Archer Among 200 Largest U.S. Law Firms in Latest Rankings

Archer P.C. ranks among the nation’s 200 largest law firms, placing 198th in the latest annual survey by the National Law Journal.

The firm, with 208 attorneys in eight offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York, rose from 226th on last year’s National Law Journal list, largely due to the addition of a North Jersey office with more than 30 lawyers resulting from a merger in May 2011 with the Hackensack, N.J., firm of Herten, Burstein, Sheridan, Cevasco, Bottinelli, Litt & Harz LLC.

“Our growth continues to enhance our full-service capabilities throughout the region,” Archer Chairman James H. Carll said.

The firm serves a regional client base, with clients ranging from large, multi-national corporations to small businesses and individuals, in core practices such as corporate law, litigation, labor and employment, intellectual property, real estate, trusts and estates, and family law.

Archer PC is a full-service regional law firm with more than 200 lawyers and eight offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton and Flemington, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; and Wilmington and Georgetown, Del. The Firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for more than 80 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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Neal Schonhaut Secures $6M Jury Verdict in Man’s Death from Fall at Rehab Center

 A Mercer County jury has awarded more than $6 million to the wife and estate of a 62-year-old man who died of head injuries after falling from a wheelchair at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center in Lawrenceville, N.J.

George Shufflebotham of Lambertville, N.J., died on Oct. 13, 2003, 36 hours after he fell from the wheelchair and suffered a brain hemorrhage, which was not promptly diagnosed or treated. The jury rendered its verdict on Nov. 19, 2010, awarding $6,005,000 in damages after a four-week trial before The Hon. Darlene J. Pereksta, New Jersey Superior Court Judge, in Trenton.

Mr. Shufflebotham’s widow, Elizabeth, was represented at trial, individually and as Executrix of her late husband’s estate, by Neal L. Schonhaut of Archer P.C. in Princeton.

Mr. Shufflebotham had been sent to St. Lawrence for rehabilitation following hospitalization for a stroke he suffered on Oct. 7. Mr. Schonhaut introduced evidence that a St. Lawrence nurse, Karen Stokes, left Mr. Shufflebotham unattended and failed to institute safety measures to protect him from falling. The plaintiffs further alleged that the nurse documented a sluggish pupil and increased blood pressure following the fall, yet failed to promptly report the change in condition. Mr. Schonhaut also argued that a St. Lawrence physician, Dr. David Jenkins, was negligent in his examination of Mr. Shufflebotham after the fall, and that Dr. Jenkins failed to properly order a CAT scan.

Archer, P.C., is a full-service law firm with more than 175 lawyers serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for more than 80 years. The firm has offices in Haddonfield, Princeton and Flemington, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; and Wilmington and Georgetown, Del. For more information, visit www.archerlaw.com.


The Star Ledger Article (November 22, 2010)

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