2018 News

In January 2018 Senior Partners Gregory Giordano and Michael A. Pattanite, Jr. negotiated a defense friendly settlement of a medical negligence claim for wrongful death injuries brought against a physician then completing his surgical residency.

Partner Patrick F. Carrigg met with United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito at an event held by the Hamilton Township Education Association dedicating Free Library to Rose Alito in January 2018.

In February 2018 Partner Gregory Giordano negotiated a defense friendly settlement on behalf of a neurological surgeon alleged to have deviated from the standard of care in the performance of spinal surgery.

In February 2018 Patrick F. Carrigg was appointed negotiations counsel for South Orange Maplewood Board of Education to represent the District in labor negotiations.

In February 2018 Partner Joseph Lang successfully defended the appeal of a Jury’s April 2016 no cause of action defense verdict on behalf of a Board Certified General and thoracic surgeon. The Appellate Division for the Superior Court of New Jersey unanimously upheld the Trial Court’s rulings and ultimate jury verdict for the physician defendant.

In March 2018 Partner Patrick F. Carrigg, is named a Rising Star in the area of New Jersey Education Law by Super Lawyers magazine.
In May 2018 Patrick F. Carrigg obtained a defense verdict for a New Jersey Public School District against claims that the District allegedly failed to remediate gender-based harassment under the Law Against Discrimination. After a five-day trial the jury returned a verdict finding the District acted appropriately and did not discriminate against the Plaintiff.

Patrick F. Carrigg was elected the Vice President, South Central Division of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys in June 2018.

In June 2018 Patrick F. Carrigg presented on Employee Separation and Post-Employment Obligations at the School Law Forum presented by the New Jersey School Boards Association.

In August 2018 Gregory J. Giordano negotiated a defense friendly settlement on behalf of a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician who was alleged to have deviated from the standards of care in failing to diagnose a potential hypertensive crisis resulting in kidney failure and loss of kidney function.

In August 2018 Partner Michael A. Pattanite, Jr. obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Mercer County Public School from claims of negligence surrounding a dog bite attack that took place during physical education class. The Trial Court found the District had discharged its duty of care to the student and was not the proximate cause of the Plaintiff’s alleged injuries.

New Jersey Governor Phillip Murphy attended an October 2018 Hamilton Township Board of Education meeting for an announcement of a STEM Grant awarded to the District. Patrick F. Carrigg attended the meeting in his capacity as board solicitor for Hamilton Township Board of Education.

Patrick F. Carrigg and Michael A. Pattanite presented “Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era” at X-treme CLE for the Mercer County Bar Association in October 2018.

In November 2018 Partner Michael A. Pattanite, Jr. obtained a dismissal of a Conscientious Employee Protection Act case filed against a local small business owner. The Plaintiff’s attorney voluntarily dismissed the case shortly after the Plaintiff’s deposition where numerous inconsistencies were discovered regarding Plaintiff’s claims.

In November 2018 Partner Michael Pattanite successfully defended a Certified Nurse and Medication Aide in a claim of abuse and neglect brought by the Department of Health. After a four-day bench hearing, Mr. Pattanite obtained an interim decision for the Administrative Law Judge finding in favor of the Defendant. The Commissioner of the Department of Health affirmed the interim decision in December 2018.

In December 2018 Partner Michael A. Pattanite, Jr. is appointed special education counsel for Salem City School District Board of Education and Lawrence Township School District.

In December 2018 Partner Robert F. Casey represented the seller in the single highest priced residential real estate transaction in Mercer County, New Jersey; $8.3 million dollars.