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Craig A. Domalewski selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers®

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. is proud to announce that Craig A. Domalewski has been selected, once again, for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, for commercial litigation.

About Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.


Bail reform is a hot topic and the public safety assessment (PSA) is a pretrial risk assessment that was introduced through the Criminal Justice Reform Act.   In an article published by New Jersey Lawyer magazine, attorneys Brandon Minde and Elizabeth Farrell explore how effective representation for your client now requires an understanding of the PSA and its role in the detention analysis.

This article was originally published in the June 2019 issue of New Jersey Lawyer, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is reprinted here with permission.



DHD Defense Victory – Craig Domalewski and Herb Kruttschnitt secure dismissal of fraud case against nursing home

Partners Craig Domalewski and Herb Kruttschnitt successfully obtained a dismissal with prejudice of a lawsuit filed against a nursing home by a former resident alleging negligence and fraud arising from an alleged improper referral to a home health care company. The firm thoroughly investigated the plaintiff’s allegations and, after establishing a factual record which refuted liability, vigorously defended the case and obtained a dismissal with prejudice for our client.

For forty years, Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. has provided high-quality legal services to hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and other healthcare providers in a wide array of litigation, transactions, and regulatory matters.

The Use of Social Media in Preparation For and During Trial

Social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) has impacted Americans’ lives in unpredictable and material ways and, unsurprisingly, now impacts preparing for and trying cases. As social media touches many aspects of the practice of law, effective and ethical advocacy now requires that every trial attorney develop social media literacy.  In an article published by New Jersey Lawyer magazine, attorneys Brandon Minde and Elizabeth Farrell explore the role of social media in their recent federal trial and expand upon the lessons learned during the trial to help readers better prepare and navigate the use of social media in litigation.

This article was originally published in the April 2019 issue of New Jersey Lawyer, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is reprinted here with permission.




Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski Adds Five Attorneys and Opens South Jersey Office

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski is proud to announce that it has added five attorneys to its civil litigation and trial team, including Mark Petraske and Herb Kruttschnitt as partners. Mark and Herb are highly-respected, experienced trial attorneys with outstanding records of courtroom success.

The firm is also pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Moorestown, New Jersey, to support our growth and to provide better service to our clients in South Jersey.

Shawna Bishop has also joined the firm as counsel. Shawna brings over seven years of experience and concentrates her practice on civil and complex litigation. Adam Ortlieb and William Meiselas have also joined the firm as associates. Both and Adam and William are experienced litigators and provide additional litigation support to the firm’s trial practice.

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski is excited to add these five talented lawyers and the South Jersey office, which will allow us to continue providing our clients with the highest level of legal representation.

DHD Trial Victory – John Dughi Wins Medical Malpractice Trial

Trial partner John Dughi secured a defense verdict on behalf of a defendant neuroradiologist alleged to have injured the plaintiff’s nerve root during a lumbar puncture, resulting in permanent and severe back pain and headaches.  The plaintiff was a 43-year-old married father of four and former high school and Ivy League scholar-athlete, claiming these injuries interfered with essentially all aspects of his life, from his career to his family life, and prevented him from engaging in any physical and athletic activities.  Plaintiff’s last settlement demand was $5,000,000.  Cyndee Allert sat second chair to Mr. Dughi in securing the win.  The case was tried to a jury in the Union County Superior Court over the course of 7 trial days.  Wolfe v. Volvovsky, Docket No. UNN-L-3204-14.


Brandon Minde Elected CHAIR-ELECT of the Criminal Law Section of the NEW JERSEY STATE BAR ASSOCIATION for 2019-2020


Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, PC, is pleased to announce that Brandon Minde was elected Chair-elect of the Criminal Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association for the 2019-2020 term at the NJSBA Annual Meeting.  Mr. Minde will become Chair of the Criminal Law Section for the 2020-2021 term.  The Criminal Law Section deals with information and education concerning the improvement of the criminal justice system, and takes an active role in responding to developments which affect its membership and in suggesting methods through which the legal system can more effectively serve the interests of Criminal Law Section members and their clients. 

Brandon is a partner with the firm, is certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a Criminal Trial Attorney, and leads DHD’s criminal defense practice.

DHD Trial Victory – Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Trial – Russ Hewit secures jury verdict for defendant cardiologist

Trial partner Russ Hewit successfully defended a cardiologist in a wrongful death case brought by the estate of a 39 year old married father of one in the Essex County Superior Court.  Plaintiff claimed the decedent had presented to the emergency room with signs and symptoms of an acute heart attack, including a significantly abnormal EKG, but was discharged home, where he died the next day.  Plaintiff’s economist testified to projected loss of income and loss of care, guidance and advice to the surviving spouse and child of between $3.6 and $4.6 million.  The case was tried to a jury over the course of two weeks in Essex County.

Trial Lawyer Brandon Minde to Present: NJ Criminal Trial Preparation

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. is proud to announce that Brandon D. Minde, a trial partner and faculty member of the Practising Law Institute (PLI), will be presenting on New Jersey criminal trial preparation during the PLI’s New Jersey Basic CLE Marathon 2019 on Friday, May 3, 2019.

This one-day program is designed to help newly admitted attorneys fulfill the New Jersey newly admitted CLE requirements, but will benefit both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. The program will include New Jersey-specific instruction about subject areas required by the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education (BCLE) for newly admitted lawyers licensed in New Jersey. Mr. Minde’s criminal trial preparation segment will feature discussion on arrest, indictment and arraignment; discovery; status conferences, pre-trial conferences and pre-trial hearings; plea negotiations and agreements; trial – presentment of evidence and witnesses; post-trial motions; and recent developments.

Mr. Minde is the head of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski’s criminal law department, is a former Essex County Assistant Prosecutor, and is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney.

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DHD Trial Victory – No Cause in Medical Malpractice Trial by Brandon D. Minde, Esq.

Trial partner Brandon Minde successfully defended two psychiatrists in a Union County Superior Court action brought by a former school teacher seeking damages for an involuntarily psychiatric commitment resulting from alarming comments at a staff meeting to assess teen suicide and safety.

Mr. Minde proved that actions taken by the physicians were protected by NJSA: 30:4-27.7, which provides statutory immunity to healthcare professionals when making decisions regarding involuntary confinements necessary to protect an individual and/or safeguard the public.

The case was tried over two weeks before Judge Mega resulting in a defense verdict.