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On July 23, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy appointed DeCotiis attorney Anton Lendor to the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (“EOF”) Board of Directors. The EOF was created by law in 1968 to ensure meaningful access to higher education for students that come from backgrounds of economic and educational disadvantage, and to contribute to the development of a college-educated public that reflects the diversity of the State. It provides financial assistance and support services, such as counseling, tutoring and developmental coursework, for low-income New Jersey residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate resources for college study.

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The Murphy administration today fired 30 yet-to-be-named employees of the troubled Schools Development Authority following the release of an independent review finding that ex-CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco hired them improperly.

Murphy administration also releases three reports into personnel controversies at the SDA under its former CEO Lizette Delgado Polanco The latest development in the scandal-ridden history of New Jersey's beleaguered Schools Development Authority came this week with the release of three critical investigative reports, followed by a flurry of firings. This leaves the agency in an ongoing state of uncertainty, while funding for new construction has run out and schools across the state continue to age and, in many cases, decay.

Gov. Phil Murphy's administration on Tuesday fired 30 employees from the Schools Development Authority, 27 of whom were hired by then CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco, the former Democratic party official who gave jobs to numerous people with whom she has personal connections.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s administration fired 30 employees of a state authority that finances local school construction after an independent review found that his former appointee stacked it with friends, family and political contacts who were unqualified for their jobs.

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP's Co-Managaging partner Joseph M. DeCotiis and Partner Arlene Quinones Perez were ranked #12 on Insider NJ's Cannabis Power List. a ranking of the top 100 most influential people and groups in the cannabis industry in New Jersey. From using their expertise to help our clients win one of only six licenses for medical cannabis to their ongoing work getting recreational cannibis legalized in the state, their dedication to driving this important market for New Jersey has made the entire team proud. Congratulations Joe and Arlene!

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP is proud to announce that statewide business publication NJBIZ has chosen firm partner Vincent M. Giblin as a finalist for its 2019 General Counsel of the Year awards, in the Nonprofit or Government category. The General Counsel of the Year Award celebrates the state’s most dynamic General Counsels and Chief Legal Officers. Nominees were evaluated by a panel of independent judges based on career accomplishments, organizational contributions, legal victories and community and professional service. Winners in each of the six categories will be announced at a breakfast awards ceremony on May 29th.

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Lauren Bonaguro has been named Contract Partner based on the impressive expertise and acumen she has brought to DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP. Ms. Bonaguro specializes in public and private labor and employment law, having represented clients before a range of bodies including New York State’s Public Employment Relations Board, the Office of Collective Bargaining, New Jersey’s Public Employment Relations Commission, the American Arbitration Association, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Since joining DeCotiis in January 2017, Ms. Bonaguro has and continues to provide clients with a considerable array of skills and experience. She has advised, defended, and litigated… Continue

Roy Caplinger has been named Contract Partner, which will take effect on October 1, 2018, based on his considerable expertise and acumen in a variety of litigation matters. Mr. Caplinger's practice specializes in insurance, commercial, healthcare and construction litigation, as well as appellate practice, among other areas of practice.

Before joining DeCotiis in 2017, Mr. Caplinger represented insurers in several prominent securities litigations, including a major insurer in the In Re IPO Laddering Litigation, which became one of the largest securities lawsuits in American history. His practice also included representing major insurers in public entity related matters, including a series… Continue

For investors or companies interested in medical marijuana in New Jersey, timing is critical. Investors and companies should be assembling a team in order to timely complete the application process once the expansion of licenses occurs. On March 27, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy expanded the state's Medical Marijuana Program by announcing the Department of Health's report with recommendations in response to Executive Order 6, which the Governor issued in order for the Department to conduct a comprehensive review of the New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Program.

The Department of Health's recommendations include certain measures that take immediate effect while… Continue

On April 19, 2018, Temple University will honor DeCotiis Attorney, John Palumbo, with the 2018 Young Alumni Diamond Excellence Award. This Award was established to honor outstanding achievements and/or service to the community of a Temple alumnus. The goal of this Award is to provide a role model for all current and future Temple alumni. Governor Ed Rendell and Olympic Gold Medalist Jason Read are past Award Recipients.

During his time at Temple, Mr. Palumbo was named team captain and most valuable player of the Men's Football Team. In addition, Mr. Palumbo was the recipient of numerous all-conference awards and… Continue

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

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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

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