Listed, “One of the 15 most important defense victories in the United States” in the matter of Fagan v. Vineland Police Department, et al., by the National Law Journal, 1995. Author of numerous publications: ABA Journal; New Jersey Law Journal; New Jersey Lawyer; New Jersey Police Chief; For The Defense; Law Enforcement News; Police Liability Review; Crime Digest; Police; USA Today; Insurance Advocate; Journal of the New Jersey Association of Arson Investigators; Journal of the Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators. Speaker and Lecturer in many governmental, corporate and legal organizations across the U.S. United States Sky Marshall.(Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Attorney Certification).

Peer Review Rating

  • AV+ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory; Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers;
  • Recognized by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney


  • New Jersey State Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member of Vincent S. Haneman American Inn of Court

Law Enforcement

  • Special Agent, U.S. Treasury Department
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • U.S. Bureau of Customs; U.S. Sky Marshal

Areas of Law

  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights
  • Police Liability
  • Public Official Liability
  • Municipal Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Death
  • Professional Negligence
  • Insurance Defense
  • Commercial and Fire Loss Litigation

Admission Details

  • Admitted in 1976, New Jersey, North Carolina (inactive), U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • 2004, U.S. Supreme Court


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Class of 1976, J.D.
  • Rutgers College, Rutgers University, Class of 1970, B.A.

Representative Cases

  • Ariston Airline v. Catering Supply Co. Inc. v. Forbes, 211 NJ Super. 472
  • Manchester Twp. Bd. of Ed. v. Thomas P. Carney, Inc., 199 NJ Super. 266
  • Jackson Twp. Municipal Utilities Authority v. Hartford Acc. and Indem. Co., 186 NJ Super. 156
  • Petersen v. Tolstow, 184 NJ Super. 84Herold v. Inman, 180 NJ Super. 581
  • Friel v. Vineland Obstetrical and Gynecological Professional Assn.
  • 166 NJ Super. 579
  • Fagan v. City of Vineland, 22 F.3d 1283
  • Forcella v. City of Ocean City, 70 F. Supp. 2d 512
  • Wood v. Borough of Wildwood Crest, 319 NJ Super. 650
  • Fowler v. Borough of Westville, 97 F. Supp. 2d 602
  • Thomas v. Town of Hammonton, 351 F.3d 108 (3d Cir. 2003)
  • Hennessey v. Winslow Township, 368 NJ Super. 443 (2004)
  • Bilbili v. Klein, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11464
  • Bilyeu v. City of Ocean City, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 24881
  • Fagan v. City of Vineland, 804 F. Supp. 591, 1992 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13241 (D.N.J. 1992)
  • Fagan v. City of Vineland, 1993 U.S. App. LEXIS 20327 (3d Cir. Aug. 5, 1993)
  • Fagan v. City of Vineland, 22 F.3d 1283, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 9
  • 498 (3d Cir. N.J. 1994)
  • Fagan v. City of Vineland, 17 Pa. Law Weekly 230 (3d Cir. N.J. Apr. 29, 1994)
  • Fagan v. City of Vineland, 22 F.3d 1296, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 9197 (3d Cir. N.J. 1994)

Birth Information

Born in Durham, North Carolina

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