Peter Frattarelli to Speak at NJSBA 2017 Mid-Year Meeting in Madrid, Spain

Archer attorney, Peter L. Frattarelli, will chair and moderate the seminar “Labor and Employment – A Paella of Issues,” to be held on October 25, 2017 at the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) 2017 Mid-Year Meeting at the Westin Palace Hotel in Madrid, Spain. Seminar attendees will learn about the latest court law, procedures and opinions from both sides of labor and employment law.

Along with serving as chair and panel moderator for the program, Mr. Frattarelli will provide attendees with an update on recent case law. Additional panel members will include other NJSBA Labor and Employment Section Executive Committee members and a local labor and employment attorney from Spain. This is the 4th year in which Mr. Frattarelli has been invited by the NJSBA to serve as a speaker at the Mid-Year Meeting.

Mr. Frattarelli is the Chair of Archer’s Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Frattarelli regularly represents management and employers in labor and employment litigation and proceedings. He has extensive experience defending employers and individuals against harassment and discrimination lawsuits, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies. These include claims for race, gender, sex, disability, national origin and age discrimination. His management defense experience has been in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from unlawful discipline through wrongful termination. Mr. Frattarelli’s litigation experience also includes an emphasis on defending against retaliation and “whistleblower” claims. He has handled numerous cases defending employers against claims of failure to accommodate the needs of disabled persons, including several cases that sought to extend the disability protection laws against employers and places of public accommodation.

To learn more about the NJSBA’s 2017 Mid-Year Meeting in Madrid, please click here.

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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Melissa Osorio Dibble Appointed Vice-Chair of ABA Committee

Melissa Osorio Dibble, an Associate and member of the firm’s Litigation Department, was recently appointed Vice-Chair of the Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section. Her one-year term will start on September 1.

As Vice-Chair, Ms. Dibble will be part of a leadership team who will review and study recent developments related to estate and trust law, including, but not limited to, will contests, contested guardianships and conservatorships and alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Dibble will work with the Chair of the Committee to develop committee activities, produce continuing legal education (“CLE”) programming for the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section meetings, eCLE, articles for Section publications, maintain the committee’s website, and host committee conference calls to discuss current legal issues and connect committee members with colleagues sharing similar interests.

The Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, which includes around 22,000 members, is a leader in providing subject matter expertise on current regulatory and legal issues, trends and best practices. The Trust and Estate Division includes all aspects of trusts, estate planning, employee benefits, insurance, and probate and trust litigation.

Ms. Dibble handles all varieties of probate, general equity, and Orphans’ Court matters, including will contests, breach of fiduciary duty actions, trust modifications, and matters involving the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act and the Slayer Statute. She has represented a variety of institutions and individuals, including banks, universities, executors, trustees, beneficiaries of estates and trusts, and intestate heirs. Ms. Dibble regularly speaks on recent developments in estate and trust litigation and has published articles on the doctrine of writings intended as wills and the Uniform Trust Code.

Archer & Greiner PC 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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Archer Hosted Law Students for Mock Interviews

Archer’s Richard Ramones addresses student questions.

Law students from law schools within the Delaware Valley Region and New York City recently tested their job-interview skills in a mock interview during a program sponsored and hosted by Archer. The mock interview program allows law students the chance to practice for the upcoming On-Campus interview season.

Law students receive interview tips from the panel.

The mock interviews were held on July 18th at Archer’s Haddonfield office and were conducted by attorneys from law firms, government agencies and corporations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The program is an annual event put on by the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ). Rutgers School of Law was the other sponsor of the event.

“It’s a great opportunity for law students to make a professional connection with someone who is doing what they hope to do, and to also experience what an interview is in a setting where they’re not being officially evaluated,” said Archer attorney Richard Ramones, who served as a panelist for the program.

Students met with an attorney for a 15-minute interview followed by a 5-minute critique. Students were provided constructive feedback on everything from body language to the substance of their answers and follow-up questions.

The workshop also featured a discussion on interviewing methods, interviewing tips and techniques, and included a networking reception at the end.  Over 50 law students and attorneys participated.

 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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Chambers Guide Ranks Archer Among The Best – Again

Chambers and Partners, publisher of leading guides to the legal profession worldwide, has once again ranked Archer P.C. and several of the firm’s attorneys among the best in their fields in Chambers USA 2017 – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Based on extensive research, including interviews with lawyers and their clients, Chambers identifies and ranks the world’s finest lawyers: those who perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients – such as technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value.

In addition to listing the firm as a whole, Chambers USA 2017 recognizes in particular Archer’s Environmental practice and several lawyers in that group. The listings can be found here.

Chambers ranks Archer’s Environmental Practice among the very best in New Jersey, listing the firm in “Band 1” – the highest level – in that area of law. The guide notes the firm’s “highly knowledgeable” lawyers, adding: “It’s an excellent firm and an outstanding team.” Another source comments: “They are very skilled in litigation and environmental matters.”

In addition, Chambers recognizes and highly ranks the following Archer environmental attorneys:

Christopher Gibson, President of Archer and Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, is regarded as an “excellent litigator” who “understands and appreciates business impacts,” interviewees attest. Gibson is noted for his expertise in natural resource damage claims and counts government agencies and major chemical companies among his impressive roster of clients.

Marc Rollo, who heads Archer’s Environmental Practice Group, is praised by a Chambers interviewee as  “superb.” He is an experienced litigator highlighted for his strengths in cleanup reimbursement and state fund claims.

Rising star David Edelstein is sought after for his strengths in cost recovery claims and regularly litigates at state and federal courts. He draws particular praise for his writing skills and is also singled out by one impressed peer, who comments: “He is very knowledgeable, bright and handles himself well – he does solid work in court.”

Chambers also recognizes Archer’s Stephen M. Packman in their bankruptcy/restructuring category.  Mr. Packman serves as Chair of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency Litigation Group at Archer and is also co-Chair of the International Law Group.

Archer PC 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.

Lloyd Freeman Elected President of the Garden State Bar Association

(L to R) John E. Wallace, Jr., Retired NJ Supreme Court Justice; Ebony Freeman; Lloyd Freeman

Lloyd Freeman, a Partner in Archer’s Haddonfield office, assumed the presidency of the Garden State Bar Association (GSBA) June 10 for its 2017-2018 year. He was sworn in at the Association’s 42nd Annual Scholarship Awards & Gala held at the Sheraton in Atlantic City. Mr. Freeman had previously served on the Board of Directors of the Garden State Bar Association.

Regarding election as President of the Association, Mr. Freeman stated, “I am extremely excited to lead this organization. During my administration, the GSBA will continue to encourage diversity and inclusion within the profession, and the advancement of minorities throughout our state. We will accomplish this through relevant programming, dedicated mentoring and zealous advocacy.”

An affiliate of the National Bar Association, New Jersey’s oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges, the GSBA assists African-Americans and other ethnic minorities in becoming an effective part of the judicial and legal systems. The Association seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, improve the administration of justice, support initiatives designed to improve economic condition of all individuals, and eliminate discrimination and inequality based on racial, ethnic or sexual considerations. The GSBA establishes programs and projects to pursue, support and facilitate the implementation of these goals.

Mr. Freeman, a resident of Sicklerville, concentrates his practice on commercial and complex civil litigation. He has a wide range of experience in New Jersey and Pennsylvania state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily representing clients in matters involving consumer fraud, real property, franchise, business torts and other issues related to business and contractual disputes. His work includes representing governmental entities, public agencies and private entities in tort and contract litigation matters.

Mr. Freeman received his J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 2007 and his B.B.A., cum laude, from Howard University in 2004. He is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and Pennsylvania Bar, and is a member of the Camden County Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association and the Association of the Federal Bar of NJ. Mr. Freeman is an Executive Board Member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region and Immediate Past Chancellor of the Rutgers Law School Alumni Association. In 2017, South Jersey Biz Magazine named him one of South Jersey’s 20 Under 40. In 2015, he received the Young Lawyer Award from the Garden State Bar Association, and in 2010 he received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association.

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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Steven Mignogna Reappointed Chair of American Bar Association Committee

Steven K. Mignogna, a Partner in Archer’s Haddonfield office, has been reappointed to a second term as Chair of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee in the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section. His new term will start on September 1.

As Chair, Mr. Mignogna leads the Committee’s activities in coordinating seminars and publications and tracking trends in the relevant law around the United States. He previously served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group, and as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Committee in that Group.

The Section Real Property, Trust and Estate Law is a leading national forum for lawyers, and currently has around 22,000 members. The Real Property Division focuses on legal aspects of property use, ownership, development, transfer, regulation, financing, taxation and disposal. The Trust and Estate Division focuses on all aspects of trusts, estate planning, employee benefits, insurance, and probate and trust litigation.

Mr. Mignogna is Co-Chair of Archer’s Estates and Trusts Department and Chair of the firm’s Estate and Trust Litigation Group. Mr. Mignogna focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with a concentration on probate matters, estates, fiduciaries, guardianships and real estate. He has lectured and published extensively both locally and nationally. Mr. Mignogna 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 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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Anthony La Ratta Appointed Chair of American Bar Association Group

Anthony R. La Ratta, a Partner in Archer’s Haddonfield office, has been appointed Chair of the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section. For the past two terms, he has been serving as the Vice Chair of the Group.

As Chair, Mr. La Ratta has overall leadership responsibility for the Group, which reviews national developments related to trust, estate and fiduciary litigation matters; addresses ethics and malpractice issues affecting trust and estate lawyers; educates members on national trends through efforts such as continuing legal education programs and articles; and analyzes litigation, ethics and malpractice disputes that impact estate planning, administration or  any other litigation or controversy.

Mr. La Ratta concentrates his practice in the area of Trust & Estate litigation, with an emphasis in litigation involving probate matters, estates, trusts, guardianships, and fiduciaries. He has represented institutions and individuals in a variety of contexts, including banks, corporate fiduciaries, executors, trustees, beneficiaries of estates and trusts, incapacitated persons, surviving spouses, and intestate heirs. Mr. La Ratta has handled cases involving will contests, undue influence, diminished capacity, contested guardianships, writings intended as wills, breach of fiduciary duty, and accountings of estates and trusts.

Mr. La Ratta is also admitted by the State of New Jersey to the roster of court-approved mediators for probate cases and has been appointed by the courts to assist in resolving such disputes through mediation.

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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(201) Magazine Recognizes Two Archer Attorneys as Top Lawyers in Bergen County

Archer partners Gianfranco A. Pietrafesa and Andrew T. Fede have been selected among the Top Lawyers in Bergen County for 2017 by (201) Magazine. (201) Magazine presented the results of their annual peer-review survey in the magazine’s June issue.

Mr. Pietrafesa was recognized in the area of Business, Corporate & Commercial Law. Mr. Pietrafesa serves as outside general counsel to a number of companies and represents clients in a variety of business and corporate matters, including business formations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity financing, protection of business information, and business divorce matters. He is a director and former chairman of the Business Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a recognized authority on NJ LLC law.

Mr. Fede was recognized in the Appellate Practice area. Mr. Fede’s practice areas include appellate litigation, commercial and governmental civil litigation, municipal law, zoning and planning, real estate tax appeals, labor and employment, employment and other forms of discrimination, probate law, real estate law, and constitutional law. Mr. Fede is a certified mediator in the New Jersey Superior Court mediation program for civil, general equity, and probate cases, and is an arbitrator in the Bergen County Superior Court contract/commercial arbitration program.

The “Bergen’s Top Lawyers” list is based on a peer-review survey conducted by Professional Research Services (PRS) based in Michigan and was open to all licensed attorneys in Bergen County. Thousands of attorneys throughout Bergen were contacted by PRS and asked whom they would recommend within the county in given areas of law. Via an online ballot, each attorney was allowed to recommend up to three colleagues in each legal specialty. Each nominee was carefully evaluated on the basis of the survey results, the legitimacy of their license and their current standing with the State Bar Association of 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 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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Archer Wins Historic U.S. Supreme Court Victory in Federal Trademark Suit Vindicating First Amendment Rights of ‘The Slants’

Decision considered to be one of the most significant in defining the scope of First Amendment protections

The Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to all Americans in handing down its 8-0 favorable decision in the high-profile Lee v. Tam case. The Supreme Court ruled that the Portland-based Asian-American rock band, The Slants, will be permitted to register their trademark, THE SLANTS, under The Lanham Act (also known as the Trademark Act of 1946).

A team of three Archer attorneys, including Ronald D. Coleman, John C. Connell and Joel G. MacMull, represented musician Simon Shiao Tam in his successful defense of the ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in December 2015, which reversed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s refusal to register Mr. Tam’s trademark under the disparagement clause of §2(a) of the Lanham Act.

The Supreme Court’s ruling reaffirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision that the government’s denial was unconstitutional for violating the First Amendment noting, “We now hold that this provision violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”

“Today’s landmark decision is an overwhelming victory for Mr. Tam, the members of his band and the many advocates across the country who work so tirelessly to preserve our First Amendment rights,” said John C. Connell, partner and chair of both the appellate advocacy and communications law groups at Archer. “This win is relevant to the Washington Redskins football team case, as well as all individuals, businesses and organizations that are advocates for free speech. The debate over the propriety of language may continue, but only where it belongs: in the crucible of open, wide-ranging public discourse, unimpeded by the government acting as the arbiter of what is and is not permissible speech.”

Under the ruling, the decision will likely put an end to the statutory bar that precluded an applicant from obtaining registration of a trademark that was deemed offensive by the government. Additionally, the verdict provides clarity on the disparagement provision, which Archer’s attorneys successfully argued was, in addition to violating First Amendment considerations, too vague and imprecise in its language and application to be constitutional.

“The firm has been providing pro-bono legal services to The Slants since spring of 2015, and we are thrilled that our efforts have achieved a significant legal policy resolution supporting freedom of speech issues across the country,” said Ronald D. Coleman, partner and lead trademark attorney at Archer.

This case is considered to be one of the most important matters before the Court this term. The full Supreme Court opinion can be found here.

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

David A. Schneider Presented Real Estate Tax Assessment Seminar to City of Philadelphia Law Department

 From left to right:  Valerie Robinson, Chair, Corporate & Tax Group, City of Philadelphia Law Department; David Schneider, Partner, Archer; Drew Aldinger, Senior Attorney and Counsel, City of Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment; James Zwolak, Divisional Deputy City Solicitor, City of Philadelphia Law Department; Christine Bak, Senior Attorney, Corporate & Tax Group, City of Philadelphia Law Department.

 David Schneider, a Partner in Archer’s Real Estate Tax Appeal Group, recently presented the program, “Philadelphia Real Estate Tax Assessments 101” to the City of Philadelphia Law Department. Drew E. Aldinger, Senior Attorney and Counsel to the City of Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment, presented along with Mr. Schneider.

The presentation addressed hot button real estate assessment topics in Philadelphia, including the reassessment process and its impact on various property types, real estate tax exemptions, and tax abatements and PILOT programs. The presentation also addressed issues of uniformity and non-discrimination in real estate assessment and taxation, real estate tax appeal law and procedures, and school district reverse appeals.

The School District of Philadelphia took approximately 149 “reverse” appeals challenging the tax year 2017 assessments of approximately 149 commercial properties. Most of these appeals are pending in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment is currently implementing a 2018 reassessment of 65,000 commercial, industrial and institutional properties in Philadelphia. It expects the reassessment to result in additional taxes of approximately $118 million.  

The 2017 reverse appeals and 2018 reassessment could significantly impact property taxes. Taxpayers in Philadelphia should evaluate the potential tax increase or reduction, and take the necessary steps to protect their rights to uniformity in assessment, and equality and fairness in taxation.

Mr. Schneider handles valuation related litigation, including complex commercial and industrial tax appeals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and throughout the East Coast region. Additionally, he advises clients regarding potential real estate tax liability for property being considered for purchase and/or development. He is also a Pennsylvania State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.

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 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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