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NJDA 52nd Annual Convention

  • Whiteface Lodge 7 Whiteface Inn Lane Lake Placid, NY, 12946 United States (map)


Use the options below to register for this year's Convention.

NOTE: Your reservation with the hotel must be made separately, before May 28, 2018.
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$350.00 per member ($450.00 non-members)
$125.00 per spouse/guest


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Nestled in the mountains surrounding Lake Placid, NY, Whiteface Lodge is located in the heart of the Adirondacks.   The Lodge offers the idyllic setting you would expect to find at the “Northeast’s Best Mountain Resort.”  It has received numerous awards including being named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List.  I encourage you to visit the hotel’s website,, to check out the beautiful grounds, suite accommodations, and abundant amenities.

Our educational programs will be held on Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30, and offer 6 CLE credits, including 1 Ethics credit.  I am excited to announce that this year’s Convention will include a keynote-presentation by  Matthew G. Moffett, Esq., Past President of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, who will discuss defense strategies for combating the plaintiff bar’s use of  “reptile theory.”  The CLE programs will also include presentations related to accident reconstruction, plaintiff’s growing attempts to disguise non-economic damages as economic damages, marijuana in the workplace, controlling your witness during cross-examination, construction liens, important cases decided within the past year and ethics.  

Our events begin with a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening.  The annual golf tournament will take place Friday afternoon, and on Friday evening, we will enjoy a lakeside cocktail reception followed by dinner on your own at the Lodge or any of Lake Placid’s delicious restaurants.  Your Saturday afternoon is free to enjoy as you wish, see Lake Placid’s Olympic venues, hike in the Adirondacks, or relax at the Spa with a 15% discount.  On Saturday evening, we will hold our President’s Reception and Annual Banquet and Awards Dinner.

Read the full President's Letter


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

3:00pm - 5:30pm: Registration @ Group Registration Desk

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Welcome Reception @ Courtyard

Friday, June 29, 2018

7:30am - 8:00am: Breakfast and Registration @ Whispering Winds Room

8:00am - 11:00am: Business Meeting and CLE Program @ Pines Room

How Accident Reconstruction and Human Factors Experts Can Help Your Case
Presented by Robert M. Cook, Esq. of Goldberg Segalla and John D. Struble of Exponent, Inc.

Defending Against The Damages Double-Dip
Presented by Chad L. Staller, J.D., M.B.A., M.A.C., C.V.A. of The Center For Forensic Economic Studies

Weed in the Workplace
Presented by Mark A. Saloman, Esq. of Ford Harrison LLP

Cross-examination And (Taylor) Swift Justice
Presented by Michael J. McCaffrey, Esq. of Purcell, Mulcahy & Flanagan, LLC

12:00pm: Golf Tournament

6:00pm - 9:00pm: Children's Program and Dinner

6:30pm - 7:30pm: Cocktail Reception @ Canoe Club
(Casual Elegant Attire, Sponsored by Support Claim Services)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

7:30am - 8:00am: Breakfast and Registration @ Whispering Winds Room

8:00am - 11:30am: CLE Program @ Pines Room

Keynote Presentation:  “Reptile” Theory For the Defense
Presented by Matthew G. Moffett, Esq. of Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, and
Past President of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Construction Liens 101:  Essential Information for Attorneys
Presented by Joseph M. Aronds, Esq. of Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc.

2018 Ethics in New Jersey
Presented by Natalie S. Watson, Esq. of McCarter & English, LLC 

2018 Civil Case Law and Amicus Update
Presented by Brian J. Chabarek, Esq. of Davison, Eastman, Munoz, Lederman & Paone, P.A.; Katelyn E. Cutinello, Esq. of Cocca & Cutinello, LLP; Stephen J. Foley, Jr., Esq. of Campbell, Foley, Delano & Adams, LLC;  C. Robert Luthman, Esq. of Weir & Associates, LLC and John V. Mallon, Esq. of Chasan, Lamparello, Mallon & Cappuzzo, P.C.

6:00pm - 10:00pm: Children's Program and Dinner

6:30pm - 7:30pm: President's Reception @ Whispering Winds Room and Terrace, Sponsored by ExamWorks, Inc.

7:30pm - 11:30pm: 52nd Annual Banquet and Awards Dinner @ Pines Room
Cocktail Attire

NJDA Annual Awards

The New Jersey Defense Association is seeking nominations for submission to the Board of Directors for the following awards:

  • Young Lawyer of the Year 2017-2018
  • Attorney of the Year 2017-2018

The following criteria will be considered by the Board:

Young Lawyer:

  1. Age 40 or less, or with less than 10 years of experience.

Young Lawyer and Attorney of the Year Nominations:

  1. Must be a member in good standing of the NJDA.
  2. The nominee must have made a substantial contribution to the NJDA and the legal community by means of participation in NJDA sponsored events; Seminar presentation; publication of legal articles; performance of charitable works and/or pro bono representation.

Please submit all nominations to no later than April 30, 2018.

Hotel Information

All reservations must be made individually through the Whiteface Lodge Reservation Department.  All accommodations at the Whiteface Lodge are suites with a living area and kitchen. 

In addition to the 15% spa discount for our group, the hotel offers the following complimentary amenities:

  • Self and valet parking
  • In-room high-speed wireless internet state of the art health and fitness center
  • Heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs
  • Traditional and platform tennis courts
  • Nature trail 
  • Catch-and-release fishing pond
  • Lakefront activities at The Canoe Club 
  • 56-seat surround sound movie theater 
  • Game room with billiards, shuffleboard, air hockey, foosball and bowling lanes
  • Old fashioned ice cream parlor 
  • Nightly family campfire with S’mores
  • “Cigar and cognac” outdoor lean-tos 
  • 24-hour room service

Whiteface Lodge Resort
7 Whiteface Inn Ln.
Lake Placid, NY 12946


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One Bedroom Suite            
$350.00 per room, per night

Two Bedroom Suite            
$525.00 per room, per night

Three Bedroom Suite            
$745.00 per room, per night

Hotel Rooms are subject to applicable state and local taxes.  Resort Fee included in room rate.

Cut-off date:  May 28, 2017
The Hotel will release the room block as of 4 p.m.  

After cut-off date, regular rates apply and rooms are subject to availability.


Additional Accommodations at the Crowne Plaza

Please identify as being part of NJ Defense Association

Thursday, June 28, 2018: $159.00 per room

Friday, June 29, 2018: $229 per room

Saturday, June 30, 2018: $229 per room

All rooms are double rooms with 2 queen beds.  Rates subject to applicable taxes and fees.

Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
101 Olympic Drive
Lake Placid, NY  12946

(800) 874-1980

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All Convention Print-Outs

Each of the following links will open as a separate file.

Letter from the President

Registration Form

Program Itinerary

Hotel Reservation Form

NJDA Annual Awards

Earlier Event: May 31
Young Lawyers Seminar
Later Event: July 13
Happy Hour & Networking Social