Jeffrey T. Kampf Promoted to Partner

Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C., is pleased to announce that Jeffrey T. Kampf, Esq., has been promoted to Partner. Mr. Kampf focuses his practice on a variety of personal injury matters.

“Jeff’s legal acumen, experience and client-focused attitude makes him an integral part of the Firm”, said Eric G. Kahn, Managing Shareholder.

Kampf has been certified by the State of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. His practice focuses on civil litigation. He has represented clients in a variety of areas, including personal injury, product liability, dental and legal malpractice, contract disputes, construction litigation and collections. He has tried cases in the New Jersey Superior Court, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey as well as in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has appeared before the Appellate Divisions in both New York and New Jersey.

Prior to joining Javerbaum Wurgaft, Jeff was managing partner for the law firm of Jay and Kampf, LLC, representing a wide range of clients, including Zab Judah, the former Junior Welterweight Boxing Champion of the World. Before starting in private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Burrell Ives Humphreys, Assignment Judge for Hudson County. He is a Cum Laude graduate of Seton Hall University Law School and has his B.S. from American University. While at Seton Hall, he was an Editor of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal.

Barry J. Hockfield Joins Javerbaum Wurgaft

Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C., is pleased to announce that Barry J. Hockfield, Esq., has joined the Firm as Of Counsel. Barry focuses his practice on personal injury and medical malpractice.

“We are excited to have Barry Hockfield join our Firm. He has a proven history of success in his field,” said Eric G. Kahn, Managing Shareholder.

Barry’s energetic approach to litigation, coupled with his vast experience, creates a dynamic style and demeanor that has won over juries and resulted in significant trial awards, earning a reputation among his peers as a top personal injury and medical malpractice litigator in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

With ten offices throughout New Jersey and New York, Barry will work with Michael A. Galpern, Partner, in the Firm’s Voorhees office.

Barry is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, American Association for Justice, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New Jersey Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, New York Bar Association and is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In addition, Barry has attended the prestigious American College of Trial Advocacy.

Boy Scouts Bankruptcy To Create Compensation Fund; Shorter Filing Deadline

On February 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection as it faces hundreds of lawsuits brought by men who claim they were sexually abused as Scouts.

The bankruptcy filing should not preclude abuse survivors from receiving compensation if they file a claim.  Rather, the process is expected to create a fund from which victims can receive compensation.

“The bankruptcy filing does not alter our commitment to obtain justice for victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the Boy Scouts,” states, Eric G. Kahn of Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC.

“The forum may have changed, but our efforts will continue,” adds Javerbaum Wurgaft partner, Rubin M. Sinins.

Importantly, the bankruptcy filing is expected to set a new deadline by which claims must be made.  Therefore, if you or a loved one was sexually abused by someone associated with the Boy Scouts, please contact us to protect your rights.

New Jersey Law Extends Time to Sue for Sexual Abuse

Effective December 1, 2019, victims of sexual abuse will have more time to file claims against their abusers. The new law creates a 2-year window for a victim of childhood sexual abuse to file a lawsuit for previously time-barred actions. In other words, if the 2-year Statute of Limitations has already expired, as of December 1, 2019, victims will now have 2 years to file a lawsuit.

Partners Eric G. Kahn and Rubin M. Sinins have handled hundreds of these types of cases. “Whether it is the Boy Scouts, the Church, youth sports organization, group homes, private or public school, justice that has been delayed for years or decades can now be achieved for victims of childhood sexual abuse”, states Kahn. “Victims will now be compensated and violators will be held accountable”, added Sinins.

Goodman v. Burlington Coat Factory et al Civ # 11-4395(JHR)

On November 20, 2019, United States District Judge Joseph H Rodriguez issued a 45 page opinion and order certifying the plaintiff class as a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. Sec 216 et seq.

Plaintiffs’ counsel Michael Galpern of Javerbaum Wurgaft in Voorhees, New Jersey and co-counsel Seth Lesser of New York’s Klafter Olsen and Lesser have been litigating this matter for the past 8 years. James Barry of the Locks Law Firm is also co-counsel for plaintiffs. Judge Rodriguez held 4 days of a Daubert hearing on plaintiffs’ motion to strike the opinions of defense expert Robert Crandall, culminating in an opinion on September 19th, 2019 significantly limiting Mr. Crandall’s testimony. Judge Rodriguez’s Daubert ruling was a factor in plaintiffs receiving final certification yesterday.

Plaintiffs’ motion for final certification had been pending for a long period of time, and yesterday Judge Rodriguez issued his ruling certifying the 569 members of the class. Michael Galpern stated that they are extremely encouraged by Judge Rodriguez’s robust and well-drafted opinion. “We look forward to finally seeing justice for the hundreds of assistant store managers who have been the victims of Burlington’s continued and prolonged wage theft.” Mr. Lesser added that he and Mr. Galpern looked forward to taking the matter to trial stating, “we are confident that when a jury sees the millions of dollars that Burlington has saved by ignoring the overtime laws, we will prevail.”

For further information please contact:

Michael A. Galpern, Partner
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom and Sinins, P.C.
1000 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Suite 203, Voorhees, NJ 08043.
p 856-596-4100
c 856-261-3545

Certified by The New Jersey Supreme Court as A Certified Civil Trial Attorney
Past President, New Jersey Association For Justice
Past President, Workers Injury and Advocacy Group (WILG)