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96th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing

Monday, May 23, 2022
Hackensack Golf Club, Emerson, NJ

Please join your colleagues and friends for a day of golf or tennis, followed by al fresco cocktails, dinner, raffles, and a silent auction.

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Upcoming CLEs

  • NJ PIP ARBITRATION PRIMER WITH Q & A, Tuesday, June 7, 2022, from 12 pm – 2 pm.
  • TOPICS IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE, Monday, June 13, 2022, from 12 pm – 2 pm.
  • LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPLEMENT THE 11 HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL LAW FIRMS, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, from 12 pm – 1:30 pm.

Earning CLE credits just got easier! The BCBA is now a member of the NJ County Bar Network. Watch pre-recorded NJ accredited CLEs from different NJ bar associations. BCBA members receive discounted pricing.

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DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, is pleased to announce the addition of the Honorable Terry Paul Bottinelli, J.S.C. (Ret.) as a partner and senior member of the DeCotiis Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice group. In this capacity, Judge Bottinelli is focused on resolving matrimonial and other disputes more quickly and efficiently than can be accomplished through traditional litigation in the courts.

Judge Bottinelli, the 101st President of the Bergen County Bar Association,, was elevated to the Superior Court in 2011 where he served in the Family Part.  He presided over thousands of Family cases involving complex issues such as custody and parenting time, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution and the like.  He was President of the New Jersey Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and a frequent lecturer for ICLE, Judicial College, local Bar Associations, New Jersey State Bar Association, Citizens for Justice – NJ, Rutgers Law School and others.

Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Judge Bottinelli was Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court.  He was a partner at Herten, Burstein, Sheridan, Cevasco, Bottinelli, Litt, Toskos and Harz for twenty years.  While in Private Practice he represented multiple governmental entities and was either Class Counsel for plaintiffs or represented defendants on several prominent Mass Tort actions.

Judge Bottinellli can be reached at tpbottinelli@decotiislaw.com and/or on his direct business phone line at 201-347-2173.

The Law Office of
has relocated to Copper Tree Mall (inside, next to Motor Vehicles)
New Mailing Address:
350 Ramapo Valley Rd, Suite 29
Oakland, NJ 07436
Tel: (201) 337-5166
Fax: (201) 337-6100
Email: Lin822@aol.com

Please complete the form to reserve your spot. Any questions should be directed to Jackie Guénégo at info@bergenbar.org or by calling 201-488-0044.


Hon. Walter F. Skrod (Ret.), formerly of the Bergen County judiciary civil and family divisions, has joined DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, 61 South Paramus Road, Suite 250, Paramus, N. J. 07652 in an Of Counsel position to commence an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice.

Walter F. Skrod

Judge Skrod welcomes and accepts mediation, arbitration and ADR referrals of disputes involving wrongful death, personal injury, economic loss, malpractice, negligence, Tort Claims Act liability, product liability, insurance coverage, business law, real estate law, and family law. He also consults on trial presentations and is available to manage litigation as a special master.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Skrod maintained an active civil litigation practice. He tried cases involving claims of serious personal injury. Judge Skrod was the managing attorney for the northern NJ staff counsel litigation office for Liberty Mutual for 20 years and served in that same role for GEICO for nearly 7 years. He oversaw the preparation of and trial of hundreds of cases.

Judge Skrod has lectured for ICLE on the issue of defending damages in personal injury cases. He is a member of NJAJ (formerly ATLA-NJ) and is also a member of the BCBA.

Judge Skrod can be reached at wskrod@decotiislaw.com and/or on his direct business phone line at 201-347-2154.