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Paige Joffe Installed As Camden County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Trustee

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Litigation Department Associate, Paige A. Joffe, Esq., was sworn in as the Young Lawyer Trustee of the Camden County Bar Association. The installation ceremony took place on June 23, 2022 at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom in Collingswood, New Jersey. Her oath of office was administered by New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Lee A. Solomon.

Ms. Joffe received her B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in International Business, Legal Studies and Spanish, from Drexel University, and her J.D. from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law.  Upon law school graduation, she worked as a judicial law clerk in the Camden County Superior Court’s Criminal Vicinage. She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Capehart Scatchard Attorneys Take Part In Panel Discussion on LGBTQ Legislation

Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev and Marie Michel, participated in a remote CLE entitled “Why Say Gay: A Look at Dangerous Trending Legislation.”  The CLE, held on June 23, 2022, was sponsored by the Burlington County Bar Association’s Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership Committee.  Ms. Dev is Co-Chair of the Committee.

Ms. Dev served as moderator for the panel discussion and Ms. Michel served as a panelist. The participants addressed anti-gay/anti-trans legislation throughout the country. Topics discussed included the cultural history of resistance and impact on intersex children, legislation passed in New Jersey on LGBTQ curriculum in public schools, rights of transgender students v. rights of teachers, and best practices approach for practitioners to discuss with clients.

Ms. Dev, a shareholder in the School Law Department, 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.  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.   Upon graduation from Rutgers Law School, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. (ret.) in Burlington County.

Ms. Michel, an associate in the Workers’ Compensation Department, received her law degree from Rutgers Law School, Camden and a B.S. degree in Marketing and a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey.  Upon law school graduation, she worked as a law clerk in Burlington County for the Honorable Sander D. Friedman, J.S.C. and as a recall law clerk to the Honorable John E. Harrington, J.S.C. (Ret./Rec.) and the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. (Ret./Rec.).  She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

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Nicholas Dibble Addresses Regional Conference Of Rehabilitation Professionals

PHOTO: L to R: Drew Barton, Twin Boro Physical Therapy; Nicholas Dibble, Capehart Scatchard; Robert Killea, Senior VP of Business Development at Twin Boro.

Capehart Scatchard Shareholder, Nicholas Dibble, Esq., spoke at the 22nd Annual New Jersey International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (NJ-IARP) Conference held at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, NJ on June 16, 2022.  The NJ-IARP Conference is the largest Nurse Case Management Conference in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Mr. Dibble and Drew Barton, PT, DPT of Twin Boro Physical Therapy, spoke at a seminar titled, “Unlocking the Secrets of the FCE.”  The presentation on functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) included a discussion on maximum medical improvement, rules on light duty and transitional duty, legal issues in return to work determinations, and traps to avoid in making termination decisions following FCEs.

Mr. Dibble represents insurance carriers and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims at all stages of litigation. He received his law degree from Rutgers Law School in Camden and his B.A. degree in Political Science from Haverford College. Upon law school graduation, Mr. Dibble worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Benjamin C. Telsey, Superior Court of New Jersey, in Bridgeton, NJ.

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Associate Attorney Joins Workers’ Compensation Department

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Morgan L. Pyle joined the firm as an associate in its Mt. Laurel office.

Ms. Pyle represents insurance carriers and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims at all stages of litigation.

She received her law degree from Rutgers Law School, Camden and a B.A. degree in Political Science from Stockton University.  Upon law school graduation, Ms. Pyle worked as a law clerk in Gloucester County for the Honorable John Eastlack, Jr., J.S.C.  She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

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Capehart Scatchard Welcomes Summer Law Clerks

PHOTO: L to R:  Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq., Hiring Shareholder; Angela Reading; Erika Vasant; Becky Batista; Mary Ellen Rose, Esq., Managing Shareholder

The Firm’s 2022 summer law clerks are:

Becky Batista – Rutgers Law School – Camden, Class of 2022

Angela Reading – Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Erika Vasant – Rutgers Law School – Camden

Capehart’s summer program is designed to give law clerks an opportunity to get a feel of what it would be like to be a Capehart Scatchard associate. Summer clerks work on real projects and have an opportunity to explore many areas of the law and to work directly with attorneys within the Firm who concentrate in a wide variety of legal fields. In addition to research and writing, summer clerks have an opportunity to attend depositions, client meetings, hearings, conferences, and closings.

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Workers’ Compensation Shareholder Joins Capehart Scatchard

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Penelope Caamaño, Esq. has recently joined its Workers’ Compensation Department as a Shareholder in its Mount Laurel, NJ office.

With over 25 years of workers’ compensation law experience, Ms. Caamaño focuses her practice in the representation of employers, self-insured companies, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation defense matters.

Prior to joining Capehart Scatchard, Ms. Caamaño was in-house counsel for Travelers Insurance Company where she learned the intricacies of the claims process while working on a variety of claims including catastrophic cases.  She earned her J.D. from New York University School and a B.A from Franklin and Marshall College.  Ms. Cammaño is a member of the American Inns of Court, Hispanic Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Risk Management Society.  She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York.

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Anthony Aguero v. Shailesh Lulla and Founders Insurance

Client: Founders Insurance/Penn National Insurance 

Court: Superior Court of New Jersey -Bergen County

Brief Attorney: Edward F. Kuhn, III, Esq.

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

Plaintiff alleges that Defendant Lulla rear-ended him causing serious and permanent injuries. Plaintiff also alleged that the accident was caused by an unidentified car that stopped short in front of him to allow another unidentified car to exit from a parking lot. As such, Plaintiff sought uninsured motorist coverage from his carrier, Founders Insurance for the negligence of the unidentified cars.

Discovery showed that neither of the unidentified cars acted in any negligent manner. Plaintiff was able to bring his car to a stop without hitting the car in front of him that he alleged “stopped short.” Defendant Lulla testified that Plaintiff stopped in front of him and Lulla was simply not able to stop his car in time before impacting the rear of Plaintiff’s car.

We filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of Founders arguing that no negligence could be found on either of the unidentified cars and Plaintiff was thus not entitled to uninsured coverage.

The court issued an order and opinion granting Founders’ motion. The court held that it agreed with Founders’ position that the testimony of the parties proved there was no evidence of negligence on either of the unidentified cars. This was simply a rear-end car accident case between Plaintiff and Lulla. No other cars caused or contributed to causing the accident. Therefore, Plaintiff is not entitled to uninsured motorist coverage from Founders. All claims and crossclaims against Founders were dismissed with prejudice.

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John Geaney And Prudence Higbee Speak Before New Jersey Self Insurers’ Association

Capehart Scatchard Shareholders, John H. Geaney, Esq. and Prudence M. Higbee, Esq., recently spoke at the New Jersey Self Insurers’ Association’s Workers’ Compensation Conference and Vendor Fair.  Capehart Scatchard was a gold sponsor of the conference. The three-day event was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Mr. Geaney served as a panelist on a program entitled “What Really Happens When You Presume? – Presumption Laws and Their Impact.”  The panel, made up of three experts from Maryland, New Jersey, and New York, discussed the origins, impact, and future of presumption laws in their respective states.

During her program, Ms. Higbee served as moderator on a panel discussion entitled “Claims 360.”  The panel discussed strategies on managing claims, specifically difficult and complex claims, safety issues, and how to resolve a case efficiently.

Mr. Geaney is Co-Chair of Capehart Scatchard’s Workers’ Compensation Group. He is active in the New Jersey Self Insurers’ Association (Membership and Programs Committees) as well as NJ PRIMA and Kids’ Chance of New Jersey.  Mr. Geaney is a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network and is the author of Geaney’s New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Manual for Practitioners, Physicians, Adjusters, and Employers.

Ms. Higbee, Co-Chair of Capehart Scatchard’s Workers’ Compensation Group, focuses her practice in the representation of employers, self-insured companies, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation defense matters.  Ms. Higbee received her law degree from Widener University School of Law, where she was a member of the Widener Law Symposium Journal, and her B.A. degree from Rowan University.  Prior to joining the firm, she served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Samuel G. DeSimone, Assignment Judge of Vicinage 15.

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Cannabis Business Resolution of Support Granted After Second Hearing

Client: Jersey Meds Management LLC

Court: Pennington City Counsel

Representing Attorneys: Sheila M. Mints, Esq. and Benjamin P. Ojserkis, Esq.

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

After multiple competitive hearings with multiple applicants our client won a Resolution of Support from the town of Pennington for its Cannabis business.

In order for our client to receive approval from the state to open a dispensary, a resolution of support from the town they want to locate in is necessary.

This was a big win for our client as the resolution of support from the local town is the most difficult part of getting approval to open a cannabis business from the state. Many towns such as Pennington cap the number of cannabis businesses that can open in their town so it becomes a very contested affair.

After our clients were denied at the first council meeting Ms. Mints got the Council to give us a second hearing and ultimately got our client what they needed – a resolution of support.

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Capehart Scatchard Attorneys Participate In Rutgers Law School Minority Student Graduation Celebration

Photo:  L to R:  Stacey R. Gorin, Esq.; Sanu Dev, Esq.; Becky Batista, 2022 MSP graduate and current law clerk at Capehart Scatchard; Nina Rodriguez, Esq., former firm law clerk currently serving as law clerk to the Honorable Kay Walcott-Henderson, J.S.C. in Mercer County

Capehart Scatchard’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, Hiring Shareholder, and School Law Department Shareholder, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq., and Commercial Litigation Associate, Stacey R. Gorin, Esq., attended a brunch celebrating the Class of 2022 graduates of the Rutgers Law School Minority Student Program (MSP).  The celebration was held on May 15th at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ.  The keynote speaker at the event was the Honorable, Karen M. Williams, United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey.

Capehart Scatchard is a proud supporter of MSP.  Attorneys from the firm actively participate in events sponsored by the program.   MSP serves Rutgers Law School students of any race or ethnicity who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession and who have faced discrimination or overcome social and economic hardships.  The program takes a proactive approach to help students succeed in law school by offering legal skills development, academic support, alumni mentoring and networking, internships and other opportunities.

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