Paramus-based DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin announced that, effective Jan. 31, the Hon. Walter F. Skrod has joined as “of counsel” to the firm, extending its purview to a new practice area, Alternative Dispute Resolution. With costs of litigation and overburdening court systems, the ADR Practice Group will allow parties to work toward a voluntary and consensual agreement.
Skrod served nearly seven years as a New Jersey Superior Court judge in Bergen County. He brings extensive experience to DeCotiis, offering his expertise in the areas of ADR, mediation and arbitration, as well as consultation with public- and private-sector clients. Skrod also consults on trial presentations and is available to manage litigation as a special master and offer guidance to the firm regarding complex matters.
“Having served in various roles in my legal career, I am looking forward to the unique opportunity I will have to provide counsel to clients here at DeCotiis,” Skrod said. “My wealth of experience settling cases as a judge and knowledge of Alternative Dispute Resolution will assist in setting the firm apart.”
DeCotiis co-Managing Partners Joseph M. DeCotiis and Michael R. DeCotiis welcomed Skrod: “With over 45 years of practicing law, we are very pleased to have Judge Skrod become part of the DeCotiis firm. Not only is he the first former judge to join our ranks, but he will provide invaluable expertise in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution for our clients.”