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Yasmeen Khaleel Named NJBIZ “Leader In Law”

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Executive Committee member Yasmeen S. Khaleel, Esq., has been named by NJBIZ as a “Leader in Law.”   The NJBIZ “Leaders in Law” program honors attorneys who are dedicated to their occupation and their communities. Following an open nomination period, honorees were chosen by a panel of independent judges with experience in the justice system.  Ms. Khaleel was nominated by Friedman LLP partner, Mark Nicastro, CPA, MST.  Ms. Khaleel and the other honorees will be recognized at a virtual ceremony to be held on May 13, 2021.

Ms. Khaleel, a Mount Laurel resident, concentrates her practice in the representation of individuals, business owners, medical, dental and other professionals in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning, transactional and tax planning. She routinely handles matters of special needs planning including guardianship applications. Additionally, she is experienced in handling complex business/estate and trust litigation matters in conjunction with the Litigation Group.

She received her LL.M. degree from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, her law degree from Seton Hall School of Law, and her B.A. degree, with honors, from Lafayette College.  Ms. Khaleel is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Ms. Khaleel is the past president of the Estate and Financial Planning Council of Southern New Jersey, is on the board of directors for the Animal Welfare Association, is a committee member of the Samaritan Hospice and Health Care Planned Giving Committee, and is a committee member of the Indian Cultural Center – Asian Indian Professionals Scholarships Committee (formerly the Asian Indian Professionals, Inc.).

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John Bozzelli vs. ExxonMobil

Client: ExxonMobil

Court: Workers’ Compensation Court

Trial Attorney:  Michelle L. Duffield, Esq.

Brief Attorney:  Michelle L. Duffield, Esq. 

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

Petitioner owned a roofing company, Brocco Roofing, that regularly performed work for ExxonMobil. On April 7, 2014, petitioner allegedly sustained an injury to his right knee and neck. He filed a workers’ compensation claim against ExxonMobil alleging that he was an employee of ExxonMobil, or in the alternative, was a subcontractor for ExxonMobil acting as a general contractor. From the outset, we denied the claim and took a firm no pay position. Petitioner submitted a settlement demand of 26 ½% permanent partial disability apportioned 22 ½% for the petitioner’s right leg and 15% for the cervical spine plus six months of temporary benefits for a total of $63,516.00 plus approximately $9,500.00 in attorney’s fees associated with the permanency and temporary benefits. After a full Trial, petitioner’s claim was dismissed with prejudice for failure to establish either an employer/employee relationship or a general contractor/subcontractor relationship.

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Capehart Scatchard Shareholder Trained As A Civil Mediator

Capehart Scatchard Shareholder, Betsy G. Ramos, Esq., recently completed the required 40-hour Civil Mediation Training Program conducted by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM).  Completion of this program meets the training requirements for Rule 1:40 Civil, General Equity, and Probate Mediation Roster of the Superior Court, as maintained by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts. Ms. Ramos is expanding her practice to include serving as a mediator in civil cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, Ms. Ramos, a Mansfield resident, is an Executive Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department.  She is a seasoned litigator with over 25 years’ experience handling diverse matters and concentrates her practice in tort defense, business litigation,  insurance coverage,  estate litigation, employment litigation, and general litigation.

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Capehart Scatchard Attorneys Recognized As Super Lawyers

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that the following shareholders have recently been named to the 2021 Super Lawyers list as voted by their peers and facilitated by Thomson Reuters:  Vincent Cieslik (Business Litigation – Pennsylvania), John Geaney (Workers’ Compensation – New Jersey), and Betsy Ramos (Business Litigation – New Jersey) Fewer than 5% of lawyers are named as Super Lawyers.

Additionally, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev (Schools & Education), Edward Kuhn (Personal Injury), Cameron Morgan (Schools & Education), and Daniel Robinson (Workers’ Compensation) were selected as “New Jersey Rising Stars” for 2021.  Fewer than 2.5% of lawyers are named as Rising Stars.

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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Capehart Scatchard Shareholder Addresses New Jersey State Bar Association

On January 12, 2021 Capehart Scatchard attorney, Betsy G. Ramos, Esq. served as a panelist on “Elements, Strategies and Recent Developments Concerning Liquor Liability/Social Host Cases” at a continuing legal education webinar sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association.  Ms. Ramos focused her presentation on the recent New Jersey Supreme Court case of Estate of Narleski v. Gomes in which the Court imposed duty upon underage social hosts to refrain from providing a place for underage adults to consume alcoholic beverages, and who thereafter become intoxicated, drive a motor vehicle and injure or kill a third party.

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, Ms. Ramos, a Mansfield resident, is an Executive Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department.  She is a seasoned litigator with over 30 years experience handling diverse matters and concentrates her practice in tort defense, business litigation,  insurance coverage,  estate litigation, employment litigation, and general litigation.

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Esperanza Perez v. Table Run Estates, Inc. et al, 2021 WL 329300, 2021 N.Y.Slip Op. 00533

Client: Table Run Estates, Inc. and Condetta Brown Desgoutte

Court: New York Appellate Division, First Department

Trial Attorney:  Stephen J. Alexander, Esq.

Brief Attorney:  Alyson L. Knipe, Esq. 

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The New York Appellate Division First Department affirmed a lower court’s decision to vacate a $2.2 million dollar default judgment that was entered against Defendants Table Run Estates and Condetta Desgouttee when their answer was stricken based on their prior attorney’s failure to appear for court conferences and depositions.

The First Department held that an attorney who was suspended from and subsequently disbarred for neglecting legal matters and who failed to communicate with clients served as a reasonable excuse under CPLR 5015(a)(1) to vacate the default.  The court also found that plaintiff offered no evidence that she incurred any prejudice.  Therefore, the Appellate Division concluded that defendant’s motion to vacate the judgment was properly granted.

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L.B. o/b/o B.C. v. Washington Township BOE (Agency Dkt. #103-5/20) (OAL Dkt. #EDU 07411-20)

Client: Washington Township Board of Education

Court: Commissioner of Education

Brief Attorney:  Lauren E. Tedesco-Dallas, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

Petitioner appealed the determination of the respondent Board that B.C. has not resided within the Washington Township School District since July 6, 2019 and is therefore not eligible to receive a free public education in Washington Township Public Schools. The Board filed a motion for summary decision, which petitioner failed to answer, and sought reimbursement of tuition for the period of B.C.’s ineligible attendance.

The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found, inter alia, that: there are no material facts at issue in this case, and the matter is ripe for summary decision.

Upon review of the record, the Commissioner of Education concurred with the ALJ’s findings and conclusion. The Initial Decision was adopted as the final decision, and the petitioner was ordered to reimburse the Board for tuition in the amount of $18,077, plus $100.43 for every school day during the 2020-2021 school year that the student attended Washington Township schools. The petition was dismissed.

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Sanu Dev Installed As Trustee Of The South Asian Bar Association Of NJ

Capehart Scatchard Shareholder, Sanmathi “Sanu” Dev, was sworn in as a trustee of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (“SABA-NJ”) on January 28, 2021.  During a virtual ceremony, Ms. Dev received her oath of office from the Honorable Zahid N. Quraishi, U.S.M.J. D.N.J.

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.

Ms. Dev concentrates her practice on school law and labor and employment law.  She is experienced in representing, advising, and defending boards of education and charter schools in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline and civil rights.  She leads Capehart Scatchard’s School Law Blog, which focuses on cases, court decisions, and current developments affecting education law in the state of New Jersey.  Ms. Dev is the Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which seeks to facilitate the Firm’s efforts to achieve and maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace at every level of our organization.   Ms. Dev also serves as the Firm’s Hiring Shareholder.  She received her law degree from Rutgers Law School at Camden and her B.A. degree from Boston University.

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Yasmeen Khaleel Receives Founder’s Award From Estate And Financial Planning Council Of Southern New Jersey

Capehart Scatchard Executive Committee member, Yasmeen S. Khaleel, was presented with the 2020 Founder’s Award by the Estate and Financial Planning Council of Southern New Jersey (“EFPCSNJ”) on January 21, 2021.  The award was presented during a virtual meeting of the organization.  Established in 2001, the Founder’s Award is presented to an individual who has provided distinguished service to the estate and financial planning profession.

Ms. Khaleel, a Mount Laurel resident, concentrates her practice in the representation of individuals, business owners, medical, dental and other professionals in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning, transactional and tax planning. She routinely handles matters of special needs planning including guardianship applications. Additionally, she is experienced in handling complex business/estate and trust litigation matters in conjunction with the Litigation Group.

Ms. Khaleel is the past president of EFPCSNJ, is on the board of directors for the Animal Welfare Association, is a committee member of the Samaritan Hospice and Health Care Planned Giving Committee, and a committee member of the Indian Cultural Center –Asian Indian Professionals Scholarship Committee (formerly the Asian Indian Professionals, Inc.).

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Capehart Scatchard Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day With Donations And A Day Of Service

Capehart and Scatchard is pleased to announce that in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at the firm, in conjunction with Burlington Country Bar Association, collected $1,805 in monetary donations as well as donations of Uber cards, food, clothing, and hygiene products to benefit Providence House and Legacy Treatment Services.  In addition, eighteen volunteers from the firm participated in a day of service on January 16, 2021 at Providence House by sorting donations and doing yard work at the facility.

Providence House, which is located in Westampton, provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic abuse and their children.  Legacy Treatment Services, which is located in Hainesport, provides a vast array of services, such as crisis intervention, developmental and intellectual disability services, out of home care for children and youth, outpatient additional treatment services, and opiate and alcoholism treatment.

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