2023 Business Litigation The Year in Review

Date: Nov 1, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $160

Non-Member Price: $200

Event Code: I033123

Areas of Law: Business & Commercial Litigation, Civil

Earn up to 4.5 credits! (More Information)




Maria P. Vallejo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Hudson County Bar Association
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus
Jonathan P. Vuotto, Esq.
McAndrew Vuotto, LLC, Morristown


Hon. Thomas W. Cavanagh, Jr., JSC (Ret.)
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, Tinton Falls
Hon. Frank M. Cuiffani, JSC (Ret.)
Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, PA, Woodbridge
Michael A. Austin, Esq.
Conte Clayton and Austin, P.A., Midland Park
Rebekah R. Conroy, Esq.
Stone Conroy LLC, Florham Park
Benjamin C. Curcio, Esq.
Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC, Roseland
Philip W. Lamparello, Esq.
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus
Caroline E. Oks, Esq.
Gibbons PC, Newark
is Director of Business and Commercial Litigation for Gibbons P.C. in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., offices. She handles a wide range of complex business and commercial litigation matters in both state and federal courts throughout New Jersey and New York. Her practice focuses primarily on aspects of general and complex commercial litigation, including factual investigation, discovery and strategy, briefing and motions practice, and appellate filings in connection with class action defense, common law fraud, breach of contract, business torts and multi-party construction disputes.

Ms. Oks is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia; and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Columbia; and the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third and District of Columbia Circuits. A Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association Women in the Profession Section, she is a member of the American Bar Association’s Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee and Co-Chair of its Young Lawyers Subcommittee. She is also a member of the New York State and Essex County Bar Associations, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.

An editor of the Gibbons Law Alert blog, Ms. Oks is a Barrister of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court. She has lectured for the New Jersey State Bar Association and Lorman Education Services, and is the author of “Third Circuit to Revisit Administrative Feasibility Prong of Heightened Ascertainability Requirement,” (New Jersey Law Journal) and other articles.

Ms. Oks received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut, where she was a New England Scholar, and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was Senior Notes Editor of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal and Vice President of the Student Bar Association. She was a judicial intern to the Honorable John C. Kennedy, J.S.C., Civil Division, and was a law clerk to the Honorable John C. Kennedy, J.A.D., Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
Daniel Roche, CPA, ABV, ASA
Marcum LLP, Saddle Brook
is a Partner in and the National Leader of the Valuation, Forensic, Litigation Support Services of Marcum LLP in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. His experience includes appraising companies and providing litigation support for family law matters and commercial litigation matters as well as non-litigation (estate and gift tax/financial reporting) purposes.

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New Jersey, Mr. Roche holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (“ABV”) credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Accredited Senior Appraiser (“ASA”) designation from the American Society of Appraisers. He is Past President of the ASA’s Northern New Jersey Chapter and a member of the ASA National Board of Examiners, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA). He is a frequent presenter on business valuation topics, both within Marcum and externally at continuing legal education seminars, and is the co-author of articles which have appeared in the New York Law Journal and The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

Mr. Roche received his B.S. from Monmouth University and his M.B.A., with a concentration in Finance, from Rutgers University.
Benjamin Ruzow, Esq.
Argo Partners, New York
John L. Slimm, Esq.
Marshall Dennehey, Mount Laurel

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Business and Commercial Litigation Special Committee

Business and commercial litigation law continues to evolve thanks to a stream of new decisions out of the NJ state and federal courts. At this November 1st seminar, our panel of highly recognized New Jersey business litigation experts will present a fast-paced and informative recap of the latest developments impacting business and commercial litigation law practitioners on both sides of the litigation aisle.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

  • 9:00 - Opening/Welcome
  • 9:05 - Contract disputes- breach of contract, rescission, subrogation and specific performance - Michael A. Austin, Esq.
  • 9:35 - Business disputes-unfair competition, restrictive covenants, covenants not to compete, covenants not to solicit, nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements - Rebekah Conroy, Esq.
  • 10:05 - The Growth of Litigation Funding -  Benjamin Ruzow, Esq.; Jonathan P. Vuotto, Esq.
  • 10:35 - NJ Business Rule and its application to lost profits - Hon. Frank M. Ciuffani, JSC (Ret.); John L. Slimm, Esq.
  • 11:05 - Break
  • 11:15 - Choosing and Optimizing Use of an Expert in Business Litigation - Daniel Roche, CPA, ABV, ASA; Maria P. Vallejo, Esq.
  • 11:45 - Tips for Handling requests for Production and E-Discovery - Philip W. Lamparello, Esq.; Caroline E. Oks, Esq.
  • 12:15 - Negotiate, Mediate or Litigate - Hon. Thomas W. Cavanagh, Jr., JSC (Ret.); Benjamin C. Curcio, Esq.
  • 12:50 - Q&A
  • 1:00 - Adjourn

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 4.5 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ Civil Trial Attorney Credit: 4.5, NJ General: 4.5).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 4.5
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 3.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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