Rutgers Student Receives Scholarly Award from Capehart Scatchard Law Firm

L to R: Kelly Ann Dugan, Esq., Shareholder and Co-Chair, Real Estate & Land Use Group; Mary Ellen Rose, Esq., Managing Shareholder; James Clancy, Award Recipient; Kim Mutcherson, Co-Dean and Professor of Law; Jacob Russell, Assistant Professor.

James Clancy was the recipient of the 20th Annual Blaine E. Capehart Legal Writing Award, presented at the law firm of Capehart Scatchard on May 14th.  The award recipient will graduate from Rutgers Law School in Camden on May 23, 2019.

The Mt. Laurel-based firm presented Mr. Clancy with a $2,500 award in recognition of his exemplary legal writing and research abilities.  The Firm offers this award to a graduating Rutgers law student on an annual basis in honor of the late Blaine E. Capehart.

Kelly Ann Dugan, Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Real Estate and Land Use Group, presented this year’s award.  Ms. Dugan reminded the audience that this was the 20th Anniversary of the Blaine E. Capehart Legal Writing Award presentation to a Rutgers Camden Law Student, evidence of the strong and long standing partnership the firm shares with the Law School.  In particular, Ms. Dugan spoke about the firm’s desire to honor accomplishment as the core value espoused by our founding partner Blaine Capehart: excellence in the practice of law, with an emphasis on high caliber legal writing.  She commended this year’s recipient, James Clancy, for the exemplary skill in both legal research and legal writing demonstrated in his work.  Ms. Dugan concluded by stating that, “No matter what the changes and developments in the legal profession may be, excellent communication skills, including excellent writing skills, will always be essential to a successful legal career.”


Howard Vogel Selected As A CFO Excellence Awards Finalist

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that CFO and Firm Administrator, Howard P. Vogel, CPA MBA was recently selected as a Finalist in the 2019 CFO Excellence Awards.

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.  Nominations are evaluated by CFO Studio’s validation partner, Prager Metis, with Finalists and Award Recipients selected by an independent panel of judges.  This year’s Award Recipients will be announced at the CFO Excellence Awards Ceremony and Dinner Gala being held at the Governor Morris Hotel, Morristown, NJ on June 6, 2019.

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 Shareholder Chairs March of Dimes Walk and 5k

Photo: Vincent T. Cieslik, Esq. and members of the Real Jersey Football Club 06 Girls.

Capehart Scatchard shareholder, Vincent T. Cieslik, Esq., served as Chair of the March of Dimes Walk and 5K Run for Babies, held on the campus of Rowan University on Sunday, May 4, 2019. Vince, employees of the firm, along with friends and family members, participated in the event which raised money for research into the cause and a cure for premature child birth, to raise awareness of premature birth and health related issues, and to promote healthy moms and healthy babies.

Mr. Cieslik, a Gloucester Township New Jersey resident, represents physicians, medical practices, individuals and companies in business disputes, regulatory, real estate and banking matters. Mr. Cieslik also represents fiduciaries and parties in court cases related to wills and estates.

Vince thanks all of the local businesses who sponsored the event, as well as the families, friends, his colleagues at Capehart Scatchard, clients, and business associates who contributed to and helped sponsor this important cause.


Capehart Scatchard Cooks to Fight Hunger in South Jersey

Photo: Fr Left: Christopher Chu, Esq.; Ashley Albano, Esq.; Keith Nagy, Esq.; Maria Dal Santo, Esq.; and Kristopher Wright of NY & Dad’s Quick Eats, culinary advisor mentor.

Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Ashley Albano, Christopher Chu, Maria Dal Santo, and Keith Nagy, recently participated in the Seventh Annual Food Bank of South Jersey’s “Hunger Games” food competition.  The fundraiser was held at the Food Bank headquarters in Pennsauken on April 24, 2019.

The Food Bank Hunger Games is an entertaining, team building challenge with proceeds going to benefit the Food Bank’s hunger relief programs for children. At this year’s event, fifteen corporate teams received one box of mystery ingredients and had 45 minutes to whip up a dish for three food savvy judges in a live cooking competition.  Each participating team consisted of four members, and a culinary advisor mentor, who worked together to create a meal from a box of food items that the Food Bank typically distributes through its pantry network.

Capehart’s team, comprised of all first time competitors, placed in the top three at the event and lost to the winning team by one point.  Although they did not win the competition, the team left with the satisfaction of having helped the hungry.


Amy Goldstein Named One of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Shareholder Amy C. Goldstein was recently named among the Top 50 women attorneys in the State of New Jersey by the New Jersey Super Lawyers organization. As part of its Super Lawyers peer-reviewed and research-based selection process, the Super Lawyers organization also identifies those “Top 50” women lawyers in the State who have attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in the State of New Jersey. Ms. Goldstein is honored to be selected as one of these exceptional professionals.

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, equitable distribution, surrogacy agreements, closely held business valuations and all other cases and issues related to family law.  Ms. Goldstein is also trained and certified to act as a Mediator and a Collaborative Law attorney in family law cases.  Ms. Goldstein has been a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1992 and was the President of the New Jersey Chapter from 2015 to 2016.  Ms. Goldstein frequently lectures and has written numerous articles on a variety of subjects relating to family law.

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Capehart Scatchard Law Firm Names New Executive Committee Member

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Business & Tax Department and, Estates, Trusts & Wills Department Shareholder Yasmeen S. Khaleel, Esq. has been named to the firm’s Executive Committee.

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 the president and sits on the board of directors for Asian Indian Professionals, Inc.


Capehart Scatchard Attorneys Recognized As Super Lawyers

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that the following shareholders have recently been named “Super Lawyers” as voted by their peers and facilitated by Law & Politics and New Jersey Monthly: Amy  Goldstein (Family Law) and Betsy Ramos (Business Litigation).  Fewer than 5% of lawyers are named as Super Lawyers.

Additionally, Jessica Anderson (Civil Litigation: Defense), Michael Bileci (Workers’ Compensation), Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev (Schools & Education), Melissa Mignogna (Family Law), Cameron Morgan (Schools & Education), Daniel Robinson (Workers’ Compensation), and Ian Zolty (Workers’ Compensation) were selected as “New Jersey Rising Stars” for 2019.

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Twenty-One from Capehart Scatchard Chosen as Awesome Attorneys

Twenty-one Capehart Scatchard attorneys were named in the December 2018 issue of South Jersey Magazine as “Awesome Attorneys” for excellence in their areas of practice.  Readers of the publication took part in the voting and selection process of the 224 attorneys who were given this title.


The Capehart Scatchard “Awesome Attorneys” for 2018 are:

Administrative Law – Sheila M. Mints
Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law – Sergio Scuteri
Business Law – Laura D. Ruccolo
Business Litigation Law – Charles A. Rizzi
Construction Law – Christopher J. Carlson
Domestic Violence – Linda M. Payne
Education Law – Joseph F. Betley and Robert Muccilli
Environmental Law – Anthony T. Drollas, Jr.
Estate Planning/Asset Protection Law – Yasmeen S. Khaleel
Family Law – Amy C. Goldstein and Melissa Mignogna
Intellectual Property Law – Denise L. Sanders
Labor & Employment Law – William R. Burns, Carmen Saginario Jr. and Ralph R. Smith, 3rd
Land Use Law – Alan P. Fox
Mediation Law – Evan H.C. Crook
Personal Injury Law – Alyson L. Knipe
Products Liability Law – Stephen J. Alexander
Real Estate Law – Kelly Ann Dugan


Capehart Scatchard Admits Seven New Shareholders

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that seven attorneys were admitted as shareholders to the 142 year old law firm. 

The new shareholders at Capehart Scatchard are:

Dana M. Gayeski – Workers’ Compensation Department

Katherine Hellander Geist – Workers’ Compensation Department

Michael C. Rose – Workers’ Compensation Department

Adam Segal – Workers’ Compensation Department

Lauren E. Tedesco-Dallas – Education and Employment & Labor Departments

Voris M. Tejada, Jr. – Litigation Department

Benjamin H. Zieman – Litigation Department


March of Dimes 2019 Onward and Upward!

By: Vincent T. Cieslik, Esq.

In late December of 2018, the Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors of the March of Dimes met for our annual board retreat at Shriner’s Hospital on Broad Street in Philadelphia.

This particular meeting marked the third time the board had met for an annual retreat since the organization had undergone a metamorphosis, an inward looking and outward re-branding transition throughout the national organization.  The March of Dimes, like many other charitable organizations, had undergone a comprehensive review of its staff, systems, and structure with an eye towards reenergizing its long-standing mission, one that dates back to the days when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our President, to bring healthy babies into the world.

With a renewed emphasis on healthy babies and healthy moms, a new brand, some new faces and a reinvigorated approach to raising funds, the March of Dimes and the Greater Philadelphia Board had reorganized itself, and in the process, recommitted itself to its important mission. 

For me personally, this was an opportunity for me to increase my participation and my leadership position, from a solely South Jersey impact, to impacting mothers and babies throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region.  It was an opportunity for me to stretch my legs, to get out of my local comfort zone, to meet new and interesting executives, business people, doctors, nurses, and interested parties throughout the tri-state area.  What originally began for me as a way to give back to the doctors and the nurses who helped my family, through many years of difficult and troubled pregnancies, became an excellent opportunity for me to work on a greater scale, and to hopefully impact many more mothers’ and babies’ lives along the way. 

During this period I met and was able to get to know better, representatives of the former Philadelphia Board, whom were dedicated volunteers with backgrounds at great corporate partners like NBC Universal, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, and some of our areas finest hospital providers like University of Pennsylvania, which houses our Prematurity Infant Research Center.  During our transition we brought volunteers throughout the tri-state area together into one Board.   I was able to attend events not just in Southern Jersey but throughout the region, including events at the Union League, at Xfinity Live, black tie affairs in Atlantic City, and one of the area’s largest charitable giving luncheons known as the Transportation Bridge and Construction Luncheon.  I am truly thankful that I decided to get involved in the March of Dimes many years ago.  The March of Dimes is a special organization, and with the transition of the Greater Philadelphia Board and the organization nationwide, we are poised for great things in the New Year 2019.   If anyone is interested in joining the Board or getting involved in one of the Board’s committees, please contact me.

I have been a sponsor and a chairperson for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in Gloucester County for several years.  This Spring 2019 we will host our third annual 5K run for Babies on the campus of Rowan University.


Vincent T. Cieslik, Esq. is Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Group and a Shareholder in the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Health Care Groups.  Vince focuses his practice in the representation of individuals, small businesses, not-for-profits and large corporations in complicated and often high-risk litigation. His areas of expertise are in commercial litigation, health care law, and estate law. He is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit.

In his personal time, Vince supports the March of Dimes of South Jersey, serves as the Walk Chairman for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies and 5K Run for Babies, and serves as a member of a local school board. He also coaches youth basketball and track, and enjoys long distance running including the Philadelphia, New York, and prestigious Boston Marathon.

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