Mailing Address: P.O. Box 730, Springfield, NJ 07081
Hardin Kundla McKeon & Poletto is a full service litigation firm practicing in New Jersey and New York. The firm is comprised of accomplished attorneys with diverse backgrounds who are committed to providing the highest quality services to our clients. Our litigators possess extensive experience litigating in state and federals courts, at the trial and appellate levels, and before administrative and arbitration tribunals. That experience transcends to enhance the firm's ability to provide consultation and legal representation in other areas and non-litigated matters.
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Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Mr. Hardin is a cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and a former judicial law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County. Prior to his law career, Mr. Hardin was employed as a labor relations representative for General Motors Corporation. At that time, he gained extensive corporate experience, including a working knowledge of manufacturing processes and the labor field. Mr. Hardin is admitted to the New Jersey and New York State Bars, the Bar of the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, the Bar of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He is a litigation and appellate attorney with extensive experience in matters involving insurance coverage, professional liability and errors and omissions claims, products liability, and construction claims. He represents clients in mediation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Mr. Hardin has been handling insurance and product liability cases since first entering the practice of law, and has had extensive involvement in multi-party environmental, toxic tort, and asbestos litigation cases which have arisen over the past three decades. He has also been involved in defending claims against public entities and public employees under Title 59, the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. Mr. Hardin is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He has successfully conducted, through trial and appeal, many cases involving large exposures and significant issues to the firm’s clients. He oversees the firm's litigation practice encompassing multi-party, complex, and high-exposure cases.
Law Clerk, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County
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Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Mr. Kundla graduated Seton Hall University in 1978, receiving his B.A. degree cum laude after earning Honor's List distinction and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society membership throughout his collegiate years. In 1981, Mr. Kundla received his J.D. degree cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Journal. Following graduation, he served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable John J. Geronimo, Civil Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Hudson County. Mr. Kundla has focused his practice on defense litigation largely in the fields of products liability, fire and explosion, professional liability including attorney malpractice, medical and dental malpractice and brokers' errors and omissions, and social services and behavioral health. His litigation unit also is responsible for transportation law, construction law, business and commercial law, and general negligence claims, including claims against public entities under Title 59 of the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. Mr. Kundla is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He has successfully tried numerous complex products liability, medical malpractice and accident reconstruction cases, achieving outstanding results for the Firm's clients.
Associate Editor, Seton Hall University School of Law Journal
Law Clerk to Hon. John J. Geronimo, Civil Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Hudson County
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Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. For the past 25 years, Mr. McKeon has served as National Coordinating Counsel to Human Services Programs. As such, he has extensive experience in the fields of developmental disabilities, mental health, behavioral health and social services/foster care. He has managed high exposure litigation in 40 States, inclusive of training claims professionals, recruiting and monitoring panel counsel, and working closely with forensic experts. Beyond participating in a number of jury trials, he has conducted hundreds of arbitrations and mediations on behalf of service providers. Certified by the Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney since 1991, Mr. McKeon is a senior partner at Hardin, Kundla, McKeon & Poletto. Concurrent with his legal career, Mr. McKeon served six years on the Township Council prior to being elected Mayor of the Township of West Orange, a position he held for 3 consecutive terms from 1998 through 2010. Contemporaneously, Mr. McKeon was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly and has represented the 27th Legislative District continuously since 2001. In addition to having served as Legislative Counsel to former New Jersey Governor, Richard J. Codey, Mr. McKeon is a past chairperson of the Judiciary Committee and Environmental & Solid Waste Committee. He currently services as chairperson of the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.
Law Clerk, Hon. Joseph M. Thuring, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Hudson County
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Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Ms. Poletto is a 1976 graduate of Bucknell University, where she earned her B.A. magna cum laude with special recognition and highest honors in Psychology. In 1980, Ms. Poletto graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar that same year. Ms. Poletto has been primarily engaged as a civil litigation attorney, working on matters involving all aspects of defense litigation as well as the analysis and litigation of insurance coverage issues. She has extensive experience in litigating matters in the fields of professional liability; defending claims against doctors and other healthcare professionals dating back to the beginning of her career. That experience has extended to the defense of Long Term Care claims as they have developed over the years. She has also become involved in the defense of legal malpractice, real estate and insurance agent malpractice claims. Ms. Poletto has also had significant involvement in analyzing and litigating questions relating to insurance coverage including issues of bad faith and extra-contractual claims, and has developed special expertise in the analysis and litigation of insurance coverage disputes relating to environmental and latent injury claims. Her involvement with environmental and mass tort coverage litigation dates to the mid 1980s and she has been extensively engaged in litigating these issues since then. Her experience includes the trials of a number of significant pollution coverage cases and she is counsel of record in a number of appellate division decisions in New Jersey addressing pollution coverage issues. Her involvement also extends to litigating environmental liability claims, including contribution claims among potentially responsible parties. Ms. Poletto has further become engaged in the defense of Life Sciences claims including, biomedical and medical device, pharmaceutical, toxic tort, chemical exposure, and other mass tort claims. Her practice includes the appeals of litigated matters and she has successfully argued before the New Jersey Appellate Division, New Jersey Supreme Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has extensive experience in representing clients in mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Poletto is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a civil trial attorney having successfully litigated, through trial and appeal, a significant number of cases. This recognition is accomplished by less than 5% of New Jersey attorneys. Ms. Poletto's decades of litigation experience has culminated in more recent years in intensive involvement in high exposure, complex, multi-party litigation, including the litigation of class actions and matters handled through the Federal Multi-District Litigation program. In a number of these matters she has been appointed to serve as defense liaison counsel, acting as the conduit on behalf of the defense in communications with the court and plaintiff's counsel. This experience has gained Ms. Poletto particularized knowledge and skill in handling document intensive litigation and stewarding and strategizing electronic discovery issues and vast data repositories.
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Ms. D'Annunzio, who has been with the Firm for over 30 years, is nationally recognized in toxic and mass tort matters. Her reputation as an aggressive and formidable adversary, always thorough and meticulous in preparedness, demonstrates her commitment to her clients and the law. Litigation experience combined with scientific background is what her clients routinely rely upon in complex toxic tort matters. A member of Tri Beta Biological Honor Society and Phi Omega Epsilon Honor Society, her undergraduate degree in Biology together with a Chemistry minor uniquely qualifies her as a litigator in a multitude of matters. Through her years of practice, Ms. D'Annunzio has defended corporations in complex multi-party litigation involving toxic tort, construction, environmental, and products liability matters, and has been designated as national counsel for several corporations involved in asbestos litigation. She has had extensive experience in not only litigation strategy on national corporate levels but also dealing with local counsel, specialized technical experts, and trial preparation. Regardless of the type of case Ms. D'Annunzio handles, she is typically considered to be in the forefront and the cutting edge of the case, from inception of the case to final resolution .
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Law Clerk, Hon. Stanley G. Bedford, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County
Recipient, New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year, Service to the Community" Award, 1990
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Mr. Favate is a partner having joined the firm in 1986 following completion of a judicial clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County. His practice focuses on representing insurers in insurance coverage disputes, representing management and employers in employment practice matters, defense of legal, insurance and other professionals in professional liability matters and complex litigation.
Law Clerk, Hon. Frank A. Piscatella, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County
Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Paul Daly is one of the less than 2% of attorneys in the State of New Jersey to be recognized by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. Over a career of more than 20 years, Paul has tried both typical personal injury matters and cases involving unusual, complex legal issues. For example: Patio World v. Grand Hall, Paul successfully defended a Taiwanese Grill manufacturer in a dispute with a retailer over the termination of a distribution agreement; Galanty v. Chrysler, Paul successfully defended Chrysler against a claim that it illegally imported and sold a vehicle that had been in an accident; Fernandez v. Elizabethtown Gas, Paul successfully defended a gas utility company in a claim that its failure to terminate gas service led to a house fire; Barrett v. Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paul successfully defended a hospital in a claim that it violated a patient's civil rights when it involuntarily committed her; Inigo v. McDonalds, Paul successfully defended a McDonalds franchise on a food poisoning claim; Bank Tree v. Trust Realty, Paul successfully defended a real estate broker on a claim that she fraudulently concealed defects in the property. In addition, Paul has accumulated vast experience representing the propane industry in fire and explosion cases. Paul has represented propane companies in multiple fatality and catastrophic injury cases in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware and North Carolina. He has presented to numerous industry groups on issues related to NFPA 58 (the LP Gas Code), NFPA 54 (the National Fuel Gas Code) and NFPA 921 (the manual on fire and explosion investigation). Paul has extensive experience in litigating claims of institutional abuse, products liability, liquor liability, accounting malpractice, insurance broker negligence, dental malpractice, legal malpractice, nursing home liability and medical malpractice. Paul was also lead defense counsel in a class action suit that arose from the July 12, 2004, failure of 19 dams in Burlington County, which led to over $55,000,000 in claimed damages. Paul routinely argues before appellate courts on issues as varied as the cases he litigates and tries. For example, in the matter of Frankel v. St. Paul, 334 N.J. Super. 353 (App. Div. 2000), Paul successfully defended a claim that a carrier acted in bad faith when it settled a case over its policy holder's objection. Paul has drawn on his background in land use law to volunteer in his hometown (Madison, NJ) as Chairman of the Downtown Development Commission and as a member of the Planning Board. He is currently a Trustee for the Madison Downtown Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the borough's historic business district.
Mr. Donahue graduated from Kean University in 1991 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. Mr. Donahue went on to Seton Hall University School of Law where he earned his J.D. in 1995. Also in 1995, Mr. Donahue was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey, as well as the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1996. Mr. Donahue practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation including products liability, general negligence, personal injury, and insurance coverage.
Mr. McCormick graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law and was admitted to practice in New Jersey in 2000. While at Seton Hall, he was a member of fihe Sefton Hall Law Review and served a judicial internship with the Honorable John W. Bissell of the United Disfirict Court for the District of New Jersey. Following a clerkship in Superior Court of New Jersey, Mr. McCormick joined the firm where he has handled all aspects of civil litigation through discovery, trial and appeal. His practice focuses on Professional Liability defense with an emphasis on attorney malpractice.
Judicial Law Clerk to Hon F. Michael Caruso, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County, 2000-2001
Mr. Blaxill graduated from Princeton University in 1983 with a B.A. in English. In 1987, Mr. Blaxill received his J. D. from Temple University School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1988. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Blaxill was an Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney's Office in New York City. During that time he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of major felony cases, with a concentration in high-level narcotics offenses. In 1993, Mr. Blaxill joined the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for New York City, and was a prosecutor with that office until June of 2004. During that time, he was actively engaged in the investigation and prosecution of numerous large scale narcotic operations. In his career, Mr. Blaxill successfully prosecuted hundreds of such cases. Currently, Mr. Blaxill is actively engaged in the firm's New York litigation practice, concentrating in developmentally disabled litigation and personal injury defense.
Mr. Povelones concentrates his practice on the handling of complex insurance coverage matters of all types, principally on behalf of insurance companies. He has substantial experience litigating coverage disputes at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. He also reviews and analyzes coverage issues as requested by clients. In addition, Mr. Povelones has experience in general civil litigation defense at the trial and appellate levels.
Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 559 F. Supp. 2d 504 (D.N.J. 2008), aff'd, 352 Fed. Appx. 642 (3rd Cir. 2009); RSUI Indem. Co. v. RCG Group (USA), 890 F. Supp. 2d 315 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), aff'd, 539 Fed. Appx. 3 (2nd Cir. 2013); New Jersey Dept. of Env. Prot. v. Dimant, 212 N.J. 153 (2012)
Executive Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, 1994-1995
Mr. McBarron graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. He received his J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law, Newark, in 1992 where he served as senior research editor for the Rutgers Law Review. Mr. McBarron was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and to the Bar of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey in 1992 and to the Bar of the State of New York in 1993. His practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate and construction litigation, employment law, products liability, and insurance coverage and defense. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Senior Research Editor, Rutgers Law Review
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