In a previous blog post, attorneys David M. Schmid and Evan J. Lide, members of the firm’s Personal Injury Group, co-authored an article titled “Don’t Text and Drive” published in U.S. 1. On Tuesday, August 13th, Mr. Schmid and Mr. Lide will be guests on WDVR FM 89.7 and 91.9’s Stepping Stones program hosted by Hilary Murray to discuss the article.  The program begins at 5:00 PM EST.

Stark & Stark Accident & Personal Injury attorneys David M. Schmid and Evan J. Lide authored an article in U.S. 1 published July 17, 2013.  The article titled “Don’t Text and Drive” discusses statistics regarding electronic device usage in vehicles.  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, “660,000 drivers are using their cell phones or electronic devices while driving in any given hour,” which coincides with the statistic that “nearly 400,000 people were killed or injured in the United States because of distracted driving.”

To read the full article, click here

In recognition of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month during the month of May, the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey will launch the Share the Road Pledge Campaign.  This campaign is to encourage drivers to do their part in saving the lives of motorcyclists and help make our roads safer for everyone.

The Share the Road Pledge allows drivers to enter into the 2013 Pledge2Win contest with a chance to win up to $500 in gas cards!
To view the Pledge2Win flyer, click here.
For more information and to pledge online, visit


Stark & Stark Shareholder Carin O’Donnell will be presenting at the seminar “How to Conduct an Effective Direct and Cross Examination,” through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  The seminar will be held at the PBI Conference Center in Mechanicsburg, PA on Tuesday April 23, 2013 at 9:00am, and at the CLE Conference Center in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 9:00am.  Attendees can earn up to three substantive CLE credits and one ethics CLE credit.

The seminar will discuss the must-do approaches and the pitfalls to be avoided when questioning a witness in a mock direct and cross-examination.  Attendees will learn how to capture the attention of everyone in the courtroom and discover how to enhance the impact of a witness’s testimony and get the desired effect on the court and/or jury.  Topics that will be covered include the beneficial questioning of witnesses, overcoming evidentiary issue hurdles, keeping the rapt attention of your audience, preparing your witness to present their “story”, and organizing and structuring your performance in the courtroom.

For more information, including details about tuition, click here.

Tyler Tomlinson, Shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Accident & Personal Injury Group, was featured in the article Volunteer turn out, Byers’ Choice Kicks in $25k to help save Kids Castle in The Reporter on January 6, 2013. The article discusses the community movement to save Kids Castle, a large and incredible playground in Doylestown, PA which is in need of being restored and maintained. Tomlinson is the Save Kids Castle community liaison who helped coordinate this fundraiser.

Over 100 volunteers, families and children attended an event on December 8th, which helped spread the word about the fundraising challenge. Since then, over $50,000 has been raised, helped largely by a $25,000 matched donation by Byers’ Choice Ltd.

Mr. Tomlinson said, “It is heartwarming to see the community come together to revitalize such a magical place for our children.” He went on to explain, “Because of the efforts of the community, and the generosity of Byers’ Choice, we only need to raise an additional $100,000 by March 31 in order to fully renovate and restore the iconic castle with new play features.”

Donations for Save Kids Castle will be accepted through the website

To read the full article, click here.


Albert M. Stark, Shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Accident & Personal Injury Group, was featured in The Trentonian newspaper for his recent honor of being presented with the prestigious Michael J. Nizolek Award for Service by the Mercer County Bar Association at its annual Foundation Dinner Dance last month. 

The award, which honors and recognizes an individual for unselfish contributions to both the legal profession and community, was created in 1995 in memory of Michael J. Nizolek who served as a past-president of the Mercer County Bar Association.

The article states that Mr. Stark “has pioneered the use of video and demonstrative evidence in the courtroom, and his victories have led to safer cars, bicycles, recreational vehicles, industrial equipment and roads. He has received awards recognizing his expertise, advocating for people with brain, spinal cord and burn injuries.” 

You can read the full article here.



We hope that you and your family and friends are safe and secure.  As the recovery from the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy continues over the coming weeks and months please know that we stand with you, ready to assist in every possible way.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of our attorneys and let them know what can be done to help you or your family.

Michael Donahue, Esq., Stark & Stark shareholder and Third Vice President of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) Board of Governors has shared some helpful information that he received from The American Association for Justice.  The AAJ has developed a list of consumer tips to assist you with protecting your rights under your homeowners or small business insurance policy.  To read this information Click Here.

Arthur Kravitz, Shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Workers’ Compensation Group, was quoted in the April 6, 2012 article, The Privacy Dangers in Workers’ Comp. The article discusses the fact that when someone is injured at work, their privacy, in relation to their medical history and personal life, is often times invaded by insurance companies looking for evidence that can be used to deny their workers’ compensation claim.

Mr. Kravitz states, “What we’re seeing now are requests to rifle through records going back 10 or 20 years that often have no relevance to the claim. The second major privacy issue with workers’ compensation is the increasing use of social networks to investigate claimants. In some cases, insurers are even asking for the passwords to their claimants’ private Facebook accounts.”

You can read the full article online here.

Kristyn Testa, a Legal Secretary in Stark & Stark’s Lawrenceville, New Jersey office, underwent surgery this past October to donate her kidney to her brother, Michael. Michael was suffering from kidney failure and had been on dialysis for the past two years.

On Sunday April 15th Kristyn and her team will participate in the 17th Annual Dash for Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness in Philadelphia, PA. We’d like to help Kristyn and her teammates raise money, and awareness, for this great cause.

Visit Stark & Stark’s Facebook page from March 15 – April 15 2012 and “like” us. For each “like” we receive, Stark & Stark will donate $1 to Kristyn’s Team: Got Kidney?

For more information on the Donor Dash, and the Gift of Life Organization, please visit their website online here.

Denise Mariani, of Stark & Stark’s Personal Injury Group, recently obtained a $250,000 jury verdict for Rosetta Martin of Trenton, New Jersey. Ms. Martin, a security guard at Home Depot, sued International Motor Freight of Newark after she was seriously injured in 2007 when a disgruntled IMF employee slammed his truck door on her right arm at the Home Depot Distribution Center in Cranbury, New Jersey.

An article in today’s Trentonian states, “After the jury found in favor of the plaintiff on Monday, Martin’s lawyer, Denise Mariani of the Lawrenceville-based law firm of Stark and Stark, issued a statement calling the verdict ‘fair in light of the serious injury’ Martin suffered. Mariani said the defense ‘tried to call (Martin) a liar, but the jury determined it was really the defense that was loose with the truth.’ The jury awarded Martin $200,000 for pain and suffering, $35,000 for medical expenses, and $15,000 for lost wages, said attorney J. Robert Bratman.”