Noteworthy (Fall-Winter 2006)

Reinforcements have arrived! Since our last Legal Update, we have had two new additions to our legal staff. In April, Andrew S. Kohut joined us as an Associate in the Real Estate, Land Use, and Litigation Departments. Andrew received his undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems and Marketing from SUNY Binghamton, and his Law Degree from Rutgers School of Law. Andrew lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Our newest attorney is Anthony S. Bocchi. Anthony is active in our Litigation Department, in both commercial and general civil litigation. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Rutgers College, and his Law Degree from Seton Hall Law School. Prior to joining our firm, Anthony was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Jonathan N. Harris, JSC, a Superior Court Judge here in Bergen County. Anthony lives with his wife, Jennifer, in West Caldwell.

Following in the footsteps of Of Counsel Cheryl Morrissey, who was involved in the Inns of Court in Bergen County for many years, Jill Rosenfeld was a June 2006 graduate of the Justice Morris Pashman Inns of Court. Jill now participates in the “Transactional Inn” for business lawyers. Anthony Bocchi is now a participant in the 2006 to 2008 cycle of the Pashman Inns of Court, where he is working to hone his trial advocacy skills.

Speaking of Cheryl Morrissey, with her medical condition significantly improved, in August Cheryl and her husband, Steve, packed up the kids and moved to Galway, Republic of Ireland, where Cheryl is working on her Master’s Degree in Human Rights.

Associate, Jill Rosenfeld, has been active in the Paramus Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, and was a member of the Dinner Committee for the Eleventh Annual “Dream Awards” Gala which was held on October 19th. On the subject of “Galas”…..long-term clients, Bob and Marianne Dill were again Chairs of the Bergen Community College Foundation’s annual event this year on Friday, November 17th. Partner, Tom Wells, arm-twisted Bob into joining the Board when he was President of the Foundation. Among this year’s honorees, is Bill Villafranco who will be receiving the 2006 Award for Merit of Philanthropy and Volunteerism. Bill who runs Southwind Associates of NJ, Inc., a regional hedge fund investment firm, and Footprints in the Sand Foundation, works with many of our office clients, and is a good friend. We wish him the best on this honor. Congratulations Bill.

Congratulations also, to perhaps this office’s most frequently honored client, David F. Bolger, who was recently honored by both the West Bergen Mental Health and Northfield Mount Hermon School. These honors were no surprise, since David made very substantial gifts to both institutions (totaling almost $20 Million) upon the sale of the Farmers & Merchants Bank owned by him in Boise, Idaho.

Partner, Tom Wells, who was a member of the holding company’s Board of Directors of Farmers & Merchants Bank during the twelve years David owned it, is now on the Bank’s Board of Directors of the Bank of the Cascades, a publicly held company based in Bend, Oregon that acquired Farmers & Merchants. Tom is learning the joys of crosscountry travel as he flies back and forth to Oregon at least once a month since joining this Board.

Partner, Stuart Liebman, continues to be active with the Valley Hospital Foundation, on which he serves as President’s Council. Stuart remains President of Temple Beth Sholom in Fair Lawn and is active in Paramus Rotary. Partner, Kimberly Paton, is also involved with Valley Hospital, most recently, serving on the Planned Giving Committee of the Board of Trustees. Kimberly also continues to actively lecture at Bergen Community College on estate planning matters. She also recently “Chaired” the “Newspapers and Education Program” for the Care Plus Foundation. This eight week series which ran in The Record, was designed to educate school children about mental health issues.

Of Counsel, Ken Porro, who is Chairperson of our Litigation Department,is currently serving as General Counsel to the New Jersey Meadowlands Mayor’s Committee, the Meadowlands Construction Officials Organization, and New Jersey State League of Master Plumbers. Just recently, for the third year in a row, Ken was recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as one of the top 5% of the Civil Litigating Attorneys in the state. Speaking of litigators, Darrell Felsenstein, of our Litigation Department, is now the Administrative Chairperson of our Litigation Department. He is doing his best to keep Ken and Anthony organized.

Associate, Linda Herlihy, who is an active land use attorney in our office, decided to see what it is like on the other side of the table. Linda recently joined the Midland Park Board of Adjustment as its newest member. Linda also continues to serve the Glen Rock Board of Adjustment as counsel together with Partner, Stuart Liebman. Partner, Tom Wells, continues as a member of the Bristol, Vermont Planning Commission.

Partner, James Jaworski, recently joined the Ramapo College Anisfield School of Business Alumni Advisory Board. Jim also remains active on the West Bergen Mental Health Board of Directors and the Bergen Highlands Ramsey Rotary Club. Partner, Jim Delia, is finishing his 4th year on the Ridgewood YMCA Board of Directors. Partner, Tom Wells, remains active on the Board of Trustees of the “Y” where he is also Chairman of the World Service Committee. This past summer, on one of Tom’s Africa trips, he cut the “Grand Opening ribbon” of a long time Ridgewood YMCA project in Dakar, Senegal.

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