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Spiro Harrison & Nelson Files Antitrust Price-Fixing Class Action Against Tire Manufacturers
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC filed an antitrust class action on behalf of direct purchasers of tires alleging that large tire manufacturers colluded to fix prices since as early as January 2020, causing purchasers to overpay for tires.
Eyeware Antitrust Class Action
Spiro Harrison & Nelson filed an antitrust class action on behalf of consumers against eyeware conglomerate EssilorLuxottica S.A. and affiliated entities alleging that they unlawfully monopolized the eyeware market in violation of federal antitrust law. The complaint alleges that EssilorLuxottica S.A. controls the manufacture, distribution, pricing and sale of the majority of eyewear purchased by consumers, although consumers typically believe they are purchasing eyeware from separate, independent brands.
Spiro Harrison & Nelson Successfully Represents Whistleblower in COVID Loan Fraud Case
In response to the immediate challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Congress granted the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) the authority to administer emergency loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). These federally guaranteed loans were designed to assist eligible businesses in covering essential expenses such as payroll and rent during government-imposed shutdowns. Notably, these loans, including associated interest and fees, could potentially be forgiven.
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Welcomes Francesca Simone as Associate
September 2023 – Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC proudly welcomes Francesca Simone as an Associate in our Montclair office. Francesca worked as a paralegal and summer associate for Spiro Harrison & Nelson while attending law school. Additionally, she interned for the Honorable Paul B. Matey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as well as the Honorable Thomas K. Isenhour of the Superior Court of New Jersey -Union Vicinage.
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Expands Litigation Practice with New Senior Associate Svjetlana Tesic
Montclair, July 13, 2023 – Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC, a leading law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation, corporate and redevelopment matters, is pleased to announce the addition of Svjetlana Tesic as their newest senior associate. Svjetlana brings a wealth of experience in representing corporate clients in various commercial litigation matters, further strengthening the firm’s capabilities in these areas.
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Welcomes Christa McLeod as Associate
Montclair, July 13, 2023 – Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to welcome Christa McLeod to the firm as Associate. Christa is a litigation attorney whose practice focuses on commercial litigation, including complex business disputes, employment litigation, healthcare law, and professional liability. Christa has experience representing businesses of all sizes, individuals, and public entities at all levels of the state and federal courts, as well as through various alternative dispute resolution processes.
Chambers and Partners USA 2023 Recognizes Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC
June 1, 2023 – We are honored to announce that the firm has been recognized by Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation in NJ. This achievement would not be possible without the incredible work of our entire team at Spiro Harrison & Nelson. Many thanks to our clients and associates who served as a reference.
We would like to extend congratulations to our fellow colleagues who have also received recognition in the Chambers 2023 Rankings.
*The rankings were assessed according to technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.
February 2023: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Helps Female Afghan Refugees in NJ Earn a Living
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC proudly assisted seven Afghanistan refugees in setting up individual businesses, allowing them to sell their embroidered handbags and manage their own earnings.
November 2022: Spiro Harrison Announces Name Change to Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC with Addition of Brian M. Nelson and Kira S. Dabby
It is with great pleasure that we announce some exciting news! Effective November 1, 2022, our firm will be known as Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC. This change marks the addition of our new partner and colleague, Brian M. Nelson, as a named Partner of the firm. Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome Kira Dabby as Partner. Both Brian and Kira will be based out of our Red Bank, NJ office.
September 2022: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Welcomes Michelle C. Clerkin as Partner to Continue Expansion of NY Office
Michelle Clerkin advocates for individuals and entities in complex disputes, including antitrust, consumer protection, and commercial litigation matters. She has extensive experience representing clients in antitrust matters involving price-fixing, unlawful monopolization, and other anticompetitive practices. Michelle has served on litigation teams in a variety of antitrust actions in federal courts across the country spanning the agricultural, financial, pharmaceutical, consumer product, and technology industries. She also has extensive class action experience and was appointed by federal courts to serve on Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in In re Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index Manipulation Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.) and In re Juul Labs, Inc. Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.). Prior to joining Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC, Michelle was a trial team member in an antitrust class action involving the pharmaceutical industry, which settled for $62.5 million on the eve of trial. Read more>>
September 2022: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Welcomes Alexandria Martinez as Associate
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to welcome Alexandria Martinez to the firm as Associate. Prior to going Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Alexandria served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr. in the New Jersey Superior Court, Morris Vicinage. Read more>>
September 2022: Clergy sue to halt Florida abortion law, citing religious freedom
Here’s the latest on Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC’s pro bono representation of 7 clergy members and their request last week for a temporary injunction on Florida’s stringent abortion law, prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks with no exception for rape or incest.
August 2022: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC files lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida’s controversial law, HB 5, which criminalizes abortion after 15 weeks and provides no exception for incest, rape, or trafficking.
A diverse array of seven Florida-based faith leaders today filed a lawsuit in Florida court in Miami-Dade County seeking to overturn Florida’s controversial law, HB 5 – which restricts abortion after 15 weeks and provides no exception for incest, rape, or trafficking. The plaintiffs – representing Reform Judaism, Buddhism, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, and the Unitarian Universalist Church – assert that HB 5 violates their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, the constitutional separation of Church and State, and the Florida Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They are being represented by Marci Hamilton, Professor of Practice in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and law and religion expert and attorneys Adlai Small, Danielle Moriber and David Harrison at Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC; and Vivek Jayaram and Liz Austermuehle at Jayaram Law.
July 2022: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Launches Miami Office
We are excited to announce the growth of the firm’s Litigation Practice into Miami, Florida with the addition of Miami-based litigator Danielle F. Moriber. Danielle joins the firm as Partner and will lead the expansion of Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC’s practice into Miami to better support the firm’s developing client base there. Read more>>
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Partners Jason C. Spiro and Thomas M. Kenny win motion on behalf of client Suntuity Solar, LLC in a case against defendant, Empire Solar Group. Empire Solar group moved to dismiss Suntuity’s claims of fraud, defamation and tortious interference but was denied. The case will now proceed to discovery. Read more>>
June 2022: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Welcomes Marissa K. DeAnna as Associate
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to welcome Marissa K. DeAnna to the firm as Associate. Marissa joins Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC from the NJ Public Defender’s Office where she worked as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender. Highly skilled in litigation through motion practice, oral argument and negotiation, Marissa’s substantial courtroom experience informs her practice. Read more>>
May 2022: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Welcomes Shomik Ghosh as Partner and Head of NYC Office.
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to welcome Shomik Ghosh to the firm as Partner and Head of NYC Office. Shomik is a highly accomplished New York based litigator with extensive experience in complex commercial litigation and counseling, white-collar criminal matters and appellate work. Read more>>
April 2022: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Welcomes Tyler R. Zeberl as Senior Associate
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to welcome Tyler R. Zeberl to the firm as Senior Associate. Tyler is a commercial litigator who focuses his practice on real estate, land use, contract litigation, municipal law, tax law and business litigation. Read more>>
January 2022: Partner Meredith Sharoky Paley Selected by Super Lawyers
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to announce that attorney Meredith Sharoky Paley has been selected by Super Lawyers as a 2021 New York Metro Rising Star for Business Litigation. To be included in the Rising Stars list, a candidate must either be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the New York metro area receive this distinction. Selections are made through a process which includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
January 2022: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Announces New Office Location in Montclair, NJ
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is thrilled to announce its Short Hills office has moved to downtown Montclair. Montclair is an ideal location for Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC as the Firm continues its expansion, with Montclair’s growing business community and its close proximity to New York City trains and the courthouses in Newark. As always, Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC remains committed to valuable service to its clients and to community and looks forward to continuing its dedication to both at its new location.
September 2021: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Welcomes Associates Joseph Esposito, John Moriarty, and Rachel Seville
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to welcome to the firm associates Joseph Esposito, John Moriarty, and Rachel Seville. With each coming off of clerkships this year, Joseph, John, and Rachel will provide enormous value to our clients and to the continued growth of our litigation practice.
July 2021: Partner Jason Spiro Speaks on SB Nation Rutgers (On the Banks) Podcast Discussing NCAA Restrictions
SB Nation Rutgers (On the Banks) interviewed Jason Spiro for a podcast on the topic of NCAA restrictions on payments to athletes for use of their name, image and likeness and the recent Supreme Court decision in NCAA v Alston.
June 2021: Dana Citron Joins as Senior Associate Out of the Red Bank Office
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to welcome to the firm Senior Associate Dana Citron. Dana is an experienced appellate attorney who focuses on appeals before the New Jersey Appellate Division and New Jersey Supreme Court. She brings significant expertise in appellate practice and procedure to the firm.
February 2021: Partner Eric Jaso Quoted in New York Law Journal article Asset Management Argues for Rate-Rigging Payout Stemming From Bank Settlement
An attorney for the firm, Fortinbras Asset Management, argued that his client’s work unwinding interest rate swaps for defendant Credit Suisse had made it eligible to receive a payout from the class action settlement, reached in 2016 in Manhattan federal court.
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC announced today the promotion of three attorneys to Partner – Meredith Sharoky Paley, Thomas M. Kenny, and Michael J. Sullivan. These new litigation Partners are strategically positioned to use their increased roles to deepen Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC’s experience across its litigation practice areas.
December 2020: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Played Role in the Presidential Pardoning of Military Veterans
We are thrilled to have played a role in the pardoning of our client Paul Slough and his fellow decorated military veterans Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard, and Nick Slatten. Paul, Evan, Dustin, and Nick were charged with crimes related to a violent incident in Iraq during the height of the insurgency while defending government officials as state department contractors. After the initial prosecution was dismissed for “egregious” constitutional violations, the men were retried and convicted, sentenced to 12-15 years in prison, and in one case life imprisonment. As a result of this full pardon, these men will now be reunited with their families after six years in federal prison.
May 2020: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Presents CLE for ACC NJ, entitled “Innovative Technique for Law Departments to Generate Revenue & Reduce Spend During & After the COVID-19 Crisis”
Panelists from Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC, in house counsel from BASF, along with a representative from Parabellum discuss ways to streamline in-house activities and reduce costs, while at the same time pursuing worthwhile recoveries, including through AFAs and/or funding.
April 2020: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Launches Fundraising Campaign to Support New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Lunch Break and VNA Health Group in COVID-19 Relief
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC launches “Donate Your Commute” fundraising campaign to support these three organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
February 2020: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC Announces New Office Location in Red Bank, NJ
As part of the Firm’s expansion, we have opened a new office in Red Bank to support our growing Monmouth County practice. The new office will support the addition of several new attorneys in the near future who will help serve our clients in the area.
September 2019: Counsel Meredith Sharoky Paley Selected by Super Lawyers
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to announce that attorney Meredith Sharoky Paley has been selected by Super Lawyers as a 2019 New York Metro Rising Star for Business Litigation. To be included in the Rising Stars list, a candidate must either be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the New York metro area receive this distinction. Selections are made through a process which includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
July 2019: Michael Sullivan Joins as Senior Associate Out of the Firm’s Red Bank Office
May 2019: Partner Eric Jaso Speaks as a Panelist on Fox Nation Show Discussing the Trump-Russia Investigation
Bill McGurn and his panel of experts dive back into the Trump-Russia investigation and take look at the new sheriff in town, attorney John Durham.
April 2019: Partner Eric Jaso Speaks as a Panelist on Fox Nation Show Discussing the FBI Investigation
Bill McGurn and his panel of experts dive into the various flaws recently discovered within the FBI and the best methods to right the bureau’s ship.
March 2019: Partner Eric Jaso Speaks as a Panelist on Fox Nation Show Discussing the Mueller/Barr Reports
Jason Chaffetz and a panel of former federal prosecutors dive into the details of the Mueller report.
February 2019: Partner Eric Jaso Quoted in VOA News article Washington on Edge as Mueller Probe Nears Completion
But current Justice Department regulations do not require Mueller to do so, said Eric Jaso, a former associate independent counsel who is now a partner at the Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC law firm.
As chairman of the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission, Partner Eric Jaso writes a topical cover letter each month for ELEC-Tronic Newsletter.
Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is pleased to welcome to the firm senior associate Tom Kenny. Tom joins the firm after seven years in practice as a litigator associate with a broad-based practice representing clients in all phases of complex commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in the state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York and has litigated cases throughout the country.
”He’s going to have a very deep respect and commitment to the institution of the Department of Justice,” said Eric Jaso, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at the Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC law firm.
November 2018: Partner Eric Jaso Selected to Serve on the Board of Trustees for USAO Alumni Association
Eric Jaso has been selected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the USAO Alumni Association, a professional organization of former Assistant U.S. Attorneys who served in the District of New Jersey.
September 2018: Partner Eric Jaso and Associate Jason Perez Write Article Titled Third Circuit OKs Snap Removal
“In its recent decision in Encompass Insurance Co. v. Stone Mansion Restaurant Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit gave the green light to a litigation tactic ubiquitously referred to as “snap removal”, a tactic often used by defendants seeking to remove cases from state courts to federal district courts.”
June 2018: Partner Eric Jaso sworn in as Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
February 2018: Partner Eric Jaso and Associate Jason Perez Write Article Titled Something Old, Something New: Department of Justice Issues New Guidance on Qui Tam Lawsuits
“Qui tam” lawsuits brought by whistleblowers to report and expose fraud against the government have ballooned in recent years, spurred by publicity about settlements in the billions and rewards in the millions.”
David Harrison discussed the “Brushes with the LAW” pertaining to HIPAA in the legal world.
September 2017: NJ Law Journal article Election Board Gets Court’s Okay to Investigate Essex Executive
A New Jersey appeals court ruled Friday that the state Election Law Enforcement Commission may proceed with an investigation into alleged campaign finance law violations by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and his treasurer.
Commissioner Eric Jaso, a former federal prosecutor who joined the Commission in March, was named the new chairman by Governor Chris Christie.
July 2017: Partner Eric Jaso Quoted in VOA News article US Special Counsel Mueller Probes Trump Finances
Eric Jaso, a former associate independent counsel for the Whitewater investigation who is now a partner with the Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC law firm, said Mueller’s mandate gives him “a fair amount of wiggle room” to probe matters related to the investigation.
Monmouth County in central New Jersey may not be the state’s best-known region, but the shore community’s growing business sector is attracting law firms looking to plant roots near potential technology, health care and financial services clients while staying close to major cities like Newark and New York.
April 2017: Partners Jason Spiro and David Harrison speak at the Association of Corporate Counsel, a NJ event on FCA Compliance
The presentation outlined the basic components of the FCA and offered critical practice tips for proactive compliance measures and defense strategies for minimizing FCA exposure. Presenters were experienced practitioners in regulatory compliance, FCA investigations, and whistleblower and government lawsuits.
April 2017: Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC is Recognized for its Work Advising on an Acquisition by FinTech Corporate Communications Leader
The acquisition of Leverage PR by Caliber Corporate Advisers was facilitated by the expert legal team at Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC and the counsel of Gould+Partners.
“We’re thrilled to open our newest office in Red Bank, and look forward to filling a gap in New Jersey’s legal market,” Jason C. Spiro, founding partner, said in a prepared statement. “New Jersey business owners want boots on the ground without sacrificing Big Law expertise, and we’re answering that call as we grow our outside general counsel practice geographically and with new talent.”
Governor Chris Christie appointed Eric Jaso to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission. He was unanimously confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate.