Born in New Orleans while his father was in med school on the GI bill, Jerry spent his early life living around the country, even attending kindergarten in Honolulu, Hawaii. His family settled in New Jersey. Jerry obtained a bachelors of business administration at Temple University in Philadelphia, and then attended Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Va. After graduating in 2 ½ years, he worked as a staff attorney at the Pittsburgh office of the National Labor Relations Board, where he honed his skills as a labor lawyer.
In 1975 he moved to Fort Lauderdale in private practice, where he met Don Corbin and they have been lifelong friends since. Jerry moved back to Philadelphia and practiced labor and employment law in well established firms, becoming a partner in one of the largest firms in the US. In 1992 he opened his own firm in New Jersey, and grew that to 20 lawyers. He expanded his practice to include commercial and business litigation.
Jerry has over 30 years of experience in commercial transactions, business litigation, labor and employment law. As an entrepreneur, he has been active in such diverse industries as banking, merchant services, restaurants, renewable energy and yachting.
In addition to receiving the highest (AV) rating as an attorney, he has repeatedly been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in labor and employment matters. In addition to representing small businesses and individuals, he also handled complex and class action cases. For example, he was been on the leadership committee of a complex matter where over 60 class actions were consolidated nationwide. He has litigated multi-million dollar cases. But he has never lost his sense that the law should be an instrument to help people, no matter how large or small the case, regardless of the client, and that everyone deserves the highest quality legal services. In addition to performing pro bono work throughout his career, he has also been active on civic and charitable boards including chair person of the Burlington County College Foundation and of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, to name but a few.
His entrepreneurial experiences have given him a unique understanding of the nature and needs of business. He consults with business leaders on start-ups, funding, mergers, acquisitions and contracts. He recognizes that key to success, among other things, are hard work, planning, proper funding and relationships – and not necessarily in that order.
He is a member of the Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars. Jerry relaxes on his motorcycle, is beginning to knock the rust off his golf game, and although he has a wide variety of interests, business and business law are always on his mind.