Florio Perrucci Gets Youth Football Team Back on the Field in Pro Bono Case

Posted November 23, 2019

  • Florio Perrucci Gets Youth Football Team Back on the Field in Pro Bono Case

Lou Cappelli, Brian Budic and Nicholas Sullivan, of the Cherry Hill Office of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, successfully represented the Pennsauken Junior Indians football team which was wrongfully denied the ability to participate in playoffs despite being undefeated. On Thursday, November 21, Superior Court Judge Anthony Pugliese issued an injunction against the league’s ban, ruling that the league must put the Junior Indians in the championship game or face a hefty sanction after the league has already been found to be in contempt of a Court Order. The league attempted to ban the Junior Indians from the playoffs due to a dispute over a team member’s eligibility.

“There’s a $5,000 sanction right now. That will be suspended, pending Pennsauken being able to partake in the playoffs. If the league once again violates a court order, it will be elevated to $15,000,” said Budic. Cappelli adds, “The league is penalizing the Pennsauken Juniors for arbitrary reasons, wholly unsupported by the evidence. We are happy with this result and it was our honor to help these deserving kids on a pro bono basis. It is unfortunate that this matter had to be resolved in court.”

Lou Cappelli, Jr, Managing Partner in the Cherry Hill office at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli, has extensive experience in education, governmental and regulatory affairs, labor, lobbying, real estate, family and personal injury law. Cappelli currently serves as Director of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He has served as a Freeholder since 2002 and as a Director since 2006. He previously served as a member of the Board of Commissioners in the Borough of Collingswood and as a member of the Collingswood Board of Education. Cappelli also serves as a member of the Board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Cappelli received his B.S. from Albright College and earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

Brian Budic, an Associate with the firm, concentrates his practice in civil litigation. He regularly appears in state and federal court on a broad array of civil litigation matters and has substantial experience handling cases in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including personal injury, contractual disputes, landlord tenant claims, and employment law matters. Additionally, Budic has extensive experience representing clients in all aspects of family law in New Jersey, including complex issues of divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, parenting time, child support, alimony, domestic violence, and prenuptial agreements. Budic has been named one of South Jersey’s Top Attorneys by SJ Magazine and has also been recognized as an Awesome Attorney by South Jersey Magazine. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association as well as the Camden County and Gloucester County Bar Associations. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.

Nicholas Sullivan, an Associate with the firm, focuses his practice in the areas of education law, land use law and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Sullivan was a Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. During his time as a Deputy Attorney General, he defended the State of New Jersey, its agencies and employees in a wide variety of lawsuits involving employment and civil rights litigation. Sullivan regularly represents clients in the New Jersey Superior Court, New Jersey Appellate Division and the District Court of New Jersey. He completed my undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and earned his law degree from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University.

Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC was founded in 1996 by New Jersey Governor James Florio after leaving public office and Michael J. Perrucci, well known as a litigation trial attorney in numerous million dollar federal and state cases. With offices in Phillipsburg, Cherry Hill and Rochelle Park in New Jersey; Bethlehem and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and New York City, the firm is recognized as one of the fastest growing law firms in the Tri-State area. For more than 20 years, the firm successfully represents public and private sector clients with legal strategy, government advocacy and business solutions.

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