Business & Finance

"Local Footprint; Big Impact" is More Than Just a Tagline for Laddey, Clark and Ryan

65980737d739ac731c18_7bf8e6436816ae64d099_359.JPG
Posing "Super Lawyers and Rising Stars" photo. Standing, l to r: Tom Prol, Andrew Fraser, Tom Ryan, Ursula Leo. Seated, l to r: Lauren Fraser and Richard Sweeney. Credits: Laddey, Clark & Ryan
f51caa5231c438678dc2_bc6731f5b405e075fc98_IMG_2444.JPG
Members of the Laddey, Clark & Ryan race team at the Mountain Lakes Sprint 5K Credits: Laddey, Clark & Ryan
a94b2218de6ed90eb7d0_d03e91d8735031ba6265_IMG_5645.JPG
Laddey, Clark & Ryan's two fitness challenge teams at a kickball game Credits: Laddey, Clark & Ryan
65980737d739ac731c18_7bf8e6436816ae64d099_359.JPG

SPARTA – Lawyers Lauren Fraser and Todd Hooker were motoring up I-95. They’d taken depositions in Charlotte, N.C., part of a lawsuit involving a huge, multi-national corporation, and now they were headed home to Sussex County.

As attorneys with Sparta law firm Laddey, Clark & Ryan, a TAP Into Randolph advertiser, Fraser and Hooker were enjoying the feeling of satisfaction lawyers get when working on big cases with big bucks on the line.

Then Hooker’s phone rang and the duo came back to Earth. The other side of working at Laddey, Clark & Ryan was calling. “It was a Sparta guy with small businesses in Newton,” said Fraser. “He was trying to solve some problems he’s having with his companies.”

Sign Up for E-News

Hooker didn’t blow the guy off and let the call go to voicemail. He answered and did his best to help the client.

That willingness to remain local, community-minded lawyers, even as the firm grew to be a prominent, mid-sized entity with 19 attorneys and cases all over the country, is what makes Fraser happy about life at Laddey, Clark & Ryan.

“Out tagline is ‘Local Footprint, Big Impact,’” she pointed out. “We take that concept very seriously as a firm. We’re a community firm. Our roots are in Sparta, but our impact spreads all over the country.”

Fraser’s been with the firm for 11 years and is married to Andrew Fraser, one of its equity partners and head of its personal injury group. She’s in charge of community outreach, but Fraser said her colleagues don’t need much prodding when it comes to staying involved locally. “Not to be a Pollyanna about it, but we truly believe we are making a difference in the community,” she said.

Formed 26 years ago by Brian Laddey, Thomas Ryan and Richard Clark, the firm can rightfully claim its place as not only a part of the current Sussex and Morris county community but also a big part of its history. Laddy, Clark & Ryan lawyers handled the legal side of numerous municipal, school and business construction projects over the decades.

“We do have the institutional clients,” said Fraser, served as a Superior Court judge’s law clerk in Newton before taking her position at the firm. “Some are from the very beginning, like Sparta Township. We very proudly represent Sparta … We’ve gone through all the changes the town’s gone through. We helped them along.”

Tragedy hit the law firm in 2004 when cancer struck Laddey, a fixture of the Sussex County legal world who served as county prosecutor for five years and Sparta’s municipal attorney afterward. Laddey died in 2007.

The firm’s other founding partner, Richard Clark, retired about three years ago. Like Laddey and Clark, the remaining founder, Thomas Ryan, has a long history of community involvement both in the legal realm and otherwise.

The law firm does not attempt to be a one-stop shop where all types of legal representation can be found. Its lawyers do not usually take on criminal or family court cases.

Instead, Laddey, Clark & Ryan is divided into nine areas of specialty: business law, commercial litigation, elder law, employment and labor law, environmental law, government services, personal injury, real property and wills, trusts and estates.

“My dad was an attorney,” said Fraser. “Back then, years ago, the way law was practiced was you did a little bit of everything. If someone came through your door and said, ‘I need a divorce and a contract for a new business,’ dad would help them. If they were injured in a car accident, he’d help with that too.”

But being a jack-of-all-trades lawyer sometimes forces compromise, so Laddey, Clark & Ryan opted to bring in top-notch specialists, “experts in the fields in which we practice,” and let them focus on what they know best, said Fraser.

This approach helped the firm grow during a period when other law firms were downsizing. It also made Laddey, Clark & Ryan well known around the nation for a number of niche subjects including injury cases involving elevator malfunctions. The firm recently won an $8 million jury award on behalf of a client injured in an improperly maintained elevator, said Fraser.

“Those kinds of verdicts for personal injury cases are very unique and rare in a conservative area like here,” said Fraser. “Some of the publicity from that work served us pretty well. We’re getting calls from all over the country from attorneys saying, `We want to know how you did it. Can you help us? Can you come try a case?’”

Laddey, Clark & Ryan is also getting known for its work in environmental law. This has largely been due to its hiring of Hooker, who specializes in that field. “Todd came in 2012,” said Fraser. “Environmental law is an area we never had before. Now, we’re traveling all over the country handling environmental litigation.”

It takes a lot of energy to be the best, and a key to maintaining that level of enthusiasm is exercise. Toward that end, Fraser instituted an in-house “fitness challenge” in which Laddey, Clark & Ryan lawyers and staff form teams and compete against each other regularly.

“Families and friends and clients and colleagues join us,” she said. “We’ve sort of taken fitness to the next level. It’s a lot of fun. We’re lawyers, so we’re sticklers for rules and we’re very competitive. There’s a lot of trash talk. The competitiveness in the office, when we have one of these challenges, is always very infectious.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Randolph

Winter Forecast for 3-5 Inches Continues through Early Sunday Morning in Randolph Area

February 17, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- A winter weather advisory remains In Effect From 4 pm this afternoon to 4 am Sunday according to the National Weather Service.

Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are  expected. 

Snow will quickly overspread the area from the southwest, becoming moderate to potentially  heavy at times this evening.

The snow should be finished by 4 a.m.

Plan ...

Randolph PTO Council Presents  “ALL IN” FUNDRAISER Featuring The Nerds

February 12, 2018

INVITATIONS ARE OUT!!

Randolph PTO Council presents our  “ALL IN” FUNDRAISER at the

Hanover Marriott, Route 10 E Whippany, NJ

Friday March 16th ~ 6:30pm - 11 pm

Featuring the band “THE NERDS”.

The Grand Raffle this year features fantastic prizes donated by generous local businesses. A $10 ticket gives you a chance to win a $5000 diamond ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to do in Morristown this Weekend

February 16, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  What do you have planned this President's Day Weekend?  Check out history at Washington Headquarter's new Discover History Center, take a glass blowing class, try your hand at a maple sugar demo or cheer for Morristown athletes as they compete this weekend. Whatever you chose, have a great weekend everyone!

 

Friday February 16

Yoga & ...

January Randolph Police Blotter Includes Many Outstanding Warrants

February 15, 2018

Jan 3, Janeth Ladino-Varon, 45, Randolph was arrested for an outstanding warrant issued by the Randolph Twp Municipal Court.  .  The defendant was processed and released.

Jan 10, Patrick C. Lake, 30, Denville was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal attempt and criminal mischief.  Lake was processed and transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Jan 15, ...

Randolph Mayor Reflects on Interests and Concerns of Residents

February 15, 2018

I hope that everyone is enjoying the winter weather here in beautiful Randolph Township! It’s a wonderful time to enjoy many outdoor activities with family. From ice skating to sledding to skiing, it’s our varied seasons that attract so many to our wonderful community. Just be sure to stay safe. Do not ever go out on thin ice, and be careful when heading down those slopes! For those ...

Ledgewood Commons Asks State to OK Route 10 Work

February 21, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – The company converting Ledgewood Mall into The Shops at Ledgewood Commons has asked the state to approve its plan to modify Route 10 to accommodate the project.

The plans, sent to the state Department of Transportation (DOT), comply with an August request by the Roxbury Township Council that a proposed left-turn lane on westbound Route 10 be significantly longer than ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f15ab536b344851ebebb_star_balloons

Thu, February 22, 2:00 PM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Zoom Balloons Show at the Library

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_a462a07fc0090668b3c1_star_balloons

Thu, February 22, 4:30 PM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Zoom Comedy Magic Show

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_9c6b03ac9ece595f81e6_now_enrolling_facebook_and_website_graphic_-_preschool

Thu, February 22, 5:30 PM

Primrose School of Randolph, Randolph

Open House

Education

Randolph High School Fencing; Background on The Schools Most Underrated Team 

February 22, 2018

In The Schools

 

RANDOLPH, NJ--The Randolph High School fencing program may not be the most glamorous sports program in the school, nor is it the most popular. Some more mainstream sports that Randolph is successful in, such as hockey or basketball, overshadow the underdog fencing organization. However, the RHS fencing team has been consistent throughout the years, finding success in, ...

The Morris County Crusaders After Strong First Season Prepare For 2018

February 19, 2018

EAST HANOVER, N.J.- When the discussion about football in an unlimited weight league among eighth graders, Coaches Odysseas Delaportas and Jeff Eisele of Jefferson decided to take action. American Youth Football, a non-profit football and cheer program bearing the logo, "non intrusive all inclusive seemed like a perfect fit. 

Delaportas and ...

Beyond Thoughts and Prayers: The East Brunswick #NeverAgain Vigil

February 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Sunday, February 25th at 6:30 pm on the EBHS football field, the Township of East Brunswick will host a vigil to honor the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and those of prior school shootings and to show our commitment to the safety of our school community. 

On February 14, which was both Ash Wednesday and ...

Parent Guide to Helping Kids Cope With the Florida Mass Shooting

February 18, 2018

The massacre at a Florida high school on Wednesday is hard for adults to wrap their head around, but it can be completely overwhelming for children who hear about it or see images of the carnage. Parents need to help guide their children through the fear, anger, upset and helplessness such a horrific attack can stir up in children.

“The first thing parents should do is assess their own ...

MCST Student Wins Rachael Ray's “Cook Your Way To Culinary School” Competition

February 20, 2018

Denville, NJ – Nick Capone, a high school senior in the Academy for Culinary Arts at the Morris County School of Technology (MCST) in Denville, was one of four young aspiring chefs who competed to make their dreams of attending culinary school a reality in Rachael Ray’s “Cook Your Way to Culinary School” competition.

The competition aired on RACHAEL RAY Friday, ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 74 in its tenth consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on ...

CCM Library to Offer Free Workshops in Grant Writing and Fundraising Workshops Provided by Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network

RANDOLPH, NJ – The County College of Morris (CCM) Library’s Foundation Center Funding Information Network is offering three free workshops on the Foundation Center products during the college’s Spring Break, March 12-15.   The CCM Library is a participant in the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network. Network partners provide a suite of ...

CCM Launches a Degree in Virtual Reality Providing Students with a Range of Options in a Rapidly Developing Field

RANDOLPH, NJ – From gaming to training surgeons, virtual reality (VR) has become an increasingly used technology for both entertainment and learning. Recognizing that VR will only continue to grow as it becomes even more prevalent in our lives, County College of Morris (CCM) has launched an Associate in Applied Science degree in VR.

The degree will be offered starting with the Fall 2018 ...

Guest Column: The Great "Wait" of the College Process

February 18, 2018

"The Great Wait" of the College Application Process

For all the high school seniors and their parents, we are in the stressful "waiting period".  We've just finished or are finishing applications to all the schools we might possibly want to attend next year and now sit and wait our fate after the $60-$80 non-refundable application fees to at least 8-13 schools and ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

Guest Column: The Great "Wait" of the College Process

February 18, 2018

"The Great Wait" of the College Application Process

For all the high school seniors and their parents, we are in the stressful "waiting period".  We've just finished or are finishing applications to all the schools we might possibly want to attend next year and now sit and wait our fate after the $60-$80 non-refundable application fees to at least 8-13 schools and ...