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Paulette Brown Addressess SPSK Attorneys at Diversity & Inclusion Training

SPSK welcomed Paulette Brown, Esq., Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association, on Monday, January 30, 2017 to conduct a firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Training Workshop.

                        

Paulette Brown Esq.                                                   Paulette Brown Esq. with SPSK Attorney Crystal West Edwards, Esq.

 

Sharmila D. Jaipersaud has been Named President Elect of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey

Sharmila Jaipersaud has been named President Elect of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ), a voluntary association of attorneys and professionals dedicated to the needs, concerns and interests of the South Asian community in New Jersey.  The organization supports the professional development and advancement of its members through networking opportunities, educational events, mentoring and advocacy.

Ms. Jaipersaud is a member of  Schenck, Price, Smith & King’s Health Care Law and Corporate practice groups.  She practices primarily in health care transactional matters, working with hospitals, health care systems, physicians, practice groups and other health care professionals.  She has extensive experience with general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, employment matters, real estate, software licensing, EMR agreements, day-to-day operations and other transactional matters.

Sharmila D. Jaipersaud

SPSK Womens' Initiative Collects Donations for Hope House

The Charity Committee of the SPSK Women’s Initiative collected over $1,500 in donations for Hope House in Jersey City.  This allowed the Committee to purchase gift cards for the 20 women and their children currently residing at Hope House to help brighten their holiday season.

Hope House is an emergency shelter for homeless women with children that helps families become self-sufficient by giving them an opportunity for decision making and for assuming responsibility for improving their situation under the supervision, support, and guidance of shelter staff.  Housing up to 20 mothers and their children, the program offers short-term supervised residence, including three meals a day, assessment/planning, case management, housing, education, food, and clothing.

Lillybeth Ramirez, Hope House and Sandra Calvert Nathans, Attorney, SPSK

Shirley B. Whitenack and Crystal West Edwards Named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2016 Top Women in Law List

Schenck, Price Smith & King, LLP is proud to announce that Shirley B. Whitenack and Crystal West Edwards have been selected as New Jersey Law Journal’s 2016 Top Women in Law.

As stated in the September 14, 2016 Law Journal announcement, “the Law Journal's editorial staff set out to select a group of Top Women in Law—our attempt to shine a light on the outstanding work being done by female attorneys across New Jersey who have had notable achievements in recent years, or who have otherwise made an extraordinary impact on the legal profession. These outstanding attorneys are all making strides to push the profession forward for women.”

Shirley B. Whitenack is the Immediate Past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a NAELA Fellow, and a member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), an invitation-only group of elder and special needs planning practitioners.  Ms. Whitenack is a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).

Crystal West Edwards is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA Accredited National Elder Law Foundation and focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning and advocacy, estate planning and estate administration.  Ms. Edwards is the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Chapter of NAELA.  Ms. Edwards is the President of the Garden State Bar Association.

Ms. Whitenack and Ms. Edwards were among the 25 honorees at a celebratory dinner held at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City on November 15, 2016.

The firm extends well-deserved congratulations to Shirley B. Whitenack and Crystal West Edwards.

                                                              

Shirley B. Whitenack                                                                 Crystal West Edwards

                             

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CRYSTAL WEST EDWARDS FEATURED IN OCTOBER 31, 2016 NJBIZ “CLOSE UP” ARTICLE

Crystal West Edwards has been sworn in as President of the Garden State Bar Association

Crystal West Edwards

Crystal West Edwards has been installed as President of the Garden State Bar Association. The Garden State Bar Association is the largest professional organization for African-American judges, lawyers and law students. The organization seeks to improve the administration of justice in the State, the elimination of discrimination based on race and ethnicity, and advance the economic well-being of all the State’s residents.   
 
An attorney with Schenck Price since 2010, Ms. Edwards focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning and advocacy, estate planning and estate administration.   Ms. Edwards is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA Accredited National Elder Law Foundation. She is Immediate Past President of the New Jersey chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a member of the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

                              

SPSK Attorneys Achieve Pro Bono Victory

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP partner, Eric A. Inglis, and counsel, Olga Kats-Chalfant, recently achieved a significant victory in a pro bono matter representing a Russian refugee seeking political asylum in the United States.  The client was a political dissident in Russia, where he organized demonstrations and blogged against the totalitarian rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s recent invasion of the Ukraine.  The client had fled Russia after being warned that his arrest by the Russian security service was imminent, and he travelled through several countries before walking across the U.S.-Mexican border to seek protection from the United States Government.  At the time Mr. Inglis and Ms. Kats-Chalfant took on the pro bono representation, the client had been in detention for 4 months.  On August 22, 2016, Mr. Inglis and Ms. Kats-Chalfant prevailed before the United States Immigration Court and as a result, the judge granted the client asylum based upon the persecution he faced in Russia due to his political opinions.  Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP will continue its pro bono representation as the client seeks legal permanent residency in the United States.

GARY F. WERNER FEATURED IN JUNE 13, 2016 NJBIZ “CLOSE UP” ARTICLE

 

SCHENCK PRICE EXPANDS HEALTH CARE PRACTICE GROUP

Schenck, Price, Smith & King’s Women’s Initiative Networking Reception

More than 100 women were in attendance at a networking event hosted by the Firm’s Women’s Initiative held at the Park Savoy Estate on May 4, 2016.  Pictured are Meredith Grocott, Esq., Guest Speaker, Kelly Piacenti, and Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq.

Ms. Piacenti was named a 2015 Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother Magazine.

Ms. Piacenti has become an advocate in both her personal and professional life for individuals with special needs and their families.  Ms. Grocott and Ms. Whitenack are Partners at the Firm.

The SPSK Women’s Initiative is committed to the advancement of women in the workplace.

 

SCHENCK, PRICE, SMITH & KING ANNOUNCES ITS 2016 NEW JERSEY SUPER LAWYERS

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP congratulates the following attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine.

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*NEW JERSEY SUPER LAWYERS 2016

Attorney - Primary Practice Area

John M. Bowens - Business Litigation

Richard J. Conway, Jr. - Environmental

John M. DeMarco - Real Estate

Roy J. Evans - Business Litigation

Joseph R. Haftek, Jr. - Construction Litigation

Stephen B. Fenster - Insurance Coverage

Eric A. Inglis - Business Litigation

James A. Kassis - General Litigation

Jeffrey T. LaRosa - Business Litigation

Gilbert S. Leeds - Professional Liability: Defense

Michael J. Marotte - Business/Corporate

Gary Mazart - Estate Planning & Probate

Sean Monaghan - Environmental

Basil F. O’Connor - Estate Planning & Probate

James B. Sharp - Personal Injury Med Mal Defense

Regina M. Spielberg - Estate Planning & Probate

John E. Ursin - Government Law

Gary F. Werner - Construction Litigation

Valerie A. Vladyka - Insurance Coverage

Shirley B. Whitenack - Elder Law

Marc H. Zitomer - Schools & Education

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP also congratulates the following attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition, New Jersey Monthly magazine.

*NEW JERSEY RISING STARS 2016

Attorney - Primary Practice Area

Thomas J. Cotton - Business Litigation

Crystal West Edwards - Elder Law

Sharmila D. Jaipersaud - Health Care

Alison L. Kenny - Schools & Education

Jason A. Rubin - Real Estate

Ryder T. Ulon - Construction Litigation

For more information about the Super Lawyers selection process, please go to: http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html

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SPSK Women’s Initiative Hosts Food Drive for “Brown Bag Buddies”

On June 24, 2015, the Schenck, Price Smith & King Women’s Initiative hosted a networking event with the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (“NJAWBO”) at the Firm’s Paramus office.  The event was the culmination of the Firm’s six-week food drive to support “Brown Bag Buddies,” a program headed by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County to provide breakfast and lunch to children from low-income families in Bergen County during the summer when school is out.  A total of 575 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Center for Food Action for distribution to the children.  Shown, from left: Farah Ansari, Attorney SPSK, Erica West, Director of Corporate Engagement, Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Inc., Meredith Grocott, Attorney SPSK and William Jim James, Regional Manager, Center for Food Action.

Gary Mazart Elected Treasurer for Daytop NJ's Board of Trustees.

Gary Mazart was elected and installed as the Treasurer of Daytop NJ’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, June 25, 2015.  The Daytop NJ mission is to provide the best possible outcomes for the male and female adolescents, young adults, and adult women in its community, by delivering comprehensive residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment and education programs, with a focus on co-occurring psychological and substance abuse disorders.

Robert B. McBriar receives Sussex County Chamber of Commerce Young Business Leader of the Year Award.

SPSK proudly congratulates Robert B. McBriar on being chosen the recipient of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce 2015 Young Business Leader of the Year Award.

Mr. McBriar was selected for this prestigious honor by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards dinner held at the Lake Mohawk Country Club where various awards were presented and more than 200 people were in attendance. The NJ Herald OPINION page said “And the winner is….. Sussex County” rightfully explaining that we all win when those among us pursue their dreams with “dedication perseverance, spirit and passion.”

Farah N. Ansari has been elected First Vice Chair of the Taxation Section of The New Jersey State Bar Association 2015-2016

Ms. Ansari currently serves as First Vice Chair of the Taxation Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is Co-Chair of the Tax-Exempt Organizations Subcommittee of the Taxation Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is currently serving a third term on the Supreme Court Committee on the Tax Court.

SPSK WOMEN'S INITIATIVE

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP is committed to the advancement of women in the workplace and in furtherance of this commitment the Firm formed the SPSK Women’s Initiative.  The SPSK Women’s Initiative is a platform for the Firm’s women attorneys to advance both professionally and personally.  The mission of the SPSK Women’s Initiative includes the following: (i) to promote the professional development of women through mentoring, education and advocacy;   (ii) to recognize outstanding women professionals;  (iii) to encourage both the attraction and the retention of women attorneys; (iv) to provide networking opportunities for women professionals; and (v) to support communities and charities in New Jersey. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The SPSK Women’s Initiative meets bimonthly to discuss topics of note, plan events, and network.  As part of its commitment to community outreach and charitable endeavors, last December, the SPSK Women’s Initiative participated in the “Hope for the Holidays” program by providing holiday gifts to seniors participating in a local day program and enjoying a holiday luncheon with these seniors

SCHENCK, PRICE, SMITH & KING ANNOUNCES ITS 2015 NEW JERSEY SUPER LAWYERS

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP congratulates the following attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine.

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*NEW JERSEY SUPER LAWYERS 2015

Attorney - Primary Practice Area

John M. Bowens - Business Litigation

Richard J. Conway, Jr. - Environmental

John M. DeMarco - Real Estate

Roy J. Evans - Business Litigation

Stephen B. Fenster - Insurance Coverage

Eric A. Inglis - Business Litigation

James A. Kassis - General Litigation

Jeffrey T. LaRosa - Business Litigation

Gilbert S. Leeds - Professional Liability: Defense

Michael J. Marotte - Business/Corporate

Gary Mazart - Estate Planning & Probate

Sean Monaghan - Environmental

Basil F. O’Connor - Estate Planning & Probate

Regina M. Spielberg - Elder Law

John E. Ursin - Government Law

Valerie A. Vladyka - Insurance Coverage

Gary F. Werner - Construction Litigation

**Shirley B. Whitenack - Elder Law

Marc H. Zitomer - Schools & Education

** Shirley B. Whitenack has also been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers listing of New Jersey THE TOP 50 WOMEN Super Lawyers listing

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP also congratulates the following attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition, New Jersey Monthly magazine.

*NEW JERSEY RISING STARS 2015

Attorney Primary Practice Area

Farah N. Ansari - Tax

John P. Campbell - General Litigation

Lauren DeWitt - Health Care

Crystal West Edwards - Elder Law

Sharmila D. Jaipersaud - Health Care

Kimberly E. Lomot - Banking

Joseph L. Roselle - Schools & Education

Ryder T. Ulon - Construction Litigation

* For more information about the Super Lawyers selection process, please go to: http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html

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SPSK ATTORNEY RECEIVES AWARD

Shirley B. Whitenack receives Morris County Bar Association Civil Practice Award.  Learn More>

SPSK proudly congratulates Shirley B. Whitenack on being chosen the recipient of the Morris County Bar Association Civil Practice Award.

Ms. Whitenack was presented this prestigious award by the MCBA Annual Installation Dinner held at the Westin Governor Morris on January 14, 2015.

Ms. Whitenack co-chairs the SPSK’s Elder & Special Needs Law and Estate and Trust Litigation Practice Groups   She focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning and advocacy, probate, estate and trust litigation, estate planning and estate administration.  Ms. Whitenack is a previous member of the Firm's Management Committee.

Ms. Whitenack is nationally recognized in her areas of concentration.  She is the President-Elect of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and is a NAELA Fellow.

 

Shirley B. Whitenack bio - Click Here

 

THE EMERGING CHALLENGE TO NON-PROFIT REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

December 2, 2014

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP hosted a breakfast seminar entitled; “The Emerging Challenge to Non-Profit Real Property Tax Exemption” on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at the Madison Hotel, Morristown, New Jersey.

Two pending New Jersey court cases challenge the ability of non-profit organizations to claim tax-exempt status for local real property taxes.  Our distinguished panel explained that threat and explored potential planning alternatives.

The Honorable Jennifer Beck, New Jersey State Senate (R-11) addressed “The Role of the State of New Jersey as it Pertains to Non-Profit Tax Exemptions in the Age of Shrinking Municipal Resources”

John B. Wilson, President/CEO of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey addressed “The Perspective of Private Universities.”

Farah N. Ansari, an attorney at Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP spoke about “Protecting Non-Profit Tax Exempt Status” and Robert B. McBriar, also an attorney at Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP spoke about “Preparing for the Challenge.”

From Left: at podium: NJ State Senator Jennifer Beck, seated: Sidney A. Sayovitz, Esq. John B. Wilson, Farah N. Ansari, Esq., Robert B. McBriar, Esq.

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Robert B. McBriar bio - Click Here

 

SPSK PARTNER RECOGNIZED IN WALL STREET JOURNAL

May, 24, 2014

SPSK is proud that Shirley B. Whitenack has been quoted in the May 24, 2014 edition of the Wall Street Journal in an article entitled “Five Myths About Retirement.”

Ms. Whitenack co-chairs the Elder & Special Need Law and Estate and Trust Litigation Practice Groups.  She is nationally recognized in her areas of concentration and has recently been selected as the President-Elect of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, effective June 1, 2014.

Shirley Whitenack's Bio - Click Here

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CRYSTAL WEST EDWARDS RECEIVES YOUNG LAWYER AWARD FROM THE GARDEN STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

June, 21, 2014

Crystal West Edwards was honored by the Garden State Bar Association with the 2014 Young Lawyer Award at its 39th Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Gala held on June 21st. Ms. Edwards is an exemplary individual who has made noteworthy contributions and achievements in public service. She serves the legal profession through her affiliations with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She also serves as Treasurer of the Garden State Bar Association and Secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She serves her community by partnering with her church family at the Cathedral International (Perth Amboy, NJ), Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. and the Metuchen-Edison Area Branch of the NAACP.

The Garden State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Award was established in 2007. The award is presented yearly to a young lawyer whose personal and professional achievements merit special recognition and who has demonstrated a commitment to community and public service, has actively participated in any organized bar in the State of New Jersey and has exemplified excellence in the areas of professional knowledge, skill, integrity and character. For purposes of its Young Lawyer Award, the GSBA defines a "young lawyer" as any lawyer who has been admitted to a state bar for seven years or less or who is under the age of 36.

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP is extremely proud of this prestigious recognition of Crystal West Edwards by the Garden State Bar Association.

Crystal West Edwards' Bio - Click Here

Award Testimony - Click Here

 

SCHENCK, PRICE, SMITH & KING, LLP ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF ITS HEALTH CARE LAW PRACTICE GROUP

February 19, 2014

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP is pleased to announce that it has added two experienced health care attorneys to its Health Care Law Practice Group.  Joining the firm as Associates in its Florham Park office are Sharmila  D. Jaipersaud and Lauren A. DeWitt.

Ms. Jaipersaud comes to the firm with over twelve years of experience in corporate law and health care law.  Ms. Jaipersaud focuses  her practice on health care corporate and transactional matters, representing hospitals, physicians and other health care providers.

Ms. DeWitt has been practicing law for over six years.  She represents health systems, hospitals, physicians, ambulatory care centers, and other health care providers in all areas of regulatory, corporate and transactional matters.

Managing Partner, Sid Sayovitz welcomed Ms. Jaipersaud and Ms. DeWitt to the Firm.  “We are very happy and excited to add two experienced attorneys to our Health Care Law Practice Group,” said Mr. Sayovitz.  “Sharmila and Lauren will strengthen our expanding practice group, and will assist us in continuing to provide excellent and timely counsel to our health care clients.”

 

SPSK DESIGNATED AS BOND COUNSEL FOR NJEDA

August 21, 2013

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP has recently been designated as an approved Bond Counsel for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (the “Authority”).  The Authority offers various programs to stimulate the economy of the State of New Jersey.  In that regard, the Authority is empowered by the Internal Revenue Code to issue tax exempt bonds.  Generally, the Authority can issue such bonds for the benefit of charitable organizations, manufacturers and certain defined projects.  Law firms designated as Bond Counsel must have demonstrated abilities in commercial law, tax law and securities law to participate in such transactions.

In addition to its bond program, the Authority has numerous other programs to assist businesses to relocate or expand within New Jersey. These programs include direct loans, loan guarantees and subordinate loan financings.  In addition, the Authority monitors various business and employment incentive programs to assist businesses to relocate or expand within the State.

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP has a longstanding relationship with the Authority.  Attorneys at the Firm have acted as Bond Counsel, represented borrowers, underwriters and trustees in transactions with the Authority for more than a quarter century.

 

SUPERSTORM SANDY ISSUES FOR INSURANCE AGENTS

May 2013

On April 30 and May 1, 2013, Gilbert S. Leeds and Jeffrey T. LaRosa led an Insurance Agent E&O course that provided insurance professionals with an in depth analysis of issues that have arisen or may arise as a result of Superstorm Sandy.  The d