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JOHN A. ADAMS is the founder of the John Adams Law Firm LLC, in Hainesport, New Jersey. Prior to starting the John Adams Law Firm LLC, he was a partner at the labor, employment and benefits law firm of Susanin, Widman & Brennan, P.C., an associate in the labor and employment section at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a judge advocate in the U.S. Army, and a special assistant U.S. attorney where he prosecuted crimes in which the U.S. Army had an interest. Mr. Adams earned a B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy (“West Point”) and a J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. After West Point, Mr. Adams served as a platoon leader, battery executive officer and aide-de-camp in the air defense artillery prior to going to law school on an Army scholarship. Mr. Adams concentrates his practice in representing employers, employer associations, and construction contractors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in construction law, labor law, employment law, collections, corporate law, and litigation before federal and state courts, as well as various federal and state agencies such as OSHA, MSHA, DOT, EEOC, PHRC, NJDCR, and DOL. Mr. Adams is a member of the bars of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the state bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and numerous federal district courts. He was the primary author of the 2006 Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law Amendments, which substantially changed and modernized the Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law. Mr. Adams is a frequent lecturer on construction law, labor law, and employment law. In addition to practicing law for the past 25+ years, Mr. Adams is retired from the US Army Reserves, the Judge Advocate for American Legion Post 294, a member of the Burlington County Republican Committee and an elected councilman for the township of Eastampton, New Jersey.
PETER L. FRATTARELLI is a partner with Archer & Greiner, P.C., where he is the chair of the Labor and Employment Department. Mr. Frattarelli regularly represents management and employers in labor and employment litigation and proceedings. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (including an Executive Committee position with the Labor and Employment Law Section); Delaware State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Camden County (New Jersey) Bar Association; barrister, Sidney Reitman Labor and Employment Law Inns of Court; and Justinian Society (Italian-American attorneys organization). Mr. Frattarelli is admitted to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before the U.S. Supreme Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court (Delaware, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and District of New Jersey). He earned his B.S. degree from Drexel University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.
ROBERT J. HAGERTY is a managing partner at Hagerty & Bland-Tull Law LLC, where he practices in the area of employment rights for employees and employers, specifically on harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge, employment contract, restrictive covenant, trade secret, whistleblower and ERISA. He is master and treasurer in the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court. Mr. Hagerty earned his B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of Connecticut and J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law, Camden. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey State, Burlington County and Camden County bar associations.
ARMANDO V. RICCIO is an attorney in private practice. For more than 20 years, he has concentrated his practice in representing management in public and private sectors with various employment matters such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims. Mr. Riccio represents management before various federal and state agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, Division on Civil Rights, and PERC, as well as federal and state courts. He also conducts investigations of discrimination and harassments claims; training sessions on numerous workplace issues, such as anti-discrimination, harassment and retaliation issues; and advises clients regarding employment practices, policies and procedures. Mr. Riccio is admitted to practice before the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the New York State, New Jersey State, Burlington County, and Camden County bar associations. He is also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the president of the Human Resources Association of Southern New Jersey. Mr. Riccio earned his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law, and his M.S. in human resources management and B.F.A. degrees from New York Institute of Technology.
PATRICIA A. SMITH is a partner with the law firm of Ballard Spahr LLP, where she represents management in all areas of employment and labor law and litigation. She has experience in a variety of industries, including health care, transportation, refining, manufacturing, construction, and commercial lending. Ms. Smith regularly provides advice and counseling to employers concerning the implementation of reductions in force and other difficult employment decisions. She also practices traditional labor law and regularly handles labor arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, and unfair labor practice charges. Ms. Smith is a veteran litigator with significant jury trial experience in state and federal courts. Ms. Smith also conducts workplace investigations and represents clients during government audits and investigations. She has an active ERISA litigation practice and counsels employers on avoiding and resolving employment-related problems. She earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Rowan University; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden. She is a member of New Jersey State Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
RALPH R. SMITH III is a shareholder with Capehart & Scatchard, P.A., and is the vice chairman of the labor and employment group. He practices in the area of employment litigation and preventive employment practices, which includes counseling employers on the creation of employment policies and employer training to avoid employment-related litigation. Mr. Smith is a member of the American, New Jersey State, New Jersey Federal, and Camden County bar associations; Camden County Inns of Court; and the Society for Human Resources Management. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Temple University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Temple University School of Law.