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Legal Experts 2020

by South Jersey Magazine
David J. Karbasian, ESQ. | Personal Injury Law
Early in his career, Mr. Karbasian worked defending insurance companies against injured individuals and when he saw how badly they treated people; it fueled his desire to help others. “An injury can affect every aspect of your life, from your physical injuries to your ability to work, your finances, your mental health and your quality of life which is why he says when something happens, you need to fight back.”   
Now in his 28th year, David Karbasian Esq. has the skill, knowledge and dedication required to fight back for his injured clients, whether it is a car, motorcycle or truck accident, slip and fall, nursing home incident, dog bite, malpractice or other injustice. He has lectured throughout the State to other trial attorneys on how to handle their clients’ medical bills when they are injured in a motor vehicle accident and has had several reported decisions in New Jersey on the subject.
“Whenever any attorney promises you a great result like what you see on TV commercials, it creates a false promise or expectation" says Mr. Karbasian. Even though his law firm has collected millions of dollars on behalf of clients over the years, it is not listed on the firm's website as he believes it creates a false expectation for his clients. "What I do promise my clients once I take their case" says Mr. Karbasian Esq, "is that I will do everything I can to fight for you which is reflected in our client’s testimonials on our website. Which is why I believe my law firm has developed an excellent reputation in Personal Injury Law in South Jersey.”
Affiliations: New Jersey Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 In The State
Law Offices of David J. Karbasian, PC
900 Kings Highway North, Suite 308 | Cherry Hill , NJ 08034
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Shereen Chen-Gray | Immigration Legal Services
Shereen concentrates her practice exclusively in immigration and nationality law. Her clients include professional athletes and entertainers, corporations and businesses from the healthcare, resort, nonprofit and religious industries.
She often works with corporations during a merger or acquisition, advising on the immigration concerns in corporate restructuring and immigration procedures development. She advises human resource management on compliance and conducts audits for companies to ensure immigration compliance. She also handles individual cases including family-based petitions and naturalization.
Shereen has also worked on nonimmigrant visas (E, H, I, L, O, P, Q and R). She has experience with adjustment of status cases; extraordinary individuals with abilities in the arts, sciences, athletics or business; multinational executives; labor certification/PERM cases; naturalization; waivers; and exchange visitors.
Shereen presents on business immigration issues before bar associations, trade groups and HR departments. Shereen speaks at the Burlington County Law Day Ceremony where new U.S. citizens are recognized and has served as the keynote speaker in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Mount Laurel, NJ office) for the Naturalization Ceremonies at the Mitchell Cohen Federal Courthouse in Camden, NJ.
Affiliations: Asian American Lawyers Association (APALA), New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), American Immigrations Lawyers Association (AILA), Camden County Bar Association (CCBA), Burlington County Bar Association (BCBA)
Chen Gray Law Group LLC
525 Route 73 North | Suite 307 | Marlton
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AllynMarie Smedley, Esq. | Family Law
What if divorce didn’t mean the end, but rather your new beginning? Smedley Law Group (SLG) Founder AllynMarie Smedley started her practice on this principle and believes in it so strongly that it’s part of her firm’s mission: “I want to show my clients that they can get divorced differently. Dealing with a family law matter doesn’t have to be all legalese and stuffed shirts.”
SLG prides itself on bringing a fresh approach to family law in South Jersey—the attorney-client relationship is a partnership where we work to determine what problems affect our client now, what impact not solving those issues will have on his or her life in the future, and creating a case strategy to help them achieve the life of their dreams.
“I’ll begin our meeting with, ‘How can I help you?’ I’ll invite you to tell me your story so we can uncover your ‘why’ and what you hope to get out of the process,” Ms. Smedley says. “Whether you’re filing for divorce, need to modify a prior agreement or want to consult on any other family law matter, my goal is to set your expectations for your personal outcome, ensuring that I focus on your family’s interests.”
SLG loves to ask potential clients: Are you ready to throw out the status quo? We know how powerful transforming your life can be. With 15 years of experience and certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, Ms. Smedley has the specialization and expertise to handle whatever life brings your way and to help you divorce differently.
Affiliations: NJSBA, Gloucester County Bar Association (Immediate Past President, Board of Trustees), Gateway Community Action Partnership (Board of Trustees)
Smedley Law Group
750 Cooper Street | Woodbury
856-251-0800 |
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Robert R. Simons | Criminal & Personal Injury Law
Robert R. Simons received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and his J.D degree from Rutgers Law School. He was then a prosecutor in the Camden County Prosecutors Office where he tried many cases including serial rapists, shooting cases, and one of the first homicides in the state involving DNA evidence.
Robert R. Simons has over 29 years of trial experience in Criminal and Personal Injury Law during which time he has developed strong relationships with prosecutors, judges and other members of the legal community. He is Certified as a Criminal Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. This designation is only achieved by the top 3% of attorneys. He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
The outcome of criminal defense and personal injury cases can affect the rest of your life. At the law office of Robert R. Simons, we provide experienced, knowledgeable representation in complex cases.
Our goal is simple, to exceed your expectations and get you the best possible outcome.
We welcome you to schedule a free consultation. Choose Experience!
Se habla español.
Law Office of Robert R. Simons
126 White Horse Pike | Haddon Heights
856-310-1911 |
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Mark S. Cherry ESQ. CPA | Real Estate Law
Mark has been a CPA since 1982 and an attorney since 1986. He has offices in Cherry Hill and Philadelphia. Mark’s practice includes tax law, real property law, bankruptcy, and general litigation. He is also an expert witness in Business Valuation (CVA) and has a Masters in Financial Forensics (MAFF)Mark has taught many seminars and has appeared on the CNN TV documentary with Soledad O’Brian entitled “Black in America-The Foreclosure Crisis.”
Mark was born in Philadelphia and graduated Temple University and Widener School of Law with Honors. Mark was appointed by New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency as a RegionalCounsel assisting Homeowners in saving their homes during the recession and has assisted over 4000 homeowners with modifications, short sales, foreclosures, and bankruptcies as well as litigation in state and federal courts.
He feels that his skills are to offer solutions to people in what they believe to be are hopeless situations. 
Mark S. Cherry
Cherry Hill | 856-324-0307
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Melissa Y. Hoffman Spears, Esq. | Family Law
Melissa Spears is the founding attorney of Hoffman Law Firm whose practice is propelled by her dedication and passion for alleviating the tension and anxiety commonly experienced by many individuals involved in family law cases while helping clients navigate the complexities of the judiciary and the legal system. Ms. Spears has collaborated with clients to achieve successful results in all aspects of family law matters and currently concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce, custody, parenting time, and domestic violence.
Ms. Spears offers clients the benefit of the wealth of knowledge and skill that she acquired, in related areas of law, including real estate, tax sale foreclosure, landlord tenant, and bankruptcy, which compliment Ms. Spears’s present focus on exclusive family law and bankruptcy practice. While previously representing creditors in foreclosure proceedings, Ms. Spears gained an intimate understanding of the perspective, interests, and priorities of mortgage lenders and finance companies, which now enables Ms. Spears to develop creative and dynamic strategies to accomplish clients’ goals for equitably distributing assets during divorce actions. Ms. Spears’s former practice in these related areas of law particularly qualifies her to advise clients about financial options which are both realistic and sustainable long term, as well as to help clients effectuate their preferred solutions.
Affiliations: New Jersey State Bar Association, Gloucester County Bar Association
Melissa Y. Spears, Esquire
Formerly Melissa Y. Hoffman, Esquire
Hoffman Law Firm, PC
145 Trent Road | Turnersville
856-352-4905 | Fax: 856-827-0046
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Robert N. Agre, Esq. | Criminal & Personal Injury Law
Robert N. Agre is a partner in the law firm of Agre & St. John. Mr. Agre specializes in litigation arising principally from his practice in New Jersey municipal court, superior court and federal court. Mr. Agre is a certified criminal trial attorney but also specializes in matters involving legal ethics and plaintiff's personal injury law. He has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, signifying the highest degree of skill and ethics an attorney can achieve. Mr. Agre has been selected by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as a Super Lawyer. He has lectured on legal ethics and criminal law for Lawline, the National Business Institute, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Advocacy Unit for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Mr. Agre and his partner, Christopher St. John, a former Camden County prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General at the Division of Criminal Justice, are dedicated to serving their clients’ interests and achieving the best results for them in their cases.
Affiliations: Camden County Bar Association, Member of Judicial Selection Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Former Trustee), American Association for Justice, New Jersey Association of Trial Lawyers
Agre & St. John
4 Kings Highway E | Haddonfield
856-428-7797 |
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Albert K. Marmero, ESQ. | Land Use Law
Albert K. Marmero is the owner of Marmero Law, LLC and has been the head of the land use and real estate department which has successfully advocated before numerous New Jersey municipal and county planning and/or zoning boards. Al also serves various roles to municipalities including, but not limited to, Solicitor; Conflict Solicitor; Redevelopment Solicitor; Special Projects Counsel; General Special Counsel; In Rem Foreclosure Solicitor; and Condemnation Counsel. Al also represents educational institutions as well as major homebuilders, retailers, industrial companies and other commercial entities including “small” developers.
In doing so, Al has brought success to his clients to achieve approvals for major and minor subdivisions, town centers, industrial parks, and retail shopping centers. Al is the author of many redevelopment agreements and plans approved by clients and municipalities throughout South Jersey. He also has experience handling land use litigation and was successful in resolving complex development issues in towns such as Deptford, Pennsauken, Burlington City, Upper Deerfield, Lumberton, Mantua, and others. Many of the projects Al steered through the land-use process have included such integral concepts as Pine Barrens issues, affordable housing issues and environmental and wildlife issues.
Al’s vast experience and understanding of New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law has given his clients confidence and the ability to propose such projects as the Redevelopment of the Pennsauken Mart and the Nike base in Gloucester Township and Town Centers in Egg Harbor City, Buena Vista, Upper Deerfield, Woolwich and Harrison Townships and Washington Township.
Albert K.Marmero, ESQUIRE
Marmero Law, LLC
44 Euclid Street | Woodbury
856-848-6440 | Fax: 856-848-5002
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Thomas M. North, Esq. | Estate Planning
An attorney for 35 years, Thomas North serves the legal needs of individuals and businesses throughout South Jersey. Professionalism and expertise are central to what Mr. North brings to real estate transactions, estate planning and administration, business planning, mediation, bankruptcy, and all aspects of litigation.
From his experience as a judicial law clerk, to arguing before state trial and appellate courts, and the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. North provides litigation and transactional guidance to his clients. He makes it a priority to remain on the pulse of modern legal practice to inform his own legal approach — all to give you exceptional advice and nuanced perspective that will last for years to come.
His peers recognized Thomas North with the “Professionalism in the Law Award 2009” by the Gloucester County Bar Association, and the New Jersey “Professionalism in the Law Award” from the State Bar Association. He has served the community as a board member of nonprofit organizations and various Supreme Court Committees.
Mr. North’s experience, and dedication makes his firm the holistic solution for your legal needs.
Affiliations: Admitted to the Bar, State of New Jersey, Federal District Court of New Jersey, and 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals; Gloucester County Bar Association; past Trustee; Professionalism In the Law Award 2009, Gloucester County Bar Association; Professionalism in the Law Award, New Jersey State Bar Association 2009
Thomas M. North ESQ.
53 Newton Avenue | Woodbury
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Theodore J. Baker | Trial Attorney
Theodore J. Baker is a trial attorney with over 20 years of experience helping clients with child protection services, adoptions, kinship legal guardianship, criminal defense, and personal injury. Ted earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University of Law. Prior to practicing law at his private firm, Ted served as Deputy Attorney General representing the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) and appeared in thousands of cases on behalf of the state.
Ted is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, Vermont, and for the Supreme Court of the United States. Ted is dedicated to ensuring that his clients receive the best possible legal representation and will protect their rights at all costs. Ted’s extensive experience and knowledge of the DCPP helps him fully understand his clients’ needs and desired outcomes. If you are dealing with a legal matter that needs an attorney’s attention, contact Ted at the Law Offices of Theodore J. Baker for advice by calling 856-210-9776 today.
Theodore J. Baker
Moorestown | 856-210-9776 |

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