Everyone is constantly surrounded by legal protections, but not everyone understands what they are or how to enforce them. Having the right attorney is vital when the unexpected happens, like the loss of an important job because of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, or being caused devastating physical, emotional and financial injuries outside of work because of negligent or reckless behavior. Preserving a person's civil rights to be free from these intrusions, and to pursue substantial money damages when they occur, is at the center of our system of justice.
This is where I fit in.
My background as an attorney for people comes not from the law, but as a culinary educated chef who learned about the real world in the fast paced and demanding workplace of gourmet kitchens in the 1980's. I witnessed unthinkable discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation that I continue to encounter to the present day in fighting for my clients' rights. I have also proudly and forcefully represented strong clients who were permanently injured by the negligence and reckless indifference of large, wealthy corporations. The enduring personal relationships I have developed for decades have been forged through personal trust and getting results for my clients from their life changing experiences.
I have been fortunate to represent good people thrown into bad, damaging situations because of the wrongful conduct of their employers or big businesses that put making money ahead of treating them properly. I have been fortunate to also bring those people - my clients - to a better place through aggressive, dedicated representation in the face of big firm resources and opposition. Please review my list of client successes for examples of what I have achieved for good people, and of my commitment to excellence on their behalf. I can be contacted directly by phone call or email for a free consultation.
Abbamont v. Piscataway Twp. Board Of Education :
Reinstatement of job to industrial arts teacher who was entitled to punitive damage trial in landmark NJ whistleblower case under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, or CEPA.
Grasser v. United Healthcare Corporation
Defeated healthcare corporation’s attempt to compel arbitration of male employee’s age discrimination case under the Law Against Discrimination, or LAD.
Hernandez v. William Burke, M.D.
Jury verdict and enhanced attorney fee award of approximately $200,000 in CEPA case against doctor under investigation by NJ Attorney General
Brown v. Kelly Services
$1,870,000 LAD disability discrimination jury verdict and enhanced attorney fee award for wrongfully terminated employee with multiple sclerosis
Mandal v. Port Authority
$7,200,000 jury verdict for physician permanently injured in PATH train station slip and fall, which was reversed on appeal because of jury instruction. Won second trial and settled remainder of the case.
Briel v. Madison Board of Education
$1,300,000 settlement before trial of LAD disability discrimination and harassment case on behalf of public school employee with multiple sclerosis
Ceasar v. Flemington Car & Truck Country
$7,500,000 jury verdict, including punitive damages, for family generations permanently injured in SUV rollover negligence case. Punitive damages reduced for a final judgment of almost $5,200,000 that was affirmed on appeal
Davis v. Newark Board of Education
$15,000,000 jury verdict in LAD multiple sclerosis disability discrimination and failure to reasonably accommodate case. Verdict vacated by trial judge, then case settled before retrial.
$2,900,000 settlement before trial of LAD rheumatoid arthritis disability discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation case brought on behalf of longtime pharmacy manager for a large retail pharmacy corporation
$745,000 settlement of LAD sexual orientation, disability harassment and retaliation case on behalf of a tenured special education teacher for a public grammar school
Martinez v. New Brunswick Board of Education
$2,000,000 settlement during jury trial of LAD discrimination case filed on behalf of a visually disabled public school nurse who was denied reasonable accommodation and forced to resign
$1,700,000 settlement before trial of an LAD age discrimination case brought on behalf of a branch manager for a large bank corporation who was fired and replaced by an inexperienced cruise ship disc jockey half her age
$1,300,000 settlement before trial of an LAD age discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation case brought on behalf of the lifelong employee of a large supermarket corporation
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