Mark A. Berman Inducted As AFBNJ Trustee

(West Orange, NJ; June 12, 2019): Mark A. Berman, who heads HDRBB’s Litigation Department, recently was inducted to serve as a trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, at its 43rd Annual William J. Brennan, Jr. Award Reception, held at Mayfair Farms on June 12, 2019.  AFBNJ was founded as a vehicle for connecting the federal bench and bar in the District of New Jersey, and to afford new and experienced attorneys opportunities to meet and share their views on matters of federal practice.  Trustee positions typically are filled by some of the most experienced and well-respected federal practitioners in the State of New Jersey.

HDRBB Moves To New Offices in Hackensack

(Hackensack, NJ; June 1, 2019): As of June 1, 2019, HDRBB has moved its main office to Continental Plaza, 433 Hackensack Avenue, Suite 1002, Hackensack, NJ 07601. With views of Manhattan and the Ramapo Mountains, Continental Plaza has undergone a $17M renovation to restore its status as a premier landmark Class-A office complex in the heart of Bergen County. It is located 10 minutes from the George Washington Bridge, across from the Riverside Square Shopping Center, and is accessible to all of northern New Jersey’s major highways and public transportation.  The firm also maintains offices in New York City and in Short Hills.

HDRB&B Partner Bruce Feffer Moderates Panel on China-US Real Estate Investment

(New York, NY; June 8, 2017): HDRBB Partner Bruce Feffer was honored to be the moderator of a panel discussion at the “China-US Real Estate Investment Forum” hosted by the Asian Financial Society (AFS) in New York City on June 8, 2017. The event was attended by real estate professionals from a broad spectrum of industries including banking, private lending, brokerage, developers and others. Mr. Feffer also received an “Appreciation Award” from AFS for his support and service to the Asian business community.

HDRB&B Defeats Class Certification at Pleading Stage

(River Edge, NJ; June 5, 2017) The New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County, entered an order today denying class certification in a putative consumer fraud class action filed against an HDRBB client. Plaintiff alleged that Defendant – a prominent New Jersey vehicle towing company – had violated the Predatory Towing Prevention Act (PTPA), as well as the Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and the Truth in Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), by charging fees not permitted under the PTPA. HDRBB filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the case could not proceed as a class action because the issue of whether each individual class member suffered a loss or not, that is, whether each class member received services in exchange for each of the fees charged or not, would predominate over any class-wide issues. The Superior Court agreed and ordered that Plaintiff’s case could not proceed as a class action. The decision is notable because class certification is often decided only after discovery has been completed, imposing a significant cost on defendants. The Superior Court here, however, denied class certification at the motion to dismiss stage, agreeing with Defendant that the issue of class certification can and should be decided on a Defendant’s pre-answer motion to dismiss the class claims, avoiding the costs and complications of class action litigation where appropriate.

The case is Pellegrino v. Nick’s Towing Service, Inc., et al., No. BER-L-1606-17. Defendants were represented by Paul S. Doherty, III, Jeremy B. Stein, and Christine M. Caputo. Jeremy Stein argued for Defendants.

HARTMANN DOHERTY ADDS ATTORNEYS, EXPANDS OFFICES

(River Edge, NJ; January 3, 2016) Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia, LLC (“HDRBB”), a law firm based in River Edge, New Jersey, is pleased to announce that it recently added four attorneys and two staff members to its Short Hills, NJ and New York City offices.  The firm now employs a total of 25 attorneys who focus on the following practice areas: commercial litigation, criminal defense, corporate law, real estate, trusts and estates, and family law.

Robert Goldenberg, Esq. joined HDRBB as a partner in the firm’s Short Hills and New York City offices.  Mr. Goldenberg, who is admitted in New York and New Jersey, leads a team that includes Karen Krause, Esq., who works in the firm’s Short Hills office, and paralegal Daniel Robinson, who works in the firm’s New York office.  Mr. Goldenberg, Ms. Krause and Mr. Robinson assist commercial lenders with the closing of real estate loans in New York and New Jersey.  They were formerly affiliated with the New York office of Eaton & Van Winkle.

Heather Adelman, Esq. joined HDRBB as a partner in the firm’s Short Hills and New York City offices. Ms. Adelman counsels employers and employees on a broad range of workplace and employment-related matters, including federal and state harassment and discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), wage and hour laws, proper classification of employees and independent contractors, hiring and firing, and performance management. Ms. Adelman also drafts employment agreements and separation agreements, addressing issues such as executive compensation, restrictive covenants, and other terms of employment.  Prior to joining HDRBB, Ms. Adelman practiced employment law at DLA Piper.

Bruce Feffer, Esq. joined HDRBB as a partner in the firm’s New York City office.  Mr. Feffer, who has practiced law in New York for 30 years, advises corporations, not-for-profit organizations and individuals on a wide range of issues related to real estate and corporate law.  Mr. Feffer has devoted his entire career to representing clients from China, Hong Kong and the Asian-American community.  Mr. Feffer is assisted in this practice by Ms. Dan “Bessie” Zhang, who is a native of China and certified by the New York court system as a Chinese interpreter.

Paul S. Doherty, III, Esq., HDRBB’s Managing Member, noted that the firm “welcomes the addition of these talented professionals and looks forward to the continued expansion of its New York and Short Hills offices.”

Angela G. Kim Named Partner

Angela G. Kim has been named as a Partner in HDRB&B’s Matrimonial Department. Angela represents individuals in all aspects of Family and Matrimonial Law, including marriage dissolution, property distribution, child custody, spousal support, child support and matrimonial agreements (pre-marital, post-nuptial and separation agreements). Before joining HDRB&B, Angela practiced at Chemtob Moss & Forman, LLP and Weinstein Lindemann & Weinstein, P.C.  She also clerked for the Honorable Joseph C. Cassini in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Division in Essex County.  Angela received her  J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and an undergraduate degree from  Columbia University.

 

HDRB&B WINS JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF LHB AG

New York, NY. On August 4, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Hon. Colleen McMahon, USDJ) granted summary judgment in favor of HDRBB’s client, LHB AG, a European financial institution, which was sued for failure to make payment under an irrevocable letter of credit issued to a New York-based export company, Mago International, LLC . The letter of credit had been issued to guarantee payment on a large maritime shipment of food goods from New York to a company based in Kosovo, which ultimately failed to make payment for the goods. Adopting HDRBB’s arguments on behalf of LHB, Judge McMahon held that LHB had rightfully refused payment under the letter of credit because the beneficiary of the letter of credit (Mago) had failed to submit documentation in compliance with the strict terms of the letter of credit, which required submission of documentation “evidencing shipment of the goods,” as interpreted under the International Chamber of Commerce’s Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits. Specifically, the Court held that Mago’s repeated submission of photocopies of non-negotiable copies of bills of lading, which did not evidence shipment of the goods, failed to satisfy the strict terms of the letter of credit. The case is captioned Mago International, LLC v. LHB AG et al., 13-civ-3370 (SDNY). Mark A. Berman and Jeremy B. Stein appeared in the case on behalf of the firm and LHB.

Stephanie Lehman to Speak on Alimony and Maintenance

On November 18, 2014, Stephanie Lehman will be speaking on the differences between alimony and maintenance in NJ and NY at a program sponsored by Eisner Amper. The presentation with take place live at Eisner Amper’s Metro Park offices and will be video-streamed to Eisner’s NY and PA offices.