Judge Raymond A. Batten (Ret.) Named to National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Archer is pleased to announce the Hon. Raymond A. Batten (Ret.) was recently inducted into the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). Judge Batten is a leader in the area of ADR and heads Archer’s ADR practice. NADN membership is by invitation only and limited to a select group of neutrals in each state. Judge Batten is just the 36th New Jersey member granted membership to the Chapter.

With over 900 members covering every state, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is an association whose membership consists of ADR professionals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution, and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution. Membership into NADN is limited to professional mediators and arbitrators who are well established as trusted neutrals amongst the legal community within their state of practice. All members have been found to meet stringent practice criteria and are amongst the most in-demand neutrals in their respective states, as nominated by both peers and litigation firms.

Judge Batten devotes his entire practice to serving as an arbitrator or mediator in a wide variety of matters and disputes throughout New Jersey. With more than 20 years on the bench, Judge Batten’s significant and diverse experience as a trial judge provides clients with a unique judicial perspective.

Serving statewide in all 21 New Jersey counties, Judge Batten holds the distinction of not only being on the Approved Roster of Civil Mediators (Rule 1:40) and the Approved Roster of Family Mediators (Rule 1:40), but is an Approved Rule 4:21A Arbitrator, and an Approved Roster Panelist for the American Arbitration Association. He is also a Certified Mediator for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey.

Prior to joining Archer, Judge Batten was appointed to the New Jersey Superior Court by Governor Jim Florio in 1992 and was reappointed for tenure in 1999. Prior to his judgeship, Judge Batten was a former Assemblyman from New Jersey’s 1st district and a former municipal prosecutor.

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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Sumana L. Murthy Inducted as Executive Board Member of South Asian Bar Association of NJ

Ms. Murthy (2nd from left) is pictured here with the Executive Board of SABA-NJ, as well as Hoboken Mayor, Ravi Bhalla and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Sumana L. Murthy, an Associate in Archer’s Business Counseling Practice Group, was inducted as a 2018 Executive Board Member of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ), an official chapter of the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA). Ms. Murthy was sworn in as Co-Secretary at the installation dinner held on January 30th at Del Frisco’s Grille in Hoboken, NJ. The ceremony included the newly appointed New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the newly elected Mayor of Hoboken, Ravi Bhalla. Clips from the event were televised on TV Asia.

SABA-NJ is a voluntary association of attorneys and professionals in the New Jersey area dedicated to the needs, concerns and interests of the South Asian community in New Jersey. SABA-NJ provides a networking forum for all South Asian attorneys and law students in the New Jersey area. The organization’s focus is on educating and disseminating information to the South Asian community in New Jersey about legal access and relevant legal issues.

Ms. Murthy is involved in various corporate, real estate, and lending transactions, as well as matters advising small and mid-size companies on corporate, contract, and employment issues. Further, she represents parties involved in asset and stock purchases and sales, real estate, land use, and financing transactions. She is actively involved with the Women Lawyers in Bergen and is a member of the Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel. Ms. Murthy was a past Chair of the Wesleyan University Asian Pacific American Alumni Council.

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 Expands into NYC with the Addition of DiConza Traurig Kadish LLP

Archer & Greiner, P.C. announced today that it has enhanced its Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency Litigation Group by adding the New York based, well-respected boutique law firm of DiConza Traurig Kadish LLP to its bench.

“This strategic combination will significantly enhance Archer’s ability to serve its growing roster of business clients and its presence in the New York metropolitan market,” said Christopher R. Gibson, president of Archer. “DiConza Traurig Kadish’s attorneys have built a dedicated and trusted practice that brings both depth and value to Archer, and we are very pleased to bring them on board.”

DiConza Traurig Kadish LLP, with offices in mid-town Manhattan, specializes in corporate restructuring and bankruptcy litigation, business law, general commercial litigation, and asset sales and purchases in bankruptcy. Gerard DiConza will continue as managing partner of the New York office.

“We’re thrilled to join a dynamic firm like Archer. The combination will afford our clients all of the benefits of a full-service firm, while complementing our reputation for providing personalized client attention and favorable middle-market rate structures,” Mr. DiConza said.

Mr. DiConza is joined by partners Jeffrey M. Traurig and Allen G. Kadish, Of Counsel Richard K. Milin, Associates Lance A. Schildkraut and Harrison H.D. Breakstone and law clerk Bryant P. Churbuck. The team will continue to be based in its New York office, located at 630 Third Avenue.

Archer & Greiner P.C. is a full-service regional law firm with more than 180 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 more than 90 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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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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