U.S. Supreme Court Allows States to Legalize Sports Betting

by Lynne Levin Kaufman, Esquire
@iGamingLawyer

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – May 14, 2018  – By now, most of you have heard that the U.S. Supreme Court  today held that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the more than 25 year old federal law that prohibited full blown sports betting in all states but Nevada, is an unconstitutional restriction on state sovereignty. The elimination of PASPA means that states can pass laws establishing regulated sports betting. But what does that mean for the gaming industry and for those of us who are anxious to place a legal bet in our state?

It means that the states that have already acted to pass legislation, or have bills pending in the legislature, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are preparing to roll out sports betting as soon as possible. It means that an opportunity has been created for businesses that operated outside of the U.S. to now locate themselves in the U.S., creating employment and other business opportunities. It means that much less revenue will be lost to the $150 billion illegal sports betting industry. It means tax revenue will be gained by states that legalize sports betting. It means that people who couldn’t travel to Nevada for the Super Bowl or March Madness, as two examples, can enjoy an entertainment experience at the casino or racetrack in their regulated sports betting state. It means that sports betting will be required to be conducted with integrity, transparency, and supervision.

Yes, there is a lot to work out.  The average sports book realizes about a 5% profit, and integrity fees to the leagues, licensing fees, and technical requirements could deter industry growth. Then there are questions regarding internet wagering, server placement, and the Wire Act.  But on this day, let’s put those thoughts aside and celebrate a monumental victory for the gaming industry.  #SportsBetting

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendar: July 12 NJCPA Summer Breakfast Seminar with Cooper Levenson Attorneys

CPAs – Don’t miss this annual summer update. Hear from the attorneys at Cooper Levenson as they discuss issues that affect CPAs on both the state and national levels. Breakfast seminar 8 a.m. – noon. Venue TBA.

Topics to include:

  • Who Needs Asset Protection? Spoiler Alert: Everyone
  • Hidden Figures (Not The Movie): Finding and Protecting Assets
  • Flip That House? Buying and Selling Real Estate in Light of New Tax Laws
  • Essentials for Maximizing the Value of a Business: Valuation, Selling Assets v. Stock and More
  • Green Rush: What CPAs Need to Know about the Future of Cannabis in New Jersey
  • Recent IRS Rulings and Pronouncements from the United States and New Jersey Tax Courts

Amy Rudley speaks: “Bridging The Gap: Challenges Between Executives and Young Professionals” SNJDC Jan 9 Program

Amy E. Rudley joined a panel of speakers at the January 9 Southern New Jersey Development Council meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott Deptford. Amy joined panelists: Vince Maione, President, Atlantic City Electric; Sharon Hammel, Chief Retail Officer, Republic Bank; Dan Snodgrass, Retirement Plan Specialist, BCG Securities.

“Preparing Your Clients Estate Plan for its Annual Exam” Seminar

Complimentary continuing education & breakfast seminar
Estate & Charitable Gift Planning
Health Update

Hosted by the Atlantic County Bar Association in partnership with AtlantiCare Foundation
Featured Topics
Gifts of IRA
Charitable Reminder Trusts (CRAT v. CRUT)
Proposed Income Tax Changes effect on Charitable Giving

Wednesday, September 20
8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Linwood Country Club
500 Shore Road, Linwood

Guest Panel Speakers:
Michael L. Salad, Esq
Cooper Levenson
Matthew K. Bell, CPA, CVA
Dolan, Bell & Marsella
Daniel Koch
Seashore Wealth Management

This event includes breakfast. This seminar has been approved for 2.4 NJ CLE credits by the NJ Board on Continuing Legal Education. NJ State Board of Accountancy and Certified Financial Planner Board credits will be self-reported.

Register at www.atlanticare.org/plannedgivingseminar
For questions call 609.407.2393 or julie.fink@atlanticare.org

Ojserkis and Thornton Present at Medical Staff Services Education Conference April 20th in Cape May, New Jersey

Jill T. Ojserkis and Kevin J. Thornton, partners at Cooper Levenson, presented at the 24 th Annual Education Conference of the New Jersey State Association of Medical Staff Services (NJSAMSS) held at Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ., April 20-21, 2017.

Their presentation included portions of a Medical Executive Committee meeting and a physician Fair Hearing, with audience interaction, using a fact pattern which Medical Staff professionals found true to life. Ojserkis served as the moderator and took the role as counsel for the Medical Staff. Thornton took the role as counsel for the physician under review. Members of the audience served in various other roles. Attendees received continuing education credits for attending the conference.

Ojserkis is Chair of the firm’s Healthcare Law Practice Group. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Healthcare. She was named as one of the Best Attorneys in Business – Healthcare by NJ Biz in 2015. She has been recognized for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list for Healthcare annually since 2012. Ojserkis co-authored a chapter on “Physician/Hospitals Relationships” in the 2016 American Health Lawyers Publication “Representing Physicians Handbook – 4 th Edition”. She presented before prior NJSAMSS Annual Education Conferences on the topics of Economic Credentialing and Current Medical Staff Services Practices in New Jersey in 2015; on Physician Fair Hearings along with Thornton in 2013; and on Medical Staff Bylaws in 2010.

Thornton is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group with more than 30 years experience in every type of disputed commercial matter. His healthcare litigation experience includes the enforcement of physician non-competes, physician employment agreements and restrictive covenants. He also represents health care institutions and providers in intra-hospital Fair Hearings and has served as a Fair Hearing Officer or Presiding Officer in a number of matters. Thornton presented before the NJSAMSS with Ojserkis on Physician Fair Hearings in 2013.

The mission of NJSAMSS is to assist medical services professionals in broadening their professional knowledge and qualifications in the fields of medical staff and credentialing services through advocacy, certification, education, information, and networking. NJSAMSS members include hospitals, health care systems, managed care organizations, physician offices, and health care entities in New Jersey and adjoining states.

Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with 75 attorneys and New Jersey offices in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The firm also has regional offices in Delaware, Florida and Nevada. For more information, visit www.cooperlevenson.com .

Law Firm Mourns the Loss of Founding Partner, James L. Cooper

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — April 18, 2017 — James L. Cooper, founding partner of the law firm formed in Atlantic City in 1957 and known, since 2007, as Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law, passed away on Saturday April 15. He was 87.

Cooper was a graduate of Atlantic City High School, Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School. He was instrumental in the legalization of gambling in Atlantic City. He also was a tireless advocate for equal rights and justice, for the elderly and less fortunate, and will be remembered for his social consciousness and generosity.

Cooper was the Founder and a Chairman of the local chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice, Chairman Emeritus of the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, and a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Stockton University. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, New Jersey Defense Association, and was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 1966, Cooper took a leave of absence from his own firm to work as a volunteer with President John F. Kennedy’s Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Mississippi.

“He stood up for the underprivileged and those discriminated against,” said Lloyd D. Levenson, Chief Executive Officer of the firm, “He volunteered his legal abilities for a considerable period of time in Mississippi during the volatile times of the sixties. That’s the kind of person he was.”

Cooper also made a difference closer to home. He contributed to the redevelopment of Historic Gardner’s Basin, including the building of the Ocean Life Center and the Atlantic City Aquarium. He was an advocate for education, and under his leadership as Chairman for the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, the college’s annual Restaurant Gala grew from a small community event to almost 1,000 people attending, according to Jean McAlister, executive director of the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation.

Cooper has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors over the years, including the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey award for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Justice, the “Rosa Parks” Award by the African-American Male Conference of Atlantic City and the “Legion of Honor” by the Chapel of Four Chaplains, an honor given to those who exhibit “outstanding, sacrificial volunteer service to one’s community and fellow human beings without regard for faith or race.” For his work in civil rights, Cooper was honored in 2007 by Stockton’s Council of Black Faculty and Staff with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

At the age of 82, inspired by his daughter’s experiences as a school teacher, Cooper formed the Let Us Eat Please organization, a free meal program that is designed to fill the gap left when school is not in session, leaving students who get free or reduced-rate breakfast and lunch without those meals. The firm and his family plan to continue his work with Let Us Eat, Please, Inc.

Elizabeth A. Kaufman, Esq. Joins Cooper Levenson

Attorney Elizabeth A. Kaufman has joined the Defense Litigation Practice Group at Cooper Levenson. Kaufman will work in the firm’s Atlantic City and Cherry Hill offices.

“Elizabeth’s experience in a wide variety of defense litigation matters will ideally complement the Cooper Levenson team,” said Kenneth J. Calemmo, chief operating officer of Cooper Levenson.

Kaufman came to the firm from Delany McBride in Woodbury, NJ, where she prosecuted and defended state civil litigation cases for automobile negligence cases, subrogation matters, issues of coverage and more. Her experience also includes work for a “captive” Defense firm as well as personal injury, commercial, real estate, probate and non-profit matters in state and federal court.

Kaufman has served as a mediator for the Philadelphia Court of Common pleas and various private entities. Kaufman graduated from Drew University with a B.A. and from the University of Bridgeport School of Law (Quinnipiac) in Bridgeport, CT. Kaufman is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Cooper Levenson Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline April 7

Cooper Levenson Foundation, Inc. is offering college scholarship grants to high school seniors. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, active involvement as a volunteer, and financial need, and must be planning to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year university.

“We believe that investing in the education of the next generation is one of the best ways to insure the continuous improvement of a community,” said Lloyd D. Levenson, chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to be able to help high school seniors who demonstrate civic responsibility and academic achievement despite challenges. These are our leaders of tomorrow.”

The application requires sections to be completed by a teacher or school administrator and a volunteer coordinator, and letters of recommendation from each. Students also must furnish an official copy of their high school transcript, proof of SAT or ACT composite score, answers to two essay questions, a Student Aid Report (SAR) report, copy of the submitted Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a letter of eligibility for a Pell Grant, if applicable.

To be eligible for a scholarship award, applications must be hand delivered or mailed, and received before 5 p.m. on April 7, 2017 at Cooper Levenson Foundation Inc., Attn: Donna Vecere, Director of Marketing, 1125 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Email submissions will not be accepted.

Download the scholarship application here

Cooper Levenson Donates $2,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City

Atlantic City, N.J. — March 28, 2017 — Cooper Levenson executives Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr., chief operating officer (left), and Lloyd D. Levenson, chief executive officer (right), visited the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City on March 22 to present a $2,500 check to Michelle Carrera, chief executive director to support the Club’s 2017 programs.

Cooper Levenson supports the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City in various ways throughout the year. Ken Calemmo has participated for the past 15 years as a chef in the Men R’ Cookin’ event and Cooper Levenson Partner Rona Zucker Kaplan (not pictured) serves on the Board of Directors, and also is a mentor in the Champions of Youth Program.

12 Cooper Levenson Attorneys named to NJ Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists

Atlantic City, N.J. — March 15, 2017 — Cooper Levenson partners Lewis B. April, William S. Donio, Randolph C. Lafferty, Lloyd D. Levenson, Russell L. Lichtenstein, Ronald G. Lieberman, and Jill T. Ojserkis were named to the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers list, a designation awarded to just 5 percent of the lawyers in the state.

In addition, Amy Houck Elco, Peter Fu, Rebecca Lafferty, Amy E. Rudley and Michael L. Salad were named to the 2017 New Jersey Rising Stars list. This designation is given to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

“These attorneys consistently hold themselves to the highest professional standards,” said Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr., chief operating officer, Cooper Levenson. “We applaud the hard work and skill that helped earn them this designation.”

The Cooper Levenson attorneys named to the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers list are:

Lewis B. April, a founding member of Cooper Levenson and partner in the Personal Injury practice group. April is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Personal Injury Litigation and Negligence Trial Practice. April resides in Margate.

William S. Donio is the chair of the Education Law practice group, representing New Jersey school districts in special education matters, discrimination claims of all types, construction matters, open public records claims and more. Donio is an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law – Camden, and a faculty member of the SRI-ETTC at Stockton University. Donio resides in Hammonton.

Randolph C. Lafferty is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He practices in the areas of civil, commercial and general litigation, personal injury, governmental law and insurance litigation. Lafferty has been included on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list each year since 2006. Lafferty is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Personal Injury and General Litigation. He resides in Mays Landing.

Lloyd D. Levenson is chief executive officer of Cooper Levenson and chair of its Casino and iGaming Law practice group. Levenson and the attorneys in his gaming practice group are at the forefront of the newest developments in online or Internet gaming (iGaming) law, sports wagering legal matters, mobile gaming matters, and more. Levenson is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Casino and Gaming Law. Levenson resides in Margate.

Russell L. Lichtenstein, is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a partner in the firm, and chair of the Employment & Labor and Hospitality & Casino Industry Defense Litigation practice groups. 2017 marks the 13th consecutive year that Lichtenstein has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyer list. Lichtenstein is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Labor Law, Employment Law and Litigation. Lichtenstein resides in Beesley’s Point, Upper Township.

Ronald G. Lieberman is a partner and chair of the Family Law Practice. He is Certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, has been admitted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Family Law Trial Lawyer. Lieberman is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Family Law. Lieberman resides in Cherry Hill.

Jill T. Ojserkis is a partner in the firm and chair of the Healthcare Law practice group. She represents hospitals, health systems, medical staffs and health information organizations in a variety of matters. Jill is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Health Law and Tax Law. Ojserkis resides in Linwood.

The Cooper Levenson attorneys named to the 2017 New Jersey Rising Star list are:

Amy Houck Elco is a partner in the firm’s Education Law Practice Group. She provides educators with training on new laws and requirements, policies and procedures development, and more. A frequent lecturer, Elco presents on staff rights and responsibilities, student discipline, harassment, intimidation and bullying, special education matters, and board ethics. Elco resides in Mullica Township.

Peter Y. Fu is an associate in the Business & Tax and Cyber Risk Management practice groups. Fu’s practice centers around estate and tax planning; corporate best practices, and developing risk reduction tools for online service providers, sales and local tax matters in a number of U.S. states, and value added taxes for international businesses. Fu resides in Atlantic City.

Rebecca C. Lafferty is an associate in the firm and a member of Cooper Levenson’s Land Use and Governmental Services practice groups. She is based in the firm’s Atlantic City office and focuses her practice on planning, development and zoning as well as business and commercial litigation of every type. Lafferty resides in Mays Landing.

Amy E. Rudley is a partner in the firm. Amy focuses on employment law, casino law, defense litigation, and provides day-to-day employment counseling for a variety of clients. This year marks the 5th consecutive year that Rudley has been selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers Rising Star list. Rudley resides in Pitman.

Michael L. Salad is an associate in the Business & Tax and Cyber Risk Management practice groups. He concentrates his practice on business transactions, tax matters, and estate and business planning, including cyber risk management issues and management plans. Salad holds an LL.M. in Estate Planning and Elder Law.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.