Best Lawyers In America Names Capehart Scatchard Shareholders to 2020 List

Capehart Scatchard Shareholders, Amy C. Goldstein, Esq. and Betsy G. Ramos, Esq., were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 (a trademark of BL Rankings, LLC).  Ms. Goldstein was selected for the tenth consecutive year in the practice area of Family Law and Ms. Ramos was selected for the first time in the area of Litigation – Insurance.

Ms. Goldstein has been practicing exclusively Family Law for thirty-seven years. She handles complex cases relating to all aspects of family law including prenuptial agreements, custody, alimony, child support, equitable distribution, surrogacy and all other issues related to family law. She is a Past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and she was voted one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in the State of New Jersey in 2019 by the New Jersey Super Lawyers organization.

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

Best Lawyers in America® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which leading attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.  A description of the selection methodology can be viewed here. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters and a description of the selection methodology can be viewed here.


Capehart Scatchard Paralegal Named an Accredited Estate Planner®Designee

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that paralegal, Kay M. Sowa, was recently designated as an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

The Accredited Estate Planner® designation is a graduate level specialization in estate planning, obtained in addition to already recognized professional credentials within the various disciplines of estate planning. It is awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils to recognize estate planning professionals who meet stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education, professional reputation, and character, and who commit to the team concept of estate planning.

In addition to her paralegal duties in tax, accounting and litigation matters relating to trusts, estates and individuals, Ms. Sowa is an IRS Enrolled Agent eligible to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the IRS.  She is also a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor through the Institute of Certified Bankers.


Capehart Scatchard Attorneys Recognized As Top Attorneys By SJ Magazine

Twenty-five Capehart Scatchard attorneys achieved recognition by their peers as “Top Attorneys” in the current issue of SJ Magazine.   The magazine’s annual list of Southern New Jersey’s best lawyers is the result of comprehensive polling of members of the Southern New Jersey legal community.


The Capehart Scatchard Top Attorneys are:

Alan Fox – Alternative Energy

Charles Holmgren – Appellate

William Wright – Banking & Finance

Vincent Cieslik – Business

Laura Ruccolo – Commercial

Christopher Hoare – Construction

Charles Rizzi – Corporate

Michelle Corea – Criminal

Sergio Scuteri – Debt Collection

Amy Goldstein – Divorce & Family

Carmen Saginario – Employment Discrimination

Melissa Mignogna – Family Mediation

Mary Ellen Rose – Franchise & Distribution

Sheila Mints – Healthcare

Alyson Knipe – Insurance

Denise Sanders – Intellectual Property

Ralph Smith – Labor & Employment

Christopher Carlson – Litigation

Stephen Alexander – Product Liability

Kelly Dugan – Real Estate

Robert Muccilli – Regulatory & Government

Sheila Mints – Taxation

Betsy Ramos – Trial

Yasmeen Khaleel – Wills, Estates & Trusts

Ana Bauersachs – Workers’ Compensation


Howard Vogel Honored At CFO Awards Gala

CFO and Firm Administrator, Howard P. Vogel, CPA MBA was one of thirty-five Outstanding CFOs who were honored at the CFO Excellence Awards Ceremony and Dinner Gala held at the Governor Morris Hotel, Morristown, NJ on June 6, 2019.

The CFO Excellence Awards celebrate highly accomplished CFOs who apply creativity and skill in contributing to and leading their organization’s economic growth, stability, and success.

Mr. Vogel, a Marlboro resident, has been with the firm since 2015 and is a graduate of the City University of New York – Queens College.  He received his MBA from St John’s University in New York.  Mr. Vogel is a member of the New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Capehart Scatchard Hosts Apala-NJ Mock Interview Workshop

Capehart Scatchard hosted the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey’s (APALA-NJ) Annual South Jersey Mock Interview Workshop on July 30, 2019 at its Mount Laurel office.  The workshop was sponsored by Rutgers Law School Minority Student Program and Rutgers Law Center for Career Development.

The workshop featured a discussion on interviewing methods, tips and techniques, and allowed law students to practice interviewing while receiving real-time coaching from practicing attorneys.  Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev and Ruby Delarosa participated in the event.  The event was hosted by Capehart Scatchard’s Diversity & Inclusion committee, which Ms. Dev leads.


Capehart Scatchard Supports Kids’ Chance of New Jersey

L to R: Carol Wright, Stephen Fannon, Ashley Mollenthiel Fiore, Andrea Schlafer, Lora Northen, Katherine Hellander Geist, Carla Aldarelli, and John Geaney.

Attorneys from Capehart Scatchard’s Workers’ Compensation Department recently attended the Seventh Annual Gala for Kids’ Chance of New Jersey.  The event was held on July 11, 2019 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, N.J.

The Gala was a fundraiser for Kids’ Chance, a non-profit organization, created to provide educational opportunities and scholarships for the children of workers who were fatally or catastrophically injured on the job.  John Geaney and Lora Northen, shareholders in the firm, serve as members of the Kids’ Chance Board of Directors, and Director of Marketing, Carol Wright, serves as an Advisory Board member.

The highlight of this year’s Gala featured the presentation of scholarships to twenty students whose parents suffered fatal or physically catastrophic injuries while working.  Each student was awarded up to $10,000 for the upcoming school year.  Capehart Scatchard co-sponsored the scholarship given to Will Gardner whose father, Bill Gardner, who worked for Fed-Ex as a truck driver, lost his life in a work- related truck accident.


Capehart Scatchard Hosts First Year Law Students

Capehart Scatchard hosted a panel discussion and breakfast on July 9, 2019 at its Mount Laurel office for first year law students from Rutgers Law School in Camden.  The students are part of the Rutgers Minority Student Program.

Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Mary Ellen Rose, and Lauren Tedesco, and summer law clerks, Courtney Crosby, Jeong Park, and Edward Wiest served as panelists participating in a discussion on law careers in private practice.  The panelists shared insights about various practice areas, clerkships and law school.  The event was hosted by Capehart Scatchard’s Diversity & Inclusion committee, which Ms. Dev leads.


Gina M. Zippilli, Esq. Recognized As One of America’s Most Honored Professionals For 2019

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row Shareholder, Gina M. Zippilli, Esq., was named in the top 5% among America’s Most Honored Professionals.

“America’s Most Honored” is a recognition program created by the American Registry to honor those professionals who have been publicly recognized for professional excellence by trade groups, peers, clients and the press. This accomplishment is realized by only the Top 5% of American Professionals.

In addition to this most recent honor, Gina has been recognized as a Top Attorney by SJ Magazine since 2014; a Top Attorney Industry Icon; Rising Star; and a New Leader of the Bar.

In addition to being the firm’s PIP expert, Gina focuses her practice in civil litigation matters involving, among other things, UM/UIM actions; bad faith claims; personal injury; and tort defense.   Her client base is mainly devoted to insurance carriers and national corporations.   She also has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, premises liability and legal malpractice.


Jessica Rodio Inducted As Atlantic County Bar Association Trustee

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Jessica L. Rodio, Esq. was inducted as a Trustee of the Atlantic County Bar Association on June 6, 2019.

Ms. Rodio received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden and her B.A. degree in Criminal Justice, with minors in English and Legal Studies, from the University of Delaware. Upon law school graduation, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Nelson C. Johnson, J.S.C. in the New Jersey Superior Court, Atlantic County. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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