Ms. Clifford’s commercial litigation practice encompasses a broad range of litigation matters for public and private companies and individuals. Throughout her career, she has represented clients in trial and appellate work in state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey and has handled a number of arbitrations and mediations. Ms. Clifford has effectively managed large teams of attorneys to efficiently and effectively defend the firm’s clients.
Ms. Clifford’s work on behalf of children and their families includes counseling and representation on issues arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Section 504, and other state statutes. Ms. Clifford participates in Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, represents clients in settlement negotiations with school districts, due process hearings and litigation.
Ms. Clifford participates in all aspects of litigation, including initial case assessment; drafting of initial pleadings; fact and expert depositions; briefing of dispositive motions; negotiation of settlements; and trial and appellate work. Her commercial litigation experience includes civil RICO, fraud, unfair competition, director and officer liability, breach of fiduciary duties, ERISA, contract disputes, insurance defense, first and third-party insurance coverage, securities fraud, aviation claims, and shareholder disputes. Ms. Clifford has successfully mediated matters on behalf of clients, employing both formal and informal mediation processes.
Ms. Clifford directs the firm’s recruiting and professional development initiatives, which include the elimination of the firm’s summer associate program in lieu of recruiting lawyers who had completed judicial clerkships. By recruiting these attorneys who hold the “keys to the courthouse,” the firm is able to deliver immeasurable benefits and tremendous value to its clients. Under this policy, the firm has recruited more than 60 former judicial clerks, and today the firm boasts more than 100 former judicial clerks among its ranks. These lawyers provide clients with valuable, firsthand insight into the practices and preferences of specific judges, in addition to a well-developed knowledge of courthouse procedures.
American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association Privacy Law Committee
Essex County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.
New Jersey Special Education Practitioners (NJSEP)
March of Dimes, Ambassador Family
Millburn Special Education Parents Advisory Committee
Tower Ins. Co. v. Dockside Associates Pier 30 L.P., Slip Copy 2011 WL 2669076 (E.D. Pa. July 7, 2011)
Parkinson v. Bono, 300 A.D.2d 640 (2d Dep’t 2002)
Tseng v. El Al Israel Airlines, 919 F. Supp. 155 (S.D.N.Y. 1996), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 122 F.3d 99 (2d Cir. 1997), rev’d, 523 U.S. 1117 (1998)
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