Year: 2012

Lori C. Duffy

Lori C. Duffy joined Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski in September 2012 as a senior associate. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions and government affairs.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Duffy was counsel to MarkLaw LLC, where her principal area of practice was general commercial transactions with particular emphasis on distribution, vendor, servicing and licensing agreements.

Previously, Ms. Duffy was a corporate counsel for ATT Capital Corporation. While there, her practice concentrated on the leasing and financing of large telecommunications and point of sale hardware and software to public and private entities through the United States.

Ms. Duffy began her legal career as an associate at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti. Her primary area of practice was in public finance. Ms. Duffy represented state agencies and financing authorities, local agencies and municipalities and quasi-public entities in the public and private offerings of tax-exempt and taxable debt.

Ms. Duffy has served on both the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment for the Town of Westfield.

Ms. Duffy received her juris doctor, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University School of Law where she was a member of Order of the Coif and a member and editor of the Law Review. Ms. Duffy received her bachelor of science degree in finance from Susquehanna University.

Ms. Duffy is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association

Craig A. Domalewski to Speak at Upcoming Seminar on Client Crisis Management and Expedited Litigation in Chancery Courts

Craig A. Domalewski, a Senior Partner in the Firm, will be participating in a panel discussion on Client Crisis Management and Expedited Litigation in Chancery Courts at the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City on May 17, 2012.

The panel will examine the life of a case requiring emergent relief from initial client contact through the issuance of preliminary relief from the perspective of the practitioner and the court.

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Craig A. Domalewski to Speak at Upcoming Bad Faith Seminar

Craig A. Domalewski, a Senior Partner in the Firm, will be participating in a panel discussion on Bad Faith Law at the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City on May 17, 2012.

The panel will discuss the current state of bad faith law in New Jersey with a comparative analysis of the laws of New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut and how proposed legislative amendments are likely to impact both the prosecution and defense of bad faith claims in New Jersey in the future.

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Chuck Radler and Craig Domalewski win $2.4 M Arbitration Award

Senior Partners Chuck Radler and Craig Domalewski recently won a $2,438,000 arbitration award in private arbitration before The Honorable C. Judson Hamlin, J.S.C. (Ret.) in a complex commercial dispute involving claims for breach of contract and the commercial misappropriation of our client’s name and likeness. The arbitrator rejected all of the defendant’s defenses and granted our client full damages. The arbitrator found that the defendants’ accounting of its wrongful profits was not credible based on numerous contradictions that Mr. Radler developed between the defendants’ accounting, tax returns and internal business records. The arbitrator required the defendants to disgorge $1,171,000 in wrongful profits, plus $17,000 in contract damages, $900,000 for emotional distress and damages to our client’s brand, and $350,000 in punitive damages, plus interest.

John Dughi, Chip Donnelly and Gary Riveles Selected to be New Jersey Super Lawyers for Medical Malpractice Defense

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. is pleased to announce that firm partners, John Dughi, Chip Donnelly and Gary Riveles have been selected to be New Jersey Super Lawyers for Medical Malpractice Defense and firm Associate, Andy Economos has been selected to be a New Jersey Rising Star. Only the top 5% of attorneys are selected based on 12 indicators of peer review recognition and professional achievement including verdicts, settlements and transactions; representative clients, experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and other professional activity; pro bono and community service; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements. Messrs. Dughi, Donnelly and Riveles have achieved this honor over multiple years.

Craig Domalewski Selected by NJBIZ to its “Power 50” for New Jersey Health Care

The Firm is pleased to announce that Craig Domalewski was selected by NJBIZ to its “Power 50” List of the Most Powerful People in New Jersey Health Care for 2012. Mr. Domalewski was ranked number 21 on the list. NJBIZ is the state’s premier weekly publication covering the state’s business community. The list was published on March 26, 2012.

Since its founding in 1979, the Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. has been committed to providing first-rate and cost effective legal service to hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, physicians, and other health care providers in a wide variety of litigation, transaction, and regulatory matters.

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NJBIZ Article Profiles Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. and Senior Partner Craig Domalewski

On March 12, 2012, NJBIZ, the state’s leading weekly business publication, ran a two-part feature on Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. and Senior Partner Craig Domalewski. The articles provided a history of the firm, and discussed its practice areas and distinguished alumni.

This is the second year in a row that attorneys from the firm have been recognized by NJBIZ and included on this list. Last year, founding partners, John Dughi and Russell Hewit, were recognized and included on the list.

Chip Donnelly Wins Jury Trial in Medical Malpractice Case

Firm Partner Chip Donnelly recently won a significant jury trial in the New Jersey Superior Court on behalf of the firm’s client, who was a defendant in the case. In the case, plaintiff alleged that our client, a medical resident, failed to communicate important post-surgery information to the attending surgeon. All of the other defendants, including the attending surgeon, had settled with the plaintiff before trial. Mr. Donnelly presented a medical expert who testified that the resident had complied with the standard of care and properly kept the attending surgeon informed. The jury agreed and rendered a verdict of no cause for action in favor of the defendant.

Mr. Donnelly is one of the firm’s senior litigating attorneys, with over thirty years of experience in trial work and well over 100 jury trials in the medical and professional liability area.

Judge Wertheimer Joins Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C.

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. of Cranford is pleased to announce that recently retired Superior Court Judge William L’E. Wertheimer has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Judge Wertheimer retires as the most senior judge in the Superior Court, Union County, and the third most senior judge statewide, having served the judiciary for more than 27 years. In addition to his responsibilities as a trial court judge, he served as Presiding Judge of both the Civil and Criminal Divisions in Union County and on the Appellate Division.

While on the bench, Judge Wertheimer earned a reputation as an excellent judge with a deep knowledge of the law and a keen insight into resolving complex legal disputes fairly. He managed, settled and tried many of the most difficult cases pending in Union County, involving commercial, construction, toxic tort, products liability, insurance, professional liability and serious personal injury matters. Senior partner John Dughi commented, “Judge Wertheimer was a superb trial judge and, before that, an outstanding lawyer. He brings to the firm invaluable knowledge, judgment and wisdom. Our lawyers and, more importantly, our clients will benefit greatly from his insight and advice.”

Judge Wertheimer will head the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution / Mediation department and serve as Special Master in complex litigation cases pending in the state and federal courts. In addition, he will counsel and advise clients on trial preparation, settlement and trial strategies with matters pending in state and federal court and represent clients in select matters in federal court. Judge Wertheimer noted, “I am not retiring, but starting a new career with new opportunities. I worked with the lawyers at Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski before I was a judge, and had the pleasure of them trying many cases before me as a judge. I am excited about my new career with the firm.”

Judge Wertheimer graduated from Lafayette College and George Washington University School of Law. He was commissioned in the United States Army (Infantry) in 1964 and served on active duty from 1967 – 1969. He was Chief Trial Counsel to Courts and Boards at Fort Dix. Upon discharge from the US Army, he entered the private practice of law and was a partner in a major Newark firm specializing in complex civil disputes and litigation before his appointment to the court.

He is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Arbitration Association as well as a sustaining member of the Union County Bar Association and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law.