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Partner, product liability group, McCarter & English, Newark office.

RÉSUMÉ

What you do: I defend manufacturers in various sectors in product liability cases. I also write warnings for product labels, prepare product owners' manuals and assist manufacturers with product liability risk-prevention.

Old gig: Principal at Porzio Bromberg and Newman. I was there 28 years, the last 16 as chair for the product liability practice group and then the life science practice group.

Goals: To be valuable to my clients, which translates to helping them avoid trial when possible and winning trials for them when necessary.

School ties: Colgate University, 1976; Seton Hall Law School, 1982.

Family tree: Wife Cynthia, sons Gregory, 25, Ken, 23, Max, 14.

Hometown: Chester Township

JUST JERSEY

Favorite spot: My backyard, which we share with deer, bear, coyotes, turkeys, hawks and other fauna. It's also the archery range for my son Max and me (shooting targets, not the wildlife).

Bruce, Bon Jovi, Whitney or Sinatra: None of the above. For me, it's CC Colletti Band from Gladstone. CC is a New Jersey treasure.

ALL YOU

Historical figure you'd want to meet: Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. I love his art, and it would be a blast to hang out with him at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.

Something about you that your co-workers don't know: I play ice hockey year-round in Bridgewater for the Sewer Rats.

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Advertising

Hillsborough-based JK Design promoted Brett Fielo, previously vice president of technology and strategy, to chief operating officer and chief technology officer; and Martha Marchesi, previously vice president of creative and marketing services, to chief operating officer and chief security officer. The changes are part of a reorganization of the advertising, marketing and design agency's management team.

Banking

Rene Miranda was promoted from senior vice president/loan officer to senior vice president/loan officer and team leader of Sussex Bank's lending team in Rochelle Park.
Miranda is responsible for developing market areas in northern New Jersey, including Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic and Morris counties. He has more than 20 years experience in commercial banking with skills in business development, commercial real estate, equipment and construction lending.

Nancy Malinconico was named first vice president and chief compliance officer at Kearny Federal Savings Bank. She previously served as vice president/director of retail banking of the Central Jersey Bank division.
Malinconico has more than 30 years of banking experience. She is a certified regulatory compliance manager, certified financial services security professional and a founding member of the Hasbrouck Heights Education Foundation.

Law

Law firm Weber Gallagher has added John C. Kutner, Jennifer G. Laver and John P. Marzolla to its New Jersey offices.
Kutner, based in Warren Township, concentrates his practice on defending insurance carriers, self-insured companies and third-party administrators in workers' compensation matters. He appears before New Jersey Workers' Compensation Court and is experienced in franchise law.
Laver, based in Mount Laurel, focuses on defending insurance companies, self-insured employers and third-party administrators in New Jersey workers' compensation and general liability matters. She is also experienced with mediation and conciliation, and works with insurance companies to recover payments from negligent parties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Marzolla, based in Paramus, is a former prosecutor who defends insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators in workers' compensation matters. He is experienced in cross-examination and uses that experience to successfully challenge compensability of claims and need for medical treatment.


West Orange law firm Wolff & Samson PC promoted Todd W. Terhune to member of the firm and promoted Melissa A. Salimbene to counsel.
Terhune, previously counsel at Wolff & Samson, practices in the firm's environmental and real estate, development and land use groups. He focuses on brownfield development projects, environmental due diligence, site remediation, Industrial Site Recovery Act compliance and environmental permitting. He appears before the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Terhune earned his law degree from Widener University Law School. He is licensed to practice in New Jersey and U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Salimbene, previously an associate at the firm, is a commercial litigator experienced in complex business and commercial matters. She represents clients in commercial matters, employment litigation and intellectual property disputes.
Salimbene earned her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark. She is licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York and U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Pharmaceuticals

Covance named Dr. Barry J. Goldstein vice president and global therapeutic area head of its expanded cardiovascular, metabolic, endocrine and renal unit. He will be part of the medical and scientific affairs team for the Princeton drug development services company.
Goldstein joins Covance from Merck where he served as vice president in clinical research and therapeutic area head of diabetes endocrinology since 2008. He managed Merck's Phase II-IV clinical development team including a portfolio of treatments for diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and women's health. He also served as the director of the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolic diseases at Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2008. Goldstein earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the Rochester School of Medicine.

Real Estate

Galloway Township-based Real Estate Mortgage Network Inc. named Kim Porto mortgage loan originator. A residential lending expert, Porto focuses on the local housing market spanning the southern parts of the New Jersey shore to the Philadelphia area.

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