4th Annual Advanced Combined Divorce & Civil Seminar

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The 4th Annual Advanced Combined Divorce & Civil Seminars are being held concurrently on April 14, 2018 at the Imperia in Somerset, NJ



April 14, 2018


Program Agenda

Divorce and Civil – Combined Morning Session

  • 8:00 - 8:45  Registration and Healthy Breakfast Refreshments
  • 8:45 - 9:00  Welcome and Introductions
    • Katherine Newcomer, Esq., Chairperson, Annual Divorce Seminar
    • Nicholas Stevens, Esq., Chairperson, Annual Civil Seminar
    • Carl Cangelosi, Esq., President, NJAPM      
  • 9:00-10:30  “Successful Settlement Conferences for Civil and Family Mediation.”
    • Presenter: Lawrence Jones, J.C.S. (Ret.)

Our Featured Speaker is The Honorable Lawrence R. Jones, J.C.S.

(Ret.), a former NJ Superior Court Judge who retired in 2017.

He will speak on the intangible aspects of a successful settlement conference.  He wrote about this subject quite extensively in the recent ten-week “Settlement Series” that was featured in the New Jersey Law Journal from October-December 2017

  • 10:30 - 10:40 Break
  • 10:45- 12:00 “Mediation Ethics”
    • Presenters: Hanan Isaacs, Esq., APM  and Nick Stevens, Esq. Starr, Gern
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Networking
    • (Room Divider is put back in during Lunch.)

Divorce Section – Afternoon Session

  • 1:00 - 2:10 “Mediation of a Separation or Divorce between Parents of Children with Autism or other Developmental disabilities.”
    • Presenter: Lawrence Jones, J.C.S. (Ret.)

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and with so many children now being diagnosed with autism, it is likely that every mediator will encounter at least one case of this nature in his or her career.  The Honorable Jones taught this subject at Judicial College and served on the Governor's Adults with Autism Task Force.

  • 2:10 – 3:00    “Highlights of the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ - Impact on Divorce Settlements, Business Valuations, and Sundry Business Tax Changes.  This will a timely presentation on a topic that is very useful to all divorce mediators given the new Federal Tax Law.

The December 2017 Tax Act has created a potential minefield for Matrimonial practitioners, be they mediators drafting MOUs or attorneys drafting final MSAs. We will examine the alimony provisions which are due to sunset on 1/1/19. Practitioners need to pay special attention to the wording of agreements which are expected to be executed in 2018 and practice pointers will be discussed.

We will also address other issues which have received less coverage in the press, but, have significant financial impact on settlements. In particular, the often ignored Child Tax Credit (not to be confused with the Child Care Credit) is financially significant in more cases than ever now. We will examine the new law, the sunset provisions, and how to protect your clients (and yourself!) when drafting agreements.

Time permitting, we will look at the law’s impact on Lepis Motions, prenuptial agreements, and the unknown effect the tax bracket changes will have on business valuations.

Presenter:  Jeffery Urbach, Jeffrey D. Urbach, MBA, CVA, CFE,CPA/ABV/CFF Of Urbach & Avraham, CPAs

  • 3:00 to 3:10   Break
  • 3:10 - 4:00     “Navigating and Understanding the Pitfalls of College Choice and Financial Aid Issues and Considerations for Separating/Divorcing Clients.” Seven Sirot and David Slater are the principals of CBRG (College Benefits Research Group), a professional practice that helps guide lawyers and mediators throughout New Jersey will present on understanding and navigating the pitfalls of college choice and financial aid issues and considerations for our clients.

Steven and David have done webinars for bar associations and have an in-depth knowledge of key issues facing separating/divorcing clients with high school and college age children, on important considerations to address with our clients on concepts and language relating to the post-secondary educational process, college planning, college costs, maximize the financial aid from colleges, and minimizing the overall college expense for our clients.

  • 4:00 Adjourn
  • 4:00 to 4:15 pm Joint networking opportunity

Civil Section – Afternoon Session

  • 1:00 – 2:15  Handling Information Exchanges Throughout the Mediation Process.
    • Presenters:       Nicholas Stevens, Esq., Starr Gern

                                                Jonathan J. Lerner, Esq., Starr, Gern

  • 2:15 – 2:25  Break


  • 2:25 – 3:45 Case Analysis and Mediation: Partnership Dispute or Is It?

Enhancing skills to understand the facts, spot and manage the legal issues, recognize the hidden emotional issues, and develop methods to use those elements to bring the parties to resolution.

We will use mock position papers and exhibits to create scenarios from the fact pattern.

                        Presenters:       Nicholas Stevens, Esq., Starr, Gern

                                                Jonathan J. Lerner, Esq., Starr, Gern

  • 3:45 – 4:00 Mediation Dilemmas Q&A.

                  Presenters:       Nicholas Stevens, Esq., Starr, Gern

                                                Jonathan J. Lerner, Esq., Starr, Gern

·        4:00 - Adjourn

4:00 – 4:15 pm Joint Networking Opportunity


Biographies of our Presenters:

Hanan M. Isaacs, M.A., J.D., A.P.M., a Supreme Court of New Jersey Certified Family Law Specialist, is also a mediator, arbitrator and trial lawyer with offices in Kingston, New Jersey.  A practitioner with a legal associate and support staff, Mr. Isaacs’s law practice emphasizes employment litigation, business litigation, personal injury law, family law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in those fields.   

An experienced commercial and personal injury arbitrator, formerly for the American Arbitration Association’s New Jersey Regional Office, Mr. Isaacs is also an Accredited Professional Mediator in general civil and divorce matters by the NJ Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM).  He is a Past President of NJAPM and a Past Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, where he was the recipient of the Section’s 1999 ADR Practitioner of the Year Award. 
A former Adjunct Professor in Rider University’s Law and Justice Program, Mr. Isaacs also taught at Seton Hall Law School and served for many years as a Civil and Divorce Mediation Training Programs trainer for ICLE and NJAPM. 
Mr. Isaacs continues to teach periodically for NJ-ICLE and NJAPM on family law and ADR topics. 
Mr. Isaacs received his B.A., With Honors, from Rutgers College, his M.A. in American Legal History from Rutgers University, and his J.D., With Honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. 

Jeffrey D. Urbach, MBA,CVA, CFE,CPA/ABV/CFF of Urbach & Avraham, CPAs, LLP in Edison, NJ has over forty years’ experience in financial forensics, divorce taxation, business valuation, and general accounting. Jeff has been qualified in NJ courts as an expert witness.

He is on the NJ Judicial Roster of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law. He is also trained in Collaborative Law and is a founding member of the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance and the NJ Council of Collaborative Practice Groups.

Jeff holds nationally recognized advanced credentials, in forensics and business valuation including the CFE, CFF, CVA, and ABV designations. Jeff is a nationally recognized speaker, instructor, and author.

Locally, Jeff is a founding Instructor of the NJAPM 40 Hour Family Mediation Course where he authored and teaches the Tax and Financial aspects of settlement agreements.

Jonathan J. Lerner, Esq. is a commercial litigator and mediator with substantial experience in corporate, employment, construction and estate litigation matters in the state and federal courts throughout New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. He heads the commercial litigation practice group of Starr, Gern, Davison & Rubin, a mid-sized, full-service law firm with offices in Roseland, New Jersey and midtown Manhattan, where he has also served as outside general counsel to various businesses, including a national environmental firm, New Jersey’s leading provider of home remodeling services, and a publisher of industrial trade magazines. Mr. Lerner has been named multiple times as a Super Lawyer in New Jersey Monthly Magazine in the area of Business Litigation.

Mr. Lerner has mediated over 200 civil cases under court appointments and private retentions, including in the areas of partnership and shareholder disputes, contracts, employment, construction, real estate, legal malpractice, personal injury and other types of civil matters. He was selected by the American Arbitration Association to mediate Superstorm Sandy property damage and insurance coverage disputes.

Mr. Lerner has served on the Boards of several ADR organizations, including the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court and the Dispute Resolution Section of the NJSBA. He also serves as a Mediator Mentor for the New Jersey Superior Court and lectures on advanced mediation topics.

Mr. Lerner received his law degree from the Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in History from Brandeis University.

College Benefits Research Group, LLC

Co-Founders Steven Sirot, Director of Operations and David Slater, Director of Financial Positioning

Summary: They are Financial Professionals with unique niche expertise in the college planning arena. They have powerful analytical tools for sourcing, evaluating, and comparing everything to do within the college process.  
Expertise: They are a resource for the media on areas concerning the entire college acceptance process.  The media turns to them when in need of commentary of all aspects regarding college planning as well as when there are the ‘added complexities’ of separated and/or divorced parents. They have had tremendous success in serving families as the ‘third-party’ when deciphering what is best for the student AND the families during this difficult period.  At times, they have even found strategies to position the separation/divorce to the families’ financial advantage. 
Experience: Steven Sirot, CBRG’s Director of Operations, introduces the CBRG process, manages client relations and coordinates student and financial positioning. Steven is a graduate of Rutgers University – Rutgers School of Management where he holds a B.S. degree in Financial Accounting. 
David Slater, MBA, CBRG’s Director of Financial Positioning, educates parents on principles of college financial planning, analyzes their cash flow and creates a plan to pay for college. David received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Rutgers University.  He holds a MBA in Finance and a B.S. in Economics. 
Both are Charter Members of the National College Advocacy Group (NCAG), The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) where they have achieved ‘Top of the Table Qualifier’ status and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). 
CBRG Divorce Service Overview:
As third party experts, CBRG provides an unbiased, objective assessment and guidance for a fair and appropriate agreement.
• Amicable resolution
• Mediation agreement
• Litigation support
Financial Analysis
• Analysis of current financial profile
• Relating the family’s financial profile to specific school financial aid policies and procedures (what type of school profiles fit for their situation)
• Scholarship Analysis Guidance
• Expected Family Contribution Report (Federal and Institutional)
Student Positioning Analysis/Assessment
• Student interview
• Career/Major profile analysis report
• Student profile report- by Certified College Planner
• Exploratory List of Colleges  
Speaking Engagements:
New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE)
40+ Workshops Throughout The State annually 

Television & Radio Appearances: CBS Evening News, Q104.3FM ‘Sonstein Sundays’, PIX 11 ‘Morning Show’, WFAN AM ‘Weekends on WFAN’, NJTV ‘News’, WCTC AM ‘Jersey Central’, EBRU TV ‘Fresh Outlook’, WRNJ ‘Newslines’, TV 34 ‘Around Town’, WHCR 90.3FM ‘The Jeanne Parnell Show’

Print:  AVVO Stories, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, NJ.com, NJBIZ, NJ Money Help, The Star-Ledger, The Biz Brain, The Record, The Daily Record, Vicinity Publications, Suburban Essex magazine

Nicholas Stevens, Esq. Mr. Stevens is a partner and member of the executive committee at the law firm of Starr, Gern, Davison & Rubin, P.C., in Roseland, New Jersey (www.starrgern.com).  He chairs the firm's Employment Department and co-chairs the firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution Department.  Mr. Stevens has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” from 2005 through 2017.  He is a graduate of Duke University and Emory Law School.   

Mr. Stevens concentrates his law and mediation practices in the areas of employment law, litigation, and counseling, trade secret and non-competition litigation and counseling, labor, and complex commercial litigation.  He practices in federal and state courts and agencies throughout the United States.  He frequently lectures on employment law and mediation.

Mr. Stevens negotiated the return of a biopharmaceutical client's antibodies through a federal lawsuit, as reported by the American Law Journal; obtained the dismissal of a multi-million dollar trade secret case in the state of Kansas for an international logistics client; won an NLRB trial, defeating a claim for post-traumatic stress disorder by a former employee; won a FINRA arbitration for an investment banker, for his commissions and legal fees; and obtained summary judgement, defending a complex whistle-blower action.

Mr. Stevens is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He also is the president of the Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court and co-director of Programming.   He authored, organized, and moderated an employment mediation role play for the Inn, which received the “Award of Excellence” from the American Inns of Court, and has appeared twice at the United States Supreme Court (in his tux) to accept the Platinum Award of Excellence presented to the Garibaldi Inn.  Mr. Stevens served as a mediator and mentor for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 15 years, 1999-2014.  He mediates and mentors for the Superior Court of New Jersey.  Mr. Stevens was a director for the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (www.njapm.org), and continues to coordinate NJAPM’s Advanced Civil Training Seminar.

Mr. Stevens was a co-founder and past chair of the board of directors for the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Inc., and is past chair of the board of directors of the Community Health Law Project (www.chlp.org), which provides pro bono legal services for the disabled.  He is president of the Duke Alumni Club of New Jersey and was president of the Long Hill Township Board of Education, 2015-2017.  


Where: The Imperia, 1714 Easton Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey, 08873.

When: Saturday, April 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM. to 4:00 PM


NJAPM Members - Early Bird Cost Through March 28, 2018: $135.00

Non NJAPM Members – Early Bird Cost through March 28, 2018: $155.00

NJAPM Members After March 28, 2018: $150.00

Non NJAPM Members – After March 28, 2018: $170.00


Registration closes: April 12, 2018

All Walk-Ins: $175.00


Continuing Legal Education Credits: 5.2 Divorce Seminar

Continuing Legal Education Credits: 5.2 Civil Seminar

With Ethics Credits: 1.5 for Both

NJAPM Education Credits: 4.3 Divorce Seminar

NJAPM Education Credits: 4.3 Civil Seminar

NJAPM Ethics Credits: 1.25 for Both



Cancellation Policy per Annual Conference: Registrants cancelling by 3/30/2018 will be refunded the entire conference fee; from 3/31/2018 to 4/10/2018 they will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. After 4/10/2018, Registrants who do not attend will not receive a refund, but will receive the Conference Materials 

April 14th, 2018 8:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
1714 Easton Avenue
The Imperia
Somerset, NJ 08873
United States
Phone: 800-981-4800
NJAPM member $ 150.00
Non - Member $ 170.00