New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

Programs

Fifth Annual Solo & Small-Firm Conference – Saturday, March 1st and Saturday March 15th.

Earn up to 6 New Jersey CLE credits toward New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania mandatory continuing legal education requirements at seminars sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, the association’s Solo and Small-Firm Section and the New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Education, the educational division of the NJSBA.

All programs are subject to change at any time without notice. Program times have not yet been finalized. Please check back for updates.


Conference Agenda

 

Time Program Credits
7:30–9 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 
8–9:30 a.m.

Ethical Marketing Bootcamp 
A perfect way to start the day. Join us for some
"basic training" tips on ethically marketing
your practice.

Speakers - Morristown and Voorhees
Christine S. Filip, Esq.
President, Business Development Partners
Sally Glick, Esq.
Sobel & Co., LLC
Jonathan Lomurro, Esq.
Lomurro Davison Eastman & Munoz, PA
Kenneth Vercammen, Esq.
Kenneth Vercammen, LLC

NJ CLE: 1.2 ethics credits

NY CLE: (transitional & non-transitional) 1.0 ethics credit

PA CLE: 1.0 ethics credit pending ($4.00 check payable to ICLE)

9:45–10:45 a.m. Session 1

Choose one of these important topics:

Moving On-Ending Your Law Practice
This program will address rhe important reasons for having a good succession plan and the risks of poor planning. Our speakers will provide essential tips and useful tools for gearing up to wind down.

Speakers - Morristown
Colleen M. Cunningham, Esq.
Law Office of Colleen M. Cunningham, LLC
Brian J. Fruehling, Esq.
Brian J. Fruehling, Attorney at Law
Daniel Hendi, Esq.
Director and Counsel, NJ Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection
Michael Murphy
AXA-Equitable
Alice M. Plastoris, Esq.
Law Office of Alice M. Plastoris, Esq.

Speakers - Voorhees
Charles Centinaro, Director
Office of Attorney Ethics
Colleen M. Cunningham, Esq.
Law Office of Colleen M. Cunningham, LLC
Michael Murphy
AXA-Equitable 

The Affordable Care Act: Essential Information for Solos and Their Clients
Solo and small-firm practitioners aren’t just attorneys, many are also employers. Learn how the ACA will affect you, your employees, and your small-business clients.

Speakers - Morristown and Voorhees
Michael P. Einbinder, Esq.
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
James A. Robertson, Esq.
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
 

The Top 10 Must Haves to Start Your Practice
A list of 10 not-so-obvious, but absolutely necessary “must haves” for anyone starting a firm.

Speakers - Morristown
Supti Bhattacharya, Esq.
Skey & Bhattacharya, LLC
Justin O’Horo, CPA
Withum Smith+Brown, PC
Lynn E. Staufenberg, Esq.
The Law Office of Lynn Staufenberg
Randolph Wolf, Esq.
Randolph H. Wolf, Counselor at Law

Speakers - Voorhees
Supti Bhattacharya, Esq.
Skey & Bhattacharya, LLC
Peter M. O'Mara, Esq.
The O'Mara Law Firm
William E. Sansone, CPA
Withum Smith+Brown, PC
Lynn E. Staufenberg, Esq.
The Law Office of Lynn Staufenberg 

NJ CLE: 1.2 general credits

NY CLE:
Moving On - Ending Your Law Practice(transitional & non-transitional) 1.0 practice management credit

The Affordable Care Act: Essential Information for Solos and Their Clients
(transitional & non-transitional) 1.0 professional practice credit

The Top 10 "Must Haves" tp Start Your Practice
(transitional & non-transitional) 1.0 professional practice credit

PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4.00 check payable to ICLE)

11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Session 2

Choose one of these important topics:

Pro Bono: How Giving Your Time Enhances Your Practice
According to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, “pro bono work is not just a helpful supplement to the legal system, it's vital to the delivery of justice in our state and in our nation." Find out how volunteering your time and expertise can improve your practice and help you become a better lawyer.

Speakers - Morristown
John W. Celmer
Vice President, Professional Services, Investors Bank 
Louis H. Miron, Esq.
Law Office of Louis H. Miron
Heather G. Suarez, Esq.
Walder Hayden & Brogan, PA

Speakers - Voorhees
John W. Celmer
Vice President, Professional Services, Investors Bank
Harold L. Rubenstein, Esq.
Legal Services of New Jersey
Michael L. Testa Jr., Esq.
Testa Heck Scrocca & Testa, PA

• New York (Morristown) or Pennsylvania (Voorhees) Procedures for New Jersey Attorneys
Your clients’ problems don’t always stop at the New Jersey border. The Morristown session will familiarize you with what happens procedurally on the other side of the Hudson, while the Voorhees session will discuss procedural developments on the other side of the Delaware.

Speaker - Morristown
James M. Bonalsky, Esq.
Office of James M. Bonalsky

Speaker - Voorhees
Mark S. Guralnick, Esq.
Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick 

• How to Bill Your Clients and Get Paid
This continuation of last year’s popular session will review some essential mechanisms for helping you ethically increase the money coming in the door while giving your clients’ matters all of the attention that they deserve.

Speakers - Morristown
Randall P. Brett, Esq.
Law Office of Randall P. Brett
Ayesha Hamilton, Esq.
Hamilton Law Firm, PC
Alison C. Leslie, Esq.
Leslie Law Firm, LLC
Anthony J. Sylvester, Esq.
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP

Speakers - Voorhees
Randall P. Brett, Esq.
Law Office of Randall P. Brett
Ayesha Hamilton, Esq.
Hamilton Law Firm, PC
 

NJ CLE: 1.2 general credits

NY CLE:
Pro Bono: How Giving Your Time Enhances Your Practice(transitional & non-transitional) 1.0 professional practice credit

New York (Morristown) or Pennsylvania (Voorhees) Procedures for New Jersey Attorneys
(transitional & non-transitional) 1.0 professional practice credit

How to Bill Your Clients and Get Paid
(transitional & non-transitional) 1.0 practice management credit

PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4.00 check payable to ICLE)

12–1 p.m. 

Buffet Luncheon and recognition of the Solo Practitioner of the Year Award recipient

 

1:15–2:15 p.m.
Session 3

Select your area of interest:

• A View From The Top: Tips for Success from Experienced Attorneys
A successful attorney has happy clients. Hear from attorneys who have achieved success, how they reached their goals and how they can help you reach yours.

Speakers - Morristown
Randall P. Brett, Esq.
Law Office of Randall P. Brett
Paris P. Eliades, Esq.
NJSBA President-Elect, Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC
Ayesha Hamilton, Esq.
Hamilton Law Firm, PC
Larry S. Raiken, Esq.
Larry S. Raiken, LLC

Speakers - Voorhees
Randall P. Brett, Esq.
Law Office of Randall P. Brett
Ayesha Hamilton, Esq.
Hamilton Law Firm, PC
Robert J. Incollingo
Law Office of Robert J. Incollingo
Larry S. Raiken, Esq.
Larry S. Raiken, LLC
Richard H. Steen, Esq.
Richard H. Steen, LLC Attorneys 

A Hypothetical Situation: What to Do When You Are the Subject of a Malpractice Complaint 
No one is immune from becoming a defendant in a malpractice suit – rightfully or not. Attorneys need to be prepared about what to do should they ever find themselves the subject of a complaint. Learn the important steps to follow that could help attorneys mitigate their exposure and maybe even calm their nerves. (Please note: NY and PA credits are not available for this program)

Speakers - Morristown and Voorhees
Mike Mooney
Vice President, Bar Association Programs, USI Affinity

Trial by Trial
Litigators provide practical, tried and true advice for attorneys who are new to trials. From the opening to the closing statement and everything in between, hear tips and techniques that will help you achieve a winning verdict.

Speakers - Morristown
Craig M. Aronow, Esq.
Rebenak Aronow & Mascolo, LLP
Jeffrey A. Rizika, Esq.
Starr Gern Davison & Rubin, PC
Jonas K. Seigel, Esq.
Seigel Capozzi

Speakers - Voorhees
Stephen W. Barry, Esq.
Barry Corrado & Grassi, PC
Richard A. DeMichele Jr., Esq.
DeMichele & DeMichele, Attorneys at Law

 NJ CLE: 1.2 general credits

NY CLE: (transitional & non-transitional) 1.0 practice management credit

PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4.00 check payable to ICLE)

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Session 4

Choose one of these important ethics topics:

• Dealing with Challenging Clients
An in-depth discussion from seasoned practitioners on dealing with difficult or challenging clients from start to finish of representation. Includes tips on deciding whether or not to represent the client, on managing the challenging client once you’ve taken the matter, and on how best to handle ending the relationship, whether triggered by you or the client.

Speakers - Morristown
Timothy R. Anderson, Esq.
Law Offices of Timothy R. Anderson, LLC
Stacy Biancamano, Esq.
Arleo Donohue & Biancamano, LLC
Jae Kim, Esq.
Kim Winston, LLP
Peter Laberee, Esq.
Laberee Law, PC

Speakers - Voorhees
Erik Anderson, Esq.
Reardon Anderson, LLC
Timothy R. Anderson, Esq.
Law Offices of Timothy R. Anderson, LLC
Jae Kim, Esq.
Kim Winston, LLP
Peter Laberee, Esq.
Laberee Law, PC
Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor, Esq.
Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, PA

• Fee Arbitration Dos and Don'ts
The Supreme Court provides fee arbitration as a low-cost and efficient method to resolve fee disputes. This session will explore the procedures involved in fee arbitration and practical advice for helping you to collect fee.

Speakers - Morristown
Alice M. Plastoris, Esq.
Member and Panel Chair District X Fee Arbitration Committee, Law Office of Alice M. Plastoris
Patricia Veres, Esq.
Secretary District X Fee Arbitration Committee, Veres & Riordan, LLC

Speaker - Voorhees
Daniel McCormack, Esq.
Secretary District IV Fee Arbitration Committee
Jodi Rosenberg, Esq.
Secretary District V-A Fee Arbitration Committee, Law Office of Jodi Rosenberg, LLC 

NJ CLE: 1.2 ethics credits

NY CLE: (transitional & non-transitional) 1.0 ethics credit

PA CLE: 1.0 ethics credit pending ($4.00 check payable to ICLE)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception