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

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My Practice is concentrated in four areas of law:

Legal Malpractice
Lawsuits against lawyers by clients

First Party Insurance Claims
Lawsuits against insurance companies for refusing to pay property insurance claims and insurance agents who do not get you proper coverage

Underinsured/Under-Insured Property Loss Claims
Lawsuits by property owners against third parties responsible for causing damage to property, and prosecution of claims against insurance agents and brokers where their negligence has caused a coverage dispute or denial of a property claim

Consumer Fraud/Construction Defect Cases
Lawsuits against builders and real estate agents and sellers for not disclosing problems with property

These cases are all sub-specialties with their own rules. They are hard-fought and often do not settle and go to trial. I have been handling these types of cases for many years and am certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. As a result, many of my cases are referred to me by other lawyers who do not handle these cases on a regular basis.

Areas of Practice

  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Civil Rights
  • Election Campaign & Political Law
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Insurance Law
  • 90% Legal Malpractice
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1978
  • New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1981


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon, 1978
  • Law Review: Oregon Law Review, Articles Editor, 1977 – 1978
  • Sarah Lawrence College, 1974

Published Works

  • Judge, Not Jury, to Weigh Damages in Malpractice Case Arising from Divorce, New Jersey Law Journal, July 22, 2002
  • His Turn as Litigant, New Jersey Law Journal, July 30, 2001
  • Paying the Price for Giving Free Advice, New Jersey Law Journal, April 6, 1998
  • Verdict Against Lampf, Lipkind in SIG Aft, New Jersey Law Journal, April 12, 1993
  • Self-Insurance Has Its Risks, New Jersey Law Journal, April 26, 1993
  • Lampf, Lipkind Facing Receivership, New Jersey Law Journal, June 21, 1993
  • Where Are the Ethics Cops?, New Jersey Law Journal, February 5, 1996
  • Judge Appoints Monitor to Supervise Embattled Lawyer’s Trust Account, New Jersey Law Journal, May 20, 1996
  • Suing the State for Malpractice, New Jersey Law Journal, October 28, 1996
  • Judge Dubious on Malpractice Suit Against State Agency, New Jersey Law Journal, May 5, 1997
  • Court Tosses Malpractice Suit Against Civil Rights Agency, New Jersey Law Journal, July 14, 1997
  • A Not-So-Privileged Attorney-Client Communication, New Jersey Law Journal, July 11, 1994
  • Rewritten Medical Records Prompt RICO Claim, New Jersey Law Journal, August 26, 1994
  • Circle Chevrolet Rattles Attorneys, New Jersey Lawyer, February 26, 1996
  • Thomm’s Owner Gains $1.2 Million Settlement, The Star-Ledger, March 11, 1994
  • Anti-Bias Agency’s Status is Suffering, The Star-Ledger, December 8, 1996
  • White Managers, The Star-Ledger
  • Jury Hits Law Firm for $542,260 for Conflict of Interest, The Legal View, August, 1993
  • “Circle Chevrolet; Pitfalls of Legal Malpractice”, New Jersey Law Journal Supplement, July 1, 1996
  • Comment: “Trying Non-English Conversant Defendents: The Use of an Interpreter”, 57 Oregon Law Review 549, 1978
  • Casenote: “State v. Lakeside: The Fifth Amendment and the Unwanted Jury Instruction”, 57 Oregon Law Review 613, 1978

Representative Cases

  • Blatterfein v. Larken Associates, 732 A.2d 555 (N.J. Super. A.D. 1999)
  • Danzeisen v. Selective Ins. Co. of America, 689 A.2d 798 (N.J. Super. A.D. 1997)
  • Profit Sharing Trust for Marprowear Corp. v. Lampf, Lipkind, Prupis, Petigrow & Labue, P.A., 630 A.2d 1191 (N.J. Super. L. 1993)
  • Industrial Development Associates, Inc. v. Commercial Union Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 602 A.2d 733 (N.J. 1992)
  • Industrial Development Associates v. F.T.P., Inc., 591 A.2d 682 (N.J. Super. A.D. 1991)
  • Culver v. Insurance Co. of North America, 559 A.2d 400 (N.J. 1989)
  • Culver v. Insurance Co. of North America, 535 A.2d 15 (N.J. Super. A.D. 1987)
  • Ellmex Construction Co., Inc. v. Republic Insurance Co., 494 A.2d 339 (N.J. Super. A.D. 1985)
  • Andrews v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc., 191 F.R.D. 59 (D.N.J. 2000)
  • Reaves v. State, Dept. of Law & Public Safety, Div. on Civil Rights, 696 A.2d 82 (N.J. Super. A.D. 1997)
  • Connell Foley v. Israel Travel Advisory Service, 872 A.2d 1100 (N.J.Super. A.D. 2005)
  • Ponden v. Ponden, 374 A.1d (N.J.Super. A.D. 2005)

Representative Clients

  • Merrill Lynch Realty
  • Polysar Chemicals, Incorporated

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Lecturer, “Ethics for First Year Lawyers”, I.C.L.E., 1996
  • Lecturer, “Emerging First Party Insurance Issues”, I.C.L.E., 1996
  • Lecturer, ” Legal Malpractice”, I.C.L.E., 1996
  • Panelist, On-Line Counsel Connect Seminar, 1996
  • Instructor, “Skills and Methods Course,” New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation, ICLE Seminar, 1999
  • Instructor: “Skills and Methods Course,” New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation, ICLE Seminar, 2002
  • Panelist: “Emerging First-Party Insurance Issues”, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2002
  • Law School Instructor, Appellate Advocacy, Legal Writing, Contracts, University of Arkansas, School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas


  • Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Attorney Certification, 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mercer County Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member