ATTORNEY PROFILES

S.M. Chris Franzblau

Email: franzblau@njcounsel.com

Admitted: 1956

Practice Areas: Matrimonial Law, Medical Malpractice, White Collar and other Criminal Defense, Real Estate, Corporate Law, Professional Ethics

Law School: Duke University

Undergraduate: Muhlenberg University

Position: Partner

S. M. Chris Franzblau, one of the firm’s senior litigators, practices in the areas of matrimonial, medical malpractice, white collar and other criminal defense, complex real estate and corporate matters, estate planning and litigation.

Mr. Franzblau is active in labor law as a negotiator for management and had been counsel to the New Jersey Joint Council of Teamsters and the Eastern Conference of Teamsters. He has been counsel to many labor unions and counsel to various Pension and Welfare Funds whose assets range from $20,000,000 to over $500,000,000, as well as many corporations.

In addition he has arbitrated labor disputes on behalf of unions before the NLRB, NJ Arbitration Association, and American Arbitration Association in New York and New Jersey and has litigated in the courts on many occasions ERISA related issues, both in civil and criminal aspects as well as Taft Hartley and Landrum-Griffin Act cases.

In addition to the aforesaid he has consulted with fiduciaries on investment policies and programs. He is a founder and has served as a Trustee of the New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers Foundation. He is a director of many corporations and serves as their general counsel. He also has an active appellate practice, appearing before numerous Federal Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court and the Court of Military Appeals.

Mr. Franzblau received his B.A. in 1952 from Muhlenberg College and his J.D. in 1955 from Duke University. He is a member of the New Jersey State, New York State and American Bar Associations and served on active duty with the U.S. Navy in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. Mr. Franzblau served as an Assistant U. S Attorney in 1960 and 1961 in the office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Stephen N. Dratch

Email: dratch@njcounsel.com

Admitted: 1973

Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Criminal Law, Chancery Litigation

Law School: Rutgers University School of Law – Newark

Undergraduate: Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Position: Partner, Vice President/Director

Stephen N. Dratch, one of the firm’s senior litigators, has practiced since 1973 in all trial, chancery, criminal and appellate forums in New Jersey and New York. He has a great deal of experience in the areas of all types of litigation including but not limited to commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, criminal law, both trial, appellate, post conviction, New Jersey/New York Parole matters and chancery litigation. Mr. Dratch served as Legislative to then New Jersey State Senator Martin L. Greenberg (1973-74). While in Law school he was a research assistant to then Professor and now United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Mr. Dratch is counsel of record in many leading published opinions in New Jersey and New York State and Federal courts. Mr. Dratch has handled substantial personal injury matters that have resulted in verdicts of millions of dollars. Mr. Dratch is a Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) attorney, appointed by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey to represent defendants. Mr. Dratch represents insurers in Fidelity/Crime insurance related coverage and defense matters.

He graduated with a B.A. degree, with honors in 1970 from Brooklyn College of City University of New York and received his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law (Newark) in 1973.

In addition to being admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he is admitted to the New York State Bar, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the Northern District Court of New York and the Western District Court of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Dratch has appeared in cases by special permission in California, Colorado, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Texas and Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Essex County, New Jersey State Bar Association, American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, New York City Bar Association and New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Federal Bar Association.

New Jersey Monthly magazine has proclaimed Mr. Dratch as one of New Jerseys Super Lawyers in the area of general litigation.

Julian Wilsey

Email: wilsey@njcounsel.com

Admitted: 1972

Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation, Complex Criminal Matters

Law School: Seton Hall University School of Law

Undergraduate: Upsala College

Position: Partner

Julian Wilsey is one of the Firm’s senior litigators. He joined the firm following 15 years of service as a Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey, serving in New Jersey’ Division of Criminal Justice as Section Chief of Casino Prosecutions and as a member of its civil RICO and Appellate Sections. He also served in the Organized Crime/Special Prosecution and Trial Sections and was appointed Acting County Prosecutor of Cumberland County, New Jersey in 1985. With the firm he has focused on commercial litigation, complex criminal matters.

Mr. Wilsey is a 1968 graduate of Upsala College and earned his J.D. degree from Seton Hall Law School in 1972

Brian M. Dratch

Email: bdratch@njcounsel.com

Admitted: 2000

Practice Areas: Litigation, Criminal Law, Personal Injury

Law School: Seton Hall University School of Law

Undergraduate: Indiana University

Position: Associate

Brian Dratch joined the firm in 2001. His areas of concentration include Personal Injury, Litigation and Criminal Law. Brian was also admitted to the State of New York Bar in 2001. Admitted to NJ Federal Court, Eastern and Southern District of New York. He was law clerk to the Honorable Harvey Weissbard, Judge of the Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey.

Shay Shailesh Deshpande

Email: sdeshpande@njcounsel.com

Admitted: 1994 in New Jersey, 1995 in New York

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Criminal Law, Employment Litigation and Personal Injury

Law School: Rutgers Law School (Newark) 1994

Undergraduate: (SUNY) Stony Brook University 1990

Position: Associate

Shay Shailesh Deshpande brings more than 20 years of experience as a litigator, winning high-profile, lucrative defense cases involving civil rights, insurance, governments, police departments and more.

Among his successful cases, Mr. Deshpande most recently secured a settlement for his plaintiff involved in a health care litigation matter.

His continued success in setting precedents in five of his cases has not gone unnoticed in the industry as he has appeared in publications including Law360 and on the cover of New Jersey Law Journal several times for his work in employment and civil rights cases.

Previously, Mr. Deshpande is a partner at Bruno Gerbino & Soriano, LLP. Mr. Deshpande handled the general litigation defense of insurance fraud, civil rights, employment and personal injury cases. Throughout his 23 years of experience, he has also been a partner at Zwerling & Deshpande LLC from 2009-2016, counsel at K&L Gates, LLP from 2008-2009, served as special claims counsel for the County of Essex and section chief of litigation for the City of Newark, among other roles.

Mr. Deshpande attained a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990 and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, NJ, in 1994. Following graduation, he served as a judicial law clerk for Judges Douglas K. Wolfson and Steven L. Lefelt.

Richard E. Mischel

Email: mischel@njcounsel.com

Admitted:1974

Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Criminal Appeals

Law School: State University of New York at Buffalo

Undergraduate: New York University

Position: Of Counsel

Richard E. Mischel concentrates his practice in criminal litigation and criminal and civil appeals. He received his B.A. in 1967 and his M.A. in 1970 from New York University and his J.D. cum laude in 1973 from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Mr. Mischel is a member of the Essex County, New Jersey State, New York State and American Bar Associations

Allen B. Pearl

Admitted: 1967

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Litigation and Criminal Law.

Law School: Seton Hall University School of Law

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Position: Of Counsel

Allen B. Pearl formerly Vice-President and General Counsel of AGS Information Services, Inc., a company which provided professional consulting services in the design and implementation of information systems, now concentrates his practice in Federal and State taxation, estate planning and administration, and in advising computer consulting companies in contracting and employment matters, commercial contracting, and corporate planning.

Mr. Pearl received his B.S. from University of Pennsylvania in 1953, his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1960, and a L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1965. Mr. Pearl became a C.P.A. in New Jersey in 1962. Mr. Pearl is a member of the Essex County and New Jersey State Bar Associations.

Sanford F. Young

Email: young@njcounsel.com

Admitted: 1977

Practice Areas: Civil Appeals, Complex Litigation

Law School: Syracuse University College of Law

Position: Of Counsel

Mr. Young is known for his expertise and concentration in handling civil appeals and complex litigation since 1977. He is often called upon to act as counsel to attorneys, businesses and individuals looking for a highly experienced and recognized attorney who can take on all facets of civil appellate practice and difficult and complex litigation matters in the various state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Young graduated cum laude in the top ten of his 1976 class from the Syracuse University College of Law. Admitted to NY, NJ and PA, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits, and U.S. District Courts in NY, NJ and PA.

Mr. Young is also a member of the New York county Lawyers’ Association Appellate Courts Committee and has published various articles throughout his career in the NY Bar Journal and Wall Street Journal.

Adam D. Dratch

Email: adratch@njcounsel.com

Admitted: 2003

Practice Areas: Litigation, Criminal Law, Personal Injury

Law School: Received his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark

Undergraduate: Received his B.A. from The University of Michigan

Position: Of Counsel

Adam Dratch joined the firm in 2007. His areas of concentration include Personal Injury, Litigation and Criminal Law. Adam was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York in 2004 and has practiced in the Supreme and Civil Courts of Kings, Nassau, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, and Manhattan. Adam is also certified in Mediation and Conciliatory matters. He was law clerk to the Honorable James S. Rothschild, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County, and interned for a 2nd Circuit Federal Judge in the State of Michigan.

Attorney Support Staff

TANYA PAREDES
Office Administrator and Paralegal
973-533-7268
Email: tparedes@njcounsel.com
MARIA PLATERO
Paralegal and Legal Assistant to Shay Deshpande, Esq.
973-533-7226
Email: mplatero@njcounsel.com
DENISE PEARMAN
Legal Assistant to Stephen N. Dratch
973-533-7314
Email: dpearman@njcounsel.com
KELLY MULLIGAN-O'BRIEN
Billing & Accounts Payable
973-533-7233
Email: kobrien@njcounsel.com
DEBRA MULVIHILL
Legal Assistant to Brian M. Dratch
973-533-7206
Email: dmulvihill@njcounsel.com
NADINE IMPARO
Floater Administrative Assistant
973-533-7213
Email: nimparo@njcounsel.com
CHERYL TAVAGLIONE
Legal Assistant to S.M. Chris Franzblau
973-533-7231
Email: ctavaglione@njcounsel.com

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