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General Defense


1125 Atlantic Avenue, Third Floor, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401

Established: 1957

Practice Areas

  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Negligence
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Environmental Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Dram Shop
  • Premises Liability
  • Mass Tort
  • Casino
  • Health/Hospital
  • Bedbug Liability Defense

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About Us

Attorneys who comprise this department are in fact TRIAL attorneys. Each case is analyzed by the Chairman of the department and an active trial attorney, in an effort to identify those matters which are most likely to be tried and those which are most likely to settle. The approach, however, in the handling of each case is the same, unless directed otherwise by the client. The basic philosophy of this firm is to require our adversary to react to us, as opposed to us reacting to them. This is done by taking a positive, aggressive approach in the discovery process and the obtaining of information from outside sources. This sets the tone for the handling of the claim and immediately signals to our adversary that, whether it is a case to be settled or tried, he knows that he has his work ahead of him.

Geographically, the Tort Litigation Department handles litigation for our insurance clients and self-insured statewide in the 21 counties of New Jersey, six Pennsylvania counties, and the greater Las Vegas area. The attorneys of the department routinely try cases involving automobile, fall down, false arrest, libel, slander, medical malpractice, construction, and UIM and UM declaratory judgment actions.

In addition, since the inception of casino gambling in Atlantic City, we have provided legal representation to various casino properties. Each of these properties has its own risk management and legal departments with which we interface on a daily basis.

Therefore, we have gained more than 20 years of extensive experience in providing legal advice to all departments of these casino operations including security, construction, facilities, operations, and personnel.

Excess Exposure Liability
Professional Liability
Insurance Coverage
Bed Bug Liability
Environmental Insurance Coverage
Liquor Law and Restaurant Liability
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Wrongful Employee Discharge
Auto and Truck Liability
Construction Litigation Claims
Environmental and Toxic Tort
Uninsured Motorist, Underinsured Motorist, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Arbitration and Litigation

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Additional Locations

  • Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • Cherry Hill Plaza, Suite 205
  • 1415 Route 70 East
  • Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034
    • Telephone: 856-795-9110
    • Fax: 856-795-8641
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1835 Village Center Circle
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
    • Telephone: 702-366-1125
    • Fax: 702-366-1857

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Client Information

Representative Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Partners


Louis Niedelman

Atlantic City, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Litigation
  • General Defense
  • Professional Malpractice
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1969
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1969
Memberships:
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A., 1966
  • Villanova University, J.D., 1969

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Russell L. Lichtenstein

Atlantic City, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Law (Management Side)
  • Employment Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1981
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1981
Memberships:
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A., 1978
  • Western New England College School of Law, J.D., 1981

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Kenneth J. Sylvester

Atlantic City, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1982
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1974
  • Temple University, J.D., 1978

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James P. Paoli

Atlantic City, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1992
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1993
Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers Compensation Attorney
Education:
  • Rutgers College, B.A., 1989
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1992

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Jerry Busby

Atlantic City, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Nevada, 1984
Memberships:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., 1981
  • Arizona State University College of Law, J.D., 1984

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Carmelo T. Torraca

Atlantic City, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Construction Accidents
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • Pennsylvania
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.A., 1991
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1995

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Amy E. Rudley

Atlantic City, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2004
  • Pennsylvania
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 2001
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 2004

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Scott R. Rasmussen

Atlantic City, NJ

Admitted
  • Nevada, 1996
Education:
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1990
  • Washington University, J.D., 1994

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Jonathan J. Hansen

Atlantic City, NJ

Admitted
  • Nevada, 1999
Education:
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., History, 1995
  • University of San Diego, J.D., 1999

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Joel F. Hansen

Atlantic City, NJ

Admitted
  • Nevada, 1978
Education:
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., 1969
  • J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D., 1978

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Nicholas J. Sansone

Atlantic City, NJ

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • New Jersey, 1992
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A., 1988
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1991

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Of Counsel



Brian D. Barr

Atlantic City, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Toxic Torts
  • General Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
Education:
  • Gettysburg College, B.A., 1986
  • Rutgers University, J.D. (with honors), 1989

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Michael Mitrovic

Atlantic City, NJ

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • New Jersey
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1974
  • New York University, M.A., 1975
  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • Columbia University, M.I.A., 1979

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Associates



Gregory A. Kraemer

Atlantic City, NJ

Admitted
  • Nevada, 2008
Education:
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 2004
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 2007

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Daria Bojidarova Janka

Atlantic City, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2013
  • Pennsylvania, 2013
Education:
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2012

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Elizabeth A. Kaufman

Atlantic City, NJ

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • New Jersey, 1991
Education:
  • Drew University, B.A., 1987
  • University of Bridgeport School of Law, J.D., 1990

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Service Areas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Cherry Hill, New Jersey 60 miles

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