Monthly Archives: November 2013

Timothy_Saia

TIMOTHY K. SAIA

Tim has litigated virtually every type of complex civil matter – including cases involving municipal and public liability, insurance coverage and environmental contamination. He has significant experience in handling all phases of litigation, including trials and appeals. He also regularly represents his corporate clients in transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Tim worked for the environmental consulting firm of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton in Washington, DC. He also has experience as an adjunct professor for the National Institute for Paralegal Studies, where he taught civil procedure, tort, criminal and contract law classes.

Tim is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

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THOMAS G. RANTAS

Tom is an experienced and effective advocate who represents clients in a wide variety of complex civil, commercial, insurance and professional liability matters. He focuses his professional malpractice defense practice on the representation of attorneys and insurance brokers and agents. He also regularly represents insurers in complex coverage and bad faith disputes.

In addition to his litigation practice, Tom has significant experience in providing counseling to insurers and corporations on various legal, business and regulatory issues. He specializes in providing opinions to insurers on coverage issues involving all types of insurance policies.

Tom is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Also, in 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court appointed Tom to the District XA Ethics Committee. He currently serves as a member of the committee.

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HENRY G. MORGAN

Henry specializes in handling complex insurance coverage disputes and acts as coverage counsel for large national insurers. He also has wide-ranging and extensive experience in litigating and trying many different types of defense matters, including commercial, product liability, toxic tort and professional liability.

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ROBERT J. MACHI

Bob defends clients in wide array of commercial, personal injury, product liability, toxic tort and professional liability matters. He has substantial experience in defending manufacturers in technically complex matters involving substantial bodily injury and property damage, including manufacturers of asbestos, chemical dyestuffs and colorants, motor vehicles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and recreational equipment.

In addition, Bob has a significant real estate practice. He represents clients in residential and commercial real estate closings. He also handles lease, loan and contract reviews and negotiations.

Jeffrey_Leonard

JEFFREY S. LEONARD

Jeff represents clients in complex commercial, employment, personal injury and professional liability matters. He defends clients in these matters in the state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York. He has significant experience in defending attorneys, architects, engineers, insurance producers and real estate agents and brokers in malpractice actions. He also has a substantial practice defending business entities and individuals in employment discrimination matters.

In addition, Jeff is an skilled appellate advocate. He has successfully argued matters before the Supreme Court and Appellate Division of New Jersey.

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LEONARD C. LEICHT

Len concentrates his practice in defending significant commercial motor vehicle, personal injury, employment, civil rights and professional liability matters. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in the state and federal courts and is recognized by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

In addition, Len has handled precedent-setting appellate matters before the Supreme Court and Appellate Division of New Jersey, including the Johnson v. Braddy Trucking matter. He has also successfully argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Len also regularly represents clients in administrative, disciplinary and labor hearings. At the request of his colleagues, he also serves as a mediator and arbitrator.

Len is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

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SHAJI M. EAPEN

Shaji is an accomplished litigator with a diverse range of experience handling all types of cases. He has successfully litigated various types of claims in New Jersey and New York. He focuses his practice on matters involving professional liability defense (including lawyers, insurance producers, mortgage brokers and real estate agents/brokers), complex civil litigation and insurance coverage disputes. He also has successfully handled environmental, commercial litigation, bodily injury and property damage claims.

Shaji is also an accomplished appellate advocate, having successfully handled matters before federal and state appellate courts.

Shaji is actively involved in his local community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Morris Plains and is a Member of the Board of Adjustments for the Borough of Morris Plains.

Shaji is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee

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JOSEPH DE DONATO

Joe represents clients in a diverse practice that includes defending product liability, insurance coverage, construction, medical and legal malpractice, aviation, architect and engineer malpractice, environmental, resort and theme park, toxic tort and general liability matters of substantial exposure. He has tried many of these cases to verdict in both New Jersey and New York. Based on his trial experience in New Jersey, the Supreme Court of New Jersey has designated him as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

Joe has briefed and argued various significant cases in the state and federal appellate courts in New Jersey and New York. He has numerous precedential reported decisions as attorney of record.

Joe is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Deborah_Banfield

DEBORAH J. BANFIELD

Debbie is an insurance defense specialist having more than 27 years of experience in all facets of insurance defense litigation, including automobile and motor carrier liability (including PIP and UM/UIM), construction defect, premises liability, product liability and subrogation. She is proficient in the early and accurate evaluation of claims and is able to prepare prudent yet aggressive litigation strategies.

From pre-litigation to suit inception to case resolution, clients can expect each case to be handled with mutual collaboration and transparency. Debbie is committed to providing her clients the personal attention and accessibility required to exceed their expectations.

Robert_Aste

ROBERT J. ASTE

Bob assists his clients in resolving significant exposures involving civil rights violations, employer liability, insurance coverage, premises liability, product liability, professional liability and public entity liability. He has considerable experience in litigating these types of matters in New Jersey courts.

He is committed to collaborating with his clients to analyze exposures and deliver legal services tailored to the exposures. He understands that careful trial preparation encourages settlement, and when necessary, effective trial and appellate presentations.

Bob also provides a wealth of knowledge in providing advice and opinions to insurers on coverage issues involving automobile, commercial general, employment practices and professional liability insurance. He also has particular experience in handling coverage issues involving additional insureds, contractual indemnity and uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance.