News & Achievements
Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson in NJ is often in the news regarding perspectives on legal matters that affect personal and business matters of the Ocean County community, new hires, educational seminars and presentations, and accomplishments we have made on behalf of our clients. A more recent sampling of these is noted below.
Ocean County Wins Appeal Versus Injured Motorcyclist
Toms River, NJ – The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division overturned a lower court's ruling on July 25, 2012, instead agreeing with Ocean County's appeal that an injured motorcyclist had failed to provide proper notice of tort claim within the required 90-day period.
The plaintiff was injured while driving his motorcycle at the intersection of Mantoloking Road and Hooper Avenue in Brick Township. In his lawsuit against Brick Township, the man alleged that the accident was caused when his motorcycle struck a pothole in the roadway. Upon discovery that the road was owned by Ocean County and not the township, the man belatedly filed suit against the County and the state. Because this subsequent filing occurred beyond the 90-day period, the county filed a motion for reconsideration based upon his late notice of claims. This motion was denied by the court.
In overturning this decision to deny, the Superior Court found that the man had not executed due diligence in determining who owns the road, nor had shown that he had in any way been thwarted in his investigation as to its ownership. Thus, his late filing was due to his own (and those of his attorneys) actions. This precluded his claim to receive damages from Ocean County, the only liable defendant in the matter. Based upon the man's injuries, that amount could well have been $500,000 or more.
The County was represented by attorney Garrick R. Slavick of Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, a full-service law firm with offices in Toms River. The firm represents both individuals as well as government entities throughout Ocean County.
Stephen B. Kotzas tapped by WOBM radio to discuss environmental issues
BSK&B Attorneys Present Seminar on Divorce
Divorce Is Easier and Less Costly When You Know the Process
Toms River, NJ -- The law firm of Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson held a free seminar on divorce, entitled "Dissolving Your Marriage: The Six Things You Need to Know."
Family law attorney Ron Reich discussed the many different aspects involved in the dissolution of a marriage, including concerns related to custody, child support, alimony and the equitable distribution of assets. The seminar is designed to reduce anxiety about the legal steps of getting a divorce by educating participants as to what they can expect during this process.
Attorney Kotzas Speaks on Site Remediation Reform Act
Toms River, NJ – Stephen B. Kotzas, Esq. spoke on New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act and the effect it will have on the area at a seminar to the business community. The act, signed by the Governor on May 7, 2009, removes the responsibility for the cleanup of contaminated sites from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and into the hands of independent licensed professionals.
The new rules began to be phased in as of November 4, 2009 and will take full effect in May, 2012. In essence, the act privatizes the cleanup function, while at the same time dramatically reducing the required timetables for such cleanups to be completed. The statute has significant implications for the legal and financial obligations of individual and business owners of contaminated sites. According to Kotzas, “There are approximately 24,000 such sites in the state and the new legislation will accelerate their cleanup."
A shareholder at Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, Mr. Kotzas heads the firm’s Environmental Law and Real Estate practice groups.