Garden State Bar Association and Archer & Greiner Announce New Diversity Scholarship with Support from Panasonic

The Garden State Bar Association (GSBA) and Archer & Greiner have announced a new scholarship program with support from Panasonic Corporation of North America. The Archer GSBA Diversity Scholarship (Scholarship) was established to identify, support and train exceptionally qualified diverse law students who demonstrate the characteristics needed to become future leaders in the legal profession. Designed for rising second-year law students, the Scholarship will provide the recipient with financial support, ongoing mentoring, and hands-on experience during the summer of 2018 working at a law firm and a corporate legal department.

Candidates should demonstrate outstanding academic achievements, exceptional leadership qualities, and have a demonstrated connection to, and/or intent to practice law in, the tri-state area. The recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship along with a paid 9-week summer position in 2018, fulfilled through working a 5-week internship with Archer & Greiner, followed immediately by an additional 4-week internship with the in-house legal department of Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America, a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers, which has agreed to be the in-house collaborator for the Scholarship’s inaugural year.

Ongoing mentorship is a critical element of the program. The Selection Committee’s goal will be not only to help students financially, but also to take an active and ongoing role in identifying and furthering the professional development of future leaders in the legal profession. The Scholarship recipient will receive ongoing mentoring and support from members of the Selection Committee during, and after, his or her internship.

In announcing the scholarship, Lloyd Freeman, Partner, Archer & Greiner, and member of the firm’s Diversity Committee said, “Archer & Greiner is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in our firm, and it is with great pleasure that we are able to extend that commitment to include this collaboration with the GSBA and Panasonic.”

Joining the announcement, Damien Atkins, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Panasonic Corporation of North America said, “Panasonic is pleased to join GSBA in this important initiative to identify and foster the professional growth of exceptional minority law school students.  The opportunity provides another important avenue for Panasonic to continue to deliver on our commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Freeman, also the President of the GSBA added, “This scholarship will work to attract outstanding African-Americans and other ethnic minority law students to the legal profession in our region, and that is an objective the organization completely supports.”

Applications for the Scholarship are accepted online only.  They can be found on the GSBA website at www.gardenstatebar.org . The deadline to apply is February 23, 2018. Applicants will be required to submit their resume, official copies of their undergraduate and law school transcripts, as well as an essay. More information about the Scholarship can be found on the GSBA website. Any questions should be directed to lfreeman@archerlaw.com

About Archer & Greiner
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.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and leverages its strengths in Immersive Entertainment, Sustainable Energy, Automated Supply Chains and Connected Solutions to provide secure and resilient integrated solutions for B2B customers. Panasonic was highlighted in Forbes Magazine’s Global 2000 ranking as one of the Top Ten Best Regarded Companies for 2017. The ranking is based on outstanding scores for trustworthiness, honesty with the public and superior performance of products and solutions  Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at PanasonicMovesUs.com.

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 Named Top Philadelphia-Area Law Firm

Haddonfield, N.J. (Feb. 1, 2018) — Archer & Greiner, P.C. has been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s list of top law firms, ranking 13th out of 75 listed Philadelphia-area firms.  The ranking moves Archer up one spot from its rank as 14th last year.

The list, published by the Business Journal in January, ranks the region’s top firms based upon number of attorneys.

“We are pleased to be among the area’s largest and most prestigious firms, and are proud of the work we do for our clients in the Philadelphia area every day,” said Archer president Christopher R. Gibson. “We make it our mission to give our clients the personal attention of a mid-size firm, while providing the services, talent and success typically associated with a large firm,” he added.

Archer is a full-service regional law firm with more than 185 lawyers and eight offices in Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton, Flemington and Red Bank, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; and Wilmington, Delaware.

Archer 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.

 

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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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Steven Mignogna Presented at 52nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

Steven K. Mignogna, a Partner in the firm’s Haddonfield office, lectured at the 52nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, in Orlando, Florida, on January 25, 2018. Mr. Mignogna served on a panel of experts discussing “Ethics and Negotiations,” which addressed the ethical and strategic implications in negotiating with counsel, clients and advisors.

With over 3,000 attendees, the Heckerling Institute is the leading conference in the United States for estate planning professionals, including attorneys, trust officers, accountants, charitable giving professionals, insurance advisors, elder law specialists, wealth management professionals, educators and non-profit advisors.

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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Archer Partner John C. Connell Named LAW360 “MVP”

Archer Law Partner John C. Connell has been named an “MVP” in Intellectual Property by Law360 for his role in Matal v. Tam, the groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court trademark case decided last year.

Mr. Connell, who heads Archer’s Media & Communications Law and Appellate Advocacy groups, was awarded the distinction for successfully persuading the Court to rule unanimously that the federal government’s ban on offensive trademark registrations was unconstitutional, Law360 said in announcing the award.

Matal v. Tam was one of the most important cases considered by the U.S. Supreme Court last term. The Court’s decision is expected to have far-reaching effects on the government’s involvement in and regulation of trademark registration.  One prominent case in particular, involving the PTO’s decision to revoke the trademark of the Washington Redskins football team, has already been impacted directly by the Court’s decision.

Mr. Connell successfully represented Simon Tam, lead singer of the Asian dance-rock band THE SLANTS, who sought and was denied federal registration of the band name by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in 2011. The PTO based its denial on a Lanham Act provision from 1946 that prohibited registration of disparaging trademarks.  Tam took the case to federal court in 2015, arguing that the Lanham Act’s disparagement clause violated the First Amendment.  Following an en banc Federal Circuit Court decision in 2016 that the disparagement clause was unconstitutional, the PTO appealed the case, petitioning in 2016 for a writ of certiorari.

Mr. Connell argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2017, defending the Federal Circuit’s decision. On June 19, the Supreme Court affirmed in an 8-0 decision that Tam’s trademark was a form of free speech and thus was protected under the First Amendment. Archer provided pro-bono legal services to THE SLANTS since spring of 2015.

Constitutional law has been an interest of Mr. Connell’s throughout his 32-year career. “Constitutional law involves principles that  have an impact on the structure and organization of society as a whole as well as the relationship between citizens and the government,” Mr. Connell told Law360.

Law360’s MVPs are attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers over the past year through high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters. A team of Law360 editors selected the 2017 MVP winners after reviewing more than 1,000 submissions.

John C. Connell is a Shareholder and Partner at Archer Law, and practices civil litigation as a first-chair attorney in jury and bench trials and appeals in State and federal courts. Mr. Connell’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to individuals in an array of complex commercial, employment, civil rights, communications law, healthcare, and intellectual property matters.  Mr. Connell’s work has resulted in precedential reported opinions on issues of constitutional jurisprudence, as well as statutory and common law.

 

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 Attorneys Named To South Jersey Magazine’s List Of Awesome Attorneys

More than 30 Archer Law attorneys have been named to South Jersey magazine’s 2017 list of “Awesome Attorneys.”

The annual list was compiled by the magazine and published in its December issue. Attorneys were selected from among “thousands of nominations” from South Jersey readers, the magazine stated.

A total of 33 Archer Law attorneys, in practice areas ranging from Administrative Law to Trusts and Estates Law, were named to the list. They include:   Lisa Albright, Frank Allen, Raymond Batten, Robert Bucknam, James Carll, Suzanne Collins, Frank Demmerly , Tiffany Donio, Robert Egan, Robert Fogg, Terence Fox, Peter Frattarelli, Christopher Gibson, Jeffrey Gordon, Gary Green, Deborah Hays, Frances McElhill, Brian M. McGovern, Thomas Muccifori, William O’Kane, Jennie Owens, Stephen Packman, William Ryan, Vincent Sarubbi, Robert Seiger, Mark Sever,  Kathleen Stockton, William Thompson, Michael Weinberg, Gregory Winsky, Stephanie Zane  and Tara Zane.

“We’re honored to have so many of our attorneys named to the list, and are proud that they are receiving recognition for the awesome work they do for their clients each and every day,” said Archer Law Chief Operating Officer Stacey Sinclair.

A link to the list can be found here:

http://www.southjerseymagazine.com/articles/?articleid=2094

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 Law Shareholder Lynne Abraham Receives Child USA Trailblazer Award

Lynne M. Abraham, a Shareholder in Archer Law, P.C.’s Philadelphia Office, recently received CHILD USA’s Trailblazer Award for her groundbreaking work in the investigation and prosecution of sexual abuse. The award was presented to Ms. Abraham at CHILD USA’s first annual awards celebration in Philadelphia on November 16.

In naming her to its inaugural group of “Trailblazers,” CHILD USA lauded Ms. Abraham’s five-year Grand Jury Investigation and Report of Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse, which has been both read and emulated throughout the country.

“Lynne truly is a trailblazer in so many respects. She continues to work tirelessly as an advocate for children, and her recognition by CHILD USA for bringing attention to the issue of child sexual abuse is very well deserved,” said Jeffrey M. Kolansky, co-managing partner of Archer’s Philadelphia Office.

Ms. Abraham focuses her practice on business litigation and estates and trusts. She also focuses on government relations, mediation, litigation and trial strategy and tactics, as well as appellate advocacy. Ms. Abraham joined Archer Law, P.C. following a distinguished career in public service that included an 18-year tenure as Philadelphia District Attorney. Ms. Abraham was the first woman to serve as the city’s D.A., and her tenure is the longest in modern city history. As leader of largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the nation, Ms. Abraham forged a reputation as a tough, effective and compassionate protector of public safety for more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia.

Before becoming District Attorney, Ms. Abraham served as a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court judge, legislative consultant for the Philadelphia City Council, and executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. Since joining Archer, Ms. Abraham has continued her groundbreaking work in the private sector, promoting legislative initiatives aimed at preventing gun violence and curbing the activities of Internet sexual predators, among other issues.

CHILD USA seeks to end child abuse and neglect through evidence-based research resulting in enlightened law and public policy. It is the first research-based think tank on child abuse and neglect, conducting research, compiling evidence, promoting ideas and proposing the most effective prevention policies.

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 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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