Attorneys
CYNTHIA D. SANTOMAURO, partner

BIO
Cynthia has practiced her entire career in Hackensack, NJ., primarily in the field of civil law assisting clients with all types and manner of contract and transactional matters, representing businesses of all sizes and kinds, including entity  formation and advice, sale and purchase agreements, lease preparation, loan closings, contract preparation and employment and severance agreements. She  also specializes in commercial litigation encompassing lease and other real estate disputes, construction disputes, contract and shareholder litigation, creditor lawsuits and employment issues. Her approach to all clients is the same---to provide the very best advice and service in the most cost effective and expeditious fashion.

EDUCATION

  • Degree, Montclair State University, BA, summa cum laude, 1979

  • Degree, Seton Hall University School of Law, JD cum laude, 1982


BAR LOCATION
Admitted: 1982, New Jersey

Admitted: 1989, New York


CREDENTIALS:
Cynthia is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, New York, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of New York and the United States Supreme Court. Cynthia serves as the Co-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Professional Responsibility and Unlawful Practice Committee and is a member of the New Jersey Commission  on Professionalism in the Law. She serves as a New Jersey Superior Court arbitrator and mediator as well as arbitrating and mediating private matters. Cynthia has served as a councilperson for the Borough of North Caldwell for the last 16 years where she also acts as the Council President and was previously a member of the Essex County Planning Board and Essex County Improvement Authority where she served as a Commissioner.  She has acted as a continuing legal education lecturer and in connection with those lectures has authored or co-authored a number of legal publications, including:

""How to Avoid Costly Errors: The Retail Lease from the Litigator's Perspective" ICSC Tri-State Retail Leasing Symposium.

"Negotiating and Drafting Commercial Leases (Landlord/Tenant Court, Bankruptcy and Related Issues)" NJICLE.

 

"Litigation of Commercial Lease Issues" NJICLE

"Commercial Real Estate for Paralegals" NJICLE

"Recent Developments in Professional Responsibility", NJSBA Annual Meeting 2017

"Recent Developments in Professional Responsibility " NJSBA Annual Meeting 2018

KEVIN P COOKE, partner

BIO:

Kevin P. Cooke began his legal career in 1982 and since that time has focused his practice primarily in the areas of family and divorce law along with the representation of community associations throughout the State of New Jersey.

 

Mr. Cooke provides his family law clients with the personal attention and service that they deserve at a very critical time in their lives. Mr. Cooke offers practical advice to attempt to amicably resolve the issues in dispute in a manner which is in the best interests of the client. When an amicable resolution cannot be obtained, Mr. Cooke is prepared to aggressively litigate on behalf of his clients.

 

Mr. Cooke is also a highly experienced community association attorney, who understands the needs of property owners and the managing agents of these associations. He offers efficient responses and effective resolutions to any community association problem.


EDUCATION:

  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. Bachelor of Arts Degree, Magna Cum Laude, 1979.

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pa., Juris Doctorate, 1982.


ADMISSIONS:

  • State of New Jersey, 1982

  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1982

  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1982

  • The United States Courts of Appeal for the Third Circuit, 1982

  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1987

 

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • New Jersey Bar Association.

  • Bergen County Bar Association

  • District II B Ethics Committee

  • Panelist Bergen County Early Settlement Program

  • Bergen County Family Law Committee

  • Bergen County Juvenile Justice Committee

  • New Jersey State Family Law Section

  • Community Associations Institute

  • Legal Advisor City of Hackensack Condominium, Co-Operative Unit Owners and Apartment Dwellers Advisory Board.