| Drake P. Bearden, Jr., Esq.|
Drake Bearden is an associate at he Law Firm of Costello & Mains, P.c. where he concentrates his practice almost entirely on Plaintiff's-side employment law. He is a 2009 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law. Along with being a member...MoreDrake Bearden is an associate at he Law Firm of Costello & Mains, P.c. where he concentrates his practice almost entirely on Plaintiff's-side employment law. He is a 2009 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law. Along with being a member of NJAJ he is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Minorities in the Profession Sections' Board of Directors, a Member of the National Employment Lawyers Association - New Jersey, and formerly the Legal Redress Chair for the NAACP's Southern Burlington County Branch. He was selected as a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine for the Years 2014 and 2015. Collapse
| Michael Dennin, Esq|
Michael Dennin is an Associate at the Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mr. Dennin is a Graduate of Widener University School of Law and is in his 10th year of practice at the firm. Mr. Dennin's firm...MoreMichael Dennin is an Associate at the Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mr. Dennin is a Graduate of Widener University School of Law and is in his 10th year of practice at the firm. Mr. Dennin's firm handles solely plaintiff's personal injury, workers' compensation social security disability, and malpractice cases. Mr. Dennin is co-chair of our NJAJ W/C Committee, and a frequent speaker at the Meadowlands and Boardwalk seminars in the Young Lawyers and W/C Sections. Mr. Dennin is the former Camden County Bar Association Young Lawyer Trustee, general trustee, Secretary, and now Treasurer of the Bar Association. Mr. Dennin has been selected as a "Rising Star" for 2014-2015 by Superlawyers and has been selected in SJ and South Jersey magazine as a top workers compensation and top personal injury lawyer for several years. He is a member of AAJ, PAJ, and a PAC contributor to NJAJ. Collapse
| Christopher DiGirolamo|
CHRISTOPHER DIGIROLAMO is Managing Partner at Maggiano, DiGirolamo, Lizzi and is admitted to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of the State New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme...MoreCHRISTOPHER DIGIROLAMO is Managing Partner at Maggiano, DiGirolamo, Lizzi and is admitted to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of the State New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. DiGirolamo has protected the rights of victims of car accidents, fall downs, construction accidents, on the job injuries, represented the men, women and families that make up the labor force in New Jersey and has helped union workers for over twenty-two years in various types of litigation including construction accidents, product defects, dangerous workplaces, employment disputes and most notably in workers compensation claims. He has achieved a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and recoveries for work place accident victims and their families, including serving as co-counsel in the largest personal injury recovery ($101 million) in a construction accident in United States history.
He has dedicated his practice to the protection of the rights and benefits that every worker is entitled to and has built a strong reputation based on success in the courtroom and achieving the results that his clients deserve. There is no case or claim too large or small. He handles every case with the same tenacity and determination with one goal: protecting the rights of the injured worker. DiGirolamo is the grandson of a coal miner and steel mill immigrant who died of lung disease in the late 1960’s, before the industry and those running the mills were forced to be accountable for the dangerous conditions they created and exposed workers to for a generation.
His aggressive style has earned him numerous awards and recognition from his peers both in New Jersey and nationally, and he considers this his greatest professional compliment. He has been chosen year after year by his peers and colleagues as one of the best litigators in New Jersey as well as in the United States. He has been recognized as one of the best trial lawyers and litigators by his peers and members of the judiciary and received numerous annual accolades by U.S. News and World reports, Best Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell (he has been awarded a rating of 5 out of 5, AV Preeminent, highest available) "Super Lawyers", The American Society of Legal Advocates, The National Trial Lawyers, 10 out of 10 rating with AVVO, (201) Magazine’s Best of Bergen, New Jersey Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. DiGirolamo uses a simple approach, to always be prepared and always be available for his clients. There are numerous complex issues facing an injured worker and he has learned that having the right answers for a client in need is the best way to safeguard the client’s rights. He prides himself in taking cases that are a challenge and gets referred matters by other lawyers that can’t see the way to win. His greatest reward is securing compensation for those that are the most desperate and for whom the compensation will provide a second chance.
He has been asked to present lectures to Union groups, attorneys and the general public in New Jersey and throughout the United States on workplace injury claims, settlement negotiation strategy, impeaching expert witnesses and damages. He presents educational lectures to groups on understanding auto insurance benefits and the workers compensation claim process, including lien reimbursement procedure and obligations. DiGirolamo lives in Saddle River NJ with his wife and two children, where he coaches his son’s soccer, football and baseball teams. Collapse
| Richard B. Rubenstein|
Mr. Rubenstein been a frequent lecturer at ICLE, NBI, and NJAJ seminars, a Member of the Justice James Coleman Inns of Court, and the co-author of Whiplash, a textbook published by Hanley & Belfus Publishing. Collapse
|Hon. Russell Wojtenko|
Director and Chief Judge - Division of Workers' Compensation
Judge Russell Wojtenko was appointed Director and Chief Judge of Compensation in March of 2015. Before becoming Director, Judge Wojtenko was the Supervising Judge of Compensation for the New Brunswick villeinage serving Middlesex County. He was...MoreJudge Russell Wojtenko was appointed Director and Chief Judge of Compensation in March of 2015. Before becoming Director, Judge Wojtenko was the Supervising Judge of Compensation for the New Brunswick villeinage serving Middlesex County. He was appointed as a Judge of Compensation in March of 2011 by Governor Chris Christie. Prior to that, Judge Wojtenko served as the Municipal Prosecutor for the Township of Ewing and worked as a Certified Trial Attorney with the Law Firm of Wojtenko & Wojtenko, P.C., in North Brunswick.
Judge Wojtenko received his J.D. from Fordham University of Law School in 1994, and graduated with highest honors from Rutgers College in 1991 with a B.A. in history.
Judge Wojtenko lives in West Windsor, New Jersey, with his wife and three children. Collapse
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