The New Jersey law firm of Shapiro Croland Reiser Apfelt & Di Iorio LLP represents businesses and individuals in a wide range of complex business and commercial disputes brought in the United States District for the District of New Jersey. In addition, our New Jersey attorneys represent debtors and creditors in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in cases under Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13.

Our experienced New Jersey lawyers appear in federal court and bankruptcy court matters in the three vicinages of the New Jersey federal court system - Camden, Trenton and Newark. In addition, our law firm also serves as local counsel to out-of-state attorneys and their clients in federal court and bankruptcy court cases in New Jersey.

Our lawyers understand the local rules and are familiar with the procedures specific to local federal court judges, magistrate judges, and bankruptcy court judges. As approved electronic case filers, we have the ability to effectively assist clients and out-of-state lawyers at every stage of federal court and bankruptcy court litigation in New Jersey.

Experienced Lawyers

Our attorneys collectively have decades of experience prosecuting and defending clients in a broad range of business and commercial disputes ranging from:

  • breach of contract
  • unfair trade practices
  • enforcement of restrictive employment covenants
  • Internet law disputes
  • partnership disputes
  • intellectual property disputes
  • bankruptcy law disputes
  • claims necessitating injunctive or emergent relief.

Our combined knowledge of bankruptcy law, federal court rules, federal law and New Jersey state law enables our attorneys to be effective advocates for our clients during all stages of litigation.

New Jersey Local Counsel

At Shapiro Croland, our lawyers effectively tailor our role as local counsel to meet the needs of out-of-state attorneys and their clients in federal and bankruptcy court matters. From assisting with motion practice to attending case management conferences and strategizing, we are capable of handling the full scope of services required in business and commercial disputes brought in federal court and bankruptcy court.

As New Jersey local counsel in federal court and bankruptcy court cases we can:

  • act as attorney of record
  • sponsor the pro hac vice admission of out-of-state attorneys
  • prepare and file initial pleadings and motions in compliance with electronic case filing, including motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim
  • assist in removing cases from the Superior Court of New Jersey to federal or bankruptcy court
  • ensure compliance with local rules and procedures
  • second chair trials and evidentiary hearings
  • provide a suitable office location for the taking of depositions within the District of New Jersey
  • ensure compliance with bankruptcy court filing deadlines, including filing of proofs of claim and motions
  • preserve objections to discharge of disputed debts in bankruptcy court proceedings by filing adversary actions defending claw back and fraudulent transfer claims filed by debtors and bankruptcy trustees

Primary Practice Areas


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