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  • Wayne J. Positan, Immediate Past President of the Boston University Alumni Association was the MC and speaker, with BU President Robert Brown, welcoming home the “Golden Terrier” Class of 1967 at BU Alumni Weekend 2017 on September 16.

  • Lum Partner Quoted in NJ Law Journal Article: Arthur M. Owens was quoted in a recent NJ Law Journal article regarding overcoming the applicability of arbitration clause and class action waivers in class action suit against a solar energy company.

    Law Journal Link: https://goo.gl/CgqLwJ

    Law360 Link: https://goo.gl/CLhpy6

  • 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.


  • Wayne J. Positan spoke at BU Commencement 2017 at Nickerson Field as President of the BU Alumni Association/BU Alumni Council. His remarks were posted by BU on YouTube at:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wayne+positan+esq

  • 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?

    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 more.

  • 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.

    Click here to read more.

  • 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.

    Click here to read this article.

  • 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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