Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. is pleased to announce that Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr. has been appointed Managing Principal effective March 1, 2017. Mr. Gagliardi will also serve as President and CEO of the firm's subsidiaries, Porzio Governmental Affairs and Porzio Compliance Services.
Additionally, a five-person Management Committee will support Mr. Gagliardi. The Committee is comprised of the following Porzio principals: Diane Fleming Averell (Morristown), Michelle D. Axelrod (New England), Kevin M. Bell (Washington, D.C.), Brett S. Moore (New York), and Philip J. Siana (Morristown). Mr. Siana will also serve as the firm’s Vice President.
Mr. Gagliardi succeeds D. Jeffrey Campbell, who has overseen the firm’s operations since 1997. Mr. Campbell has been a catalyst for change for the firm, including introducing rigorous strategic planning, developing a nationally touted paralegal utilization program and launching Porzio’s subsidiaries. Mr. Campbell will stay on as Of Counsel at Porzio and President and CEO of Porzio Life Sciences, LLC.
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Porzio has more than 50 years of experience counseling and representing management on employment and labor matters. Our unique combination of skills has drawn diverse organizations to our firm, from Fortune 500 companies to small and mid-sized businesses in the life sciences, manufacturing, transportation, education, and retail industries, as well as public sector clients such as Boards of Education and police departments.
Vito Gagliardi represents school districts in numerous matters and handles an extraordinary variety of employment law matters for the firm’s public and private sector clients in state and federal courts, before state and federal agencies, and before arbitrators. He litigates and counsels clients in every area of labor and employment law, including issues of restrictive covenants, harassment, discrimination and whistleblowing.
Mr. Gagliardi is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey's Board on Trial Certification as a Civil Trial Attorney. A Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated lawyer, he has also been listed by New Jersey Super Lawyers in the area of employment law since the list’s inception in 2005.
Kerri Wright has extensive litigation and counseling experience in numerous areas of employment law. She has successfully defended management in class-action wage and hour lawsuits and has handled numerous investigations by management into allegations of employee wrongdoing. Ms. Wright also has significant experience representing and counseling school boards, charter schools, private schools and colleges in a variety of areas. She is one of only a few experts in the State in the area of reconfiguring school districts, including the creation and dissolution of regional school districts and the creation and termination of sending-receiving relationships.
Ms. Wright serves as general legal counsel to the Hopatcong Board of Education. Also an elected member of the Chester Board of Education in Morris County, Kerri is serving in her fourth term. She served several years as the President of the Board, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board’s negotiation committee. She has successfully negotiated employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements with each one of the Board’s labor groups.
Porzio appreciates Vito's and Kerri's individual contributions to the firm and looks forward to the continued development of the team through their joint leadership.
Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. (Porzio) proudly congratulates principal Kerri A. Wright on her selection to the New Jersey Law Journal's "2016 New Leaders of The Bar" list. This distinction recognizes a new wave of leadership in the New Jersey legal profession. Attorneys named to this list have established themselves early on as leaders within their firms, as well as throughout the larger legal community.
As a member of Porzio's Litigation Practice Group, Ms. Wright focuses her practice in the areas of education law and employment law, specifically in the representation of management in both employment counseling and employment litigation.
Ms. Wright has significant experience representing and counseling school boards, charter schools, private schools and colleges in a variety of areas. She is one of only a few experts in the State in the area of reconfiguring school districts, including the creation and dissolution of regional school districts and the creation and termination of sending-receiving relationships.
Ms. Wright is also an active community leader. As an elected member of the Chester Board of Education in Morris County, she is serving in her third term and currently serves as the President of the Board, the Chair of the Board’s Personnel and Governance Committee and the Chair of the Board’s negotiation team.
Porzio's Litigation Practice Group is proud to welcome associate David L. Disler, who concentrates his practice in the areas of employment and education law.
David's practice focuses on the representation of boards of education, advising clients on issues including: compliance with applicable state and federal statutes and regulations; employment related matters; tenure issues; grievances; construction concerns; healthcare and benefits; and labor relations. He investigates and advises on allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and breaches of the collective negotiations agreement. David has experience litigating matters in both state and federal courts,
Prior to joining Porzio, David served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Frances A. McGrogan, Superior Court of New Jersey. Most recently he was an associate in the education law practice of a New Jersey law firm.
David earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in Brooklyn, NY. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and Science, Technology & Society from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Porzio principal Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr. was quoted in the NJ.com article "Hillside Mayor Demotes Police Chief to Captain in Controversial Move," by Tom Haydon. An updated version of this article was included in the state-wide edition of the Sunday Star-Ledger on March 20, 2016.
Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson has attempted to demote Police Chief Louis Panarese to captain, while naming Captain Richard Floyd the acting chief. Mr. Gagliardi, an attorney for Panarese, described the demotion as "a violation of state regulations." He continued to state that Garretson lacks the authority to demote Panarese, as her actions have violated state regulations in place to prevent politics from interfering in police operations. Should the demotion not be rescinded, the matter will be taken to court.
Mr. Gagliardi is Chair of Porzio's Employment Law and Education Law teams, he handles an extraordinary variety of employment law matters for the firm’s public and private sector clients in state and federal courts, before state and federal agencies, and before arbitrators. He currently serves as General Counsel to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police ("NJSACOP") and is the 2016 recipient of the association's prestigious Chief George C. Tenney Award. He was previously honored by the NJSACOP as a 2011 President's Award recipient.
The Wall Street Journal quoted Porzio principal Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr. in the February 1, 2016 article, "Regional Schools’ Uneven Per-Pupil Costs Get Scrutiny," by Leslie Brody.
The article addresses New Jersey's numerous recent disputes over funding for regional schools. Current stipulations date back to a 1975 state law mandating that the per-pupil costs be based on the total value of real estate in each town. In towns where property values soared and the number of students dropped, however, those taxpayers have seen the per-pupil costs skyrocket.
Vito Gagliardi, Jr. represents the town of Oradell in its current appeals case before the River Dell Regional School District in Bergen County. According to Mr. Gagliardi, most of the state's school districts are "plagued by an imbalance” in which one community carries a significantly higher cost per pupil. Indeed, Porzio's Education Law team has handled more cases involving regional school funding issues than any in the state, and has represented every community mentioned in the article as being victimized by disproportionate tax levies.
Mr. Gagliardi chairs the Porzio Education Law and Employment Law teams, representing several school districts in an extraordinary variety of matters before state and federal courts and before arbitrators. He oversaw the only three regional school district dissolutions in New Jersey history, while successfully resolving hundreds of employment issues raised under law, statutes, regulations and collective bargaining agreements.
Kerri A. Wright has been selected to serve as general legal counsel to the Hopatcong Board of Education for 2016.
"The firm is very excited and happy to be representing Hopatcong, and we're looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship between the two. We're looking forward to helping Hopatcong in its goal to increase the educational opportunities for the children in Hopatcong," stated Ms. Wright.
Ms. Wright is a principal of the firm and a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, focusing her practice in the areas of education law and employment law. She is also a current elected member of the Chester Board of Education and has also held president and vice president positions on this board.
Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr. and Janelle Edwards-Stewart of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman and Barbara DeMarco of Porzio Governmental Affairs will present on "Cutting Edge Developments in Law and Regulation that Impact the Operation of Your School" on November 18, 2016 at the ASAH 39th Annual Conference - "Making Dreams Happen," in Atlantic City.
This workshop will address recent, proposed, and potential changes in State law and regulation that impact the private special education community. In order to protect your school and your students, it is imperative that you have the most up to date information on what Trenton is doing and proposing to do. The presenters will address new and anticipated developments from the courts, the legislature, and the DOE.
Porzio is also a proud ponsor of this conference.
Established in 1974, ASAH serves private special education schools and agencies in New Jersey, promoting programs and policies that protect individuals living with disabilities and their families, particularly in regards to their education.
For more information on ASAH and the annual conference, visit http://www.asah.org/asah-39th-annual-conference/