Meet Our Professionals
The experience we bring to bear for our clients encompasses decades of time in litigation, adjudication roles, arbitration and mediation across multiple industries. At Corodemus & Corodemus, L.L.C., we offer neutral services as well as personal attention.
Marina Corodemus is a highly experienced professional in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). She is a sought-after special master by federal and state courts involving class actions, mass torts, environmental contamination, natural resource damages, products liability, consumer fraud and serious aggregate litigation. She is AV-rated* and brings more than ten years of experience on the bench as New Jersey's sole Mass Tort Judge.
Judge Corodemus (Ret.) is the Director of ADR Practice at Corodemus & Corodemus, L.L.C. She has lectured throughout the country, and she is a member of the ALI Aggregate Litigation Advisor Committee, Board and Executive Board Member of the Sedona Conference, and adjunct Professor at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey.
Her published works include: Judge Corodemus, "Rock'em, Sock'em Preemption: Who Is Getting Their Block Knocked Off?" is published in the BNA September 2008, Class Action Litigation Report, Vol.9, No. 18, 9/26/08; "Women in the Bar Association," New Jersey Trial Magazine, Publication of Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New Jersey (1991); "Informed Consent and Mastectomy," American Cancer Society, New Jersey (1988); "Domestic Violence, the Law and You, the First Citizens Handbook for Victims of Domestic Violence," Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey (1985).
Nicholas J. Stroumtsos, Jr. is a member of our dedicated Alternative Dispute Resolution firm. He is available to serve our clients' needs in the area of mediation, arbitration and as a Special Master for Federal and State matters.
Judge Stroumtsos (Ret.) specializes in handling the resolution of issues arising from complex civil litigation. His judicial experience encompasses presiding over numerous high profile matters involving Fortune 500 companies in such diverse industries as health care, insurance, telecommunications and utilities. During his tenure he presided over matters that included regional, multi-city, multi-state and international clients that resulted in many of New Jersey's and the nations largest financial verdicts and negotiated settlements. Judge Stroumtsos has experience handling a wide range of matters including complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage issues, contracts, product liability, corporate commercial ventures, federal and state environmental law, civil rights, defamation, professional and medical malpractice, and asbestos litigation. Judge Stroumtsos is widely recognized by the professional community as a jurist skilled in his ability to sum up complex concepts with a direct, tight, straight forward, no nonsense approach that produces sound, fair results. He is acknowledged for his insight and ability to distill complex issues efficiently. Judge Stroumtsos works at the intersection of law and common sense to forge realistic and fair decisions. Several of his opinions are published in Westlaw and have been widely noted in numerous national publications. He has been cited repeatedly in New York and New Jersey professional malpractice blogs for his competency and well reasoned opinions. Characteristically, Judge Stroumtsos was cited by The Wall Street Journal for his fairness and skill in bringing a major asbestos bankruptcy scam to an end; it characterized Judge Stroumtsos' handling of the seven month Congoleum bankruptcy matter as "great news for business, the judicial system, and seriously ill asbestos plaintiffs".
Judge Stroumtsos served as a Judge on the New Jersey Superior Court for 18 years in Essex and Middlesex Counties, for eight of those years he was the Acting Assignment Judge of Middlesex County. He has served on the court in Civil, Criminal and the Family Divisions. During his judicial career Judge Stroumtsos has served on numerous Supreme Court and Bar Association Committees, addressed various groups and presented continuing legal education classes. He is a member of the Middlesex County, New Jersey and American Bar Associations. Privately, he has been involved in local civic and cultural endeavors which allow him to understand the regions' political and economic complexities.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Stroumtsos was a principle partner in the firm of Donington, Karcher et al, where he practiced as a Certified Trial Attorney. He is admitted to practice in the 2nd and 3rd Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. He began his legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor and was a lead litigator in the successful high profile prosecution of Joann Chesimard in the infamous murder trial of the slaying of a New Jersey State Trooper.
Ronald J. Hedges is Of Counsel to Corodemus & Corodemus. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). Judge Hedges is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York and Texas. He is also admitted to the bars of various courts of the United States.
Judge Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges. Judge Hedges was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills (1993-2007). He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center and Rutgers School of Law-Newark, where he has teaches an introduction to electronic discovery and evidence. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. Judge Hedges is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.
Judge Hedges’ publications include "The Sedona Conference® Points the Way Toward Control of the Costs and Burden of E-Discovery," The Federal Lawyer (January/February 2012), Managing Discovery of Electronic Information; A Pocket Guide for Judges (co-author) (Federal Judicial Center: 2007), Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA: 2007), The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Addressing Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access in Civil Cases (The Sedona Conference: 2007) (editing team member), “Case Management and E-Discovery: Perfect Together,” DDEE (July 1, 2009), “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule,” New Jersey Law Journal (May 18, 2009), and “A View from the Bench and the Trenches: A Critical Appraisal of Some Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” 227 F.R.D. 123 (2005).
Judge Hedges is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society and the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Judge Hedges is a member of the Sedona Conference Advisory Board, the Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access, and the Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Production. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Advanced E-Discovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center.
Michael A. Cohan, Esq. (Of Counsel) is a court-approved mediator by the New Jersey Supreme Court and is an AV-rated attorney* with more than 40 years of experience. In 1981, Michael became a member of an exclusive group that consisted of eight trial attorneys in the United States. The National Board of Trial Advocacy certified him as both a civil and criminal specialist. The following year, he became the first, and for many years, the only, attorney in the state of New Jersey to be board certified as a civil and criminal trial attorney by both the State of New Jersey and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
He has been appointed to several Supreme Court committees and has been a court-approved mediator since 1999. He has been a guest lecturer for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education for more than thirty years and has taught at its Civil Trial Clinic as well.
Leah Healey, Esq. Leah Healey is a member of Corodemus & Corodemus. She has been practicing law since 1985. She represents governmental entities and businesses in transactions involving the redevelopment of contaminated properties. Her particular focus is representing municipalities regarding New Jersey's Local Redevelopment and Housing Law. Leah advises clients on matters of redevelopment, Brownfields, regulatory compliance and transactional law. In 1998, she was appointed by Governor Christine T. Whitman to serve on the New Jersey Brownfields Task Force.
She is a member of the Morris County Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee and the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar. She is also a member of the Perth Amboy Brownfields Advisory Committee, a member of the Regional Plan Association's Metropolitan Brownfields Initiative Steering Committee and a frequent lecturer on the topic of Redevelopment and Brownfields. Attorney Healey is the former president and present trustee of the Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy and the former Vice Chair of the Hoboken Waterfront Development Corporation. She is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences.
Renee Henderson, Esq. (Of Counsel) is an attorney with ten years of experience handling complex civil litigation matters. She was an associate in the Philadelphia office of a large defense firm where she worked on a number of single-plaintiff, class action and coordinated cases for a variety of clients, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, manufacturers of industrial products, insurance companies and financial institutions. Ms. Henderson also has extensive experience representing plaintiffs, having worked for a New York based plaintiffs firm where her practice focused on drug and medical device litigation. As a plaintiff's attorney, Ms. Henderson also worked with the non-profit corporation, Trial Lawyers Care, Inc. She secured a million dollar settlement from the Victim Compensation Funds for a New York City Fire Department officer injured in the 9/11 tragedy.
Additionally, Ms. Henderson clerked for the Honorable Marina Corodemus during the Judge's tenure as New Jersey's sole Mass Tort Judge. Ms. Henderson is currently working with Judge Corodemus as an Assistant Allocation Master of Aggregate Settlements and also assists Judge Corodemus on Special Master Mass Tort Projects, including the Passaic River Natural Resource Damage case.
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* AV is the highest rating an attorney can achieve. CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.