PHILADELPHIA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 – Vaughan Baio & Partners (VBP) announced today that it has expanded its services into Florida and southern New Jersey with the addition of offices in Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Atlantic County, New Jersey. In Florida, 11 attorneys joined from Pallo Marks Hernandez including Partners Daniel J. DeMay, Carlos J. Hernandez and Jeffrey L. Marks. In New Jersey, three attorneys joined who were previously with Hurvitz & Waldman including Partner Mitchell Waldman.
The attorneys in the new Florida offices will be focused initially on workers’ compensation although the firm plans to grow across practice areas in that region. In New Jersey, the new attorneys currently focus on insurance defense litigation.
Growth for VBP has continued at a steady pace since the firm’s launch just after the start of the pandemic in June 2020. Five partners and three associates joined in May this year, with another two partners and an associate joining in June. The firm currently has 47 attorneys across their 13 offices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
“Delivering strategic representation and exceptional service to our clients remains at the core of what we do,” said Joe Vaughan. “We welcome opportunities to grow wherever it makes strategic sense by expanding our team with attorneys who we know and trust will meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our clients.”
“We’re pleased to welcome this talented and diverse group of attorneys, who are adding their litigation skills and legal acumen to our thriving team,” said Madeline Baio.
“We continue our strategic growth plan by seeking out talented complementary professionals who share our vision to do whatever it takes to enhance our professional and personal lives.”
“Joining with VBP presents an exceptional opportunity for us to deliver an even greater level of service to our valued clients,” Dan DeMay said. “Our personal and professional relationships with our clients drove our decision to join this dynamic and innovative team. We’re excited about the future as we develop new strategies to meet and exceed our clients’ very highest expectations.”
“Jeff, Dan, and I chose to align our Florida practice with a dynamic, vibrant, and growing firm in VBP,” said Carlos Hernandez. “I want to thank Joe Vaughan,
Madeline Baio, Thomas Pappas, and the rest of the staff for making this transition possible. I am extremely excited to embark on this journey with our new VBP family.”
“I am happy to be joining VBP. Even better is doing so with my law partners Carlos Hernandez and Dan DeMay, as well as the entirety of our invaluable attorneys and staff,” said Jeff Marks. “I couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter, including the opportunities it brings.”
“I, along with my Associates and Staff, are most pleased to be joining VBP. Joining the Firm presents opportunities for growth and the ability to continue to provide the quality legal services to which our clients have become accustomed. Joining VB also provides increased depth and experience to our practice group servicing our clients. I am truly excited to be joining the Firm and to be working with the talented attorneys here at Vaughan Baio & Partners. On a personal note, I would like to thank Joe Vaughan, Madeline Baio, Tom Pappas and Vaughan Baio’s staff for facilitating the transition. I am looking forward to being an integral part of the continued growth of Vaughan Baio & Partners.”
About our new Partners:
- Daniel J. DeMay leads the firm’s Sarasota, Florida, office. With more than 30 years of experience in the defense of workers’ compensation claims, Dan brings his talent and expertise to his clients, skillfully guiding them through the complex maze of the workers’ compensation system. A frequent lecturer on timely subjects in workers’ compensation law, Dan has been Board Certified by The Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and Education since 1994. He graduated from Central Michigan University with honors, and from Stetson University College of Law, also with honors.
- Carlos Hernandez focuses his practice on workers’ compensation and is based in the firm’s Palm Beach Gardens, Florida office. For the last 20 years, Carlos has concentrated his practice on the defense of employers, insurance carriers, self-insureds, and third-party administrators in all aspects of workers’ compensation matters. He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar, the Dispute Resolution Section of The Florida Bar, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
- Jeffrey L. Marks focuses his practice on workers’ compensation defense, representing clients including both public and private employers, professional employer organizations, insureds, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators. Described as a “calm, knowledgeable and resourceful” litigator and negotiator, Jeff helps his clients navigate the pitfalls and complexities of workers’ compensation matters leading to results that best benefit his clients.
- Mitchell Waldman focuses his practice on insurance defense, as well as the representation of individual clients in connection with construction-related, business and employment matters. For the last 35 years Mitch has represented insurers and their insureds in connection with the defense of personal injury, employment and construction defect-related litigation. He has also served in the capacity as coverage counsel to a number of insurers. Mitch has tried cases in nearly every county in the State and has represented clients in the three U.S. District Courts in New Jersey. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar, New Jersey Bar Association and Atlantic County Bar Association.