Where do you begin to find a super lawyer, or just an ordinary attorney who can relate to your particular legal need? As the article at left explains, no fewer than three surveys list top lawyers in their respective fields, and the county bar associations also offer lawyer referral services.
Below are U.S. 1’s "Top Legal Guns," based on Princeton-area firms included in the annual Super Lawyer survey conducted by Law & Politics magazine (www.superlawyers.com), and others that responded to the invitation of our advertising department to showcase their expertise, accompishments, and personal and professional interests in this special section. An asterisk (*) indicates the attorney was named a Super Lawyer for 2005 (www.princetoninfo.com/200506/50608c02.html)
Archer & Greiner
Archer & Greiner PC, 700 Alexander Park, Suite 102, Princeton 08540. 609-580-3700; fax, 609-580-0051. Home page: www.archerlaw.com
Neal L. Schonhaut *, managing partner of Princeton office. Certified by New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Trial Attorney since 1990, a designation held by two percent of New Jersey lawyers. Areas of Interest: Labor and Employment Law; Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury due to harassment, job termination, medical malpractice, or accidents.
Significant Cases: $4.6 million verdict in medical malpractice case representing the estate of woman who suffered paralysis and later death from complications caused by anesthesia during surgery. $5.5 million wrongful death settlement for a widow with four children who lost husband and father in motor vehicle accident.
Frank P. Reiche *, Member of Taxation Sections of American and New Jersey State Bar Associations; Fellow of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC); served as ACTEC Chairman from 1995 to 2000; current member of ACTEC Board of Regents; appointed FEC commissioner by President Carter in 1979 and served as Chairman in 1982.
Areas of Interest: Estates and Trusts; concentrates in estate planning and charitable giving with emphasis on planned gifts.
Glenn A. Bergenfield PC*, 212 Carnegie Center, Suite 106, Princeton 08540. 609-951-0088; fax, 609-951-9111. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Home page: www.legalmalpractice-nj.com
Johns Hopkins, 1974; University of Oregon, 1980. Recognized by N.J. Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. Teaches at Institute of Continuing Legal Education, including trial skills for new lawyers. Lectures to lawyers about avoiding becoming a defendant; frequent commentator on Court TV.
Areas of Interest: Legal Malpractice. Pursues negligence suits against other lawyers. Accepts referrals from other attorneys who don’t typically handle particular types of cases, under a referral system. Has sued organizations as large as Fannie Mae, Goodyear, and the New Jersey State Division on Civil Rights.
Significant Cases: Connell Foley & Geiser v. Israel Travel Advisory Service, 2005; Ponden v. Ponden, 2004; Profit Sharing Trust for Marprowear Corp. v. Lampf, Lipkind, Prupis, Petigrow & Labue, 1993.
Professional Accomplishments: Has won million dollar cases and settled larger ones. Taught law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Worked for Federal Trade Commission for two years on the council on wage and price stability. Served as Deputy Attorney General fighting organized crime and political corruption. Established a general, trial-oriented practice in 1983, handling divorce cases, complex commercial closings, and personal injury cases for plaintiffs, in both state and federal courts.
Buchanan Ingersoll PC, 700 Alexander Park, Suite 300, Princeton NJ 08540-6635. 609-987-6800; fax, 609-520-0360. E-mail: email@example.com. Home page: www.buchananingersoll.com
Peter P. Ackourey, shareholder in the Princeton and Philadelphia offices of Buchanan Ingersoll PC. Member of the firm’s Financial Services and Real Estate Sections, with practice focused on structuring, negotiating, and documenting commercial loan transactions and other credit accommodations. Member of the American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Philadelphia Bar Associations. University of Scranton, 1974; Harvard University Law School, 1977.
Significant cases: The agent in a $1.4 billion syndicated senior secured credit facility to a health care company; the agent in a $400 million financing for a manufacturer of precision equipment; an agent in a $200 million revolving credit and term loan facility to a manufacturer of women’s apparel; and the agent in a $127 million term loan and revolving credit facility to a radio broadcasting company. Ackourey also has experience in representing businesses in financing transactions and in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts with vendors and customers. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania andNew Jersey.
Dale E. Console, Attorney at Law PC, 4478 Route 27, Suite 102, Box 363, Kingston 08528-0363. 609-683-0003; fax, 609-683-3930. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dale E. Console *, Kirkland College, 1974; Rutgers Camden Law School, 1985. Fellow American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Certified by New Jersey Supreme Court as Matrimonial Law Attorney.
Areas of Interest: Family Law – Trial & Appellate.
Significant Cases: Prevailing party in seven published decisions, including four in the N.J. Supreme Court. Most notable (all Supreme Court): Crews v. Crews (alimony), 2000; Caplan v. Caplan (child support), 2005; Mani v. Mani (marital fault), 2005.
Most satisfying accomplishment: Obtaining a just & fair result forevery client.
Hanan M. Isaacs PC, 601 Ewing Street, Suite C-12, Princeton Professional Park, Princeton 08540. 609-683-7400; fax, 609-921-8982. E-mail: email@example.com. Home page: www.hananisaacs.com
Rutgers College, with honors, 1975. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with honors, 1979. ABA; Mercer County Bar; NJSBA – ADR Practitioner of the Year, 1999, General Practitioner of the Year,1994.
Areas of Interest: Employment Litigation; Family Law; Federal Practice; Criminal Law; Municipal Court; Personal Injury; Civil and Family Mediation.
Significant Cases: Matter of Felmeister (1986); Isaacson v. Isaacson (2002); Lerner v. Laufer (2003). Most interesting: Ryan v. FAA (2004). Most Satisfying Accomplishment: Raising two young sons, Stuart (11) and Joshua (8), while conducting a very active law & mediation practice, teaching mediation ethics, writing, and public speaking.
Maselli Warren PC, 600 Alexander Road, First Floor, Princeton 08540. 609-452-8411; fax, 609-452-8422. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Home page: www.maselliwarren.com
Perry S. Warren *, Colgate University, 1984. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1993. Member of Board of Directors of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization, New Jersey Chapter. Recently attended the Global Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., joining leading entrepreneurs from around the world.
Areas of interest: Client-service focused general practice law serving individual and business clients throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Maselli Warren PC has helped its clients achieve successful results, in and out of court, in the areas of business and commercial litigation, commercial and residential real estate transactions, litigation, and personal and business bankruptcy. With the opening of a new satellite office in Hamilton, Maselli Warren PC has expanded its practice to include divorce, family, and matrimonial law.
Pro bono work: Serving on the vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Newtown, Pennsylvania, where he also is the delegate to the Diocesan Convention. Treasurer of the Compassionate Friends, Mercer Area Chapter.
Personal: Perry and his wife, Liz, a Princeton native, have five children and are involved in numerous school and community activities. Perry has competed in three marathons and four half-marathons in the past nine months.
Mathews, Shepherd et al
Mathews, Shepherd, McKay & Bruneau PA, 100 Thanet Circle, Suite 306, Princeton 08540-3674. 609-924-8555; fax, 609-924-3036. E-mail: email@example.com. Home page: www.mathewslaw.com
Brooks R. Bruneau, Colgate University, 1986. Penn State – the Dickinson School of Law, 1990. Member, International Trademark Association.
Areas of interest: Trademark clearance, registration, and litigation. Significant cases: ALK Associates vs. Multimodal App. Sys (276 N.J. Super 310), trade secret litigation, cited in the New Jersey Court Rules (Rule 4:10-3).
Most satisfying professional accomplishment: Satisfying a client’s adamant wish to end a lawsuit without trial, where it was a defendant being sued by a competitor, by negotiating a settlement agreement that allowed the client to return to focusing on business and guarded against possible future lawsuits by the same competitor.
Miller & Mitchell
Miller & Mitchell PC, 134 Nassau Street, Second Floor, Princeton 08540. 609-921-3322; fax, 609-921-0459. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Home page: www.millermitchell.com.
Richard M. Miller *, Brooklyn College – City University of New York, 1973. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976. Member New Jersey and New York State Banking Association.
Areas of Interest: Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Commerce Transactions.
Significant Transactions: Developed Prince into worldwide brand that resulted in successful sale to Benetton. Served as counsel to numerous clients in mergers and acquisitions, including a software application provider acquired by a subsidiary of Microsoft.
Pro bono work: Member of Rotary International.
Most satisfying personal accomplishment: Four beautiful children.
Siegel & Siegel
Siegel & Siegel PC, 666 Plainsboro Road, Building 100, Suite F, Plainsboro 18536. 609-799-6066; fax, 609-799-6225. Email: LawSiegel@aol.com.
Gerald D. Siegel, Ohio University, B.A. Cum Laude in government, 1975; J.D., Vermont Law School, 1978. Admitted to practice law in New Jersey State and United States District Courts for New Jersey as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Member: Middlesex County Bar Association, Middlesex County Civil Lawyer’s Committee and Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Approved by the Superior Court as an Arbitrator for Personal Injury Lawsuits in Mercer and Middlesex Counties. Private Mediator of Personal Injury Lawsuits. Nominated to the Middlesex County Ethics Committee. Public Defender, Plainsboro Township 1989-1991.
Significant case: "Early in my career, I defended a young man from the inner city who was falsely accused of theft and possession of narcotics. I tried the case and he was found not guilty. When I told him he won, he could not believe it. He told me he had never won anything in his life. This poignant moment made me understand the value of a lawyer’s role in keeping the playing field level."
Personal accomplishment: Being married to the same woman for 28 years and raising three nice children.
Stark & Stark
Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building Two, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-896-9060; fax, 609-896-0629. E-mail: email@example.com. Home page: www.stark-stark.com
David M. Botwinick *, Southern Methodist University, 1964; American University, Washington College of Law, 1969.
Donald B. Brenner *, State University of New York at Albany, 1979; Rutgers University School of Law, 1982.
Vicki W. Beyer *, University of Iowa, 1988; New York Law School, 1992.
Robert M. Capuano *, Princeton University, 1973; Georgetown University Law Center, 1976.
Robert J. Durst *, Gettysburg College, 1964; Villanova University School of Law, 1967.
Paul N. Daly *, St. Joseph’s University, 1980; Widener University School of Law, 1983.
John S. Eory *, Temple University, 1970; Temple University, E. Beasley School of Law, 1975.
Steven L. Friedman *, Rider University, 1975; Western New England College School of Law, 1978.
Kevin M. Hart *, Rutgers University, 1975; Seton Hall University School of Law, 1978.
Craig S. Hilliard *, Rutgers College, 1985; Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, 1988.
Maria P. Imbalzano *, Rutgers University, 1976; Fordham University School of Law, 1983.
Thomas B. Lewis *, Villanova University, 1984; St. Louis School of Law, 1987.
Frank Orbach *, Clark University, 1974; Rutgers University School of Law, 1981.
John A. Sakson *, Fairfield University, 1975; Seton Hall University School of Law, 1978.
Allen M. Silk *, Pennsylvania State University, 1969; Villanova University School of Law, 1973.
Albert M. Stark *, Dartmouth College, 1960; University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1963.
Bruce H. Stern *, Duke University, 1977; Rutgers University School of Law, 1981.
Synnestvedt Lechner & Woodbridge
Synnestvedt Lechner & Woodbridge LLP, 112 Nassau Street, Box 592, Princeton 08542-0592. 609-924-3773; fax, 609-924-1811. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Home page: www.synnlech.com
Richard C. Woodbridge *, Princeton University, 1965; George Washington University Law School. 1971. Cavalliere De’Ordine Al Merito, Della Republica Italiano.
Areas of interest: Patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Significant decisions: H.W. Wilson vs. Princeton Microfilm, which caused the demise of common law copyright. "In the late 1970s, Princeton Microfilm was sued by the H.W. Wilson Company for taking some old volumes of their publication and putting all the "A" together, "B" etc. in separate volumes," says Woodbridge. "For whatever reason, the H.W. Wilson company did not register its copyright rights with the US Copyright Office or put conventional copyright notices in their publications but, instead, relied on their common law copyright. However, we argued that Common Law copyright was effectively eliminated under the Copyright Act of 1976 (effective 1978). This was the first major case to take the position that common law copyright was no longer good law."
Pro bono work: The Princeton Pettoranello Foundation.
Most satisfying personal accomplishments: Serving as Mayor of Princeton Township, 1991 and 1992.
Szaferman Lakind et al
Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein, Blader & Lehmann PC, 101 Grovers Mill Road, Quakerbridge Executive Center, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-275-0400; fax, 609-275-4511. E-mail: email@example.com. Home page: www.szaferman.com
Barry D. Szaferman *, Rutgers University Law School, 1973. Managing Partner, started firm with founding shareholders Arthur Lakind and Jeffrey Blumstein, 1977, one of the largest law firms in Mercer County. Served as Mercer County Counsel and General Counsel to Mercer County Improvement Authority; Past President of the Mercer County Bar Association and the Mercer County Bar Foundation; selected in 2001 as Mercer County Professional Lawyer of the Year; Blue Ribbon Panelist on Mercer County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel.
Areas of Interest: Complex matrimonial litigation and business transactions; commercial real estate acquisitions and financing, loan workouts, and land use applications for real estate developers.
Significant cases: Represented families with assets ranging from $100,000 to $50 million.
Arnold C. Lakind *, Harvard Law School, 1973. A founding shareholder, he has served as Trustee of Mercer County Bar Association, a member of the Board of Editors of the New Jersey Lawyer Newspaper, and Executive Director of the Mercer County American Inn of Court. Served as Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Personnel from 1973 to 1977.
Areas of Interest: Commercial, Environmental and Land Use Litigation.
Significant Cases: Instrumental in obtaining damages in Ayers V. Jackson Township, the Supreme Court’s seminal case on the types of damages recoverable by individuals exposed to toxic chemicals.
Personal Accomplishment: Over 30 reported judicial decisions including landmark cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Sidney H. Lehman *, Columbia University, 1971.
Areas of Interest: Labor and Employment Practice, focusing on collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and affirmative action. Named one of NJ’s top Labor and Employment Lawyers, March 2003 issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine, as well as the 2003-2004, 2005-2006 editions of the Best Lawyers in America. Has taught courses as a co-adjutant professional at Rutgers Graduate School of Labor Relations.
Significant cases: Successfully argued several landmark labor cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Represented many public employee unions, as well as individual employees, throughout the state. Hired in the original group of attorneys at the creation of the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate.
Craig J. Hubert *, B.A. from University of Wisconsin; Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. President of Mercer County Bar Association, 2005. 2004 Mercer County American Inn of Court Attorney of the Year; Certified Civil Trial Attorney and Criminal Trial Attorney by New Jersey Supreme Court.
Areas of Interest: Personal injury; complex litigation involving auto accidents, nursing home negligence, unsafe premises, and victims of criminal acts.
Personal Accomplishments: Has argued two cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Served as Law Clerk for Mercer County Superior Court Presiding Judge Honorable Neil H. Shuster, and trial attorney for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Currently Municipal Prosecutor for Pennington Borough.
Jeffrey K. Epstein *, Touro State College of Law, 1984. Member of the Law Review; State Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney; Fellow and Accredited Mediator of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer; Accredited Mediator by ICLE.
Areas of Interest: Family Law, including negotiation and trial practice of major matrimonial litigation, including divorce, custody cases, post-judgment litigation, property settlement, ante-nuptial agreements, divorce mediation and arbitration.
Significant Accomplishments: Served on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar; Blue Ribbon Panelist for Mercer County Early Settlement Program; featured presenter for the annual case law review before the Middlesex County Bar Association; lecturer for New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
Jerome A. Ballarotto *, Seton Hall Law School, 1979.
Areas of Interest: Criminal Law including criminal, administrative and regulatory defense; Internal and External Corporate Investigations. Significant Cases: Has represented clients in over 100 state and federal trials, including several multi-defendant RICO prosecutions and two death penalty cases in New Jersey. He was Assistant Prosecutor in Essex County, and as a Deputy Attorney General, acted as Legal Counsel to state agencies, including the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Served four years as a Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service providing protection for the President and Vice President, as well as conducting criminal investigations of counterfeiting of U.S. and foreign obligations, and intelligence investigations.