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1125 Atlantic Avenue, Third Floor
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 609-344-3161
Fax: 609-344-0939
E-Mail: info@cooperlevenson.com
www.cooperlevenson.com
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Established: 1957

Practice Areas
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Negligence
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Environmental Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Dram Shop
  • Premises Liability
  • Mass Tort
  • Casino
  • Health/Hospital
  • Bedbug Liability Defense
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About Us
Attorneys who comprise this department are in fact TRIAL attorneys. Each case is analyzed by the Chairman of the department and an active trial attorney, in an effort to identify those matters which are most likely to be tried and those which are most likely to settle. The approach, however, in the handling of each case is the same, unless directed otherwise by the client. The basic philosophy of this firm is to require our adversary to react to us, as opposed to us reacting to them. This is done by taking a positive, aggressive approach in the discovery process and the obtaining of information from outside sources. This sets the tone for the handling of the claim and immediately signals to our adversary that, whether it is a case to be settled or tried, he knows that he has his work ahead of him.

Geographically, the Tort Litigation Department handles litigation for our insurance clients and self-insured statewide in the 21 counties of New Jersey, six Pennsylvania counties, and the greater Las Vegas area. The attorneys of the department routinely try cases involving automobile, fall down, false arrest, libel, slander, medical malpractice, construction, and UIM and UM declaratory judgment actions.

In addition, since the inception of casino gambling in Atlantic City, we have provided legal representation to various casino properties. Each of these properties has its own risk management and legal departments with which we interface on a daily basis.

Therefore, we have gained more than 20 years of extensive experience in providing legal advice to all departments of these casino operations including security, construction, facilities, operations, and personnel.

Excess Exposure Liability
Professional Liability
Insurance Coverage
Bed Bug Liability
Environmental Insurance Coverage
Liquor Law and Restaurant Liability
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Wrongful Employee Discharge
Auto and Truck Liability
Construction Litigation Claims
Environmental and Toxic Tort
Uninsured Motorist, Underinsured Motorist, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Arbitration and Litigation
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Additional Locations
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Cherry Hill Plaza, Suite 205
1415 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034
Telephone: 856-795-9110
Fax: 856-795-8641
Las Vegas, Nevada
1835 Village Center Circle
Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
Telephone: 702-366-1125
Fax: 702-366-1857
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Client Information
Representative Insurance Clients
ACE USAAequiCap Claims Services
AIG Claim Services, Inc.AIU Holdings, Inc.
ChartisCNA Insurance Companies
Crawford & CompanyDeep South Insurance Services
Donegal Mutual Insurance CompanyESIS
Great American Insurance CompanyThe Hartford Insurance Group
Inservco Insurance Services, Inc.International Marine Underwriters
Lexington Insurance CompanyLloyd's
National Indemnity CompanyPalisades Safety and Insurance Association
RCA Insurance GroupR.E.M., Inc.
Risk Enterprise Management, Ltd.Rockville Risk Management Associates, Inc.
Sedgwick CMSSpecialty / Security Indemnity
Twin Lights Insurance CompanyXL Insurance/XL Environmental Inc.
XL Select ProfessionalYork Claims Service, Inc.
Zurich American Insurance CompanyZurich North America
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Personnel Information
Partners
Louis Niedelman
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:609-572-7474
E-Mail:lniedelman@cooperlevenson.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Litigation
  • General Defense
  • Professional Malpractice
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1969
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1969
Memberships:
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A., 1966
  • Villanova University, J.D., 1969
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Russell L. Lichtenstein
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:609-572-7676
E-Mail:rlichtenstein@cooperlevenson.com
Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Law (Management Side)
  • Employment Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1981
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1981
Memberships:
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A., 1978
  • Western New England College School of Law, J.D., 1981
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Kenneth J. Sylvester
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:856-857-5524
E-Mail:ksylvester@cooperlevenson.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1982
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1974
  • Temple University, J.D., 1978
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James P. Paoli
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:856-857-5512
E-Mail:jpaoli@cooperlevenson.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1992
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1993
Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers Compensation Attorney
Education:
  • Rutgers College, B.A., 1989
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1992
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Jerry Busby
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:702-832-1910
E-Mail:jbusby@cooperlevenson.com
Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Nevada, 1984
Memberships:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., 1981
  • Arizona State University College of Law, J.D., 1984
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Carmelo T. Torraca
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:609-572-7520
E-Mail:ctorraca@cooperlevenson.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Accidents
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • Pennsylvania
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.A., 1991
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1995
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Amy E. Rudley
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:609-572-7408
E-Mail:arudley@cooperlevenson.com
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2004
  • Pennsylvania
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 2001
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 2004
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Scott R. Rasmussen
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:702-659-7567
E-Mail:srasmussen@cooperlevenson.com
Admitted
  • Nevada, 1996
Education:
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1990
  • Washington University, J.D., 1994
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Jonathan J. Hansen
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:702-659-7567
E-Mail:jjhansen@cooperlevenson.com
Admitted
  • Nevada, 1999
Education:
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., History, 1995
  • University of San Diego, J.D., 1999
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Joel F. Hansen
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:702-659-7567
E-Mail:jfhansen@cooperlevenson.com
Admitted
  • Nevada, 1978
Education:
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., 1969
  • J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D., 1978
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Nicholas J. Sansone
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:856-857-5509
E-Mail:nsansone@cooperlevenson.com
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • New Jersey, 1992
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A., 1988
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1991
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Of Counsel
Brian D. Barr
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:856-857-5514
E-Mail:bbarr@cooperlevenson.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Toxic Torts
  • General Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
Education:
  • Gettysburg College, B.A., 1986
  • Rutgers University, J.D. (with honors), 1989
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Associates
Gregory A. Kraemer
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:702-832-1920
E-Mail:gkraemer@cooperlevenson.com
Admitted
  • Nevada, 2008
Education:
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 2004
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 2007
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Daria Bojidarova Janka
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:856-857-5554
E-Mail:djanka@cooperlevenson.com
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2013
  • Pennsylvania, 2013
Education:
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2012
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Stephanie A. Mazzei
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:702-659-7567
E-Mail:smazzei@cooperlevenson.com
Admitted
  • Nevada, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
Education:
  • University of San Diego, B.B.A., 1998
  • William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, J.D., 2003
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Elizabeth A. Kaufman
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone:609-572-7570
E-Mail:ekaufman@cooperlevenson.com
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • New Jersey, 1991
Education:
  • Drew University, B.A., 1987
  • University of Bridgeport School of Law, J.D., 1990
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Service Areas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Cherry Hill, New Jersey60 miles
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