Why Tort Reform Is Unfair

From The New York Times, December 29, 2014: Victims of G.M. Deadly Defect Fall Through Legal Cracks.

The law firm was unequivocal. It refused to take the case against General Motors involving a car crash that killed 18-year-old Natasha Weigel, saying that the value of her life in a lawsuit was too small to justify the expense and risk of litigation.

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David L. Wikstrom, to lecture for 7th straight year on legal malpractice and ethics

Javerbaum Wurgaft Partner, David L. Wikstrom, has been asked by NJ Institute on Continuing Legal Education (“NJ ICLE”) to present a lecture entitled “Avoiding Legal Malpractice” for the seventh straight year.  The lecture, which will be presented in February, April and May at three separate locations, focuses on common pitfalls and mistakes attorneys make  and how to avoid the same.  Mr. Wikstrom will again present the lecture along with Pat Minter, Esq. and Chris Rawding.  Mr. Wikstrom has also been asked to conduct a lecture entitled “The Top 20 Ways to Get Disbarred, Suspended or Reprimanded”.  This lecture, also presented by NJ ICLE, will be a webinar broadcasted in December 2014.

Jack Wurgaft, Partner of Javerbaum Wurgaft, To Speak At Masters of Trial Advocacy Retreat

Following the successful verdict of $16,000,000 in a security negligence case, the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County have engaged Jack Wurgaft to present a mock trial to the Academy’s members from October 1-3, 2014.  The Academy, based in Pennsylvania, organized the seminar around the Patterson v. Irvington Board of Education case which yielded one of the highest verdicts in New Jersey in 2012.  Mr. Wurgaft will be providing his insight on security negligence, experts and damage issues to the Academy which is comprised of distinguished trial attorneys throughout Pennsylvania.

Eric Kahn Represents Child Siblings in Negligence Lawsuit Against State of NJ

NEWARK — They suffered inside the Irvington apartment, malnourished and physically abused, and ultimately witnessed their older sister die in May 2011 as a result of the same wretched conditions, court papers say. 

Now Solomon and Christina Glenn, through their court-appointed representatives, have joined a lawsuit against the state, claiming it was negligent in protecting them and their sister, Christiana.


“Everybody now, who should be in the case, is in the case,” said Eric Kahn, one of the attorneys representing the children in the lawsuit.

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Gary Roth Named as Union County’s J-PAC Bar Representative

Gary Roth, Director of Employment Group at Javerbaum Wurgaft, has been named as Union County’s J-PAC Representative to the NJ State Bar.  Mr. Roth, a former President of the Union County Bar Association and member of National Employment Lawyers Association- New Jersey Chapter, will be the point person for vetting all new potential judges to the Union County Superior Court.

Attorneys Denise Rekem and Lisa Parles To Present At Upcoming Disabilities Law Group Workshop

An Evening of Free Workshops In Honor of Autism Awareness Month

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hosted by Certified Financial Services

52 Forest Avenue

Paramus, NJ 07652

Event starts at 6:30pm. Workshops will begin promptly at 7pm. Interested in more than one topic? Workshops will repeat at 8pm

Space is limited. Please RSVP with course topic & time to Connie 201-788-6711 or email rlofredo@glic.com 



Navigating the System – Presented by Denise Rekem, Esq & Vincent Blazewicz, Advisor

Audience: Parents of newly diagnosed and school Age Children age 3 and up.

Topics to be covered: An Effective IEP: What’s Included, Obtaining Private Evals, Alternative funding, NJ Children’s System of Care, ABA Coverage via NJ Insurance Mandate.


Transitioning to Adult Services – Presented by Lisa M. Parles, Esq.

Audience: Parents of children 14 and up

Changes in the DDD. When to apply, Medicaid, Community Care Waiver, Funding Residential & Day Services, Transfer to Department of Children & Families.


Special Needs Estate Planning- Protecting Assets & Securing Your Child’s Future – Presented by Beth Manes, Esq. & Richard Lofredo, ChFC, CLU

Audience: Parents and Grandparents of Special Needs Children

Benefits of a Special Needs Trust, Funding Options, Eligibility requirements for DDD, SSI and Medicaid, Guardianship.


Workshops will run 1 hour in length, including a question and answer segment. Refreshments will be served.


We would be happy to conduct a free seminar or workshop for your group or organization on an array of topics concerning individuals with disabilities. Please contact us to schedule your event.