MARYANN O'DONNELL MCCOY, ESQ.

Managing Attorney

Maryann O'Donnell McCoy, Esq., has extensive trial experience in all phases of insurance defense including personal injury, property damage, premises liability, Title 59, employment practice, directors and officers’ liability, coverage, PIP and UIM/UM, criminal defemse, municipal work, wills and estates and commercial and residential real estate transactions. She acts as the Municipal Prosecutor of the Joint Court of Madison for Madison Borough, Chatham Borough, Harding Township and the shared services court of Washington Township (Morris County), Mendham Borough and Califon Borough (Hunterdon County). In February 2014, she formed O'Donnell McCoy Heleniak, LLC with David N. Heleniak, Esq.


She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York (1989), and the United States District Court (Eastern and Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, 1990). 

Affiliations:
Member, Morris County Bar Association Civil Practice Committee;

Member, New Jersey Defense Association;

Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers;

Arbitrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey;

Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Expedited Civil Actions, 2014; Panelist, New Jersey Association for Justice: Trial of Verbal Threshold Cases;

Judge, Morris County Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition;

Trustee, St James Church, Basking Ridge, NJ.

Education:
A graduate of Georgetown University (B.A., 1983);

New York Law School (J.D., December 1989). 

 

DAVID N. HELENIAK, ESQ.

Managing Attorney

David N. Heleniak, Esq., has been a practicing civil litigation defense attorney since 1999 with extensive experience as outside trial counsel in the areas of automobile negligence and premises liability. In February 2014, he formed O'Donnell McCoy Heleniak, LLC with Maryann O'Donnell McCoy, Esq.

He is also a writer, focusing on constitutional law, judicial behavior, and the religious aspects of the State, and an occasional constitutional litigator. He gained recognition on the issue of domestic violence restraining orders with his 2005 law review article "The New Star Chamber: The New Jersey Family court and the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act.” 

More recently, in the case Crespo vs. Crespo, he won a landmark decision in which the Honorable Francis Schultz of Hudson County ruled that the criteria for a final restraining order must be "clear and convincing evidence" rather than a "preponderance of the evidence." (Unfortunately, the decision was overturned on appeal.)  His article "Erring of the Side of Hidden Harm: The Granting of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders" was published by the peer-reviewed journal Partner Abuse. He currently serves as the vice president of RADAR (Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of the nation's approach to solving domestic violence. 

He is admitted to practice in New Jersey (1999). 

Affiliations:
Member, New Jersey Defense Association;
Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company; 
The Intemational Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, Harington Inn.

Education:
A graduate of Albright College (B.A., 1995);

Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1999);

Drew University (M.A., 2004).

Supreme Court decisions:
Crespo v. Crespo (2010)
Brodsky v. Grinnell Haulers, lnc. (2004)

Published Appellate Decisions:
Crespo v. Crespo (2009)
Connelly v. McVeigh (2005)
Brodsky v. Grinnell Haulers, lnc. (2003)
Romano v. Chapman (2003)

Unreported Appellate Decisions:
All Seasons Property Management, LLC v. Hackettstown Municipal Utilities Authority (2015)
James v. New Jersey Manufacturers lnsurance Company (2012)
State v. Waste Management, lnc. (2012)
Grecco v. Sullivan (2010)
Devincentis v. Amica Mut. lns. Co. (2010)
Jekonski v. Avrin (2010)
Lang v. Hannigan (2008)
Gorman v. Grunt (2007) 
 

KAREN KUEBLER, ESQ.
 

Karen L. Kuebler, Esq., has extensive trial experience as in house defense counsel and plaintiff's counsel in the areas of automobile negligence, commercial liability and premises liability. She retired as house counsel from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in 2014 where she headed the Hudson County Unit and joined O'Donnell McCoy Heleniak, LLC, in January 2015.


She has lectured at an ICLE approved seminar on charity care and was an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she taught civil litigation.


Prior to law school, she was a claims adjuster for Prudential lnsurance Company for five years.
She is admitted to practice in New Jersey (1987) and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey (1987).

Affiliations:
Member, New Jersey Defense Association; 
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; 
Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company; 
Adjunct Professor - Fairleigh Dickinson University- Madison, New Jersey;
Hudson County Bar Association;
Hudson Inns of Court Barrister;
District VI Ethics Committee;
Hudson County Civil Arbitration & Civil Practice Committee;
Arbitrator - Hudson County;
ICLE- Basic Mediation Course;
Former Arbitrator for New Jersey Superior Court and Ethics Committee.

Education:

A graduate of Montclair State College (B.S., 1983);

Seton Hall School of Law (J.D., 1987)


 

 

KAREN M. BUERLE, ESQ.

Karen M. Buerle, Esq., has extensive trial experience in property, casualty and personal lines involving complex insurance coverage issues, high dollar exposures, automobile negligence, UM/UIM, PIP, premises and commercial liability, construction accidents, medical and legal malpractice, contract review and interpretation, municipal entity defense, including Title 59, LAD, CEPA, employment and wrongful discharge, and State and Federal Constitution claims, including §1983.


She is admitted to practice in New Jersey (1981), the United States District Court, District of New Jersey (1981), the United States Supreme Court (1986), and the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2005).

Affiliations:
Member, New Jersey Defense Association;
Barrister - Worrall F. Mountain Inns of Court;
Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company;
Delbarton School, Morristown, New Jersey - current member Executive Board of DPGA.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown, New Jersey - former Board Member;
PG Chambers School, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey - former Board Member;

Education:
A graduate of Montclair State University, (B.S., 1976, Cum Laude);

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1981)


 

ELIZABETH D. SEITZ, ESQ.

Elizabeth D. Seitz, Esq. has extensive experience in the area of civil defense litigation in automobile, property and casualty insurance claims.  Prior to joining O’Donnell Heleniak McCoy, LLC, Elizabeth defended property and employment claims on behalf of insured public entities and advocated on the plaintiff’s side in employment and commercial disputes. 

     

She is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey (2006), the United States District Court, District of New Jersey (2006), and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (2006).

 

Affiliations:

Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company

Oak Street Elementary School, Parent-Teacher Organization – Co-President

Preschool Advantage, Child Selection Committee – Member

Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project – Former Pro Bono Attorney

Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court – Former Member

 

Distinction:

2011 New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star

 

Education:

A graduate of Denison University (B.A. 2001);

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D. 2006)

JUSTIN P. BERUTICH, ESQ.

Justin Pierce Berutich, Esq., has extensive corporate, tax and litigation experience. He provides comprehensive business counseling to individuals and companies across various industry verticals from startup/early state to established multi-nationals, including organization, financing, taxation, M&E, business development, commercial agreements, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, due diligence and real estate. He is also experienced in the defense of motor vehicle and property/casualty claims. 


He is admitted to practice in New Jersey (2008), New York (2009), Pennsylvania (2011), District of Columbia (2014), United States District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2014), District of New Jersey (2008)), United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2010) and Supreme Court of the United States (2013).

Distinction:
Super Lawyer – 2014 – 2016 New Jersey Rising Star 
Graduate of Star Advocacy College – University of Virginia School of Law – 2015

Publications:
What’s Driving M&A, Financier Worldwide (May 2016)
When Security Fails, Who Bears the Risk of the Associates Loss, E-Finance & Payments Law (Oct. 2014)
The Hidden Tax Trap Associated with Cancellation of Debt, Thomson Reuters-RE Journal (Nov. 2012)

Education:
A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, (B.A., 2005); New York Law School (J.D., 2008);
NYU School of Law, (LL. M., Taxation, 2009)