I was born the eldest of three daughters in a working class home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I, like everyone else, have encountered hardships and set backs but never do I forget that mistakes, suffering and pain can be overcome by hard work and courage to move forward with positive determination. In the practice of law, I have dedicated more than twenty years to helping people fight for justice, having learned that nothing worthwhile comes without sacrifice, self-discipline and courage.
I have been recognized by various publications and rated highly by a number of lawyer rating services- similar to those displayed by other attorneys on their websites. I prefer to focus on my having been Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney because it is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who are able to demonstrate efficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in civil trial practice. Less than 2% of attorneys have the honor of this accreditation enabling them to advertise they have met the objective and rigorous standards approved by the U.S. Supreme Court and the American Bar Association.
After serving a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Steven Z. Kleiner, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, I began a career as an employment trial lawyer representing victims who have been discriminated against on account of their sex, race, age, physical handicap or sexual orientation. The greatest achievements in my career are the numerous battles inside and outside the courtroom combating injustice and winning new rights, especially for women and minorities.
I am committed to helping others achieve justice and a positive status through the legal system and socially in community settings. I served as pro bono counsel for the NAACP-Mainland/Pleasantville Branch; I serve as the public policy Chairperson for the Association of American University Women (AAUW)/Atlantic County | NJ branch: I am the founder and former Director of TechTrek/NJ, a girl's STEM camp hosted at Stockton University; I am the founder and current Director of the Girls Can Club of Atlantic County, NJ, an organization designed to empower girls in the fields of language, technology and public policy; I am a member of STARS (Sisters Together Against Racism); I am a member of and activist for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); and, I volunteer for Girls Scouts Troupe #10527.
MICHELLE J. DOUGLASS
I am licensed to practice law in New Jersey and North Carolina, Virginia and Washington D. C. I moved to New Jersey several years ago after practicing employment and labor law for law firms in Virginia and North Carolina. I have made South Jersey my home where I live with my family. I am a University Professor teaching Business Law. I have argued cases in over 20 different courts in multiple states including Federal Circuit and State Supreme Courts.
My passion is research, writing and publication. I focus on law and ethics, primarily in business and employment contexts. My most recent publications are "The Evolution of Hayek's Ethics" and "Judicial Approval of FLSA Back-Wages Settlement Agreements." am honored to be an Award Winning Author. Some of my other publications include: THE DOCTRINE OF UNCONSCIONABILITY: A JUDICIAL BUSINESS ETHIC, A Battle for Reason: The Unconscionable Attorney-Client Fee Agreement, Atlantic Law Journal: Twenty Year Review and The Road to Discrimination: Implications of the Thought of F. A. Hayek for Equal Employment Law. For a complete listing of my works, click here.
I am "Of Counsel" to the Douglass Law Group which provides me an opportunity to practice the law, strategize and assist in writing legal briefs, attending court and working with clients. I find that my experience in education and my skills for writing and in litigation lend a valuable asset to the Douglass Law Group. I enjoy working with everyone in the law firm and have developed long lasting friendships with Michelle, Maria, Joe, Alysia, Alexa and Maria Alexandra.
I would be remiss if I failed to tell you that I have a doctorate in Business Ethics, a L.L.M. in international and comparative law and received my J.D. and M.A. in philosophy from Georgia State University.
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KEITH W. DIENER
I practiced law as a Venezuelan attorney for 22 years as in-house counsel for American companies such as Praxair-Venezuela and Cargill-Venezuela, where I managed legal risks and negotiated contracts in countries throughout Central and South America. I have gained much insight into corporate practices and human relations within the workplace.
I moved to the United States several years ago and became associated withe the Douglass Law Group. We are a tight knit group. We provide support to one another so that we may in turn provide compassionate, well-reasoned guidance to our clients, many of whom I have had the pleasure of assisting on a personal basis. I provide paralegal services to the Douglass Law Group which entails many important responsibilities including client intake, calendar management, scheduling, discovery management, motion practice, mediation and trial preparation. I find trial preparation and attending trial to be the most exciting aspect of my work, however, it is without a doubt, a far superior method of resolution, to accomplish a mutual settlement by and between the parties.
I obtained my law degree from Santa Maria University, Venezuela. I also have a Business Certification in Business Management for Attorneys from the Institute of Management Superior Studies and I am currently working on finishing a Bioethics Master Degree at the Central University in Venezuela. I am currently working on an Associates Degree in Applied Science with a Paralegal Major at the Atlantic Cape Community College.
While it seems that during most of my waking hours I am either working or attending college to advance my education, I do make time for other interests. I love music, traveling and going to fine restaurants with my husband. I dare say that my husband, however, can out-cook the finest chefs in the region! He is an exquisite culinary genius.
I have more than 24 years experience in administrative, finance, human resources and accounting practices as I was the Director and Administrative Manager and co-owner of Fernandez Mora & Associates in Venezuela when I was living in Venezuela with my husband and children. I joined the Douglass Law Group several years ago after my family and I moved from Venezuela. I assist the law firm with budgeting, payroll, business planning, financial reports, accounts and tax reconciliation.
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and am certified in Quickbooks and QB bookkeeping. I also work as the Director of the Girls Can Club, a non-profit organization established by Michelle Douglass to bring young girls together for educational and empowerment purposes.
I am deeply committed to my family and Christian beliefs and values. I believe that most people are good but I understand that some good people do bad things. I like to help people and believe faithfully in the intellectual and personal development of people to achieve their respective goals.
In my personal time, you can usually find me with family or friends. I enjoy my children and try to teach them the importance of a unified family, community engagement and the value of honest productivity.
I am fluent in Spanish and English although I work everyday to improve upon my knowledge of the English language and its nuances.
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