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On Monday, February 12, Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order establishing the Commission on Puerto Rico Relief, an 18-member panel tasked with expediting relief processes for displaced Puerto Ricans in New Jersey through a collaborative effort with state and federal agencies. The group also will identify and analyze other ways the state can help the island.

Among the commission's members is DeCotiis partner Arlene Quiñones Perez, who also served as the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey from 2016 to 2017.

"I'd like to thank Governor Murphy, both for his decision to create the task force… Continue

DeCotiis would like to welcome Michael Augello to the team. Michael will be joining DeCotiis as a new Contract Partner in the Municipal and Labor and Employment Law Groups.

Mr. Augello’s areas of practice include municipal law, litigation, education law, labor and employment law. Mr. Augello has served as assistant general counsel to municipalities and public school districts in New Jersey. His experience in municipal and education law includes contract procurement, land use, personnel matters, shared services, and employment contracts. Mr. Augello has appeared before the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey and New York representing both public and… Continue

DeCotiis would like to welcome Andrés Acebo to the team. Andrés will be joining DeCotiis as a new Contract Partner in the Municipal and Labor and Employment Law Groups.

Andrés Acebo has experience counseling and representing public entities and private businesses in internal investigations, state and federal actions, administrative hearings, and arbitration and mediation proceedings. His practice focuses primarily on the areas of employment and labor law, education law, and government/public entity law. Mr. Acebo has been recognized as a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers in the area of Employment and Labor Law.

Mr. Acebo completed his undergraduate… Continue

The opioid crisis has reached a critical level unseen in modern history. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 and over 150 Americans die from a drug overdose every day. These grim statistics have fostered a growing sense of urgency and resolve among federal and state law enforcement, regulators and public officials.

The healthcare community cannot rely solely on government regulators to formulate effective strategies for combating what has been referred to by the White House as "the worse drug crisis in American history."  Healthcare executives can and should serve… Continue

On June 21, in volume 37 issue 24, Westlaw Journal Environmental published commentary from DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin partner Michael J. Ash providing a comprehensive overview of recent decisions examining litigation in Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions in which property owners challenged the power of a regulated utility company to use eminent domain to acquire easements for pipeline projects.

His article examines the case law of eminent domain delegation generally, and includes a fact specific and legal analysis of noteworthy court decisions that review particular statutory schemes, drawing some conclusions about the reach of a private utility's authority to exercise… Continue

DeCotiis partner Arlene Quiñones Perez was recently honored at the Defensores De La Justicia Banquet hosted by Alianza, Rutgers Camden Law School, for her commitment to social justice and equality as one of the top lawyers in the state. Arlene, who is currently serving as the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, was honored alongside Associate Dean of the Rutgers Law School Angela Baker, and Assistant General Counsel at New Jersey Resources Alexander Gonzalez.

Arlene was also named one of this year's North Jersey Federal Woman's History-Makers by the North Jersey Federal Credit Union, along with Beth… Continue

March 24, 2017 - Teaneck, NJ - (201) Magazine, a publication of the Bergen Record, recently named six attorneys from prominent state wide law firm DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, as Bergen County Top Lawyers.

Super Lawyers, and independent rating service of the legal industry, likewise named eight DeCotiis attorneys as top New Jersey lawyers in 2017. DeCotiis is one of the largest firms in the state, and boasts many award-winning attorneys and firm accolades, including being once again named a Martindale-Hubbell top law firm in 2016, a repeat occurrence in DeCotiis' 30-year history.

The magazine named the following… Continue

In the December 2016 issue of New Jersey Lawyer, DeCotiis partner John Stone authored a featured article on how organizations can protect their trade secrets against cyber threats. John provided an in-depth analysis of what constitutes theft of trade secrets according to the New Jersey Trade Secrets Act, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and how this issue should be examined in light of recent technological advances. The article concludes with a critical analysis of how organizations should approach cybersecurity in regards to trade secrets, how to navigate the various relevant legislation to protect… Continue

Arlene Quiñones Perez turned her curiosity about politics into a large focus of her career, especially since stepping into her role as president of the Hispanic Bar Association-New Jersey. Being involved in political discussion allows her to make change and provide a voice for the Latino community.

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VERNON - The Vernon Township Board of Education has announced the completion of an 856-kilowatt groundmounted solar array behind Lounsberry Hollow Middle School.

The project, which began operating earlier this month, will provide electricity to both Lounsberry Hollow Middle School and Rolling Hills Primary School over the next 15 years.

School officials have said the project, which is not part of the Sussex County solar initiative, not only will enable the district to achieve significant energy cost savings but will also ensure that its energy costs are stable and predictable for the foreseeable future. They also… Continue

Phaedra Trethan, @CP_Phaedra 1:21 p.m. EDT March 31, 2016

CAMDEN - A switch in vendors has meant improved water service in the City of Camden, a state comptroller's report found.

The report, issued Thursday by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), recalled a 2009 audit that found the city's contract with United Water LLC contained examples of mismanagement that were costing millions of taxpayer dollars. The city's new contract with American Water, which took effect Jan. 31, implemented in full or in part 19 of the audit's 23 recommendations, resulting in improved services.

"The operation and maintenance of the… Continue

Partners in the DeCotiis law firm were highlighted this week as among the most influential in New Jersey by This important political and policy outlet has been heralded as New Jersey's "virtual watercooler for the political elite, officeholders, news makers and decision makers."

Managing Partners Joseph and Michael DeCotiis achieved the 28th position (increasing from 32 the previous year) of the 2015 Power List. PolitickerNJ cited the firm as a "powerhouse", whose "specialties include government and regulatory affairs." In addition to the Firm's Senior Leadership, Partner Arlene Quiñones Perez was also named to the list.

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By Alyana Alfaro | 09/14/15 1:36pm

Emerge New Jersey is aiming to empower New Jersey's Democratic women and change politics in the state by training and encouraging woman to run for office. On October 1st, the group will host their first annual Women of Achievement Gala. Eight democratic women and one democratic man will be honored at the event.
"Our gala honorees are individuals who have made significant strides within the Democratic community in New Jersey and we are honored to acknowledge the work they've done and continue to do," said Emerge New Jersey's Executive Director Truscha Quatrone.

Here is… Continue

DeCotiis teamed up with the Kids Dream Foundation ("KDB") - A non-profit organization that provides guidance to underprivileged teenagers - to host KDB's First Annual "Footballs and Futures" camp. Nearly 100 kids attended the free camp, which was hosted by current and former NFL and Division 1 athletes. KDB was founded by NFL tight ends, Steve Maneri and Tony Moeaki, as well as former athletes turned professionals - Merrill Lynch financial advisor, Charles Princiotto and DeCotiis attorney, John Palumbo.

When asked about KDB's mission, Mr. Palumbo explained, "Our mission is not to coach football - there's nothing proprietary about that.… Continue

Sergio Bichao, @sbichao
August 14, 2015

PERTH AMBOY - Mayor Wilda Diaz on Friday appointed the Hunterdon County Democratic chairwoman to be the city's new acting law director.

Arlene Quinones Perez becomes both the first woman and the first Latina to hold the top legal position in the city, which has a largely Latino population.

The appointment was announced days after a widely read political website reported on a backroom disagreement over who should get the job.

Woodbridge-based Democratic leaders who have supported Diaz's campaigns were pushing her, reported, to appoint a McManimon, Scotland & Baumann attorney who earlier… Continue

A week after debating the state pension plan, DeCotiis Partners Doug Doyle and Arlene Quiñones Perez were invited to return to My9's public affairs program New Jersey Now. On Sunday, June 21st, at noon, Doyle and Perez will discuss the consolidation and reorganization of the Camden County Police force and its stunning effect on the City of Camden.

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, a full-service law firm, maintains a leading municipal practice able to leverage decades of expertise to find novel solutions for its clients. What sets DeCotiis further apart is its wide-ranging legal expertise in other… Continue

New Jersey's state pension obligations became a matter before the New Jersey Supreme Court, and My9's public affairs program New Jersey Now asked two of DeCotiis' attorneys to lay out what it means for the residents of the State. Two of the firm's Partners, Doug Doyle and Arlene Quiñones Perez, are set to appear this Sunday at noon.

Doug Doyle, Partner and a member of the firm's Municipal and Corporate practices, served as Counsel to the Bergen County Republican Organization and the Giuliani Presidential Campaign in New Jersey. A frequent public commentator on politics, legal issues and government, Doyle can… Continue

Over the past few years, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP has experienced tremendous growth. The firm received Martindale-Hubbell®'s highest rating for the ability and ethical standards of its attorneys three years in a row, hired a host of new attorneys and opened new offices throughout New Jersey.

Now, in an increasingly digital age, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP is expanding its online presence by further developing the firm's LinkedIn page and adding a Facebook and Twitter page. The firm cordially invites you to follow each page to get regular updates about the firm, job openings and major developments in… Continue

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin continues to grow. In 2015, the firm hired six new attorneys from a variety of legal backgrounds.

Daniel Antonelli joined the firm as a Contract Partner in March 2015. He opened his own law practice in 1998 before cofounding Antonelli Minchello P.C. in 2011. Mr. Antonelli joined DeCotiis as the Township Attorney for Union and the City Attorney for Linden. He  serves as Municipal Prosecutor for the Borough of Fanwood and Special Outside Counsel for the City of Elizabeth, the Borough of Roselle, the County of Union, the Clark Board of Education, the Elizabeth Housing… Continue

Arlene Quinones Perez, formerly an attorney with the Carpenters Union, has become a partner with the law firm DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick and Cole, LLC, a move that at the very least has optical political implications.

DF&C, with Partners, J. Sheldon Cohen (Borough Attorney) & Frank Regan as lead attorneys, had the privilege to represent Fort Lee's Mayor, Mark Sokolich and the Borough Council, in the litigation to De-Designate the failed prior Re-Developer and Designate new Re-Developers. These DF&C Partners also represented Fort Lee in drafting the RFPs, selection of the replacement Re-Developers, negotiation of the new  Re-Developers' Agreements , financings and the State/County permit approvals, which led to the construction of the Projects featured in the following article.

First published in New Jersey Municipalities March 2015. Used with permission.

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Representing Physician Clients before
the State Board of Medical Examiners

by Alex J. Keoskey

Any attorney combing through the state departments and agencies section of the Lawyers Diary will likely take note of the multi-layered bureaucracy within the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. Tucked deep within the department's Division of Consumer Affairs is the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners. When representing physicians in actions initiated by the board, it is imperative counsel have a working knowledge of some key areas of the law.

Fundamental to the task of defending board matters is a solid background in… Continue

By Nicole Mulvaney, The Trenton Times

PRINCETON - The town is seeing renewed interest in a solar project proposed for the Princeton-owned landfill on River Road that initially stalled about three years ago.

Officials in the former borough and township at the end of 2011 began establishing proposals for a power purchasing agreement that called for the town leasing a portion of the landfill to a solar developer, who would finance, construct, own and operate the solar facility, Princeton Planning Director Lee Solow said.

The original project stalled and was put on hold in 2012 because of solar renewable energy… Continue

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