Karen Qualter Carolonza and Deborah Nettune Sittig
Six years ago, Karen Qualter Carolonza and Deborah Nettune Sittig joined forces with a vision: to provide unsurpassed communications support in a smarter, more cost effective way. This vision led to Green Room Communications. Karen brings more than a decade of corporate experience to Green Room. Her last job as Global Director of Public Relations for Becton Dickinson challenged her to create a PR department for the company’s first time in history. BD’s expansive international presence charged her with overseeing dozens of teams, interacting with product managers and reporting to C-level executives on a regular basis. Deborah is an award winning broadcast journalist who brings a decade of journalism experience and delivers media strategy, executive training and storytelling expertise to life science and pharmaceutical clients. She’s devoted to making clients’ stories better. Deborah is also the president and founder of the non-profit patient advocacy group Soft Bones: The U.S. Hypophosphatasia Foundation.
Ken Schlager is Editor of New Jersey Monthly, the leading regional publication in the Garden State. In this position, he manages the editorial staff and is responsible for all editorial coverage in the magazine each month. Ken also oversees the magazine’s website (njmonthly.com) and serves as Editorial Director of a sister publication, New Jersey Bride. Prior to joining New Jersey Monthly, Ken was Executive Editor of Billboard, the newsweekly of the international music business. Ken spent 20 years at Billboard, also serving as managing Editor and Vice President of Business Development. His accomplishments include the successful launch of billboard.com, which today reaches more than 5 million unique visitors around the world. Ken previously served as Associate Features Editor of the New York Post and also held reporting and editing positions at Gannett Westchester Newspapers and the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) News. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Ken lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife and their two college-age children.
Lori A. Patrick
Lori Patrick joined the firm at its inception. She practices in the commercial litigation group with an emphasis on intellectual property, and contract disputes. Her practice concentrates on numerous types of claims including copyright, patent and trademark infringement claims, preparation and prosecution of copyright and trademark applications, and the supervision of trademark oppositions. In addition, Ms. Patrick provides general corporate counsel and litigates corporate claims.
Lori has experience in all phases of litigation from discovery through appellate briefing and argument. She is experienced in practicing before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office concerning trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings. She acts as corporate counsel to a number of businesses, consulting in areas that include corporate strategy, structure, copyright and trademark portfolio maintenance, and protection of trade secrets.
Lori regularly presents seminars to educate attorneys, clients and the public on Intellectual Property issues and business ethics. She serves on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations and donates many hours of her time to pro bono activities.
Lori served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Sybil R. Moses, Assignment Judge for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County for the 2002-2003 term.
Appellate Commercial Litigation Intellectual Property
Seton Hall School of Law (J.D. 2002)
Member, Seton Hall Interscholastic Moot Court Board (2000-2002)
University of Maryland (B.S. 1998)
State of New Jersey (2002)
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2002)
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2007) District of Columbia (2013)
New York City Bar Association Bridge The Gap, Landlord Tenant and Introduction to Intellectual Property, New York, NY 2012, 2013, 2014
Evidence and Ethics seminars Paralegal Association of New Jersey, Presenter, 2012, 2013 and 2014,
Ethics seminars, South Jersey Paralegal Association, Presenter 2014.
Promotional Products Association International, Las Vegas, Nevada Presenter, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013,
What to Do with Your Paralegal, New Jersey Bar Association Convention, May 17, 2013
Copyright Pot holes and Speed Bumps on the Information Superhighway, LawLine, Webinar for Attorney CLE Credit, December 15, 2011
Seton Hall University Copyright Symposium, Presenter, March 5, 2009, Presentation and panel discussion on copyright issues to college professors.
Publications and Presentations
“The Hidden Costs of a Home Purchase,” Garden State Woman Magazine (Issue 47) Co-Author
Awards and Honors
New Jersey Law Journal, New Leaders of the Bar for Intellectual Property Litigation (2014)
Selection for inclusion in New Jersey Rising Stars, Intellectual Property Litigation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
Board of Directors, The Metro YMCA Of the Oranges Trustee, The 200 Club of Morris County
New Jersey State Bar Association, Law Adventure Committee, Member
New Jersey State Bar Foundation Speaker’s Bureau, Member
Member, American Bar Association Member, New Jersey Bar Association Member, Morris County Bar Association
Jason A. Meisner
Jason is a Partner of the firm and his practice concentrates in commercial litigation and counseling for clients ranging from startup sole proprietorships to large corporations, general defense litigation, trusts and estate litigation, and criminal defense.
Mr. Meisner has represented clients in litigated matters from pre-suit investigation of potential claims through trial and appeal, in courts in New Jersey and Maryland, in proceedings before various administrative boards, and in alternative dispute resolution forums.
After graduating law school from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in 2000, Jason served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Patrick L. Woodward, Circuit Court for Montgomery, Maryland, for the 2000-2001 Term (Complex Civil Litigation). From 2001 to 2002, Jason was associated with the Washington D.C. law firm of Charapp, Deese & Weiss, LLP, focusing upon the defense of labor and employment claims on behalf of mid-sized businesses.
Upon relocating to New Jersey, Jason served as an assistant prosecutor in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office where he was assigned to a trial team unit responsible for the investigation and prosecution of a variety of criminal matters including narcotics possession and distribution, aggravated assault, theft and various economic crimes.
In 2003, he joined Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C. where his practice focused upon the defense of pharmaceutical companies in response to claims of product liability, and defended various licensed professionals such as architects and engineers in claims for malpractice. Jason joined Coughlin Duffy LLP in August 2005.
Jason’s litigation experience offers his clients a solid backdrop
in which to assist businesses with operational and management issues, review and negotiation of sale, purchase, lease, confidentiality, restrictive covenants, licensure and nondisclosure agreements, internal investigations and litigation-avoidance strategies. Jason also regularly counsels commercial and residential landlords and commercial tenants with respect to leasing disputes. This same background helps Jason develop and implement strategic plans in litigation generating creative and effective solutions for his clients.
In conjunction with his business litigation and counseling practice, Jason routinely defends businesses against claims for sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, and employment discrimination before courts and agencies at both the federal and state levels. Jason frequently assists employers in developing hiring and termination policies and procedures, work policies, personnel manuals and record-keeping procedures to help minimize employment litigation for his clients. Jason regularly protects and defends licensed professionals including attorneys, insurance producers, architects and engineers, in malpractice actions and administrative licensure and ethics proceedings.
Jason often works collaboratively with the firm’s transactional and estate practice groups to directly manage issues and develop solutions for clients both to circumvent disputes, and to resolve disputes through litigation where it is unavoidable.
Jason’s previous experience as an assistant prosecutor in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has allowed him to develop a niche practice defending clients of the firm and their businesses in municipal and Superior Courts throughout New Jersey in matters ranging from municipal ordinance and motor vehicle violations, to disorderly persons offenses and indictable matters.
Jason’s experience as an assistant prosecutor has helped shape a unique and comprehensive approach to investigating allegations against his clients and conducting discovery and internal investigations in the civil, administrative and criminal arenas. Those skills have proved invaluable to develop and support the positions his clients may take in disputes, or serve to undermine the positions taken by his clients’ adversaries.
Corporate and Business Transactions Employment Litigation, Counseling and Training Premises Liability
Taxation, Trusts & Estates
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D. 2000)
The George Washington University (B.A. 1997)
State of Maryland (2000)
District of Columbia (2002)
State of New Jersey (2002)
United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2000)
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2002)
Obtained first impression judicial decision in the New Jersey Law Division concerning the disclosure of social media data, and requiring the disclosure of social media user names and passwords, by a plaintiff in a significant personal injury case where liability was largely uncontested. Plaintiff’s subsequent deletion of all data to prevent disclosure, and threat of dismissal due to plaintiff’s spoliation of evidence yielded settlement at less than 15% of plaintiff’s original $1.25 million demand.
Obtained settlement with Department of Justice and relator in qui tam action alleging violations of Conscientious Employee Protection Act and False Claims Act against healthcare client following development and presentation of actual damage matrix undermining relator’s claims, settlement represented 1% of client’s total potential exposure.
Obtained preliminary injunction against former employee of employer for breach of duty of loyalty despite absence of restrictive covenants between employee and employer followed by $650,000 judgment against former employee. Obtained dismissal of personal injury premises liability claim alleging exposure to mold based upon various discovery violations by plaintiff.
Compelled disclosure of social media (Facebook) information from plaintiff in motor vehicle matter with significant bodily injuries and uncontested liability, leading to settlement based upon plaintiff’s disclosures via social media and concerns over plaintiff’s deletion of data. Obtained dismissal of ethics grievance against attorney accused of a lack of diligence by the New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly.
Obtained dismissal of ethics grievance against attorney accused by former client of misconduct in the prosecution of a sexual harassment action.
Referral to arbitration and subsequent dismissal of claims against business owner client brought by adjoining business owner demanding monetary damages and to shut down client’s operations.
Development and implementation of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for multiple clients in operating and service agreements, resulting in expedited and cost effective resolutions by way of successful negotiation, mediation or arbitration.
Dismissal of indictable charges for theft against client. Obtained Pre-trial intervention resolution for client facing multiple indictable offenses including weapons, theft and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
Obtained dismissal of charges against client for Driving While Intoxicated and other companion motor vehicle offenses in multiple matters.
Successfully argued at Prehearing Conference with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Fatal Accident Unit resulting in client retaining driving privileges and cancellation of scheduled sixteen (16) month license suspension.
Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners, Speaker, August 7, 2014
Webinar “Brown Bag Conversations” B.I.G. (Believe Inspire Grow), Speaker, May 16, 2014
“Is it Worth The Risk?” B.I.G. (Believe Inspire Grow) Annual Summit, Co-Panelist, November 14, 2013
“Small Business Lawyer-Friend or Foe?” – B.I.G. (Believe
Inspire Grow) Bernardsville, Speaker, October 23, 2013 –
“You’ve Been Served – The Things You Need to Do Immediately and the Things You Should Have Already Done” – New Jersey Law Journal In-House Counsel
Seminar, Co-presenter, June 5, 2012 –
Publications and Presentations
“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, The Statute of Repose Defense Could Be The Fairest Of All–Reflecting on a Critical Defense for Design Professionals,” IADC Newsletter, December 2005, No. 3. Co-author
Awards and Honors
Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Law Journal, “New Leaders of the Bar” (2012)
Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Rising Stars (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
Deborah A. Kelly
Deborah Kelly is an Associate with the firm where her practice includes commercial and environmental litigation, environmental regulatory matters and corporate transactions.
Deborah represents a diverse group of clients across a range of industries and acts as general corporate counsel to a number of mid-sized companies. She advises clients in a variety of areas, including business and contract disputes, employment issues, preparation, review and negotiation of all types of commercial contracts including supply and vendor agreements, licensing agreements, master services agreements, consulting agreements and employment agreements.
In her environmental practice, Deborah counsels clients on matters related to the impact of environmental investigations and remediation of contaminated industrial and commercial properties, as well as regulatory compliance issues. Deborah represents clients in environmental litigation, penalty and enforcement matters and cost recovery actions, involving federal and state statutes including CERCLA, RCRA and New Jersey’s Spill Act. She recently was part of a team representing a Fortune 500 company and other parties in one of the largest environmental litigations and settlements in New Jersey.
While in law school, Deborah was a Note Editor for the Legislative Journal. She also completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Patty Shwartz, District Court of New Jersey. After law school, Ms. Kelly served as a judicial clerk the Honorable Thomas W. Cavanagh, Superior Court of New Jersey, Presiding Judge of the Civil Division,Monmouth County, for the 2005-2006 Term. Prior to law school, Deborah worked in the crisis management and communications field, counseling both Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies.
Corporate and Business Transactions Employment Litigation, Counseling and Training Environmental and Toxic Tort
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D. 2005) Note Editor, Seton Hall Legislative Bureau, American University (B.A. 1997)
State of New Jersey (2005) State of New York (2006)
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2005)
No End in Sight for Parties Subject to Contribution Claims
March 12, 2015
The Extent of Recoverable Damages for Migrating Contamination Remains Uncertain
January 6, 2015
The Wait is Over: A Party Can Now File a Contribution Claim Prior to the Completion of a Cleanup
August 6, 2014
Remedial Investigation Deadline Extension Signed into Law
January 23, 2014
Relief from the Remedial Investigation Deadline is in Sight
January 17, 2014
Publications and Presentations
The Legal Services Corporation’s Solicitation Restriction and the Inconstitutional Conditions Doctrine: Has the Death Knell Sounded For Future Challenges to the Restriction? 2004, 29 Seton Hall Legis. J. 247
Awards and Honors
Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Rising Stars, 2014 and 2015.
Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Law Journal New Leaders of the Bar 2014
Member, New Jersey Bar Association
Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association Member, Defense Research Institute
A proven entrepreneur with exceptional leadership and operational management skills, Monica has a deep and demonstrated track record of making a positive difference for her clients and the world around her. She has achieved unprecedented success in scaling direct marketing services’ business from the “start-up” position.
Her significant knowledge and experience in direct marketing and retail have earned her a reputation as an innovative and strategic thinker with depth in the digital arena and advanced knowledge and success in the automation of digital data and key performance indicators (KPIs). For three consecutive years, she has driven over $1.5 billion in retail sales. She is responsible for the management of $200M of annual DRTV media spend.
Rashmy Chatterjee is responsible for IBM’s marketing, communications and citizenship for North America effective Jan 1, 2014.
Prior to this, she was part of IBM’s Security Systems division. First as the Integration Executive responsible for the successful integration of Q1 labs, a high value Security Intelligence solutions company acquired by IBM, and later as the North America sales leader for the division.
Rashmy moved to the US from IBM’s Growth Markets Unit where she held multiple positions in sales and marketing including VP, General Business, Business Partners and Inside Sales, Director Software for IBM ASEAN/India and Director, Software Marketing, IBM Asia Pacific. Her area of specialization is the optimal use of direct sales, partners, tele and web to drive business results and effectively penetrate high growth market segments.
Prior to joining IBM, Rashmy was in the design office of the Indian Navy working on CAD/CAM initiatives.
She is an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She lives in New York City with her husband, Surath, and they have a daughter and a son.
Mary Alice Williams
Mary Alice Williams is a highly acclaimed broadcast journalist with a wealth of experience in the field. Her investigative work on such topics as foreign policy, ethics, technology and health have made her a respected authority and recognized voice for public information. As one of the primary architects behind the design of CNN, the first worldwide television network, Williams oversaw the construction of CNN’s New York Bureau at the World Trade Center prior to the launch of Cable News Network (CNN) in 1980 and served as the channel’s principal anchor and vice president in charge of the New York Bureau until 1989. She contributed to CNN’s award winning program lineup and played a major role in the network’s development and globalization. She was a critical member of CNN’s political anchor team and oversaw the planning and operation of the network’s second largest bureau with responsibility for seven hours of original programming per day. In 1982, Williams was appointed vice president, becoming one of the highest ranking female executives in American television.
Williams was an anchor on the NBC News team that won a national Emmy Award for its coverage of the fall of communism. During her tenure with NBC from 1989 to 1993, she also anchored Sunday Today, NBC News Special Reports, Yesterday Today & Tomorrow and NBC’s extended coverage of Desert Storm: War in the Gulf. Williams was a frequent anchor and correspondent for NBC Nightly News, Sunrise and The Today Show. In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, she wrote and hosted a three-hour PBS special Reaching Out to Heal. She also hosted a companion program to Bill Moyers’ On Our Own Terms, about death and dying, which aired in fall 2000 on PBS. As host of Hallmark’s weekly True North program on personal ethics, Williams earned the 2001 Gracie Allen Award and the 2001 Donald McGannon Ethics in Media Award. Her 90-minute PBS special on alcoholism and addiction, Within Reach, along with her work as a PBS contributing correspondent and anchor on Religion & Ethics Newsweekly have established Williams as a recognized commentator and reporter on broad issues of ethics. One of the highest rated documentaries ever broadcast on Lifetime Television, Picture What Women Do, about women, work and the American family was written and hosted by Williams, winning the 1995 Exceptional Merit Media Award given by the National Women’s Political Caucus.
A published author, Williams adapted her weekly interview program for the Hallmark Channel about strategies for overcoming life’s toughest challenges into a book, Quiet Triumphs, published by Harper Collins.
Williams has received 14 honorary doctorates for her outstanding contributions to journalism and television. Born in Minneapolis, she chose to raise her family in New Jersey, where she still resides.
Marilyn Grabowski leads three Atlantic construction companies that service the utility industry. Infrared is a specialty paving contractor. Infrastructure performs maintenance of utilities, and InfraTrac locates underground utilities. The “Lady in Red” uses her sales and marketing background to educate the construction industry on why her services are preferred.