I received all of my degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia: A.B. degree in history in 1973, JD degree in 1977 and a post graduate LLM degree in taxation in 1981.
I was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1977, and began my legal career as an associate in the law firm of McCrady, Kreimer, Ravick & Bonistalli in Pittsburgh. I had a general practice focusing on bankruptcy, matrimonial and criminal law.
From 1979 to 1980, I was Editor-in-Chief of the Pennsylvania Law Journal, then the only weekly law publication in Pennsylvania.
I was admitted to practice in New Jersey in 1982, and until 1985 I worked as an associate in the firm of Freeman, Gerstein, Mintz, Hagner & Deiches in Haddonfield. My practice was focused on state and federal taxation (individuals, corporations and partnerships), estate and gift taxation, business transactions (purchase and sale of small businesses), business formation and dissolution, estate planning (wills and trusts) and estate and trust administration.
From 1985 to 1988 I remained in Haddonfield as a partner with Gerstein, Cohen & Kurtzman. I continued a similar practice, but expanded it to include a greater emphasis on purchases and sales of small businesses. Real estate became a very large part of my practice (purchases, sales and leases of commercial and residential properties) along with the concomitant technical compliance with state and federal environmental law.
From 1988 to the present, first as a member of the firm of Goldberg, Millenky & Kurtzman and then as a solo practitioner, I have continued essentially the same type of law practice.
Since 2000, I have received over 300 appointments by the Courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I have been appointed to serve as guardian-ad-litem for minors and the disabled, liquidating trustee, attorney for defendants in our armed forces, corporate receiver, receiver for a condominium association, and as an attorney for those alleged to be mentally incapacitated.
Carol A. Otvos is an attorney who is associated with my firm as “of counsel.” I have known and worked with her for over 6 years. She has a private law practice with a concentration on elder law, care management, estate planning and Pet Trusts. Carol works with me to meet the needs of my clients in her areas of particular expertise, and to assist my clients if I am out of town or on vacation.
In over 40 years of a general practice in the areas of contracts, property rights and business law, I have learned how to negotiate transactions without disrupting them, to resolve disputes without litigation and to avoid problems by proper planning. Going to Court is a last resort because it means that someone else is going to make your decisions for you. There are many cases that I decline to take when I feel that I am not well-suited to handle the particular legal problems, and these I refer to colleagues who meet my high standards of professionalism and client representation.
Over the years, I have engaged in volunteer work assisting Hospice patients to put their affairs in order, developed a program to market contaminated real estate (called “Brownfields”) and established a mapping company called Cartographica. I founded the Climate Change Impact Research Project (yes, the acronym is “CHIRP”) and have engaged in substantial technical and legal research concerning the global catastrophe of Climate Change.