Year: 2014

John Dughi to Speak at 18th Annual Medical Malpractice Update

John Dughi, a founding partner of the firm, will be a speaker at the 18th Annual Medical Malpractice update at the Crown Plaza, 390 Forsgate Drive in Monroe on Saturday November 1st, 2014. The program is being presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Medical Malpractice Committee.

This program is designed for trial attorneys at every level of experience who handle medical malpractice cases or complex personal injury litigation. Mr. Dughi has tried hundreds of medical malpractice cases over the course of his distinguished career, and he will be participating in a small panel discussion entitled: “The Ten Most Common Mistakes by Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s Counsel in a Medical Malpractice Case.”

For more information or to register please click here: NJICLE 18th Annual Medical Malpractice Update

Brandon D. Minde to Speak at Upcoming Young Lawyers Symposium

Brandon D. Minde, Of Counsel in the Firm, will be a speaker at the “1st Annual Young Lawyers Symposium: The Practical Tips and Strategies You Need to Know to Jumpstart Your New Jersey Legal Career!”, at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick on September 20, 2014. The Symposium is being presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, a division of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

This Symposium is designed to help attorneys build a solid foundation as they continue to plan out and build their careers in the legal profession. Minde will be participating in a panel discussion entitled: “Where do We go from Here? Planning out a Career Path that Leads to Success.”

For more information or to register please click here: NJICLE 1st Annual Young Lawyers Symposium

Using Expert OPRA Advice To Increase Transparency and Save Money

The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is getting expensive for New Jersey’s municipalities and agencies. The following are just a few of the more egregious examples.

A court-appointed fact finder recommended that a judge order Raritan Borough to pay Gannett New Jersey media company a record $542,000 in legal fees as a result of an OPRA lawsuit.

A Morris County woman received $150,000 in a settlement to end litigation that included her claims that Mount Olive Township did not turn over public documents to her under OPRA. Continue reading “Using Expert OPRA Advice To Increase Transparency and Save Money”

Lori C. Duffy Named Of Counsel to the Firm

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski is pleased to announce that Lori C. Duffy has been named Of Counsel to the firm. Ms. Duffy joined Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski in September 2012. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions, commercial real estate, general corporate representation, and government affairs. Ms. Duffy has several years of large law firm experience, and has also served as corporate counsel to a global equipment financing and leasing company. Ms. Duffy received her juris doctor, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University School of Law and her bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in finance from Susquehanna University.

Brandon Minde Receives Professional Achievement Award

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. is proud to announce that Brandon D. Minde has received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2014 Young Lawyers Division Professional Achievement Award. This award is given annually to recognize outstanding professional achievement by a young attorney. Mr. Minde received the award for his leadership as Executive Director of the State of New Jersey’s Government Records Council.

Mr. Minde’s practice areas include complex litigation, business litigation, and white-collar criminal defense/corporate internal investigations.

Brandon D. Minde Joins Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C.

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., is pleased to announce that Brandon D. Minde, former Executive Director of the State of New Jersey Government Records Council, has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

Minde has had a distinguished career in government service. As Executive Director of the Government Records Council, Minde was responsible for leading the state agency that adjudicates complaints filed under the Open Public Records Act concerning disputes over access to government records.

Prior to serving as Executive Director of the Government Records Council, Minde served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Christie. In that role, Minde provided advice and counsel to Governor Christie and the Chief Counsel to the Governor on a range of legislative, legal, regulatory, and policy initiatives. Minde also served as Assistant Counsel in the Governor’s Authorities Unit, where he provided counsel on the policy and legal matters of the state’s largest independent agencies, including the NJ Economic Development Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the NJ Turnpike Authority, the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority, the NJ Meadowlands Commission, the Health Care Facilities Financing Authority and the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.

While Assistant Counsel, Mr. Minde was appointed by Governor Christie to serve as an executive branch representative on the NJ Sales and Use Tax Review Commission, and was also designated to serve as the Governor’s representative on the board of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority.

Prior to serving in the Christie Administration, Minde was an Assistant Prosecutor in the Corruption Unit of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, where he managed investigations and conducted prosecutions of corruption, fraud and government misconduct. During this time, Minde was also appointed as a Special Deputy NJ Attorney General to lead a joint investigation into wide-spread election fraud through absentee voter ballots which culminated in several convictions, including a high-level government official. Minde has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal offenses and conducted over a dozen jury trials.

Prior to his time in public service, Minde worked as an associate at McCarter & English in the Securities Litigation, Government Relations and White-Collar Defense Group.

Minde’s practice areas will include litigation, regulatory matters, white-collar criminal defense, and corporate internal investigations.