A. GROSSMAN is a senior litigator and a founding member
of the firm. He concentrates on professional malpractice defense,
personal injury claims, corporate litigation, civil rights
claims, commercial litigation and white-collar criminal matters.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University
in 1955, graduating magna cum laude. While at Rutgers he was
selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa and was named a
Henry Rutgers Scholar. He attended Harvard Law School, graduating
with an L.L.B. in 1958. He was admitted to practice in the
State of New Jersey in 1958. He has also been admitted to
practice in the United States district courts for the District
of New Jersey, the Eastern District of New York and the Southern
District of New York; the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and
the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Grossman went into the private practice of law in 1959.
He served as an assistant prosecutor for Ocean County from
1961 to 1969. During that time he also served as a member
of the Lakewood Township Housing Authority. He was appointed
a judge of the Ocean County Court in 1969, becoming one of
the youngest ever to be appointed to the bench in New Jersey.
In 1974 Mr. Grossman declined a reappointment to the bench,
deciding to return to the private practice of law.
He has been active in several organizations devoted to enhancing
the Bar of the State of New Jersey, the practice of law and
the general administration of justice. He has been a member
of the Ocean County Bar Association, and he was a trustee
and president of that body. He served for five years as a
trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Grossman
has also been a member, trustee and president of the Trial
Attorneys Association of New Jersey; a member of the American
Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.
Mr. Grossman was appointed by the Chief Justice of the New
Jersey Supreme Court to the Disciplinary Review Board, having
previously served as a member of the Ocean County Ethics Committee.
He achieved recognition by his peers in the trial bar by being
elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers,
a prestigious nationwide organization, of which only a select
few are invited to join, and by his inclusion in The Best
Lawyers in America, a publication of nationally recognized
attorneys. He is a past recipient of the Trial Attorney of
the Year award by the New Jersey Trial Attorneys Association.
Mr. Grossman has litigated hundreds of cases, including complex
medical malpractice claims involving devastating injuries,
civil rights claims, employment cases, corporate matters,
and white-collar criminal cases. Few can match his trial experience
or his record of success. His view of the successful attorney-client
relationship is plain and telling:
“Any dispute in which you are involved,
whether making a claim or defending against one, is personal.
Your relationship with any law firm you hire to represent
you should also be personal. We at Grossman & Heavey appreciate
that, and we care for and get to know each of our clients
as individuals, not numbers. We know that building such a
personal and, ultimately, trusting bond with our clients,
combined with our legal expertise, is the best formula for
success. Our track record is our proof.”
In his spare time, Mr. Grossman enjoys
golf, travel and reading.
J. HEAVEY is the managing partner in Grossman &
Heavey. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations
of the firm, he is an experienced trial attorney who has tried
numerous cases in most of the counties in New Jersey and in
the federal courts.
Thomas Heavey concentrates on professional liability
defense, employment law defense, commercial litigation, insurance
coverage disputes, corporate litigation, liquor liability
defense, and defense of municipal court cases.
Mr. Heavey attended Wake Forest University, where he received
a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, graduating magna cum
laude in 1982. He was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
He studied law at Fordham University School of Law, earning
his juris doctorate in 1985.
Mr. Heavey completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable
Alvin Yale Milberg, A.J.S.C., the chief judge of the New Jersey
Superior Court, Monmouth County, from 1985 to 1986. He was
admitted to the practice of law in the State of New Jersey
and the United States District Court for the District of New
Jersey in 1985.
Mr. Heavey is a member of the Monmouth County Bar Association.
He is a past member of the Hospital Law Section of the New
Jersey State Bar Association and he was selected to be a member
of the Association’s special Subcommittee on Uniformity
of Trial Practice.
In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Heavey has been an
invited lecturer before organizations whose members are in
the healthcare field, with topics ranging from risk management
and avoidance of malpractice claims to the “nuts and
bolts” of how to manage the successful defense of a
claim once it is filed. His lectures have uniformly received
high marks and earned him repeat invitations.
Mr. Heavey’s professional philosophy is what endears
him to his many clients:
“I always imagine myself in my client’s shoes
and ask: ‘How would I like to be represented? What would
I expect of my attorney? How would I want my valuable dollar
best spent to achieve my goal in the quickest, most efficient
way?’ By pondering those simple but important questions
on a daily basis, I find that I am most effective. More important,
I find that my clients are satisfied and return to me when
a new legal matter arises.”
Mr. Heavey resides in Brielle with his
wife, Cindy, and his two daughters. He is vice chairman of
the Brielle Planning Board and a trustee of the Brielle Education
Foundation, a non-profit organization whose aim is to raise
private funds to benefit the schoolchildren of Brielle and
to keep property taxes low. Mr. Heavey enjoys tennis, golf,
skiing, and coaching recreational basketball for elementary
schoolchildren in his town.
GRAYBILL is an associate attorney with
the firm. Ms. Graybill attended Florida State University,
graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative
Writing. After college, she worked for a national law firm
in Denver, Colorado, before studying law at Seton Hall
University School of Law. While at Seton Hall, Ms. Graybill
served on the Seton Hall Legislative Journal as a Note
Editor in addition to working for a New York City-based
civil defense firm as well as for a Fortune 100 insurance
carrier and financial services provider.
She received her Juris Doctor in 2010 and was admitted to
the practice of law in the State of New Jersey in 2010 and
the State of New York in 2011.
Ms. Graybill completed a judicial clerkship with Atlantic
County Superior Court Judge James P. Savio from 2010 – 2011
before joining Grossman & Heavey.
G. HALPIN, ESQ.
is an associate
attorney with the firm. He concentrates in the areas of medical
malpractice defense, general liability defense, commercial,
contract litigation, and real estate.
Mr. Halpin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Administration with minor concentration in English and Biology
from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Following college
Mr. Halpin worked in New York City where he was responsible
for directing production at multiple facilities for a successful
garment manufacturer. Thereafter, Mr. Halpin attended Western
New England College School of Law, in Springfield, Massachusetts,
where he obtained his J.D. Degree in 1986.
While in law school,
he was elected Vice President of the Student Bar Association,
he was appointed to the Moot Court Board, and he was the Features
Editor of the school newspaper. He was nominated for Who’s
Who in American Law Students and he was asked to give the
commencement address at his graduation. He was admitted to
practice law in the State of New Jersey and in the United
States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in 1986.
He is a member of the Ocean County Bar Association and the
New Jersey State Bar Association.
Before joining Grossman & Heavey, Mr.
Halpin was a partner in a law firm that specialized in multiple
areas of practice. He brings to Grossman & Heavey a broad
practice base, which gives him a unique perspective in handling
complex disputes. He has tried numerous cases to conclusion,
in both the state and federal court, in the areas of medical
malpractice, general liability, contract disputes, and estate
His perception of his role as a lawyer has
evolved from his life’s experience: “My father
impressed upon me at a young age that your reputation is everything.
With much of the work that I do, my client’s reputation
is at stake. I never forget that. Nor do I lose sight of the
fact that the dispute at hand may not always lend itself to
a simple solution. Sound legal advice is the product of a
collaborative process between attorney and client. That is
what my clients need. That is what I am here to do.”
Mr. Halpin lives in Wall Township with
his wife, Nina, and their son, Alexander. He is a member of
the board of directors of his homeowner’s association.
He is active in coaching his son’s baseball and soccer
teams. He also enjoys boating, golf and skiing.