C. John DeSimone
John DeSimone is an experienced trial attorney and principal to the firm, specializing in real estate litigation and business litigation. Clients appreciate his experience, honesty, practicality, strategic thinking, creativity, negotiating skills, and tenacity. For real estate litigation, he concentrates in commercial lease litigation, commercial real estate contract disputes, title disputes, construction litigation, and prerogative writ matters and zoning appeals. For business litigation, he concentrates in restrictive covenant and trade secret misappropriation suits, employment disputes, director and officer liability matters, and shareholder and partnership litigation. His practice also includes professional claims defense, lender litigation, medical claims disputes, and general commercial litigation matters. Mr. DeSimone is also an experienced land use and zoning attorney as well as a general counsel for several community associations.
Michael L. Rich
A commercial litigator, Michael L. Rich represents clients in a wide range of business and commercial litigation, with particular expertise handling Chancery litigation disputes. His practice includes shareholder and partnership break-ups, restrictive covenant litigation, trade secret misappropriation, employment law and litigation, director and officer liability claims, along with other contractual disputes and business tort litigation. Additionally, he oversees litigation in the firm's Real Estate practice group, including real estate litigation, commercial foreclosure and lender liability litigation, land use litigation, and construction litigation. He also has extensive experience in trust and estate litigation . In the area of intellectual property, Mr. Rich has successfully handled trademark infringement and unfair competition matters.
Mr. Rich has been recognized in The Best lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, its highest rating.
For 30 years, Michael has successfully litigated matters before federal and state courts (both trial and appellate), arbitration panels, and administrative tribunals. Clients, large and small, turn to him for his unique combination of trial experience, well-honed litigation skills, problem solving ability, thorough preparation, straightforward presentation style, and deep commitment to serve his clients' interests.
Cases in which he successfully represented clients that resulted in frequently cited published decisions include Gerardi v. Pelullo, 16 F.3d 1363 (3d Cir. 1994) and Meadox Medicals, Inc. v. Life Systems, Inc., 3 F. Supp. 2d 549 (D.N.J. 1998).
Mr. Rich also has served with distinction as a mediator and arbitrator in corporate/commercial, employment and probate litigation matters, and is listed on the roster of Mediators for New Jersey's Statewide Mediation Program for Civil, General Equity and Probate cases.