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Anthony  J. Sylvester

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Art, Media and Entertainment Law
Banking and Financial Services
Litigation

EDUCATION

  • New York University School of Law, J.D. (1983)
  • Fordham University, B.A., summa cum laude (1980)

ADMISSIONS

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Anthony J. Sylvester
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  • Banking Alert February 2020
    02/2020

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Chancery Division Holds That Recent Change in New Jersey Law Precludes Lender From Requesting Unlimited Number of Adjournments of Sheriff’s Sale
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Rules That Judgment Lien has Priority Over Prior Improperly Recorded Mortgage
    • New Jersey Chancery Division Grants Bank’s Motion to Strike Lease as a “Sham”

  • Banking Alert January 2020
    01/2020

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Summary Judgment Order Dismissing Dishonored Check Action and Order Awarding Attorneys’ Fees 
    • District Court Dismisses Claims Relating to Alleged Fraud in Wells Fargo Foreclosure Methods
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Decision Vacating Final Judgment in Tax Foreclosure Action Against Mortgagee Based on Notice of Lis Pendens

  • Partner Anthony J. Sylvester, who serves as a Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation announces that the Foundation will support a cultural exchange program, “Getting Funky In Havana” 
    01/2020

    Gia Maione Prima Foundation partnered with New York City based Horns to Havana to support a five-day cultural exchange program, “Getting Funky in Havana.”  The trip featured a concert series of leading New Orleans bands who joined forces with Cuba’s top musical talent.  The initiative created immersive cultural experiences with Cuban artists, musicians and other creatives.    The project program included a visit to Amadeo Roldan Music Conservatory to donate instruments to Cuban students and community projects.  The cultural exchange program is heavily focused on supporting the Cuban people as well as the young New Orleans musicians from the Trombone Shorty Foundation.

  • Banking Alert December 2019
    12/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Denial of Motion Seeking to Vacate Final Judgment of Foreclosure 
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Rejects Borrower’s Attempt to Avoid Foreclosure Based on Bankruptcy Order of Discharge
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Foreclosure Judgment Entered Seven Years After Rejecting Borrower’s Loan Modification Argument

  • Banking Alert November 2019
    11/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Reverses Dismissal of Complaint Seeking Repayment of Loans as Time-Barred
    • Federal Court Dismisses Borrower’s Complaint and Sanctions Borrower’s Counsel
    • Appellate Division Rejects Upholds Denial of Motion to Vacate Final Judgment of Foreclosure After Sheriff’s Sale

  • Banking Alert October 2019
    10/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Priority of Bank’s Mortgage Lien Over Marital Possessory Interest
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Rejects Challenge to Foreclosure Action Based on Unclean Hands Doctrine
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Reverses Grant of Summary Judgment and Final Judgment of Foreclosure Due to Competing Notes Submitted to Court

  • Banking Alert September 2019
    09/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Federal Court Dismisses FDCPA and CFA claims Under Rooker-Feldman Doctrine
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Dismissal of Claim for Failure to Pay on a Dishonored Check
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Refuses to Vacate Final Judgment of Foreclosure Despite Mistakenly Filed Satisfaction of Mortgage

  • Banking Alert August 2019
    08/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds Service of NOI Deficient in Foreclosure Action
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Final Judgment of Foreclosure
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds that Borrower Lacks Standing to Challenge Transfer of Mortgage in Foreclosure Action

  • Banking Alert July 2019
    07/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Rejects Homeowner’s Arguments That Assignee Did Not Have Standing to Foreclose
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds Subsequent Mortgagee That Recorded First is Not Entitled to Priority in Foreclose Action
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Bank in Residential Foreclosure Action

  • Banking Alert June 2019
    06/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Federal Court Dismisses UCC and Common Law Claims Against Depository Bank
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Refuses to Dismiss Foreclosure Complaint That Did Not Contain Allegations Concerning Assignments of Mortgage
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Declines to Set Aside Sheriff’s Sale and Permit Redemption of Foreclosed Property

  • Anthony Sylvester, Partner and Trustee of the Gia Maione Prima Foundation announced the sponsorship of the Summer Jazz Concert series at the College of Saint Elizabeth located in Morristown, NJ.
    06/2019

    The concert series will be held on Wednesdays during the month of July 2019 and will include performances by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses, Nicki Parrott Trio with Rossano Sportiello and Harry Allen, Danny Bacher and His All-Stars and The Bishop and His Abbotts featuring Rio Clemente, Flip Peters, Gene Perla and Bill Goodwin.

  • Banking Alert May 2019
    05/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Dismissal of Guarantors' Counterclaims Asserted After the Parties Settled the Matter
    • Plaintiff-Borrower Survives Motion to Dismiss FDCPA Claims Against Law Firm That Filed Underlying Foreclosure Action
    • New Jersey Passes Into Law a Series of Reforms Directed at Foreclosure Process

  • Banking Alert April 2019
    04/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Denial of Motion to Set Aside Sheriff's Sale Based on Alleged Agreement to Reinstate Mortgage
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Reverses Summary Judgment in Favor of Issuer of Allegedly Dishonored Check
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds Bank Not Required to Disgorge Payments Received From Borrower in Excess of Foreclosure Judgment

  • Banking Alert March 2019
    03/2019

    In This Issue:

    • United States Supreme Court Rules Law Firm Filing Nonjudicial Foreclosure Action Not Subject to FDCPA
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Rejects Borrower's Challenge to Mortgage Assignment Agreement in Defense of Foreclosure Action
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds Bank Has Standing to Foreclose

  • Sherman Wells congratulates seventeen firm attorneys that have been selected among the 2019 NJ Super Lawyers and the 2019 Rising Stars List
    03/2019

    We are delighted to add that Partner, Sandra Brown Sherman was included on the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the State list.

  • Banking Alert February 2019
    02/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Upholds Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Request to Affix Amount Due
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Reinstates Borrower's Counterclaims Based on Withdrawn Modification Agreement
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Holds Recorded Assignment Sufficient to Establish Standing to Foreclose

  • Banking Alert January 2019
    01/2019

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Upholds Striking of Answer in Foreclosure Action
    • New York Appellate Division Reinstates Aiding and Abetting Fraud Claim Against Bank Based on Issuance of Written Credit Reference
    • New Jersey Trial Court Does Not Award 18% Default Interest to Lender as Damages

  • Banking Alert December 2018
    12/2018

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Upholds Dismissal of Borrower's Trespass Counterclaim Against Lender
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Reverses Writ of Replevin to Title Owner of Vehicle
    • Federal Court Holds That Rooker-Feldman Doctrine Bars Claims Related to Foreclosure Action

  • Partner Anthony Sylvester recently was a guest Instructor at Monmouth University
    11/2018

    The program was entitled "Arts, Management and Concert Promotion" and Mr. Sylvester addressed music business students about the strategies and ethics of negotiation.

  • Banking Alert November 2018
    11/2018

    In This Issue:

    • U.S. District Court Applies Rooker-Feldman Doctrine to Plaintiff's Complaint Attacking Foreclosure Judgment
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Bank's Standing to Foreclose
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Upholds Modification of Loan Agreement Made in a Series of Emails

  • Banking Alert October 2018
    10/2018

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Trial Court's Decision to Reform Mortgage to Include Different Property Than Identified In Mortgage
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Trial Court's Determination That Bank Had First Priority Purchase Money Mortgage in Priority Dispute
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Holds That Alleged Lack of Standing is Insufficient to Vacate Final Judgment of Foreclosure

  • Banking Alert September 2018
    09/2018

    In This Issue:

    • Third Circuit Affirms Denial of Bank's Motion for Mutual Judgment Satisfaction Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 69
    • District Court Grants Loan Servicer's Motion to Dismiss Claims
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Denial of Motion to Stay Sheriff Sale

  • Banking Alert August 2018
    08/2018

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Trial Court Applies Doctrine of Equitable Subrogation to Mortgage Priority Dispute
    • New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Daubert Factors
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Entry of Summary Judgment and Final Judgment of Foreclosure

  • Partner Anthony J. Sylvester, who serves as a Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation announces multi-year partnership
    08/2018

    The partnership will be between GMPF and Ocean County College Foundation (OCC Foundation), Ocean County College (OCC) and Ocean County Vocational Technical School Performing Arts Academy (OCVTS). The partnership will benefit the expansion of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts and establish an endowment to support programming and celebrate the works of Louis Prima and Gia Maione Prima. In recognition of the partnership, OCC Foundation, OCVTS and OCC announced that the new theater will be named the Gia Maione Prima Foundation Studio Theatre.

  • Partner Anthony J. Sylvester who serves as a Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation announces that the Foundation will sponsor the 8th Annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival
    08/2018

    This year's festival will be located on the Green located in the center of Morristown, New Jersey and is scheduled for August 18, 2018 and will include performances by Rhythm in Blue, Bria Skonberg, LaBamba & The Hubcaps, Bernard Allison Group and Davy Knowles.

  • Anthony J. Sylvester, Partner and Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation announces this year's commitment to the Louis Prima and Gia Maione Prima Jazz Scholars Fund
    07/2018

    The scholarship is part of Jazz House Kids Music and Education Fund which provides vital resources to support in-school music education programs in underserved communities across New Jersey and the needs of students attending the Jazz House Summer Workshop.

  • Anthony J. Sylvester, Partner and Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation is proud to announce the sponsorship between GMPF and Asbury Park Music Foundation Youth Music Program
    07/2018

    The program "Music Mondays" offers free concerts throughout the summer. The series is part of Asbury Park Music Foundation's goal to unite the community, support local musicians and inspire under-served youth with music education.

  • Banking Alert July 2018
    07/2018

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds Predatory Lending Allegations Sufficient to Sustain Consumer Fraud Act Counterclaim
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Reinstatement of Foreclosure Action Based on no Lack of Prejudice to Borrower
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Foreclosure Judgment and Rejects Defendant's HOSA Counterclaim

  • Banking Alert June 2018
    06/2018

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Federal Court Denies Motion for Appointment of Receiver
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Upholds Final Judgment of Foreclosure Where Mortgage and Note Were Originally Held by Two Different Entities
    • Update: CFPB Dismisses Case against PHH; U.S. District Court Holds CFPB Structure is Unconstitutional

  • Partner Anthony Sylvester interviewed on behalf of Gia Maione Prima Foundation by Complex in recent article entitled "How Did a Dead Artist End Up on ‘Kids See Ghosts'?"
    06/2018

    Mr. Sylvester discusses Louis Prima being featured as an artist and composer on the new Kanye West and Kid Cudi album Kids See Ghosts with a song that was released over 80 years ago.

  • Sherman Wells congratulates fourteen firm attorneys that have been selected among the 2018 NJ Super Lawyers and the 2018 Rising Stars List
    05/2018

    Sherman Wells congratulates eight firm attorneys that have been selected among the 2018 NJ Super Lawyers and six firm attorneys that have been selected among the 2018 Rising Stars.

    We are delighted to add that two firm Partners have been noted for receiving special recognition, Partners, Andrew Stamelman & Sandra Brown Sherman have been included on this year's New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers list and Partner, Sandra Brown Sherman was included on the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the State list.

  • Banking Alert May 2018
    05/2018

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Dismissal of Claim Against Bank for Honoring Prison's Endorsement of Plaintiff-Prisoner's Check
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Upholds Final Judgment of Foreclosure Despite Challenges to Service of Process
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds That Contesting Answer Was Properly Stricken And Foreclosure Action Was Timely Filed

  • Banking Alert April 2018
    04/2018

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds Bank Had Standing and Timely Filed Foreclosure Action
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Reverses Trial Court's Decision That Notice of Intent to Foreclose Need Not be Served on Debtor's Estate in Case of Reverse Mortgage
    • "Law of the Case" Doctrine Preserves Foreclosure Ruling in Favor of Bank

  • Banking Alert March 2018
    03/2018

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Upholds Priority of Mortgage and Loan Modifications Over Discharged Lis Pendens
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment and Award of Fees on "Frivolous" Consumer Fraud Action Claim
    • Federal District Court Dismisses Seeking to Prevent Sheriff's Sale

  • Partner Anthony Sylvester announces winner of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award to be on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
    03/2018

    Anthony J. Sylvester, Partner and Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation is proud to announce that Jeffery Miller, winner of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award performed with Jon Batise and Stay Human on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on March 28, 2018.

  • Banking Alert February 2018
    02/2018

    In This Issue:

    • D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, En Banc, Holds That CFPB Structure is Constitutional
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds Plaintiff is Not Holder in Due Course of Dishonored Check
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Final Judgment of Foreclosure

  • Banking Alert January 2018
    01/2018

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Upholds Judgment Against Self-Represented Guarantor
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Enforces Arbitration Clause Contained in Online Agreement
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Reverses Trial Court’s Turnover of Funds in Joint Account
    • Sherman Wells Announces New York Office Move

  • Banking Alert December 2017
    12/2017

    In This Issue:

    • Federal Court Rejects Defendant’s Attempt to Avoid Class Action Under TCPA
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Trial Court’s Finding That Bank Had Standing to Foreclose
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Summary Judgment to Foreclosing Bank and Subrogates Mortgage of Other Lender

  • Banking Alert November 2017
    11/2017

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Determines Foreclosing Bank is not a “Mortgagee in Possession” of Condominium Unit
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Remands Trial Court’s Denial of Motion to Intervene Filed by Alleged Assignee of Mortgage in Foreclosure Action
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Holds That Bank Can Foreclose After Several Assignments of Mortgage Loan

  • Banking Alert October 2017
    10/2017

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Reverses Trial Court’s Dismissal of Bank’s Claim of Holder in Due Course Status
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Clarifies Scope of Home Ownership Security Act
    • U.S. District Court Dismisses Action Based on Alleged Violation of HAMP

  • Anthony Sylvester, Partner and Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation announces the opening and dedication of the “Louis Prima Room” on Friday, October 27 at Tulane University
    10/2017

    The newly-opened “Louis Prima Room” located in Joseph Merrick Jones Hall will permanently house archives that include film, tapes, photodiscs, sheet music, photographs and more. The collection was donated by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation and will be used for academic research.

  • Anthony J. Sylvester, Partner and Trustee to the GMPF attended the 35th Anniversary of Hot House Jazz Award Ceremony
    10/2017

    On October 9, 2017, Anthony J. Sylvester, Partner and Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation attended the 35th Anniversary of Hot House Jazz Award Ceremony held at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. Click to view the photo of Anthony Sylvester and American Jazz Musician Howard Johnson.

  • Banking Alert September 2017
    09/2017

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Enforcement of Settlement Reached in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Program
    • Assignment by Nominee Upheld as Valid by Appellate Division in Foreclosure Action
    • Trial Court Dismisses Complaint Arising From Lender’s Refusal to Modify Loan

  • We are pleased to announce that seven of our attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018
    08/2017

    Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

  • Sherman Wells and Anthony J. Sylvester, Partner and Trustee of Gia Maione Prima Foundation are proud sponsors of the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival
    08/2017

    This is one of the summer’s most popular free music festivals where music fans of all ages enjoy great performances. The festival will be held in the center of the historic town on the Green on Saturday, August 19th.

  • Banking Alert July 2017
    07/2017

    In This Issue:

    • Chancery Division Denies Request for Custodial Receiver in Residential Foreclosure
    • Third Circuit Finds Single Phone Call Sufficient to Trigger Claim Under Telephone Consumer Protection Act
    • Mortgagee Who is Non-Signatory of a Note is not Required to Receive Notice of Intent to Foreclose

  • Banking Alert June 2017
    06/2017

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Splits Deposit From Sheriff’s Sale Between Parties After Buyer Alleges Bank Failed to Disclose Prior Mortgage
    • New Jersey Trial Court Finds That Borrower Did Not Execute an Enforceable Loan Modification
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds FDCPA’s Venue Provision Irrelevant in Personal Jurisdiction Dispute

  • Partner Anthony Sylvester along with co-counsel filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against New Jersey Transit
    06/2017

    Partner Anthony Sylvester along with co-counsel, Kline & Specter, P.C. and Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C., filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against New Jersey Transit in Hudson County Superior Court on behalf of Adrianus Rudolfus Henricus Maria de Kroon, the husband of the late Fabiola Bittar de Kroon. Ms. de Kroon was killed in the New Jersey Transit train derailment at the Hoboken Terminal on September 29, 2016.

  • Banking Alert May 2017
    05/2017

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Supreme Court Holds Notice of Rejection in Real Estate Contract Via Email and Fax is a Commonly-Used Form of Communication and Valid
    • United States Supreme Court Permits Municipalities to File Suit Against Lender Under FHA

  • Banking Alert April 2017
    04/2017

    In This Issue:

    • Appellate Division Rejects Standing Argument in Foreclosure Action
    • Appellate Division Upholds Settlement Agreement Arising from Dishonored Check
    • Appeal on Denial of Rent Receiver Deemed Moot by Foreclosure Judgment

  • New Jersey 2017 Super Lawyers Recognize 13 Sherman Wells Attorneys
    04/2017

    We are delighted to announce that 13 of our lawyers have been recognized by New Jersey 2017 Super Lawyers, with three of our partners receiving special recognition.

  • Banking Alert March 2017
    03/2017

    In This Issue:

    • Litigation Reform Legislation Advances in the House
    • Appellate Division Finds That Witness Need Not Have Actual Personal Knowledge of Documents Presented in Mortgage Foreclosure Action
    • Appellate Division Vacates Default Based on Defendants' Allegations of Violations of Consumer Fraud and Fair Foreclosure Acts
    • Sherman Wells Partner Craig L. Steinfeld to Moderate and Speak at "Hot Topics in Banking Law" Seminar

  • Banking Alert February 2017
    02/2017

    In This Issue:

    • Appellate Division Affirms Denial of Contempt Motion
    • Federal Court Dismisses Challenge To Foreclosure Judgment
    • Appellate Division Upholds Sale Of Property By Receiver

  • Anthony J. Sylvester, Partner and Trustee of Gia Maione Prima Foundation entered into a sponsorship agreement with NJPAC to support an outdoor summer concert series, Sounds of the City
    02/2017

    The concert series which brings the very best local, national and international performing artists kicks off on Thursday evenings beginning July 6th through August 31, 2017.

  • Banking Alert January 2017
    01/2017

    In This Issue:

    • Third Circuit Upholds Dismissal of CFA and RICO Action Against Loan Servicer
    • Appellate Division Rejects Challenge to Lender’s Standing in Foreclosure Action
    • District Court Affirms Ruling That Statute of Limitations in Foreclosure Action Was Not Shortened by Acceleration Notice

  • Banking Alert December 2016
    12/2016

    In This Issue:

    • U.S. Supreme Court Holds Defendant Criminally Liable Under Bank Fraud Statute for Stealing Customer’s Funds
    • Appellate Division Affirms Discharge of Receiver After Settlement of Foreclosure Action
    • Omnibus New York Foreclosure Law Takes Effect December 20, 2016

  • Partner Anthony Sylvester along with co-counsel filed a Notice of Intent to sue New Jersey Transit
    12/2016

    Partner Anthony Sylvester along with co-counsel, Kline & Specter, P.C. and Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C., filed a Notice of Intent to sue New Jersey Transit on behalf of the late Fabiola Bittar de Kroon and her family. Ms. de Kroon was killed in the New Jersey Transit train derailment at the Hoboken Terminal on September 29th.

  • Anthony J. Sylvester, partner and Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation awarded the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award to Brian Richburg, Jr.
    12/2016

    On December 14, Anthony J. Sylvester, partner and Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation awarded the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award to Brian Richburg, Jr. at the Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York.

  • Anthony J. Sylvester, Partner and Trustee of Gia Maione Prima Foundation to sponsor the 2016 Tunes for Toys Concert on December 18
    12/2016

    Trombone Shorty to perform and price of admission is a new toy which will be donated to children of New Orleans.

  • Anthony J. Sylvester, partner and Trustee of the Gia Maione Prima Foundation entered into a partnership agreement with the GRAMMY Foundation
    12/2016

    On December 7, 2016 - Anthony J. Sylvester, partner and Trustee of the Gia Maione Prima Foundation entered into a partnership agreement with the GRAMMY Foundation to support the February 2017 GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session. The choir and combo will perform on Entertainment Tonight, record an album at Capitol Studios in Hollywood and attend the GRAMMY Awards.

  • Anthony Sylvester and Anthony Valenziano to speak at the Morris County Bar Association’s seminar on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
    12/2016

    Anthony Sylvester and Anthony Valenziano will speak at the Morris County Bar Association’s seminar “The Ethical Implications of Technology and Social Media” with New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Anne Patterson, Diana C. Manning, Esq., and Vikram Rajan on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

  • Banking Alert November 2016
    11/2016

    In This Issue:

    • Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Wrongful Foreclosure Complaint
    • Federal Court Dismisses Amended Complaint Filed by Pro Se Plaintiffs Against Mortgage Lenders and Servicers
    • Appellate Division Affirms Denial of Motion to Vacate Default in Foreclosure Action

  • Banking Alert October 2016
    10/2016

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Appellate Division Overturns Grant of Summary Judgment in Foreclosure Action
    • Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Claims Based on TPP With Plaintiff
    • Third Circuit Finds That Twenty-Year Statute of Limitations Applies to Foreclosure Action

  • Anthony J. Sylvester, partner and Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation awarded the first scholarship to Seniar Raines
    10/2016

    On October 24, 2016 – Anthony J. Sylvester, partner and Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation awarded the first scholarship to Seniar Raines, student of St. Vincent Academy. Raines is a bassist and pianist who aspires to become a world class musician.

  • Banking Alert September 2016
    09/2016

    In This Issue:

    • Federal Court Strikes Bank’s Affirmative Defenses in Identity Theft Case
    • Federal Court Denies Plaintiff’s Motion to Remand in Action Alleging Contract and Fraud Claims Against Banks
    • Plaintiffs’ Amended Class Action Claims Regarding International Exchange Rates Are Dismissed With Prejudice

  • Banking Alert August 2016
    08/2016

    In This Issue:

    • New York Legislature Passes Significant Changes to Foreclosure Settlement Conference Law
    • U.S. Treasury Enacts New Reporting Requirements for Residential Real Estate Transactions in New York and Florida
    • Federal Court Rejects Borrower’s Attempt to Undo State Court Foreclosure Judgment
    • New Jersey Superior Court Denies Class Certification on TCCWNA and CFA Claims and Compels Arbitration

  • Sherman Wells is pleased to announce that seven of our attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017
    08/2016

    Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

  • The Gia Maione Prima Foundation sponsors the Morris Museum’s Arts Education Program
    08/2016

    The Gia Maione Prima Foundation, for which Anthony J. Sylvester serves as Trustee, has entered into a sponsorship with the Morris Museum’s Arts Education Program. The Museum offers education programs that includes hands-on workshops and programs to enrich the lives of children in underserved communities as well as those with disabilities.

  • Partner Anthony J. Sylvester, who serves as Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation, announced the Foundation’s sponsorship with the Morris Museum’s Arts Education Program
    08/2016

    On Thursday, August 20, 2016, partner Anthony J. Sylvester who serves as Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation announced the Foundation’s sponsorship with the Morris Museum’s Arts Education Program at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown. The announcement was followed by the performance of Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses. The Museum offers education programs that includes workshops and programs to enrich the lives of children in underserved communities as well as those with disabilities.

  • Banking Alert July 2016
    07/2016

    In This Issue:

    • In Stinging Rebuke to Financial Institutions and Title Companies, NJ Supreme Court Favors Law Firm’s Effort to Collect Unpaid Legal Bills
    • New Jersey Trial Court Finds Foreclosure Action Barred by Six-Year Statute of Limitations
    • New Jersey District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Complaint Against Bank Alleging Violations of RESPA and State Law Tort Claims

  • Banking Alert June 2016
    06/2016

    In This Issue:

    • Appellate Division Dismissed NJLAD Class Action Complaint Against Bank
    • District Court Finds Thirty-Day Reporting Requirement in Customer Account Agreement to be Reasonable
    • Appellate Division Affirms Trial Court’s Order Denying Third-Party’s Motion to Intervene in Foreclosure Action

  • Banking Alert May 2016
    05/2016

    In This Issue:

    • District Court Vacates Entry of Default Against Lender in Action Seeking Rescission of Note
    • District Court Dismisses Pro Se Complaint Against Bank Asserting Claims Under RESPA
    • New Jersey Chancery Division Finds Party Need Only Use A Reasonable Means Of Communication To Inform Parties Of Sheriff’s Sale Adjournment

  • Banking Alert April 2016
    04/2016

    In This Issue:

    • District Court Dismisses All Claims Against Bank Arising Out of Dispute Over Joint Account
    • District Court Declines To Dismiss Claim Under FDCPA Based On Foreclosure Proceeding
    • New York Court Finds Bank Did Not Act In Bad Faith At Mandatory Residential Foreclosure Settlement Conference

  • Partner Anthony Sylvester spoke at the American Bar Association's Spring 2016 National Legal Malpractice Conference in New Orleans on April 28, 2016
    04/2016

    The session, "Ethics Gumbo: First You Make a Roux," included ethics issues within legal malpractice cases such as conflicts of interest and client confidentiality.

  • Sherman Wells is Pleased to Announce that Eight Attorneys have Been Named 2016 NJ Super Lawyers and Five Named Rising Stars
    03/2016

    The Super Lawyers selection process comprises hundreds of thousands of statewide or regional surveys supplemented by a comprehensive examination of each nominee’s background and experience, focusing on such criteria as verdicts and settlements, transactions, representative clients, honors and awards, educational background, and any other outstanding achievements. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

  • Banking Alert March 2016
    03/2016

    In This Issue:

    • Divided United States Supreme Court Affirms Eighth Circuit Decision on Definition of “Applicant” Under ECOA
    • New York Supreme Court Finds Party Did Not Perfect Its Security Interest in Creditor’s Bank Account
    • Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Finds Release In Forbearance Agreement Provide Bank With Complete Defense

  • Banking Alert February 2016
    02/2016

    In This Issue:

    • New York Court Dismisses Claims Arising From Unauthorized Electronic Transfers
    • District Court Dismisses Pro Se Complaint Based on Colorado River Abstention Doctrine
    • Appellate Division Finds Mandatory Arbitration Provision in Employee Handbook Unenforceable

  • Banking Alert January 2016
    01/2016

    In This Issue:

    • District Court Dismisses Borrower’s Consumer Fraud and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Claims
    • Court Finds Conclusory Allegations of Fraud Relating to Loan Modification Insufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment in Foreclosure Action
    • State Securities Regulators Propose Mandatory Reporting Requirement of Elder Fraud for Financial Advisers’

  • Banking Alert December 2015
    12/2015

    In This Issue:

    • Appellate Division Upholds Dismissal of Claim of Unauthorized Transactions Based on Deposit Agreement
    • Appellate Division Dismisses Consumer Fraud Claim in Contested Foreclosure Action
    • District Court Declines to Hear Foreclosure Dispute

  • Banking Alert November 2015
    11/2015

    In This Issue:

    • District Court Dismisses Action For Conversion And Quiet Title Brought In Response To Lender’s Notice Of Intent To Foreclose
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Denies Homeowners’ Application To Set Aside Foreclosure Sale Based On Defective Service

  • Banking Alert October 2015
    10/2015

    In This Issue:

    • District Court Finds Foreclosing Bank And Its Attorneys Are Not “Debt Collectors” Under FDCPA
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms Denial Of Motion To Vacate Final Judgment Of Foreclosure And Stay Of Sheriff’s Sale
    • Appellate Division Finds Bank May Foreclose Even If Allonge To Note Is Not Affixed

  • Banking Alert September 2015
    09/2015

    In This Issue:

    • District Court Denies Debt Collector’s Motion To Dismiss Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Class Action
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Holds That Valid Lien Exists On Property Despite Forgeries On Mortgage Documents
    • Reminder To Financial Institutions Of Guidelines For Garnishment Of Accounts Receiving Federal Benefit Payments

  • Banking Alert August 2015
    08/2015

    In This Issue:

    • Anthony Sylvester Again Named Banking and Finance Litigation “Lawyer Of The Year”
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Holds That Pennsylvania Bank Did Not Violate New Jersey Banking Act When Closing Loan Transaction In New Jersey
    • New York Comptroller Reports That Number Of Foreclosure Cases Remains High
    • New Jersey Federal Court Dismisses Complaint Seeking To Block Foreclosure Action

  • Red Bulls Networking Night and Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival
    08/2015

    In This Issue:

    • Sherman Wells Hosts Red Bulls Networking Night
    • Sherman Wells Presents Portrait of Louis Prima to the Mayor of Morristown at the 2015 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival

  • Banking Alert July 2015
    07/2015

    In This Issue:

    • Sherman Wells Featured In Article In NJBiz Magainze
    • New Jersey State Court Holds That Bank Is Not Required To Report Suspected Elder Abuse
    • District Court Dismisses Wrongful Foreclosure Action As Premature And Confirms That Mortgagor May Not Challenge Assignment Of Mortgage
    • Appellate Division Finds That Inordinate Delay In Arranging Sheriff’s Sale Could Subject Foreclosing Bank To Liability For Unpaid Condominium Fees

  • Banking Alert June 2015
    06/2015

    In This Issue:

    • United States Supreme Court Upholds Validity of Undersecured Second Mortgages in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filings
    • Change in New Jersey Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statement Requirements
    • Appellate Division Affirms That Implied Covenant Of Good Faith And Fair Dealing Cannot Alter Terms Of Commercial Loan Agreement

  • Banking Alert May 2015
    05/2015

    In This Issue:

    • Mortgagors Cannot Collaterally Challenge Validity Of An Assignment Of Mortgage Outside Of Foreclosure Proceeding
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Finds Foreclosing Bank Not Liable In Premises Liability Action For Personal Injury
    • Plaxico Burress Indicted Under Recently Amended Bad Check Criminal Statute For Failed Electronic Funds Transfer

  • Banking Alert April 2015
    04/2015

    In This Issue:

    • Payees On Check May Not Assert Presentment Warranties Against Depository Bank That Negotiates Check With Forged Endorsement
    • Lending Industry Prepares As Biggest Regulatory Change To Home Mortgage Disclosures In Twenty Years Set To Go Into Effect
    • Appellate Division Vacates Foreclosure Judgment Due To Bank’s Failure To Comply With Fair Foreclosure Act

  • Banking Alert March 2015
    03/2015

    In This Issue:

    • District Court Upholds Enforceability of Limited Recourse Guaranty
    • Court Dismisses Attempt By Mortgagor To Attack Assignment Of Mortgage Based On Allegations of “Robo-Signing”
    • District Court Dismisses Claims Alleging Violation of Fair Credit Reporting Act

  • Banking Alert February 2015
    02/2015

    In This Issue:

    • Banks Not Precluded From Asserting Individual Arbitration Clauses Against Unnamed Class Members
    • Trial Period Plan Agreement Pursuant to Home Affordable Mortgage Program Is Not Binding Contract To Modify Loan
    • District Court Finds That Bank Has Duty To Prospective Buyers To Prevent Injury In Foreclosed Home

  • Banking Alert January 2015
    01/2015

    In This Issue:

    • Borrower Can Maintain Breach Of Contract Claim Against Mortgage Servicer Based on Alleged Oral Representations Made During Loan Workout Negotiations
    • United States Supreme Court Holds Right of Rescission Under TILA Properly Exercised by Written Notice to Lender
    • New Jersey Supreme Court Prohibits Trial Court From Having Ex Parte Post-Trial Conversations With Jury

  • Banking Alert December 2014
    12/2014

    In This Issue:

    • Foreclosure Debtors Lack Standing To Challenge Violation of Pooling and Servicing Agreements
    • New Jersey Appellate Division Dismisses Consumer Fraud Act Claim As Outside the Scope of the Consumer Fraud Act Statute

  • Banking Alert November 2014
    11/2014

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Will Introduce An Expanded Complex Business Litigation Program Statewide Beginning January 1, 2015
    • New Jersey District Court Abstains From Hearing Foreclosure Dispute Under Colorado River Abstention Doctrine

  • Banking Alert October 2014
    10/2014

    In This Issue:

    • New Jersey Supreme Court Bars Non-Customer From Bringing Negligence Claim Against Bank
    • Arbitration Provisions In Consumer Contracts Must Contain Clear And Unambiguous Language That Consumer Is Waiving Right To Seek Relief In Court
    • New Law Affects A Bank’s Obligations in New Jersey To Maintain Vacant Properties In Residential Foreclosures

  • Banking Alert September 2014
    09/2014

    In This Issue:

    • Bank and Customer May Agree to Shorten UCC Section 4-406(4) One-Year Statutory Period By Agreement
    • Condemning Authority Has No Duty to Negotiate With Mortgage Holders