Duane Morris welcomes 12 attorneys in Newark

Duane Morris LLP said 12 attorneys led by John McCusker have joined the firm’s Newark office. The attorneys and staff join from McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli P.C.

In addition to McCusker, the group includes partners Alicyn Craig, Rosemarie DaSilva, Katherine Hirce and Alice Shanahan in the firm’s Trial Practice Group and Michael Futterman and Patrice LeTourneau in the firm’s Employment, Labor, Benefits & Immigration Group. Special counsels Catherine Lopez and Suzanne Murphy and associates Michael Camastra, Louis Formisano and Allison Zsamba have also joined the firm’s Trial Practice Group.

Legal assistants Marianna Sharpe and Julia Cabrera-Nelson and paralegal Deborah Rocker have joined Duane Morris, as well. The group focuses the bulk of their work on employment and environmental matters, as well as complex commercial litigation.

“It is amazing to see how our intense focus on recruiting is yielding meaningful results, as evidenced by this terrific team of attorneys,” Duane Morris Chairman and CEO Matthew Taylor said. “Taken together, this group adds new skill sets and client relationships to our Newark office and adds range to our employment and environmental capabilities. After a very strong 2021, we are continuing our robust growth momentum and are actively recruiting talent to advance Duane Morris and execute on our strategic plan.”

“We’re pleased to welcome this team of attorneys and staff to Duane Morris in Newark. They add significantly to our capabilities and add meaningfully to our scale here,” noted David Sussman, who was named the new managing partner of the firm’s Newark office on Jan. 1. “I look forward to working with them to grow their practices and deliver comprehensive service to our client base.”

McCusker represents corporate and individual clients, including Fortune 500 petroleum and pharmaceutical corporations, in employment discrimination, environmental/remediation and complex commercial litigation matters. In his employment practice, he defends clients against claims of discrimination, retaliation and Employee Retirement Income Security Act and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission violations, as well as claims by employees through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. McCusker also litigates large, complex environmental matters on behalf of major oil companies. An experienced civil and criminal trial attorney in New York and New Jersey, he served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he tried more than 40 felony cases in 1982-1990, most notably People v. Joel Steinberg.