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New Jersey Basic CLE Marathon 2018


Speaker(s): Brandon D. Minde, Hon. Frank J. DeAngelis, J.S.C., Hon. Travis L. Francis, A.J.S.C. (Ret.), Matthew L. Holden, Robin C. Bogan, Tara Auciello, William D. Wilson
Recorded on: May. 7, 2018
PLI Program #: 221931

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.


Matthew L. Holden, the founding member of Holden Legal Group, LLC, has over a decade of experience in successfully meeting the legal needs of businesses, entrepreneurs, and high net worth individuals in the New York and New Jersey tri-state area and beyond. His practice includes managing all legal aspects of complex real estate matters as well as providing legal counsel and representation to a wide variety of businesses across industries in transactional, entertainment and media, and risk-avoidance matters, working with startups, emerging companies, and Fortune 500 companies alike. In founding Holden Legal Group, LLC, Mr. Holden’s mission is to bring world-class legal representation to businesses and individuals with boutique pricing and personalized client service.

Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Holden practiced corporate and securities law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, after earning his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was a member of the Real Estate and Trust Law Society. Mr. Holden left Skadden to join Ospraie Management, LLC, the investment manager for the Ospraie Funds, as in-house counsel where he worked on general corporate, hedge fund, and securities and real estate related matters. Prior to earning his law degree, Mr. Holden obtained extensive finance experience while working in investment banking for Lehman Brothers Inc.

Mr. Holden serves as a board member of Temple Emanu-El in Closter, New Jersey and is president of the board of directors of the Sea Farm North Homeowners Association, Inc. in Bridgehampton, New York where he and his wife own a second residence. Mr. Holden is an avid tennis player and golfer and enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two daughters.


Robin C. Bogan is a partner at the law firm of Pallarino & Bogan, L.L.P., in Morristown, New Jersey. She has devoted her practice to family law and related matters for twenty years. As an experienced trial attorney, she is known for her thorough preparation, quick-thinking on cross-examination, and creative and clear presentation of difficult material.  Ms. Bogan is sensitive to the needs of her clients and in many cases she reaches an amicable resolution of family law disputes through artful negotiation and mediation.

Ms. Bogan is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. She is also actively involved in the legal community. She is a Past President for the Morris County Bar Association and a Past President of the Morris County Bar Foundation.  She serves as Treasurer of the Executive Committee for the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association that reviews New Jersey legislation impacting family law issues.  Ms. Bogan volunteers as an Early Settlement Panelist for the Superior Court in Morris County. She is a barrister for the American Inns of Court. She served as an investigator for the Ethics Committee for Morris and Sussex counties from 2006 – 2009.

Ms. Bogan received the 2013 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for Morris County from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law.  For New Jersey Monthly Magazine, she received the recognition of her peers by being nominated as a “Super Lawyer” for 2012 – 2018 and as a “Super Lawyer – Rising Star” for 2006 through 2011.  For 2015 – 2018, Ms. Bogan was listed in the Top 50 women attorneys in New Jersey.  For 2017, Ms. Bogan was listed in the Top 100 attorneys in New Jersey.

Ms. Bogan has lectured on family law issues for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Practising Law Institute, the Barry Croland Family Law Inn of Court, and for the Morris County Bar Association. Her articles on family law issues have appeared in several professional publications.

Ms. Bogan received her J.D. in June 1996 from Seton Hall University School of Law.  She received her B.A. degree from the University of Richmond in May 1993. She served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas H. Dilts, the Presiding Judge of the Family Part of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Somerset County from 1996 to 1997.


Tara Auciello is a solo practitioner in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  She is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey along with several federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Before opening her solo practice in July 2003, Tara was an associate in the Commercial Litigation group at Bryan Cave LLP in Manhattan. Tara previously served as Municipal Prosecutor for the City of New Brunswick, the Township of Edison, and the Borough of South River, all in New Jersey.

A Past-President of both the Middlesex County (N.J.) Bar Association and the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, the former honored Tara as Municipal Court Practice Attorney of the Year in 2017.  In 2015, said Bar Association honored Tara with the Robert J. Cirafesi Chancery Practice Award.

Tara is currently as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Advisory Committee.  She previously served a three-year term on said body’s General Council Executive Committee.  Tara served as the chair of the Middlesex County Bar Association’s Municipal Court Practice Committee for a decade. 

Tara formerly taught as an adjunct instructor in the Paralegal Studies program at Middlesex County College and currently serves on that institution's Paralegal Studies Advisory Board.

Tara graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School in 2001. She graduated cum laude with majors in Political Science and Religion from Duke University in 1998. Tara graduated from Rutgers Preparatory School in 1995 after having attended that school since 1982. She served as a Trustee for Rutgers Prep from 2008 to 2014.

Tara is a frequent New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Middlesex County Bar Association lecturer.  Having studied abroad in both college and law school, Tara considers travel a necessity.  She and her husband have been to all fifty states and Tara will soon be setting foot on her sixth continent.  Her current favorite travel destination is Dublin, home of her three year-old godson.


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.


Travis L. Francis joined the Firm as Of Counsel after serving for 25 years as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, most recently serving 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 and insurance coverage. 

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, product liability and insurance coverage cases.

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

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 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 in the Middlesex County Public Defenders Office, was a trial attorney at Prudential Insurance Company and a Senior Trial Attorney for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.


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 an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he teaches New York Practice, and the author of NJInsuranceBlog.com.