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Harwood Lloyd counsel David Meinhard gives CLE presentation.

June 13, 2018

David Meinhard, Counsel at Harwood Lloyd, spoke at a Continuing Legal Education Seminar titled "Health Law Topics for the General Practitioner", sponsored by the Bergen County Bar Association's Health & Hospital Law Committee. David's presentation related to the growing field of telemedicine, a health care delivery mechanism which has been embraced by health care providers, patients and health plans. In 2017 New Jersey joined the majority of states which have laws specifically addressing telemedicine. David discussed the new laws and other legal areas which need to be addressed, including HIPAA's privacy and security regulations, and the corporate practice of medicine doctrine, relative to healthcare delivered in this manner. Mr. Meinhard is with the Commercial & Business Law practice at Harwood Lloyd, having a general transactional and regulatory practice, with a concentration in health care and data privacy law.

PARTNER GREGORY J. IRWIN, WITH ASSOCIATE PAUL E. KIEL, SUCCESSFUL IN APPELLATE DIVISION DECISION REGARDING SIDEWALK LIABILITY

May 22, 2018

In Ellis v. Hilton Methodist Church, et al, the plaintiff slipped and fell on a broken and uneven sidewalk abutting an abandoned church and sustained injuries. Plaintiff argued that the abandoned property had the potential to generate income and was not being used for religious or charitable purposes, therefore commercial landowner liability should attach. Mr. Kiel argued the appeal for the church and disputed that the church property was used for commercial purposes, so that no liability could attach. The Appellate Division agreed, and affirmed the trial court’s dismissal on summary judgment. The court noted that a landowner generally owed no duty of care to pedestrians for the condition of abutting sidewalks unless the property in question was commercial property. The appellate court acknowledged that liability could attach to property owned by a religious organization - if used for commercial purposes. However, the court found no evidence that defendants used their property for commercial purposes at any time prior to plaintiff's accident and rejected plaintiff's contention that the property potentially could be used for commercial purposes. The Appellate Division’s opinion was approved for publication.

Harwood Lloyd Partners Speak at New Jersey State Bar Association Meeting

May 21, 2018

David T. Robertson, a partner in the firm’s Insurance Litigation Department, spoke at the annual meeting. The topic of his presentation was the evolving state of advanced technology as it relates to identifying and prosecuting fraudulent automobile stolen vehicle and property damage claims. Mr. Robertson specializes in the area of arson and insurance fraud, insurance bad faith defense, insurance defense litigation, and legal ethics and professional responsibility. He lectures widely on these topics, particularly in the area of arson and insurance fraud. Mr. Robertson is a certified civil trial attorney.

Harwood Lloyd Partners Speak at New Jersey State Bar Association Meeting

May 21, 2018

Partner Joseph P. Scorese presented a program entitled “Estate Administration 101” at the New Jersey State Bar Associate’s Annual Meeting in Atlantic City. The program, geared for newly-admitted attorneys, focused on the attorney’s role in the administration of the estate of a decedent and, in particular, on the tax and legal nuances which arise in the process. Joe is a frequent lecturer to professional and lay audiences on topics of trust, estate and wealth planning for individuals and families. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Harwood Lloyd Partners Speak at New Jersey State Bar Association Meeting

May 21, 2018

Partner Evelyn Storch spoke as an employment lawyer, an Ethics Committee Chair, and an NJSBA Diversity Committee member on: the Intersection of Diversity and Discrimination. The Panel presentation focused on Ethics rule, RPC 8.4(g), which prohibits discrimination. It is a very topical, as the ABA, in the summer of 2016, finally adopted this rule after years of trying as a part of its Model Ethics Rules. New Jersey has been in the forefront of the convergence of ethics and diversity as it has had a similar, albeit narrower, rule since 1994. The panel included a primer on the ABA Model Rule, highlights of the pros and cons, and the differences between the Model Rule and our state rule. The Panelists all commented on the differences and the pros and cons. Evelyn’s presentation focused on the case law that has developed under the state rule. The facts of some of the cases are pretty compelling, and invited a lot of audience participation. Evelyn may present her remarks in the future as an ICLE seminar in North Jersey and South Jersey.

David Meinhard will be speaking to the staff & board of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative.

May 8, 2018

David Meinhard will be speaking to the staff & board of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (a clinic here in Hackensack providing free health care to the uninsured) on June 11 on Privacy;  and on June 12 on Telemedicine as part of the BCBA Hospital & Health Care Law committee CLE event.

Partner Thomas Loikith Represents Bergen County Bar Association at 2018 Law Day Ceremony.

May 1, 2018

Commercial Transaction Department partner and current Bergen County Bar Association president Thomas Loikith represented the Bergen County Bar Association at the annual Law Day ceremony held at the Courthouse in Hackensack. The theme of Law Day was "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom". The ceremony, conducted by New Jersey Superior Court Judge James J. Guida, was attended by judges of the Bergen Vicinage, national, state and county officials, members of the public and 28 people who swore the oath of allegiance to become citizens of the United States. Mr. Loikith delivered a speech addressing the importance of immigrants to the United States and the protections provided by the system of separation of powers and checks and balances in the United States Constitution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partner Thomas Loikith Speaks at the Bergen County Bar Association's Annual Diversity in the Profession Dinner and Awards Ceremony and Program

April 4, 2018

Commercial Transaction Department partner Thomas Loikith, president of the Bergen County Bar Association, presented the introductory remarks at the annual Diversity in the Profession Dinner and award ceremony held at Biagio's Ristorante in Paramus, New Jersey. The Diversity in the Profession Dinner, co-sponsored by the Bergen County Bar Association, through its Diversity in the Profession Committee, and Women Lawyers in Bergen, has been held for the past decade to highlight the legal profession's ongoing need to work for greater diversity and inclusion. At the dinner, the Diversity in the Profession Award is presented to an attorney, law firm or non-lawyer in recognition of their efforts and achievements in advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. This year's award recipient was retired New Jersey Superior Court Judge Elijah L. Miller, Jr. who was honored for all that he has done and continues to do in exemplifying and advancing the values of diversity and inclusion both in the legal profession and in the larger society. In addition to the dinner and award ceremony, a panel of speakers presented a program on addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. Mr. Loikith has been a trustee of the Bergen County Bar Association since 2008 and an officer since 2013. He was installed as the 120th president of the Association on March 22, 2018. Mr. Loikith is also president of the Bergen County Bar Foundation. He has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2007, served as vice president of the Foundation from 2010-2012 and president of the Foundation since 2012. His term as president of the Foundation ends on April 30, 2018.

Associate Jesse D. Lubin attains favorable verdict in Bergen County Law Division, Fernandes v. Chavez BER-L-719-16.

March 28, 2018

This motor vehicle accident case was tried as to liability only before Judge Mary F. Thurber, in Bergen County from March 27, 2018 to verdict on March 28, 2018. Prior to being assigned to Judge Thurber, Presiding Judge Polifroni bifurcated the trial as to liability and damages over defendant’s objection; Plaintiff’s medical expert was unavailable for trial. Liability for the accident was the central trial issue and factual dispute between the parties. The accident occurred on January 23, 2014 at the intersection of Summit Avenue and Essex Street, in Hackensack. Plaintiff, traveling northbound on Summit Avenue, alleged that she came to a complete stop at a red traffic signal and had begun to turn left when the traffic signal changed to green. The defendant contended that he had the green light while driving southbound on Summit Avenue, and the plaintiff suddenly turned in front of him, causing him to strike her rear passenger side door. The New Jersey Police Crash Investigation Report was silent as to which party had the green light. However, it did indicate that the defendant told the police officer that plaintiff suddenly turned in front of him. The responding police officer testified that had the plaintiff told him of the green turn signal, he would have recorded it in his report. The jury agreed with defendant’s version of the events, and after deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous 6-0 verdict in the defendant’s favor.

PARTNER THOMAS LOIKITH INSTALLED AS 120th PRESIDENT OF BERGEN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION.

March 22, 2018

At the Bergen County Bar Association’s annual meeting on March 22, 2018, Thomas Loikith, a partner in Harwood Lloyd’s Commercial Transactions Department, was installed as the Association’s 120th President. Mr. Loikith has been a trustee of the Association since 2008 and is currently co-chair of its Banking and Business Law and Corporate Law Committees. Mr. Loikith previously served as Secretary, Treasurer, Second Vice President, First Vice President and President-elect of the Association. The last attorney from Harwood Lloyd or a predecessor firm who served as Association President was Francis V. Lloyd, father of founding partner Frank V.D. Lloyd, who served as 42nd President of the Association in 1940. Mr. Loikith is also currently president of the Bergen County Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) foundation that carries out the charitable and educational mission of the Association.

February 8, 2018 Partner David Robertson Gives Presentation to International Association of Insurance Professionals

February 14, 2018

On February 8, 2018 Partner David Robertson gave a presentation to the International Association of Insurance Professionals concerning the law of bad faith in New Jersey and automobile technology as related to fraudulent insurance claims. As to bad faith, he discussed the law concerning both first-party bad faith and third-party bad faith. Mr. Robertson further discussed insurance carriers resolving first and third-party claims when potentially legitimate bad faith claims are asserted. As to automobile technology, Mr. Robertson discussed the evolution of automobile theft claims being resolved as a result of this technology. As he pointed out, in recent decades the addition of cell phones with cell tower records, smart keys, EZ Pass records, LoJack, black boxes, interrogation of infotainment systems, and other such technology has revolutionized theft claim investigations. Mr. Robertson is a partner in the firm's Insurance Litigation Department. He specializes in insurance defense litigation, municipal law, arson and insurance fraud, insurance bad faith defense, legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney.

David Meinhard presents a webinar titled “Privacy for Medical Practices – HIPAA & More”

February 13, 2018

David Meinhard presents a webinar titled “Privacy for Medical Practices – HIPAA & More” to the NJ Medical Group Management Association (NJMGMA) on February 27, 2018. The NJMGMA is a resource for healthcare professionals and medical group managers. It provides educational programs, mentoring, and advocacy to and for its members, which includes managers and administrators of small and large health care practices.

Please click the link for registration

http://www.njmgma.com/webinar-hipaa-other-privacy-issues-for-medical-practices

NJ MGMA members attend for free and non-members can also attend for $15

Partner Joseph Scorese attends Heckerling Institute Estate Planning Seminar sponsored by the University of Miami

January 22, 2018

Each year the University of Miami hosts the premier Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. This seminar gathers the nation’s leading estate planners and tax advisors to discuss current issues in the law facing estate planning clients. This year the impact of the 2017 Tax Act was a headline topic, along with other issues. The seminar gives counsel an opportunity to meet and trade ideas with experts in the field from across the nation. Joe is an AFTEC Fellow and lectures frequently in the area of Estate Planning.

Harwood Lloyd Attorneys help Chair, Coach and Judge at this year’s Bergen County Mock Trial Competition.

January 16, 2018

Partner, John W. McDermott, Co-Chaired this year’s Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. The competition took place at the Bergen County Courthouse, Hackensack, New Jersey. It provided students access to a real courtroom setting. The students gained firsthand, practical experience in the workings of a trial, conducting opening and closing statements, and examining witnesses. Partner, David T. Robertson acted as an attorney-coach for one Bergen County High School while Partners, Peter E. Mueller, Evelyn Storch, Kathleen Lee and Associate, Leidy Gutierrez presided over trials, ruling on the participants' objections, determining winning parties in various trials using a detailed scoring system established by State Bar Foundation, and providing qualitative evaluation of both teams.

Harwood Lloyd Counsel Kathleen M. Lee and Manuel D. Irizarry, Jr. Elected Partners of the Firm

January 15, 2018

At the firm’s annual meeting on January 15, 2018, Harwood Lloyd Counsel Kathleen M. Lee and Manuel D. Irizarry, Jr. were elected partners of the firm.

Ms. Lee joined Harwood Lloyd in March, 2009 and has practiced in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department since that time, specializing in commercial litigation, environmental law and estate litigation. Ms. Lee also has experience with employment, contracts and real estate matters. Ms. Lee received her B.A. in Journalism and History from the University of Connecticut in 1993. She received her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law - Newark in 1997. While attending Rutgers Law School, she served as Business Editor of the Women's Rights Law Reporter from 1996-1997. Since 2001, Ms. Lee has served as pro bono counsel for Goals For Life, Inc., a non-profit, charitable corporation that has raised over $350,000 for worthy women's health initiatives, primarily related to breast cancer programs. Ms. Lee assisted with the formation of Goals For Life, has been a trustee of the organization since 2002 and President since 2004. Ms. Lee is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New Jersey (1997), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1997), the courts of the District of Columbia (2013), and the courts of the State of New York (2013). Ms. Lee is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Irizarry joined Harwood Lloyd in August, 2013 and has practiced in the firm’s Commercial Transaction Department since that time. His practice focuses on commercial, real estate and business transaction matters. He also serves as counsel to a number of financial institutions in connection with commercial, business and residential loan and mortgage transactions. Mr. Irizarry received his B.A. in Law and Society, from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 1997. He received his J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 2001. Mr. Irizarry served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Richard F. Plechner, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Middlesex County for the 2001-2002 term. Prior to joining Harwood Lloyd, Mr. Irizarry was a senior associate with the law firm of Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann and Knopf, LLP, Saddle Brook, New Jersey. While at Cohn Lifland, his practice focused on residential and commercial real estate transactions, including acting as review counsel for a local lending institution. A large portion of his practice also entailed representing a major regional lending institution in the handling of commercial, residential and consumer loan collections and foreclosure matters. Mr. Irizarry served as the Municipal Public Defender for the Borough of Totowa, New Jersey, from 2004-2009. He represented individuals who could not otherwise afford counsel before the Totowa Municipal Court. Mr. Irizarry is admitted to practice before the courts of New Jersey (2001) and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2001). Mr. Irizarry is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association.

 

 

HARWOOD LLOYD ASSOCIATE LEIDY J. GUTIERREZ ELECTED CHAIRPERSON OF THE YOUNG LAWYERS COMMITTEE OF THE HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY.

November 6, 2017

At a Special Meeting held on November 6, 2017, Leidy J. Gutierrez, an associate in the General Litigation Department of Harwood Lloyd, was elected Chairperson of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ).

Leidy, a 2016 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and former law clerk to the Hon. Bonnie J. Mizdol, A.J.S.C., has been a member of the Young Lawyers Committee since 2013, having previously served in the capacity of student representative and committee member.

Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ, a 501(c)(6) statewide organization, represents the interests of attorneys, judges, law professors and law students who share a common interest in issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community. The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.

In addition to its many initiatives, programs, and public advocacy activities, the HBA-NJ cooperates with Hispanic bar organizations, Hispanic community, business, civic, charitable and cultural organizations, as well as with other legal organizations in furtherance of the aforementioned purposes.

The Young Lawyers Committee is responsible for furthering the goals of the HBA-NJ in serving the Hispanic community and legal profession, while also furthering the interests of its young professional members. The committee serves its young professional members with mentorship, professional guidance, leadership development, and networking opportunities.

Associate Jesse D. Lubin attains favorable verdict in Bergen County Law Division, Iavarone v. Iavarone BER-L-7652-15

September 27, 2017

This case was tried before Judge Gregg Padovano in Bergen County from September 25, 2017 to verdict on September 26, 2017. The lawsuit resulted from an automobile accident which occurred on December 29, 2013 on East Allendale Road in Saddle River, New Jersey. Defendant driver, who was the plaintiff passenger’s husband, was traveling in the right lane on East Allendale Road when he attempted to make a left hand turn on Hawthorne Terrace and collided with a non-party vehicle. The parties stipulated to 100% liability as against the defendant. The issue was whether Plaintiff vaulted the Verbal Threshold.

Plaintiff, 70 years old at the time, initially made no complaints of pain to the responding police officer. Upon arrival of the ambulance, she made complaints of rib and chest pain and was transported to the hospital. At the hospital she made no complaints of neck or back pain and underwent X-rays of her ribs and chest, which were unremarkable. Two days later she presented to a different hospital emergency room and again only had complaints of rib and chest pain. Her neck and back were noted to be supple, without tenderness and having full range of motion. Plaintiff first presented to an orthopedist almost 2 ½ weeks post-accident, now with complaints of neck and back pain. However, she also had a cough and fever so the orthopedist sent her back to the Emergency Room, where she was checked for pneumonia and released. Once again she did not undergo any diagnostic images to her neck or back. She treated with physical therapy and four months post-accident underwent MRIs which noted a cervical herniation, multiple cervical disc budges, and multiple lumbar disc bulges. A later EMG confirmed radiculopathy. Plaintiff also treated with a pain management physician, who performed cervical and lumbar epidurals.

In this expedited trial no medical witnesses testified live, extensive portions of the plaintiff’s medical records were read to the jury. Both sides submitted Experts Reports for the jury’s review. The defense contended that because plaintiff did not make complaints of neck or back pain for almost 2 ½ weeks, that her neck and back injuries were not causally related to the accident. By a 6-0 count, the jury unanimously found that plaintiff failed to sustain her burden of proving that she sustained a permanent injury in the accident as required by New Jersey verbal threshold law and rendered the verdict in the defendant’s favor.

Joseph Scorese will again be chairing the New York University Summer Institute of Taxation’s “Introduction to Trusts and Estates”

July 6, 2017

Joseph Scorese will again be chairing the New York University Summer Institute of Taxation’s “Introduction to Trusts and Estates” taking place July 24-26 at the Westin Times Square in New York City. He will also serve as the lecturer of the program “Multi-Generational Planning and the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax.”

Joseph Scorese will be presenting the program entitled “The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax in Practice: The Art of the Plan”

July 6, 2017

Joseph Scorese will be presenting the program entitled “The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax in Practice: The Art of the Plan” on July 20, 2017, for the Skills Training for Estate Planners conference in New York City, offered by the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estates Law Section.

Michael E. Spinato, Esq. represented Defendant-Appellant in connection with a motion to terminate his alimony support

June 28, 2017

Michael E. Spinato, Esq. represented Defendant-Appellant in connection with a motion to terminate his alimony support obligation to his former spouse based upon her cohabitation and seeking to modify the custody and parenting time arrangements regarding the parties ‘ only child. Mr. Spinato successfully argued the matter before a three (3) judge panel on November 2, 2016. The Appellate Court, per curium, reversed and remanded both issues back to the Family Part for further proceedings. In its decision, the Court noted that the motion judge correctly cited the new law acknowledging that a court may find cohabitation in instances where the parties are not actually living together. The motion judge also found that the former wife was in a long-term romantic relationship. Based upon the record below, the Appellate Court indicated that the motion judge erred in “not affording Defendant the opportunity to conduct limited discovery to develop competent evidence to prove his case in a plenary hearing.” This application of the new law was critical to the decision in this case wherein the plaintiff’s boyfriend was not actually living in her residence, but in the same two (2)-family dwelling that she occupies. The Appellate Division also reversed and remanded the issue regarding Defendant’s request to modify the current custodial arrangement which the parties entered into at the time of the divorce. The Court agreed with Mr. Spinato’s argument that the motion judge erred in reaching its decision without addressing any factors N.J.S.A. 9:2-4. The Court also cited R. 5:8-1 which required the Court to refer the case to mediation under the circumstances raised in the motion papers.

Partner Andrew G. Toulas appointed to Bergen County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee

June 15, 2017

Harwood Lloyd partner Andrew G. Toulas has been appointed by Bergen County Bar Association president David Edelberg to the Association’s Judicial Appointments Committee. The Bergen County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee provides input to the New Jersey State Bar Association Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee regarding prospective judicial candidates from Bergen County. Mr. Toulas is also a Trustee of the Bergen County Bar Association and a member of the Association’s Arbitration Screening Committee. Mr. Toulas practices in Harwood Lloyd’s Insurance Litigation Department.

PARTNER THOMAS LOIKITH SPEAKS AT SEMINAR

May 1, 2017

On May 1, 2017, partner Thomas Loikith was a speaker at a seminar in Newark, New Jersey entitled “Advanced Title Insurance Issues” sponsored by National Business Institute. Mr. Loikith wrote the course materials and spoke on the topic of “Commercial Endorsements”. Mr. Loikith has been an author and speaker at seminars on topics including revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, commercial loan documentation, business entity choice and the New Jersey Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. Mr. Loikith is a partner in Harwood Lloyd’s Commercial Department, concentrating his practice in business entity formation and counseling, commercial transactions, real estate and asset sales and loans, financial services law, foreclosures, collections and creditors’ rights.

Partner Thomas Loikith Elected to Sixth Term as President of Bergen County Bar Foundation

April 27, 2017

On April 27, 2017, Thomas Loikith, a partner in Harwood Lloyd’s Commercial Department, was re-elected to a sixth term as president of the Bergen County Bar Foundation by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Loikith has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2007, served as vice-president from 2010-2012, and was elected president in 2012. Mr. Loikith is also the current president-elect of the Bergen County Bar Association. The Foundation carries out the charitable and educational mission of the Bergen County Bar Association. The Foundation sponsors an annual golf outing and awards dinner, named in memory of Harwood Lloyd founding partner Frank Lloyd, a former Foundation president, to raise money for the Foundation’s scholarship and grants programs. It also sponsors an annual school backpack drive to provide school supplies to Bergen County kids in need of assistance at the start of the school year, and a holiday toy drive to benefit Bergen County families. The Foundation also underwrites educational programs such as the annual Land Use Symposium offered by the Bergen County Bar Association’s Land Use Committee. The Foundation’s website can be found at www.bcbfoundation.org.

Partner Thomas Loikith Speaks to Parents and Children at Annual “Bring Our Children to Work Day”

April 27, 2017

On April 27, 2017, Thomas Loikith, a partner in Harwood Lloyd’s Commercial Department, as president-elect of the Bergen County Bar Association, addressed attorneys and Bergen County Courthouse employees and their children to the 22nd annual “Bring Our Children to Work Day: A Morning in the Courthouse”. The event, co-sponsored by Women Lawyers in Bergen, the Bergen County Bar Association and the Bergen County Superior Court, is designed to introduce children 9 years of age and older, to men and women in authority at the Bergen County Justice Center. At the beginning of the event, the parents and their children were addressed by Hon. Robert P. Contillo, Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division, General Equity Part of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Helayne Weiss, Vice President of Women Lawyers in Bergen and Mr. Loikith on behalf of the Bergen County Bar Association. Mr. Loikith spoke about the various areas of law in which attorneys practice, a typical day in the life of an attorney and the benefits of being a lawyer.

Partner Andrew G. Toulas re-elected as Trustee of the Bergen County Bar Association

April 20, 2017

At the annual meeting of the Bergen County Bar Association held on April 20, 2017, Harwood Lloyd partner Andrew G. Toulas was re-elected to a 3-year term as Trustee of the Bergen County Bar Association. Mr. Toulas was initially elected as a Trustee in April, 2015 to fill the vacancy on the Association’s Board of Trustees resulting from the appointment of Hon. Gregg A. Padovano as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Mr. Toulas is also a member of the Association’s Arbitration Screening Committee. Mr. Toulas practices in Harwood Lloyd’s Insurance Litigation Department.

PARTNER THOMAS LOIKITH ELECTED BERGEN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT-ELECT.

April 20, 2017

At the Bergen County Bar Association’s annual meeting on April 20, 2017, Thomas Loikith, a partner in Harwood Lloyd’s Commercial Department, was elected and sworn in as the Association’s President-Elect. Mr. Loikith has been a trustee of the Association since 2008 and is currently co-chair of its Banking and Business Law and Corporate Law Committees. Mr. Loikith previously served as Secretary, Treasurer, Second Vice President and First Vice President of the Association. Mr. Loikith is also currently president of the Bergen County Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) foundation that carries out the charitable and educational mission of the Association.

Partner David Robertson presents Insurance Fraud Seminar

March 29, 2017

Partner, David Robertson, whose practice focuses on insurance fraud, and who has lectured nationally on the subject, recently presented two hour-long presentations to a New Jersey insurance company on the law of insurance fraud in New Jersey. The presentation included a discussion of the New Jersey Insurance Fraud Prevention Act, the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, the role of the County Prosecutor’s Offices, anti-fraud policy language, cooperation clause policy language, and case law concerning policy fraud clauses, cooperation clauses, and the law of third-party bad faith. The presentation was part of a program to educate claims handlers about the applicable law when adjusting potentially fraudulent claims.

Dave has lectured to national insurance carriers on the issue of insurance fraud, including most recently at meetings of the New Jersey Special Investigations Association, the New Jersey Vehicle Theft Investigators Association and the Society of Investigators of Greater Newark. He also successfully litigated claims and recovered damages pursuant to the New Jersey Fraud Prevention Act. Dave is widely considered by members of the bar to be an expert in this field.

Dave served as a Bergen County Assistant Prosecutor from 1980 to 1984. During that time period he served as Arson Squad Chief, Narcotics Squad Chief, Chief of Grand Jury and Assistant Trial Chief. He thereafter entered private practice and became a Certified Civil Trial attorney. Shortly before Dave entered private practice, New Jersey enacted the New Jersey Insurance Fraud Prevention Act. Dave immediately transitioned his prosecutorial experience into the civil arena investigating potentially fraudulent insurance claims and protecting insurance carriers and insureds against fraudulent insurance claims. Not only have these claims been successfully defended, but on multiple occasions the fraudulent claimants have had to reimburse the victims of their attempted fraud pursuant to the New Jersey Insurance Fraud Prevention Act.