Archer Partners Christopher Gibson and Lloyd Freeman Named to New Jersey Governor-Elect Murphy’s Transition 2018 Team

Archer Partners Christopher R. Gibson and Lloyd Freeman have been appointed to New Jersey Governor-elect Philip D. Murphy’s Transition2018 Law and Justice committee.

The Law and Justice committee is one of 14 committees analyzing and making recommendations on various issues facing the state as Murphy prepares to take office on January 16. Mr. Gibson and Mr. Freeman are among more than 500 policy experts and leaders in their respective fields from throughout the state chosen for the committees. Committees will meet and submit recommendations to the Governor-elect and his leadership team that will help shape the new administration’s legislative and regulatory agenda.

“New Jersey needs an administration ready to hit the ground running in January, and through the work of the transition committees my administration will not take office blind to the challenges and opportunities before us,” said Murphy when announcing the appointments. “I am grateful to everyone who accepted the call to serve our transition. From analyzing and prescribing policy to taking a fresh look at the basic organization of government, these committees have a lot of work to do. I am confident they will put my administration in a position to begin delivering results for the people of New Jersey from day one.”

Mr. Gibson is President of Archer and also serves as chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department and both the Environmental Law and Eminent Domain practice groups. During his 28-plus years in practice, Mr. Gibson has litigated and tried a variety of commercial, employment, construction and toxic tort/product liability cases seeking personal injuries and property claims. He is best known, however, as one of New Jersey’s leading environmental litigators.

Mr. Freeman concentrates his practice in commercial and complex civil litigation. He is experienced in matters involving consumer fraud, real property, franchise, business torts and other issues related to business and contractual disputes. As a member of Archer Discovery Strategies, the firm’s practice group dedicated to eDiscovery litigation and document management practices, Mr. Freeman has extensive experience managing electronic discovery in complex state and federal matters. Mr. Freeman currently serves as the president of the Garden State Bar Association, New Jersey’s oldest and largest organization for African American attorneys and judges.

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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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Appoints Michael L. Collins to School Ethics Commission

Archer attorney Michael L. Collins was recently appointed to the New Jersey School Ethics Commission by Governor Chris Christie. His term of service continues until June 8, 2020. A member of Archer’s Government Affairs Group, Mr. Collins concentrates his practice in the area of state and local law and government.

Established in the New Jersey Department of Education, the School Ethics Commission is a nine-member body established by the School Ethics Act with the power to issue advisory opinions, conduct investigations, hold hearings, and issue disciplinary sanctions. The Act is intended to ensure that the conduct of school administrators and board members maintains the respect and confidence of the people.

Prior to joining Archer, Mr. Collins served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Chris Christie in the Authorities Unit. In this capacity, he represented the Governor’s Office before New Jersey’s independent state and bi-state authorities, boards and commissions, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, among others.

Mr. Collins also previously served as a member of the Holmdel Township Board of Education from 2008-2011.

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 National College of Probate Judges Fall Conference

Steven K. Mignogna, a Partner in the firm’s Haddonfield office, served as a featured speaker for the National College of Probate Judges, at its Fall Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on November 16, 2017. Mr. Mignogna lectured to the College on “Seven Deadly Claims” – novel claims in trust and estate litigation evolving around the country. The National College of Probate Judges is dedicated to improving probate law and probate courts. The major purposes of the College are to promote efficient, fair and just judicial administration in the probate courts; and to provide opportunities for continuing judicial education for probate judges and related personnel.

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 PBA Annual Estate Law Conference

Steven K. Mignogna, a Partner in the firm’s Haddonfield office, served as a featured speaker at the 24th Annual Estate Law Conference of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Philadelphia on November 14, 2017. Mr. Mignogna lectured on recent developments in New Jersey law.

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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Brittney Cafero Elected to Board of the Rutgers University Alumni Association

Brittney A. Cafero, an Associate in the firm’s Haddonfield office, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA). Ms. Cafero began serving her three-year term on November 14th.

The RUAA serves more than 486,000 alumni from all university locations. The purpose of the association is to advance the best interests and well-being of Rutgers University by engaging all alumni in the life of the institution through communication, programming, services, and volunteer opportunities. The Board of the Rutgers University Alumni Association has authority over the affairs of the RUAA. The Board partners with the Department of Alumni Relations in the core functions of the department to further the goals of the mission of the RUAA.

As a Board Member, Ms. Cafero will partner with the Department of Alumni Relations in the oversight, management and operations of the RUAA, share ideas about how best to engage alumni in the life of the university, and promote interest among alumni in attending alumni events.

Ms. Cafero is a member of Archer’s Estate & Trust Litigation Group. She obtained her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law and graduated with honors. While in law school, she served on the Executive Board of the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy. Ms. Cafero was awarded the Rutgers Alumni Foundation Scholarship and the Haneman-Perskie Scholarship administered by the Atlantic County Bar Association. Ms. Cafero also serves on the Board of Advisors of the American Cancer Society, South Jersey Region.

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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Carlton Johnson Addresses West African Delegates at U.S. State Department Program

Carlton L. Johnson, a partner in Archer’s Philadelphia office, recently addressed law enforcement and civil society representatives from West Africa on police reform experiences and strategies. The program, held October 24th in Philadelphia, was part of the United States Department of State’s, “Study Tour to Review Use of Force and De-escalation Training, Enhance Community-Policing Practices, and Strengthen Interagency Coordination in the Sahel.” Presenting with Mr. Johnson was Alan L. Yatvin, a partner with Popper & Yatvin.

The goal of the international exchange and study tour is to enable law enforcement and civil society representatives from Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Senegal to engage with U.S. and regional counterparts, and to learn how to implement transformational reform to enhance responsive and appropriate police practices, implement effective community engagement, and promote interagency coordination.

Mr. Johnson was selected to present to the delegation because of his experience as former Chief Deputy City Solicitor of the Civil Rights Unit for the City of Philadelphia. Over the course of his 22-year tenure with the City, Mr. Johnson helped shine light on issues involving unreasonable use of force, police corruption, off-duty officer misconduct, and police disciplinary systems. Serving in this role, Mr. Johnson helped promote or participated in significant reform in these areas.

Mr. Johnson specializes in Government Relations and Litigation with an emphasis on minority and women-owned small and medium-sized businesses. Mr. Johnson serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Civil Rights and Government Relations practices. He represents a wide range of clients, including closely-held and emerging growth companies, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, and larger privately and publicly-held companies.

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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Nicole Gerritsen McDonough Joins Archer & Greiner

Nicole G. McDonough has joined Archer & Greiner as an Associate in the firm’s Hackensack office. Nicole represents clients located throughout the country and internationally in complex commercial litigation matters before the state, federal, appellate, and bankruptcy courts of New Jersey and New York. She has a vast array of experience prosecuting and defending claims in all stages of the litigation process.

Nicole’s practice focuses on intellectual property disputes related to trademark and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and rights of publicity. She also has significant experience litigating contract matters and business torts. Nicole counsels clients in myriad industries, including the information technology, pharmaceutical, real estate, high-end clothing, designer furniture, jewelry, financial services, medical, beverage, restaurant, and automobile industries. Nicole is well-versed in e-discovery and evolving data management practice.

Nicole is a Trustee of the Bergen County Bar Association and past president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bergen County Bar Association. New Jersey Super Lawyers has recognized Nicole as a “Rising Star” annually, since 2014.

Nicole earned her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was honored as a Dean Scholar. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science from Northeastern University.

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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Archer & Greiner Welcomes Three New Associates

Archer & Greiner P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of three new attorneys, Nicholas Franchetti, Jorge Garcia, and Thomas W. Nardi. Nicholas and Jorge are located in the firm’s Haddonfield office and Thomas is located in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Nicholas Franchetti is an associate in the Business Litigation practice group where he handles a variety of matters, including intellectual property litigation, contract disputes, and consumer fraud claims. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Law. Nick was a summer associate at Archer before graduating from Duke, and he also interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he worked in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions.

Jorge Garcia is an associate in the Business Litigation and Immigration practice groups. He is a graduate of Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law and brings to Archer a variety of civil litigation experiences. Jorge was twice a summer associate at Archer. During law school, Jorge served as a legal extern to the Honorable M. Teresa Sarmina of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and to the Honorable Francisco Dominguez of the New Jersey Superior Court. Jorge was a staff editor for the Temple International & Comparative Law Journal. He was also a member of Temple’s nationally recognized Trial Team and Moot Court Competition Team. He won several awards for both his oral advocacy and legal writing.

Thomas W. Nardi is an associate in the Business Litigation practice group. He is a graduate of Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law and brings to Archer a variety of litigation experiences. Tom was a summer associate at Archer before graduating from Temple. While in school, he also worked as a law clerk for a sole practitioner in the Philadelphia area, and a judicial intern for the Honorable Daniel Anders of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Tom was also a teaching assistant for several Civil Procedure classes, and won several awards participating in Temple’s nationally-recognized Trial Advocacy program. He also interned with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the Philadelphia Law Department, and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Tom was a Note and Comment Editor for Volume 89 of the Temple Law Review.

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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Anthony M. Fassano Joins Archer & Greiner

Anthony M. Fassano has joined Archer & Greiner as an Associate in the firm’s Haddonfield office. Anthony maintains a diverse commercial and complex civil litigation practice. He represents a wide range of clients, including individuals, small and large companies, and governmental entities in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Anthony represents clients in contract disputes and in toxic tort litigation.

Prior to joining Archer, Anthony was an attorney in the Solicitor’s Office of the United States Department of Labor, where he handled all aspects of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) cases as part of the MSHA Litigation Backlog Project.

Previous to joining the Department of Labor, Anthony spent several years as an Associate in the litigation department of a global Philadelphia law firm. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Anthony earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University School of Law. He earned his M.A, English from Rutgers University, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Psychology from Rowan University.

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 to Receive 2017 NJICLE Distinguished Service Award

Steven K. Mignogna, a Partner in Archer’s Haddonfield office, has been selected to receive a 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). The Award recognizes Mr. Mignogna for his exceptional contributions to continuing legal education, NJICLE and its educational mission. Mr. Mignogna will receive his award at a reception on December 4th at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

A legal education advocate, Mr. Mignogna has been a NJICLE speaker for more than 20 years, and has participated in dozens of seminars on wills, trusts and probate litigation. Mr. Mignogna has also authored, edited and contributed to several NJICLE publications. 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.

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

Mr. Mignogna has long been recognized for his commitment to supporting and encouraging legal education within Archer and in the legal industry. In addition to NJICLE, he has lectured and published for the Heckerling Institute, the National College of Probate Judges, the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Group, the American Bar Association, the Duke University Estate Planning Conference, the Delaware Trust Conference, and Estate Planning Councils around the country.

Mr. Mignogna is active in a wide array of professional associations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and member of ACTEC’s Fiduciary Litigation Committee and its Subcommittee on Fiduciary Surcharge and Damages/Remedies. He is also a member of ACTEC’s Professional Responsibility Committee. In addition, Mr. Mignogna is Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee in the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.

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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