Gianfranco Pietrafesa on Death and the NJ LLC

Gianfranco A. Pietrafesa, a Partner in Archer’s Hackensack office and a member of its Business Counseling Group, has written an article on the consequences to an equity interest in a New Jersey LLC when the owner of the interest dies. The article was published in the Business Law Section Newsletter of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Pietrafesa is a director and past chairman on the Business Law Section, a member of the select committee that drafted New Jersey LLC law, and a prolific author and frequent speaker on LLC issues.

To read the article, click here.

Archer Wins the 2017 International Trademark Association Volunteer Service Award for Pro Bono Services

Archer has been honored by the International Trademark Association (INTA) as the sole recipient of its Volunteer Service Award (VSA) for “Pro Bono Services Provided by Organizations.”  INTA is a member-based organization that supports and advances trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. The VSAs recognize both individuals and firms that have provided exemplary volunteer service during the past year.

Archer is being recognized for providing pro bono legal services in this year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court federal trademark/First Amendment case, Matal v. Tam. In June 2017, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous 8-0 favorable decision in the high-profile case. Under the ruling, the High Court’s decision puts an end to the statutory bar that precluded a trademark applicant from obtaining registration of a trademark that was deemed “disparaging” by the government. The decision is also likely to have a hand in invalidating other provisions of the Lanham Act which are currently on appeal, including the statutory bar against “scandalous” or “immoral” trademarks.

 Archer’s dedicated team of Ronald Coleman, John Connell and Joel MacMull successfully represented musician Simon Shiao Tam before the U.S. Supreme Court. Archer provided pro bono services to Tam since it inherited the case in the spring of 2015. “This is a special distinction for Archer,” said Mr. Coleman. “We are thrilled that our efforts have achieved a significant legal policy resolution supporting freedom of speech issues across the country.”

“We are honored to receive this award from INTA,” said Joel MacMull. “Our trademark lawyers are committed to protecting what are often our clients’ most prized assets — their brand identity and reputation.” “INTA’s award is a fitting recognition of our team’s dedication, time, resources, and hard work over several years, culminating in Mr. Tam’s victory earlier this year.”

Attorneys in Archer’s Intellectual Property Group are leaders in their fields and represent clients internationally, nationally and regionally with respect to the protection, enforcement and monetization of their intellectual property interests involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and rights of publicity. The firm’s intellectual property attorneys have been recognized by leading legal publications and rankings.

About Archer

Archer is a full-service regional law firm with more than 175 lawyers and eight offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton, Flemington and Red Bank, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; and Wilmington, Del. The firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for over 85 years. Each office provides full-service litigation and transactional capabilities in nearly every area of law, including corporate, estate & trust, family & matrimonial, labor & employment, litigation, medical & personal injury, and real estate services. For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.

About INTA

INTA is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. Members include more than 6,300 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark research, policy development, education and training, and international network.

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Lihotz, Former Appellate Division Judge, Joins Archer

Retired New Jersey Appellate Division Judge Marie Lihotz has joined Haddonfield’s Archer & Greiner to bolster the firm’s alternative dispute resolution.

Click here to read full article. Published October 25, 2017, in the New Jersey Law Journal.

Retired Superior Court Judge Marie E. Lihotz Joins Archer’s ADR Practice

Archer & Greiner P.C. is pleased to announce the Honorable Marie E. Lihotz, former Appellate Division presiding judge, has become Of Counsel to the firm. Judge Lihotz joins Archer’s Haddonfield office and will focus on expanding the firm’s appellate and mediation practices.

“We are honored to welcome Judge Lihotz to our firm,” said Archer President Christopher R. Gibson. “Judge Lihotz has earned an outstanding reputation from her years of service on the bench. Judge Lihotz’s breadth of experience in family, business and appellate matters will be a tremendous asset to our firm in our growing ADR and appellate practices.”

Judge Lihotz was originally appointed to the Tax Court of New Jersey by Governor Christine Todd Whitman on August 15, 1997. During her twenty-year judicial career, Judge Lihotz served as Presiding Judge of the Family Part, Burlington Vicinage and was assigned to the Superior Court Appellate Division on August 1, 2006. As one of the Appellate Division’s senior judges, Judge Lihotz served as a Presiding Judge, Part B, until her retirement from the bench on September 1, 2017.

Judge Lihotz served as Chair of the Supreme Court’s Family Practice Committee from 2009 to 2017, and the Chair of the Judicial Education Committee of the Conference of Family Part Presiding Judges from 2002-2006. She was a member and instructor of the Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee; Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on New Judges’ Orientation; member of the Internet Technology Committee and E-filing subcommittee; and member of the Supreme Court Committee on Public Access to Court Records.

Judge Lihotz is the past president and founding member of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court. During her term as president, the Inn was first recognized by the National AIC in the Circle of Excellence (2009) and later as achieving the Platinum Level of excellence in the requisite core competencies (2010). In private practice before joining the judiciary, Judge Lihotz focused on commercial litigation, corporate, tax and bankruptcy matters. She also served as a commercial arbitrator and Bankruptcy mediator.

Judge Lihotz earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and an L.L.M. (taxation) from New York University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.

Archer & Greiner, P.C. is a full-service regional law firm with more than 175 lawyers and eight offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton, Flemington and Red Bank, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; and Wilmington, Del. The firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for over 85 years. Each office provides full-service litigation and transactional capabilities in nearly every area of law, including corporate, estate & trust, family & matrimonial, labor & employment, litigation, medical & personal injury, and real estate services. For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.

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Steven Mignogna a Featured Speaker at NJICLE Fiduciary Litigation Update Annual Forum

Steven K. Mignogna, a Partner in the firm’s Haddonfield office, served as a featured speaker at the “Fiduciary Litigation Update,” an annual forum of the New Jersey State Institute for Continuing Legal Education, on September 26, 2017, in Edison, New Jersey. Mr. Mignogna presented the latest trends in trust and estate law, especially from a litigation perspective, and highlighted significant cases and rulings from the last year.

Mr. Mignogna focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with a concentration on probate matters, estates, fiduciaries, guardianships and real estate. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Estates and Trusts Department and Chair of the Estate and Trust Litigation Group.

Mr. Mignogna has lectured and published extensively, both locally and nationally. He is principal author of the treatise, Estate and Trust Litigation, and editor and contributing author of The New Jersey Estate Planning Manual and The New Jersey Probate Procedures Book, all published by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Archer & Greiner, P.C. is a full-service regional law firm with more than 175 lawyers and eight offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton, Flemington and Red Bank, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; and Wilmington, Del. The firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for over 85 years. Each office provides full-service litigation and transactional capabilities in nearly every area of law, including corporate, estate & trust, family & matrimonial, labor & employment, litigation, medical & personal injury, and real estate services. For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.

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Steven Mignogna a Featured Speaker at ACTEC Mid-Atlantic Region Annual Meeting

Steven K. Mignogna, a Partner in the firm’s Haddonfield office, served as a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic region of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), on September 16, 2017, in Long Branch, New Jersey. Mr. Mignogna served as moderator and a speaker for a seminar entitled, “Resolving Trust Issues – Hopefully Without Court Intervention,” where he presented the latest trends in trust law, especially from a litigation perspective.

Mr. Mignogna is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows  based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching and participating in bar activities. It is their aim, and the goal of the College, to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility. Mr. Mignogna is also a member of ACTEC’s Fiduciary Litigation Committee, as well as its Subcommittee on Fiduciary Surcharge and Damages/Remedies, and ACTEC’s Professional Responsibility Committee.

Mr. Mignogna focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with a concentration on probate matters, estates, fiduciaries, guardianships and real estate. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Estates and Trusts Department and Chair of the Estate and Trust Litigation Group.

Mr. Mignogna has lectured and published extensively, both locally and nationally. He is principal author of the treatise, Estate and Trust Litigation, and editor and contributing author of The New Jersey Estate Planning Manual and The New Jersey Probate Procedures Book, all published by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Archer & Greiner, P.C. is a full-service regional law firm with more than 175 lawyers and eight offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton, Flemington and Red Bank, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; and Wilmington, Del. The firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for over 85 years. Each office provides full-service litigation and transactional capabilities in nearly every area of law, including corporate, estate & trust, family & matrimonial, labor & employment, litigation, medical & personal injury, and real estate services. For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.

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Jack McDermott Reappointed Chair of American Bar Association Committee

Jack McDermott, a partner in Archer’s Haddonfield office, has been re-appointed to a third term as Co-Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Energy, Environment and Resources. His new term began September 1. He has served as Co-Chair for the past two terms and, before that, as Committee Vice Chair.

As Co-Chair, Mr. McDermott leads the Committee’s activities in reviewing and analyzing national developments related to areas such as natural resource damages, oil and natural gas litigation, and related areas of litigation, as well as educating members on national trends through continuing legal education programs and articles.

The Section of Environment, Energy and Resources is a leading national forum where lawyers with environmental, energy and resources practices can find the most current information and analyses of issues related to those practice areas, and where they can learn, teach and contribute regarding those issues.

A member of Archer’s Environmental Law Group, Mr. McDermott specializes in complex environmental litigation, toxic torts and products liability claims. He represents companies in the petroleum, chemical and other industries facing claims for all forms of property and personal injury damages, cleanup costs and natural resource damages.

Archer P.C. is a full-service regional law firm with more than 175 lawyers and eight offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton, Flemington and Red Bank, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; and Wilmington, DE. The firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for over 85 years. Each office provides full-service litigation and transactional capabilities in nearly every area of law including, corporate, estate & trust, family & matrimonial, labor & employment, litigation, medical & personal injury, and real estate services. For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.

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Tiffany Wagner Donio to Serve as Mentor for United Way Inaugural Speed Mentoring Event

Tiffany Wagner Donio, a Partner in Archer’s Haddonfield office, will serve as a mentor for Ready, Set, Mentor, the first speed mentoring event hosted by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Initiative Next Generation (WING). The WING mentorship event will feature more than 10 executive-level and c-suite women sharing their insights and guidance with attendees on how to advance in their career, succeed in male-dominated industries, and achieve work-life balance.

WING is part of United Way’s Women United, which is a diverse network of women leaders from across the region who are making a positive impact in local communities. Through a commitment to leadership, philanthropy and volunteerism, Women United is focused on building a generation of youth who are poised for success.

 Ms. Donio specializes in the practice of corporate law and tax law. She provides representation to for-profit entities and their principals in a variety of matters, including entity formation, corporate governance, corporate and partnership terminations, mergers and acquisitions, business contracting and public company reporting obligations. Ms. Donio also advises clients on a variety of tax issues, including choice of entity, conversions from one form of entity to another, income tax planning, federal and state tax audits and appeals, and compliance with state and local tax laws, including sales tax issues. She is currently working toward an Executive LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.

Ms. Donio was recently named as one of South Jersey Biz magazine’s “Women to Watch” for 2017. She was among 20 female professionals the publication honored who are on the rise in the local business community. In 2014, Ms. Donio was named by SNJ Business People to its 40-Under-40 list of the most promising young business people in southern New Jersey. Ms. Donio serves on the Board of Directors of the Non Profit Development Center of Southern New Jersey.

Archer & Greiner, P.C. is a full-service regional law firm with more than 175 lawyers and eight offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton, Flemington and Red Bank, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; and Wilmington, Del. The firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for over 85 years. Each office provides full-service litigation and transactional capabilities in nearly every area of law, including corporate, estate & trust, family & matrimonial, labor & employment, litigation, medical & personal injury, and real estate services. For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.

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