March 2013: Mark Berman will be speaking at the National Business Institute’s continuing legal education seminar entitled “Representing Your Client in Federal Court.” Berman’s presentation is entitled: “Federal Trials: What You Didn’t Learn In Law School.”
March 2013: As announced in the March 2013 “Best of New Jersey” edition of New Jersey Monthly magazine, HDRB&B partners Paul S. Doherty, Richard M. Rosa, Mark A. Berman, and Dennis Calo were named to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers®, with Berman and Doherty named to the list of “Top 100″ in New Jersey. Trusts & Estates partner Naim D. Bulbulia and litigation associate Robin Fineman are named to Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor based upon an extensive peer nomination and polling process and through independent research. The firm’s New Jersey Super Lawyers® profile can be viewed here.*
February 2013: On February 5, 2013, HDRBB partner Stephanie Lehman will join the Honorable Mathew Cooper of the New York Supreme Court on a panel discussing property rights and custodial issues relating to same sex marriages. The panel will take place at the Brandeis House in New York City, and is being sponsored by the Lawyers Division of Brandeis University.
November 2012: After a three-day trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Probate Division, Mark A. Berman and Kelly A. Zampino obtained a $428,511.91 verdict in favor of the surviving wife of Dr. Edward T. Bowe, and against Dr. Bowe’s Estate and his children, in a lawsuit challenging Dr. Bowe’s estate planning. The Superior Court concluded that our client had proved by clear and convincing evidence that Dr. Bowe had fraudulently induced his wife to waive her federal statutory right to receive 50% of his retirement account upon his death by falsely representing to her that she would inherit the marital residence of 25+ years, which she believed was owned jointly but which he knew was not, that Dr. Bowe’s Estate and by extension four of his children had been unjustly enriched as a result, and that the Estate was estopped from enforcing the ERISA waiver under a theory of promissory estoppel. The Court also rejected the defendants’ counterclaims that the Estate was entitled to funds held in a Dr. & Mrs. Bowe’s joint bank account.
October 2012: Jeremy B. Stein has joined the firm as an associate in HDRBB’s civil and criminal litigation practice groups. Jeremy is a 2006 graduate of NYU Law School, and holds a M.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University School of Engineering. Jeremy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Anne E. Thompson, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He joins the firm from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, where he represented corporate and individual clients in a range of complex commercial litigations, including contract disputes, partnership disputes and employment matters, as well as in regulatory and white-collar criminal defense matters.
August 2012: Len Rosa resolved a personal injury claim of a 20-year old client who suffered a serious injury to his right wrist and hand when struck by a machete his friend was using to cut a tree. All tendons and nerves were severed, but a good recovery ensued. Len negotiated a $400,000 settlement with the friendâ€™s parents’ homeowners carrier, prior to filing suit.
May 2012: Ashley B. Slobodkin has joined HDRBB’s NYC office as an associate in the firm’s matrimonial practice group. Ashley is a 2009 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, and is experienced at handling a wide-variety of family law matters, including divorces, custody disputes, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, adoptions, and egg donor agreements, in New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining HDRB&B, Ashley worked for Martin Friedlander, P.C., a family and matrimonial law firm in New York City.
Sharon R. Siegel has joined HDRBB as an associate in the firm’s commercial litigation group. Her legal experience spans litigation, transactions, and regulatory matters, and she has published numerous articles about cutting-edge environmental legal issues. A 2000 graduate of Columbia Law School, Sharon began her career as a clerk to the Hon. Susan H. Black on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to joining HDRB&B, Sharon worked as an associate at Sidley Austin in Washington, DC, and Wiggin and Dana in Stamford, CT, representing a wide range of corporate clients, from Fortune 100 companies to family-owned businesses. Sharon also has worked as in-house counsel at Zurich North America in New York.
April 2012: Leonard P. Rosa has joined HDRBB as a partner in the firm’s litigation group. His practice focuses on personal injury and criminal defense cases. Len has more than forty (40) years of trial experience at the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division and Supreme Court levels. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and has tried to verdict almost 300 personal injury trials. Len also regularly serves as a court-appointed arbitrator. Prior to joining HDRB&B, Mr. Rosa was a partner at Harwood Lloyd in Hackensack, NJ, and Norton, Sheehy, Higgins & Rosa, P.C., in Woodland Park, NJ. He also served as Municipal Prosecutor in Lyndhurst for 26 years, and has been a Master in the Morris Pashman American Inn of Court since its inception in 1988.
April 2012: As announced in the April 2012 “Best of New Jersey” edition of New Jersey Monthly magazine, HDRB&B partners Paul S. Doherty, Richard M. Rosa, Mark A. Berman, and Dennis Calo were named to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers®, with Berman named for a second consecutive year to the list of “Top 100″ in New Jersey. Trusts & Estates partner Naim D. Bulbulia and litigation associate Robin Fineman are named to Rising Stars. The Super Lawyers® list is published on an annual basis by Law & Politics based upon an extensive peer nomination and polling process and through independent research. According to Law & Politics, “the attorneys listed in Super Lawyers® are limited to 5% of the practicing attorneys in New Jersey, and are among the best in their profession.”
Stephanie F. Lehman has joined HDRB&B as a partner in the New York office, and will lead the firm’s matrimonial practice group. For well over a decade, Stephanie has represented high-net worth individuals in contested and uncontested matrimonial actions and child-related matters, including custody, parenting time, relocation and paternity, in the New York and New Jersey courts. Stephanie also is experienced at negotiating prenuptial, postnuptial, settlement and separation agreements, and advising clients regarding related tax planning, including the valuation of businesses, professional licenses, enhanced earning capacity and celebrity status. Prior to joining HDRB&B, Stephanie was a partner in the New York offices of WolfBlock LLP and then Cozen O’Connor, which are among the largest law firms in the country. She is a graduate of Brandeis University (1993) and Brooklyn Law School (1996), and a former law clerk for the Honorable Joseph C. Cassini, III, of the New Jersey Superior Court, Family Division.