2023 New Jersey Asbestos Litigation Conference

Date: Sep 29, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online

Member Price: $180

Non-Member Price: $225

Event Code: II006323

Areas of Law: Civil, Ethics

Earn up to 6.7 credits, including 1.0 in Ethics and 1.1 in Diversity! (More Information)




Christopher M. Placitella, Esq.
Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, Red Bank
Gary D. VanLieu, Esq.
O'Toole Scrivo, LLC, Verona


Hon. Ana C. Viscomi, JSC
Robert Baum, Esq.
McGivney, Kluger, Clark & Intoccia, PC, Florham Park
Michelle Cappuccio, Esq.
Reilly, McDevitt & Henrich, PC, Cherry Hill
Kevin Michael Costello, Esq.
Costello & Mains, LLC, Mount Laurel
Agatha N. Dzikiewicz, Esq.
Superior Court of New Jersey, New Brunswick
John C. Garde, Esq.
McCarter & English, Newark
Kevin Hoffman, Esq.
McGivney, Kluger, Clark & Intoccia, PC, Florham Park
Valerie A. Jackson, Esq.
TREASURER, Minorities in the Profession Section, NJSBA
Department of the Treasury, Trenton
Valerie Jackson is the Diversity Officer and Legal Liaison at the New Jersey Department of the Treasury - Division of Administration.

Prior to her current role, Valerie was a Deputy Public Defender and Managing Attorney of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Office of Parental Representation, Central Region Office, in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Upon joining the OPD in 2009 she quickly earned a reputation as a zealous advocate and skilled litigator. In 2012, Ms. Jackson was promoted by the Public Defender to her current role as Managing Attorney and in 2020 was promoted to the title of Deputy Public Defender. Prior to joining the OPD, she was a solo practitioner in Middlesex County, where she focused in family law, education law and real estate.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Ms. Jackson is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and has served on the Association’s Board of Trustees, Diversity Committee and Child Welfare Law Section. She has also served as a Trustee for both the Middlesex County Bar Association and Foundation, and has been Co-Chair of the Association’s Board for the Advancement of Racial Equity and Social Justice. Ms. Jackson has been a member of the Association of Black Women Lawyers, the Garden State Bar Association, the Middlesex County Vicinage Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, and the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Court’s Children in Court Race Equity Leadership Team. She has served on the OPD training faculty; where she has trained attorneys on many topics related to ethics, professionalism and trial advocacy for defense attorneys.

Ms. Jackson received her B.A. from Rutgers University, her M.A. in Journalism from New York University and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School.
Leah C. Kagan, Esq.
Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC, Dallas
David Katzenstein, Esq.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Newark
Lynne M. Kizis, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., Woodbridge
James A. Lewis, V, Esq.
PRESIDENT, Garden State Bar Association, NJSBA
Cole Schotz, PC, Hackensack
Timothy M. McCann, Esq.
Hawkins, Parnell & Young, LLP, New York
Michelle Pallak, Esq.
McCarter & English, LLP, Newark
Jared M. Placitella, Esq.
Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, Red Bank
Eduardo Sotomayor, Esq.
Weitz & Luxenberg PC, Cherry Hill
Daniel M. Stolz, Esq.
Genova Burns LLC, Basking Ridge

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Product Liability and Mass Tort Section

NJICLE is pleased to offer the eighth annual New Jersey Asbestos Litigation Conference. Our 2023 program panel features the Honorable Ana Viscomi, JSC, the NJ designated asbestos litigation judge, who will be joined by a Special Master, and leading practitioners in the area of asbestos litigation.

Gain insight and critical information—information you need to insure you are in the forefront in preparing and presenting your New Jersey asbestos cases.


  • 9:00 - Welcome
  • 9:05 - Bankruptcy - LTL and Beyond - Timothy M. McCann, Esq.; Daniel M. Stolz, Esq.
  • 10:00 - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
    Discussion will center on overview of the law, identifying the concerns, particularly as to micro-aggressions which might not be readily recognized and Accountability. Also, focus on mentoring, retention and career advancement. How do we improve? - Michelle Cappuccio, Esq.; Kevin Michael Costello, Esq.; Valerie A. Jackson, Esq.; James A. Lewis, V, Esq.; Michelle Pallack, Esq.
  • 11:00 - Break
  • 11:10 - Rule 104 hearings – How are they conducted, under what circumstances and relevant case law - Robert Baum, Esq.; Jared M. Placitella, Esq.
  • 11:40 - Case Law Update - David Katzenstein, Esq.; Eduardo Sotomayor, Esq.
  • 12:10 - Morning Wrap Up
  • 12:15 - Lunch
  • 12:45 - Jury Selection and Voir Dire – Post Covid - Kevin Hoffman, Esq.; Leah C. Kagan, Esq.
  • 1:15 - Case Management and Discovery – Do’s and Don’ts - Agatha N. Dzikiewicz, Esq.
  • 1:45 - Motion Practice - Hon. Ana C. Viscomi
  • 2:20 - Break
  • 2:30 - Ethics within the Contours of the Attorney/Client Relationship - John C. Garde, Esq.; Lynne M. Kizis, Esq.
  • 3:20 - Final comments
  • 3:30 - Adjourn

Who should attend:

  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals

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 6.7 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.0 in Ethics and 1.1 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: NJ Civil Trial Attorney Credit: 6.7, NJ Advanced Diversity: 1.1, NJ Ethics: 1.0, NJ General: 4.6).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 1.0, NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 1.0, NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 4.5
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.5, PA Substantive Credit: 3.5
$20.00 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program


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