Overview

Iram P. Valentin is a business-minded litigator, who routinely represents the interests of clients in various industries, including, but not limited to, the legal, insurance, financial, real estate, collections, and construction industries. In addition, he has successfully litigated complex matters on behalf of businesses in the restaurant, hospitality, transportation and manufacturing industries. Mr. Valentin is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and has secured several defense jury verdicts.

Mr. Valentin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph P. Perfilio, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Fordham University School of Law, he was a Notes & Articles Editor on the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law, a premier banking and finance law journal. While at Fordham, Mr. Valentin interned for the Honorable Denny Chin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and at the New York Stock Exchange Division of Enforcement, as well as participated in the Securities Arbitration Clinic, appearing before the NASD. Mr. Valentin is fluent in Spanish.

 

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court
    • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Fordham University – J.D.
  • College of the Holy Cross – B.A.
    • cum laude

Representative Matters

  • Roseblatt v. Stripto, et al.(New Jersey, Appellate Division, 2017) – In this legal malpractice action, the Appellate Division affirmed the trial court’s evidentiary ruling and grant of summary judgment in favor of Mr. Valentin’s client due to plaintiff’s failure to secure adequate expert testimony to establish proximate cause.
  • Estate of Caruso v. Fin. Recoveries (U.S.D.C., N.J., 2017) -In this putative class action for alleged violations of the FDCPA, the United States District Court granted partial summary judgment in favor of Mr. Valentin’s client, finding that plaintiff failed to show a particularized harm and, therefore, lacked Article III standing to maintain an action under 15 U.S.C. § 1692f(8), and also failed to establish that existence of a private cause of action for an alleged failure to post a bond under N.J.S.A. 45:18-1.
  • Fox Paper, Ltd. v. Hanover Ins. Co., et al. (New Jersey, Law Division, 2016) – In this insurance broker malpractice action, the trial court held, among other things, that a conflict existed between the substantive law of New York and New Jersey as it related to the duty of a broker to an insured and, thus, New York’s substantive law would apply.
  • Wolf v. Escala, et al. (U.S.D.C., N.J., 2015) – In this social worker malpractice action, the United States District Court dismissed §1983, constitutional, professional malpractice, unjust enrichment, and disgorgement claims. 
  • Brown v. Lopez, et al. (New Jersey, Appellate Division, 2013) – In this decision, the Appellate Division upheld the grant of summary judgment in favor of the attorney for the seller of real estate, finding that there was nothing in the record to support the conclusion that he knowingly assisted the seller in defrauding the plaintiff or that he made any misrepresentations to her.
  • Lewandowski v. Hi-Tech Homes, Inc., et al. (New Jersey, Appellate Division, 2013) – In this decision, the Appellate Division affirmed the award of counsel fees to Mr. Valentin’s client due to Plaintiffs’ decision to take an improvident voluntary dismissal after summary judgment was filed by the Defendants. The matter was remanded to the trial court for a determination of the amount of the award.
  • Lieber v. Marcus (U.S.D.C., N.J., 2012) – In this decision, which was upheld in 2014, after motion for reconsideration, the United States District Court ruled that New Jersey’s Entire Controversy Doctrine and the doctrine of collateral estoppel precluded a second action raising legal malpractice claims not perfected in a prior state court action.
  • Mendoza v. Metropolitan Group Property & Casualty Ins., et al. (New Jersey, Law Division, 2012)- Mr. Valentin represented Metropolitan Group (MetLife) in defense of a case brought by a Plaintiff seeking insurance proceeds. At trial, the burden was shifted to the defense to show that the Plaintiff had made a material misstatement of fact or fraudulent statement in connection with the insurance claim. Mr. Valentin secured a defense jury verdict in favor of MetLife.
  • Triarsi v. BSC Group Services, LLC, et al. (New Jersey, Appellate Division, 2011) – In this decision published at 422 N.J. Super. 104, the Appellate Division clarified the application of the Affidavit of Merit statute to insurance professionals.
    West 133rd Street Realty Corp. v. F&L  (New Jersey, Law Division, 2011) – Mr. Valentin represented an attorney in legal malpractice action arising from the attorney’s representation of a corporation in the sale of commercial real estate. A no-cause jury verdict was secured for the defense.
  • Viglione v. Biagiotti, Marino, et al. (New Jersey, Law Division, 2010) – Mr. Valentin represented an attorney in legal malpractice action arising from attorney’s representation of client in divorce action. A no-cause verdict was secured for the defense at binding arbitration.
  • Mancini v. McAllister Fuels (New Jersey, Appellate Division, 2010) – Mr. Valentin represented a regional energy company in a toxic tort and wrongful death action. The Appellate Division affirmed the grant of summary judgment due to plaintiff’s failure to secure sufficient expert testimony.
  • Bergen v. Able Energy (New Jersey, Appellate Division 2009) – Mr. Valentin represented a regional energy company against personal injury claims brought by employees in connection with a propane explosion. The Appellate Division affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer and affirmed the finding that the employees’ claims against employer were barred by the exclusivity provision of the Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Shah v. S&K (New Jersey, Law Division, 2009) – Mr. Valentin represented an attorney in legal malpractice action resulting from the attorney’s appointment as an attorney-in-fact during an underlying divorce action. A no-cause jury verdict was secured for the defense.
  • Rego v. Giordano (New Jersey, Law Division, 2008) – Mr. Valentin represented an attorney in legal malpractice action arising from the the attorney’s handling of a fire insurance claim. The court allowed defendants to prosecute plaintiffs for committing a fraud on the court when it was discovered that they had altered documents in discovery. A defense jury verdict was secured, whereupon the court dismissed plaintiffs’ suit.

Community Service

  • Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club – Vice President, 2017-18; President-Elect
  • Visiting Homemaker Home Health Aide Service of Bergen County – Trustee on Volunteer Board, Since 2011; Compliance Officer; Chair: Program, Personnel & Compliance/Quality Assurance Committee
  • Cardinal Hayes High School, Class Captain for the Class of 1994
  • Fordham Law Alumni Association Advisor Program – Advisor
  • Paramus Junior Baseball League Volunteer Assistant Coach, 2018
  • Recreation Softball Assistant Coach, Paramus, NJ, 2017
  • Recreation Soccer Coach, Paramus, NJ, 2016

Recognition

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Professional Liability – 2017-2018
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2009-11, 2013, 2014-16
  • (201) Magazine’s Bergen’s Top Lawyers 2011, 2013-2018
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Top Lawyers Under 40 – 2016
  • New Jersey Law Journal 40 under 40 – 2011
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  • Co-author, Limitations on a Realtor’s Duty to Warn in New Jersey, KDV Alert (Apr 18, 2016)
  • Co-author, Implications of Trenk Dipasquale v. Industrial Urban, Law360 (Mar 31, 2016)
  • Co-author, The Premium Financing Red Flag – Case Studies & What To Avoid – Plus Journal Blog-Vol. XXVIII, No. 8; Life & Health Advisor (June 26, 2015)
  • Co-author, Economic Loss Doctrine Gains Viability as Defense to Financial Claims, New Jersey Law Journal (May 4, 2015)
  • Quoted, Issue of Attorney Diligence Enters High-Stakes Fees Dispute in Sanctions-Terminated Suit, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (July 10, 2014)
  • Author, The Cure for Borrower’s Remorse: Ratification, New Jersey Law Journal (Oct 11, 2011)
  • Author, Let the Lender Beware, New Jersey Law Journal (Jan 31, 2011)
  • Author, Title IX: A Brief History, Education Development Center, WEEA (1997)
  • Co-Presenter, “New Jersey – Everyday Ethics and Why It Matters,” LIVE Webinar, Lorman (July 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Current Trends in EPL and Real Estate Professional E&O Claims” (June 2017)
  • Presenter, “Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls & Legal Malpractice Claims,” Burlington County Bar Association (May 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “New Jersey – Everyday Ethics and Why It Matters,” LIVE Webinar, Lorman (June 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “The CFPB’s TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule: Navigating Its Enforcement Predicament,” LIVE Webcast, The Knowledge Group (October 2015)
  • Presenter, “Joint & Several Liability,” CEU Institute (September 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Practical Professionalism,” CLM (July 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Title Risk Management,” Title Academy of New Jersey Continuing Education Seminar (May 2015)
  • Panelist, “Ethical Pitfalls to be Avoided by In-House Corporate Counsel,” New Jersey Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics Meet and Greet (February 2013)
  • Panelist, “Ethics and Beyond – Professionalism in the Law,” Bergen County Bar Association Professionalism in the Law Committee Program (October 2012)
  • Panelist, “Top Ten Ethics Complaints and How to Avoid Them,” Hudson County Bar Association Professionalism in the Law Committee Program (October 2012)
  • Presenter, “You Bet Your Life (Insurance): Stranger Owned Life Insurance and Viatical and Life Settlements” (July 2012)
  • Moderator and Panelist, “Avoiding Fraud in Your Title Agency,” NAILTA Annual Conference,(April 2011)
  • Co-Presenter, “Claims Against Title Insurance Professionals” (January 2010)
Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Law 360