Seven from Starr Gern Recognized as Top Lawyers by Peers

March 2009

Starr, Gern, Davison & Rubin, P.C., congratulates five of its partners for selection as 2009 Super Lawyers and salutes two of the firm’s associates for selection as Rising Stars. Ira M. StarrAmos GernRonald L. DavisonNicholas Stevens, and Jeffrey A. Rizika were among fewer than five percent of New Jersey attorneys honored this year as Super Lawyers. Kellianne E. Greenwood and James A. Meszaros are among fewer than 3 percent of state attorneys named as Rising Stars, a distinction for lawyers either age 40 or younger or practicing less than 10 years. Mr. Starr, Mr. Gern, Mr. Davison, and Mr. Stevens have each been honored as Super Lawyers in previous years.

In addition, Mr. Starr was honored as a selection in New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” edition. Mr. Starr was hailed for his accomplishment and standing in the field of real estate and transactional work.

Mr. Starr serves as special counsel to numerous banks and financial institutions involved in complex mortgage financing, industrial development, bonds, and asset-based lending, and as general counsel to various business and industrial corporations, both large and small. His early career began as an attorney in the IRS, and later, in the SEC. Since entering private practice over 40 years ago, he has been lead counsel for numerous corporate mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and venture-capital transactions, as well as for varied complex developmental real-estate projects, ranging from office buildings and shopping centers to residential condos and low-to-moderate-income housing projects.

Mr. Gern is the leader of the firm’s six-member Complex Torts Department. He is designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate. His specialties within the personal-injury field include medical malpractice, products liability, and construction and industrial accidents. Recognized by his peers as one of the state’s pre-eminent members of the trial attorneys’ bar, he is the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey.) Among his career highlights was a $17 million verdict he won several years ago for a malpractice victim, with an additional $3.5 million verdict for the victim’s wife. The verdict was then the largest ever won in the state in the field of malpractice. Beyond the numerous seven-figure verdicts and settlements he has achieved for his clients, Mr. Gern’s accomplishments also include significant contributions to the advancement of trial advocacy and the legal rights of accident victims and their families. Mr. Gern presently serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Civil Practice Committee and the Special Committee on Electronic Filing.

Mr. Davison has enjoyed a long and accomplished career in complex and commercial litigation, including intellectual property and estate litigation. He has successfully both prosecuted and defended a number of large cases –involving protracted litigation and trial–on behalf of corporate entities and individuals in such areas as major-contract breaches, trade-secret violations, wrongful terminations, and will contests. One of his career highlights was the successful defense of a major telecommunications provider against a large-scale claim of an allegedly breached stock-sale agreement.

Mr. Stevens practices in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department. His specialities include employment law, internet law, and alternative dispute resolution. He is designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Qualified Mediator. Among his career highlights was the successful representation of a large bio-pharmaceutical company in an internet-law matter resulting in an appellate decision that was the first of its kind in the nation. Mr. Stevens is currently the President and Chair of the Board of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Mr. Rizika practices in the firm’s Complex Torts Department. He has utilized his knowledge and experience in the fields of automobile negligence and No Fault law to assist numerous victims recover their losses, as well as to advise various medical providers on insurance regulations and protocols. His contributions to the field have included involvement in various amicus briefs to the state’s Appellate Division and Supreme Court, educational lectures, and civil arbitrations for the Superior Court of New Jersey. Mr. Rizika is currently a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice’s Board of Governors and co-chairman of the association’s Automobile Reparations Committee.

Ms. Greenwood is a prominent young attorney who is steadily gaining recognition in the fields of commercial contracts and corporate mergers and acquisitions, including real estate, financing, and securities. Among the services she provides to the firm’s business clients are representation and counseling in matters such as public offerings, regulation compliance, executive employment and compensation agreements, land sales, and franchise agreements. One of her career highlights was involvement in the restructuring of a large energy conglomerate, including numerous multi-state subsidiaries.

Mr. Meszaros is a member of the firm’s Complex Torts Department. His recent work for seriously injured victims in automobile and premises-liability cases mark him as an up-and-coming member of the trial bar. Four times he has had a successful jury verdict or settlement for an injured client selected for publication in the New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Lawyer or New Jersey Jury Verdict Review & Analysis. Before joining Starr, Gern, he defended an oil-and-energy company and three national department stores in numerous negligence matters.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Starr, Gern attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers in New Jersey who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The distinction is awarded only after an independent, detailed statewide survey of lawyers, background evaluation of candidates, and peer evaluation. The polling, research, and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc. Starr, Gern’ Super Lawyers will be cited in the April 2009 edition of New Jersey Monthly and in New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine. The firm’s Rising Stars will be hailed in New Jersey Monthly’ August 2009 edition and in Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars edition.

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Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. In the US, Best Lawyers publishes an annual referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America, which includes 36,126 attorneys in 78 specialties, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The current, 15th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2009), is based on more than 2.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers their peers.

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