistics. On July 2, 2015, U.S. District Judge William Walls of the District of New Jersey issued an opinion in Harnish v. Widener University School of Law, 12-cv-00608(WHW)(CLW) denying plaintiffs’ motion for class certification as plaintiffs failed to meet the predominance and typicality requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 23.
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