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Carol G. Morokoff is a 27 year litigator, specializing in commercial litigation – specifically, collections. She has appeared in courts ranging from Supreme Court, Dutchess County to all district courts in Suffolk County to United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. While Ms. Morokoff has practiced other areas of the law, she has discovered that since discontinuing matrimonial practice and concentrating on commercial debt, no client has asked for her home or cell phone numbers.
She is a graduate of Indiana University and New York Law School, where she was President of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Moot Court Executive Board.
Justin Blitz, Esq. is a partner at Schulman Blitz, LLP. He focuses on litigating all types of civil cases from inception to resolution. An experienced trial lawyer and skillful negotiator, Mr. Blitz is a tenacious adversary who consistently gets great results for his clients regardless of the case or the challenges presented.
Mr. Blitz has tried cases throughout the state of New York and obtained many substantial jury verdicts. He believes that the best results are achieved when every case is meticulously prepared for trial and this philosophy has enabled him to obtain scores of favorable settlements in all kinds of actions. Mr. Blitz has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for people who have been injured due to the negligence of others.
Mr. Blitz has over a decade of experience of successfully managing a large caseload of complex and high-profile negligence actions. He became known as an able trial lawyer and expert negotiator who successfully resolved hundreds of cases in arbitration, mediation, courtroom negotiation, and trial.
Mr. Blitz has established himself as one of the "go to" trial attorneys for other New York lawyers in the State that seek trial counsel on their most severe injury cases. Many law firms throughout the State hire Mr. Blitz to try to verdict their most catastrophic injured clients' law suits. This is due to his superb track record and prior verdict results.
Mr. Blitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). He is a past chairman of NYSTLA’s Young Lawyers Committee. In addition to NYSTLA, Mr. Blitz is a member of several other bar associations, including the American Association for Justice.
When not in the courtroom, Mr. Blitz lectures at Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the country. He has lectured on a variety of topics including courtroom technology, trial tips and techniques, and strategies for maximizing the value of personal injury lawsuits. Mr. Blitz's lectures have over 20,000 views from Attorneys who have taken his courses for continuing legal education credit. The reviews of his lectures have made him a renowned speaker across the State in regards to personal injury legal topics.
Mr. Blitz has been selected to the “Super Lawyers” list of “Rising Stars” for the years 2014 and 2015 and 2016 and has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2017 and 2018.
Many of Mr. Blitz's cases have been chronicled in the New York media including articles and stories in The New York Post, The New York Times, CBS News, Telemundo and Noticero.
Mr. Blitz is a native of New York City and a graduate of Columbia Prep High School and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He received his legal training at New York Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
At Schulman Blitz, LLP, Mr. Blitz litigates a wide variety of civil suits with an emphasis on motor vehicle collisions, negligent security, municipal liability, medical malpractice, labor law, negligent supervision and all types of premises liability.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.
Decades of legal advocacy for consumers in obtaining nursing home negligence settlements and litigation for those harmed by Corporate Abuse Committed by the Nursing Home Industry.
Litigation Support and Consultation for attorneys litigating against the Long Term Care Industry. Register for one of Cohen's Continuing Legal Education Programs on Nursing Home Litigation - 93 minutes.
Advocacy for Consumers through third-party tort litigation and legal malpractice lawsuits who have been harmed by excessive divorce costs and other harms resulting from malpractice and Divorce Attorney Billing Abuse.
Specialized Client Representation and Attorney Instruction:
Elder Abuse and Assisted Living Facility Litigation
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Past Chair of Public Education, Mercer County Bar Association
Past Chair of the National Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice
Past National Chair, American Association for Justice – Sections and Litigation Group Coordination Committee
Chair of over 35 National and State level instructional attorney seminars on Nursing Home Litigation through the American Association for Justice, The New Jersey Association for Justice, The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education - and others.
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, 1989
B.A., Economics and Philosophy; George Washington University, 1986
Co‑counsel on trial team generating the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey history, Dwyer v. Harborview – in the amount of 13.2 million dollars.
After hearing 7 weeks of evidence and witnesses, which included photographs of stage IV pressure ulcers (bedsores), evidence of lethal levels of nutritional deprivation, plaintiff’s contentions of falsifications in the medical record and plaintiff’s contentions of inadequate staffing and care, the jury returned with the largest verdict in Hudson County history. Immediately following the verdict, numerous post-verdict filings were made by both the plaintiff and the defense. Over one year after the verdict, the trial judge determined that it had given improper instructions to the jury, as a consequence of the opinions expressed in the text of an unrelated decision released on a different case (that had not been released until nearly a year after this verdict). However, the content of the instructions at issue in Dwyer were agreed upon by Plaintiff, the defense and the Court itself. The Court ordered the parties to re-try the case. Soon, the case found its way before the Appellate Division (a higher-level court), with Plaintiff’s contention that the trial court’s instructions were proper, were wholly in line with the as-yet unreleased and unrelated decision and were unassailable by virtue of the fact that they were acceded to by the defense.
For those reasons, Plaintiff’s filing with the Appellate Division demanded that the $13,200,00 verdict remain intact.
While that issue was pending in the appellate court, the case resolved confidentially for an undisclosed sum.
The verdict was the subject of an intense two-day attorney instructional seminar in Washington, DC, co-chaired by Cohen, numerous local and national articles, received coverage on the front page of the New York Times and remains the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey History.
INVESTIGATION WITH U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Worked directly with the United States Department of Justice on the matter of United States v. Mercer County. This is the only CRIPA (Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons) claim ever brought by the United States Government against a New Jersey Nursing Home. Cohen worked closely with both investigators and the U.S. Attorney’s Office - on a confidential basis prior to release of findings - in uncovering sub‑standard conditions at a facility known then as the Mercer County Geriatric Center. The coordinated effort resulted in not only a lawsuit filed by the United States against Mercer County Geriatric Center, but additionally the appointment of significant oversight – leading to higher quality care for the residents at that facility.
Steven Epstein is a founding partner at Barket, Epstein and Kearon, LLP and is the partner in charge of the firm's DWI/Vehicular Crimes group. Mr. Epstein has more than 25 years of experience in the field of criminal defense.
Mr. Epstein is widely recognized as one of the foremost DWI attorneys in the country, specializing in representing clients accused of DWI, vehicular homicides and other criminal offenses. He is a nationally recognized and much sought after lecturer at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys and is relied upon as the principal instructor for the Legal Aid Society of New York City in the area of DWI defense. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the Pace University School of Law since 1998 and the author of numerous published articles relating to trial techniques, legal challenges to scientific evidence, legal updates and other criminal and DWI defense related issues.
Mr. Epstein was appointed by the United States Department of Justice as a peer reviewer for National Institute of Justice Grant applications to conduct research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets and use, and the effects of drug legalization and decriminalization on law enforcement, applicable to State, tribal and local jurisdictions.
Mr. Epstein successfully completed the NHTSA DWI/SFST practitioner course; a 24 hour course recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has successfully completed coursework on the use and maintenance of breath testing devices.
Mr. Epstein proudly serves as a faculty member of the distinguished National College for DUI Defense.
Charlie Moxley is an experienced arbitrator, mediator, litigator, and educator. The principal in MoxleyADR LLC, he is the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence at Cardozo Law School, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, teaching arbitration and international law, and a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Charlie has been a litigator handling large commercial, securities, insurance, corporate, employment, construction, international and other cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States for over 35 years.
In recent years, he has spent most of his time as an arbitrator and mediator. He has conducted more than 400 arbitrations and mediations, primarily in the commercial, securities, employment, insurance, construction, and international areas, with many of the cases involving substantial claims. He is a member of arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), the U.S. Council of lnternational Business (USCIB) for the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and Supreme Court, New York County (Commercial Division and Part l 37), and of the arbitration panel of ARIAS-US. He also serves as arbitrator and mediator in ad hoc cases.
Charlie has published widely in the arbitration area and regularly lectures at academic and professional functions on the subject, including at Cardozo and other law schools and at American Arbitration Association, American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), New York City Bar Association, and ARIAS-US functions and events. He has also written widely and teaches in the public international law area.
Charlie is active in professional associations in the arbitration and mediation areas. He is Chair of the Committee on Arbitration and ADR of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the N YSBA. Charlie is also a recent past Chair of the Dispute Resolution (DR) Section of the NYSBA and a member of the DR Section's Executive Committee, and a former delegate to the N YSBA's House of Delegates.
Charlie started out his career at Davis Polk & Wardwell, following his graduation from Columbia Law School and a clerkship in the United States District Court for the Southern District of NewYork.
Peter A. Lennon’s career has been devoted to cases involving complex financial issues for many years. In addition to being an Attorney at Law and a Professor of Economics, he is also a Certified Public Accountant with extensive Auditing and Taxation experience and has a Masters Degree in Finance. He works as a Lawyer, Forensic Investigator and Litigation Consultant for firms and regulators.
Elliot Kolodny founded Nursing Home Guardians as a way for families to protect their loved ones in nursing homes. For years, Elliot was devoted to representing nursing home residents as an attorney. He saw firsthand the growing number of incidents of neglect in nursing homes that could have easily been avoided. Frustrated that these problems were occurring in even the “best homes” he created Nursing Home Guardians as a tool to help families make sure that their loved ones do not become victims of abuse and neglect.
Before establishing Nursing Home Guardians Elliot was a veteran trial attorney whose practice focused on representing victims of catastrophic personal injury. He received his J.D. from Syracuse University’s College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Colby College. With over 25 years of courtroom experience, Elliot has tried cases in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as appeals in the Superior and Commonwealth Courts of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Elliot has been a frequent lecturer to other attorneys throughout the state of Pennsylvania. He was an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School and has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and nursing homes. Elliot has appeared on Good Morning America, KYW/CBS, WPVI/ABC, WCAU/NBC and WTFX/Fox. He was featured in the book Cape May Courthouse: A Death in the Night. He was named a “PA Superlawyer” in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Elliot now devotes 100% of his time to helping protect nursing home residents from abuse and neglect.