Sandra M. Barsoum is a Senior Associate of the Firm. She was admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York in 2015, and is also admitted in the District Court of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.
Ms. Barsoum's practice focuses on civil litigation. She has extensive experience in handling a variety of matters within the realm of employment law, such as New Jersey discrimination claims ("NJLAD"), sexual assault, and hostile-work environment. Ms. Barsoum also represents employers in Wage and Labor disputes and other complex business matters.
Ms. Barsoum's practice involves Estate Administration, which includes but is not limited to, drafting wills and Trust and representing clients in contested estate litigation. Ms. Barsoum is also involved in landlord/tenant practice, which includes representing residential and commercial landlords in summary dispossess proceedings, complex commercial tenancy litigation, residential evictions and commercial lease disputes. Her practice also includes residential real estate transactions.
Ms. Barsoum received her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law where she developed a passion for advocacy. As a law student, Ms. Barsoum interned for the Honorable Judge Curtis Bell in the 9th Circuit Court in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Family law Division. She was a legal intern at the Legal Services of South Central Michigan in Lansing, Michigan-where she provided legal advice and representation to low-income clients within the realm of family, consumer and housing law.
Areas Of Practice
- Civil Litigation
- Estate Administration
- Business Representation and Litigation
- Employment Law
- Landlord/Tenant Litigation
- Real Estate Transactions
- Construction Defect Litigation
- Community Association Law
- Municipal Court
- New Jersey, 2015
- New York, 2015
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2017
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2017
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2018
- Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
- J.D. - 2014
- New Jersey City University, , Jersey City, New Jersey
- Major: Political Science
Commercial Litigation — AMA Realty LLC. v. 9440 Fairview Avenue LLC.,
Ms. Barsoum, along with Mr. Farhi, represented the Plaintiff in a commercial contract litigation case against the Defendant, wherein Plaintiff alleged the Defendant dumped hazardous materials on the Plaintiff’s property in violation of the lease agreement between the parties. After a nine (9) day trial, the jury awarded the Plaintiff $1.2 million in damages. Thereafter, on an application for fees, the Plaintiff was $3 million in attorney fees.
Employment Law — Accredited Lock Supply
Ms. Barsoum, along with Mr. Farhi, represented the Defendant in an employment litigation case against the Defendant, wherein Plaintiff alleged the Defendant discriminated against him in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). After a seven (7) day trial, the Court ruled in favor of the Defendant and dismissed the case.
Adoption Law — In Re Matter of the Adoption of Baby Boy
Ms. Barsoum, along with Mr. Farhi, represented the adoptive mother against the adoption agency, which she alleged that the adoption agency failed to counsel the adoptive mother and provide her with any information about alternative options to adoption in violation of governing statues and regulations. After a two (2) week trial, the trial Court entered an Order voiding the adoption and directing the immediate return of the baby to its adoptive mother. On appeal, however, the Appellate Court reversed the Trial Court’s holding based on the “best interest” of the baby.
Honors and Awards
- Semi-Finalist,Mock trial competition
- Best Overall Advocate in Moot Court Competition, July 2012
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New Jersey Bar Association
- New York Bar Association
- Bergen County Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
- Judicial Extern to the Hon.Curtis J. Bell, ninth Judicial Circuit Court, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, May 2013 - August 2013
- Legal Extern, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, January 2014 - May 2014
- QDRO Writer, Pension Evaluators at Troyan, August 2014 - November 2015