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New Jersey Basic CLE Marathon 2019

Speaker(s): Brandon D. Minde, Catherine Romania, Gregory G. Diebold, Hon. Frank J. DeAngelis, J.S.C., Hon. Travis L. Francis, A.J.S.C. (Ret.), William D. Wilson
Recorded on: May. 3, 2019
PLI Program #: 251594

Gregory Diebold is the Director of Litigation at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services. He is a former adjunct professor at Seton Hall University Law School, where he graduated in 1974, and served as President of the Hudson County Bar Association.

Gregory specializes in housing related matters and appellate practice. He has been lead counsel in over 30 reported cases, including having argued before the United States Supreme Court in Cohen v. De La Cruz, 523 U.S. (1998).

In addition to lecturing for P.L.I., Gregory has taught continuing education seminars for Rutgers University and the New Jersey State Bar Association in Landlord-Tenant and Foreclosure practice. In 2006, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Continuing Education by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He has served on a number of New Jersey Supreme Court committees dealing with housing related issues, and on the District Ethics Committee for Hudson County.

Travis L. Francis joined the Firm as Of Counsel after serving for 25 years as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, and as the Assignment Judge of Middlesex County. He is a member of Riker Danzig’s Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation and Insurance Groups. His practice focuses on complex discovery issues, general equity, complex commercial litigation, complex construction litigation and insurance coverage.

Prior to his appointment as Assignment Judge in 2007, Judge Francis was the Presiding Judge of the Chancery General Equity Court, where he tried complex commercial cases, forfeitures, shareholder oppression actions, orders to show cause and specific performance actions.

After his appointment to the bench in 1992, Judge Francis was initially assigned to the Criminal Division and two years later assigned to the Family Division where he served as the Vicinage Juvenile Court Judge for two years. Following that, he was assigned to the Civil Division where he tried all types of civil cases including but not limited to personal injury, discrimination, medical malpractice, complex construction litigation, product liability and insurance coverage cases.

Judge Francis served on numerous Supreme Court Committees including Minority Concerns, Juvenile Justice and the Family, Supreme Court Bench-Bar-Media,Civil Practice, the Capital Punishment Advisory Committee and the special Committee on Preemptory Challenges and Jury Voir Dire. Judge Francis served as Chair of the Conference of Wiretap Judges.

Judge Francis was recognized by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation in 2009 with its Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.

Judge Francis is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, and has presided over moot court competitions for several schools. He has been a lecturer for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education and a guest lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Francis worked for the Public Advocate and was a trial attorney at Prudential Insurance Company and a Senior Trial Attorney for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.

In 2019, Judge Francis was honored as a “Diverse Attorney of the Year” by the New Jersey Law Journal.

Brandon D. Minde is a Partner with DH&D.  He focuses on federal and state criminal defense, complex litigation, business disputes, and government regulatory matters. 

Mr. Minde was selected as one of the 2016 NJBIZ Forty Under 40, honoring men and women under the age of 40 who have made headlines in their field and share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community. In 2015, he was named a New Leader of the Bar by the New Jersey Law Journal, a designation given to only 50 lawyers in New Jersey.  He was also named a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Super Lawyers gives this designation to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys recognized as the top up-and-coming attorneys under 40 years old.

Mr. Minde runs DH&D’s criminal defense practice.  Earlier in his career, he served as an Essex County Assistant Prosecutor in the Corruption Unit, where he managed investigations and conducted prosecutions of corruption, fraud, government misconduct, and other white-collar crimes.  He received training in economic crimes and financial investigations from the National White Collar Crime Center and cyber-crime and computer forensics from the National Computer Forensics Institute.  He was appointed as a Special Deputy NJ Attorney General to lead a joint investigation into election fraud through absentee ballots which culminated in several convictions.  He also served in the Adult Trial Section, where he represented the state in proceedings for all criminal offenses pre- and post-indictment, including grand jury proceedings, and conducted jury trials.  He is an appointed member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the District of NJ, where he represents individuals in criminal actions in federal court.

Mr. Minde served as Executive Director of the State of NJ Government Records Council, the agency that adjudicates complaints filed under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).  He served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Christie from December 2010- March 2013, providing advice and counsel to the Governor and the Chief Counsel to the Governor on legislative, legal, regulatory, and policy initiatives.

Mr. Minde began his legal career at McCarter & English in the Securities Litigation, Government Relations and White-Collar Defense Group, conducting a wide range of civil and criminal trial practice involving general litigation, investigations and disputes.

Mr. Minde is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, and B.A. from Muhlenberg College.

Catherine Romania is a member of the New Jersey and New York Bars. Ms. Romania received her B.S. in accounting magna cum laude from Bucknell University, graduated cum laude from St. John's University School of Law and graduated from New York University School of Law with a Masters in Taxation. Ms. Romania is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). She is currently serving on the District XA Ethics Committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court and was past Chair of the District X Fee Arbitration Committee. She is also an officer on the Board of the Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey, volunteers as a New Jersey Superior Court Approved Mediator for family, civil, probate and general equity matters, and is a member of and accredited by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators as a business and commercial mediator. Ms. Romania has lectured for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education as well as other organizations, has authored numerous articles including “Addressing Alimony Under Premarital Agreements Signed Before 2019”, "For Love, Money and the Exemption", and "Disinheriting a Child". Ms. Romania practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, guardianship, elder law, business and tax matters.

The Hon. Frank J. DeAngelis, J.S.C. was appointed as a Superior Court Judge in December 2016 and was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate in January 2017.  Since his confirmation, Judge DeAngelis has served in the Law Division, Civil Part in both Sussex and Morris County.  He was designated the Complex Business Litigation judge for Morris and Sussex County in September 2017.  Judge DeAngelis has presided over trials involving commercial disputes, disputes over the compensation of investment companies, medical malpractice, negligence, breach of contract and civil assault matters, among others. 

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge DeAngelis had over twenty years of experience in domestic and international litigation. His experience included first- and third- party coverage and claims defense, bad faith, multi-layered policy defense of complex property losses, reinsurance, fire/arson losses, and property and casualty defense, all-risk and builder's risk policy defense, weather related catastrophic losses, environmental contamination, business interruption, time element, products liability defense, coal mining losses, defense of travel agents and tour operators under errors and omissions coverage, general commercial litigation, and real estate transactions.

Judge DeAngelis is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and Seton Hall University School of Law, and a member emeritus of the Seton Hall University School of Law Alumni Association. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law from 2001 to 2014, and was selected as the Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2009.

Judge DeAngelis is the co-author of New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation Treatise: A Practitioner's Guide, N.J. INST. FOR CONTINUING EDUC., A DIV. OF THE N.J. ST. BAR ASS'N (2017).

Judge DeAngelis served as the Chair of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, District V-A Ethics Committee from 2013-2016.  He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Partners for Women and Justice, a non-profit that provides pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence from 2012-2016.

William (Bill) Wilson is a partner with the law firm of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass.  Since 1998, he has been responsible for running the Firm's New Jersey office.  Bill’s practice focuses primarily on the handling of first-party and third-party insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes.  In addition, he regularly handles commercial contract disputes, and products liability, employer liability, premises liability, and general tort claims.

Bill has over twenty-five years of experience, and has litigated cases in state and federal courts in New Jersey and throughout the United States.  He  is admitted to the New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania bars, the United States Supreme Court, and a number of other federal courts.

He is a frequent lecturer and has published a number of articles on insurance issues and general litigation topics.  He is a co-author of New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation - 2015: A Practitioner’s Guide, which is published by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, a division of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  Bill also is the author of and is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he taught New York Practice.