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Victor Rotolo Wins Unanimous Ruling from NJ Supreme Court

Very few lawyers ever have an opportunity to argue before our State's highest court. Victor Rotolo has argued and won three cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court. In the latest case he argued, decided on August 7, 2019, Victor prevailed against the State Attorney General's Office and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office in a 7-0 unanimous ruling.

In a case of constitutional import, the Supreme Court ruled that a DUI conviction cannot be used in any later DUI case for sentencing purposes if:

  • The individual plead or was found guilty and
  • The individual was not advised of his/her right to counsel and, as to indigent individuals, the right to assigned counsel.
Mr. Rotolo’s client was facing a certain jail sentence. However, he fought the case all the way through the Appellate Courts and up to the New Jersey Supreme Court and won, saving his client from the indignity and horror of incarceration.

Rotolo Karch Law Attorneys Participate in Fraternal Order of Police Fundraiser

Photo of Rifici, Rotolo, and Merlino at golf fundraiserCharles Rifici (l), Victor Rotolo (m), and Christian Merlino (r) recently enjoyed a day of golf, participating in the Clinton Township Fraternal Order of Police 2019 Golf Outing fundraiser. 

As a former police officer, Victor A. Rotolo knows how important organizations like the Fraternal Order of Police are to local communities. The Firm was happy to participate and help raise funds with this very worthy association.

Firm's Donation Helps Establish New K-9 Unit for Clinton Township Police Department

Photo of Clinton Township Police Department K-9 Tapko with Sgt. Tiger and Rotolo Karch Law staffPolice Departments have been using dogs to assist their officers in various duties since the Middle Ages. With their innate abilities and proper training, these dogs are able to perform certain tasks more efficiently and accurately than humans; because of this, they often reduce the risks to their fellow officers. That’s why when the opportunity to help Clinton Township acquire and train its Police Department’s newest K-9 unit, Rotolo Karch Law gladly contributed.

As a former police officer with the Elizabeth, NJ Police Department, Victor Rotolo understands how dangerous the job can be. Anything that helps reduce risks to the police officers ultimately allows them to perform their jobs more efficiently, increasing the overall safety of their community.

“Rotolo Karch Law is thankful for the opportunity to help defray the cost of training K-9 Tapko and his handler Sgt. John Tiger as Clinton Township’s new K-9 unit,” Victor said. “K-9 dogs help perform certain law enforcement tasks more effectively and protect their fellow officers. Their training can be costly, but the benefits a K-9 unit brings to the department are invaluable.”

The Rotolo Karch Law team wishes Clinton’s new K-9 unit a warm welcome.

Victor Rotolo and Charles Rifici Named to Lists Published by Thomson Reuters

NJ Super LawyersRotolo Karch Law is pleased to announce that Victor Rotolo was named to the list of NJ Super Lawyers for the 14th consecutive year in 2019 and attorney Charles Rifici was named to the NJ 2019 Rising Stars list for the third consecutive year. For more information, click "Rotolo Karch Law Super Lawyers News."

The Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists are published by Thomson Reuters and methodology for selection may be found at: Super Lawyers Selection Methodology [No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court.]

Victor Rotolo Celebrates 23rd Anniversary of Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent" Rating

AV 2019 Martindale-HubbellVictor Rotolo has once again maintained the Peer Review Rating of "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell. This marks the 23rd consecutive year he has been so rated. The rating of "AV" is awarded to lawyers based on their peers' review of their skill, knowledge and ethical standards. Click on Victor's Martindale-Hubbell profile for more information.

Victor Rotolo Receives Gold Client Champion Award

Gold Client Champion AwardIn 2019, Victor A. Rotolo again received the Gold Client Champion award from Martindale-Hubbell. According to Martindale-Hubbell, this recognition is "based on the quantity and quality of an attorney's Martindale-Hubbell client reviews, [and] demonstrates an ongoing commitment to delivering excellent client service." Click on Victor's Martindale-Hubbell profile for more information.

Rotolo Karch Law Supports the Hunterdon Huskies

Rotolo Karch Law Supports Hunterdon HuskiesRotolo Karch Law continues to lend its support to local youth organizations.

We are happy to join in support of the Hunterdon Huskies, an organization whose goals are "...sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and reverance so that each youth may be finer, stronger, happier, and grow to be confident and strong contributors to our community."

Rotolo Karch Law Offers Scholarships to Local Students

Rotolo Karch Law Local ScholarshipsPlease join us in congratulating Shannon Powelson of Voorhees High School and Leanna Brook Schultz of North Hunterdon High School as the recipients of the 2018 Rotolo Karch Law scholarship.

The goal of the scholarship is to recognize the accomplishments of a field hockey player who excelled in the classroom while demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship, exemplary attitude, and dedication to the sport.

We are proud to recognize Shannon and Leanna's accomplishments and wish them well in all their future endeavors.

Victor Rotolo Selected to NJ's Best Lawyers for Families List

NJ's Best Lawyers for Families Victor Rotolo was selected to the list of "NJ's Best Lawyers for Families," which was announced in the April 2018 issue of "New Jersey Family" magazine. Attorneys selected to this list are chosen by NJ Family parents and readers who complete a survey nominating attorneys "who made a difference in their family's lives during trying times."

The Rotolo Law Firm Becomes Rotolo Karch Law; New Partners Named

Rotolo Karch Law Logo Victor A. Rotolo has announced the formation of Rotolo Karch Law and welcomes Steven J. Karch and E. Carr Cornog, III (“Woody”) as partners. The Firm remains headquartered in Lebanon, NJ and will continue to provide legal representation primarily in the areas of Family Law, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation. “While our name has changed, our philosophy has not. We remain committed to protecting our clients’ best interests and will continue to provide every client with quality legal representation.” For more details, click: 2017 Rotolo Karch Law Press Release

Firm's Family Law Blog Named to "Top Family Law Blogs" List

Top Family Law Blog logoThe Firm's Family Law Blog has been named to the "Top Family Law Blogs" list by Our bi-monthly blog ranked 29 out of the top 80 Family Law blogs and 64 out of the top 80 Divorce blogs.

The blog covers topics pertaining to all aspects of Family Law including divorce, child custody, spousal and child support, property distribution, high net-worth divorce, and grandparents' rights.

Victor Rotolo Weighs In on the Recent Police Incidents and Civil Unrest

As a former police officer-turned-lawyer, Attorney Victor Rotolo has a unique perspective on the recent civil unrest involving law enforcement personnel across the country. Mr. Rotolo's comments, along with those of others who share his background, can be found in the "New Jersey Law Journal" July 11, 2016 article titled, "After 'Horrible Week,' Cops-Turned-Lawyers in NJ and Beyond Talk Justice, Race."

Victor Rotolo Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney

Certified Civil Trial Attorney Badge Victor A. Rotolo is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.

"A certified attorney is more than just an attorney who specializes in a particular area of law. A New Jersey attorney who is certified by the Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney must have:

  • been a member in good standing of the New Jersey bar for over 5 years
  • demonstrated a substantial level of experience in civil trial law
  • been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with his or her work
  • taken and passed a written examination in civil trial law."

Source: Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Attorney Certification, Brochure on Certified Civil Trial Attorney. See Rule 1:39: Specialty Certification of Attorneys.

Victor Rotolo Becomes a Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum in 2016

Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Badge

In 2016 Victor A. Rotolo became a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum since 2002. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum members are attorneys who have won verdicts and settlements in the amount of one million dollars and above. Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum have won multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. [No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court.]

Victor Rotolo was Recently Quoted in a Blog Article Titled "State Looks to Stiffen DUI Penalties"

Victor Rotolo was quoted in a blog article dated 12/3/2014. Click "State Looks to Stiffen DUI Penalties" to read the full article.

Victor Rotolo Says Charges Against Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter Director 'Outrageous.'

Attorney Victor Rotolo Victor Rotolo, attorney for the former Director of the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter, states that his client's arrest on animal cruelty charges were part of an "outrageous attack" by the NJSPCA to gain control of the shelter's $5 million in assets. To read more, click Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter Story.

In an August 22, 2014 Star Ledger article entitled, " The animals at the SPCA are getting their ears pinned back," columnist Paul Mulshine reports on the key victory Victor A. Rotolo won on behalf of his client, Humane Animal Shelter Director Theresa "Tee" Carlson.

Presentation at the NJ ICLE Seminar “Hot Tips for Civil Litigators”

On September 29, 2012, Victor Rotolo presented “Persuasion from the beginning of the case to verdict or settlement – civility, reputation, preparation, preparation, and preparation” at the “Hot Tips for Civil Litigators” Seminar offered by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), a Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Click to read more about the New Jersey Supreme Court’s requirement for continuing legal education for all New Jersey State attorneys .

The Rotolo Law Firm Supports Community Organizations and Events.

Rotolo Karch Law supports community organizations and events
North Hunterdon Little League
during the 2012 season
Immaculate Conception School
Immaculate Conception School
on its 10th Anniversary

Victor A. Rotolo receives a 5.0 out of 5.0 overall client rating in family law on Read what the client has to say here.

The Rotolo Law Firm's win at NJ Supreme Court Helps Pave way to Passage of NJ Bill That Abolishes Statute of Limitations on Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits.

In an article dated January 5, 2012, Matt Friedman, Statehouse Bureau reported on the Assembly panel approval of a bill that removes the State's two-year statute of limitations for lawsuits for child sexual abuse. Victor Rotolo's 2008 landmark case paved the way for this change. Read Matt Friedman's article here.

Victor Rotolo Serves as Judge at Sixteenth Annual Yale Mock Trial Invitational

Mr. Rotolo was honored to join a panel of esteemed Judges and Attorneys from around the country invited to judge the Sixteenth Annual Yale Mock Trial Invitational held on December 3 and 4, 2011. The Invitational featured a field of 40 teams from colleges and universities around the country. Mock Trial is an undergraduate activity designed to emulate a jury trial. College students from schools around the country compete as both attorneys and witnesses present a fictional case to an attorney-judge. Students devote a significant amount of time and energy into preparing these cases. More information about the Yake Mock Trial Association may be found here.

Victor Rotolo Appointed to Anderson House Board of Directors

In June 2011, Victor Rotolo joined the Board of Directors at the Anderson House. With a success rate of 78-84%, Anderson House is a well-respected halfway house program serving women from all New Jersey counties. Dedicated to providing quality treatment, Anderson House supports women as they develop the necessary goals and life skills to return to the community as responsible, sober and productive individuals.

Additional information on the Anderson House may be found here.

Victor Rotolo Serves as Judge at The David Woycik, Jr. Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Hofstra School of Law

Victor Rotolo was invited to teach and judge at this eight-day, intensive trial advocacy training program that introduced law school students to the skills needed for effective court advocacy. Mr. Rotolo has been honored to be a judge at the Hofstra School of Law Program for seven years. More information on Hofstra School of Law.

New Jersey Supreme Court Appoints Victor Rotolo as Chair of the Supreme Court of New Jersey District XIII Ethics Committee

After serving as a member in 2008-2009 and then as Vice-Chair in 2009-2010, Victor Rotolo was appointed as Chair of the Supreme Court of New Jersey District XIII Ethics Committee in 2010. The district ethics committee reviews all grievances filed against attorneys and if it believes an attorney has acted unethically, it will file a formal complaint and hold a hearing, with resulting possible sanctions ranging from a reprimand or suspension to complete disbarment. For more information on the New Jersey Courts, click here.

Victor Rotolo Appointed to Board of Trustees of Union County College

Mr. Rotolo was honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of Union County College for ten years. The Board members worked to undertake activities for the general benefit of Union County College, its students, faculty, staff, facilities and programs that supported and advanced the mission of the College. To visit Union County College's website, click here.

Victor A. Rotolo on CBS Radio Interview

Victor A. Rotolo won a landmark sexual abuse case before the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of his client known as "R.L." in 2008. Now two years later that ruling set the stage for a legislative change to New Jersey's Sexual Abuse Law. If the pending bill passes, a victim of abuse will no longer have to file a lawsuit within a two-year statute of limitations of when the victim knew he or she was abused and connects that abuse to his or her injuries. The victim may sue his or her abuser or a parent or guardian if the parent or guardian knew about the sexual abuse and allowed the sexual abuse to occur. In the following two radio clips, CBS News interviews Victor A. Rotolo.

New Jersey Sexual Abuse Law

Victor A. Rotolo obtained the landmark decision and won an important victory for victims of sexual abuse when he represented a man referred to as R.L. in a 2008 lawsuit. That case set a precedent in New Jersey when Victor and R.L. fought all the way to the NJ Supreme Court. Now, two years later, that same court decision was the basis for the NJ Senate's proposing a bill that would change the statute of limitations for sexually abused children. More...
Previous Coverage

"R.L." Fought His Way to the NJ Supreme Court; Rotolo Successfully Represented "R.L."

"R.L.," a 26-year-old man, who was allegedly sexually abused by his stepfather at the age of 10, had to fight his way to the NJ Supreme Court to get his case heard. Victor Rotolo successfully represented R.L. in this case and now the legislature is poised to change the law as a result.

The New Jersey Senate will consider relaxing the limits on sex abuse lawsuits filed in the State of New Jersey. The bill that is before the NJ Senate continues to allow a victim of abuse the ability to sue his or her abuser or to sue a parent or a guardian if the parent or guardian knew about the sexual abuse and allowed the sexual abuse to occur. However, at present, a victim has only two years to sue once they become aware of the damage caused by the abuse. It is this statue of limitations that is being reviewed on Thursday. More...

Won in NJ Supreme Court

Victor A Rotolo successfully argued and won the case of Pfenninger v. Hunterdon Central High School before the NJ Supreme Court. This was a leading construction negligence case that was litigated over a period of eight years. The construction worker's widow and her children were awarded a 7-figure settlement. More...

Victims of Abuse Gain Victory - NJ Justices Uphold Law in Child Sex Abuse Cases ~ Emotional Effects Key to Timing of Lawsuits

The state's highest court yesterday upheld a statue of limitations law that determines when victims of childhood sexual abuse can bring charges against their alleged abusers. More... [Click here to view an article on the previous ruling.]

Victor A. Rotolo is appointed to Chair the Bench/Bar Liaison Committee and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the Hunterdon County Bar Association for the 2010-2011 term.

In addition to serving as the Chair of the above aforementioned Committees, Mr. Rotolo will serve as a member of the Civil Practice Committee and the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. Additionally, other members of the firm will serve on the following Committees: Ryan Melsky: Membership/New Lawyers/Young Lawyers Committee.

Cancer Patient Accepts $895,000 for Car Injuries That Worsened Ailment

Dunscombe v. Nevis: A disabled cancer patient who claimed her condition worsened after a crash with a landscaper's truck accepted an $895,000 settlement on July 10. More...

$790,000 for Auto Accident

Winecker v. Estate of Heritage: The estate of a dump-truck driver who died in a two-vehicle crash in Hunterdon County paid $790,000 on Nov. 25 to the other driver, who suffered disabling orthopedic and intestinal injuries. More...

Judge Dismisses Suit Filed After Baby Died of SIDS

HAMPTON - A civil suit against a borough couple regarding the death of an infant they were babysitting has been dismissed. More...

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Victor's expertise, due diligence, and empathy for his client made my first experience with the law (and last) a non-stressful one. Before the case, I did my research and looked over about 20 lawyers before choosing Victor. All my sources pointed to him as the best and they weren't off even a bit. Victor treated my case like it was his own and kept me up to date with all my appointments, breakthroughs in the case, and guided me step through step in a process that I never thought that I had to come to endure. If Victor's not available Susy will go out of her way to take care you. The productivity and efficiency in that office is second to none. Thank you Victor!

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