Mandelbaum Salsburg is pleased to announce that honorable Paul J. Vichness, fomerly a Judge of the Business Court in Essex County, where he also served as the conflict Judge for General Equity, has joined Mandelbaum Salsburg’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Department.
Mr. Vichness will focus his practice on mediation arbitration and serving as a Discovery Master in civil matters, with an emphasis on commercial and complex cases.
Judge Vichness was appointed to the Superior Court in 1995. He served in all of the divisions of the Superior Court. For the last six years of his tenure he served in the civil division where he was the Business Court Judge presiding over commercial and complex matters, some of which resulted in judgments in excess of 18 million dollars. He was also able to resolve multiple class action law suits. As the Conflict Judge in General Equity, he has been the trial Judge and resolved numerous Chancery matters.
Prior to becoming a Judge, he served a Clerkship with the Honorable William Camerata, followed by two years with the office of the Public Defenders in Essex County. In the 27 years of private practice, his concentration was on the formation, running and termination of business entities. He also was involved in corporate and commercial litigation and real estate matters. Judge Vichness received a B.S. degree from Hobart College and a J.D. degree from Seton Hall Law School. While in law school, he was a winner of the Appellate Moot Court Competition and a member of the first editorial board of the Seton Hall Law Review.
Says Judge Vichness, “After meeting with various law firms, certain things became apparent. The law firm of Mandelbaum Salsburg, based upon its physical plant and the staff and attorneys who work there, is a place at which I would be comfortable working. I knew some of the attorneys from their appearances in my Court. Others I knew by reputation. It was obvious to me that Mandelbaum Salsburg was populated with highly talented lawyers. They are professionals not only in their work, but also in their attitudes toward their clients. The size of the firm is also an asset. The attorneys specialize in a multitude of areas of the law, but the firm is not so large that either staff or clients will only be treated as a number. After examining all of these criteria, I feel honored to join the ADR, Mediation and Arbitration group at Mandelbaum Salsburg.”