MK&C Welcomes Thomas Faiella

October 26, 2016
MK&C Welcomes Thomas Faiella THOMAS FAIELLA, ESQ.
McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. is proud to announce that Mr. Faiella has joined the firm as an associate in MK&C's New York City office. 
 
Mr. Faiella practices in the area of asbestos litigation. Prior to joining MK&C, Mr. Faiella clerked for the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division, and practiced general litigation at a firm in Maine. 
 
Mr. Faiella earned his Juris Doctor in 2012 from the Boston University School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in 2008 from the University of New Hampshire, where he recieved recognition as an American Mock Trial Association Regional and National Outstanding Intercollegiate Attorney. 
 
While in law school, Mr. Faiella interned for The Honorable Jay Blitzman, First Justice of the Middlesex County Juvenile Court, and for the Boston Police Department Office of the Legal Advisor. Mr. Faiella also competed on his school's American Constitutional Society and Environmental Law moot court teams. 
 
Mr. Faiella is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of Massachusetts, and is pending admission before the Courts of New York.
 
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Faiella to our firm. 
MK&C Welcomes Christopher M. Helsel CHRISTOPHER M. HELSEL, ESQ.

McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. is proud to announce that Mr. Helsel has joined the firm as an associate in MK&C's New York City office. 

Mr. Helsel is a member of the firm's general liability department.  Prior to joining MK&C, Mr. Helsel served as the law clerk for The Honorable Philip J. Maenza in the Law Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Sussex County and Family Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County. Mr. Helsel also completed a graduate clerkship with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, and has written extensively for the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law section blog.
 
Mr. Helsel graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2013. During law school, he served as a summer law clerk with the National Football League Management Council, and represented the law school at the National Baseball Arbitration Competition hosted by Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Helsel also earned an LL.M. in International Sports Law from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) in Madrid, Spain, where he received top honors for his thesis, "America's (Inter)national Pastime: An Examination of the Major League Baseball Draft, Its Legality and Effect on the Value of American and International Players." Mr. Helsel graduated from Wesleyan University in 2009, where he received a B.A. in American Studies (U.S. History concentration) and played varsity baseball and football.
 
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Helsel to our firm. 

Michael J. Lunga, Esq., of counsel to MK&C, has been reappointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve on the Supreme Court Committee of Model Civil Jury Charges for its 2016-2018 term after having successfully sat on the committee for its 2014-2016 term.

MK&C Welcomes Kevin E. Hoffman KEVIN E. HOFFMAN, ESQ.
McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. is proud to announce that Mr. Hoffman has joined the firm as a Partner in MK&C's Florham Park, NJ, office.
 
Mr. Hoffman has twenty-seven years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney, with a focus on complex and major case litigation involving high exposure claims.  Mr. Hoffman has been particularly active in the areas of products liability, toxic and mass torts, construction and worksite accidents, premises liability, and environmental tort claims.  In the area of toxic and mass torts, he has represented product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in litigation involving asbestos, lead paint, mold, multiple chemical sensitivity, benzene, formaldehyde, pedicle screws, latex, and pelvic mesh.
 
In 2014, Mr. Hoffman was elected by his peers to New Jersey's Asbestos Advisory Committee (AAC). The AAC is a committee of plaintiffs' and defense counsel active in New Jersey asbestos litigation, elected by their peers to meet regularly with New Jersey's State Court judge overseeing New Jersey's asbestos docket; the AAC provides a conduit for direct discussion between the Court and the Asbestos Bar on issues affecting asbestos litigation in New Jersey.  In addition to the above, Mr. Hoffman has also been extensively involved in the representation of several large supermarket chains operating in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states.   He has aggressively defended these clients from personal injury suits in New Jersey, and has assisted these clients in identifying, prioritizing, and implementing loss-prevention and risk management goals and protocols.  
 
Mr. Hoffman received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in 1983, and his J.D. in 1987 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mr. Hoffman is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (member, Product Liability and Toxic Tort Section; member, Environmental Law Section) and the Defense Research Institute.  Mr. Hoffman practices extensively in the State (trial and appellate levels) and Federal Courts of New Jersey and has participated as pro hac vice counsel in the State Courts of New York.
 
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Hoffman to our firm.

McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C.  Partner and Director of our New York Asbestos Department, Kerryann Cook, will present at Perrin Conferences' Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation on March 14-15, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

This event assembles leaders in the U.S. asbestos litigation industry, including many of the nation's premiere plaintiff and defense attorneys, judges, insurance professionals and medical experts.  Ms. Cook will be participating in a panel entitled "New York, New York - The Battle in the Big Apple," which will cover areas such as

Docket Management 
Jury Selection 
Appropriate Use of Resources, and 
Anticipated Future Trial Settings 
 
The conference will feature numerous informative and dynamic panels, presentations and demonstrations.  To learn more about this Perrin Conferences event, visit www.perrinconferences.com.

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