Joseph J. Bell, Esq.
Joseph J. Bell Jr. founded Bell, Shivas & Fasalo, P.C. in 1993 after years in private practice and service in government and politics. Joe’s legal experience is primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, county and municipal government, civil rights, criminal law, DUI/DWI and tort law.
Joe has a considerable record of service to his community. He began his early career as a school teacher at Barringer High School in Newark. From the beginning of his career, Joe has participated in politics serving as a congressional aide and in various campaigns and volunteer positions. In 1983, while still a law student, Joe was elected to the position of Morris County Clerk. In that time he came up with various initiatives to improve the office, notably, the Ballot for the Blind, which gained national recognition and is now employed by most jurisdictions in the country.
David T. Shivas, Esq.
Mr. Shivas is a partner with experience in a broad variety of practice areas. Mr. Shivas’s litigation practice is focused on business litigation involving disputes arising from contracts, employment, real estate, construction, corporate governance and consumer fraud. Through his 11 years of practicing at large firms prior to joining Bell, Shivas & Fasolo, P.C., Mr. Shivas has gained significant trial experience in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York. Among the cases he has tried are probate matters involving wills and trusts, real estate and land use disputes, employment claims involving discrimination, complex commercial disputes relating to corporate governance and other business issues. He also has argued several appeals in the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court.
Valerie Fasolo, Esq.
Ms. Fasolo has extensive experience with issues in consumer financial services, employment litigation, human resource law and business litigation matters. Ms. Fasolo has litigated in a wide range of venues, including federal and state courts, the EEOC, state civil rights enforcement agencies, mediation and arbitration panels.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Fasolo served as in-house counsel at UBS Financial Services, Inc. where she supervised outside counsel in cases involving all types of employment-related litigation. Ms. Fasolo routinely provided legal counsel to senior management on employment related issues, transactional matters and internal investigations. Additionally, Ms. Fasolo provided regulatory and legal advice with regard to human resources law.
Joseph J. Bell, IV. Esq.
Joseph’s practice areas focuses on criminal defense, consumer fraud, DUI/DWI, civil litigation, employment law and municipal and county government. Before entering private practice, Joseph clerked for the Honorable Paul W. Armstrong, J.S.C., in Somerville, N.J.
As an advocate, he has appeared in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels in civil and criminal matters and he has been successful with several appellate arguments and briefs. Most notable among his appellate cases are: (1) Life Time Fitness, Inc. v. Borough of Florham Park, A-4208-11T4, 2013 WL 1748445, at *1 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Apr. 24, 2013); (2) State v. Pope, A-6083-10T3, 2013 WL 1092138, at *1 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Mar. 18, 2013); and (3) Suburban Disposal, Inc. v. Borough of Chatham, A-1482-10T4, 2011 WL 519836, at *1 (N.J.).
Paula Ortega. Esq.
For much of her career, Ms. Ortega has primarily focused on family law issues assisting clients through the divorce process. In addition, she has assisted clients in obtaining post-judgment relief such as removal, custody, reduction in child support, contribution for college expenses, enforcement of alimony and termination of alimony. In addition to devoting a substantial amount of her career to family law issues, Ms. Ortega has experience in a variety of general practice matters including personal injury, residential and commercial real estate transactions, municipal and county government, landlord tenant, estate planning, administration and litigation.