Janie Byalik is a litigation attorney with Pashman Stein Walder Hayden and has practiced with the firm since 2009. Janie’s practice focuses mainly on complex commercial and general civil litigation. She represents both individuals and large business entities and has experience in all aspects of commercial and business disputes, 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.
Prior to joining Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, Janie was an associate in the Litigation Department at Latham & Watkins LLP, where she practiced securities litigation, professional liability, complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. She also participated in the firm’s pro bono program, finalizing adoption of foster care children, representing indigent clients in civil forfeiture cases, and representing domestic violence victims in petitions for legal permanent resident status under the Violence Against Women Act.
Janie graduated with honors from Rutgers College and is a magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where she received the Morris Orland Moot Court Award for Excellence in Written and Oral Advocacy and the Second Best Brief Award in the intramural Appellate Advocacy Competition, and she was a regional semi finalist in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s National Moot Court Competition.
Our firm is proud of the results it has achieved for clients, some of which are noted here. Of course, each legal matter is unique on many levels, and past successes are not a guarantee of results in any other pending or future matters.
- Represented prominent cardiology group and individual cardiologists in a business tort case brought against them by a specialty hospital asserting claims of tortious interference and unfair competition relating to the group’s referral practices. Retained after the trial court had just denied defendants’ motions for summary judgment and facing a trial that was expected to last several months, we spearheaded the filing of new motions for summary judgment that raised dispositive issues that had not yet been addressed in the more than seven-year-old litigation. Following extensive briefing, the trial court dismissed all of the hospital’s claims with prejudice. The hospital had been seeking nearly $30 million in compensatory damages and an award of punitive damages. On appeal, the Appellate Division affirmed the dismissal of 99% of the hospital’s damages claim and remanded for further proceedings on claims valued at less than $300,000. The case settled during trial, shortly after the parties selected a jury and delivered opening statements.
- Representing two attorneys brought up on ethics charges by the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE) for allegedly instructing a paralegal to "friend" a represented adversary on Facebook in an underlying personal injury case, the first time that any New Jersey court has opined on issues pertaining to the application of our rules of ethics to the social media.
- Successfully represented a group of limited partners with a minority interest in a commercial real estate company in a dispute with the general partners, who sought to amend the partnership agreement on terms which would have an adverse impact on the limited partners’ rights and devalues their shares. The general partners agreed to a consent order that prohibited them from amending the agreement, and after extensive motion practice, we entered mediation and secured a mutually agreeable settlement.
- Successfully represented individual sued by her deceased ex-fiancé’s estate for the return of a valuable engagement ring. Following a four-day bench trial, Court held that the engagement ring - typically considered a conditional gift - in this particular instance was unconditional, notwithstanding that the parties’ engagement had terminated during the decedent’s lifetime.
Honors & Recognitions
- Selected for inclusion in the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2016
The New Jersey Rising Star list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.
No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
News & Insights
- 1.12.18|Cannabis Blog
Community & Professional
- Member, New York Bar Association
- Member, New Jersey Bar Association
- Member, Bergen County Bar Association
- Member, Women Lawyers in Bergen
- New Jersey
- New York
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
B.S., Rutgers University, 2003
J.D., New York Law School, 2006, magna cum laude; Law Review Associate Editor