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  • Allen Susser represented Century Capital Partners LLC in closing a $2.5 million construction loan in Totowa, NJ. The property is a four-story mixed-use commercial stand-alone office building with scenic mountaintop view of the town below and of New York City. The loan will be used to add two floors to the existing building for a catering/banquet hall business.

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  • Barry Knopf and Peter Pearlman, senior partners, were recently notified that the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification has recertified them as New Jersey Civil Trial Attorneys. Knopf and Pearlman were originally certified in 1982 when the state first began certifying attorneys. They have been recertified every five years since that time, so at the end of their recent recertification, in 2023, they will have had their recertification for 41 years.

    While they are the longest such certified attorneys at Cohn Lifland, they are among five litigators who are Certified Civil Trial Attorneys. The others are Charles Cohen, Leonard Kaufmann and Joseph Maurice. Five Certified attorneys among 13 partners at the firm is an unusually high percentage.

    An attorney must meet the following requirements to become certified:

    • has been a member in good standing of the New Jersey Bar for at least five years;
    • has taken a specific number of continuing legal education courses in the three years prior to filing an application;
    • demonstrates substantial involvement in preparation and trial of litigated matters;
    • demonstrates an unblemished reputation by submitting a list of attorneys and judges who will attest to the applicant's character and ability; and
    • passes a written examination covering various aspects of practice in the designated specialty.

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  • Once again, Cohn Lifland's attorneys and staff joined together to support the All Wrapped Up holiday gift giving program run by the Bergen Volunteer Center. We bought, wrapped and delivered gifts to 56 people in families in need throughout Bergen County.

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  • Lee Goldsmith and Jordan Goldsmith achieved a jury award of $860,000 in the medical malpractice case of Tedder v. Carrieri in New Jersey Superior Court. The award nearly doubled the amount projected by the plaintiff's economist.

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  • Barry Knopf and Audra DePaolo are working on the new edition of the LexisNexis Practice Guide "New Jersey Personal Injury Litigation." Their first edition was published back in 2007, and their 13th edition should be hot off the press in early 2019.

  • Bergen County's Top Lawyers 2018 - Congratulations to our many attorneys who were listed in Bergen magazine's "Bergen County's Top Lawyers 2018":

    Appellate Law - Audra DePaolo, Peter Pearlman
    Arbitration and Mediation - Mary Ann Stokes
    Bankruptcy and Workout - Mercedes Diego, Jeffrey Herrmann, Alex Pisarevsky
    Business Law - Jay Brown, Allen Susser
    Civil Law/Litigation - Jeffrey Herrmann, Leonard Kaufmann, Joseph Maurice, Peter Pearlman
    Commercial Litigation - Matthew Gately, Jeffrey Herrmann, Peter Pearlman, Alex Pisarevsky, Kelly Purcaro
    Construction - Andrew Macklin
    Criminal Defense - Joshua Cohn, Joseph Maurice
    Family Law - Joshua Cohn, Kory Ferro, Julie Kim, Geri Landau Squire, Mary Ann Stokes
    Labor and Employment - Charles Cohen, Alex Pisarevsky
    Land Use and Environmental - Leonard Kaufmann
    Product Liability - Richard Schnoll
    Real Estate - Mercedes Diego, Allen Susser
    Securities Law - Jay Brown, Matthew Gately
    Traffic Law - Joseph Maurice

  • Lee Goldsmith wrote from his unique perspective as an attorney and a doctor in his article, "An MD/Attorney Reveals 5 Top Reasons Patients Sue Doctors," which appeared on the Medscape.com website. Click here to read the article.

    Lee Goldsmith

  • Jordan Goldsmith is teaching a course, "Compliance, Regulatory and Legal Issues in Healthcare," to undergraduates at the Teaneck campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The course covers the broad range of topics affected by health law and regulation, ranging from patient rights to corporate responsibilities. Public and private health care regulatory agencies are examined, as well as their impact on the operation of health care as a business. Legal issues ranging from professional malpractice to corporate wrongdoing are also discussed.

    Jordan Goldsmith

  • Allen Susser represented Century Capital Partners LLC in two recent transactions, with the help of local counsel. The company closed a deal with GA Views Management, LLC for a loan of $2,125,000 on a property located in one of the most desired areas of Washington, D.C. The borrower intends to build a rental apartment complex; the completed project is valued at more than $10 million. In a second deal, the company closed a deal with Raj Consultants for a loan of $1,080,000. The collateral is a property in Bayside, Queens, NY.

    Allen Susser

  • Two Cohn Lifland attorneys have recently been selected by their peers to become presidents of local Business Network International (BNI) chapters. Alex Pisarevsky is President of the BNI Achieving Advantage chapter, based in Hackensack, and Andrew Macklin is President of the BNI Crossroads chapter, based in Paramus.

    With over 240,000 members in 8,500-plus chapters worldwide, BNI is the world's leading referral organization.

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  • Allen Susser represented Century Capital Partners LLC in a $965,000 financing of a former gas station property in Midland Park, NJ. The borrower is an experienced investor, with a portfolio of 20 properties, who has been buying properties in New Jersey.

    Allen Susser

  • Andrew Macklin won summary judgment for an individual voiding a Subordination Agreement that we alleged -- and proved -- was a forgery and, therefore, void as a matter of law. As a result, the bank that relied on that forged document is behind our client in the line of mortgages on the property at issue. We also successfully resolved our claim to recover counsel fees and costs against the people who were found to have participated in the forgery. The client owned the mixed-use property on which he operated a business for a number of years, and which also contained a house that had belonged to his parents.

    Andrew Macklin

    In another case, Mr. Macklin brought suit in the Bergen County Chancery Division against a divorce litigant and his parents. The divorce litigant had been ordered to liquidate a bank account and pay the money to our client, his former spouse. Instead, he liquidated the account and paid the proceeds to his parents. Following a trial, the Court entered judgment against the parents for the full amount of the fraudulent transfer. We also won an order directing the parents' bank to pay over the proceeds of one of their accounts which contained a substantial portion of the fraudulently-transferred funds.

  • In July, partner Charles Cohen returned to Europe for another mountain climbing holiday. After hiking in the Italian Dolomites with his wife, Charles climbed Gran Paradiso (13,323 ft). He then traveled to the Mont Blanc massif bordering Switzerland, Italy and France, where he summited Dent du Geant (13,166 ft), Pyramide du Tacul (11,378 ft) and completed a "leisurely" traverse of the Aiguilles Marbrées (1,1598 ft).

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  • In its food drive, Cohn Lifland gathered enough food and monetary donations to provide approximately 14,000 meals to Bergen County families for this school year, nearly 6 times what a typical food drive collects. The three week-long drive, spearheaded by litigator Kelly Purcaro, rallied the firm, as well as businesses and residents in Ms. Purcaro's hometown, Westwood, and the surrounding communities.

Food Drive

  • Jordan Goldsmith has joined the Board of Trustees of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative.

  • Christina Stripp has joined The Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of Court as a student. Cohn Lifland's Barry Knopf and Lee Goldsmith are Masters in the Pashman American Inn of Court, and Jordan Goldsmith is a Barrister. Cohn Lifland was a founding member of this Inn of Court, one of the first in New Jersey.

  • Three Cohn Lifland attorneys have been included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

    Jeffrey Herrmann - Commercial Litigation
    Peter Pearlman - Commercial Litigation
    Mary Ann Stokes - Family Law Arbitration and Family Law Mediation

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  • Cohn Lifland is supporting the community in a variety of ways: We are supporting the Center for Food Action by sponsoring a food drive until September 6. The drive will support Bergen County school children and their families who don't have enough to eat. We are also supporting Samantha Laliker, a former member of our File Room team, in her role as a teacher of disabled students, many of them from low-income families, at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck. We are donating school supplies needed by the students. In addition, we are, once again, joining with Park 80 West to sponsor a drive to support Dress for Success, an organization helping low-income women job seekers prepare for career success.We are asking Park 80 West tenants to donate clean, interview-appropriate women's attire or accessories between August 16 and 31.

  • Alex Pisarevsky has been chosen by The New Jersey Law Journal as one of its 2018 "New Leaders of the Bar."

    Alex Pisarevsky

  • Twenty-three Cohn Lifland attorneys in 21 different areas of practice were included in (201) Magazine's 2018 list of Bergen's "Top Lawyers":

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution - Mary Ann Stokes
    • Appellate Practice - Audra DePaolo
    • Bankruptcy - Jeffrey Herrmann, Alex Pisarevsky
    • Business, Corporate & Commercial - Joseph Brown, Allen Susser
    • Chancery Practice - Charles Cohen, Andrew Macklin
    • Civil Litigation - Joseph Maurice, Peter Pearlman
    • Commercial Litigation - Charles Cohen, Matthew Gately, Jeffrey Herrmann, Peter Pearlman, Kelly Purcaro
    • Construction - Andrew Macklin
    • Criminal Defense (Non-White Collar) - Joseph Maurice
    • Criminal Defense (White Collar) - Joshua Cohn
    • Custody - Julie Kim, Geri Landau Squire
    • Environmental - Leonard Kaufmann
    • Labor & Employment - Charles Cohen, Alex Pisarevsky
    • Litigation - Audra DePaolo, Alex Pisarevsky, Matthew Gately, Barry Knopf
    • Matrimonial & Family Law - Joshua Cohn, Kory Ann Ferro, Julie Kim, Geri Landau Squire, Mary Ann Stokes
    • Medical Malpractice - Jordan Goldsmith, Barry Knopf, Richard Schnoll
    • Negligence - Richard Schnoll
    • Personal Injury - Barry Knopf
    • Product Liability - Richard Schnoll
    • Real Estate - Mercedes Diego, Allen Susser
    • Securities - Joseph Brown

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  • What are the smart young fashionistas wearing these days? Young Samuel Brock chooses to wear his Cohn Lifland tie.

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  • For the tenth year, Cohn Lifland was delighted to welcome our children and grandchildren to attend Take Our Children to Work Day.

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  • QUEST DIAGNOSTICS - BILLS NOT PAID? CALL US!

    Lee S. Goldsmith, M.D., LLB

    We have learned that when patients sent by their doctor with a prescription go to laboratory facilities to have blood tests, there are problems. The patient goes, the tests are done, the doctor who orders the tests gets the results and your insurance company will not pay the bill.

    When that bill is not paid by the insurance company and QUEST comes looking for money from you. Call us.

  • Three major petroleum conglomerates -- Shell, BP and Sunoco -- have agreed to pay the State of New Jersey $196.5 million to settle claims that they damaged the state's environment and natural resources by producing gasoline laced with the additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Added to previous settlements, New Jersey has secured more than $350 million from defendant companies. Our firm's partner, Leonard Kaufmann, in his capacity as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, was one of the lawyers who, along with the Office of the Attorney General, has litigated this matter on behalf of the State.

    In 2007, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection initiated the litigation against nearly 50 petroleum refiners and distributors, gasoline sellers and chemical manufacturers, in which it has claimed that waterways throughout the state have been contaminated by gasoline containing MTBE. The state continues to pursue damage claims against additional defendants.
  • Thirteen Cohn Lifland attorneys have been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2018. Eight attorneys are included in the annual list of New Jersey Super Lawyers; five attorneys have been recognized as New Jersey Rising Stars, more than have ever been recognized before. Attorneys on the list of Super Lawyers are: Charles Cohen, for Business Litigation and Employment & Labor; Joshua Cohn, for Criminal Defense, Family Law and Appellate; Jeffrey Herrmann for Securities Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts and Bankruptcy; Barry Knopf, for Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury - General and Estate & Trust Litigation; Joseph Maurice, for Civil Litigation, Business Litigation and Criminal Defense; Peter Pearlman, for Business Litigation and Class Action/Mass Torts; Mary Ann Stokes, for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law; and Allen Susser, for Business Litigation, Real Estate, Creditor-Debtor Rights and Business/Corporate.
  • Five Cohn Lifland attorneys have been recognized as New Jersey Rising Stars by the New Jersey Super Lawyers organization. They are: Kory Ann Ferro, in Family Law; Matthew Gately in Class Action/Mass Torts, Antitrust Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Civil /Litigation, Securities Litigation and Criminal Defense; Andrew Macklin, in Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation and Civil Litigation; Alex Pisarevsky in Employment & Labor; Kelly Purcaro in Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts and General Litigation.
  • The 2018 Edition of the Practice Guide to New Jersey Personal Injury Litigation was just published by LexisNexis. Cohn Lifland's Barry Knopf and Audra DePaolo are the Co-Editors and Contributing Authors for this publication. This is the 12th edition of their book, which has been published since 2007.

  • Kelly M. Purcaro has been named a Senior Attorney at Cohn Lifland, effective January 2018. She practices primarily in the areas of consumer class actions, business and commercial litigation.

Kelly Purcaro

  • Barry Knopf and Audra DePaolo currently are working on the new edition of the LexisNexis Practice Guide, "New Jersey Personal Injury Litigation." The first edition was published in 2007, and the 12th edition will be released in early 2018.

  • In early September, partner Charles Cohen traveled to Italy for one week, hoping to climb the Matterhorn. Although an early snowstorm thwarted that ascent, Charles climbed several other notable peaks in Italy: Monte Argentera (with an elevation of 10,817 feet, the highest peak in the Maritime Alps); Monte Viso (12,602 feet, the highest mountain of the Cottian Alps) and the Western Summit of the Breithorn, located on the border between Switzerland and Italy. (13,661 feet.) He hopes to have better weather when he returns to attempt the Matterhorn again, next year.

Charles

  • Englewood Cliffs may change the zoning in the B-3 Zone, located in the southern section of the borough, to make it easier for property owners to rehabilitate, utilize and develop their properties, although no specific parameters for the zoning have been decided on yet. Some borough residents have expressed concerns that one family, the Cioffis, which owns several houses in the area, will benefit disproportionately from the change. As reported in northjersey.com, Cohn Lifland's Jay Brown, who represents the Cioffi family, has contested that charge, and he indicated that such a change would improve and benefit the entire borough.

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  • Peter S. Pearlman has been selected by the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law as a recipient of a 2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. Professionalism Awards are presented annually to selected lawyers from bar associations across by state who, by virtue of their exemplary conduct, competence, diligence and demeanor, set a positive example for others. The award will be presented at the Commission's Professionalism Awards Luncheon on November 9.

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  • Cohn Lifland, in association with the management of Park 80 West, completed a successful campaign to benefit Dress for Success of Morris County. The effort, led by Cohn Lifland's Kelly Purcaro, collected over 300 items of gently used women's business clothing, which will be donated to women in need who are striving to join (or rejoin) the workforce.

Kelly

  • Lisa Dalesandra, a member of our medical malpractice team, has been certified as a critical care nurse.
  • On October 12, the Bergen County Bar Association is presenting a Continuing Legal Education Seminar, "Practicing in Federal Court: Tips from the Bench." The program will feature a panel comprised of The Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo (United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey), The Honorable Michael A. Hammer (United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Newc Jersey) and The Honorable Leda Dunn Wettre (United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey). Cohn Lifland's Matthew Gately, Co-Chair of the Bergen County Bar Association's Federal Practice Committee will moderate.

Matthew Gately

  • Allen Susser represented Century Capital in the closing of a $1.58 million construction loan for 177 Lefferts Place, in Brooklyn. The building plans call for a future developmental site for a 15-unit condominium.

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  • Three Cohn Lifland attorneys have been included in the list of 2017 New Jersey Best Lawyers: Jeffrey Herrmann and Peter Pearlman, in Commercial Litigation, and Mary Ann Stokes, in Family Law Arbitration.

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  • Kelly Purcaro will serve as a faculty member for the National Business Institute's CLE seminar, "Building Your Case with Electronic Evidence: Facebook, Text, Email Evidence and More" on November 30.

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  • Matthew Gately has been named Co-Chair of the Federal Practice Committee of the Bergen County Bar Association.

Matthew Gately

  • Lee Goldsmith represents the family of Anna B. Burkhart, an elderly woman from Bergenfield who developed a large, painful and deadly bedsore while in the care of doctors and staff at Oradell Health Care Center. The lawsuit alleges "reckless indifference and deliberate disregard" which caused the patient to develop the bedsore while at Oradell Health Care Center. After she was discharged, the victim was rushed to Englewood Hospital , where doctors determined the bedsore had developed sepsis; she died in the care of hospice workers after her discharge from the hospital.

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  • In association with Park 80 West, Cohn Lifland is sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success Morris County, August 16-31. Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Tenants of Park 80 West are encouraged to bring donations to the building's Management Office. Donations include interview-appropriate women's attire, including suits, dresses, pants, blouses/shells, jackets, skirts, shoes, handbags, briefcases, jewelry and pantyhose. All clothing must be clean and in great condition.

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  • Matthew Gately has been invited to become an Associate Fellow of Litigation Counsel of New Jersey. He is only the second Associate Fellow in New Jersey.

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  • Leonard Kaufmann successfully defended the appeal of a $1.5 million jury verdict. In Krill v. I.D.T., our client maintained that I.D.T. has breached an oral contract by refusing to pay $1.5 million of a $2.5 million agreement. The jury held in favor of Krill, awarding the full $1.5 million sought. I.D.T. appealed. The Appellate Division on July 21, 2017 affirmed the decision, and denied I.D.T.'s request for a reversal of the jury verdict or a new trial.

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  • Barry A. Knopf was featured on NJ.com for his part in a high-profile personal injury case involving Lap-Band surgery.

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  • Matthew Gately's article, "Return of State Court 'Statutory' Class Actions: The True Legacy of 'Spokeo v. Robins,'" appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal on June 19, 2017.

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  • Nineteen Cohn Lifland attorneys in 20 areas of practice were included in the list of "Bergen's Top Lawyers" in (201) Magazine :
    • Charles Cohen - Labor & Employment; Litigation
    • Joshua Cohn - Criminal Defense (White Collar and Non-White Collar); Matrimonial & Family
    • Audra DePaolo - Litigation
    • Jeffrey Herrmann - Bankruptcy; Civil Litigation
    • Leonard Kaufmann - Civil Litigation; Environmental
    • Julie Kim - Custody; Matrimonial & Family
    • Barry Knopf - Litigation; Personal Injury
    • Andrew Macklin - Chancery Practice; Construction
    • Joseph Maurice - Criminal Defense (White Collar and Non-White Collar); Litigation
    • Peter Pearlman - Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation
    • Richard Schnoll - Medical Malpractice; Negligence; Product Liability
    • Geri Landau Squire - Custody; Matrimonial & Family
    • Mary Ann Stokes - Alternative Dispute Resolution; Matrimonial & Family
    • Allen Susser - Business, Corporate & Commercial; Real Estate
    • Jay Brown - Business, Corporate & Commercial; Securities
    • Matthew Gately - Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense (White Collar)
    • Mercedes Diego - Real Estate
    • Alex Pisarevsky - Bankruptcy; Commercial Litigation
    • Kelly Purcaro - Commercial Litigation
    • Barry Knopf has been selected as a speaker at the Tort Law Conference, October 9, at the New Jersey Law Center in East Brunswick. The program panel is comprised of well-respected New Jersey tort lawyers. Barry is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, having been first certified in 1982. An author of several books on negligence and malpractice law, Barry concentrates his practices in civil litigation.
    • Peter Pearlman will be a speaker at "Precision Advocacy: Reinventing Motion Practice to Win," presented by the ABA Section of Litigation, on June 29 in Newark.
    • Cohn Lifland attorneys take a break from CLE seminars to attend the Bergen County dinner at Resorts, at the New Jersey State Bar Association convention.
    • Kory Ann Ferro authored an article, "New Child Support Statute, Disabled Children, and Protection Access to Benefits," which appeared in the May 15 issue of The New Jersey Law Journal.
    • Peter Pearlman and Kelly Purcaro are members of a panel discussing "The Future of Class Actions in New Jersey," part of the Certified Civil Trial Credit Track at the New Jersey State Bar Association 2017 Annual Meeting and Convention.
    • Cohn Lifland celebrated Law Day by setting up a booth both at Westfield Garden State Plaza and in our own building at Park 80 West to let the community know about the meaning of Law Day, legal services available to the community and Cohn Lifland's own services.
    • Cohn Lifland hosted an enjoyable Take Your Children to Work Day for children and grandchildren in the Cohn Lifland family.
    • Joseph Maurice has been installed as Second Vice President of the Bergen County Bar Association.
    • Lee Goldsmith and Jordan Goldsmith will be presenting a webinar, "The Hidden Medical Records in Medical Negligence Cases," for the American Association for Justice on May 31.
    • Eight Cohn Lifland attorneys appear on the 2017 list of New Jersey Super Lawyers: Charles Cohen, Joshua Cohn, Jeffrey Herrmann, Barry Knopf, Joseph Maurice, Peter Pearlman, Mary Ann Stokes and Allen Susser. In addition, three Cohn Lifland attorneys are New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars: Matthew Gately, Andrew Macklin and Kelly Purcaro.
    • As reported in Law360, Cohn Lifland's Jeffrey Herrmann and Audra DePaolo recently filed Leslie et al v. Quest Diagnostics, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The suit was brought on behalf of a potential class of Quest Diagnostics customers, who accuse the New Jersey lab company of overcharging them for tests not covered by insurance and not being transparent about its pricing. The patients allege that when insurance companies refuse to cover tests performed by Quest, the prices charged to Quest customers are excessive compared to what the insurance company or government would have paid and far above market value.
    • Lee Goldsmith and Jordan Goldsmith will present a webinar, "The Hidden Medical Records in Medical Negligence Cases," on May 31. The webinar is sponsored by the American Association for Justice and the New Jersey Association for Justice.
    • Cohn Lifland attorneys Mercedes Diego, Audra DePaolo, Julie Kim, Joseph Maurice and Andrew Macklin congratulate Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal, recipient of the Diversity in the Profession award, presented by the Diversity in the Profession Committee of the Bergen County Bar Association.
    • Matthew Gately visited the 7th grade at Visitation Academy in Paramus to speak about constitutional rights.
    • Cohn Lifland's Joshua Cohn was quoted in an article in The New York Times about three New Jersey men sentences in a hacking and spamming scheme.
    • LexisNexis Practice Guide's 2017 edition of "New Jersey Personal Injury Litigation," authored by Cohn Lifland's Barry Knopf and Audra DePaolo, has been published.
    • Lee Goldsmith has joined the board of directors of I-ELCAP (the International Early Lung and Cardiac Action Program), an international, collaborative group consisting of experts on lung cancer and related issues from around the world to achieve early diagnosis, treatment and ultimate cure of lung cancer through rapid dissemination and advancement of research among a diversified and collaborative network.
    • Cohn Lifland represented Century Pacific Street Partners LLC in financing a $1.9 million construction loan in Brooklyn, NY. The borrower, 1266 Pacific LLC, plans to build a five-story building with 10 residential apartments in it. The property is the heart of Crown Heights in Brooklyn.
    • The firm represented Century Point Pleasant Partners LLC in the financing of a $1.35 million commercial mortgage loan secured by nine properties in Ocean and Hunterdon Counties, NJ and Bucks and Monroe Counties, PA. The loan provided working capital for the borrower for the improvement of one of the properties and included release prices of each of the properties that formed the security for the loan. The borrower was The Cam Trust.
    • Cohn Lifland represented Century Beth Penn Partners LLC in the financing of a $950,000 short-term bridge loan for the borrower, Shree Ram Holdings-PA LLC. The loan was requested by the borrower on a short-term basis to allow sufficient time between purchase of a subdivided lot and the condominiumization of same. It is expected that the loan will be paid off within a few weeks and lots released from the lien of the mortgage upon receipt of agreed upon release prices.
    • Cohn Lifland adopted seven families for the holidays through Bergen County Head Start and the Department of Child Protection and Permanency, as part of the Bergen Volunteer Center's All Wrapped Up program. The attorneys and staff purchased and wrapped presents for 19 people. Participants included: Shannon Kelly, Allen Susser, Donna Smith, Denise Clemens, Barbara Blumberg, Fran Terrebonne, Jeffrey Herrmann (Managing Partner), Mercedes Diego, Jesse Osbun, Christina Stripp, Kelly Purcaro, Margaret Cambridge, Diana Jacunski, Mary Ann Stokes, Janice Frollo and Lisa Ervolino.
    • Allen Susser represented Century Capital Partners, a New Jersey asset-based lending company, in funding a bailout loan in Defiance, OH. A multi-family 16-unit apartment building was in possible foreclosure and Century Capital's loan enabled the owner to pay his debt and renovate and build two more apartment buildings.
    • Cohn Lifland serves as special counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey in a number of environmental litigations. On behalf of this client, Leonard Kaufmann successfully tried a matter brought by Cumberland Farms Inc., which claimed that they settled their liability for natural resource damages at 54 sites in New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) maintained there was no final settlement. After a two-day bench trial, the court found in favor of the NJDEP, which Cumberland Farms appealed. Mr. Kaufmann argued the matter in front of the Appellate Division. In a published opinion, dated November 2, the Appellate Division upheld the decision and completely vindicated the position of our client.
    • When he's not practicing law, Cohn Lifland Managing Partner Jeffrey Herrmann is an adjunct professor at Kean University, teaching a survey course on Shakespeare to undergraduates. The Columbia University graduate had an inspiring and memorable professor who instilled in him a passion for Shakespeare. "Most courses you forget a minute after the class ends. If you're lucky, a handful stick," says Herrmann, "For me, it was Shakespeare." While at Columbia Law School, Herrmann would cut law school classes to audit Shakespeare on the other side of Amsterdam Avenue. Forty years later, he has the opportunity to share his love through his course. He points to the themes in so many of the great Shakespearean plays - power, love, man's relationship with God. Herrmann will be studying six Shakespeare plays with his students. To cap off the semester, he will take his class to see a performance of Richard III at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. Adds Herrmann, "I bring a great deal of enthusiasm to the course I teach. If, years from now, my students drag their spouses to see a Shakespeare play, I will consider my efforts a success.
    • Partner Charles Cohen climbed to the summit of the Grand Teton (13,776 feet) on September 10, 2016 - and lived to tell the tale.
    • Barry Knopf and Audra DePaolo are working on the new edition of the LexisNexis Practice Guide New Jersey Personal Injury Litigation, which they expect to be released in early 2017.
    • Three Cohn Lifland attorneys have been included in the list of 2017 New Jersey Best Lawyers: Jeffrey Herrmann and Peter Pearlman, in Commercial Litigation, and Mary Ann Stokes, in Family Law Arbitration.
    • Allen Susser represented Century Capital Partners in securing funding and closing on a $2.5 million deal that allowed the International Soccer Academy the option to repurchase its 23,500 square foot property in Smithtown, Long Island.
    • Andrew Macklin graduated with the Bergen LEADS Class of 2016.
    • Kelly Purcaro, Erika Piccirillo, Jay Brown and Peter Pearlman successfully defended a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in the District of New Jersey. Cohn Lifland represented the plaintiff, MaxLite, Inc., in this case. MaxLite filed suit against three former employees, and the competitor company located in California, which hired all three, for breach of the employees' non-compete agreements, unfair competition, tortious interference with contractual relationships and business relationships, among other things. United States District Judge John Michael Vazquez found, in part, that the defendant company was aware that its conduct could subject it to the jurisdiction of New Jersey. The Court dismissed the defendant's motion, allowing MaxLite to proceed with its case here in New Jersey.
    • (201) Magazine published its list of Bergen's "Top Lawyers 2016." Included on this list are 20 Cohn Lifland attorneys. They are:
      Charles Cohen - Chancery Practice, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment, Litigation
      Joshua Cohn - White Collar Crime
      Audra DePaolo - Appellate Practice, Litigation
      Jeffrey Herrmann - Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation...
      Leonard Kaufmann - Civil Litigation, Environmental
      Julie Kim - Custody, Matrimonial & Family, Municipal
      Barry Knopf - Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury
      Andrew Macklin - Chancery Practice, Construction
      Joseph Maurice - Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Litigation, Personal Injury
      Peter Pearlman - Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation
      Richard Schnoll - Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Personal Injury, Product Liability
      Geri Landau Squire - Custody, Matrimonial & Family
      Mary Ann Stokes - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Matrimonial & Family
      Allen Susser - Business, Corporate & Commercial, Real Estate
      Jay Brown - Business, Corporate & Commercial, Securities
      Matthew Gately - Commercial Litigation, Litigation, White Collar Crime
      Lee Goldsmith - Medical Malpractice
      Mercedes Diego - Real Estate
      Alex Pisarevsky - Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment
      Kelly Purcaro - Commercial Litigation, General Practice
    • Cohn Lifland and its 90-year history were spotlighted in the Community Newspapers.
    • Andrew Macklin successfully represented homeowners in Alpine, NJ who were sued based on work done by contractors they hired to remove two trees from the rear of their property. In a freak accident, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a falling limb. Cohn Lifland's clients were dismissed from the case on summary judgment when Mr. Macklin successfully argued under existing precedent that the homeowners could not be held liable for the alleged negligence of their independent contractors except in certain narrow circumstances not present in the case.
    • Allen Susser represented commercial real estate lender Century Capital Partner LLC in making a $4.7 million loan to developer Roll 60 Street, Inc., for the completion of its 26-room New Hotel project sandwiched between Brooklyn's Boro Park and Chinatown.
    • Allen Susser represented commercial real estate lender Century Capital Partners LLC in making a $75,000 interest-free loan to help Rabbi Yehouda Ben Betena Congregation ("RYBBC") restore and renovate the congregation's synagogue. RYBBC is a congregation of Syrian Jews located in Brooklyn. Although the common practice in commercial real estate lending requires the borrower to pay the lender's legal fees, Cohn Lifland worked on and completed the transaction on a pro bono basis.
    • Matthew Gately has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Matthew concentrates his practice in business litigation, criminal litigation and class & collective action.
    • The Bergen County Bar Association e-Discovery Committee will present an ethics CLE seminar entitled, "e-Discovery: What is Technological Competence?" on December 2 at the Bergen County Bar Association headquarters. Alex Pisarevsky will be a featured speaker.
    • Barry Knopf and Audra DePaolo successfully represented a client in a lawsuit involving the competency of an individual to enter into a complicated estate plan. They prevailed following a hotly contested, two-year litigation and a seven-day trial in Union County before the Hon. Katherine Dupuis.
    • Lee Goldsmith and Jordan Goldsmith resolved a New York medical malpractice action venued in Nassau County for $6.1 million. The matter involved a major New York hospital, neurosurgical spinal surgery and intra-operative monitoring.
    • Cohn Lifland welcomed a group of our children and grandchildren to Take Our Children to Work Day. In addition to learning about the workings of our law firm, the children did crafts projects and made get well cards for children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which the firm sent, along with a donation, to the hospital for distribution to its patients.
    • Allen Susser represented commercial real estate lender Century Capital Partners, a New Jersey asset-based lending company, in a $7.7 million deal for a construction loan for a proposed development consisting of five residential full-floor condominiums and one retail condominium.
    • Partner Joseph Maurice has received the designation of Certified Civil Trial Attorney from the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification. Such designation is granted to those who are able to demonstrate a high level of experience and skill at trial and are proficient at pursuing litigation through trial.
    • Cohn Lifland is pleased to announce that Audra DePaolo, Julie Kim and Andrew Macklin have been named partners of the firm.