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ATTORNEY &
STAFF PROFILES

Charles J. Sciarra

Charles J. Sciarra was born and raised in Jersey City (at least that’s what the paperwork says.) After taking regular beatings from the nuns in grade school he graduated from Saint Peter’s Prep., Ramapo College and Seton Hall Law. Prior to his admission to the New Jersey and New York bars, he worked on several political campaigns including the Clinton/Gore Presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996 as well as conducting Presidential and Vice Presidential Advance for the Whitehouse.

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Jeffrey D. Catrambone

Jeffrey D. Catrambone is admitted to practice law in State Court in both New Jersey and New York. He is admitted to practice Federal District Court in the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York. Catrambone practices in the areas of criminal defense and labor and employment wherein he specializes in discrimination, whistle-blower and other civil rights matters brought on behalf of both public and private sector employees. He also has a general litigation practice which includes advising small businesses, collections and franchise work.

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Matthew R. Curran

Matthew R. Curran graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in History. In 2005, he graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law. Following law school, he served a one year clerkship with the Honorable Donald Merkelbach in New Jersey Superior Court in Essex County.

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Deborah Masker Edwards

Deborah Masker Edwards is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar, Federal District Court of New Jersey and the New York State Bar. Edwards attended New York Law School and was a member of the New York Law School Law Review. She graduated with honorsfrom New York Law School in 1991.

Christopher A. Gray

Christopher A. Gray was born and raised in the state of South Jersey (yes he has an 856 area code).  He is a graduate of Villanova University where he earned a B.A. in political science (somehow politics became a science). After Villanova, he received a J.D. from Widener University in 2007.

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Alan Serrins

Alan Serrins served as a Staff Attorney to the New York City Commission on Human Rights from 1977 until 1979 at which time he was appointed General Counsel to the Commission on Human Rights. At the time of his appointment, Serrins was the youngest General Counsel ever appointed to City Government and he supervised a staff of 11 attorneys and 22 investigators. He also served as a consultant to the Fair Employment Agency for Northern Ireland in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Support Staff

Rose Cioffi is the firm’s Office Manager/Bookkeeper.  Our Secretary/Receptionist, Michele Ferdinando, joined the firm in 2005.  Michele’s abilities to multi-task and her patience are an asset to the firm. Frank Cioffi, our Clerk, is a 2008 graduate from Rutger’s University. In addition to his full-time employment with the firm, he is currently enrolled in Seton Hall Law school. Rumor has it he is hoping for a job offer with the firm if he passes the bar.

However, the true backbone of the office is our hot beverage machine (pictured to the right). Time and again, we have received glowing reviews from all of our clients and especially our Police Officer and Fire Fighter clients who partake in its piping hot, freshly brewed (and free) cups of coffee, cappuccino, café mocha, French vanilla and hot chocolate. There is a good reason why the coffee machine has been voted the firm’s employee of the month every consecutive month since it joined the firm in August 2005 (When the big flood finally comes, if there is room in the life boat for either Rose or the machine, Rose will need to quickly learn to swim).

 He clerked for Alan Serrins, former General Counsel to the Commission on Human Rights in New York City, where he developed a background in employment litigation. Upon graduation from law school he joined the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office prosecuting criminal matters on behalf of the State. He later joined one of the State’s premier employee-side labor firms before opening his own practice in November, 1999.

Sciarra focuses on employment and criminal matters, with a large portion of his work concentrated on representing sworn law enforcement officers. He appears regularly in Administrative, Superior, Appellate and Federal Courts. He has successfully tried numerous matters including criminal cases ranging from charges of Official Misconduct to Murder and civil employment matters relating to claims of discrimination, free speech violations, and whistle-blower retaliation. Through his career to this point, Sciarra has spent nearly fifteen hundred days in court including over 50 weeks on jury trials securing numerous not-guilty verdicts, millions of dollars in damage awards through verdict or settlement and saving scores of careers.

He is married to the beautiful and talented world class marathon-runner Jennifer Sciarra and they have three extremely well-behaved and beautiful children. They reside in an undisclosed location in Northern New Jersey. When he is not engaged in family or legal matters, he can usually be found hunting down rare Springsteen bootlegs.

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He has spent approximately eighteen weeks trying jury cases and he has obtained over a million dollars in jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.

Catrambone has been a partner with the firm since 2002. He is a 1996 Graduate of Seton Hall Law School where he earned his J.D., with honors. He is a 1993 Graduate of Boston College, where he received his B.A.

Upon graduation from law school he was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Patricia K. Costello in New Jersey Superior Court, Civil Division, Hudson County. After his clerkship Catrambone was an Associate with the firm of Smith, Stratton, Wise, Hehrer and Brennan in Princeton, NJ. He subsequently served as a Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice where he prosecuted criminal fraud cases.

When he is not working on cases for the firm, Catrambone spends the majority of his time with his wife and three sons. He spends any additional downtime attending Giants football games, following their off-season acquisitions, watching the NFL Network’s coverage of the NFL combine, and reminiscing about Super Bowls XXI, XXV and XLII but not Super Bowl XXXV, which never happened.

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Curran initially worked for the firm as a summer associate. As a full-time associate with the firm since 2006, Curran has assisted in every aspect of litigating employment matters from the initiation of lawsuits to appellate briefing. In addition to civil litigation, Curran has engaged in criminal trial work, Municipal Court matters, the firm’s administrative practice before the Office of Administrative Law, and representing small businesses with collections matters. Curran has second seated both Mr. Sciarra and Mr. Catrambone on numerous successful criminal and civil jury trials. He is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and the Federal District Court of New Jersey.

Curran married his college sweetheart, Bree, in 2007 at a ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island. He spends his free time snowboarding in exotic locales and, to date, he has only once needed the services of an orthopedic surgeon.

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Christopher has been an annual lecturer at the New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association’s collective bargaining seminar in the subject area of law enforcement officer’s rights (Yes, law enforcement officers have rights too!).  He practices in labor negotiations, unfair practices, representation petitions, grievances, and discipline.  He also represents all NJ state workers before the Division of Pensions for accidental disability applications, ordinary disability applications, involuntary pensions, and honorable service issues.

He is a Phillies fan in an office full of Mets fans.  He attends weekly partner mandated therapy to suppress his Philadelphia sports fan urges.

He is married to the wonderful Leslie Gray and father to an amazing daughter who continues to impress  with her new talents she learns every week.  He has two adopted dogs that have three kidneys between them.  (Thanks Woodstock for financing that addition on the vet’s office.) 

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Upon his return to the United States, Serrins became associated with the firm of Dienst and Cahn and then he became a named Partner with the successor firm of Queller, Fischer, Dienst, Serrins, Washor and Kool, LLP. Serrins is currently “of Counsel” to Sciarra & Catrambone, LLC.

In addition to this professional experience, Serrins was a member of the New York State Human Rights Advisory Counsel which is the advisory body to the State Human Rights Division, having been appointed to that position by the Governor of the State of New York in October, 1985. Further, for seven years, he served on the Board of the Goldwater Memorial Hospital and he spent countless hours advising disabled patients of their rights and benefits. Finally, Serrins worked on the Board of Working Women’s Institute, the organization that coined the phrase “sexual harassment on the job”. He is also a member of the National Employment Lawyer’s Association.

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