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Judith A. Kopen

Judith A. Kopen

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PRIMARY AREA OF PRACTICE

Ms. Kopen's practice consists primarily of municipal law, property tax litigation, personal injury litigation, insurance defense litigation, and adoptions and guardianships.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Ms. Kopen has successfully litigated numerous property tax appeals, foreclosures, personal injury suits, tenancy matters, and first party insurance claims.  Ms. Kopen also served as the Municipal Attorney for various townships in New Jersey. In that capacity, she advised those municipalities, represented them in court proceedings, drafted municipal ordinances and negotiated and drafted agreements regarding the acquisition of municipal easements and the purchase and sale of public property. She also handles property tax matters and provides advisory opinions for numerous municipalities. Ms. Kopen also handles adoption and guardianship applications.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ms. Kopen received her preparatory education at Miami University of Ohio (B.S., Ed., cum laude, 1974) and her legal education at William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1982). She was admitted to the Bar of Minnesota in October of 1982, and admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey in June of 1986.

Ms. Kopen is currently a partner at Gebhardt & Kiefer, which she joined in March of 1988. Prior to that time, she was Staff Attorney at Probation Services, the Administrative Office of the Courts of the State of New Jersey, from September 1985 through February 1988.