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Pashman Stein, P.C. Lawyers Included in the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists


Six members of Pashman Stein, P.C. have been included in the 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. In addition, five Pashman Stein attorneys were named to the Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Among those included in the New Jersey Super Lawyers  list in 2016 are:

Scott R. Lippert, a member and head of the Real Estate practice.  He focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, including sales, acquisitions, tax-deferred exchanges, financing and leasing. His practice also includes asset sales, asset-based loan transactions and the formation of corporate entities.  Lippert, who was included in the  Super Lawyers list in 2015, also handles land use and real estate-related regulatory matters, including applications before municipal zoning and planning boards. 

Sean J. Mack, a member and co-chair of the Litigation practice.  He has substantial experience litigating complex business disputes in state and federal courts in New Jersey, New York and other jurisdictions. Many of his clients are in the medical device, healthcare and transportation industries. He was included in the New Jersey Rising Stars lists in 2012 and 2013. 

Aidan P. O’Connor, a member in the Litigation practice and head of its Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations Division.  He concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, criminal defense and internal investigations, including securities fraud matters. O’Connor previously was included in New Jersey Super Lawyers lists in 2013 – 2015. 

Louis Pashman, co-founder and member of the firm’s Corporate practice.  A civil trial attorney, he has extensive experience in corporate law, commercial transactions, estate planning, family law and appellate matters. Pashman previously has been included in the Super Lawyers list every year from 2006 to 2015. 

Samuel J. Samaro, a member and head of the Employment & Labor practice. A Certified Civil Trial Attorney, he focuses his practice on litigating labor and employment cases of all types, including discrimination claims, disability claims, compensation disputes and contract actions and has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. Samaro was included in the Super Lawyers list in 2009-2015. 

Michael S. Stein, co-founder, managing partner and co-chair of the Litigation practice.  He specializes in general commercial litigation, chancery litigation, legal ethics and appellate advocacy and has substantial trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts. Stein also serves as an advisor to the firm’s corporate clients on such matters as partnership and shareholder agreements, intellectual property rights, lender liability issues, land use requirements, contracts, restrictive covenants and chancery law. He was previously included in the Super Lawyers list in 2012-2015.

Rising Stars lists selects attorneys either age 40 or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Among those included to the New Jersey’s Rising Stars list for 2016 are:

James W. Boyan III, counsel in the Employment & Labor and Litigation practices. He focuses his practice on employment law and complex commercial litigation. Boyan regularly advises clients on federal and state labor and employment laws. He also defends clients in connection with governmental audits, inspections and investigations. Boyan was also included in the Rising Star list in 2015. 

Janie Byalik, counsel in the Litigation practice. She focuses her practice on complex commercial and general civil litigation, including breach of contract claims, business torts and disparagement actions, consumer fraud, false advertising, shareholder disputes, oppressed minority shareholder actions, actions for breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Byalik was also included in the Rising Star list in 2014. 

Ryan Cooper, counsel and head of the Privacy and Information Governance practice. He advises clients on the legal risks arising out of information and data management, including privacy, data security and e-discovery. Cooper also counsels clients on the availability of insurance coverage for investigations and litigation for privacy, cyber and other losses. 

CJ Griffin, counsel in the Employment & Labor and Access to Public Records practices. Griffin regularly represents print and online media entities, open government activists, and concerned citizens in litigation under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. Griffin was also included in the Rising Stars lists  in 2013 – 2015.

Brendan M. Walsh, a member in the Litigation practice. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and appellate advocacy. Walsh’s experience extends across all stages of litigation, from the pleading stage through discovery, motion practice and, finally, trial. He has substantial appellate experience, having successfully handled appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and D.C. Circuits, as well as the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. He was included in the Rising Stars list in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. 

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

The Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists are issued by Thomson Reuters.  A description of the selection methodology can be found here. 

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