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Dario, Albert, Metz & Eyerman, LLC  is fortunate to have attracted attorneys with a broad array of experiences providing clients professional expertise coupled with an abiding commitment to client service. Drawn by a common belief that the practice of law should be an active, aggressive process, Dario, Albert, Metz & Eyerman, LLC has assembled a very talented group of lawyers representing private and public clients across a broad spectrum of practice areas. As a full service provider of legal advice and representation, its attorneys have been recognized by local and state wide publications across a wide range of practice areas.

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A lifelong resident of New Jersey, born in Hoboken and raised in Union City, Ron and his family are well known throughout North Jersey. After completing his undergraduate work at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Ron received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Ron focuses his practice in the area of Personal Injury, where he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in damages for his clients.

In addition to his Personal Injury practice, Ron represents several Municipalities in collective bargaining agreements, interpretation of local government and Municipal law, housing guidelines, and labor law. Ron was also appointed to several Municipalities as a Municipal Prosecutor including Jersey City, Upper Saddle River and Woodridge.

Ron is the recipient of several awards including the Good Neighbor Award, and he was named to the Hall of Fame for Emerson High School in Union City, New Jersey.   Ron’s practice includes cases in New York and New Jersey. You can reach Ron at the Hackensack office, through his assistant, or via email at ron@damelegal.com

After completing her undergraduate and law school degrees at Temple University in Philadelphia, Shelley Albert was an Assistant District Attorney for the prestigious New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. Under the direction of her boss, Robert Morgenthau, Shelley was a Felony Trial Assistant District Attorney. There, she was responsible for prosecution of thousands of felonies. She personally handled all forms of investigations and preparation through jury trial and verdict, and she was accepted to Homicide call and the Sex Crimes Unit. She trained and supervised other Assistant District Attorneys, handled Court calendars for Office of the District Attorney, worked in conjunction with various law enforcement agencies, criminal justice agencies, and victim’s rights groups. Her cases included narcotic felonies, fraud including welfare and identity fraud, violent street crime, robbery patterns, sexual crimes including offenses against children, homicide, police shooting investigations, and Grand Jury investigations.

Since being in private practice, Shelley has focused her practice in Criminal Defense and all aspects of Family Law litigation including Domestic Violence, International disputes, and Hague jurisdictional cases.  Shelley has personally tried over 100 jury trial cases to verdict in her career.

Focusing her skills, Shelley has a concentration on International Parental Abduction and Hague matters in both the Federal and State systems, and has assisted parents in the return of their abducted children.   Shelley has also provided expert testimony concerning our Family Court system in foreign jurisdictions and is called upon to teach Continuing Legal Education courses for other attorney in her practice areas.  

Shelley is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, the Federal District Court in New Jersey, the First and Second Federal Districts in New York, and the United States Supreme Court.

Currently, in addition to her practice, Shelley volunteers her time for Legal Services of New Jersey, and she has acted as a mentor for young attorneys.

For Shelley, contact the main Hackensack office, her assistant Melissa Pavesio, at melissa@damelegal.com.

GUEST LECTURER:

Manhattan College, criminal defense and representation in New York

Kane College, the art of cross examination

American Association of Trial Lawyers, New Jersey Division

Frequent Guest appearances: Court T.V., MSNBC, and other media.

Additional television appearances on CNBC, Fox News,

ACCOLADES:

Shelley has been recognized with several awards including 2000 Women of 2000, Top 20 Attorneys in Bergen County, New Jersey, ‘Ten Best’ of Family Law attorneys in 2015 and 2016, 2017, Top Attorneys of North America 2018, and 2019 awarded the VIP distinction, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Shelley is also a Mensa Member.

Patrick M. Metz, Esq. graduated from Rutgers College in 1988 with Bachelors of Arts in Political Science/English. He graduated Seton Hall University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1991. Mr. Metz was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and the United States District Court in 1992.

Mr. Metz has practiced law for 22 years with concentrations in Personal Injury both as an insurance defense attorney and plaintiffs’ attorney with heavy caseloads and substantial trial and appellate work. Mr. Metz presently continues to practice in both areas representing plaintiffs with severe personal injuries and defense clients such as Doctors, Lawyers and several County/ Municipal entities through the Joint Insurance Fund (JIF). Mr. Metz prides himself on constant interaction with clients to insure a team effort leading to the best possible results for his clients.

Patrick can be contacted via the office phones or his email: metz@damelegal.com

Brian E. Eyerman, LL.M., Esq., one of the firm’s partners, a native of New Jersey has enjoyed the vast array of experiences in taking his education in different areas of the Untied Sates and abroad. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida then attended and graduated from Rutgers University-Camden School of Law in the greater Philadelphia area. He was accepted into the United Kingdom’s prestigious University of Southampton’s Institute of Maritime Law program to study and earn his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in the areas on maritime and international trade. Upon returning to the United States, he joined Dario, Albert, Suarez, & Eyerman, LLC first as an associate and was named partner in 2008.

Mr. Eyerman specializes in Municipal Government Law, Workers Compensation matters, Personal Injury and Criminal Law.  He has appeared before every trial level Court in the State of New Jersey and was named a New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2012 & 2013 and has been recognized by 201 Magazine for his litigation work.

Reported Cases

Osoria v. West New York Rent Control Board. 401 N.J. Super. 437, 982 A.2d 1185 (App. Div. 2009)

North Star Management LLC v. Twp. of Saddle Brook. , A-3009-09T3 (App. Div. 2011)

You can reach Brian at the Hackensack office via email at brian@damelegal.com

Marilyn Canda focuses her practice solely in the area of family law specializing in high conflict cases involving child custody, relocation, support, equitable distribution, business valuation and other complex legal and financial issues. Prior to joining this firm in 2019, she was a partner in the firm of Finnerty, Canda, & Concannon,

for over 16 years. 

In 1996 Ms. Canda received her J.D. from Rutgers University where she was the recipient of the Deborah Michael Richards Memorial Award for Excellence in Family Law. She has participated in the Family Law Inns of Court, and she is a member of New Jersey State Bar Association and the Bergen County Bar Association. She has also lectured and written articles about New Jersey Family Law Issues. Ms. Canda received her B.A in English from Montclair State University. Ms. Canda has been voted by her peers as a New Jersey Super Lawyer’s Rising Star from 2006-2010 and a Super Lawyer from 2012-2013. She currently sits as a Panelist on the Early Settlement Program in Passaic County. 

marilyn@damelegal.com

Mr. Concannon joined the Firm as a Partner in 2019, and devotes his time almost exclusively to the practice of Family Law.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Concannon was a Partner at Finnerty, Canda & Concannon, P.C., where he practiced almost exclusively to Family Law for fifteen (15) years.  During his tenure at the Firm, Mr. Concannon worked closely with John E. Finnerty, Esq., one of the leading Matrimonial Attorneys in the State of New Jersey, and assisted Mr. Finnerty in crafting new Court Rule changes and proposed Statutory Amendments in the State of New Jersey.  Mr. Concannon specializes in complex financial issues, high net worth cases, business valuations, alimony, child support and college contribution cases, custody and relocation matters, domestic violence matters, and other complex family matters.  Mr. Concannon has prepared hundreds of Marital Settlement Agreements, PreMarital Agreements, and Consent Orders resolving contentious Family matters.  Mr. Concannon has conducted numerous depositions, domestic violence trials, divorce trials, and post-divorce hearings.  Mr. Concannon has also filed numerous Legal Briefs and Motions with the Appellate Division in appeal of, and in defense of, Court rulings.

            Mr. Concannon graduated on the Dean’s List at Seton Hall University in 1994, earning a B.A. with a double major in Criminal Justice and Spanish.  Mr. Concannon was employed in the position of Bi-lingual (Spanish) Probation Officer for the State of New Jersey, Bergen County from 1996 to 2002.  While working full-time as a Probation Officer, Mr. Concannon earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 2002, and passed the Bar in both New Jersey and New York in 2002.  Mr. Concannon was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, in 2003.  Mr. Concannon was subsequently admitted to the New York Bar in 2006.  Mr. Concannon served as Law Clerk for Harold C. Hollenbeck, J.S.C. in the Superior Court, Family Part, Bergen County, for the 2002-2003 Term. 

Mr. Concannon has been voted a Super Lawyer by his peers.  He is a longstanding Member of the American Bar Association since 2003, the New York State Bar Association since 2003, and the New Jersey Bar Association since 2006.  Mr. Concannon is a Master at the Barry Croland Inns of Court, Family Law Section, and also serves as an Expert Panelist on the Early Settlement Program (ESP) for the Superior Court, Family Part, Bergen County, where he assists other Attorneys and Clients resolve their pending cases. 

Outside of the practice of law, Mr. Concannon volunteers as a Basketball Coach for St. Joseph’s Academy.

Born in Bronx , New York, Wilfredo moved to West New York. New Jersey at the age of five, where he attended grammar school and high school. He attended Seton Hall University where he received a BS in Finance and  JD at Seton Hall School of Law. Wilfredo returned to the Bronx as Assistant District Attorney. Special  Investigations  Bureau , where he investigated  and litigated numerous high profile cases. In 1996 ,he returned to New Jersey  and developed a private practice.

Wilfredo specializes in the areas of criminal, family, land use ,real estate, and governmental representation. He represents numerous municipalities and counties in a variety of roles, including but not limited to  special counsel, public defender , planing board attorney, tenant advocate, director of legal aid and outside litigation counsel. He  has held the position of town attorney, labor attorney, rent control attorney, and health board attorney to name a few.

He also represents a variety of national corporations in a host of capacities including defense litigation,collections matters, and transactional work.

Wilfredo has been recognized by multiple public and private organizations for legal abilities, including being named “Attorney of the Year”on more then one occasion.

David M. Krouse, Esq. focuses his practice on family law and criminal defense and regularly appears in New Jersey Superior Court and in the Municipal Courts.

Before joining the firm, David served as law clerk to the Honorable Gary N. Wilcox in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen Vicinage, Family Part. After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Justice Studies from Montclair State University, he attended Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. While in law school, David concentrated his studies in the areas of family law and criminal law. David was an intern with the Honorable Patrick J. Roma, J.S.C., Bergen Vicinage, Criminal Division, and also served as an intern with a domestic violence advocacy center in Providence, Rhode Island. David also holds an associates degree in Paralegal Studies from Bergen Community College.

Of Counsel

Associates

Richard A. Foster, Of Counsel with the firm, is a graduate of Seton Hall University where he majored in Political Science and minored in English.  As an undergraduate, he participated in a summer long internship program with INTERPOL at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Mr. Foster earned his law degree from the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island.  As a law student, Mr. Foster served as a summer law clerk intern in the State of Rhode Island Superior Court with the Honorable William A. Dimitri, Jr. and participated in a Comparative Advocacy Study Abroad Program in London, England.  Following law school, Mr. Foster served as a judicial law clerk in the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Criminal Part, Sussex County with the Honorable N. Peter Conforti, J.S.C.

After he completed his clerkship, Mr. Foster was associated with the law firms of Robinson Burns, LLC in Bridgewater, New Jersey and The Brennan Law Firm in Cranbury, New Jersey.  Mr. Foster is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York, the District of Columbia and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  His experience includes personal injury, complex civil litigation matters, environmental and toxic tort litigation, commercial litigation, insurance defense litigation, and insurance coverage disputes.

Amanda Ribustello focuses her practice solely in the area of family law, specializing in high conflict cases involving child custody, relocation, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, business valuation and other complex legal and financial issues, domestic violence, Division of Child Protection and Permanency matters, minor name change actions, adoptions, prenuptial agreements, and non-dissolution matters. Prior to joining this firm, Ms. Ribustello was an associate attorney in the firm of Finnerty, Canda & Concannon from 2014 through 2019, where she worked side by side with John E. Finnerty, Esq. high conflict, complex matrimonial litigation.

Ms. Ribustello received her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 2013, where she graduated cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. At graduation, she was presented with the Myron Harkavy Prize, awarded to the student showing the most promise as a trial attorney. At Rutgers-Newark, Ms. Ribustello was a member of the National Mock Trial Team, and represented Rutgers-Newark on the first time in the school’s history to qualify for and attend the National Trial Competition Finals in San Antonio, Texas, where she was awarded an American College of Trial Lawyers Medallion for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Ms. Ribustello graduated cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2008, earning a B.S. in Textiles, Merchandising, and Design.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Ribustello served as law clerk to the Honorable Bonnie J. Mizdol, A.J.S.C., during Judge Mizdol’s tenure as the Presiding Judge of the Family Part in Bergen County.

Ms. Ribustello is an Associate Editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer, a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, and participates as a pupil in the Barry Croland Family Law Inns of Court.  She also serves as an Early Settlement Panelist in Bergen County. In 2019, she was appointed as an attorney member of the District IIB Fee Arbitration Committee.

Ms. Ribustello was recognized as one of the Top Lawyers in Bergen County in the area of Matrimonial & Family Law in 2017 by 201 Magazine. She was recognized as a top lawyer in Bergen County in the field of Family Law by Bergen Magazine in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Amanda was also named as one of the Best Lawyers for Families for 2018 and 2019 in the practice area of Family Law by New Jersey Family Magazine. In 2019, Ms. Ribustello was selected to the New Jersey Rising Stars list of Super Lawyers Magazine.

Ms. Ribustello is licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey and State of New York.

amanda@damelegal.com

Jonathan S. Lasser, Esq. focuses his practice on family law, personal injury, and criminal defense.

Before joining the firm, Jonathan served as law clerk to the Honorable Mirtha Ospina J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson Vicinage, Family Part. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice Administration from William Paterson University, he attended Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York where he graduated Cum Laude. While in law school, Jonathan was a member of the Pace Law Review and served as a Research Assistant. Additionally, Jonathan served as a legal intern with the New York County District Attorney’s Office, in the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, and was an intern at our office during his law school tenure. Mr. Lasser is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and New York.

Ms. Whateley is an associate attorney and primarily represents tenants in Hudson County Housing Court.   She graduated Pace Law School in 1995, and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, in the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, and the District of New Jersey,  and in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Since 2006, Ms. Whateley had dedicated herself to advocating for civil rights, representing victims of all forms of discrimination, most notably, representing children with disabilities through seeking enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act in state and federal proceedings; enforcement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act through federal litigation.  

In 2012, Ms. Whateley successfully argued her first case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.   The issue was the right of a 5 year-old child with autism to be provided the opportunity to be educated in the least restrictive environment alongside her non-disabled peers before being relegated to a segregated out-of-district BOCES placement.     After having lost at the state administrative level, Ms. Whateley brought an action in the Southern District of New York.  The District Court Judge found that the school district had, in fact, violated the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act when it developed an individualized education program (IEP) for the child.  The Court held that the school district had failed to appropriately consider whether the child could be educated in her home district before recommending a segregated, out-of-district BOCES placement.   The school district appealed the decision to the Second Circuit.  In affirming the district court, the Second Circuit noted that federal law requires that “to the maximum extent appropriate” children with disabilities should be educated “alongside their non-disabled peers”.    

Ms. Whateley is a frequent speaker and trainer on issues related to the rights of children with disabilities and the rights of all children to be educated in an environment free from harassment and bullying.   In addition to being a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, Hudson County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (Westchester and Orange-Sullivan Chapters), she is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), and is on the Board of Directors of  PULSES’, an organization in the Hudson Valley whose 500+ members are special education parents, educational advocates, service providers and special education attorneys.   Ms. Whateley also serves as a director of the New York State Special Education Task Force for the Hudson Valley Region.

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