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Porzio Congratulates Scott Chambers and Richard Oparil for their Inclusion in 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers Rankings

4/24/2017| News

Porzio is pleased to announce that principals Scott A.M. Chambers, PhD and Richard J. Oparil have been recognized by Washington DC Super Lawyers 2017. Both attorneys are members of the firm's Intellectual Property Department. 

Dr. Scott Chambers concentrates his practice in all areas of patent law, including licensing, patent infringement and validity issues, patent prosecution, patent term extensions under Hatch Waxman and client counseling. He is a skilled litigator who represents clients in federal courts and before government agencies, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Federal Trade Commission and the International Trade Commission.

Richard Oparil has 30 years of experience representing clients before federal courts, agencies and Congress. He has represented companies across numerous industries in patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secrets, trade regulation and other complex litigation at the trial and appellate levels and before the International Trade Commission. He has extensive experience in technology licensing, counseling and due diligence matters. 

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Porzio Principals Bill Krais and John Mairo Selected to the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 List

4/10/2017| News

Porzio proudly congratulates principals William (Bill) A. Krais and John S. Mairo on their selection to the New Jersey Super Lawyers 2017 Top 100 list. 

Bill handles a wide variety of medical malpractice and serious personal injury cases, including cases involving babies injured during childbirth, orthopedic injuries, delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical errors, traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and those injured in accidents. In addition to representing victims of serious personal injuries, he also counsels attorneys in respect to issues of legal ethics. Bill is also a former chair of the District X Attorney Ethics Committee, has carried out multiple appointments by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve as a Special Ethics Master, and is a requested speaker nationwide at seminars addressing attorney ethics. Bill has been recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list annually since 2012.

John concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, workouts, financial reorganizations and creditors’ rights. He is certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board Of Certification and received the highest rating by his peers in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. In addition, John successfully completed the INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Course and is recognized as an INSOL International Fellow. He was named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2009, and has been recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list annually since 2010. 

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Each year, the research team undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

To view the complete list and to learn more about Super Lawyers and the selection process, please click here.

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Congratulations to 20 Porzio Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers Rankings

3/14/2017| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. is pleased to announce that 16 firm attorneys have been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers 2017 and 4 firm attorneys have been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers - Rising Stars 2017.

The lists will appear in New Jersey Super Lawyers 2017 magazine and on SuperLawyers.com. 

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Porzio Names Its First Director of Knowledge and Legal Process Solutions

4/3/2017| News

Effective April 24, 2017, Paul C. Wittekind has been named Porzio's first Director of Knowledge and Legal Process Solutions.

Mr. Wittekind has worked at Porzio for over 30 years. He started as a summer paralegal intern, transitioned to a paralegal, and ultimately assumed the role of Director of Information Technology. He has been instrumental in building Porzio's IT department as the firm has grown and expanded into offices throughout the East Coast. 

This new position will capitalize on Mr. Wittekind's extensive legal and technology knowledge. As the Director of Knowledge and Legal Process Solutions, he will partner with the law firm and its subsidiaries to build, leverage and promote knowledge management so that work product and processes can be shared throughout the Porzio family of companies. He will work closely with the firm management and practice groups to assist with data analytics, legal pricing, and the efficient and effective delivery of legal services. Additionally, he will conduct targeted legal and market research to help to expand client offerings, products and services. Mr. Wittekind's expanded responsibilities are important to differentiate Porzio and maintain our competitive advantage. 

We look forward to Mr. Wittekind's continued contributions to the firm and its clients. 

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Of Counsel Robert Ferri is Named Porzio's First General Counsel

4/3/2017| News

Porzio Of Counsel Robert (Bob) Ferri has been named the firm's first General Counsel. As the firm continues to grow in both clients and services, the need for a formal General Counsel role has become more apparent. Mr. Ferri has been, and continues to serve as, general counsel to Porzio Life Sciences, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the firm. He also serves as co-chair of Porzio's Corporate, Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions department. 

Before joining Porzio, Mr. Ferri served as general counsel to ASARCO, once a Fortune 100 company. He has extensive experience in general corporate law, corporate transactions, securities law and litigation, corporate governance, antitrust counseling, investigations and compliance. He has counseled and performed investigations for corporate boards and special committees regarding various compliance-related matters.

Mr. Ferri has handled the corporate affairs of the firm for several years. Porzio is proud to benefit from his continued guidance and counsel. 

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Gagliardi Rises to Managing Principal at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.

3/1/2017| News

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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The Honorable James H. Coleman, Jr. Honored with New Jersey Law Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award

4/26/2016| News

It is with great pride that Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. (Porzio) announces that The Honorable James H. Coleman, Jr., Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court (Ret) and Of Counsel to the firm, has been named a recipient of the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award recognizes those who have helped to shape the law in New Jersey.

During a lifelong quest for justice, Justice Coleman's contributions to the cause of racial and social justice are immeasurable. Born in 1933 in segregated Lawrenceville, Virginia, Justice Coleman overcame great odds to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia State College and his Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law. In 1978 he was appointed to the New Jersey Superior Court,  Law Division and in 1981, the Appellate Division. In 1994 he was sworn in as the first African-American New Jersey Supreme Court Justice.

Justice Coleman has authored numerous opinions that helped to break down the barriers of segregation. In State of New Jersey v. Gilmore, he authored the Appellate Division opinion which struck down the indiscriminate exclusion of racial minorities from serving on juries. He also authored the Supreme Court decision which concluded that a special jury charge regarding the unreliability of cross-racial identification was required in cases that involved cross-racial eyewitness identification.

Among the most recent of his numerous honors, Justice Coleman was recognized by Best Lawyers in America as the 2015 Newark Best Lawyers Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, and was nominated to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He is the inaugural recipient of the Governor Kean Award for Commitment to People in Poverty, and the 2014 recipient of the Justice Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence. He is also a recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association Medal of Honor.

Justice Coleman will be honored by NJLJ during their Professional Excellence Awards dinner on June 15, 2016 at the Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey.

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Porzio Congratulates Kerri Wright on her Selection to New Jersey Law Journal's "2016 New Leaders of the Bar" List

4/26/2016| News

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. 

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Porzio Principal Roy Cohen Takes Office as Vice-Chair of the ABA Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section

8/8/2016| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. (Porzio) principal, Roy Alan Cohen, was elected and took office as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) at its Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Mr. Cohen will become Chair-Elect in August 2017, and Chair of the Section in August 2018, and will serve as Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and Co-Chair the Membership Committee of the organization over the next year. 

Mr. Cohen is a senior trial lawyer with over 37 years of experience litigating and trying a wide variety of product liability, toxic tort, construction, environmental contamination, professional liability, premises liability, automotive and trucking, class action, and business litigation matters. He leads trial teams in New Jersey and New York, often working collaboratively with other lawyers around the country as a virtual law firm. Mr. Cohen serves as national, regional and local counsel to foreign and domestic clients and their lawyers and is outside general counsel to a number of companies. He has been recognized by peers in numerous professional organizations in which he has served, including as Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Toxic and Hazardous Substances Committee, Chair of the ABA TIPS Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee, and Products Liability Committee, CLE Board, and Task Force on Corporate Counsel Involvement, and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort Section. He is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Trucking Industry Defense Association. Roy has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Top Attorneys in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly, and in New Jersey Super Lawyers in various categories, has been certified and recertified six times since 1987 by the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Trial Certification as a Civil Trial Attorney, and is a frequent author and lecturer on litigation and trial subjects.

TIPS is one of the largest sections in the ABA and brings together almost 20,000 lawyers, judges, law students and non-lawyers in the areas of tort law, trial practice, and insurance-related matters. It is the only organization of its kind, bringing together the nation’s top plaintiff and defense attorneys, corporate legal decision-makers and in-house counsel, the judiciary, government lawyers and many others with relevant interest. TIPS has long been known for thought leadership and the presentation of leading national CLE programs in its areas of concentration. Those programs range widely, from Aviation to Trucking Litigation to Motor Vehicle Product Liability, Toxic Torts and Fidelity & Surety Law, to name a few, and are presented by many of the 31 TIPS general substantive law committees. These programs are often industry events, commensurate with TIPS stature in the legal community. 

For more information about the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, please click here.

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Porzio Recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as a "Litigation Department of the Year"

9/16/2016| News

Porzio is proud to announce that the firm's Litigation Team has been recognized as one of the "2016 Litigation Departments of the Year" by the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ). Porzio was selected as a standout among entries for small firms for General Litigation. 

Porzio's Litigation Team offers extraordinary depth of trial experience and exceptional case management skills in complex and smaller cases alike. The team boasts seasoned trial lawyers, many of whom are Certified Civil Trial Attorneys by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Additionally, our attorneys hold leadership roles not only statewide, but in nationwide organizations as well, and are widely recognized and celebrated for their service.

Our Litigation Team exercises the flexibility to develop tailored processes to maximize efficiency for each unique matter, while at the same time partnering with our clients to share risk through value-based pricing models. 

Submissions were considered based on each firm's success record and recent influential cases, then ultimately selected by NJLJ's editorial staff. To see the full list of firms and to learn more about NJLJ's selection process, please click here.

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Porzio Ranked on 2016 NJBiz Top 250 Private Companies List

8/29/2016| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman (Porzio) has been named to the inaugural NJBiz Top 250 Private Companies list, which appeared in the August 29, 2016 issue of NJBIZ. Porzio is listed as #192 in the state, as determined by company revenue. 

Founded in 1962, Porzio is a cutting-edge law firm representing a wide variety of industry sectors. With over 80 lawyers throughout offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Morristown and Princeton, NJ and Westborough, MA, the firm is committed to serving clients, providing high quality work and achieving results. Porzio provides a broad array of litigation, corporate, transactional and counseling services to clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals to public entities.

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Nineteen Porzio Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, 2017

8/15/2016| News

Porzio is pleased to announce that 19 firm attorneys, in 18 practice areas, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2017 edition.

In addition, The Best Lawyers in America 2017 recognized Justice James H. Coleman, Jr. as the Newark area Lawyer of the Year for Mediation and Charles E. Falk as the Newark area Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates.

Porzio Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, 2017:

Principals

  • Timothy L. Barnes - Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Steven P. Benenson - Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Roy Alan Cohen - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr. - Education Law; Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • William A. Krais - Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs; 
  • John S. Mairo - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Warren J. Martin Jr. - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Stephen C. Matthews - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Brett S. Moore - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Eric L. Probst - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Michael L. Rich - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Litigation - Real Estate
  • Robert M. Schechter - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Robert G. Shepherd - Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Thomas Spiesman - Environmental Law
  • Charles J. Stoia  - Commercial Litigation

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Porzio Recognized on Vault's 2017 "Top 150 Under 150" Law Firm List

7/29/2016| News

The law firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. (Porzio) has been recognized on the Vault 2017 Top 150 Under 150 list. This distinction was created to give credit to outstanding law firms with fewer than 150 attorneys, but with a reputation and results to rival the global megafirms. 

Founded in 1962, Porzio is a cutting-edge firm representing a wide variety of industry sectors. With 90 lawyers throughout offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Morristown and Princeton, NJ and Westborough, MA, the firm is committed to serving clients, providing high quality work and achieving results. Porzio provides a broad array of litigation, corporate, transactional and counseling services to clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals to public entities.  

Vault provides insight on the workings of a variety of industries and professions, and offers rankings and ratings on thousands of top employers. To determine the Top 150 Under 150, Vault's editorial and research teams examined survey data, news stories and legal publications, and conferred with lawyers throughout the industry. Firms were considered for characteristics such as prestige, quality of life and professional growth opportunities.

To view the full list of firms and to learn more about Vault's methodology, please click here.

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Porzio Named Top "Notable Smaller Firm" in Life Sciences Law Firm Index

1/18/2016| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. is honored to be recognized as the top "Notable Smaller Firm" in the inaugural edition of the Life Sciences Law Firm Index, created by Lake Whillans and Breaking Media.

In the Index, it is noted that "Porzio’s diverse life sciences practice demonstrates that sophisticated transactional, regulatory and compliance services throughout a company life cycle are not exclusive to the legal industry’s Goliaths."

The Index was created to identify the most active and relevant law firms for life science companies.  Data was collected regarding firms' corporate, intellectual property and regulatory practice areas, in addition to their work with life science startup companies.

Lake Whillans is a litigation finance and distressed venture capital firm based in in New York City; Breaking Media is the publisher of MedCity News and Above the Law.

To read the full Life Sciences Law Firm Index results, please click here.

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Four Porzio Attorneys Recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, 2016

9/21/2016| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. is pleased to announce that two firm attorneys have been recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers 2016 and two firm attorneys have been recognized by New York Metro Rising Stars 2016

New York Metro Super Lawyers 2016

Principal
Gary M. Fellner – Business Litigation

Counsel
Allan I. Young – General Litigation

New York Metro Rising Stars 2016

Counsel
Michael J. Naporano – Mergers & Acquisitions

Associate
Emre M. Polat - Employment & Labor

 

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check. For additional information about Super Lawyers and its selection process, please click here.

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.