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Leonard S. dePalma, Esq. - ldepalma@advocate.org Len dePalma

Len began his law practice in 1988. Some of his professional and community activities have included: Legal Counsel to the Little Ferry Rent Leveling Board (since 1999); member adjunct faculty Berkeley College (since 2006); Legal Counsel to North Jersey Chapter of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) (since 1996); Legal Counsel to Central Jersey Chapter of NARI (2003 to 2007 & since August 2011).

Additionally, Len served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of CompCare (non-profit behavioral health care provider) (1994 to 2000); named 2004 National Volunteer of the Year by the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity; Court of Honor Chairman, Bergen County National Eagle Scout Association and Scoutmaster Troop 105 Little Ferry (1987 to 1990); Member of the Little Ferry Board of Adjustment (1985 to 1986); and Member of the Paralegal Program Advisory Board, Berkeley College of Business (1995 to 2005).

Len earned a B.S. degree in English Literature from Seton Hall University. While an undergrad, he founded Seton Hall's Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, which he has served as Chapter Advisor (2001 to 2005); as Regional Governor he counseled chapters located in New York and New Jersey (2005 to 2006); and Alumni Advisory Board as an officer and member (1983 to present).

An alumnus of Seton Hall Law School, Len was editor of Res Ipsa Loquitur, the law school newspaper. During Law School, he founded the Seton Hall Real Estate Forum and won first place honors in the Appellate Tax Moot Court Competition for best written brief and best oral argument.

Len is licensed in the Courts of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association.

Teaching Affiliations - Berkeley College, Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) & Paramus Campuses:

  • Winter 2009 Semester (January to March 2009) Taught two classes, both Business Law 1 (see below under "Winter 2006 Semester" for a complete course description)
  • Spring 2008 Semester (April to June 2008) Taught Intro to Real Property (see below under "Spring 2007 Semester" for a complete course description)
  • Winter 2008 Semester (January to March 2008) Taught Business Law 1 (see below under "Winter 2006 Semester" for a complete course description)
  • Summer 2007 Semester (July to Sept 2007) Taught Business Organizations & Corporations, a 4 credit hour course to a class comprised of paralegal studies students Course topics included individual, partnership, and corporate form of business organizations; formation, implementation, and rules governing operations and decision-making, the duties and liabilities of corporate officers and directors, as well as mergers, acquisitions and dissolution of corporations Required text: Moye, John E., The Law of Business Organizations, 6th Edition, Thomson West Legal Studies, 2005.
  • Spring 2007 Semester (April to June 2007) Taught Two Courses: Taught Business Law 1 (see below under "Winter 2006 Semester" for a complete course description) Also Taught Intro to Real Property Course topics include the role of the paralegal in supporting the residential real estate attorney, real estate contracts, deeds, mortgages, adverse possession, and closing adjustments. Required Text: Hinkel, David F., Practical Real Estate Law, 4th Edition, West Legal Studies, 2004.
  • Winter 2007 Semester (January to March 2007) Taught Two Courses: Taught Business Law 1 (see below under "Winter 2006 Semester" for a complete course description) Also Taught Intro to Contracts and UCC (see below under "Spring 2006 Semester" for a complete course description)
  • Fall 2006 Semester (September to December 2006) Taught Business Law 1 (see below under "Winter 2006 Semester" for a complete course description)
  • Spring 2006 Semester (April to June 2006) Taught Intro to Contracts and UCC, a 3 credit hour course to a class comprised of paralegal studies students Course topics included formation of a contract, offer and acceptance, mutual assent of the parties, consideration, capacity, legality in contracts, proper form of contract writing, performance and discharge of the contract, remedies Required text: Tepper, Pamela R. The Law of Contracts and The Uniform Copmmercial Code, 1st Edition West Publishing 1995.
  • Winter 2006 Semester (January to March 2006) Taught Business Law 1, a 4 credit hour course to a class comprised of various undergraduate business students Course topics included the nature and sources of law, court system and dispute resolution, the constitution, types of business organizations, partnerships, corporation formation, nature and classes of contracts; internet contracts; formation of contracts, offer and acceptance; capacity and genuine assent; consideration; legality and public policy; third persons and contracts; breach of contract and remedies; nature and form of sales; torts; agency; regulation of employment; real property; leases Required text: Twomey, Jennings, and Fox. Anderson's Business Law and the Legal Environment., 19th Edition West Legal Studies 2005.

Published Articles:

  • "An Introduction to the Prevailing Wage Act" The Bergen Barrister - Publication of the Bergen County Bar Association, Winter 2002 Issue
  • "New Jersey's Minority and Female Contractor Set-Aside Program" Remodeling News Magazine, April 2002 Issue
  • "Construction Claim Deadlines - What You Don't Know Will Hurt You" The Bergen Barrister - Publication of the Bergen County Bar Association, Winter 2001 Issue
  • "Real Estate Broker Commission Earned Even in Absence of Closing of Title" Remodeling News Magazine, April 2001 Issue
  • "The Design/Build Dilemma" Remodeling News Magazine, March 2001 Issue
  • "Avoiding Wrongful Discharge Claims" Remodeling News Magazine, November 2000 Issue
  • "Deadlines That Can Kill Claims" Remodeling News Magazine, April 2000 Issue
  • "Benefits and Drawbacks to Arbitration" Remodeling News Magazine, December 1997 Issue

Lectures and Seminars:

  • "How Consumer Fraud Act Regulations Affect Residential Contractors" February 19, 2011 at Fiesta, 255 Route 17S, Wood-Ridge, NJ sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter NARI
  • "Improving Construction Contracts" April 14, 2010 at Holiday Inn, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "Contract Law Nuts and Bolts" May 14, 2008 at Cortina Ristorante, Paterson, NJ sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "Improving Construction Contracts" January 23, 2008 at Kenvil, NJ sponsored by Wickes Lumber
  • "Improving Construction Contracts" November 14, 2007 at Allendale, NJ sponsored by Black Millwork Co., Inc.
  • "New Jersey's Home Improvement Practices Act and the Consumer Fraud Act" November 8, 2005 at Cortina Ristorante, Paterson, NJ sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "Improving Construction Contracts" April 20, 2005 at Flemington, NJ sponsored by the Central Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "Residential Construction Liens and the New Jersey Construction Lien Law" April 12, 2005 at Cortina Ristorante, Paterson, NJ sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "Residential Construction Liens and the New Jersey Construction Lien Law" April 21, 2004 at Flemington, NJ sponsored by the Central Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "Reducing Bad Debt and Accounts Receivables" March 12, 2003 at Romannisimo Restaurant, East Rutherford, NJ sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "Improving Construction Contracts" November 20, 2002 at Flemington, NJ sponsored by the Central Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "Residential Homebuilders and Subcontractor Relationships" November 19, 2002 at Newburgh, NY sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Valley Nari of New York Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "New Jersey's Minority and Female Contractor Set-Aside Program" May 8, 2002 at Cortina Ristorante, Paterson, NJ sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "An Introduction to the Courts and Judicial System - Some Seldom Considered Aspects" January 26, 2002 at the Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High School, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey - presented to the Gifted and Talented Section Students Participating in Preparations for Mock Trials
  • "The Employment Relationship - Hiring and Termination of Employees" March 22, 2001 at Hightstown, NJ sponsored by the N.J. Alliance of NARI - North, Central and South Jersey Chapters of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • "Improving Construction Contracts" March 8, 2000 at Excelsior Supply Company, Butler N.J.
  • "Improving Construction Contracts" November 23, 1996 at Construction Expo sposored by the North Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Hackensack, N.J.
  • "An Introduction to New Jersey's Construction Lien Law" November 23, 1996 at Construction Expo sposored by the North Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Hackensack, N.J.
 
 
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