David J. Zwerling is the co-founder of Zwerling & Deshpande, Attorneys at law.

He currently focuses his practice on complex, high-volume no-fault/PIP arbitration, personal injury litigation (including automobile accidents, fall-down cases, products liability toxic tort and social security disability claims).  He also handles residential and commercial real estate transactions, will and estates, criminal/municipal court and general litigation matters. Mr. Zwerling has been engaged in private practice since 1990 and was the senior and founding partner to several New Jersey law firms prior to co-founding the present firm in 2009.

Prior to 1990 Mr. Zwerling worked for a prominent Hackensack Law firm and subsequently for a mid-sized Manhattan law firm which specialized in complex real estate transactions and litigation.  He has also served as a public defender and a prosecutor for the Municipal Court of Hackensack and Dumont, New Jersey.  He has successfully litigated many diverse and complex civil and criminal cases, including toxic tort cases, personal injury matters, commercial litigation, DWI and other motor vehicle offenses, will contests/estate litigation and municipality (Title 59) defense, including defense of police officers.

He was admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1986 and to the United States District Court for New Jersey in 1986.  He was also admitted to the New York bar by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Judicial Department in 1987.

Affiliations
Member of the Bergen Community College, Paralegal Studies Advisory Council since 1992

Education
B.A. Tufts University 1983 (graduated with honors)
J.D. Brooklyn Law School 1986

Shay Deshpande

Areas of Practice

Shay Deshpande is one of the founding Partners of Zwerling and Deshpande, Attorneys at Law.  He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, including the areas of products liability, toxic torts and construction litigation, automobile litigation and PIP litigation.

Mr. Deshpande's varied appellate experience includes the successful argument of civil rights, construction litigation, automobile litigation, PIP litigation, premise liability and criminal law issues.

See Rogers v. Jordan, 339 N.J. Super 581 (App. Div. 2001).

 

Professional Background

Prior to founding Zwerling and Deshpande, Attorneys at Law, Mr. Deshpande was a Counsel at an international law firm and was also associated with one of New Jersey's largest law firms, where he focused his practice on product liability, municipality defense and construction law issues.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Deshpande served as Section Chief of Tort Litigation for the City of Newark, New Jersey and Special Claims Counsel for County of Essex, New Jersey.  During his tenure with these governmental entities, Mr. Deshpande successfully defended the City of Newark and the County of Essex both at the trial and appellate level.

In 1994, he served a one year judicial clerkship in New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division for the Honorable Douglas K. Wolfson and the Honorable Steven L. Left.

Professional/Civic Activities
Appointed Arbitrator for Essex County Court (2001)

Court Admissions
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Bar Admissions
Bar of New Jersey
Bar of New York

Education
J.D., Rutgers School of Law at Newark (1994)
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook (1990)

Richard W. Carlson

Areas of Practice

Richard Carlson focuses his practice on civil litigation, primarily in personal injury including claims against public entities (Title 59), automobile negligence, premises liability and PIP litigation, including considerable appellate practice in these areas.

Hall v. Minder, 298 N.J.Super. 243 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 149 N.J. 408 (1997) [UCJF coverage], Money v. Coin Depot Corp., 299 N.J.Super. 434 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 151 N.J. 71 (1997) [Workers Compensation], and R.L. v. State-Operated Sch. Dist., 387 N.J. Super. 331 (App. Div. 2006) [Title 59/HIV exposure]

Professional Background

Prior to joining Zwerling and Deshpande, Mr. Carlson litigated personal injury cases in Superior Court including trials to jury verdicts, represented Workers Compensation petitioners, brought no-fault arbitrations on behalf of clients and represented defendants in Municipal Courts. Mr. Carlson has significant appellate practice experience. Other areas of experience over the years have included bankruptcy, employment law and criminal practice.

Court Admissions
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Bar Admissions
Bar of New Jersey

Education
J.D., Rutgers School of Law at Newark (1993)
B.A., Fordham University, Bronx, New York (1985), Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa