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Giving Tuesday 2023

On Giving Tuesday, we are excited to announce a new community initiative that will take place throughout 2024, Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf’s centennial year. Each month in 2024, we will make a charitable contribution to a local non-profit organization selected by the firm to reflect our appreciation for the services provided to our community.

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Diego Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Congratulations to Partner Mercedes Diego on her 10th anniversary with Cohn Lifland. Mercedes's practice focuses primarily on real estate and prosecuting foreclosure matters on behalf of lenders. The real estate part of her practice includes the sale, purchase and financing of residential and commercial real estate. Mercedes’ practice also includes bankruptcy wherein she represents individual and business debtors and creditors in chapter 7, 11 and 13 matters.

Mercedes Diego

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Pisarevsky Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Congratulations to Partner Alex Pisarevsky on his 15th anniversary with Cohn Lifland. Alex practices primarily in the fields of complex employment litigation, complex commercial litigation and debtor-creditor litigation. He is the Practice Group Leader of Cohn Lifland’s Employment Law and Wage and Hour Practice Groups.

Alex Pisarevsky

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18 Year Olds -- Don't Forget to Update Your License!

Parents, back when you were 17 years old, you would receive your full, unrestricted driver’s license simply upon passing your MVC road test. You could then take off on the open road without a care in the world. That is no longer true for your children. New Jersey currently has a graduated driver license (GDL) program that involves a three-tiered process. The State implemented this GDL with its restrictions to decrease the high number of teen automobile accidents and fatalities.

When your teen turns 16, passes a written test, and completes a behind-the-wheel driver training course, he or she receives a special learner’s permit to drive with a licensed driver at least 21 years old and under certain restrictions. Once your child turns 17, has practiced unsupervised driving for one year, and passes the MVC road test, he or she receives a probationary license for the first year of driving. While a teen with a probationary license no longer needs to have a supervising driver in the car, the other restrictions all still apply.

There is a curfew: he or she cannot drive after 11 p.m. or before 5 a.m., unless qualified for a work or religious exemption. A teenage driver cannot have more than one passenger in the vehicle, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or the passengers are the driver’s dependent children. Red GDL decals must be displayed on the front and rear license plates of the vehicle, and the use of electronic devices -- both handheld and hands-free -- are prohibited. Of course, seatbelts are required. While you may know all of this already, a lesser-known consequence is that GDL drivers face a $100 fine for each violation and municipal prosecutors cannot offer 0-point plea bargains to probationary drivers charged with points-carrying moving violations. This can make a speeding ticket considerably more costly for both you and your teen driver.

When your teen turns 18 and has had a probationary license for one year, he or she may obtain a regular, unrestricted driver’s license simply by completing a MVC form and paying the required fee. While it may not seem like a big deal to convert the license from probationary to basic, it is a necessary step to remove the restrictions. A teen who has not bothered to get his or her regular license remains subject to all the limitations of the probationary license, even if he or she is 18 years old and has passed the one-year mark of having a probationary license. Therefore, it is in your — and your teen’s — best interest to upgrade your teen’s probationary driver’s license as soon as he or she is eligible.

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New Attorney Day

Jeff Fiorello will be a speaker in the Family Law session on NJICLE's New Attorney Day, a live webcast on September 30. The Family Law program will review all of the important aspects of New Jersey family law practice and, says ICLE, will provide attendees with the tools and strategies needed for success in the practice of family law. 

Jeffrey Fiorello

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Will the High Court Stick Up for the Little Guy?

In its May 18th decision in Pace v. Hamilton Cove, the Appellate Division held that courts will not enforce a class action waiver, unless the contract also contains a mandatory arbitration provision. The court recognized the benefits and strong public policy favoring class actions, including economic efficiency, judicial economy, and avoiding inconsistent results. The Appellate Division’s decision was a win for class action plaintiffs. However, the New Jersey Supreme Court just agreed to hear defendant’s interlocutory appeal of that decision. The Court also granted defendant’s request to stay the action pending determination of the appeal. We will have to wait to see if the Supreme Court agrees with the Appellate Division or instead sides with the defendant. Stay tuned.

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Cohn Lifland Goes Purple -- Again!

Cohn Lifland went purple once again to support the fight against Alzheimer's Disease -- on October 14 at Overpeck Park. Our team  joined together in the Bergen-Passaic Alzheimer's Walk. We raised over $5,000 so far. It is not too late to support our team: http://act.alz.org/goto/cohnliflandgoespurple

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Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® 2024 Edition

Cohn Lifland is pleased that four of our attorneys have been included on the list of 2024 Best Lawyers in America®*:

  • Jeffrey W. Herrmann - Commercial Litigation
  • Peter S. Pearlman -  Commercial Litigation
  • Amanda S. Trigg - Family Law; Family Law Arbitration
  • Jeffrey M. Fiorello - Family Law Mediation

*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Peter S. Pearlman, Amanda S. Trigg, Jeffrey Fiorello

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Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® 2024 Edition

Cohn Lifland is pleased that three of our attorneys have been included on the list of 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch®*:

  • Matthew F. Gately - Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Plaintiffs
  • Erika R. Piccirillo - Family Law; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Personal Injury - Plaintiffs
  • Christina Stripp - Commercial Litigation

*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

Matthew F. Gately, Erika R. Piccirillo, Christina N. Stripp

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Addressing Developmental Delays in Children of Divorce Despite Judicial Backlog

Family Law attorney Erika Piccirillo published "Addressing Developmental Delays in Children of Divorce Despite Judicial Backlog" in the August 14, 2023 issue of The New Jersey Law Journal.

Says Piccirillo in her article, "As family law practitioners, we are bound to be confronted with difficult situations involving children with developmental delays and other special needs. We must be prepared to advise our clients who are facing life-changing decisions regarding their options in managing custody disputes and divorce in a time of judicial delays."  Click here to read the article.

 

 

Erika R. Piccirillo