2019 NJ Super Lawyers Announced: 26 Brach Eichler Attorneys RecognizedMarch 12, 2019


Roseland, NJ, (March 12, 2019) – Sixteen members of Brach Eichler LLC have been selected to the 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers list, the highest number in the Firm’s history for the second year in a row. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. In addition, 10 Brach Eichler attorneys were named to the 2019 New Jersey Rising Stars list, also for the second annual year. Rising Stars recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys age 40 or under or who are in practice for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

“For the second year in a row, more than one-third of our attorneys have been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers for their professionalism, talent, and commitment to client service, qualities that we believe set Brach Eichler apart,” noted John D. Fanburg, Brach Eichler Managing Member.  “The Brach Eichler attorneys that have been recognized this year represent a wide range of practice areas within the firm, which speaks so well to the broad capabilities of our lawyers as a whole.”

The Brach Eichler attorneys named by New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2019 are:

Edward P. Capozzi, Chair of the Personal Injury Practice and a Member in the Litigation Practice, is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial attorney. He focuses his practice on personal injury arising from automobile, premises, product liability, and construction accidents. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Capozzi is a Top Ten Trucking Lawyer and was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal for receiving the largest auto settlement in 2017 and the largest products liability verdict in 2014. Named to Best Lawyers in America in 2018 and 2019 and to Super Lawyers every year since 2010, Capozzi resides in Kinnelon, NJ.

Matthew M. Collins is Chair of the Firm's Labor and Employment Law Practice, and a Member in the Litigation and Cannabis Law Practices. He represents both employers and employees in all aspects of labor and employment law including counseling and compliance services; regulatory investigations and hearings; litigation and alternative dispute resolution; wrongful termination, hostile work environment, whistleblower, and retaliation claims; and wage, overtime, misclassification, commission, and bonus claims.  First named to New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2017, Collins resides in Randolph, NJ.

Susan K. Dromsky-Reed is a Member in the Trusts & Estates, Tax, and Family Law Practices.  As part of her focus on estate planning and estate administration, she provides individuals and families with advice regarding spousal, intergenerational, business succession, charitable giving, trusts, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, split-dollar insurance financing transactions, and sales of assets to defective grantor trusts. A fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, she was named to the Super Lawyers list for trusts & estates in 2017 and 2018. She resides in Kinnelon, NJ.

John D. Fanburg is Managing Member of the Firm, as well as Chair of the Health Law Practice and Co-chair of the Cannabis Law Practice.  Fanburg has over 30 years’ experience representing major hospitals, diverse medical groups, and statewide physician specialty organizations in a broad range of corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters. In 2018, NJBIZ named him a Leader in Law as part of its Vanguard Series and he was a member of Governor Phil Murphy’s transition team, serving on the health care transition subcommittee.  Fanburg has been named to New Jersey Super Lawyers every year since 2005.  He is AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale Hubbell, which is their highest ranking, and has been selected by his peers as among the Best Lawyers in America. Fanburg has also been recognized for the past several years by notable ranking company, Chambers USA.  He resides in Livingston, NJ.

Stuart M. Gladstone chairs the Firm's Trusts & Estates Practice and is a member in the Business Transactions & Financial Services and Tax Practices. He is recognized as one of New Jersey's leading authorities representing individuals, families, and companies of all sizes in the fields of comprehensive estate planning, business succession, and estate taxation.  Gladstone has been named to New Jersey Super Lawyers every year since 2005. He is AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale Hubbell, which is their highest ranking and has been selected by his peers on an annual basis as among the Best Lawyers in America.  Gladstone is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and Chairman of the Essex County Estate Planning Council.  He lives in Livingston, NJ.

Joseph M. Gorrell is a Member in the Health Law Practice and counsels hospitals, medical staffs, nursing homes, and individual practitioners on a broad scope of issues ranging from practice bylaws to regulatory disciplinary actions to medical bioethics. He is known for his deep experience in transactional and litigation matters within the health care arena.  Named to New Jersey Super Lawyers every year since 2005, Gorrell has also been AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale Hubbell, their highest rating for professional excellence. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 1993 and has been recognized by the notable ranking company, Chambers USA. Gorrell resides in Bridgewater, NJ.

Carol Grelecki is a Member in the Health Law Practice and represents physicians and other medical professionals, hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, independent practice associations, clinical laboratories, utilization managers, and billing companies in regulatory, licensure, corporate, and transactional matters.  She has been named among the Best Lawyers in America since 2015. Grelecki was first recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2018. She resides in Scotch Plains, NJ.  

Alan R. Hammer is a Member in the Real Estate and Real Estate Tax Appeals Practices where he represents professional real estate investors, lenders, purchasers, and sellers of office buildings, shopping centers, industrial facilities, apartment complexes, and vacant land. Hammer has been named to New Jersey Super Lawyers every year since 2005. For 25 years, he has been peer review-rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for professional excellence, and has been named by his peers as among the Best Lawyers in America for the past 12 years. Hammer has also been recognized for several years by Chambers USA, the notable ranking company.  He resides in Livingston, NJ.

Debra Lienhardt is a Member in the Health Law Practice.  Lienhardt has a dynamic practice, representing a variety of health care providers, including ambulatory care facilities, hospitals, physician groups, long-term care facilities, real estate operators, and health care entrepreneurs, in corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters. She has extensive experience assisting professionals with the establishment, operation, and expansion of medical practices and is also proficient in all facets of the ambulatory surgical center business.  She was first named to New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2018. She lives in Glen Ridge, NJ.

Mark Manigan is a Member of the Firm’s Health Law Practice where he represents health care industry participants in a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters.  For seven years Manigan was named among NJBIZ's "Power 50 Health Care" and in 2018, named a Leader in Health Care by NJBIZ as part of its new Vanguard Series. In addition, he was named in 2016 and 2018 among New Jersey and New York Best Lawyers and to New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2017 and 2018.  Manigan was a member of Governor Chris Christie’s and Governor Phil Murphy’s transition teams, in each case serving on the healthcare transition subcommittees.  He resides in Maplewood, NJ.

Allen J. Popowitz is Chair of the Real Estate Practice and a Member in the Real Estate Tax Appeals, Business Transactions & Financial Services, and Cannabis Law Practices.  He advises clients on all aspects of investment real estate and lending.  A resident of Franklin Lakes, NJ, Popowitz was named to New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2010-2012 and again, in 2015-2018.  He has also been recognized for the past several years by notable ranking company, Chambers USA.

Anthony M. Rainone is a Member in the Labor and Employment and Litigation Practices where he handles counseling and litigation for all types of labor and employment issues, in addition to shareholder disputes, commercial contracts, and construction law.  He has been peer review-rated as AV Preeminent, the highest rating for professional excellence by Martindale Hubbell, and had previously been named to the list of New Jersey Rising Stars from 2009 to 2016 and to New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2017 and 2018. He resides in North Caldwell, NJ.

David J. Ritter is Chair of the Tax Practice and a Member in the Trusts & Estates and Business Transactions & Financial Services Practices.  He concentrates his practice on personal, tax, and estate planning and laws governing corporations, memberships, and limited liability companies.  A trusted personal and business advisor, he also provides business succession planning and sophisticated estate planning services to a broad range of clients. Ritter has been named to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007 and in 2018 was named to New Jersey Super Lawyers for the first time.  Ritter is a resident of Scotch Plains, NJ.

Keith J. Roberts is a Member in the Health Law and Personal Injury Practices.  Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, he focuses his practice on complex insurance litigation, personal injury, and PIP arbitration. He is one of a select few attorneys to serve on the New Jersey Insurance Commissioner's Technical Advisory Committee on PIP (PIPTAC). As a result, he has participated in the administrative and statutory reform of New Jersey's No Fault Automobile Insurance System, as well as the No Fault PIP Arbitration process.  Named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list in 2017 and 2018, he resides in Old Tappan, NJ.

Carl J. Soranno chairs the Family Law Practice  and is a Member in the Litigation and Patent, Intellectual Property & Information Technology Practices.  With nearly 25 years of litigation, trial, and appellate experience, he devotes his practice to representing and counseling business and individual clients involved in commercial litigation; commercial transactions; complex family issues, including divorce and other matrimonial matters; bankruptcy litigation; and business workouts. Soranno is peer review-rated as AV Preeminent, the highest rating for professional excellence by Martindale Hubbell.  Named to New Jersey Super Lawyers since 2015, Soranno resides in Flanders, NJ.

Rosaria A. Suriano is a member in the firm’s litigation practice. With more than 27 years of trial and appellate court experience in both state and federal courts, she represents large and mid-sized companies in business litigation, contract disputes, and real estate and construction litigation. Suriano is peer review-rated as AV Preeminent, the highest rating for professional excellence by Martindale Hubbell.  Selected for inclusion by New Jersey Super Lawyers every year since 2015, she was also recognized by NJBIZ as one of the "Best 50 Women in Business in New Jersey" in 2011 and was named a “NJ Top 25 Leading Woman Entrepreneur” in 2017 by Leading Women Entrepreneurs and a “Top Woman in the Law” by the New Jersey Law Journal in 2018.  She resides in Whitehouse Station,  NJ.

In addition, the following Brach Eichler attorneys were named to the 2019 New Jersey Rising Stars list:

Kent Anderson is an Associate in the Litigation Practice. He also provides Copyright Agent Services to Brach Eichler clients.  A Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), he served as a Deputy Attorney General in the State of New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law, where he was recognized for his contributions as part of the Attorney General's Cyber Working Group, which coordinates the state's approach to cyber issues across criminal/civil law enforcement.  This is the second year Anderson was named to New Jersey Rising Stars, and he resides in Hoboken, NJ.

Alex S. Capozzi is an Associate in the Personal Injury and Litigation Practices.  He has extensive experience litigating cases involving personal injuries and complex civil issues against insurance companies. He has personally obtained multi-million-dollar jury verdicts on behalf of injured victims and he is recognized as being one of the youngest attorneys in the history of New Jersey to ever receive a multi-million-dollar jury verdict at trial. Named to New Jersey Rising Stars for the second year, he resides in Jersey City, NJ.

Shannon Carroll is an Associate in the Health Law Practice , where she focuses her practice in the areas of health care litigation, complex commercial litigation, compliance, and health care fraud. She represents doctors and other health care providers in civil and administrative actions involving fraud allegations, reimbursement issues, and contract disputes.  She has been named to New Jersey Rising Stars since 2013.  Carroll resides in Oradell, NJ.

Corey A. Dietz is an Associate in the Personal Injury and Litigation Practices .  Dietz is a trial attorney who works with the firm’s personal injury clients to obtain just compensation in the aftermath of motor vehicle and trucking accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall, product liability, and wrongful death, among other matters.  He is an aggressive advocate for his clients and has experience handling complex matters against insurance companies.  Dietz has helped obtain numerous six- and seven-figure settlements and was first named to New Jersey Rising Stars in 2018.  He lives in Warren, NJ.

Lauren D. Goldberg is Counsel in the Health Law Practice and serves a diverse group of providers, including health systems, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and other outpatient facilities, clinical laboratories, urgent care providers, and physicians. Her practice encompasses corporate transactions, fraud and abuse, and facility licensure. Named to New Jersey Rising Stars since 2014, Goldberg is a resident of Livingston, NJ.

Lucas A. Markowitz is an Associate in the Labor and Employment and Litigation Practices. He concentrates his practice on employment litigation and arbitration, and also litigates a wide variety of complex commercial matters including discrimination claims, trade secret and restrictive covenant cases, class and collective actions, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional malpractice cases, and estate litigations.  First named to New Jersey Rising Stars in 2018, he resides in Morristown, NJ.

Autumn M. McCourt is an Associate in the Litigation and Criminal Defense and Government Investigations Practices. She represents corporate and individual clients in litigation involving both civil and criminal matters in both state and federal courts.  These include contract disputes, consumer fraud actions, employment disputes, construction disputes, shareholder disputes, unfair competition, defending employers against discrimination and harassment claims, health care fraud, and insurance fraud, among others. She was first named to New Jersey Rising Stars in 2018 and resides in Ogdensburg, NJ.

Kristofer C. Petrie is an Associate in the Personal Injury and Litigation Practices. He handles a wide variety of matters including motor vehicle wrecks; trucking collisions; construction accidents; wrongful death; slip and fall; product liability; negligent security; and lead, mercury, and mold poisoning among others.  Petrie resides in Hoboken, NJ and was first named to New Jersey Rising Stars in 2018.

Cheryl L. Ritter is an Associate in the Trusts & Estates and Tax Practices. She assists clients in the development and implementation of estate and gift planning matters including wills, trusts, financial powers of attorney, living wills, and health care agent designations.  A resident of Fanwood, NJ, this is the first year Ritter was recognized by New Jersey Rising Stars.

Dennis Shlionsky is an Associate in the Personal Injury Practice..  A trial attorney, he has assisted with the litigation of numerous premises liability, automobile accident, and medical malpractice cases to successful six- and seven-figure verdict resolutions. Shlionsky resides in West Orange.  This represents the first year he has been named to New Jersey Rising Stars.

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual patented selections process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

About Brach Eichler LLC

Brach Eichler, LLC, is a full-service law firm based in Roseland, NJ.  With over 70 attorneys, the firm is focused in the following practice areas: Health Law; Real Estate; Litigation; Trusts & Estates; Business Transactions and Financial Services; Personal Injury; Criminal Defense and Government Investigations; Employment Services; Environmental & Land Use; Family Law;  Patent, Intellectual Property & Information Technology; Real Estate Tax Appeals; Tax; and Cannabis Law.  Brach Eichler attorneys have been recognized by clients and peers alike in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers