1 KAUFMAN DOLOWICH VOLUCK & GONZO LLP ANNOUNCEMENT KDVG WEBSITE KDVG PUBLICATIONS CONTACT US KDVG IN GROWTH MODE WITH OVER FIFTY ATTORNEYS STRONG Woodbury, NY -- Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo LLP is pleased to announce that the firm now has 52 attorneys with the addition of nine in the past four months. Douglas B. Appel and Debbie Chun Morken have joined our Woodbury, New York office and Anne R. Myers, Maria Jose Morinigo, and Samuel L. Roberts have joined our Pennsylvania office. Brian Corrigan, Claudia A. Costa, and Edward Patrick Abbott are new attorneys in our New Jersey office and Linda L. Daube has joined our San Francisco office. "Doug, Debbie, Anne, Maria, Sam, Brian, Claudia, Ed, and Linda bring over 90 years of experience in their practice areas," said Michael Kaufman, Managing Partner of KDVG. "We are impressed with their highly skilled backgrounds and clientele and look forward to them developing solid relationships with our clients, as we continue to grow our pool of talented legal professionals." Woodbury, Long Island, New York Office Douglas B. Appel, Esq. Douglas B. Appel, Of Counsel, is a seasoned trial attorney with successful securities litigation experience. Before joining KDVG, Doug was Senior Vice President / Counsel at Citigroup-Smith Barney, one of the largest brokerage firms in the country. There he represented firm and individual brokers in arbitrations before the New York Stock Exchange and National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) when Smith Barney retail clients brought claims. Doug had complete responsibility for hundreds of cases from inception through hearing, including written responses to claims and all aspects of discovery, investigation, and subpoena productions. Prior to this, he was a Homicide Criminal Prosecutor and Lead Counsel in 30 homicide trials to verdict with an 85% conviction rate. Debbie C. Morken, Esq.
2 Debbie Morken, Of Counsel, brings value to the firm's practice areas of commercial and employment litigation and insurance coverage. Prior to joining KDVG, Debbie was an Associate at Farrell Fritz, P.C. where she specialized in commercial and employment litigation as well as wage and hour class actions and represented corporations, partnerships, financial institutions, and individuals in federal and state courts. Her matters involved contract disputes, business torts, directors and officers liability, corporate governance and derivative class actions, to name a few. Prior to this, Debbie represented leading national insurance companies in litigation and coverage matters at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. Blue Bell, Pennsylvania Office Anne R. Myers, Esq. Anne R. Myers, Of Counsel, is a well-respected attorney who has litigated a vast range of matters, including employment practices, insurance coverage, directors and officers liability, and miscellaneous professional liability. Prior to joining KDVG, Anne was Of Counsel for Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien, & Courtney, P.C., a Philadelphia law firm where she provided ongoing human resources and employment advice to clients, particularly municipalities, in employment matters and union contract negotiations. She also has represented insurance carriers in bankruptcy matters in defense of their contractual rights that included but not limited to protecting carriers against the binding effects of mass tort liability estimations under plans of reorganization. Anne has also counseled Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 trustees providing Chapter 11 entities with representation from first day pleadings through plan of reorganization. Maria Jose Morinigo, Esq.
3 Maria Jose Morinigo, Of Counsel, has proven success defending employment law claims and has expertise counseling employers in all aspects of the workplace. Prior to joining KDVG, Maria Jose was an Associate at Deeb Petrakis Blum & Murphy P.C., a Philadelphia law firm. While there, she concentrated on employment litigation cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She also counseled management in all aspects of the employment relationship including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), wage and hour compliance, unemployment compensation, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD) discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues; employment agreements; and employee handbooks. Prior to this, she was an Associate at Vaira & Riley, P.C. also in Philadelphia where she focused on white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. Samuel L. Roberts, Esq. Samuel L. Roberts, Associate, is a talented legal practitioner with experience in labor and employment. Prior to KDVG, Samuel was Corporate Counsel at American Water, one of the largest utilities in the United States. While there, he provided counsel to the executive leadership team and human resources regarding employment issues, and labor and employment matters. Samuel also managed and coordinated outside counsel with respect to employment litigation and claims. In addition, he was an Associate at WolfBlock, LLP, a Philadelphia law firm where he represented and counseled employers in collective bargaining matters, defended employers against claims involving FLSA, FMLA, race, gender, age, disability, and national origin discrimination, and sexual harassment claims. Samuel also counseled employers concerning employment policies and contracts. Hackensack, New Jersey Office Brian Corrigan, Esq.
4 Brian Corrigan, Of Counsel, has extensive trial experience that will benefit our New Jersey Office's Professional Liability Department. Before KDGV, he established his own firm that specialized in professional liability matters. In 1980, Michals Wahl Silver Leitner PA in Woodbridge, New Jersey recruited Brian to develop a defense liability practice, and he later became Partner in charge of litigation. He began his legal career with the firm, Lamb, Hutchinson, Chappel, Ryan & Hartung, an insurance defense firm in Jersey City. The Supreme Court of New Jersey first certified Brian as a Certified Trial Attorney in 1989 and the Court recertified him in 1996, 2003, and Since 1991, Brian has been a Rule 1:40 Approved Mediator and an Arbitrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey. Claudia A. Costa, Esq. Claudia A. Costa, Of Counsel, brings extensive experience and success in commercial litigation including pretrial, trial, and appeal of cases as well as employment law. Prior to joining KDVG, Claudia was Counsel at the New Jersey firm, Stryker, Tams & Dill, LLP where she was responsible for commercial litigation cases concerning breach of contract, fraud, directors and officers liability, partnership disputes, employment litigation involving employment discrimination / wrongful termination in state and federal courts, and providing advise to clients regarding employment matters and employment contracts. Claudia has also represented clients at arbitrations and mediations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and state courts as well as corporate clients in commercial matters. As a Commercial Litigation Associate at Budd Larner, P.C., she was responsible for cases involving civil RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), antitrust, fraud, breach of contract, professional liability, directors and officers liability, and partnership disputes. Edward P. Abbott, Esq.
5 Edward Patrick Abbott, Associate, is a valued addition to KDVG's practice area, labor and employment law on behalf of management. As an Associate in the New Jersey office of Fisher& Phillips, LLP, Edward focused on management-side labor and employment law counseling and litigation in state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. He counseled public and private sector clients in all aspects of employment law that included compliance with federal and state employment laws and drafting of policies and procedures concerning this compliance. San Francisco, California Office Linda L. Daube, Esq. Linda L. Daube, Of Counsel, brings extensive expertise that includes providing general counsel and litigation services to both private and public agencies in the areas of employment and labor law including discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, employee discipline, wrongful discharge, and compliance with federal and state employment laws. Linda advises and represents clients on issues involving federal and state regulatory agencies including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), California Division of Labor Stands Enforcement (DLSE), California Employment Development Department (EDD), California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). She has served as chief spokesperson and strategist on behalf of management in negotiating over 30 collective bargaining agreements, has developed and reviewed employment manuals, personnel policies and procedures. Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo LLP is a nationally recognized, AV-rated law firm serving the business community in multiple disciplines. The firm's attorneys are seasoned legal practitioners and litigators who place our clients first and provide cost effective solutions and early resolution. With offices in Woodbury, New York (Long Island), New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, KDVG is a market leader in Labor and Employment Law on behalf of Management,
6 Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI), Directors and Officers (D&O) Liability Insurance Coverage and Monitoring, and Professional Liability and Errors and Omissions (E&O) matters. In addition, KDVG's multi-faceted practice encompasses Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitrations, Construction Law, Fidelity and Surety Law, Cyber Liability, and audit work for its reinsurance and insurance clients. AV-rated is a registered trademark of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. For additional information regarding the firm, please Joan Denton, Director of Marketing at call her at (516) , or visit The materials contained in this Announcement are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. For advice about a particular problem or situation, please contact an attorney of your choice.
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