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Meet The Attorneys – Frank Hari Reimers

We are excited to introduce Mr. Reimers, a highly accomplished attorney with an illustrious career in insurance defense litigation. Graduating magna cum laude from Boston College and Rutgers University Law School, Mr. Reimers has been a prominent figure in the legal field for many years. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1973 and served as a Law Secretary to the Honorable William O. Consodine. Mr. Reimers entered private practice in 1973 and has since dedicated his professional career to insurance defense litigation. He is experienced in handling trial and appellate cases in both the Superior Court and Federal...

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Meet The Attorneys – Thomas H. Sullivan, AEP

We are delighted to present Thomas H. Sullivan, AEP, a highly esteemed attorney with extensive expertise in estate and trust planning and administration. Graduating from Georgetown University and Seton Hall University School of Law, Mr. Sullivan was admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey in 1970 and practices before the New Jersey Division of Taxation and many of New Jersey's Probate Courts as well as the New Jersey Superior Court and Supreme Court. Excellence in the Field of Estate Planning Thomas holds the prestigious "Accredited Estate Planner" designation of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, showcasing his dedication...

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Meet The Attorneys – John Badagliacca

We are excited to introduce Mr. John Badagliacca, a highly accomplished attorney with extensive experience in litigation and employment law matters. A graduate of Fordham University and Seton Hall University School of Law, Mr. Badagliacca's legal journey began with a one-year clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey under the guidance of the Honorable Joseph J. Salerno, J.S.C. He joined our firm in 1987 and has since devoted the majority of his practice to representing defendants in employment law, professional liability, premises liability matters, and insurance carriers on insurance coverage issues. A Dedicated Litigation Attorney Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Badagliacca...

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A Call For Information Regarding Assistive Technology

Over the past years I have had the privilege of defending/representing a variety of nationwide and New Jersey schools/districts, universities, educators, employers (including lawyers/law firms and health care institutions) and working with the judiciary in dealing with hearings and trials and disabilities. [caption id="attachment_3780" align="alignright" width="300"] Assistive Technology: What Every Educator Needs To Know, by Brian S. Friedlander, PhD[/caption] As someone with a long time hearing disability I have always been interested in how best to use tools and assistive methodologies and technologies as an educator/institution or as an employer - and especially in the difficult backdrop of being a Judge or...

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Meet The Attorneys – Scott Murphy

Meet Scott Murphy, an experienced legal counsellor, General Counsel, claims manager, legal department manager, risk and underwriting specialist and local/regional or national litigation attorney in areas of practice including construction defect litigation, class action litigation, employment/FCA and labor litigation, financial lines and FDCPA litigation, general liability cases, hotel/motel/resort litigation, equipment and products liability litigation, combustion/detonation/deflagration/explosion and fire cases including clothing fire cases, premises liability litigation, professional liability litigation, recreational and amusement park litigation as well as sophisticated insurance/self-insurance/JIFF program disputes. A Wealth of Experience With active licenses in California and New Jersey and with extensive litigation experiences across the nation, Scott is...

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Meet The Attorneys – Richard Garofalo

We are excited to introduce Richard Garofalo as a dedicated Principal Lawyer at our esteemed firm in Roseland, New Jersey. With over three decades of experience as an attorney, Richard has honed his expertise in various areas of litigation, including Family law, Civil litigation in the State and Federal Courts, Construction Litigation, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, and employment law, among other practice areas. Richard Garofalo Puts Clients First Mr. Garofalo's extensive expertise in litigation allows him to provide exceptional representation to his clients. He believes in direct communication, ensuring that his clients fully understand all legal issues to empower them to...

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Computers, Servers and Clouds: Law Firms Surviving In the Wonderland Age of Computers, COVID, Subscriptions and Cyber Risk

Managing a defense litigation firm has always been challenging - often leaving me with a feeling that I was walking along the Yellow Brick Road in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. I remember being in my offices in West Lake Village, North Hollywood, Irvine and Woodland Hills arguing with staff, lawyers and partners about the transition from typewriters to memory typewriters and then large floppy disks to small floppy disks. Change is always difficult. Those same feelings resurfaced when we were discussing our limited in-house and on-site servers and whether to go to a cloud network - prior to COVID....

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Claims of Unintentional and Intentional Conduct – Deny Coverage or Defend Upon Reservation of Rights?


What options are available to an insurer faced with overlapping allegations of intentional and negligent conduct?  Certainly it is not a new issue as attorneys representing injured parties have long attempted to plead in such fashion as to trigger coverage.  But, notwithstanding existing precedents, insurer responses to such cases are frequently not consistent with their obligations under the insurance contract and open insurers to claims of bad faith and attorneys’ fees. More than thirty (30) years ago the New Jersey Supreme Court decided the case of Voorhees v. Preferred Mut. Ins. Co., 128 N.J. 165 (1992).  There, the Court addressed an...

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