For more than 40 years, Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose & Podolsky, P.A. (“Sherman Silverstein”) has provided businesses and individuals in Southern New Jersey and the surrounding region with unparalleled legal representation in transactional and litigation matters. With core industry strengths in business counseling for entrepreneurial and closely-held businesses, banking, health care, and more than a dozen substantive practice areas built for corporate clients and individuals, Sherman Silverstein is the smart choice for those seeking talented and experienced attorneys operating in a firm that avoids costly overhead and expense, instead putting time, talent, and resources directly to work for the client.
Sherman Silverstein is the ideal midsize law firm—22 attorneys—most of whom at some point in time prospered at large law firms in the Northeast, but found that practicing law was more rewarding with 100% of a firm’s focus and effort going toward a more select client base. It is those shareholders who are interacting with the client on a daily basis. A strong team of associates, paralegals, and administrative staff provide outstanding support and excellent service to each of our clients.
Our New Jersey business lawyers assist clients with both basic and complex real estate disputes and transactions, deploying technical acumen and a real-world perspective. We represent buyers, sellers, borrowers, brokers, lenders, landlords, tenants, investors, developers, builders, and entrepreneurs of various sizes and types. Very specific laws govern the rights and obligations of parties in the real estate industry. For example, under New Jersey lease laws, landlords are restricted to asking for 1½ months’ rent for a security deposit, which needs to be returned within 30 days of the lease being terminated. Furthermore, New Jersey landlords are not permitted to discriminate against tenants based on race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, and several other traits.Corporate, Business & Financial Services
We provide incisive, cost-effective lawyering to business enterprises and financial institutions of all kinds throughout Southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia region. We represent start-ups, emerging businesses, and established closely held businesses, public companies, multinational entities, private equity funds, and national and regional lending institutions, as well as numerous law firms. How you structure your business can have an impact on liability, taxes, growth, and your ability to attract buyers and investors. For example, choosing a corporate structure allows you to shield personal assets, but it requires you to take more steps than forming a limited liability company or partnership. Bylaws must be created for a corporation’s internal rules and procedures, and they should address issues such as the responsibilities of corporate officers, the election of a board of directors, how and when shareholder and board meetings will be held, and how the board of directors will function. Our New Jersey business attorneys help businesses develop, protect, and promote business ideas, structure their entities, seek financing, and complete mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, exits, and successions.Labor & Employment
We counsel our clients on how rapidly labor and employment laws and regulations affect their businesses. These laws include the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and COBRA, as well as the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Our firm can address issues related to employment agreements. We can also advise a business with regard to wrongful termination and discrimination claims and represent a business in front of state and federal agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as in court. Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, it is illegal to discriminate against an employee based on their national origin, religion, disability, age, ancestry, military service, color, creed, domestic partnership, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Discrimination involves any adverse employment action taken on account of the employee’s membership in a protected class.Divorce & Family Law
Our firm handles divorces, separations, child custody and visitation matters, support issues, and property distribution. We recognize that family law issues are complex, and we have a reputation for combining compassionate and highly personalized representation with tenacious advocacy. For example, we can help a parent set up an appropriate parenting plan for a child that will establish legal custody, physical custody, and parenting time. A parent to whom legal custody is granted can make decisions about the child’s education, medical care, and well-being. New Jersey requires a parenting plan to align with a child’s best interests. When a couple has a high net worth, a divorce can become contentious. New Jersey follows the rule of equitable distribution when distributing marital property. We assist our clients in obtaining values for the assets accumulated throughout the marriage, including prized possessions, bank accounts, business interests, retirement funds, and real estate.Estate Planning & Administration
Often, conflicts surface among a decedent’s surviving family members and friends. Our fullservice firm has helped clients achieve their long-term estate planning goals for more than 25 years. We guide clients with regard to wills, trusts, and estates, with attention to passing down and preserving wealth, providing for business succession and continuity, making gifts, and providing care for their loved ones and them as they age. Among the issues to be considered during estate planning are the federal and state taxes at issue, the advantages and limitations of transferring, protecting, and controlling assets, and the role and availability of annuities and insurance. An adequate consideration of these issues ensures that property is transferred in an orderly way and reduces any tax burdens.Health Law
Our firm handles a wide range of health law matters, representing entities such as hospital systems, other licensed faculties and professional group practices, and individual health care professionals. The business attorneys at our New Jersey firm can prepare, structure, review, and negotiate health law contracts. These include contracts for reimbursement and services, hospital physician affiliation agreements, compensation arrangements, management or administrative services, joint venture agreements, and practice merger agreements. We also represent health care providers in disputes with third-party payers and counsel clients on the many federal and state laws and regulations that affect them.Insurance Coverage & Indemnity
We have represented insured entities in first-party litigation against insurers for failing to pay claims. Our clients have included a diocese, a luxury hotel, a big city hotel, and a manufacturer. We have gotten settlements and verdicts worth more than $20 million on behalf of clients that have suffered losses through floods, fires, windstorms, and vandalism. The language of the insurance contract will determine whether there is coverage, but sometimes insurers unfairly interpret their contracts. When an insurer behaves unfairly in denying an insurance claim that should be paid, or unreasonably delays in paying or partially pays, there may be a basis to sue for relief.Litigation
We have represented clients in state and federal courts, as well as administrative and arbitration proceedings. Our clients have included parties in partnership disputes and shareholder disputes, major investment-grade property owners in conflict with tenants, and financial institutions sued over mortgage practices. We have substantial, broad trial experience and a national product liability practice, representing both accident victims and manufacturers. We serve as national liaison counsel for many international corporations, working with design engineers to defend and prosecute product liability claims, and we coordinate litigation throughout the United States and Canada. Product liability laws vary from state to state. In New Jersey, manufacturers and sellers must make sure that their products are not dangerous to users. Dangers can result from manufacturing defects, design defects, or failures to warn.Bioethics and Clinical Trials Litigation
Litigation involving clinical trials has escalated in recent years. Each year, nearly 100,000 volunteers enroll in clinical trials. Thousands of these trials are conducted at universities, hospitals, and research institutions, but the experiments usually involve new surgical procedures, devices, and drugs. These may be therapeutic or nontherapeutic experiments. However, in some cases, these trials go awry and cause catastrophic injuries or death. Our firm has earned a strong national reputation in bioethics and clinical trials litigation. We have played a pioneering role in these types of cases. For example, we represented the family of a young man killed in a gene therapy experiment. We have also been asked to consult with major institutions, physician groups, and IRBs about the requirements for and conduct of research on human subjects.Tax Planning & Strategies
When a client encounters a tax question or problem, we can advise the client on its civil and criminal aspects, including providing assistance with IRS audits, United States Tax Court litigation, and United States Grand Jury investigations. One important step in tax strategy for a business is to choose the right kind of entity. The business lawyers at our New Jersey firm can help you figure out what the right type of business entity is and where to form it to maximize tax flexibility. Another tax planning strategy involves looking carefully at how various expenditures of a business are categorized for tax reporting purposes.Mediation Services
Mediation is one type of alternative dispute resolution. During a mediation, a neutral third party, known as a mediator, assists parties in making their own decisions. The parties control the process but are helped by the mediator. We serve as mediators in divorces to assist parties in resolving their disputes outside court. Mediation is fair, confidential, and cost-effective in resolving difficult issues such as property distribution, child custody, child support, and alimony.Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Workouts
Our Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Workouts Group represents clients in all legal issues related to financial distress. Generally, bankruptcy and workouts require immediate attention. A debtor’s actions can have a substantial effect on secured creditors, taxing authorities, vendors, and other parties in interest, and the competing interests need to be thoroughly understood and analyzed before an action is underway. We are experienced in advocating for both creditors and debtors, and we have represented secured and unsecured creditors, corporate and individual debtors, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees, guarantors, landlords, franchisors, receivers, and assignees in state court insolvency proceedings.Consult an Experienced Business Lawyer in New Jersey
Over the years, Sherman Silverstein's business lawyers have developed a reputation for their ability to deliver results and respond to clients with effective and efficient approaches to their legal needs. Many of today’s clients are second and third generation business owners and their families. The Firm’s continued growth relies on its ability to retain clients by delivering the best results possible at a reasonable cost.
Throughout the Delaware Valley, and particularly in Camden County and the Southern New Jersey communities, Sherman Silverstein attorneys are front-and-center in civic, charitable, and community activity and participation. Starting with the founders and continuing with today’s firm leadership, finding the time to give back is another of Sherman Silverstein’s cornerstones of success.
In today’s economic and business climate, clients are seeking an established law firm with niche expertise and superior resources that can deliver the necessary results at a fair and equitable cost. Sherman Silverstein is your answer. We serve Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester, Ocean, Cape May, and Monmouth Counties. Call us at 856.662.0700 or contact us via our online form.