Litigation

Attorneys explore alternative resources before moving to trial. At trial, however, attorneys aggressively apply themselves to attain the best possible result.
Mr. Duffy focuses his practice in litigation through the federal and state courts of New Jersey, with a concentration on creditor’s rights, business collection, tort defense, premises liability and products liability defense, Tort Claims Act defense, construction, estates, employment and professional malpractice.

Ryan P. Duffy

Associate

Gina M. Zippilli
Gina is a shareholder in Capehart’s Litigation Group and is the Editor of the firm’s quarterly litigation newsletter, “Legally Speaking.” In addition to being the firm’s PIP expert, Ms. Zippilli focuses her practice in civil litigation matters involving tort defense; products, premises and professional liability, as well as employment and estate litigation. Her client base is mainly devoted to national corporations as well as liability and property insurance carriers. She has extensive experience in the area of legal malpractice having specialized in that field for several years as well as complex commercial litigation. For her business clients, Ms. Zippilli prepares corporate and transactional documents and assists those clients in creating and obtaining trademarks.

Gina M. Zippilli

Shareholder

Mr. Zieman focuses his practice in general defense litigation through the federal and state courts of New Jersey, with a concentration on tort defense, premises liability, products liability, Tort Claims Act defense, construction, estates, employment and professional malpractice. His clients include large and small business owners, municipalities and governmental entities, manufacturers, and their insurers.
William G. Wright
Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Practice. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Concentrates his practice in commercial bankruptcy and general commercial litigation. He has represented banks and other financial institutions for over twenty-five years. In that time, he has prosecuted and defended, among other bankruptcy matters, fraudulent conveyances, preferences, objections to claims, plan confirmations, cash collateral orders, motions for relief from stay and lease assumptions and rejections. He has appeared in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania including arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Voris M. Tejada, Jr.
Mr. Tejada focuses his practice in the representation of clients in business disputes arising from breaches of contract, complex financial transactions, investment fraud, real estate acquisition and development, and ownership disputes. Practice includes the defense of commercial entities in matters involving insured claims including commercial torts, tort defense, class actions, and general liability.
Sergio I. Scuteri
Mr. Scuteri represents national and regional lending institutions and other credit issuing entities in the areas of commercial litigation, collections, bankruptcy, work outs and foreclosure. In addition, Mr. Scuteri represents owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in construction litigation, payment bond, and mechanic’s lien matters. 75% of Mr. Scuteri’s practice is devoted to litigation. Mr. Scuteri also serves as assistant general counsel to a national manufacturing company, where he advises on issues from business policy development to construction litigation.
Carmen Saginario Jr.
Co-Chair Employment & Labor Practice. Mr. Saginario focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling. He regularly counsels clients on litigation avoidance, personnel policies and procedures including those associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, employment discipline, layoffs and other terminations. Mr. Saginario directs and participates in internal investigations involving claims of harassment, policy violations, ethics and other employment issues. He also appears on behalf of private and public sector clients before the judiciary as well as State and Federal administrative agencies (EEOC, N.J. Division on Civil Rights, etc.). Mr. Saginario is also experienced in representing clients before arbitrators and mediators. He has negotiated numerous public collective negotiations agreements (e.g., law enforcement, public works, etc.).
Laura D. Ruccolo
Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Practice. Ms. Ruccolo is an experienced “hands on” litigator with over 25 years of experience. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including the defense of class action litigation. She represents small, medium and large companies, banks and financial institutions and professionals and counsels them in all aspects of their business, from reviewing, negotiating and drafting contracts in a wide variety of areas, addressing employment issues and compliance issues. Ms. Ruccolo knows that open and regular communication with her client is essential to meeting the client’s goals. Ms. Ruccolo tries to resolve business disputes before litigation becomes necessary.

Laura D. Ruccolo

Shareholder

Chair, Franchise Practice. Ms. Rose focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business law, transportation, and franchise law. Represents transportation companies, particularly railroads, and automobile and boat manufacturers/distributors in federal, bankruptcy, state, administrative, and arbitration venues in the defense of claims under state and federal law. She is involved in all aspects of relationships between manufacturers/distributors and dealers including enforcement of franchise quality industry standards, allocation issues and counseling regarding general distribution arrangements.

Mary Ellen Rose

Executive Committee Member

Betsy G. Ramos
Co-Chair, Litigation Practice. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Ms. Ramos is an experienced litigator with over 25 years experience handling diverse matters. Practice areas include tort defense, business litigation, estate litigation, tort claims and civil rights defense, construction litigation, insurance coverage, employment litigation, shareholder disputes, and general litigation.

Betsy G. Ramos

Executive Committee Member

Edward F. Kuhn III
Mr. Kuhn focuses his practice in general defense litigation through the federal and state courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with a concentration on tort defense, premises liability, products liability, Tort Claims Act defense, construction, estates, employment and professional malpractice. His clients include large and small business owners, municipalities and governmental entities, manufacturers, and their insurers.
Alyson L. Rosenberg Knipe
Ms. Knipe has over 15 years of experience litigating and managing a diverse range of civil claims including the areas of transportation, premises, property damage, general liability, construction defect and construction litigation centering on New York State Labor Law.

Alyson L. Knipe

Shareholder

Charles F. Holmgren
Mr. Holmgren focuses his practice in general defense litigation throughout the federal and state courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with a concentration on premises liability, products liability, construction, estates, employment and professional / medical malpractice. His clients include large and small business owners, municipalities and governmental entities, manufacturers, and their insurers.
Christopher J. Hoare
Mr. Hoare specializes in legal malpractice, construction accident, NY Labor Law, construction defect, railroad defense, trucking/transportation liability, and medical malpractice litigation. Before becoming an attorney, he worked in railroad track construction and safety training at Conrail as well as a Legal Claims Agent for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). For 19 years, he has represented his clients in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania in legal malpractice, premises liability, transportation, trucking, and construction accident litigation (including NY Labor Law) cases.
John R. Hewlett, Jr.
Mr. Hewlett focuses his practice in general defense litigation throughout the courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with a concentration on tort defense, automobile accidents, premises liability, products liability, construction accidents, negligent security, and wrongful death claims.
Bruce L. Harrison
Bruce L. Harrison, Esq. rejoined the firm in 2009 as a shareholder of the Labor & Employment and Environmental/OSHA Groups and Chair of the Mediation and Dispute Resolution Group. Starting in 1975, Mr. Harrison focused his practice in the representation of clients in claims relating to labor and employment, civil rights, business, litigation and regulatory matters. More recently, he has developed an active ADR practice acting as a mediator. (Visit Bruce’s Mediation website.) From May 1, 2006 until July 2, 2008, Mr. Harrison served as the Vice President and General Counsel for Metrologic Instruments, Inc., a world leader in designing and manufacturing bar code reading technology. After Metrologic was acquired by Honeywell International, Mr. Harrison returned to the firm. Mr. Harrison has frequently spoken to trade and business associations on topics including sexual and other harassment, OSHA, FMLA and similar issues. Mr. Harrison is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.
Laura M. Danks
Ms. Danks focuses her practice in general litigation throughout the state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a concentration in insurance defense and commercial litigation matters. She has successfully defended clients and their insureds in a wide range of areas including premises liability, construction accidents, DRAM shop claims, professional liability, civil rights claims, employment matters, consumer fraud litigation, and claims by and against public entities. She also has extensive experience representing landlords in eviction cases and related landlord-tenant matters. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Danks is experienced in representing developers and navigating New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law.

Laura M. Danks

Shareholder

Michelle L. Corea
Ms. Corea’s practice focuses on insurance defense litigation with emphasis in defense of public entities involving tort claims act cases under New Jersey Statute Title 59 and civil rights litigation under 42 U.S.C. section 1983; and insurance fraud, bad faith and SIU related matters; construction litigation; municipal court practice; toxic tort defense; maritime and railroad claims.
Vincent T. Cieslik
Focuses his practice in the representation of individuals, small businesses, not-for-profits and and large corporations in complicated and often high-risk litigation. Vince’s areas of expertise are in commercial litigation, health care law, and estate law.
Christopher J. Carlson
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Mr. Carlson’s practice concentrates on the defense of New Jersey and Pennsylvania personal injury matters on behalf of insurance companies, self-insured entities and third-party administrators in the fields of premises liability, transportation law, and construction claims. He has also handled commercial, insurance coverage, fire loss, trucking accident, Dram Shop, subrogation and first party “Personal Injury Protection ” (PIP) matters, as well as Hazmat rapid response services to trucking accidents.
Mr. Betley concentrates on labor and employment law, civil rights, school law, including special education, and construction law.

Joseph F. Betley

Shareholder

Jessica M. Anderson
Ms. Anderson focuses her practice in defense litigation with a concentration on Tort Claims Act defense, FELA, automotive accidents, premises liability, railroad accidents, civil rights, wrongful death, property damage, and professional malpractice. Her clients include municipalities, governmental entities, railroads, school boards, large and small business owners, and their insurers. Ms. Anderson is experienced in all phases of civil litigation, including trial and appellate practice.
Stephen J. Alexander
Mr. Alexander focuses his practice on all aspects of tort defense, products liability, employment and construction litigation representing large and small business owners and manufacturers, as well as insurance companies. He also has experience in the area of professional malpractice.

Stephen J. Alexander

Executive Committee Member