James Maggs

James Maggs obtained his B.S. degree in accounting from Villanova University in 1986. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Maggs worked as a tax accountant with Arthur Anderson & Co. and Ernst and Young. He graduated from Seton Hall School of Law Magna Cum Laude and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Constitutional Law Journal. Mr. Maggs was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1991 and has also been admitted to the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, United States District Court, District of Rhode Island, United States District Court, Northern District, Texas and the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and Circuit Court for Anne Ardunel County. Mr. Maggs established the Firm in 1995 and is the Firm’s Managing Partner. Mr. Maggs is also the President of the DG Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to supporting education, health care, and other philanthropic initiatives. 

Michael M. DiCicco

Michael M. DiCicco is a partner with Maggs & McDermott. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf, P.C. and an associate at Lowenstein Sandler. From 1983-1984 Mr. DiCicco served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Morton I. Greenberg in the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division. Mr. DiCicco is a member of the bar in New Jersey, the United States District Court for New Jersey, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of International Trade.

Mr. DiCicco has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in State and Federal Courts, Bankruptcy Court and the United States Court of International Trade. He also has extensive experience before various administrative agencies in New Jersey. He has handled multimillion-dollar litigation and administrative matters for numerous corporate and individual clients. Mr. DiCicco also has represented borrowers, buyers, and sellers in commercial transactions involving real estate and business assets.

Mr. DiCicco was lead counsel for Lifetime Brands, Inc., in a putative class action filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey alleging violations of New Jersey consumer fraud laws. The District Court granted Lifetime Brands’ motion to dismiss and the plaintiffs dismissed the appeal that was filed with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. DiCicco was lead counsel for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in litigation against its general liability insurance carriers to obtain coverage for contamination to property at the Turnpike.  The Turnpike recovered approximately $10,000,000 from its insurance carriers. Mr. DiCicco represented Lakewood Township in the orderly closure of Tent City – one of the largest homeless camps in the United States. Mr. DiCicco represented Lakewood Township in the redevelopment project advanced by Cedarbridge Development Corporation. The project is a 240-acre site that is being developed for office and commercial space. Mr. DiCicco also represented Carteret Borough as special redevelopment counsel with respect to the Washington Avenue/Cooke Avenue Redevelopment Project. Mr. DiCicco also has successfully brought wage and hour claims, wrongful termination, and discrimination lawsuits for employees against several Fortune 500 companies and other employers.  In the aggregate, those cases resulted in settlements or judgments in excess of $5,000,000.  Mr. DiCicco also represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes through mediation, arbitration, and litigation.  Some of the entities that he has represented in construction disputes are The Clayton Companies, Three G’s Plumbing and Heating, Kelso Construction, Dearborn Builders, The Howell Township Board of Education, Professional Security Systems, Lakewood Township, and SamPaul Contracting, Inc. Mr. DiCicco also represents borrowers in complex commercial financial transactions with lenders and secured parties and buyers and sellers in real estate and business transactions. His clients have included Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Conner, Strong & Buckelew, WOBM, American Classics Realty, and The Clayton Companies.

Mr. DiCicco received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Seton Hall University in 1980 and was a member of Phi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society. Mr. DiCicco received his J.D., with honors, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1983. While at Seton Hall Law School, he served as Managing Editor of Seton Hall Law Review and published a Note on Antitrust Law and the State Action Immunity Doctrine.

Mr. DiCicco served as councilman in Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean County, winning election in 2004. In that election, Mr. DiCicco led the Democratic Party to its first majority control of the governing body in the 117-year history of Point Pleasant Beach, winning two control elections. He was unanimously elected Council President in 2006. From 2000-2005 Mr. DiCicco served a the President of the Democratic Organization in Point Pleasant Beach and as the Democratic Municipal Chairman. From 2007-2011, he once again served as President of the Democratic Organization and as Democratic Municipal Chairman. Mr. DiCicco moved to Middletown Township, Monmouth County in 2011. Mr. DiCicco is the Democratic Municipal Chairman in Middletown Township.

Published Opinions:

Mr. DiCicco acted as counsel or otherwise materially participated in the following reported cases:

  • Highpoint Condominium Association v. Lakewood Township, 442 J. Super. 123 (App. Div. 2015)
  • In re Dryer, 356 J. Super. 159 (App. Div. 2002)
  • Trinity Cemetery Ass’n, Inc. v. Township of Wall, 170 J. 39 (2001)
  • Seacoast Builders, Inc. v. Howell Twp. Board of Educ., 315 J. Super. 68 (Law Div. 1998)
  • Nachtigall v. New Jersey Tpke Auth’y, 302 J. Super. 123 (App. Div. 1997)
  • Jersey Central Power & Light Co., v. Kingsley Arms, Inc., 271 J. Super. 68 (Law Div. 1993)
  • AQN Associates, Inc. v. Township of Florence, 248 J. Super. 597 (App. Div. 1991)
  • Cogen Technologies NJ Venture v Boyce Engineering Intern, Inc., 241 J. Super. 268 (App. Div. 1990)

Publications:

Note, “Antitrust-State Action Immunity,” 12 Seton Hall Law Review 835 (1982).

John J. McDermott, III

Mr. McDermott, partner at Maggs & McDermott, was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1983, the New York Bar in 1982, and is also admitted to the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, and United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. Mr. McDermott attended University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, Award of Honors, Classics; Allegheny College (B.A. English, Cum Laude, Alden Scholar) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1982).

Jaimee Nadell

Mrs. Nadell concentrates her practice in the areas of healthcare, insurance, contract law and debt collection on behalf of medical providers as well as corporate clients. She also provides services to individual clients on a wide range of issues including corporate and general business matters, real estate transactions and municipal court matters. Prior to joining Maggs & McDermott in January 2014, Mrs. Nadell served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York for over six years where she investigated and prosecuted high level criminal matters. Mrs. Nadell is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A. 2004) and New York Law School (J.D. 2007). She is currently admitted to practice in both New Jersey and New York.

Victoria J. Adornetto

Ms. Adornetto graduated summa cum laude from Stockton University, and cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law. She began her legal career as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joseph P. Quinn, J.S.C., in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County. Since then, she has been engaged in private practice, handling complex civil and complex litigation matters throughout New Jersey. Ms. Adornetto devotes her practice to litigation. While Ms. Adornetto represents parties in various settings, she primarily assists individual and corporate claimants in such concentrations as personal injury, general liability (premises liability, defamation, dram shop, workplace incidents), contractual, professional malpractice, and product liability, as well as appeals in these practice areas. Ms. Adornetto routinely practices and appears before the Superior Court of New Jersey, the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division, and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey. In addition to court appearances and trial-related work, Ms. Adornetto has participated in, and favorably resolved matters in countless mediations, arbitrations, and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Stephanie L. DeLuca

Stephanie L. DeLuca is an associate with Maggs, McDermott & DiCicco. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. DeLuca served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas M. Brown in the Superior Court of New Jersey and was an associate at the Lenox Law Firm and The Law Offices of Stephen E. Gertler. Ms. DeLuca is a member of the bar in New Jersey, the United States District Court for New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Ms. DeLuca focuses her practice on litigation. She is a zealous advocate with experience litigating and defending cases in state and federal courts concerning a broad range of legal disputes including personal injuries arising from motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, slip and fall accidents, and dog bite attacks; labor and employment law including claims of discrimination and retaliation under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and Conscientious Employee Protection Act; violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act; medical malpractice; contractual disputes, and residential real estate transactions.

Ms. DeLuca received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, magna cum laude, from the University of Hartford where she was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society. She received her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law. While at RWU Law, she was a member of Moot Court and earned CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for being the highest scoring student in her legal writing and trial advocacy classes.

Representative Matters

  • Materially participated in securing settlement of $1,000,000 in case involving the wrongful termination of private disability benefits under a non-cancellable occupation specific disability insurance policy.
  • Secured settlement of $155,000 in employment discrimination case involving a union employee terminated after taking an approved leave of absence.
  • Secured settlement of $60,000 in New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act case involving a home improvement contractor who failed to enter a written contract for home renovations setting forth the total price to be paid, among other required terms.
  • Secured settlement of $47,500 in “whistleblower” retaliation case involving an employee terminated after opposing and complaining about conduct reasonably believed to be unlawful and discriminatory.
  • Secured settlement of $45,000 in employment discrimination case involving longtime employee who was terminated after unfounded allegations of work misconduct were made by a recently hired employee in a non-protected class.
  • Successfully obtained a defense verdict following a three-day bench trial in case involving allegations of defamation, tortious interference, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Materially participated in securing settlement of $40,000 in employment discrimination case involving an employee terminated after taking an approved temporary leave of absence following surgery.
  • Argued precedent-setting case regarding a Medicaid recipient’s right to a spousal elective share. See Matter of Estate of Brown, 448 N.J. Super. 252 (App. Div.), cert. denied, 230 N.J. 393 (2017).
  • Successfully obtained a verdict in favor of insured driver following a bench trial in a property damage subrogation case involving disputed liability.
  • Successfully challenged reinstatement of an administratively dismissed medical malpractice action in which plaintiff waited one year to serve physician with the complaint, contrary to the purposes of the Affidavit of Merit statute and statute of limitations, resulting in dismissal of the action with prejudice.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of loss of consortium claim against physician in medical malpractice action by way of motion for partial summary judgment.
  • Successfully obtained voluntary stipulation of dismissal with prejudice on behalf of physician in medical malpractice action upon filing motion to dismiss amended complaint as time barred.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of emotional distress claim against physicians in three separate medical malpractice actions by way of motion for partial summary judgment.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of action against former school employee, with prejudice, which was affirmed on appeal. See Borrello v. Elizabeth Bd. of Educ., 2016 WL 4366862 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Aug. 16, 2016).
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of ethics complaint against former school board member by way of motion for summary decision, which was adopted by the Commissioner of the School Ethics Commission.
  • Materially participated in representation of school board in a federal action alleging interference and retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which was dismissed by way of motion for summary judgment.
  • Successfully obtained default judgment against bankruptcy debtor in Adversary Proceeding on the basis that debt was acquired by false pretenses, false representations, and intentional fraud.

Kyle Tognan

Mr. Tognan joined the firm in 2020 and has focused primarily on complex commercial and real estate litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tognan was an associate at Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf, P.C., where he focused on corporate law and business litigation. In 2019, Mr. Tognan was named one of SJMAG’s top business attorneys for the year. Mr. Tognan is a member of both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bar.

Mr. Tognan graduated from the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. While attending law school, he worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, where he assisted with the landmark Whitewood v. Wolf case, wherein same-sex marriage was legalized in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.