Marvin H. Sunshinemsunshine@sunshineatkins.com
Graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Class of 1965, B.A. degree
Student Council Sgt. at Arms
Member soccer and freshman baseball teams
American History and Government Major
Graduate of The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Ill., Class of 1969
Juris Doctor degree
Member Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
Following graduation Mr. Sunshine served as medic in the United States Army Reserves and entered private practice continuing to the present.
After serving as an associate in the Law Firm of Lucille P. Russello, Esq. in North Arlington, New Jersey and with Back and Nussman, Esqs., in Hackensack, New Jersey, Mr. Sunshine became a Partner in the Law Firm of Back, Kelly and Sunshine and then Back and Sunshine, Esqs. In 1979 the Law firm of Draesel, Sunshine and Atkins with Mr. Sunshine serving as a senior Partner. The Firm has since grown significantly and is now known as Sunshine, Atkins, Minassian, Tafuri and D'Amato, Esqs.Mr. Sunshine:
- Was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey in 1972
- Was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey in May, 1972
- Was admitted as an attorney qualified to practice before U.S. Supreme Court in 1978
- Is a member of the American, New Jersey, and Bergen County Bar Associations
- Is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Past chairman and present member of the Bergen County Bar Association Family Law Committee
- Former trustee of the Bergen County Legal Aid Society
- Member Bergen County Legal Services Alternatives to Domestic Violence Panel
- Panelist for the Bergen County, New Jersey Family Court Early Settlement Program
- Regularly selected as a "Top" and "Super" Lawyer by the New Jersey Monthly Magazine
- Member of the Assn. Of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003
- Presenter and panelist for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
- Court appointed Guardian ad litem; Fiscal Discovery Master, Mediator
- Former Rochelle Park, NJ and Montvale, NJ Municipal Prosecutor
- Author of various articles for "Young Lawyers" and "Bergen Barrister" Publications
- Master of ceremonies for various Family Law and Bar Association functions
- The majority of Mr. Sunshine's practice is related to Family Law.
He has tried numerous cases to conclusion. He has successfully handled all aspects of these matters including motion practice; oral argument, preparation of pleadings and briefs; appearances and participation in arguments before the Appellate Courts. Mr. Sunshine has also represented clients in Municipal Courts, civil and criminal matters. Several cases completed have been reported and remain viable such as Newburgh vs. Arrigo, 88 NJ 529 (1982) and Bauman vs. Mariaro 95 NJ 380 1984).
Mr. Sunshine's philosophy is to handle these matters fairly and vigorously with concern for each client's needs and interests.
Mr. Sunshine is married with one son (a practicing New York attorney), a daughter-in-law, a granddaughter, and a grandson.
Jay R. Atkins, Esq.
Graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Class of 1965
- President of Class
- Member of Varsity Baseball Team
- Political Science and Government Major
Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law, Class of 1968Judicial Law Clerk
- Honorable Benjamin P. Galanti, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division of Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County
- Honorable William J. Arnold, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division, Bergen County 1968-1969
From 1969 - 1971
- Associate in the Law Office of Lucille P. Russell, Esq. prominent attorney in North Arlington, N.J.
From 1972 - 1974
- Partner in the firm of Goldberg & Atkins, Hackensack, New Jersey, specializing in criminal defense work.
From 1972 - 1979
- Partner in the Law Firm of Skiba Atkins, Hackensack, New Jersey, specializing in criminal law, family law, and personal injury work.
From 1979 - Present
- Founding Partner of the Law Firm of Draesel, Sunshine, Atkins, now known as Sunshine, Atkins, Minassian, Tafuri, & D'Amato.
- Is the past Chairman of the Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee.
- Is a past member of the Family Law Committee, Bergen County Bar.
- Has tried numerous criminal cases in the Federal and State Courts
- Has tried numerous matrimonial cases in the State Courts.
- In his career has handled:
- Medical Malpractice Cases
- Dental Malpractice Cases
- Substantial Family Law Matters
- Substantial Criminal Matters
- Various Complicated Construction Litigation
- Various Civil Litigation
- At present he specializing in family law, criminal law and the occasional civil matter that piques his interest.
Mr. Atkins has been practicing law for 41 years. He is regularly selected to the Super Lawyers of New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly Magazine and his peers
Mr. Atkins has been appointed by the Court as a guardian for children as a special discovery master.
A sampling of Mr. Atkins clients include:
- VanNata Heating & Air Conditioning
- Greenway Construction Company
- K. Hovnanian, Inc.
- Victorio Builders
- Signature Builders
- Cinelli Iron & Metal, Inc.
Mr. Atkins was a former prosecutor of the Boroughs of Emerson, Rochelle Park, and Montvale.
Mr. Atkins is a former member of the Bergen County Ethics Committee.
Mr. Atkins has been married to his wife, Sheri, for 42 years, has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
Donald R. Minassian
Mr. Minassian's practice focuses on commercial and residential real estate, landlord tenant, mortgage financing and land use/zoning. He also handles the purchase and sale of businesses as well as their formation. As a former municipal public defender and municipal assistant prosecutor, he handles all matters cognizable in municipal court. He also prepares Wills, trusts and administers estates.
Mr. Minassian is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in New Jersey. He is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, N.J. State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Minassian previously served as the Public Defender for the Borough of Ramsey and Assistant Municipal Prosecutor in Montvale and Rochelle Park. He is an officer and trustee for the Colleen Giblin Foundation, a non-profit which supports pediatric neurological and cancer research at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He is the co-founder and past President of the Mahwah Ice Hockey Association.
Mr. Minassian received his J.D. from Seton Hall University, School of Law (cum laude) and his B.A. from Seton Hall University (cum laude). He was the law clerk to the Honorable James J. Petrella, Superior Court of New Jersey, 1979-1980. He joined the firm in 1980.
Selected Published Cases:
- Bauman v. Marinaro, 95 N.J. 380 (1984)
- Newburgh v. Arrigo, 88 N.J. 529 (1982)
- Enright v. Lubow, 202 N.J. Super. 58, certif. den. 104 N.J. 376 (1986) on reconsideration 215 N.J. Super. 306, certif. den. 108 N.J. 193 (1987)
- Stix v. Greenway Construction, 185 N.J. Super. 86 (App. Div. 1982)
Robert J. Tafuri
Robert J. Tafuri was admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey on December 18, 1980. He clerked for the Honorable Conrad W. Krafte, J.S.C., in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Bergen County, for the term of September 1980 through August 1981. He was thereafter employed as an Associate in the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Shrerer & Hyland. During that period of time, he worked primarily in the area of Family Law.
In September 1982, he began employment at the firm of Draesel, Sunshine & Atkins as an associate. In 1985, he became partner in the firm Conte, Lippert & Tafuri. In 1986 he returned as a partner to the law firm Draesel, Sunshine, Atkins, Minassian, & Tafuri where he has remained a partner since that time.
He has served in the New Jersey Supream Court Ethics Committee for the Northern District of Bergen County for four years. In his third year, he was the Vice-Chairman of the District Ethics Committee. During the following year, he served as Chairman of the Norther District of the Bergen County Ethics Division.
He is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association. He has served as Chairperson of the Family Law section of the Bergen County Bar Association at various different points during his career. He is currently and has been, Chairperson of the Early Settlement Panel program for the Bergen County Bar Family Law section for a number of years.
Currently, the vast bulk of his practice is in the Family Law area. In the nearly 30 years, he has practiced, he has an extensive experience in any area relating to Family Law, including, but not limited to all aspects of divorce, custody, preparation of pre-marital and post-marital agreements. He also has an extensive trial, mediation and arbitration practice.
One of the basic elements of his approach to the practice of law is to advise all of his clients the same way he would if they were a family member. His approach to representation of a client varies dramatically from case to case, consistent with what he believes (based on his experience) are the needs of the client in that particular case. He does not believe in adopting a "cookie cutter" philosophy to the practice. He also uses the other members of the firm as resources on many cases.
Kenneth F. D'Amato, Esq.
Kenneth F. D'Amato received his undergraduate degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey in 1987. Mr D'Amato graduated from Stevens Institute receiving a Bachelor of Engineering degree, with a major in Mechanical Engineering and Machine Design. Upon his graduation from Stevens Institute, Mr D'Amato attended Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. At Seton Hall, Mr. D'Amato was an associate editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. Mr. D'Amato received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1990, Magna Cum Laude, achieving a class rank of 5 out of 410 graduating law students.
After graduating from Seton Hall University School of Law, Mr. D'Amato served as law secretary to the Honorable Arthur J. Lesemann, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, General Equity Part, Bergen County, New Jersey.
Since 1991, Mr. D'Amato has devoted much of his practice to the representation of victims injured through the negligent acts of others - including automobile collisions, fall down accidents from dangerous conditions of property such as snow, ice and improper design, defectively designed or manufactured machines, unguarded nip points, and negligent medical and surgical treatment. Mr. D'Amato has achieved numerous six and seven-figure verdicts and settlements in the courts of Northern New Jersey.
Mr. D'Amato is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey. He has served as barrister in the Justice Robert L. Clifford American Inn of Courts, and a member investigator of the District XI Ethics Committee.
Christian L. Beane
Christian L. Beane has been a member of the firm since 1998 and a partner since 2005. Mr. Beane's primary concentration is in the areas of matrimonial, family law, matrimonially appellate work, residential real estate and municipal court matters. His experience in Family Law since 1994 includes all the areas such as custody, domestic violence, alimony, child support, business valuation, equitable distribution, etc. Mr. Beane has been involved in numerous matrimonial proceedings in Bergen, Passaic, Essex, and Hudson Counties. Not only is Mr. Beane involved in all types of matrimonial litigation, but he also has been a matrimonial mediator since March 2008, which also enables him to assist clients in reaching an amicable resolution of their differences without the stress and cost often associated with matrimonial litigation. Mr. Beane handles both private and Court-appointed mediation.
Mr. Beane received his J.D. from Quinnipiac College School of Law in 1994 and was admitted to both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar in that year. He is a 1989 graduate of Villanova University with a BA in Politcal Science and a minor in Business. Following his graduation from Quinnipiac, Mr. Beane served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph J. Riva, then Judge of the Chancery Division, Family Part, Passiac County Superior Court during the 1994-1995 Court year. Following the completion of his clerkship, Mr. Beane was employed by the Law Offices of Herman Osofsky from 1995-1998 before joining the firm first as an associate, then partner in 2005.
Mr. Beane is currently a member of the Passiac County Bar Association and has been a Bergen County Early Settlement Panelist from 2001 to date. He is also a former member of Bergen/Passaic/Essex Family Law Inns of Court (1997-1998). Mr. Beane has served on the District IIA Fee Arbitration Committee since 2007 and is currently the Chair of the Committee for the 2009-2010 term.
In addition to the above, Mr. Beane has been one of the Municipal Prosecutors for the Borough of Montvale from 1998 to date except for 2007.
Joshua T. Buckner
Joshua T. Buckner is a partner in the firm and has been a member since 2000. Mr. Buckner's primary concentration is in the areas of matrimonial, family law, appellate work, juvenile delinquency, criminal, municipal court, residential real estate, corporate and wills & estates. His experience in family law since 2000 includes all areas such as custody, domestic violence, alimony, child support, business valuations, equitable distribution, the drafting of pre- and post-nuptial agreements and a large juvenile delinquency practice. Mr. Buckner has been involved in numerous matrimonial and juvenile proceedings in Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. Mr. Buckner also handles private mediations. Mr. Buckner is also corporate counsel to CKO Kickboxing, which has locations throughout New Jersey and New York.
Mr. Buckner received his J.D. from Seton Hall University in 1999 and is admitted to both the New Jersey and New York Bar. He is a 1996 graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in History. Following his graduation from Seton Hall University, Mr. Buckner served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold C. Hollenbeck, J.S.C., now retired, then Judge of the Chancery Division, Family Part, Bergen County Superior Court, during the 1999-2000 court year. Following the completion of his clerkship, Mr. Buckner joined the firm as an associate.
Mr. Buckner is currently a member of the Bergen County Bar Association and is presently a Bergen County Early Settlement Panelist. Mr. Buckner also serves as the Vice Chairman of the District IIA Fee Arbitration Committee.
In addition to the above, Mr. Buckner has been married to his wife, Josephine, for six years and has two daughters. Mr. Buckner is also an avid marathon runner.
Jessica M. Fox
Jessica M. Fox is an associate at the law firm of Sunshine, Atkins, Minassian, Tafuri, D'Amato, Beane & Buckner, P.A. Ms. Fox joined the firm in September 2010 after completing a judicial clerkship in the Bergen County Family Division.
She graduated, cum laude, from DeSales University, Allentown Pennsylvania in 2006 and earned her law degree from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2009, graduating magna cum laude.
During her tenure at Touro, Ms. Fox was a member of the Family Law Clinic and Judicial Externship Clinic. She also interned for the Hon. Brian R. Martinotti, J.S.C., Civil Division, Bergen County, New Jersey and at the law firm of Ingerman Smith in Hauppauge New York.
Upon graduation from Touro, Ms. Fox served as the judicial law clerk to the Hon. James J. Guida, J.S.C., Family Division, Bergen County, New Jersey from 2009-2010. Immediately thereafter, she became an associate attorney at Sunshine, Atkins, Minassian, Tafuri & D'Amato, Beane & Buckner, P.A. where her practice is devoted primarily to matrimonial litigation.
Ms. Fox is admitted to the New Jersey and New York state bars and is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association.