Jeffrey M. Scott Wins Jury Verdict for the City of Philadelphia

Jeffrey M. Scott of Archer’s Philadelphia office successfully represented the City of Philadelphia in a federal court trial, securing a verdict on July 20, 2012, in which the jury ruled in favor of the City and individual employees of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.    

The jury rejected as unfounded the plaintiff’s claims that the employees targeted his home as part of a conspiracy to improperly single out elderly residents for code violation allegations in order to steal from their homes. Kerri E. Chewning of the firm’s Haddonfield office served as co-counsel.

The verdict was covered in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on July 23, 2012.

 

  

Steven Mignogna Reappointed Vice Chair of American Bar Association Group

Attorney Steven K. Mignogna of Archer P.C. has been reappointed Vice Chair of the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Mr. Mignogna, a Partner based in Archer’s Haddonfield office, chairs the firm’s Estate and Trust Litigation Practice. In addition to his leadership position with the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group, Mr. Mignogna has, in the past, served as Chair of the ABA’s Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Committee. Both the Group and the Committee are part of the ABA’s Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law.

The Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group reviews national developments related to trust, estate and fiduciary litigation matters, addresses ethics and malpractice issues affecting trust and estate lawyers, and educates members on national trends in these areas through efforts such as continuing legal education programs and articles. The Group assists other Section Groups in issues germane to the Section’s mission and analyzes litigation, ethics and malpractice disputes that impact estate planning, administration or any other litigation or controversy.

Mr. Mignogna, of Voorhees, N.J., focuses his practice in the area of commercial litigation, with a concentration on probate matters, estates, fiduciaries, guardianships and real estate. He has lectured and published locally and nationally. Mr. Mignogna is principal author of the treatise, Estate and Trust Litigation 2012, 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 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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Salvatore DeBunda Re-Elected President of Condominium Association

Attorney Salvatore M. DeBunda has been re-elected President of the Board of Directors of the Longport Seaview Condominium Association by vote of the Association’s members, Mr. DeBunda’s third two-year term as President.

The Association sets management policy for the oceanfront condominium building on South 16th Street in Longport, N.J.

Co-Managing Partner of the Philadelphia office of Archer P.C., Mr. DeBunda has a diverse practice that spans a number of industries. He represents corporate, healthcare and media clients, including major cable television franchisees, as well as significant private and family-owned companies, nonprofit organizations, and horse ownership, racing interest and trade associations. He is President of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (PTHA), which represents owners and trainers of racehorses at Philadelphia Park. His year-round residence is in Blue Bell, Pa.

Archer PC is a full-service regional law firm with more than 200 lawyers and eight offices in Philadelphia, Pa.; Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton and Flemington, N.J.; 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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Peter L. Frattarelli Joins Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors

Peter L. Frattarelli, a Partner with Archer in Haddonfield, N.J., has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Burlington County, a nonprofit organization working to provide decent, affordable housing to families. Mr. Frattarelli plans to use his experience in labor and employment law to provide assistance and guidance to the organization.

Habitat for Humanity Burlington County is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit housing organization which works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor – “sweat equity” – into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.

The Burlington County organization has built dozens of houses for families who qualify for a Habitat home based on need, ability to pay the mortgage and willingness to partner with the organization.

Mr. Frattarelli is Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Department of Archer P.C., one of the region’s largest law firms. His 20 years of experience includes advising and representing clients in a variety of industries and settings, including government agencies, on labor and employment matters including labor unions and collective bargaining.

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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Neil A. Morris Provides Training to Labor Arbitrators

Neil A. Morris of Archer P.C. in Philadelphia served as a presenter for an American Arbitration Association (AAA) program earlier this month, where he provided insights to newly designated labor arbitrators on Pennsylvania Act 111 proceedings for police and fire labor contracts.

Mr. Morris spoke to the arbitrators about the Act 111 process, the procedures, the setting out of issues, and a description of what the process is like for an employer.

Concentrating in management-side labor and employment law, Mr. Morris has represented Pennsylvania municipalities for more than 25 years. He currently represents more than 25 municipalities and government agencies in the Greater Philadelphia area. His extensive experience in public sector labor law includes counseling and litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, U.S. and Pennsylvania Departments of Labor, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Archer PC is a full-service regional law firm with more than 200 lawyers and eight offices in Philadelphia, Pa.; Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton and Flemington, N.J.; 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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John P. Kahn Appointed to New Jersey State Bar Association Diversity Committee

John P. Kahn, an Associate with Archer’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, was recently appointed to the New Jersey State Bar Association (“NJSBA”) Diversity Committee by NJSBA President Kevin P. McCann.

The NJSBA Diversity Committee’s goal is to promote participation in bar-related activities by those lawyers and lawyer groups that have not previously participated significantly in such activities, including minorities, women, younger lawyers, government lawyers, in-house counsel, physically challenged and other similarly situated lawyers or lawyer groups.

The Diversity Committee nurtures diversity through a variety of initiatives, including fostering relationships with specialty bar associations and all Association sections and committees; organizing educational and social programming; and monitoring and fostering inclusiveness in the continuing activities, programs and projects of the Association and its related organizations, such as the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.

Mr. Kahn is active in promoting diversity in the legal profession as a Regional Director and Board Member of the Garden State Bar Association. He concentrates his practice in the defense of civil rights claims, class action litigation, health care fraud and abuse claims, and claims arising under employment and health care plans in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Archer PC is a full-service regional law firm with more than 200 lawyers and eight offices in Philadelphia, Pa.; Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton and Flemington, N.J.; 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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Lloyd Freeman Elected Treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Burlington, Camden & Gloucester Counties

Lloyd Freeman, an Associate in Archer’s Litigation Department, was recently elected as treasurer of the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Burlington, Camden & Gloucester counties (BBBS BCG).  Mr. Freeman has been active with the organization for 3 years.  He began his service with BBBS BCG when the national organization, BBBS, paired with Mr. Freeman’s fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. BBBS BCG CEO Robert Jakubowski adds, “As our Treasurer, Lloyd provides the oversight for our effective use of funds that have been entrusted to us by the public.” 
 
Dating back to 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentors at-risk children and provides ongoing support for children, families, and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. BBBS is proven by independent research to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. Headquartered in Philadelphia and with nearly 400 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves a quarter of a million children.
 
Highly active in civic and charitable causes throughout the region, Mr. Freeman, of Sicklerville, N.J., practices litigation in state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has experience in complex commercial litigation, litigation related to intellectual property and real estate transactions, and consumer fraud actions.
 
For more information on Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties visit: www.bbbsbcg.org.
 
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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2012 Summer Associates Gain Real World Experience

Archer P.C. kicked off the law firm’s Summer Associate Program this month with nine law students. The program allows second- and third-year law students an opportunity to gain valuable experience working with attorneys, staff and clients at one of the region’s largest law firms, with more than 200 attorneys in eight offices.
  
Each summer associate gets paired with a full-time Associate who serves as a mentor, advising the student on research techniques, case preparation and other client matters. The law students also accompany Archer attorneys to observe their participation in proceedings such as real estate closings, mediations, depositions, hearings, trials and client meetings.

Archer’s Summer Associate Program also includes social activities to help the law students get to know each other and firm personnel. These include a welcome reception, local sporting events and a wine tasting, as well as attorney lunches and informal after-work gatherings with associates and partners.

 
 
JOEL CLYMER
Present Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Law School: Temple University, Beasley School of Law
Undergraduate: Temple University, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, summa cum laude
 
CHARLES J. DENNEN
Present Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Law School: Rutgers University School of Law-Camden
Undergraduate: Rutgers University- Rutgers College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
 
JORDAN L. FISCHER
Present Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Law School: Drexel University, Earle Mack School of Law
Undergraduate: University of Delaware, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
 
MOLLY GALLAGHER
Present Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Law School: The George Washington University Law School
Undergraduate: New York University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
 
NICOLE C. LISTER
Present Residence: Cherry Hill, NJ
Law School: Rutgers University School of Law-Camden
Undergraduate: Rutgers University-Camden, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude
 
STEVEN A. MEDINA
Present Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Law School: Temple University, Beasley School of Law
Undergraduate: State University of New York at Albany, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
 
PATRICK D. MESSMER
Present Residence: Medford, NJ
Law School: Seton Hall University School of Law
Undergraduate: University of Rochester, Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Political Science
 
JOSE M. SABALBARO
Present Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Law School: Temple University, Beasley School of Law
Undergraduate: St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in Economics
 
STEPHEN V. TOROK
Present Residence: Merchantville, NJ
Law School: William & Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, VA
Undergraduate: Gettysburg College, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, major in History and minor in Political Science
 
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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At Camden High Commencement, Lloyd Freeman Urges Grads to Follow Their Dreams

Lloyd Freeman, an Associate in Archer’s Litigation Department, delivered the commencement address at the Camden High School graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, encouraging more than 200 graduates to “break the mold and follow your dreams, even if it takes you down a road that no one has traveled before.”

Mr. Freeman was chosen from a pool of speaker candidates after being recommended by Camden High senior Rashon Bennett, Vice President and Valedictorian of the Class of 2012. Mr. Bennett is active in the Burlington-Camden Achievement Foundation, which Mr. Freeman serves as Chairman. The Foundation provides scholarships, other financial aid and leadership development training for qualified students. Mr. Bennett heads to Seton Hall University in the fall.  

“Many people counted you out from the start,” Mr. Freeman told the graduates, because of the stigma many attach to the City of Camden and its residents, especially young people. “You’ve proven them wrong.”

Highly active in civic and charitable causes throughout the region, Mr. Freeman, of Sicklerville, N.J., practices litigation in state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has experience in complex commercial litigation, litigation related to intellectual property and real estate transactions, and consumer fraud actions.

More excerpts from Mr. Freeman’s address:

“One of the best feelings in the world you will ever experience is when you are able to help someone else. I truly believe it is everyone’s responsibility to reach back and help pull others forward. What good is it for you to get this diploma today and not help tutor one of the underclassmen in the future? What good is it for you to go off to college and not help those from your old neighborhood to study for the SAT? What good is it for you to come from Camden, where people constantly doubt your potential, and not return to help make your city a better place? Along with this diploma you receive today comes a responsibility to give back. It is best summed up by Dr. Maya Angelou who once said, ‘when you get, give…and when you learn, teach.’”

“Far too often, people are scared to step out on faith and try something different. But, I want you to break the mold and follow your dreams, even if it takes you down a road that no one has traveled before. It may be a little scary and you will get nervous, but you have to make the decision to be different. Society has placed this glass ceiling above your heads. And they assume that because you are a minority, or because you are a woman, or because you are from Camden, you will only go so far in life. But when you dare to be different, you learn how to jump higher. And when you jump higher, you shatter that glass ceiling.”

“Many people counted you out from the start. It’s been said that some people look at the number of babies born in Camden to find out how many jail cells they’ll need in the future. You’ve proven them wrong. And hopefully, because of the example you are setting, people will instead, start worrying about how many chairs they’ll need at a Camden High School graduation, after each baby is born in this city.”

“You’ve beaten all the odds and passed all the tests and you’ve made it to graduation. But I don’t want you to be surprised; there will be more tests in life. And it’s okay because I believe you will do well on each of them. What you must realize is that in life, you must first have a TEST, before you can have a TESTIMONY. And each of you is a testament to what can be achieved when you set your mind on reaching a goal.” 

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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