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New Jersey Basic CLE Marathon 2013

Speaker(s): Andrew B. Smith, Christopher G. Rohde, CPA, Esq., Hon. Frank J. DeAngelis, J.S.C., Lan Hoang, Nancy A. Lottinville, Remi L. Spencer, Sheila R. Wiggins, Stacy Ann Biancamano, Stephen V. Falanga
Recorded on: May. 28, 2013
PLI Program #: 42990

Nancy A. Lottinville is Counsel to Gibbons P.C. in Newark, New Jersey in the Real Properties & Environmental Practice Group, where she  concentrates  on  commercial  land use permitting, as well as on commercial and preferred residential property transactions. Ms. Lottinville handles transactions from contract to closing, and has drafted complex title documents, deed restrictions and easements for development rights and conservation. She has represented private clients, public entities and non-profits in development and redevelopment land use and transactional matters throughout the State of New Jersey. Ms. Lottinville is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Illinois. She is  member of the ABA  and the NJSBA Real Property Sections and of the National Association of Women Lawyers.  

Sheila Raftery Wiggins is a litigation partner at Duane Morris LLP's Newark office. She was selected in 2008 as one of the state's "40 Under 40" by the New Jersey Law Journal and selected in 2010 as one the state's "40 Under 40" by NJ Biz. Ms. Wiggins handles matters involving complex commercial disputes, mortgage and banking fraud, and employment law defense. She has extensive experience representing clients before state and federal trial courts, on appeal, and at arbitration hearings and mediations.

Andrew Smith focuses his practice on civil litigation. Andrew has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, handling cases from complex commercial litigations to personal injury cases. He co-founded the firm Smith + Schwartzstein LLC in 2009 and has successfully represented numerous clients throughout the state of New Jersey and New York, practicing in State and Federal Court, including before the United States Supreme Court. He has lectured for the Practicing Law Institute, and was just named for the second consecutive year to the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars List.

Andrew graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.A. and received his J.D. from Boston College Law School. After law school he clerked for the Honorable Sybil R. Moses, A.J.S.C. before joining the litigation department of Gibbons P.C. Before law school, Andrew served as an Artillery Officer in the United States Army, deploying to overseas locations and attaining the rank of Captain. Andrew is active in his community, and is involved in numerous civil and political activities.

Christopher G. Rohde, found ing Member of the Rohde Law Group, LLC, specializes in Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Admi nistration and Elder Law incl ud ing Medicaid and Asset Protection Planni ng and assisting clients with the Med icaid application process and qualification for long term care.

I le also hand les Guardianship matters  for special needs individuals and the elderly as well as Estate Planni ng that includes the preparation of Wills, Trusts, Health Care Direct ives and Powers of Attorney for clients of all levels of net worth. Mr. Rohde has experience with the formation and administration of special needs trusts.

With his background as a Certified Public Accountant and a specialist in Estate Administration, Mr. Rohde prepares Estate  and inheritance tax returns and hand les general tax matters for individuals and businesses.

He also advises clients on busi ness planning, incl udi ng the formation, purchase, sale and transfer of sma l l businesses.

M r. Rohde is a member of the Tax Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, serves on the Elder Law Committee of the Passaic County Bar Association, and is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a facu lty member of the Practising Law institute i n New York City, "herein he lectures on estate planning and estate administration for attorneys seeking continuing legal education.

He was formerly a pa11ncr wi th the law firm of Piro, Zinna, Cifelli, Paris & Gcnitempo, in N utley, New Jersey where he managed the estate & trust department. Earlier, he was a tax  consu ltant  with  the accounti ng firm of Ernst & Young, LLP in New York City. He had also served a one-year judicia l clerkshi p for the Assign ment Judge i n Passaic County.

He was admitted as a member of the Bar i n the State of New Jersey in 1996 and admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court in 1998. He graduated from Seton Hall U niversity. W. Paul Stillman School of Business and Seton Hall School of Law.

Lan Hoang focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters in the areas of financial fraud and asset recovery, intellectual property, business torts, insolvency, professional malpractice, breach of contract and insurance coverage. Her experience involves proceedings in federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations and mediations. Lan served on the Supreme Court of New Jersey District Ethics Committee, District V-A from 2010 through 2014, investigating and prosecuting grievances against New Jersey attorneys charged with unethical conduct under the Rules of Professional Responsibility adopted by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She also served on ethics hearing panels considering grievances against attorneys.

Lan is on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute and has served as chair for the New Jersey Basic CLE Marathon. She also is the former co-chair of the firm’s New York Women's Committee, and a current member of the New York office’s Diversity Committee and Recruiting Committee.


  • Represented a major publishing firm in a putative class action brought by an author alleging breach of contract and breach of both good faith and fair dealing of the foreign royalties provision of a publishing agreement.
  • Represented a major publishing company in connection with copyright claims concerning application software related to an internet portal for a major aspect of the company's business.
  • Defended a major internet portal in a trademark infringement action in connection with the naming of a spinoff business unit.
  • Represented, as lead attorney, the Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in recovery actions against hedge funds, funds of funds, investment banks, and other financial institutions and fiduciaries.
  • Counseled a major financial, publishing and business services company in connection with data distribution and licensing agreements.
  • Represented a government authority in a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation regarding auction rate securities.
  • Represented a multimillion-dollar investor in securities, corporate governance and breach of contract disputes regarding ownership of an importer attempting to pioneer the U.S. distribution of China-built vehicles.
  • Represented a foreign national in a multibillion-dollar, multijurisdictional trusts and estate dispute.
  • Defended an international electronics manufacturer and distributor in nationwide consumer fraud class actions.

Remi L. Spencer, Esq. concentrates her practice in the areas of state and federal criminal defense, municipal court, and attorney ethics matters.  Ms. Spencer is a former Union County Assistant Prosecutor, and has focused her practice in the area criminal defense since leaving that office in May 2005.  Ms. Spencer’s practice is dedicated to defending the accused and protecting their rights.  She has vast experience representing individuals, families and businesses across a broad range of criminal circumstances.  Ms. Spencer is motivated by a central principle: she only succeeds when her clients do.  Her clients come first and drive her focus.  Recognizing that her clients entrust her to handle critical and complex legal problems, her commitment is to deliver unsurpassed service and the best achievable results.

Ms. Spencer has been selected as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers Association since 2013.  She has consistently been named a "Super Lawyer" based upon peer review surveys, since 2011.  Ms. Spencer achieved a "Superb" 10.0 rating by, based on client reviews.  In 2014, the Essex County Bar Association awarded Ms. Spencer the Criminal Trial Attorney of the year.

Ms. Spencer is a frequent commentator on cases of national interest. Since 2007, Ms. Spencer has appeared on most local and national cable news networks: CBS, NBC, ABC, FNC, MSNBC, FBNCNN, CNN Headlines News, Tru TV (formerly Court TV)

Professional Associations and Memberships - Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (ACDL); Essex County Bar Association (ECBA); Trial Attorneys of NJ (TANJ); NJ Association for Justice (NJAJ); Seton Hall University School of Law Alumni Council; Supreme Court Ethics Committee District VA Fee Arbitration;

Stacy Ann Biancamano opened her practice Biancamano Law, LLC in Chatham, New Jersey on April 15, 2014 with the goal of zealous and effective personal representation of individual clients. Her hands-on approach to legal representation is not only effective in the Court room and in negotiations with federal and state prosecutors but quite simply makes her clients feel at ease.

Ms. Biancamano is an experienced trial lawyer who was formerly a partner at Arleo, Donohue & Biancamano, LLC, from October 2008 until April 2014. She earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1997 and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1992 from St. Peter’s College. Quite notably, she has been listed as one of New Jersey’s Super Lawyers from 2009 thru  2014 for her work as a criminal defense lawyer. She was the 2008 recipient of the Peter W. Rodino Society’s Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of her wisdom, compassion and servant leadership in the public sector.

Stacy has more than 20 years experience representing defendants in the criminal arena. She began her career as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, representing individuals from initial appearance upon arrest through the appellate process. She has successfully handled more than 2,000 federal cases ranging in complexity from white collar fraud offenses including bank fraud, wire fraud and mortgage fraud to federal drug conspiracies.  She has argued successfully before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. It was in the federal court house in the District of New Jersey that she developed the necessary skill set to be an extremely effective advocate for her clients.

      As an experienced trial lawyer, Stacy defends all types of criminal cases. She has successfully tried criminal jury trials in federal and state courts. Over the last decade, her cases have involved charges of drug possession and distribution, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, mortgage fraud and other violations of federal and state statutes. She has also successfully handled a wide variety of matters at the grand jury stage, involving charges of healthcare fraud and other business related crimes.  Quite notably, Stacy has represented individuals in the District of New Jersey who were the subject of the grand jury and has successfully convinced the U.S. Attorney’s Office not to prosecute criminally. As a result of Stacy’s trial skills and reputation, she is often able to negotiate and achieve significant pretrial resolutions of matters which is a great benefit to her clients whether they be individuals, business entities or major corporations.

     In addition to her extensive criminal trial experience, Stacy’s practice also includes representing businesses and corporations involved in complex civil litigation. Specifically, she regularly provides counsel to a business entity regarding practices, procedure and regulatory issues.  Additionally, she provided counseling to major healthcare corporations in areas of third-party subpoena compliance and litigation.  Stacy is also active with professional associations and serves as an executive board member with the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of the Federal Bar and the Historical Society for the District of New Jersey. She has also served on the Merit Selection Panel and Reappointment Committee for the United States District Court.

     Mrs. Biancamano has frequently lectured regarding issues of criminal law for local, state and federal bar associations. She also served as an expert and frequently lectured on federal sentencing guideline issues at National Federal Defender conferences nationwide.

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.

Stephen V. Falanga has over 18 years experience practicing in the commercial law area and has developed significant expertise in all aspects of insolvency law. He represents corporations, insurance companies, financial institutions, real estate developers, and landlords as well as individuals in all aspects of commercial law and finance.
A versatile practitioner, Mr. Falanga advocates for clients in both transactional and litigation matters as the need arises. He has handled all types of corporate work in the commercial law field, including asset sales and dispositions, secured transactions, loan and mortgage financings, and other credit related transactions. He has excelled equally in the courtroom, where he has represented debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and commenced and defended complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation in the Federal Courts of New York, New Jersey and Delaware.
Prior to joining his current firm Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP, Mr. Falanga worked with Connell Foley for more than 10 years. After law school, he completed a one-year clerkship with the Honorable William F. Tuohey, a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.