Retired Superior Court Judge Joseph Conte Joins Javerbaum Wurgaft’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice

By JW Law

Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C., one of New Jersey’s leading law firms, is pleased to announce that Joseph S. Conte, former Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the firm’s newly opened Hackensack office.

Judge Conte brings 20 years of experience as a Superior Court Judge to his current practice focusing on mediation, land use cases, and commercial real estate matters.

“I am excited to be a member of the firm. I am looking forward to many years of helping the clients and resolving cases as a mediator,” said Judge Conte.

During his tenure on the bench, Judge Conte served both in the civil and criminal divisions. He presided over a range of civil jury trials and cases including personal injury, medical malpractice, professional malpractice and employment discrimination. He also managed and presided over a large number of criminal cases including four death penalty cases and over 25 murder cases. When new legislation was passed for Sexually Violent Predator cases, Judge Conte was the first and only Judge assigned for the entire state of New Jersey.

 Retired Superior Court Judge Joseph Conte Joins Javerbaum Wurgaft's Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice

“We are honored to have Judge Conte join our firm,” said Eric Kahn, Managing Partner at Javerbaum Wurgaft. “His extensive experience and deep legal knowledge will be a tremendous asset to both our clients and our attorneys.”

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Conte was engaged in the practice of law in Paramus, NJ. He served as a municipal court judge for the municipalities of Ringwood, Upper Saddle River, Wallington and Rochelle Park. He also served as a Public Defender for the Borough of Paramus, attorney for the Paramus library board and Special Borough Attorney for the Borough of Ringwood.

Most recently he was appointed as an advisor to the Instituto de Seguridad y Proteccion of the Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez. He provided services including guidance, discipline or supervision, educational programs to improve the current training and future sufficient or appropriate training of the Puerto Rican Police Department, to eliminate civil rights violations that were identified in a report of the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division dated September 5, 2011 (investigation of the Puerto Rico Police Department) and other counseling to improve the department.

Judge Conte is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Accounting and a graduate of Cleveland University Marshall Law School.


IN THE NEWS: Javerbaum Wurgaft’s Defense Lawyer Quoted in Associated Press Article

By JW Law

New Jersey’s veteran defense attorney, Rubin Sinins, was recently quoted in an Associated Press article on the verbal jousting between the U.S. District Judge William H. Walls and attorneys from both sides of the aisle in a high profile political corruption case involving Senator Bob Menendez.

Menendez, New Jersey’s Democratic senior senator, is accused of carrying out an extensive bribery scheme with a Florida-based ophthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen, for several years. Just two days into the trial, Judge Walls stopped the proceedings twice to admonish attorneys about the relevance of their lines of questioning.

Walls referred to the prosecutor’s questioning of a witness as “ridiculous,” ‘’junk” and “sheer nonsense.” He also told the defense attorney to “shut up” as the two engaged in a heated argument on Wall’s opinion, where he dismissed the defense’s request to temporarily hold the trial so that Menendez could participate in “critical” votes in the Senate.

Sinins said it’s the judge’s prerogative to maintain total control over the courtroom.

“A trial judge has total control over the courtroom, and any attorney who forgets that does so at his peril,” he said.


Sinins added that the residual effect of such exchanges could affect the client’s case, even though they were made outside the presence of the jury.

“A trial is about, in large part, the attorney’s credibility in trying to convince the jury that what they’re saying is the correct version of events. If a jury senses that a judge does not respect an attorney that is devastating to the client’s case.”

To read the full article, please click: Jousting between judge, attorneys enliven Menendez trial



Javerbaum Wurgaft Charitable Foundation Helps 500 Students Prepare for School

Javerbaum Wurgaft Charitable Foundation Helps 500 Students Prepare for School

By JW Law

Five-hundred students from the Boys and Girls Club of Newark will start the school year off on the right foot.

On Friday, August 25th, Javerbaum Wurgaft (JW) Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the law firm of Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins P.C., distributed backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in need.

The Foundation organized its first annual “We Got Your Back” 5K charity run/walk, and through generous contributions from sponsors, donors, and participants, the foundation purchased 500 backpacks and school supplies, including folders, pencils, glue, crayons, and scissors.

“The idea behind the charity event is to help bridge the gap between disadvantage and academic success by providing students with essential school supplies. We received an overwhelming response from the community, with running clubs and local businesses supporting the campaign,” said Eric Kahn, managing shareholder of Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins P.C.

On Friday, the firm’s partners distributed the backpacks to the students from the club; just in time for the school year.

“We know that the club members at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark will benefit from the school supplies that Javerbaum Wurgaft Foundation has donated,” said Rodney Fuller, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Newark. “We’re excited that all 500 children we serve in our after school program will receive a backpack to kick-off the academic year.”


Javerbaum Wurgaft Charitable Foundation Helps 500 Students Prepare for School

The backpack distribution drive was made possible thanks to the sponsors, donors, and participants who participated in the foundation’s first annual charity run held on Sunday, August 27th at the Branch Brook Park in Newark.

The inaugural race saw over a hundred registrants from all over New Jersey. Participants of all ages and abilities ran/walked the USATF certified race. They were cheered on by friends, family members and volunteers as they crossed the finish line.

“This event was a wonderful opportunity to have our firm give back to the community that we have been representing for 40 years. It was a great experience to have so many sponsors and individuals come and support the run/walk and help us raise funds for such a worthy cause”, said Diane Cardoso, race director, and partner at the law firm of Javerbaum Wurgaft.

Race results:

Best overall and best-timed female: Jayne Macedo with a time of 21:21
Best-timed male: Pedro Macedo with a time of 21:47

Best-timed female: Fran Merendino with a time of 27:45
Best-timed male: Paul Sommer with a time of 22:03

Click here for photos of backpack distribution and here for the back to school 5k charity run.

About Javerbaum Wurgaft Charitable Foundation:

The Javerbaum Wurgaft Charitable Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established in 2016. Our law firm has been representing clients who have been injured at the hands of other’s negligence for almost 40 years. The purpose of our Charitable Foundation is to give back to those within the communities that we serve who demonstrate a financial need.

About Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C.:

Founded in 1978, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C. is a litigation boutique with numerous attorneys certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in civil trial practice, criminal trial practice and workers’ compensation matters. The firm boasts six New Jersey locations, with offices in Springfield, Newark, Freehold, Jersey City, Mt. Laurel, and Elizabeth, as well as additional offices in New York City and suburban Atlanta. Practice areas include immigration, personal injury, criminal defense, worker compensation and numerous other litigation specialties.