Roseland, NJ (PRWEB) April 23, 2009
The attorneys in the Roseland, NJ, office of WolfBlock have established Brach Eichler L.L.C. Comprised of 62 attorneys, Brach Eichler is focused in the following practice areas: health care, real estate (including environmental, land use and tax appeals), litigation, trusts and estates, corporate, and employment.
"The formation of Brach Eicher is evidence of the commitment that our Roseland attorneys have to practicing together and to servicing our clients. Many of us have been working together for more than 30 years, and we are excited about the opportunity that forming a stand-alone firm provides. This staying power speaks volumes for the kind of practice we have built and our continued commitment to expand the scope of services that our clients have asked us to provide," said Brach Eichler Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer John D. Fanburg. "When WolfBlock announced its plans to disband, we received a tremendous outpouring of support from colleagues and clients alike, which influenced our decision to form Brach Eichler.
"Our Members are exceptional lawyers that have distinguished themselves in their practice areas and have established reputations for integrity. The tenets that served us so well for the last four decades remain and will serve us well into the future, Fanburg said. "As part of WolfBlock, we learned a great deal about how we wanted to practice law and have incorporated some important changes that portend well for our continued success. For example, our infrastructure and practice support are state-of-the-art. We have emerged from our association with WolfBlock as a larger, more sophisticated practice than we were before, with a deeper bench of expertise and experience to provide to our clients. My colleagues and I are very excited as we look towards our future."
The Brach Eichler members have unanimously elected a five-member Executive Committee comprised of John D. Fanburg, Stuart M. Gladstone, Charles X. Gormally, Alan R. Hammer, and Mark E. Manigan.
Brach Eichler Promotes Five
As part of Brach Eichler's announcement, the firm has also promoted four to membership: M. Sidney Donica, Lani M. Dornfield, Stuart J. Polkowitz, and Daniel J. Pollak. Edward J. Bruton has been promoted to counsel.
Donica was promoted to member from associate in the real estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in real estate tax appeals, finance and development, low-income housing and construction litigation. Donica received his J.D. from Rutgers University in 1997, his LL.M. from New York University in 1998 and a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1994. A member of The Appraisal Institute, he is admitted to practice in New Jersey.
Dornfield, who previously served as counsel in the health law practice, advises hospital, home health agency, nursing home, assisted living facility and other institutional clients, as well as physicians, dentists and group medical and dental practices. She earned her J.D., with a concentration in health law, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was a member of the Health Law Forum, and earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. Dornfeld is a member of the New Jersey and Florida Bars and holds memberships in the New Jersey State Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association.
Polkowitz was promoted from counsel in the firm's litigation practice group, where he is involved in all phases of litigation and arbitration including general commercial, real estate, complex construction, health care industry-related, insurance coverage, errors and omissions defense for both insurance and design professionals, insurance defense and personal injury litigation. He also counsels insurance companies in run-off operations and strategies. Polkowitz earned his J.D. from Temple University in 1991 and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1988. Polkowitz is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.
Pollak was promoted to member from counsel in the real estate tax appeals practice group, which he chairs. He focuses his practice on state and local taxation, primarily representing taxpayers and municipalities on real estate tax appeals before the Tax Court of New Jersey and county boards of taxation. Pollak is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, as well as its Real Property Tax Practice and Procedure Committee and its Taxation Section and is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1988) and Skidmore College (B.A., with honors, 1985).
Bruton was promoted from associate in the real estate practice group, where he concentrates his practice in commercial lending and commercial acquisitions and sales. Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, he received his J.D. from Rutgers University-Newark in 1997 and his B.A., with honors, from the State University of New York at Albany in 1994.
According to Fanburg, "Lani, Sid, Stuart, Dan and Ed have made significant contributions to our practice and have each played a role in our growth and success. Their promotions are well deserved."
Brach Eichler History
Many of the Brach Eichler attorneys were associated with a firm that was originally established in 1967 in East Orange. That firm, Brach, Eichler, Rosenberg, Silver, Bernstein, Hammer & Gladstone, P.C., later merged with WolfBlock in October 2003. In March 2009, WolfBlock announced intentions to wind down its operations by the end of May 2009.