Awards & Recognitions

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Westfield, New Jersey, August 15, 2018 – The Best Lawyers In America© has announced that 8 attorneys from Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. have been named to this year’s list.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Lindabury would like to congratulate the following attorneys listed in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers In America© including special recognition to John Boyle who was additionally recognized as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Arbitration in Newark, NJ.

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Nicole Kobis of Lindabury Named 2018 Rising Star

Nicole A. Kobis, a family law attorney with Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C., will be honored as a Rising Star Recipient at the United Way of Greater Union County’s Annual Celebration on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The event will be held at the Gran Centurions (440 Madison Hill Road, Clark, NJ) from 6-9 pm.

The Annual Celebration recognizes local leaders in philanthropy, business, and advocacy who share United Way’s mission of service. United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) created the event as a way to recognize community and business leaders who are committed to making communities stronger and improving the odds for children and families. Proceeds will benefit programs and services funded by UWGUC.

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Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper is pleased to announce that John H. Schmidt has once again been recognized by “Chambers USA” in their annual list of leading lawyers for business. Chambers and Partners, which produces “Chambers USA,” is a client referral organization that researches and subjectively ranks attorneys and law firm practice groups nationwide and globally. “Chambers USA” ranks firms and lawyers who are considered leaders in their profession. Law firms and individual lawyers are assessed in the areas of technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

For more than 35 years John has represented management in all areas of labor and employment counselling and litigation including the defense of employment discrimination, breach of contract, and wrongful discharge claims. John who is co-chair of Lindabury’s Labor & Employment practice group has significant courtroom experience, having tried many cases in both the state and Federal courts, and has argued numerous cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. He has arbitrated numerous labor matters and has handled charges and hearings before both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. John has been Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. John is a founding member of the Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys and is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

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New Jersey Family Magazine’s April 2018 issues includes an invaluable list of professionals that make a difference in the lives of New Jersey families during difficult times. John Blasi has been named among this list of exceptional attorneys who were nominated by readers.

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Lindabury McCormick Estabrook & Cooper is pleased to announce that we are well represented in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list with 8 attorneys having been recognized as leaders in their area of practice. The selected attorneys come from many of the firm’s practice areas including our Employment, Business Counseling, Family Law, Litigation and Trusts & Estates groups.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented selection process that involves peer nominations, independent research and peer evaluations.

For the third consecutive year included in the list of NJ Super Lawyers is 1 Lindabury associate who has attained the designation of being a Rising Star in the legal profession. In order to be selected as a rising star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.

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The United Way of Greater Union County recently honored Lindabury attorney, Nicole Kobis with a plaque recognizing her efforts in leading and organizing the firm’s participation in the United Way’s Season of Caring outreach. The United Way’s Season of Caring annual gift drive provides holiday gifts to many disadvantaged children in the greater Union County area and Lindabury collected more than 200 toys that were then distributed to the children.  Nicole volunteered to coordinate the gift drive in the firm’s Westfield, Summit and Red Bank, New Jersey offices.

 

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Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper is pleased to announce that 8 of its attorneys have been named to the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers In America ©. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Lindabury would like to congratulate the following attorneys listed in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America:

John R. Blasi – Trusts and Estates

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On June 1, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order 225 directing NJ’s Chief Technology Officer to set in motion actions to deliver a more secure, efficient, and reliable information technology platform and services across the Executive Branch.

Previously, each state department and agency oversaw its own information technology services, software and hardware integration. Under the new Executive Order, the Chief Technology Officer of the State of New Jersey is granted broad authority to oversee and integrate the hardware, software, and other information technologies used by departments and agencies within the Executive Branch. In speaking to the Chief Technology Officer at the signing of the Executive Order, Chris Christie stated:

“This is a big day in changing state government. To take away that authority and personnel from every one of the state departments and agencies and put it in your hands is a sea change in the way government is managed given how integral information technology is to the everyday operation of government. This is about a common-sense approach to taking us to a new level in terms of our information technology, and what we know is our customers, the 8.9 million people of the State of New Jersey are going to demand we do it.”

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The New Jersey Appellate Division’s decision in Matejek v. Watson, issued on March 3, 2017, compelled the owners of condominium units to share in the cost of environmental investigation under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (the Spill Act), without proving liability. This remedy, not previously available to private parties, will likely give rise to an increase in Spill Act litigation due to this advantage over the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Cleanup and Liability Act (CERCLA), which is the federal counterpoint to the Spill Act.

The environmental contamination in Matejek v. Watson dates from 2006, when oil was discovered on the surface of a tributary to Royce Brook in Hillsborough. In response, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) removed underground storage tanks from each of five adjoining condominium units that were near the location of the tributary. Other than visiting the site a few months after the removal of the underground tanks in order to confirm the absence of oil in the tributary, the NJDEP took no further action and its file remained open, leaving, as the trial judge later found, a cloud on the title to all five units, given that the presence of the oil would have to be disclosed if any of the properties were to be sold.

Seven years after the removal of the tanks, the owners of one of the impacted condominium units sued the owners of the other four units under the Spill Act, in order to require the owners of the impacted units to participate in and equally share in an investigation, and if necessary, remediation of the property. The Association was joined to the lawsuit in order to compel access to any portions of the common elements required for investigation, testing or remediation.

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Once again Lindabury McCormick Estabrook & Cooper is well represented in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list with 9 attorneys having been recognized as leaders in their area of practice. The selected attorneys come from many of the firm’s practice areas including our Employment, Business Counseling, Family Law, Litigation and Trusts & Estates groups.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented selection process that involves peer nominations, independent research and peer evaluations.

For the second consecutive year included in the list of NJ Super Lawyers is 1 Lindabury associate who has attained the designation of being a Rising Star in the legal profession.  In order to be selected as a rising star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.

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