Category Archives: Attorneys

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ALAN R. LEBOWITZ

Alan recently joined Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn as Of Counsel. He was a founding partner of Maloof Lebowitz, later known as Maloof Lebowitz Connahan & Oleske, and then Lebowitz Oleske Connahan Kassar, a well-known insurance defense firm that represented insurance companies, their insureds and agents, third-party administrators, and self-insured companies, in automobile negligence, SIU (fraud/misrepresentation), UM/UIM, premise liability, dram shop/social host, construction defect, indemnification, and coverage claims.

In a career that has successfully spanned forty-seven years, Alan’s experience is diverse and has, and still includes first and third party litigation with specialization in automobile negligence, premise liability, elevator/escalator, and indemnification claims involving serious bodily injury, traumatic brain injury, and wrongful death.  An experienced litigator, Alan has litigated cases in both the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey and New York and argued appeals before the New Jersey Appellate Division and New Jersey Supreme Court.

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JEFFREY D. DOLLINGER

Jeff has been a leading residential real estate attorney in New Jersey for more than 39 years. He has also represented various mortgage lenders and title insurance companies in the area with their transactional needs.

Jeff estimates the value of the transactions he has handled to be in the billions of dollars. His experience and expertise in this area has led the largest local Realtor® Board, the North Central Jersey Association of Realtors® (with 9,500 members in five counties), to retain him as its General Counsel for the past 18 years. He is also a popular New Jersey-licensed continuing education instructor for the North Central Jersey School of Business where he regularly teaches courses related to legal issues to real estate salespersons. He is frequently a featured or contributing speaker at events and seminars for both consumers and members of the professional real estate community, has been published in the North Jersey “Broker/Agent” Magazine and has been quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal relating to residential real estate law and practice.

Jeff was Mayor of Livingston in 1990 and 1994 and on its Township Council from 1988-1996. He served on many other Boards and Committees in Livingston including the Planning Board, Environmental Commission, Library Board of Trustees, Health Advisory Committee, and the Livingston Municipal Alliance. He was inducted into the Livingston High School Hall of Fame by the Livingston Education Foundation in 2012.

In addition, Jeff served on the Board of Directors of the North Jersey Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and was awarded its Crystal Ball “Humanitarian” award in 1999. In 2000 he co-founded the Foundation for Diabetes Research headquartered in Livingston.

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William A. Goldstein

William has extensive first chair trial and litigation experience. He has defended serious personal injury cases for thirty years in the State and Federal Courts in New York and New Jersey.

William’s vast experience with medical issues enables him to analyze medical records and injury claims for the benefit of his clients. Clients have included medical professionals, hospitals, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, product manufacturers, insurance companies, premises owners, contractors, all types of business owners and professionals.

William has also represented executors and beneficiaries in litigated estate and undue influence cases. His courtroom sense and skills result in the ability to clearly and persuasively advocate his client’s case.

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Edward A. Velky

Ed concentrates his practice on professional liability matters, where he defends attorneys, accountants, engineers and architects in malpractice actions in both New Jersey and New York courts. Ed also represents insurers in coverage matters and defends parties in personal injury cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Ed clerked for the Honorable Bruno Mongiardo, J.S.C., of the Passaic County Superior Court. While at New York Law School, he was a member of the New York Law School Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude.

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Elise Dinolfo Shamosh

Elise concentrates her practice in the area of professional liability matters, where she defends attorneys, architects and real estate brokers. She also has substantial experience litigating general civil litigation, employment discrimination, products liability and premises liability matters.

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JEFFREY B. PECHOW

Jeff dedicates his practice to defending workers’ compensation matters. He has extensive experience handling all types of workers’ compensation claims from inception through trial. He regularly appears in workers’ compensation court statewide and often deals with complex issues in workers’ compensation including third-party litigation involving Section 40, fraud, Medicare lien investigations involving Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Set-Aside Plans.  He also concentrates on professional liability matters, where he defends attorneys, real estate brokers and other licensed professionals.

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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.