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Our local community is at the heart of our legal team. Many of our lawyers, support staff, and clients were born and raised in South Jersey. We remain intricately involved in the affairs of our community and dedicated to the success of our local businesses. Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP proudly supports many local charities including the Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge Event in support of the LARC School, The JAG Fund in support of brain cancer research, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Atlantic County Institute of Technology’s Performing Arts Program, Wildwood Catholic High School and more.

Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP has proudly sponsored the Washington Township Parks and Recreation Youth Baseball Program, TAA Softball, Seneca War Eagles Baseball, and the Elmer Red Bulls.

April 26, 2018:  Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP hosts Take Your Child to Work Day 2018.  Top Row (Left to Right): Olivia Christmas, Carly Keyser, Lara Keyser.  Bottom Row (Left to Right): Graysen Keyser, Mia Saracino, and Zach Smith.

 

 

 

April 20, 2018: Attorneys Jim Pietras and Joe Vastano presented The Basics of Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey to Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.  Topics included the basic statutory framework of the N.J. Workers’ Compensation Act, Going and Coming Cases, Travel Time, the Premises Rule, the three types of benefits available, subrogation issues and the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute.

  

 

 

 

Attorney Ben Smith appeared live on the Brian Fritz Show to discuss hot topics in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law on Monday, April 16, 2018 on WWDB-AM TALK 860.  Listen to the podcast here.  Stay tuned for more appearances by our partner, Ben Smith, on future shows.

 

Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP attorneys attend the JAG Fund Gala at the Union League in Philadelphia, PA on March 24, 2018.

March 21, 2018: Court to Determine if Volunteer Firefighter Can Receive Workers’ Comp Benefits.  Click Here.

Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:
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Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:

Please be advised that in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, which imposed strict limitations on the operations of "brick-and-mortar" businesses and required telecommuting to the greatest extent possible, all N.J. workers’ compensation courts will continue to be closed to the public and to non-essential court personnel until April 13, 2020.

In response to overwhelming requests from the Workers’ Compensation Bar to hold non-emergent matters electronically or by teleconference, as of April 6, 2020, the following Workers’ Compensation Judges shall be designated by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation as essential personnel and shall report to their home vicinages for the purpose of hearing as many Workers’ Compensation matters as possible by telephonic conferencing, including all emergent matters and the following non-emergent matters, pre-trial conferences, general motions for medical and temporary benefits, and settlements by affidavit:

Hon. Audrey Kernan, S.J., Atlantic City WC Courthouse
Hon. Arthur Marchand, A.S.J., Bridgeton WC Courthouse
Hon. Ingrid French, A.S.J., Camden WC Courthouse
Hon. Lionel Simon III, A.S.J., Freehold WC Courthouse
Hon. Diana Ferriero, S.J., Hackensack WC Courthouse
Hon. Jill Fader, S.J., Jersey City WC Courthouse
Hon. Glenn Kaplan, S.J., Lebanon WC Courthouse
Hon. Michael Luther, S.J., Mt. Arlington WC Courthouse
Hon. George Geist, S.J., Mt. Holly WC Courthouse
Hon. Ashley Hutchinson, A.S.J., New Brunswick WC Courthouse
Hon. Philip Tornetta, A.S.J., Newark WC Courthouse
Hon. William Roca, S.J., Paterson WC Courthouse
Hon. Maria Del Valle Koch, S.J., Plainfield WC Courthouse
Hon. Eugene Mulvaney, S.J., Toms River WC Courthouse
Hon. David Puma, S.J., Trenton WC Courthouse

The Division’s plan is to limit physical interactions in our workers’ compensation courts to the greatest extent possible and shift to the use of telephone conferencing, and if possible video conferencing for judges, attorneys, and litigants. There will be no in-person Workers’ Compensation Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing motions for medical and temporary benefits and trials in which case social distancing will be enforced). Court offices will remain closed for in-person submissions. Filings will continue to be accepted electronically through COURTS On-line.

The N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation’s number one goal is to limit the exposure and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to court personnel, attorneys and their staff, litigants, witnesses, and members of the public at large.

Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP also continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our local community and the world at large. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, our office is closed and the members of the firm continue to work remotely. As such, the members of the firm may have limited access to information during this time. We continue to appreciate your understanding. We encourage our current clients, new clients, and fellow members of the bar to contact us via e-mail as that remains the best form of communication. All attorneys and paralegals have access to e-mail and case information. We have designated essential personnel to report to our office for the purpose of handling emergent matters only and to complete essential administrative tasks. Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP remains committed to complying with all health and governmental regulations. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those most affected by this situation.

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