Founded in 1930, the law firm of Jeffer, Hopkinson & Vogel provides outstanding legal services to individuals and businesses in a variety of areas
Founded in 1930, the law firm of Jeffer, Hopkinson & Vogel provides outstanding legal services to individuals and businesses in a variety of areas, including business law; commercial litigation; zoning, planning and land use; residential and commercial real estate; and estates, trusts and probate matters. Based in Hawthorne, New Jersey, with affiliated offices in New York City and Tequesta, Florida, we enjoy an exceptional reputation in the legal community for aggressive and creative advocacy which has consistently exceeded clients' expectations. Our attorneys have garnered experience, from the courtroom to the boardroom, by working tirelessly for our clients for more than 75 years. We have addressed matters ranging from environmental litigation in Federal Court with hundreds of parties to shareholder disputes among family members in closely-held corporations. We have represented some of the most successful companies in the United States in obtaining local approval for their commercial sites. We are an established member of the northern New Jersey legal community, recognized by name alone. As further testament to our reputation, members of the New Jersey Bar have awarded us Martindale-Hubbell's coveted "AV" rating, signifying preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards. Jeffer, Hopkinson & Vogel has remained active for more than 75 years because of our commitment to fostering long-term relationships with clients. We work in close collaboration with you, promptly responding to any inquiries and keeping you apprised of the status of your case.
1600 Route 208 North
Hawthorne NJ 07506
JEFFER, HOPKINSON & VOGEL will represent your Estate Planning legal matters.
Estate planning is an intricate area of law, necessitating that attorneys account for multiple family, financial, and tax issues to minimize the potential for future disputes.
Herman M. Jeffer is a member of Jeffer, Hopkinson & Vogel, practicing in the areas of trusts and estates, probate, wills, and business and corporate law. Mr. Jeffer was born in New Jersey and attended Calvin College & Seminary, where he received his undergraduate degree. He then attended Duke University and New York University, where he received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree.
Mr. Jeffer has served as attorney for the Board of Adjustment, Township of Wyckoff; Boroughs of Prospect Park and Midland Park; Eastern Christian School Association; and the Christian Health Care Center. He is also a member and liaison with the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers Committee and a member of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Jeffer is admitted to practice in all state courts of New Jersey, Florida, and New York; the United States Tax Court; and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reginald F. Hopkinson is a member of Jeffer, Hopkinson & Vogel, practicing in the areas of environmental law, insurance, contracts, and litigation. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and is a former Captain of the United States Marine Corps. He received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Hopkinson served as attorney for the Planning Board of Borough of Bloomingdale; the Boards of Education of the Boroughs of Hawthorne and Fair Lawn. He also served as attorney for the Board of Education of Ramapo-Indian Hills Regional District and the Board of Education in Glen Rock.
Mr. Hopkinson is a member of the Passaic County and New Jersey State Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice law in all state courts of New Jersey and Florida; the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; the United States Court of Federal Claims; and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Hopkinson's reported cases include the following: Fair Lawn Ed. Assn. v. Fair Lawn Bd. of Education, 79 N.J. 574 (1979); Rutherford Educ. Ass'n v. Bd. of Educ., 99 N.J. 8 (1985); Aversa v. Public Service Elec. & Gas Co., 186 N.J. Super. 130 (Law Div. 1982); Commercial Union Insurance Company of N.Y. v. Burt Thomas-Aitken Construction Company, et al., 54 N.J. 76 (1969); Meines v. Hy Levine Associates, 58 N.J. 548 (1971), 279 A.2d 654; and Sussex Woodlands, Inc. v. Tp. of West Milford, 109 N.J. Super. (Law Div. 1970).
Jerome A. Vogel is a member of Jeffer, Hopkinson & Vogel, practicing in the areas of zoning, planning, and land use; commercial real estate; litigation; environmental law; business law; and corporate law. Mr. Vogel attended Purdue University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree, and thereafter attended Washington College of Law, American University, where he received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree.
Mr. Vogel was formerly a Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold Kolovsky, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey. He also previously served as counsel to the Township of Wayne. He has attained the highest possible rating of "AV" from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, signifying preeminent legal ability and the highest standard of ethics.
Mr. Vogel is a member of the Passaic County Bar Association, and a former president of that organization. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, as well as a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and member and former delegate of the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey. He was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a member of the State Committee on Character, and also served as chairman of the Passaic County Ethics Committee.
He is admitted to practice in all state courts of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Tax Court, and the District of Columbia.
David H. Altman is a member of the firm practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, environmental law, commercial law and construction litigation. Mr. Altman attended Northeastern University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude. He then attended Vermont Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor degree. He is a recipient of the Bureau of National Affairs Award.
Mr. Altman is General Counsel to S.A. Bendheim, Inc., for which he provides advice on matters ranging from personnel issues to joint ventures. He is admitted to practice law in all state courts of New Jersey and New York and in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Of the many notable cases Mr. Altman handled, he successfully achieved a dismissal of all claims brought against the firm's client, a large-scale general contracting firm, and his success was memorialized by the Appellate Division in a published opinion captioned School Alliance Ins. Fund v. Fama Construction Co., et al., 353 N.J. Super. 1 (App.Div. 2002); 353 N.J. Super. 131 (Law Div. 2001).
At the request of the presiding Chancery (General Equity) Judge in Passaic County, Mr. Altman has served as the Court's Special Fiscal Agent. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Melinda B. Maidens is an associate attorney at the firm, practicing in the areas of trusts and estates, probate, business law, litigation, real estate, guardianship and conservatorships, and commercial leasing. Ms. Maidens attended Vassar College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and Columbia University, where she received an M.A. in International Affairs and a Certificate from the Russian Institute (now the Harriman Institute). After a career in news editing for Facts on File, a nationally distributed news digest, she entered law school, receiving her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Ms. Maidens is a member of the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Law Journal and has had numerous articles published in that newspaper, as well as being a regular contributor of editorials, for which she was awarded the Alfred C. Clapp Award for excellence in editorial writing.
Ms. Maidens serves on the boards of several local community organizations and is President and General Counsel of Infinity Equine Therapy, Inc., a non-profit corporation providing horseback riding programs to handicapped children and adults. She wrote the appellate briefs for the prevailing parties in the published decisions in Steiger v. Lenoci, 325 N.J. Super. 529 (App. Div. 1999) and its sequel on remand, Steiger v. Lenoci, 352 N.J. Super. 90 (App. Div. 2002), which upheld covenants running with the land in a residential development. In addition to Steiger, supra, Ms. Maidens' reported cases include Shotmeyer v. NJ Realty Title Ins., 195 N.J. 72 (2008). She has a rating of "BV" from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, signifying superior legal ability and ethical standards.
Ms. Maidens is admitted to practice in all state courts of New Jersey and New York and in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York.