Stark & Stark will be heading to the beach to meet everyone at the 2018 Roar to the Shore and DelMarVa Bike Week this September. While at both events, we will have with us the granddaughter and great-grandson of Harley-Davidson co-founder Walter Davidson as our guest speakers, Jean Davidson and her son John Oeflein, respectively. Come to meet Jean and Jon along with Stark & Stark’s Riders’ Lawyers, our personal injury attorneys who understand what it means to be a rider.

Jean Davidson is the granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of the four founders and first president of Harley-Davidson. Jean Davidson started riding at the age of 12, and eventually went on to own the largest Harley Davidson dealership in Wisconsin. Because of this, Jean had the opportunity to work with the Harley Davidson family, famous racers, Hell’s Angels, and even Evil Knievel. Jean has lived an incredible rider experience, and she is excited to share what she’s learned with us. As a mother of five children, she is also excited to bring her son, John Oeflein, to meet everyone as well.

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Roar to the Shore is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. This event covers every inch of wildwood with vendors, music, bikes, and games. Visit the Stark & Stark tent and join The Riders’ Lawyers as they answer any questions you may have about the differences between an automobile policy and a motorcycle policy as well as carrying proper and adequate insurance coverage. Bring your declarations page for a FREE on-site evaluation.

The team will also be presenting free informational seminars about insurance on both Friday and Saturday at 1:00pm and 3:00 pm at the Stark & Stark tent. Stop by the tent at the following times for a chance to win a raffle for a Battery Charger/Engine Starter

  • Thursday – 1pm and 3pm
  • Friday – 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
  • Saturday – 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
  • Sunday – 12pm and 2pm

Entrants may only win once during the weekend and must be present at the booth during the drawing in order to win.

Visit the website for more details about this event.


Stark & Stark Shareholders J. Robert Bratman, Denise Mariani, and Associate Evan J. Lide will be presenting “Automobile Insurance: Understanding Your Policy & How to Protect Your Rights,” a series of seminars that will be held at the YMCA Trenton on June 2, 9, and 23, 2016. The seminars will explain the key components of the average auto insurance company, including what coverage and benefits are typically included. This will also cover what kinds of auto policies are available, and what a person should know when they are involved in an automobile accident or collision.

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Stark & Stark will be attending the second annual Capital City Book Fair event in Trenton, NJ on May 14th, 2016 from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The Capital City Book Fair is a two-day event taking place all day Friday and Saturday, and is intended to be a celebration of all the local booksellers, indie presses, authors, and bibliophiles in central New Jersey. In addition to the Book Market, the fair will include a Scrabble tournament, a mystery writing panel, a poetry slam, and a variety of readings and performances for children.

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Stark & Stark is proud to announce that Shareholder, Bruce H. Stern has achieved recertification with the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Stern is focuses his practice on serious personal injury cases such as wrongful death, traumatic brain injury and and spinal cord injuries. Approximately only three percent of American lawyers are board certified by NBTA. Certification through the NBTA is the highest and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve.

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers announced the 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings, and Stark & Stark has been recognized with a Tier 1 ranking for  Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs and Workers’ Compensation Law- Claimants in New Jersey. Stark & Stark is honored to have received this recognition.

Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process, and this year over 17,000 attorneys provided almost 600,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,500 clients provided more than 40,000 evaluations to help determine the rankings. In order to be eligible for a ranking, each firm to have at least one lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

For more information about the selection process, please click here.

Stark & Stark is committed to furthering Continuing Legal Education for attorneys as evident by the firm’s presence at the New Jersey Association for Justice’s 2014 Meadowlands Seminar. Stark & Stark will have five attorney presenters at six separate programs throughout the event. The event will be held at Hilton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, New Jersey on November 12, 2014 through November 14, 2014. Below is a list of Stark & Stark attorneys that will be presenting at the event.

  • Michael G. Donahue, III, Vice President of the NJAJ and Shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Accident & Personal Injury Group, will present “Expert Opinions” in the “Evidence Issues Before and During Trial” program and Co-Chair the program titled, “Technology: Tools to Build Compelling Cases.”
  • Bruce H. Stern, Shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Accident & Personal Injury Group, will serve as Co-Chair of the program “Cross Examination College” where he will present, “Cross of the Defense Doctor in a TBI Case.”

For a full list of the various programs and presentations, or to register to attend, please visit the New Jersey Association for Justice’s website by clicking here.

A new study published in the September, 2014 edition of the journal “PLOS ONE”, offers further support for the existence of a connection between suffering a brain injury at a young age and a variety of serious problems, including behavioral problems.  While studies have long noted a variety of long term consequences, including variations in how a person’s gender may impact upon the effects manifested from traumatic brain injury (TBI), this new study was particularly focused upon TBI in young persons in an effort to identify whether the person’s age, or a combination of age and gender, may impact the manifested effects of TBI.

The researchers examined data collected from over 9,000 students enrolled in grades 7-12 and focused on persons who had suffered a head injury which resulted in an overnight hospitalization or a period of unconsciousness of at least five minutes.  Given the recent media attention to TBI lately and the apparent link between participation in contact sport and TBI, it is perhaps not surprising that the researchers found “team sports” as the most common reported cause of TBI amongst the study’s participants.

The results reportedly “indicate that adolescents with TBI are vulnerable to a range of psychological and behavioral harms that co-occur with their history of a TBI,” such as suicidal ideation, smoking, and drug use. Due to limitations on the study, including the fact that the data reviewed was limited to the participants’ self-report, the researchers were not able to gather meaningful data on the severity of the TBIs suffered by the study’s subjects.  As such, the potential impact of TBI severity remains an open question with regard to the results of this particular study.

Each year millions of people are subjected to brain trauma suffered in accidents of varying kings, including car accidents, bicycle accidents and other incidents.  TBI can produce devastating life impacts.  Personality changes, impaired memory, violent outbursts, sleep disturbances, and other life changing consequences are frequently seen in the victims of TBI.  If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and have noticed such effects, we urge you to seek medical attention and the assistance of an attorney.

Stark & Stark would like to congratulate Accident & Personal Injury and Nursing Home Litigation group for receiving a $13.2 million verdict in Hudson County on May 15, 2014.  The case involved an elderly woman who died as a result of nursing home negligence.

An 87 year old woman, who lived independently, fell at home and suffered a dislocated shoulder.  After three days in the hospital, she was sent to a nursing home for short term rehabilitation of that shoulder and was then supposed to go home.  Instead, over the course of a 94 day admission, the client lost over 20 of her 110 pounds, developed large stage IV wounds – and then suffered through 9 debridements, two bone shavings, the application of a wound vac and a diversionary colostomy – that eviscerated and lead to the need for her bowels to be manually re-inserted back into her abdomen.  All of this was too much for her – and she suffered a very painful death.

“The terrible injuries this poor woman suffered were unnecessary and preventable.  With adequate staffing and a properly run facility she would have completed her rehab and gone back home.  Instead, she died an undignified death in pain.  This case stands for justice for the family and nursing home residents across New Jersey.”

Stark & Stark is pleased to announce that Shareholder Denise Mariani, member of the firm’s Accident & Personal Injury group, recently negotiated a $1.65 million settlement on behalf of a mother who was left permanently disabled after falling down an inadequately secured stairwell at her daughter’s bridal shower.

The accident occurred on April 25, 2009 when the mother tripped on a piece of raised flooring and fell down the entire length of the stairwell, which was not secured with railings or any other type of guards. At the time of the fall, she was attempting to photograph her daughter’s entrance to the surprise bridal shower.

As a result of the accident, the mother suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, shoulder and wrist tears and a low back injury.  These injuries necessitated a series of four reconstructive surgeries to her wrist along with the permanent need of a four-prong cane due to vertigo.  Prior to her fall the mother served for 35 years as a nurse.  Due to the injuries she was unable to return to her career as an O.R. trauma nurse.