GOLDEN, ROTHSCHILD, SPAGNOLA, LUNDELL, BOYLAN & GARUBO, P.C. RECEIVED TIER 1 RANKING IN THE 2014 EDITION OF U.S. NEWS-BEST LAWYERS® “BEST LAW FIRMS”
GRSLB&G, P.C., has received a Tier 1 ranking of the “Best Law Firms” in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. An unprecedented amount of data was collected in the project’s second year, and this combined data resulted in the 2013-2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers as part of the annual peer review assessment.
The first Tier includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest scoring firm(s); the second tier, those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the next highest scoring firm(s), and so on. GRSLB&G received an award of the highest ranking of Tier 1. The 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report ‘Legal Issue’ will have a special feature on the 2014best law firmswithin it and will also contain content and information pertinent to the fields of law in which our firm practices.
RECENT SUCCESS IN LARGE CONSTRUCTION DEFECT DEATH CLAIM
GRSLB&G, P.C., recently represented a large-scale construction company which acted as a General Contractor on a project occurring on the New Jersey Garden State Parkway. The project required the removal of traffic lines for roadway shifts to permit work to occur in the median of the Parkway. The actual removal of traffic lines was conducted by our client’s subcontractor. The morning after the removal of the lines, two motorcyclists lost control over grooves created by the traffic line removal. One motorcyclist, who was the primary breadwinner of the family, was killed while the other sustained significant injuries requiring nearly a month in the hospital.
Once we received the Contract between our client and its subcontractor, we filed an early Motion for Partial Summary Judgment while discovery was still ongoing. The Motion was based on our argument that the contractual indemnification provisions contained therein were viable under governing case law reaffirmed by our Supreme Court in Azurak v. Corporate Property Investors, t/a/ Ocean County Mall, 175 N.J. 110 (2003). It was our position that the terms of the subcontract afforded an immediate defense to our client and reimbursement of legal fees from the time the claim against them was first made. We further argued that, so long as our client was not found 100% liable, we would be owed indemnification.
Reciting our arguments in nearly verbatim form, the Court agreed with our arguments, and awarded the relief we sought. We were provided reimbursement of fees from the time the claim was first made, which in this case was when the lawsuit was first filed, as well as all future litigation costs and expenses through trial. The Motion prompted the subcontractor to seek an immediate mediation of the matter. Ultimately, the mediation was successful, and the subcontractor alone paid the entirety of the settlement, which totaled several million dollars.
PANEL PRESENTATION BY RUSS M. PATANE
Russ M. Patane has been selected to present a panel discussion at AIA Philadelphia’s Design on the Delaware being held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on October 29, 2013 through November 1, 2013. The presentation, which was co-authored by Mr. Patane, will examine legal issues and risks which may be encountered by owners, design professionals, and contractors as they take on projects which employ Sustainable or “Green” Construction practices that are not ordinarily encountered in traditional construction projects. Using a hypothetical green building project, this program will discuss risk mitigation strategies for the hot legal issues related to the future of green building.
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WELCOME TO THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE GRSLB&G FAMILY
Please join us in congratulating Jill and Craig Mucerino on their new bundle of joy Craig Michael Mucerino, Jr., born on August 6, 2013, at 2:04 p.m., weighing in at 9 lbs 3 oz, and 22 inches long. We would also like to congratulate Daniel and Rachel Seger on the birth or their son Ryan Seger, born on August 15, 2013, weighing in at 9 lbs 4 oz., and 22 inches long. Health and happiness to all!