Monthly Archives: November 2013

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ERIC POLISHOOK

Eric has significant experience defending all types of professionals – including attorneys, architects, engineers, medical professionals, nursing homes and insurance professionals – in the New York and New Jersey courts. He also has extensive experience in representing insurers in coverage actions and defending contractors, developers, manufacturers and businesses in complex personal injury, property damage, product liability and construction matters.

While at Cardozo Law School, Eric clerked for the Honorable Charles Ramos, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, and participated in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program conducted by Professor Barry Scheck. At Tufts, he served as the sole intern for the President of the University, was the Sports Editor for the Tufts Daily, studied at City University in London, England and was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

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PETAR KURIDZA

Pete focuses his practice on the defense of complex professional liability, personal injury and employment law matters in the state and federal courts of New Jersey. He has substantial experience in handling all phases of litigation and is an experienced courtroom advocate. He is also well-versed in defending attorneys in ethics matters.

Prior to the joining the firm, Pete was an Assistant Prosecutor in Hudson County. As a prosecutor, he handled a variety of complex criminal cases, including homicides, and tried a number of cases to verdict. Pete regularly leverages his significant courtroom and trial experience as a prosecutor to assist and defend firm clients in criminal and municipal matters.

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JOSHUA A. HEINES

Josh has extensive experience in, and dedicates the majority of his practice to, advocating on behalf of professionals, including attorneys, architects, engineers, doctors, and insurance producers, from the filing of an Answer through trial.  He has also defended clients in significant and complex commercial, personal injury, and employment litigation throughout state and federal court in New Jersey.

In addition, Josh is a skilled appellate advocate achieving successful results in matters before the Appellate Division and Supreme Court of New Jersey as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

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KATHLEEN A. HART

Kathleen dedicates her practices to defending workers’ compensation matters. She regularly handles all types of workers’ compensation claims through trial and on appeal.

In addition, Kathleen also has extensive experience in all facets of the litigation process. She has not only defended clients in Division of Workers’ Compensation, but also in various venues, including the municipal, state and federal courts of New Jersey. She has tried cases through verdict in the state courts of New York and New Jersey and before the Division of Worker’s Compensation. She has also argued before the Appellate Division of New Jersey and successfully opposed a Petition for Certification before the New Jersey Supreme Court in the matter Ferraro v. Pepsi Cola, Inc., 205 N.J. 99, 13 A. 2d 362 (2011).

Prior to joining the firm, Kathleen worked as staff counsel for a major insurer. She also previously worked for a defense firm where she represented clients in workers’ compensation, public entity liability, premises liability and professional malpractice matters.

Kathleen is also active in the legal community. She was reappointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to the District IIA (North Bergen County) Ethics Committee for the 2014-2018 term after serving from 2010 to 2014.  In 2018, Kathleen was appointed as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee.  The Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee studies and develops changes in the administration and procedures pertaining to New Jersey Workers’ Compensation.  Kathleen is active in Women Lawyers in Bergen and she is a past President of the organization after having served on the Executive Board for many years.

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MARK T. HALL

Mark handles complex civil litigation and specializes in litigating insurance coverage disputes in the trial and appellate courts in New Jersey and New York. He regularly represents insurers in coverage disputes involving construction defects, personal and commercial automobile liability, environmental damage, property damage, bodily injury, personal injury, advertising injury, product defect, additional insurance, indemnification, bad faith and fraud claims. In addition, his practice includes the defense of insureds in these areas of liability.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mark has extensive experience in providing opinions to insurers on coverage issues involving all types of insurance policies. Clients have also called upon him to review policy forms for compliance and to author endorsements for insurance for the construction and trucking industries.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mark had a successful career in criminal justice, with distinguished service in the following civilian and military law enforcement agencies: Corrections Officer at Florida State Prison, 1995-1999; Duty Officer with the Florida Marine Patrol, 1993-1995; and Military Police Patrolman with the United States Marine Corps, 1987-1993.

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PATRICK D. TOBIA

Pat is an experienced litigator who is proficient in handling all phases of litigation from investigation to trial. Pat also has substantial experience in transactional and corporate work. For over 25 years, he has represented a variety of corporate and individual clients in all aspects of complex litigation and transactions. His experience includes representing parties in contracts, land use, real property, collections, workouts, preference claims, fair debt collection, lien law, surety, consumer fraud, insurance defense, construction, easements, restrictive covenants, estate and probate, corporate breakup and dissolution, fraud and misrepresentation, warranty and UCC disputes.

Pat’s litigation and commercial experience allows him to provide sound legal advice and strong representation to his clients, including software companies, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, business owners, accountants, and fiduciaries including executors and trustees. Pat will work with a client to achieve the client’s goals in any legal matters, using not only the law but a common sense and practical approach, always keeping in mind the costs of risks of litigation.

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ARTHUR J. RAIMON

For over thirty-five years, Art has represented creditors in collection and subrogation matters in state and federal courts in New Jersey. He has substantial experience handling commercial and consumer collections.

Not only is Art an accomplished commercial litigator, but he is also an active contributor to the committees shaping New Jersey collection practice. He was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Special Civil Part Practice from 1986 to 2006 – where he helped draft New Jersey’s court rules dealing with procedures for the collection of judgments. Art was also appointed to serve on a special New Jersey Supreme Court committee on Post-Judgment Collection Procedures in the Special Civil Part. He was chairman of the Post-Judgment Sub-Committee from 1992 to 2006. He currently is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice, where he acts as the representative of the New Jersey Creditors Bar Association.

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ERIN A. O’ LEARY

Erin is an experienced litigator in the insurance defense field. Her practice includes defending New York State Labor Law, professional liability, mass tort, premises liability, trucking/automotive cases and property damage matters. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at City University of New York, Lehman College teaching Business Law to undergraduate students.

In addition, Erin completed the Trial and Deposition Skills programs at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Hofstra University.

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MEREDITH KAPLAN STOMA

Meredith has substantial and wide-ranging experience in defending all types of professionals – including attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, insurance producers and real estate agents and brokers – in professional malpractice actions through all phases of litigation in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. She also has extensive experience defending individuals and corporations in complex commercial, employment and personal injury matters.

Meredith is also an accomplished appellate advocate. She has successfully argued several matters before the Supreme Court and Appellate Division of New Jersey.

In addition, Meredith is actively involved in her community. She has been a trustee of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey since 2006 and recently served a two year term as co-chairperson of the Foundation. She also previously chaired the Foundation’s Grant Committee and was a member of the Nominating Committee.

Meredith is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and one of the firm’s Managing Partners.

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RICHARD E. SNYDER

Rich has litigated many types of tort and contract cases, including bodily injury, property damage, insurance coverage, construction defect and discrimination matters. He has handled legally and technically complex cases involving serious injuries and substantial damages, at trial and on appeal. He has particular experience in defending construction defect claims.

In his appellate work, Rich has been involved in a number of significant and precedential matters and is a zealous appellate advocate. In Mautz v. J. P. Patti Co., he obtained a decision interpreting the AIA standard indemnity clause. Also, in Liberty Village Assocs. V. West Am. Ins. Co., he obtained a decision interpreting the standard premises additional insured endorsement.

Rich is also well-versed in preparing coverage opinions. He also acts as an arbitrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey arbitration program.