Amie Gartenberg, Partner
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For over 30 years, Amie has concentrated her practice in estate and succession planning, as well as complex probate and estate administration. Amie advises high net worth (often multigenerational) clients regarding sophisticated estate planning with an emphasis on estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer and income tax planning.
Amie is a sought-after speaker on a variety of estate planning topics, and she has spoken to attorneys on ethical issues confronting Trusts and Estate Practitioners at New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) as well as the National Business Institute, as well as to attorneys and accountants at the UJA Federation Endowment Foundation on the subject of charitable trusts. She has also spoken on Surrogate’s Court practice before the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association.
Amie is peer review rated as a pre-eminent lawyer (“AV” rated) by Martindale-Hubbell. She is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Real Property Trusts and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Amie began her professional career in Manhattan at a boutique intellectual property law firm handling that firm’s estate planning and contested probate matters, assisting well known visual artists and their families in the transfer of their often unique property rights and legacies from generation to generation.
In 1986 Amie returned to her home state of New Jersey to join the Firm now known as Gartenberg Howard, LLP as one of its founding partners.
Amie grew up in Freehold, New Jersey (Bruce Springsteen’s hometown), and resides in Manhattan. She received her law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, and her B.A. in French from the Ohio State University. She is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.
Amie serves on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Home Foundation of Northern New Jersey and is a participant in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
Amie is passionate about helping families protect the people they love.
Thomas S. Howard, Partner
Tom is one of the founding partners of the firm. He is recognized as a pre-eminent lawyer with over 30 years experience in the practice of civil litigation. Many lawyers regularly refer challenging cases to him in recognition of his ability and skill.
Tom has an enviable record of outstanding successes in nursing home neglect cases as well as business litigation and contested probate matters. Although he concentrates in those areas, he also has extensive experience in handling malpractice cases, copyright and other intellectual property disputes, and admiralty work. He represents clients in jury trials as well as mediations and arbitrations. At all times, he aggressively pursues his clients’ goals, always mindful of the client’s interests and needs. His consistent purpose is to help our clients obtain justice and appropriate compensation for their losses.
He is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by his peers, and is certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He is a proud member of the American Association for Justice and its New Jersey affiliate and is a long-standing member of the AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group.
Tom grew up in New Jersey and upstate New York. He received his law degree from New York University Law School where he was an editor of one of the law reviews. He received his B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, majoring in Philosophy, where he was a winner of the Sutherland Prize. He is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Testimonials From clients:
“I am writing to send you a huge THANK YOU for all your help, consideration, professionalism, and care that you and your firm (thank you too Diane!) put into our case. It meant a lot to us that some sort of justice was served. And the settlement has helped our family in the time of our loss…
“Tom is a professional, results-oriented attorney who is personable and easy to work with. Words cannot properly express my gratitude for Tom Howard and his legal expertise that absolutely is the reason my company is now prospering. Not only was he an expert in litigation, he was a pleasure to watch as he commandeered the court, the case, and the outcome.
Tom Howard is simply the best at what he does.”
“I highly recommend Tom and all the lawyers at Gartenberg Howard. After my husband died in a trucking accident, I didn’t know what to do until I spoke with Tom. He filed suit for wrongful death and obtained a seven-figure settlement for me and my children.
Throughout the process, Tom and his associates are professional but very caring and concerned for us. He always did what he said he would do and I always felt he was doing his best for us. We are all very grateful for everything he did.
When I recently needed a lawyer to help us, Tom is the only lawyer I considered.”
Testimonials from other lawyers:
“Tom has skill in framing the issues and mastery in presenting his case with maximum effectiveness to the judge and the jury. His keen intellect is manifest as his knowledge of the law. Perhaps most important he carries all of his talent and accomplishments with grace and humility.
He is a top-shelf litigator. Smart, committed and hardworking.”
“Tom is a diligent and persistent litigator, whose effectiveness and success in the courtroom, and expertise in both substantive law and procedure, is supplemented by his negotiating skills, keen insight and sound judgment in all phases of a dispute or case. His intelligence, analytic ability, commitment, and integrity are invaluable in achieving positive results for his clients.
Tom is highly intelligent, analytical and has solid judgment.”
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Sonya H. Cho
Sonya practices in the area of estate planning, probate and trust administration. Her focus ranges from “first level” estate planning to advanced planning techniques, with an emphasis on estate, gift and income tax planning strategies. Sonya received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Columbia University. Sonya began her career practicing at large law firms in New York City and San Francisco.
After practicing for seven years, Sonya took a break to explore her creative side and attended culinary school in San Francisco, California, where she later founded her own custom-designed cake business called Butterfly Cakes. She successfully operated that business for 12 years and her work has appeared in “In Style” magazine and on television.
Several years ago, Sonya and her family relocated to New Jersey, her native home state, where she returned to the practice of law. When not lawyering or baking, Sonya can be found cheering on the sidelines of her sons’ soccer games, or cooking a meal to be shared with friends over a glass of wine and some laughs.
Gerald H. Litwin
Gerry is of counsel to the firm. Through his extensive knowledge and many years of experience, he has earned the esteem of his peers, with a reputation as one of the most capable tax and estate attorneys in the State of New Jersey. He is rated by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell as a preeminent lawyer with an “AV” rating.
Gerry concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, federal and state taxation, and corporate and business transactions. He is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts of New Jersey and New York and in the United States Tax Court.
He obtained his law degree from Columbia University and a B..A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Steven R. Vanderlinden
Steve is a member of the firm’s nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, and probate litigation teams. His practice is concentrated in the complex nature of nursing home cases, and area litigation that requires knowledge of elder abuse, medical malpractice and, wrongful death law. He has extensive experience in matters involving complex discovery issues and is a dedicated advocate for the firm’s clients, successfully negotiating many settlements and assisting in trials on their behalf.
Steve received his law degree from New England Law | Boston, with recognition on the Dean’s list. He received a B.A. degree in History and Philosophy from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Steve is admitted to practice law in the State and Federal courts of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He will graduate with advanced litigation skills from the Pashman Inn of Court and a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association, and the New Jersey Association for Justice.
Michael Charles Hughes
Mike is a member of the nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, and business litigation teams. He has extensive experience in health law, representing numerous clients in class action and related litigations. Among other things, he has successfully brought suit against many manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical companies.
Mike received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law with a certification in health law. He received his B.A. from Seton Hall University where he graduated with honors in English. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Mike is admitted to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey, and in the State of New York.
Pamela A. Hulnick, Of Counsel
When the firm’s clients need assistance in dealing with a bankrupt debtor, Pamela works with as counsel to the firm to represent that client in the Bankruptcy Courts of New Jersey and New York.
Pamela is admitted to the practice of law in the federal and state courts of New Jersey and New York.
She received her law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1989 and a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in 1981.