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Richard D. Trenk is an attorney who specializes in matters of litigation, bankruptcy and municipal law.
Richard Trenk is the heart of his law firm, Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera, and Sodono, P.C. A tireless worker, he is recognized for his exceptional performance in various fields of law. Mr. Trenk centers his talents on cases involving litigation, such as bid disputes and complex commercial issues, as well as bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and municipal law. With his fellow attorneys, he makes sure that every client is given the best service available.
The firm of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera, and Sodono, P.C., has offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and California. This wide range of facilities allows for the legal team to service clients across the country. The firm represents both individuals and corporations in various areas of law, including but not limited to:
- Commercial litigation
- Corporate restructuring
- Debtor/creditor rights
- Government affairs
- Real estate
- Employee/employer rights
- Insurance coverage
The firm is open to new clients with diverse legal issues and encourages people to “step forward.” The firm’s Web site, Trenklawfirm.com, provides a form that clients can fill out with their questions and concerns. The Web site also features the firm’s past successes. Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera, and Sodono, P.C. has represented many notable companies in its years of operation. Some of the team’s former clients include:
- AT&T Inc.
- Burger King
- Goldman Sachs
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- Kara Homes, Inc.
- Jan Schlictmann
Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera, and Sodono, P.C., is focused on winning for its clients and has developed a well-respected reputation. The attorneys of the firm look to Richard Trenk and see him as their leader. Mr. Trenk’s commitment and knowledge have led to the firm’s major successes.
Richard Trenk has developed his career in law for the past 30 years. His focus on zealously advocating for his clients, and protecting the community, have made him a prominent lawyer in New Jersey. He has successfully handled complex litigation involving over $100 million, and real estate issues involving over $500 million in value.
Richard Trenk was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in 1982. He served as a law clerk under the Honorable Julius A. Feinberg, Judge of the Superior Court in Essex County, and started practicing in 1983. He was formerly an associate with Ravin, Sarasohn, Cook, Baumgarten, Fisch and Rosen, P.C., and in 1990 was promoted and made a partner of the firm. He launched the Trenk DiPasquale firm in 1997.
The Essex County Bar Association is one of the largest legal professional organizations in New Jersey. Richard Trenk formerly served as president of this esteemed organization. His other endeavors include active involvement with the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Trenk also co-founded the Bankruptcy Inn of Court in the District of New Jersey.
Mr. Trenk’s successes have led him to lecture at several colleges and institutions in the past, including:
- The Institute of Continuing Legal Education
- The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New Jersey Chapter
- Rutgers University School of Public Administration
- The New Jersey Judicial College
- The New Jersey State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section
- The Essex County Bar Association
- Bergen Community College
- The National Association of Women Judges
Mr. Trenk remains active in many branches of the law. In May of 2013, Mr. Trenk participated in a seminar at the National Conference of Independent Fee Appraisers in Secaucus, New Jersey. The seminar focused on issues involving appraisals in bankruptcy cases. There, Mr. Trenk worked closely with the Honorable Michael B. Kaplan of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, Bergen County.
A week later, Mr. Trenk and several of Trenk DiPasquale’s attorneys participated in Essex County Law Day. Law Day sees several high schools in Essex County hold mock trials, and many received guidance from Mr. Trenk and his firm’s experienced attorneys.
Later that same month, Mr. Trenk and his firm hosted a fundraiser for the Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor of the City of Newark. Mayor Booker is Mr. Trenk’s former law partner, and is currently running for Senate.
Richard Trenk has dedicated countless time and resources to many non-profits whose causes he believes in. He is President of the Board of Trustees of the Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), which is an organization devoted to educating and engaging state leaders and the public about vital services for children and families. Mr. Trenk is also Vice President of the Community Health Law Project, whose goal is to provide legal and advocacy services, training and education to individuals with disabilities and to organizations representing their interests. Mr. Trenk has supported many other causes and community groups, including:
- The March of Dimes
- Advocates for Children of New Jersey
- Community Health Law Project
- Legal Services Foundation of Essex County
- Discovery Charter School
- Community Food Bank
- Habitat for Humanity
Mr. Trenk has also been a professional advisor for the Board of Directors of New Jersey Shares. This organization’s purpose is to assist low-income households with utility payments.
Professionally, Mr. Trenk is an active municipal attorney. He is the Township Attorney for the Township of West Orange and has served as counsel for the Borough of Belmar, City of Orange, and City of Linden. He has served as an expert witness for cases involving various financial and bankruptcy issues. Mr. Trenk was a major contributor to the book Environmental Obligations in Bankruptcy, which was published by Thomson Reuters.
Richard Trenk has received recognition many times throughout his career as a lawyer. New Jersey Monthly Magazine named him a New Jersey Super Lawyer for the past seven years. In 2012, The Best Lawyers in America titled him as one of the best lawyers in his areas of specialty. Later that same year, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell declared him as a top-rated lawyer in bankruptcy and creditor rights.
The law firm of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera, and Sodono, P.C. has published multiple articles under Mr. Trenk’s guidance. In 2002, the professionals at the firm penned, “Bankruptcy’s Impact on Municipalities: Be Aggressive!” for the New Jersey Municipalities. In 2011, they published, “Recent New Jersey Election Law Cases,” for the New Jersey Association of Election Officials.
Mr. Trenk sports an impressive education along with his extensive experience. In 1979, he completed his bachelor of arts degree at American University in Washington D.C. He then attained his Juris Doctor degree from the Western New England College School of Law in 1982.
For the past few years, Richard Trenk and his firm have expanded their practices. The objective of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, P.C. is to widen their scope and encompass a larger client base. They are top lawyers in the region, with a reach across the county, and provide their clients with zealous advocacy and representation in the following areas:
The firm has appeared in commercial litigation actions in New Jersey, New York, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Clients can seek assistance from Mr. Trenk and his partners in cases involving many issues, such as:
- Public contracting and bid disputes
- General corporate litigation
- Enforcement and/or defense of contracts
- Liability issues
- Book accounts and collection efforts
- Loans, Guarantees and Foreclosures
Bankruptcy and corporate restructuring are the firm’s primary practice. Richard Trenk and his team settle all types of bankruptcy proceedings for a variety of clients.
- Chapter 11 & 7 trustees
- Equity and stock holders
- Insurance carriers
- Class action members
The firm provides insurance advice for both carriers and clients. It offers services in the following areas:
- General liability
- Environmental liability
- Litigation coverage
- Coverage advice
Mr. Trenk and his team represent public and private organizations in governmental matters, such as:
- Administrative law proceedings
- Open Public Records or “Sunshine” law issues
- Police and police liability issues
- Debtor cases
- Tax collection cases and appeals
Real Estate, Leasing and Transactions
Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera, and Sodono, P.C., has represented real estate, land developers and other entities in various complex transactions in New Jersey and New York. The firm handles such issues, including:
- Contract and lease negotiations
- Contracts for sale
- Transfers of assets
Trenk DiPasquale’s team has handled legal issues involving the workplace and employment issues. These include matters include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful termination
The firm represents cases involving labor and employment, acting on behalf of employees. Cases are presented before several different committees.
- The National Labor Relations Board
- The New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission
- The New York State Employment Relations Board
The law office of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera, and Sodono, P.C. hopes to further help its clients find justice in the future. Each day, companies and individuals are turning to the firm for assistance in their legal matters. Under the leadership of Richard Trenk, the firm will continue delivering top-notch, zealous legal representation on behalf of its clients.
Richard Trenk and his firm are proud of the service that they have provided over the years to their clients. They will keep delivering the same exceptional representation that has led to their successes. Their most recent endeavors include expanding their offices and staff. Recently, Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera, and Sodono, P.C. introduced two new members of the firm and opened a new office in Trenton, New Jersey. Andrea Dobin, Esq. and her associate, Graig P. Corveleyn, Esq., represent the firm out of its new Trenton office.
On July 8th of 2013, Mr. Trenk obtained a favorable directed verdict after a week-long trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County. Mr. Trenk successfully had a complaint against his client dismissed by a creditor seeking over $5 million in damages.
The firm hopes to continue its assistance of non-profit organizations as well. In June 2013, the attorneys donated to the Family Promise of Morris County, New Jersey. This organization’s purpose is to provide assistance to low-income families. The contribution included a large sum of money and essential items like paper towels, soap, and groceries. Mr. Trenk plans to give more back to the community as he organizes more lectures at local colleges.
Richard Trenk has led a successful practice for 30 years. He intends to carry on his hard work in the legal field and zealously advocate for and assist clients in need of guidance. He will continue to lead his fellow attorneys and his law firm, Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, P.C., with his experience, zeal and wisdom.
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