Iram P. Valentin is a business litigator, who routinely represents the interests of businesses and professionals 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, 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 on behalf of clients.
Mr. Valentin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph P. Perfilio, 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, one of the top banking and finance journals. 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. Mr. Valentin is fluent in Spanish.
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court
- New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals
- Third Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Fordham University – J.D.
- College of the Holly Cross – B.A.
- cum laude
- New Jersey Supreme Court Complementary Dispute Resolution Committee Member; Civil Subcommittee, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Representative (2015 – 2017)
- New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Rules Committee, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Representative (2014)
- Bergen County Bar Association, Professionalism in the Law Committee Member; Diversity in the Profession Committee
- Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- New Jersey Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Morris Pashman American Inn of Court, Pupil Graduate; Barrister (2016 – 2018)
- American Bar Association
- Brown v. Lopez (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. (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.
- 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 necessary 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’ claim 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 insured in legal malpractice action arising from the insured’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.
- Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club – Vice President, 2017-18
- 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
- Recreation Softball Assistant Coach, Paramus, NJ, 2017
- Recreation Soccer Coach, Paramus, NJ, 2016
New Jersey Super Lawyers, Professional Liability – 2017
New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2009-11, 2013, 2014-16
(201) Magazine’s Bergen’s Top Lawyers 2011, 2013-2017
Hispanic National Bar Association Top Lawyers Under 40 – 2016
New Jersey Law Journal 40 under 40 – 2011
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- Limitations on a Realtor’s Duty to Warn in New Jersey
- Implications Of Trenk Dipasquale V. Industrial Urban, Law360, by Iram Valentin and David Gittines
- The Premium Financing Red Flag – Case Studies & What To Avoid, Agents of America.org, ft. Iram Valentin and Robert Usinger
- The Premium Financing Red Flag, LIFE&Health Advisor
- Economic Loss Doctrine Gains Viability as Defense to Financial Claims, New Jersey Law Journal
- The Cure for Borrower’s Remorse: Ratification, New Jersey Law Journal
- Let the Lender Beware, New Jersey Law Journal