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NJSBA 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention

A number of SPSK attorneys attended the New Jersey State Bar Association 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City. Among those in attendance were Farah Ansari, Frank Coscia, Thomas Cotton, Joseph Haftek, Heidi Hoffman-Shalloo, Thomas Hofstetter, Sharmila Jaipersaud, Gary Werner, and Shirley Whitenack.

 
Shirley Whitenack and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Shirley Whitenack with NJSBA keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
 
Two SPSK attorneys at dinner with bankers
Heidi K. Hoffman-Shalloo and Thomas L. Hofstetter enjoying dinner with bankers

SPSK Supports Alzheimer’s New Jersey

SPSK attorneys attended Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s annual gala held at The Grove in Cedar Grove, New Jersey on May 3, 2018.  Meredith L. Grocott is currently serving on the Board of Directors.

Four SPSK attorneys
Meredith L. Grocott, Joseph Maddaloni, Jr., Regina M. Spielberg, and Crystal West Edwards

Medical Malpractice Mock Trial

Rebecca Rosen will be graduating from Fordham University School of Law and joining SPSK in the fall.  She was on the winning team of Fordham Law’s inaugural Medical Malpractice Litigation Practicum, in which six students acted as attorneys in a fictional medical malpractice trial, delivering opening and closing arguments and performing direct and cross examinations before a jury of attending physicians and medical students from St. Barnabas Hospital Emergency Room in the Bronx.  Click here to read more.

Rebecca Rosen at mock trial
Rebecca Rosen at the mock trial

SPSK Women’s Initiative Hosts Third Annual Networking Reception

In what is now becoming an anticipated annual event, on May 2, 2018, the firm’s Women’s Initiative held a well-attended networking event at the Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park.  It was an enjoyable opportunity for women from a wide variety of professions to reconnect with existing business associates and to make new contacts.

SPSK Women Attorneys outdoors at a networking gala
Members of the SPSK Women's Initiative
Front row, left to right:  Lauren I. Mechaly, Amy Buck Faundez, Crystal West Edwards, Alison L. Kenny
Second row:  Divya Srivastav-Seth, Robin S. Ballard, Shirley B. Whitenack, Farah N. Ansari
Third row:  Sharmila D. Jaipersaud, Meghan V. Hoppe, Meredith L. Grocott,Valerie A. Vladyka, Regina M. Spielberg, Joanne L. Butler
 
Crystal West Edwards with three guests
Molly Ann Williams of Williams Concierge, LLC, Mary Beth Fanelli of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Crystal West Edwards, and Trina Lamb of Primerica
 
Meredith Grocott and guests
Deborah Munies, Meredith L. Grocott, and Deborah Straka-DeMarco
 
Valerie A. Vladyka and two guests
Corethia V.E. Oates of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Valerie A. Vladyka, and Maureen Cameron of The Bergen Volunteer Center
 

 

Valerie O. Murray of Beacon Trust
SPSK's Meredith L. Grocott and Valerie O. Murray of Beacon Trust
Shirley B. Whitenack and Crystal West Edwards with two guests
Shirley B. Whitenack, Kelly Piacenti of MassMutual, Cheryl Casper of MassMutual, and Crystal West Edwards

Schenck, Price, Smith & King Announces its 2018 New Jersey Super Lawyers

SPSK WOMENS' INITIATIVE COLLECTS DONATIONS FOR JBWS

The Charity Committee of the SPSK Women’s Initiative collected over $1,500 in donations for Jersey Battered Women Service (“JBWS”), which provides housing and emotional and financial support to women and children in the Morris County area.  JBWS is a full service, private, nonprofit domestic violence agency.  In addition to housing, JBWS provides counseling, intervention, and legal assistance.

SPSK Women's Initiative Donates 2017

Pictured:  Helen LeFrois, Vice President, Development for JBWS and SPSK attorneys Sandra Calvert Nathans, Valerie Vladyka, and Meghan Hoppe.

 

“Wear Jeans to Work Day”

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on October 27, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP held a fundraising event, “Wear Jeans to Work Day,” to raise awareness and raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Wear Jeans to Work Day

 

Community Roundup

On June 29, 2017, SABA-NJ President-Elect Sharmila D. Jaipersaud  was interviewed on Community Roundup for TV Asia.  Community Roundup is hosted by Aditi Lamba.  Aditi interviewed the current SABA-NJ President, Bhaveen Jani, and Ms. Jaipersaud, regarding the membership, the programs, and activities SABA-NJ provides for the South Asian community.  The interview aired on July 7, 2017.   

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ICON HONORS

Edward Ahart is a recipient of the 2017 ICON HONORS award, presented by NJBIZ for the first time this year.  It recognizes New Jersey business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen field.  Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony on August 23 and will be profiled in an event publication inserted in NJBIZ.

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Sussex County Bar Association

SPSK attorney Robert B. McBriar, was sworn in as the new President of the Sussex County Bar Association.  The event was held at the Mohawk County Club on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Robert McBriar Sworn In
Robert B. McBriar, Mr. McBriar’s mother, Carol McBriar, his sister, Shannon McBriar and the Honorable William J. McGovern III
Group Photo
Michael K. Mullen, Gary Mazart, John E. Ursin, Basil F. O'Connor, Crystal
West Edwards, Robert B. McBriar, Gilbert S. Leeds and Michael J. Marotte

 

SPSK Scholarship

Melanie Morales, Rutgers Law School, Class of 2018, was the recipient of the SPSK scholarship.  The scholarship was presented at the Garden State Bar Association 42nd Anniversary Scholarship & Awards Gala in Atlantic City by SPSK Managing Partner Gary Werner and Partner Crystal West Edwards, Past President of the Garden State Bar Association. 

                               

Clifford Dawkins, Crystal West Edwards, Melanie Morales,                                      Clifford D. Dawkins, Grammy nominee, 

John DeMarco, Gary Werner, Raajen Bhaskar                                                         Angie Stone and Crystal West Edwards

SPSK Participates and Sponsors MECHA Golf Outing 

Pictured from left: Michael Downes, TD Bank; Thomas L. Hofstetter, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP; Craig Sinon, Magyar Bank; Tom Thompson-Republic Bank.

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP was a sponsor and participated in Mercer County Hispanic Association, Inc. (MECHA’s) 15 Annual Golf Outing held Mountain View Golf Course on May 22, 2017.

SPSK In-House Immigration Law CLE

Pictured from left; Steven Flore, Susan W. Scheer, Esq., Asma Warsi, Esq., SPSK Moderators: Sharmila D. Jaipersaud, Esq. and Michael K. Mullen, Esq.

On May 23, 2017, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP conducted an in-house Immigration Law CLE.  The panelists were both prominent immigration attorneys: Susan W. Scheer, Esq., with a focus on immigration issues from a business owner’s perspective, and Asma Warsi, Esq., with a focus on individual immigration issues.  The panel was moderated by SPSK attorneys, Michael K. Mullen, Esq., and Sharmila D. Jaipersaud, Esq.  The CLE was presented to broaden our lawyers’ understanding of immigration law, particularly in light of significant national developments and related changes in Immigration Law and related procedures. 

SPSK Women’s Initiative hosts Second Annual Networking Reception

More than 100 women attended the event at the Park Savoy Estate on May 3, 2017 for a fun evening of networking with friends, both new and old.

Pictured are Crystal West Edwards, Meredith L. Grocott, and our guest speaker, Kate S. Tomlinson.  
Ms. Tomlinson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of New Jersey Monthly.  Ms. Edwards is the Chair 
of the Firm’s Diversity Committee and Ms. Grocott heads the Women’s Initiative.

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

Members of the SPSK Women's Initiative

            

Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq. and 2016
Guest Speaker Kelly Piacenti

Schenck, Price, Smith & King Announces its 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers

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

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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.

SCHENCK, PRICE, SMITH & KING, LLP
*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.