Sixteen of our Firm's attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2021:
Dennis J. Drasco (2001) - Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Insurance, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Wayne J. Positan (1993) - Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law -Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
Paul A. Sandars III (2005) - Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
Donald J. Volkert, Jr. (2018) - Arbitration
Kevin J. O'Connor (2015) - Commercial Litigation
Scott E. Reiser (2015) - Commercial Litigation
Edward M. Callahan, Jr. (2015) - Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
Bernadette Hamilton Condon (2015) - Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
Jack P. Baron (2021) - Corporate Law
Elizabeth Moon (2016) - Employment Law – Management
Daniel M. Santarsiero (2016) - Employment Law - Management, Labor Law – Management
Christina Silva (2011) - Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
Gina M. Sorge (2019) - Family Law
Richard C. Camp (2019) - Family Law Arbitration, Family Law Mediation, Mediation
Arthur M. Owens (2020) - Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Cynthia A. Matheke (2003) - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
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Dennis J. Drasco participated in a 2 day TRIAL ADVOCACY INSTITUTE sponsored by the NJ Institute for Continuing Education on July 16 and 17, 2020. All panelists for the program were Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). Dennis is a Fellow and member of the New Jersey state committee of ACTL. His panel dealt with the preparation and examination of expert witnesses at trial.
At the Annual Meeting of the Business Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association Steven Eisenstein was elected Secretary of the Section. He was also reelected to the Section Board of Directors for a new three year term. He continues to be the President of the Morris Essex Inn of Transactional Counsel which is associated with the Business Law Section.
Scott Reiser has been appointed co-chair of the Special Events Committee for the Seton Hall University School of Law Alumni Council for 2019-2020.
Sixteen of our Firm’s attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2020:
Dennis J. Drasco - Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Insurance, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Wayne J. Positan - Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
Paul A. Sandars III - Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation - Construction
Gina M. Sorge - Family Law
Kevin J. O'Connor - Commercial Litigation
Christina Silva - Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
Bernadette Hamilton Condon - Construction Law, Litigation - Construction
Daniel M. Santarsiero - Employment Law – Management, Labor Law - Management
Arthur M. Owens - Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Scott E. Reiser - Commercial Litigation
Elizabeth Moon - Employment Law - Management
Richard Camp - Family Law Arbitration, Family Law Mediation
Donald J. Volkert, Jr. - Arbitration
Cynthia A. Matheke - Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Philip L. Chapman - Corporate Law, Real Estate Law
Edward M. Callahan, Jr. - Construction Law, Litigation - Construction
In addition, the following attorneys are 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” recipients:
Dennis J. Drasco - Litigation – Insurance in Newark
Christina Silva - Labor Law – Management
Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. For additional information about methodology, please visit: https://www.bestlawyers.com/methodology
Kevin F. Murphy will serve as a speaker during the National Business Institute's "LLCs From Start to Finish" program to be held on November 4, 2019 in Cherry Hill. Kevin will present on the topics "New Jersey Legislative Update, Recent Trends and Developments in LLCs" and "The Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (RULLCA): What You Need To Know".
Dennis J. Drasco was reelected to a 3 year term as Section Delegate of the ABA Section of Litigation at the Annual Meeting of the ABA in San Francisco on August 9. Dennis has served in the House of Delegates since 2003 first as Essex County Bar Delegate and since 2013 as Section of Litigation Delegate. Prior to serving as Section Delegate in the House of Delegates, Dennis served as Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation, the ABA’s largest Section.
Steven Eisenstein spoke at the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Convention in Atlantic City on Business Law Aspects of the Tax Cut & Jobs Act of 2017. Mr. Eisenstein appeared on a panel with members of the Business Law Section and Tax Law Section of the State Bar. He continues to serve as Vice-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Business Law Section.
Kevin F. Murphy served as a speaker during the National Business Institute's "Estate Planning from A to Z" program held on June 12, 2019 in Hasbrouck Heights. Kevin presented on the topics "Basic Tax Planning and Updates" and "Documenting Long-Term Care, Incapacity and End-of-Life Decisions".
Wayne J. Positan was honored by the Boston University Alumni Council for his years of service as a member and President of the Council, and President of the BU Alumni Association at a dinner at the Dahod Family Alumni Center at The Castle during BU Commencement Weekend in May.
Scott E. Reiser served as Meeting Co-Chair for the ABA Section of Litigation’s recent Regional CLE Program entitled “Discover Yourself: Navigating the First Years of Litigation Practice”, which was held at the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey on March 26, 2019. Scott helped organize the event, which consisted of three legal education panels focused on helping newer attorneys address various issues that arise in daily litigation practice, and also was the Moderator of the panel “How to Keep Your Ethics When Things Go Sideways”.
The Firm is pleased to announce the following attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 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
Kevin J. O'Connor for Business Litigation
Christina Silva for Employment and Labor (10th year on list)
Daniel M. Santarsiero for Employment and Labor
Dennis J. Smith for Business and Corporate Law (10th year on list)
Edward M. Callahan, Jr. for Construction Litigation
Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the following attorney from the Firm has been selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters listing of New Jersey Rising Stars for 2019:
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 completed 25 years as organizer and moderator at NJICLE’s Annual Labor and Employment Law Forum at the NJ Bar Center on February 27, 2019. Positan moderated and spoke on programs involving Legal Ethics: “Lessons From The Trenches: The Things Lawyers Do That Get Them In Trouble And How To Avoid Them”; “Labor and Employment Law in the 21st Century: Where We Came From And Where We Are Going: An Historical and Prospective Look At Law Against Discrimination”; and “The Art of Settlement in 2019: How To Settle Cases In Unsettled Times”.
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 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.”
Scott Reiser has been elected a member of the New Jersey Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
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.