Litigation

Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Three Porzio Practice Groups and Six Porzio Attorneys

5/26/2017| News

Porzio is pleased to announce that the firm’s Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Environment and Litigation: Products Liability practices have been recognized by Chambers USA 2017 for excellence, and six firm attorneys have been recognized as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas in the prestigious directory of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” 

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The Chambers USA 2017 directory, published May 2017, is compiled based on thousands of interviews of lawyers and clients conducted by a team of 50+ full-time researchers to obtain a consistent market view of which firms and attorneys are considered leaders in their field. The qualities on which rankings are based include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

For additional details about Chambers research methodology, please click here.

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Porzio Recognized in 2016 Top 50 Verdicts in New Jersey

5/4/2017| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. (Porzio) proudly congratulates firm attorneys Joseph G. Dolan, Peter J. Gallagher, and Michael L. Rich, who were recognized on the Top 50 Verdicts in New Jersey 2016 list for the matter of Danish Crown Amba v. Rupari Food Services

On March 16, 2016, Porzio obtained a $2,123,145.63 jury verdict for firm client, Danish Crown, after a seven-day jury trial before Judge Michael A. Shipp of the U.S. District Court. For more information about this case, please click here

Top Verdicts recognizes U.S. law firms and attorneys who have obtained one of the highest jury verdicts in the Nation or in an individual State, in a particular area of law and year. 

To learn more about Top Verdicts and to view the full New Jersey verdicts list, please click here

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Sharing Success: Principal Diane Averell Interviewed by DRI

5/16/2017| News

Porzio principal Diane F. Averell was featured in the DRI Women in the Law Committee newsletter article, "Sharing Success: An Interview with Diane Fleming Averell," on May 16, 2017.

Ms. Averell, Vice Chair of the DRI Women in the Law Committee, discussed her recent selection to serve on Porzio's Management Committee and offers advice to other women attorneys who aspire to management positions in their firms or companies. 

To read the full interview, please click here.

Porzio Victory on Behalf of Fitbit Detailed in Law360 Article

5/10/2017| News

Porzio Principal Michael L. Rich and co-counsel Zachary Alinder and Jeffrey Hallam of Sideman & Bancroft were successful in obtaining the dismissal of client Fitbit from the New Jersey USDC matter, Laguna 2 LLC v. Fitbit LLC. The victory was detailed in the May 10, 2017 Law360 article, "Stolen Fitbit Allegations Can’t Proceed In NJ, Judge Says," by Adam Rhodes. 

The suit accused Fitbit of falsely claiming that a retailer of refurbished electronics was selling stolen items. On May 9, 2017, U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo freed Fitbit from the suit, ruling that although New Jersey retailer Laguna 2 LLC was allegedly harmed by false claims, that does not mean a New Jersey court has jurisdiction over the suit. 

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Porzio Principal Bill Hughes Featured in Shore News Today Article

4/20/2017| News

Porzio principal William (Bill) J. Hughes, Jr. was featured in the Shore News Today article, "For Bill Hughes Jr. Catching Up with a Friend Took Him to the Rose Garden," by Suzanne Marino, on April 19, 2017.

The article focused on Bill's friendship with newly appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and his attendance at Gorsuch's swearing-in ceremony on April 8. In describing the ceremony, which also was his first day as a principal with Porzio, Bill stated, "It truly was an awesome experience to be invited and I will take that experience with me for the rest of my time.”

To read the full article, please click here.

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William Hughes, Jr. Joins Porzio; Attends Swearing-in of Justice Gorsuch

4/10/2017| News

Effective Saturday, April 8, 2017, William (Bill) J. Hughes, Jr. has joined the law firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. (Porzio) as a Principal. Coincidentally, on his first day on the job at Porzio, Mr. Hughes will be attending the swearing in of his high school friend, Judge Neil Gorsuch, as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

“Today I am excited to be a part of two transitions,” said Mr. Hughes. “Not only am I honored to witness my good friend Neil Gorsuch become a member of our nation’s highest court, but I am also thrilled to be joining the preeminent Porzio, Bromberg & Newman law firm. Renowned for being a leader in litigation, Porzio prides itself on exceptional service to its clients, and provides nothing less. I look forward to joining my new colleagues and expanding Porzio’s brand into South Jersey.”

“When taking on the role of Porzio’s Managing Principal last month, my first goal was to bring new and seasoned talent to our team. With Bill joining Porzio, I know we are acquiring one of New Jersey’s best attorneys,” said Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr., Porzio’s Managing Principal. “Bill has a diverse practice focused on federal white collar investigations, criminal defense, and complex commercial litigation in the areas of cybersecurity, antitrust, fraud, and shareholder disputes. In addition to his impressive professional experience, Bill brings with him an incredible network and provides a formidable entry into the South Jersey legal community. For many years, Porzio has been looking to add a white-collar criminal practice, and Bill brings us that and more.”

Mr. Hughes most recently served as a partner at Cooper Levenson in their Atlantic City office. He is the first attorney to ever be awarded a restraining order against a federal agency. In October, a judge ordered federal agents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to cease contact with two government’s confidential informants, who say they were threatened by federal agents with losing their rare horseshoe crab harvesting permit if they did not cooperate with the government’s investigation. Mr. Hughes was defending a Lower Township tuna fisherman. 

Mr. Hughes also has experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Camden, where he prosecuted cases from tax and white-collar fraud to international drug smuggling. Mr. Hughes’s resume includes a stint as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division working on high-profile cases such as United States v. Microsoft, U.S. v. NASDAQ Market Makers, and U.S. v. Moody's Rating Services. Mr. Hughes clerked for the Honorable John F. Gerry, Chief Judge for the District Court of New Jersey and Chairman of the Executive Committee for the United States Judicial Conference. In 2014, Mr. Hughes ran for Congress in NJ-2, a seat previously held by his father.

Mr. Hughes holds a LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School – Camden, a M.A. from the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Public Policy at Rutgers University, and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College. He is a member of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC bars. Hughes is a resident of Northfield, New Jersey. 

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Porzio Welcomes Associate Rahil Darbar to the Litigation Team

12/12/2016| News

Porzio is pleased to welcome associate Rahil Darbar to the Litigation Team.

Rahil focuses on commercial, construction defect and personal injury litigation. He has defended depositions and argued discovery and dispositive motions in New Jersey Superior Courts, New York Supreme Courts, and Federal District Courts. Clients have ranged from the banking, telecommunications, hotel and healthcare industries, and from a Fortune 500 company to individuals.

Rahil received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and History from Lehigh University in 2007. He is fluent in Gujarati and Hindi.

NJ Supreme Court Releases Opinion in Favor of Porzio's Argument on Behalf of the NJ State Bar Association

6/23/2016| News

On June 23, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court released its opinion in Mortgage Grader, Inc. v. Ward & Olivo, siding with the arguments advanced by Porzio counsel, Peter J. Gallagher, on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), who appeared as amicus curiae

The question on appeal was whether a partner in a law firm practicing as an LLP loses the liability protections normally afforded to partners in LLPs if the LLP fails to maintain professional liability insurance as required under Rule 1:21-1C(a)(3). During his oral argument, Mr. Gallagher asserted that, “there's no scenario under the Uniform Partnership Act, or even the spirit of it, that would allow for what the trial court did here.” For video of the oral arguments, click here. (Mr. Gallagher's argument begins at minute 53.) 

In its decision, the Court agreed, holding that the insurance requirement for LLPs under the Court Rules does not extend to a firm's windup period, and that there is no requirement that an LLP purchase tail insurance once it ceases to do business. The Court also agreed that the trial court did not have the authority to convert an LLP to a general partnership. 

Justice Albin dissented, suggesting that the Court Rules be amended to put attorneys on notice that an LLP will lose its liability protection if its does not meet the insurance requirements, and requiring LLPs to purchase tail insurance for six years following their dissolution. 

To read the full Court opinion, please click here

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Porzio Litigation Team Helps Erase $9 Million Dollar Damages Verdict

3/9/2016| News

An eight year-old lawsuit, carrying a potential $9 million damages verdict against New Jersey State Police and South Jersey Transportation Authority, has been dismissed on summary judgment.  

On January 19, 2015, in Henebema v. South Jersey Transportation Authority, et al., Docket No. ATL-L-964-07, Eli S. Scheiman of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. ("Porzio"), along with attorneys from Gass Weber Mullins LLC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing a lawsuit against two public entity defendants, South Jersey Transportation Authority and New Jersey State Police, along with a $9 million damages verdict.

The Porzio team was led by attorney Eli S. Scheiman, counsel, with assistance from Justice James H. Coleman, Jr. and Judge Maurice J. Gallipoli, both Of Counsel to Porzio.

To learn more about the case, please click here.

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Porzio's Litigation Practice Profiled by New Jersey Law Journal

11/15/2016| News

Porzio's Litigation practice is profiled in the New Jersey Law Journal article, "Even After 'Metamorphosis,' Litigation Still Central to Porzio," by David Gialanella. 

The article focuses on the team's evolution from primarily asbestos litigators to that of a diverse and more robust department.

Diane F. Averell and Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr. co-chair Porzio's Litigation Department. According to Mr. Gagliardi, "The metamorphosis has been, even when the firm was riding the crest of asbestos defense work, the leaders of the firm were astute enough to diversify." The expansion of several practice areas, including bankruptcy, education law, intellectual property and real estate, added to the firm's portfolio while still keeping litigation at its core. 

Although clients tend to want to avoid litigation, Mr. Gagliardi points out that having a team with substantial litigation experience is even more valuable. "The experience you have as a litigator makes you a better lawyer for counseling your clients. You're better at it, because you've seen the way things can go wrong."

The full article was published by the New Jersey Law Journal. Subscribers may read the full article here.