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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.

To register:

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.

Brandon D. Minde Certified By the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., is pleased to announce that Brandon D. Minde has been certified  by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney.

Brandon is a partner with the firm and leads the firm’s criminal defense practice.

Attorneys may be designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as “certified attorneys” if they: are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in a specific area of law or practice; have passed a rigorous examination; and have been recognized by their peers as having sufficient skills and reputation in the designated specialty.

The firm congratulates Brandon on this achievement.


Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski is proud to announce that partners of the firm – Louis John Dughi, Jr. and Craig A. Domalewski – have been named by New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys in New Jersey for 2019.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

In addition, the firm is also proud to announce that Cyndee L. Allert, Brandon D. Minde and Jennifer L. Young were named to the 2019 New Jersey Rising Stars list. Each year, this designation is given to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys recognized as the top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

DHD Litigators to Present: The ABC’s of Civil and Criminal Trial Preparation in New Jersey

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. is proud to announce that Louis John Dughi, Jr.Craig A. DomalewskiMary Elizabeth Gazi, and Brandon D. Minde will be presenting an online seminar on New Jersey trial preparation on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00pm EST (estimated duration: 75 minutes).

A trial is the culmination of the preparation of the case – preparation that has been designed from the start of discovery to develop the facts and evidence to win at trial. The trial attorney must start at the end (what needs to be proven at trial) to identify the elements of each claim and defense and then design a Blueprint of how he or she will develop and establish the facts and evidence to support the claims and defenses of the case. Like any building process, there are multiple stages to design, assess and redesign the Blueprint and strategies. The final Blueprint is a trial notebook that defines trial themes and organizes the presentation of the facts and evidence by witness to prove the facts needed to win. An effective trial book keeps the trial attorney focused and instills confidence that he or she is prepared and ready.

In this program, partners at Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., a premier New Jersey boutique law firm with extensive litigation and trial experience, will help the practitioner learn to develop a Blueprint as it pertains to written discovery, fact deposition and expert discovery, dispositive and pre-trial motions, rules of evidence, trial issues and more when litigating New Jersey cases and getting those cases ready for trial.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the Blueprint of the case, which becomes the blueprint for the trial
  • Determine the theme for the trial
  • Prepare the witness examinations and exhibits required to explain and prove the case
  • Create a Trial Book to organize witness examinations, documents and exhibits
  • Present and repeat the trial themes from opening statement to closing argument

This webcast will stream live on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00pm EST (estimated duration: 75 minutes) and will be taught by Louis John Dughi, Jr.Craig A. DomalewskiMary Elizabeth Gazi, and Brandon D. Minde.  To register for the webcast, click on the link listed below.


  • NJ – 1.5 New Jersey Civil or Criminal Trial Preparation
  • NY – 1.5 Professional Practice

To register: