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.


Capehart Scatchard Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Charity

Attorneys and staff at Capehart Scatchard.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Capehart Scatchard held a “Jeans Month” fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF).

To support the cause, attorneys and staff were asked to donate $25 to wear jeans to work for the entire month of October.  For those employees who did not wish to participate the entire month, a $2 donation was requested every day they wore jeans to the office. The firm is pleased to announce that “Jeans Month” raised $1,379 for NBCF.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail. NBCF continues to grow every year to help more and more women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and providing free mammograms to women in need.


Capehart Scatchard Managing Partner Speaks on Breaking Barriers – Women Reaching the Pinnacle of the Legal Profession

Breaking Barriers – Women Reaching the Pinnacle of the Legal Profession, Rutgers Law School, Camden, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.

On October 16, 2018, Mary Ellen Rose, Esq. joined a panel of women leaders in the law who shared their paths to leadership. The group discussed their successes, obstacles they faced along the way and the traits of successful leaders.  The event was held at Rutgers Law School in Camden, and was sponsored by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law & Policy, the Minority Student Program, Women’s Law Caucus and the Center for Career Development.

Ms. Rose, a lifelong resident of New Jersey, focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business law, transportation, and franchise law.  She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from West Virginia University and her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden.  She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Capehart Scatchard Shareholder Panelist at SABA Event

On October 9, 2018, Capehart Scatchard Shareholder, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq. spoke as a panelist at a joint event of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey and the South Asian Bar Association of New York.

Ms. Dev participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Rainmaking and Path to Partnership.”  Panel members discussed marketing and business development techniques as well as tools and strategies for getting on the partnership track.

A Hamilton resident, 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.  She received her law degree from Rutgers Law School at Camden and her B.A. degree from Boston University.


Capehart Scatchard Shareholders Address National Workers’ Compensation Conference

Capehart Scatchard Shareholders, John H. Geaney, Esq. and Lora V. Northen, Esq. recently spoke at the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network’s (“NWCDN”) National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mr. Geaney, representing New Jersey, participated in a panel discussion entitled, “What is the Value of a Compensable Claim in Your State.”  The panel addressed issues of wage calculations, full and final settlement options, future medical and final settlement options from injuries ranging from sprain/strains to surgical cases.

Ms. Northen, past president of NWCDN, participated in a panel discussion along with Nicole Giddings of Andersen Corporation, Maria Iorlano of Bed Bath & Beyond and Simonetta Leveque of Nordsrom in a presentation entitled, “The Anatomy of a Super Bowl Winning Team.” The panelists discussed the key components to creating and maintaining a collaborative and coordinated workers’ compensation claims team.

A seasoned workers’ compensation practitioner for over 30 years, Mr. Geaney is the author of Geaney’s New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Manual and A Guide to Employment Issues Under the ADA & FMLA distributed by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  Mr. Geaney concentrates his practice in the representation of employers in workers’ compensation defense matters, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

In addition to her responsibilities as Co-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Department, Ms. Northen focuses her practice in the representation of employers, self-insured companies, and insurance carriers.  Certified as a trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Workers’ Compensation Law, Ms. Northen is a member of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Burlington County and Camden County Bar Associations.  Ms. Northen is also a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys for the American Bar Association.  She is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation issues before a myriad of trade organizations.


Capehart Shareholder Quoted in New Jersey Law Journal

Sanmathi “Sanu” Dev, a Shareholder in the School Law Department, was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal article, “High School Student’s Free Speech Suit Puts Anti-Bullying Law Back Under Microscope,” published on September 24, 2018.  Ms. Dev was contacted by the author of the article to comment on New Jersey’s anti-bullying law as it relates to First Amendment issues.

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