AFFIDAVIT OF MERIT Hot Tips for Civil Litigators ICLE- NJ September 17, 2011 Louis J. DeVoto ROSSETTI & DEVOTO, PC 20 Brace Road Suite 115 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-354-0900 email@example.com I. History The Affidavit of Merit (AOM) was created in 1995 by the enactment of the Affidavit of Merit statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:53A-26A et seq. The statute has undergone some modifications since its original enactment, particularly with respect to what professions it applies to and what experts may sign the affidavit, it remains a pre-requisite for all… Read More
Practical Tips For Jury Selection Presented for: Institute For Continuing Legal Education-N.J. Voorhees, New Jersey March 20, 2010 Louis J. DeVoto ROSSETTI & DEVOTO, P.C. 20 Brace Road, Suite 115 Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08053 (856) 354-0900 www.rossettidevoto.com I Why Voir Dire is so important Despite the importance in selecting fair and unbiased jurors, it is perhaps the most overlooked part of a jury trial. The courts have treated the process as an inconvenience, expert consultants often agree to disagree on the most effective way to select a jury and lawyers are… Read More
Lou DeVoto and Andy Rossetti have been named for the 14th straight year to America’s Best Lawyers 2017 for Personal Injury Law.
Products Liability Knowing & Preparing for NJ’s Successor Liability By: Andrew J. Rossetti, Esq. & Anthony J. Medori Your company is looking to purchase another entity’s assets. Your in-house counsel has overlooked the purchase agreement and made sure it incorporated the general rule of successor liability: a company acquiring all of a seller’s assets shall not be liable for that seller’s debts and liabilities, including those arising out of tortuous conduct. You feel like you covered all of your bases, but are you really clear of all successor liabilities?The answer is NO…well, at least not in New Jersey. Courts have… Read More
Civil DWI Claims in New Jersey:Overlooked Causes of Action BY ANDREW J. ROSSETTI &SCOTT S. AMITRANORossetti is a partner, and Amitrano a law clerk in the Cherry Hill office of Rossetti & Devoto, PC With the consumption of alcohol goes the golden rule: “Don’t drink and drive.” But not everyone heeds this warning. Every year people are killed as a result of drunk driving. All too often a person who has had too many drinks decides to drive and injures himself, his friends, or innocent third parties. While most fingers point at the driver, other parties such as bartenders, social… Read More
PRODUCT LIABILITYEARLY PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE / EMERGENTAPPLICATION / INVESTIGATION / SPOLIATION April 2, 2009 Presented by:Andrew J. Rossetti, EsquireRossetti & DeVoto, P.C. PRODUCT LIABILITY – EARLY PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCEEMERGENT APPLICATION / INVESTIGATION / SPOLIATION Early investigation of a product liability claim is absolutely vital to the successful prosecution of the claim. Taking the appropriate steps to preserve physical evidence, investigate the scene, and conduct witness interviews are all essential to a successful case. A) PHYSICAL EVIDENCE It is critical that any physical evidence in a product liability claim be preserved immediately! The evidence will need to be maintained in its… Read More
MEDIATION – THE PLAINTIFFS PERSPECTIVE PRODUCT LIABILITY: A Road Map to Mediation or trial March 11, 2006New Jersey Law CenterNew Brunswick NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education SeminarPresented by: Andrew J. RossettiRossetti & DeVoto P.C Preparing your client for mediation. How is (s)he to dress? No body piercing, wild cloths etc. visual impressions last. Make sure they know the verdict ranges and settlement ranges. Make sure they know the costs involved in taking the case to trial. Stress this is a benefit to him/her, it is better than being sent into the hall before the jury comes in to make… Read More
Selecting a Winning Jury Personal Injury Case Management for the Seasoned Litigator Presented by:Andrew J. Rossetti, Esquire Presented for:National Business InstituteCherry Hill, New JerseyNovember 29, 2007 I Voir Dire in New Jersey? Despite the importance in selecting fair and unbiased jurors to determine the legal disputes of its citizens, New Jersey has treated this process into one of inconvenience and annoyance.As of January 22, 2007, Superior Court judges are required to employ the New Jersey Supreme Court’s “standards for jury selection.” The standards are taken from recommendations of the Court’s special committee on preemptory challenges and jury voir dire. The… Read More
PREPARING AND USING DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE Essential Elements of EvidenceMarch 3, 2007 Presented by: Andrew J. Rossetti, Esquire “What the ear may hear, the eye can see.” Dehanes v. Rothman, 158 NL 90,96 (1999). I. INTRODUCTION Demonstrative exhibits and aids provide the means “[t]o clarify, to dramatize and to emphasize” critical evidence in a case. Mary Quinn Cooper, The Use of Demonstrative Exhibits At Trial, 34 TULSA L.J. 567 (1999) (quoting Celia W. Childress, Persuasive Delivery In the Courtroom 619 (1995)). While not always offered into evidence, such visual presentations usually include maps, models, charts, diagrams, graphs, photographs, films, videotapes, and… Read More
ANALYZING A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM by Andrew J. Rossetti, EsquireBoard Certified Civil Trial AttorneyRossetti & DeVotoCherry Hill, NJ 08002 John Kirby, M.D.Board Certified InternistCooper Physicians1210 Brace Road Ste 102Cherry Hill, NJ 08002356-428-6616 Andrew J. Rossetti, EsquireBoard Certified Civil Trial AttorneyRossetti & DeVotoCherry Hill, NJ 08002 John Kirby, M.D.Board Certified InternistCooper Physicians1210 Brace Road Ste 102Cherry Hill, NJ 08002356-428-6616 March 22, 2002 INITIAL PHONE CALL Damages, Damages, Damages • Medical malpractice cases are very expense to pursue. Therefore, the damages must be very large. • The injury must be serious and cause permanent disability. • Let the plaintiff tell… Read More
Health Maintenance Organizations Louis J. DeVoto I. BACKGROUND: HISTORY AND TYPES OF HMOs While the first pre-paid health plan can be traced back to a cooperative in Elk City, Oklahoma in 1927, HMOs have only recently become popular. With the passage of the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973, 42 U.S. C. sec. 300e-300e-17, industry growth has been dramatic. By 1985, there were 263 HMOs, with more than 18 million members. Since then, there has been significant consolidation within the industry, a trend which should continue for the next several years. Today, there are three basic HMO models presently in… Read More
“When Can Employees Be Interviewed Ex Parte?” National Trial Lawyer – March 1993Louis J. DeVoto Can a representative of a plaintiff’s personal injury firm interview a manager or low level employee at a store where the plaintiff was injured? Does it matter if the interview is conducted before or after the suit is filed? Does a representative of the defendant or its carrier have a right to be present? This brief article will set forth why ex parte interviews with certain types of employees are permitted, even if the matter is in suit. Lawyers who sue corporations may conduct ex… Read More
The Wrongful Death Act Andrew J. RossettiMarch 1999 I. WRONGFUL DEATH LAW 1. When action lies Death caused by the wrongful act of another where pecuniary losses are sustained. N.J.S.A. 2A:31-1 When the death of a person is caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default, such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the person injured to maintain an action for damages resulting from the injury, the person who would have been liable in damages for the injury if death had not ensued shall be liable in an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person… Read More
The University of Toledo Law ReviewVolume 24; Summer 1993; Number 4 “Injury On the Golf Course: Regardless of Your Handicap, Escaping Liability Is Par for the Course” Louis J. DeVoto* I. INTRODUCTION “Golf is one of the more popular pastimes in this country.” The popularity of the sport has increased tremendously in recent years. As play on the golf course has increased, so have golf related injuries. Golfers know that “poor shots end in sand-traps, roughs and higher handicaps.” But most golfers and many lawyers do not realize that stray shots can also end in serious injuries and large lawsuits…. Read More
THE DAUBERT ANALYSIS Andrew J. Rossetti, Esquire12/15/99 I. THE FEDERAL STANDARD OF ADMISSIBILITY A) FRE 702. TESTIMONY BY EXPERTS. If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise. “The sole justification and purpose of expert testimony is to assist the trier of fact to find a solid path through an unfamiliar and esoteric field.” Thompson v. Merrill Dow Pharmaceutical,… Read More
MEDICAL CHART FALSIFICATION-HOW CAN YOU STOP THE FRAUD? By: Louis J. DeVoto, Esq. September 17, 1999 I. INTRODUCTION The National Head Injury Foundation estimates that approximately two million Americans will suffer a traumatic brain injury every year.1 Mild head injury accounts for 75% or more of those brain injuries.2 Data from many studies suggest that the most frequent exposure associated with brain injury is transport, i.e., automobiles, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles and watercraft.3 4 5 Unfortunately, persons surviving mild traumatic brain injuries are often victimized because little or no medical documentation of the head injury is entered at or near its… Read More
Lou and Andy Named to Best Lawyers 2018
Andy Rossetti and Lou DeVoto have again been named to New Jersey's Best Lawyers for 2018 for Personal Injury Litigation. This is the 15th year in a row that both Rossetti & DeVoto have been named in the elite rankings.
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Rossetti & DeVoto, PC was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell, ranking them among the most distinguished law firms in America. Fewer than 5% of all law firms are included in the Bar Register.