Pomeroy, Heller & Ley, LLC

New Jersey Litigation Attorneys Experience, expertise, and efficiency

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Firm Overview

Our Springfield, New Jersey firm's three partners-Daniel J. Pomeroy, Karen E. Heller, and John M. Ley-have accumulated decades of combined experience to help our clients-insurance companies, corporations, and individuals throughout the state -with complex litigation issues.

Client satisfaction is our primary goal

Our partners, associates, and staff work as a team to provide our clients with the highest levels of service possible. When you engage with Pomeroy, Heller & Ley, you receive professional and courteous service from every member of the firm. Client satisfaction is our ultimate goal.

Focus yields results

Our firm concentrates on the practice of several specific areas of the law:

-Insurance defense
-Insurance litigation
-Appellate practice
-Personal injury
-Expert opinions
-Mediation

This focus allows us to build on our experience and provide the highest quality legal counsel to our clients, achieving excellent outcomes. We work hard on our clients' behalf and have earned a top rating among insurance companies for our efficiency and results.

We have tried hundreds of cases in the courtroom with more than a 90 percent success rate. Our record as appellate attorneys is similarly impressive.

Further, Dan Pomeroy is the co-author of New Jersey Auto Insurance Law (Gann Law Books), a standard textbook in its 14th printing and the third most cited authoritative source in New Jersey law.
Main Office

Main Office
150 Morris Avenue
Springfield  NJ  07081

Phone
  • 973-467-9600
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Appellate Practice Dedicated to client satisfaction
Handling appeals for our clients is a vital component of our practice at the law offices of Pomeroy, Heller & Ley, LLC in Springfield, New Jersey. Successful appellate practice requires intimate knowledge of the law, excellent oral and written communications skills, and a thorough understanding of the complex procedures throughout New Jersey's appellate system.

Our appellate services include-

-Preparations of motions for summary judgment
-Crafting of appellate briefs
-Trial memoranda of law
-Motions in limine, dealing with the admissibility of evidence
-Requests to charge and post-trial motions
-Oral argument of appeals at all levels

When involved early in the process, we can shape the issues for appellate review. We write appellate briefs based on our meticulous analysis of trial records. Attorneys at Pomeroy, Heller & Ley, LLC have argued approximately 100 appeals, including several before the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Our successes include Kieffer v. High Point Ins. Co., 422 N.J. Super. 38 (App. Div. 2011); Vassiliu v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 178 N.J. 286 (2004); In re Estate of F.W., 398 N.J. Super. 344 (2008); Seabridge v. Discount Auto, Inc., 393 N.J. Super. 327 (App. Div. 2007); Pinto v. New Jersey Manufacturers Ins. Co., 183 N.J. 405 (2005) (as amicus curiae on behalf of the New Jersey Defense Association); Dickson v. Selective Ins. Group, Inc., 363 N.J. Super. 344 (App. Div. 2003), certif. denied, 178 N.J. 453 (2004).

We can help you turn your case around, or simply help you protect a favorable result.

Daniel J. Pomeroy

Daniel Pomeroy has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1982. After graduating magna cum laude from St. Michael's College and with high honors from Seton Hall University School of Law, Mr. Pomeroy served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Clifford, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey. From 1982 through 1985, Mr. Pomeroy was an associate at the defense firm of Connell, Foley and Geiser prior to forming predecessor firm Mortenson and Pomeroy in October 1985. In 2012, he co-founded Pomeroy, Heller & Ley, LLC. Mr. Pomeroy is a fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Foundation of the American Bar Association. He is also past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and past chairman of the New Jersey Defense Association Automobile Insurance Coverage Committee. Mr. Pomeroy has tried more than 135 jury cases for insurance companies and injured individuals. In addition, he has argued approximately 100 appeals, and has appeared before the Supreme Court of New Jersey on eight occasions.

He is also the co-author of New Jersey Auto Insurance Law, presently in its 22nd edition. This treatise on automobile insurance law in New Jersey has been cited as "authoritative" in over 50 appellate decisions in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Pomeroy has lectured extensively to the judiciary, the bar, and the insurance industry on the practice areas described above.

Settlements achieved by Mr. Pomeroy, either as counsel or co-counsel for the plaintiff, include the following:

-$10 million for anoxic brain injury following knee replacement surgery
-$3.350 million for neurologic impairment caused by failure of emergency room physician to diagnose subdural hematoma
-$2.9 million for post-operative visual loss (POVL) following pancreas transplant surgery
-$2 million for failure to diagnose compartment syndrome following low leg fracture
-$1.650 million for post-operative visual loss following gastric bypass surgery
-$1.5 million for failure of emergency room physician to diagnose Acute Aortic Dissection, resulting in brain damage and death.
-$750,000 for negligent administration of birth control pills resulting in pulmonary embolism and death
-$750,000 for failure to diagnose emergency room myocardial infarction (heart attack)
-$750,000 for death from hemorrhage during surgical procedure
-$350,000 for negligent delay in diagnosing cancer

Admitted to practice

-New Jersey, 1981
-New York, 1982
-United State District Court, NJ 1981
-U.S. Court of Appeals,
-Third Circuit

Awards

-AV Preeminent Peer
-Review RatedSM by
-Martindale-Hubbell
-Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2006, 2010
-Best Lawyers in America
-Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

Education

Seton Hall University, J.D., cum laude, 1981
St. Michael's College, B.A.,
magna cum laude, 1978

Professional memberships

-New Jersey Bar Association
-New York Bar Association
-American Board of Trial AdvocatesPast President, New Jersey Chapter
-American College of Trial LawyersFellow
-American Bar FoundationFellow
Education
  • Seton Hall University
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1981

Karen E. Heller

Karen E. Heller joined Mortenson and Pomeroy in 1996 and in 2012 co-founded Pomeroy, Heller & Ley. She is an accomplished brief writer and is responsible for preparing many of the firm's written submissions in connection with appeals, trials, and substantive pre-trial motions in a variety of civil matters, including automobile and homeowners defense, insurance coverage matters, and medical malpractice cases. She also has significant expertise in insurance coverage. Together with Dan Pomeroy, she has represented insurance companies in some of the most important insurance coverage cases in New Jersey, including Kozusko v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co., 422 N.J. Super. 38 (App. Div. 2011); Seabridge v. Discount Auto, Inc., 393 N.J. Super. 327 (App. Div. 2007); Pinto v. New Jersey Manufacturers Ins. Co., 183 N.J. 405 (2005) (as amicus curiae on behalf of the New Jersey Defense Association); Dickson v. Selective Ins. Group, Inc., 363 N.J. Super. 344 (App. Div. 2003), certif. denied, 178 N.J. 453 (2004); and Vassiliu v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 178 N.J. 286 (2004). She has achieved similar success on behalf of insurance carriers in numerous unpublished decisions, and was responsible for the appellate brief on behalf of counsel for plaintiffs in In re Estate of F.W., 398 N.J. Super. 344 (2008).

Ms. Heller is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and received her law degree in 1986 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. During law school, Ms. Heller gained valuable appellate experience as a law clerk for the in-house legal office of a major insurance company that was responsible for all appeals in the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Second Department, as well as Court of Appeals matters. Following graduation, she spent several years at a mid-size Manhattan litigation law firm, where she concentrated on insurance coverage matters and appellate practice. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Admitted to practice

-New Jersey, 1986
-New York, 1987
-U.S. District Court, District of
-New Jersey, 1986
-U.S. District Court, Eastern
-District of New York, 1987
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1987

Education

-Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1986
-State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1983
Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1986

John M. Ley

John M. Ley joined Mortenson and Pomeroy in 1997 and co-founded Pomeroy, Heller & Ley in 2012. Mr. Ley has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1996. After graduation from Rutgers College in 1991 and from the Saint Louis University School of Law, cum laude, in 1995, Mr. Ley served as law clerk to the Honorable Edward J. Toy, J.S.C. from 1996 through 1997.

Mr. Ley's litigation practice includes the defense of insurance companies in both Superior Court and through Forthright in litigation concerning Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. Mr. Ley also practices in the areas of auto and general liability, defending insurance companies and insurance entities in insurance coverage dispute litigation, including the defense of individuals in personal injury, property damage, and other casualty loss litigation as well as the investigation of suspected fraudulent claims on behalf of insurance companies.

Mr. Ley has successfully tried to conclusion numerous jury cases in Superior Court and has conducted hundreds of depositions of party, fact, and expert witnesses. Mr. Ley was an invited speaker at the Insurance Council of New Jersey's Symposium 2003, "New Jersey Auto Insurance: A New Beginning," covering topics related to the latest developments in PIP arbitration. Mr. Ley is a former member of the Advisory Council to the American Arbitration Association, a member of the Union County Bar Association as well as the New Jersey Defense Association, and also serves as General Counsel to the Italian American Mutual Benefit Labor Society/Club of Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Admitted to practice

-New Jersey, 1995
-Pennsylvania, 1995
-U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1995

Education

-St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1995
-Rutgers University, B.A., 1991

Professional memberships

-Union County Bar Association
-New Jersey Defense Association
Education
  • St. Louis University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1995

Paul M. DiGasbarro

Paul DiGasbarro joined predecessor firm Mortenson and Pomeroy in September 2005 after concluding a clerkship with the Honorable Christine L. Miniman in the Superior Court, Law Division, Passaic County. He concentrates his practice on the defense of automobile insureds, as well as the litigation of insurance coverage disputes. Mr. DiGasbarro is skilled in all phases of pre-trial discovery and trial work, and has conducted many depositions and examinations under oath as well as trying Superior Court cases and uninsured motorists/underinsured motorists (UM/UIM) and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) arbitrations. He speaks Italian.Mr. DiGasbarro recently completed a week-long American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Trial College. He was also named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2010.

Admitted to practice

-New Jersey, 2004
-New York, 2005
-U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2004

Education

-Rutgers University Law School, J.D., 2004
-New York University, B.A., 2000
Education
  • Rutgers University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2004

Jeffrey D. Noonan

Following his admission to the bar in 2006, Mr. Noonan worked for a general practice firm in Westfield, New Jersey as well as a busy insurance defense practice.During law school, Mr. Noonan clerked for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, Major Narcotics Division, where he assisted in the investigation and prosecution of narcotics cases under the direction of the Hon. Pedro Jimenez, J.S.C. (then Deputy Attorney General Pedro Jimenez).

Mr. Noonan is President of the Scotch Plains, New Jersey Library Board of Trustees and a member of the Union County Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Trustees of The Cornerstone School of Summit and volunteers as a soccer coach in Scotch Plains.

Mr. Noonan concentrates his practice in the defense of automobile insureds and in litigating insurance coverage disputes. He also prosecutes PIP reimbursement claims under the Dram Shop Act and handles uninsured/underinsured motorist claims. Mr. Noonan is experienced in all aspects of litigation and has conducted hundreds of depositions and examinations under oath and has tried several jury trials to verdict.

Mr. Noonan joined predecessor firm Mortenson and Pomeroy in June 2010.


Admitted to practice

-New Jersey, 2006
-U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Education

-Western New England College of Law, J.D., 2006
-Springfield College, B.S., 2003

Professional memberships

-Union County Bar Association
Education
  • Western New England College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2006

Sandra T. French

Sandra French joined predecessor firm Mortenson and Pomeroy in January 2004. She concentrates her practice in the defense of automobile insured, PIP arbitration, and UM/UIM arbitration. Ms. French has extensive experience in the preparation and presentation of all facets of insurance defense work. She has conducted hundreds of depositions and examinations under oath and regularly appears at arbitrations on behalf of insurers. Following graduation from law school, Ms. French joined the firm of Timins, Beacham & Huges, a litigation firm, prior to becoming associated with Pomeroy, Heller & Ley, LLC. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish.

Admitted to practice

-New Jersey, 2000
-U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Education

-Rutgers University Law School, J.D., 2000
-Rutgers University, B.A., 1997

Professional memberships

-New Jersey State Bar Association
Education
  • Rutgers University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2000

James R. Goodloe II

James Goodloe joined Pomeroy, Heller & Ley in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Francine A. Schott, J.S.C. (Civil, Essex).Mr. Goodloe received his B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice, from James Madison University in 1993.After graduation, he worked as an Assistant Vice-President and municipal bond trader for First Union Securities in Richmond, Virginia and as the Vice-President of Institutional Sales at Toussaint Capital Partners in New York City.

Mr. Goodloe received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2012. While at Seton Hall, he participated in the Southern District of New York Representation in Mediation Practicum and interned for the Honorable James C. Heimlich, J.S.C. (Ret.) in Union County.

Admitted to practice

-New Jersey
-New York (pending)

Education

-Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2012
-James Madison University, B.A., 1993
Education
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2012
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