Our Lawyers

Maryann O'Donnell McCoy, ESQ

Managing Attorney

Maryann O'Donnell McCoy, Esq., has experience in a wide variety of matters, including personal injury, property damage, premises liability, Title 59, employment practice, directors and officers’ liability, coverage, PIP and UIM/UM, criminal defense, municipal work, wills and estates, and commercial and residential real estate transactions. She has extensive trial experience, especially in insurance defense matters where she has secured favorable verdicts on behalf of her clients. She acts as the Municipal Prosecutor of the Joint Court of Madison for Madison Borough, Chatham Borough, Harding Township, and the shared services court of Washington Township (Morris County), Mendham Borough, and Califon Borough (Hunterdon County).


She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York (1989), and the United States District Court (Eastern and Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, 1990). 

Affiliations:
Member, Morris County Bar Association Civil Practice Committee;

Member, New Jersey Defense Association;

Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers;

Arbitrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey;

Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Expedited Civil Actions, 2014; Panelist, New Jersey Association for Justice: Trial of Verbal Threshold Cases;

Judge, Morris County Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition;

Trustee, St James Church, Basking Ridge, NJ

New Jersey Super Lawyer

Education:
A graduate of Georgetown University (B.A., 1983);

New York Law School (J.D., December 1989). 

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KAREN M. BUERLE, ESQ

Managing Attorney

Karen M. Buerle, Esq., has extensive trial experience in property, casualty, and personal lines involving complex insurance coverage issues with high dollar exposures, automobile negligence, UM/UIM, PIP, commercial automobile cases including taxi and limousine defense and medical transportation issues, premises and commercial liability, construction accidents, medical and legal malpractice, and contract review and interpretation. She also has an extensive municipal entity defense practice, serving as counsel and lead trial counsel for various towns, counties, and Joint Insurance Funds in matters involving Title 59, LAD, CEPA, civil rights, employment, and wrongful discharge, and State and Federal Constitution claims, including §1983. Additionally, she has been retained by municipal entities in anticipation of litigation in an investigative capacity, including interviewing witnesses and ultimately evaluating claims to determine potential exposure.


She is admitted to practice in New Jersey (1981), the United States District Court, District of New Jersey (1981), the United States Supreme Court (1986), and the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2005).

Affiliations:
Member, New Jersey Defense Association;
Barrister - Worrall F. Mountain Inns of Court;
Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company;
Delbarton School, Morristown, New Jersey - current member Executive Board of DPGA.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown, New Jersey - former Board Member;
PG Chambers School, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey - former Board Member;

NJ Super Lawyer

Education:
A graduate of Montclair State University, (B.S., 1976, Cum Laude);

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1981)

 

KAREN L. KUEBLER, ESQ

Attorney

Karen L. Kuebler, Esq., has extensive trial experience as in-house defense counsel and plaintiff's counsel in the areas of automobile negligence, commercial liability, and premises liability. She retired as house counsel from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in 2014 where she headed the Hudson County Unit and joined OMB in January 2015.


She has lectured at an ICLE approved seminar on charity care and was an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she taught civil litigation.


Prior to law school, she was a claims adjuster for Prudential insurance Company for five years.
She is admitted to practice in New Jersey (1987) and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey (1987).

Affiliations:
Member, New Jersey Defense Association; 
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; 
Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company; 
Adjunct Professor - Fairleigh Dickinson University- Madison, New Jersey;
Hudson County Bar Association;
Hudson Inns of Court Barrister;
District VI Ethics Committee;
Hudson County Civil Arbitration & Civil Practice Committee;
Arbitrator - Hudson County;
ICLE- Basic Mediation Course;
Former Arbitrator for New Jersey Superior Court and Ethics Committee


Education:

A graduate of Montclair State College (B.S., 1983);

Seton Hall School of Law (J.D., 1987)

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ELIZABETH D. SEITZ, ESQ

Attorney

Elizabeth D. Seitz, Esq. has extensive experience in the area of civil defense litigation in automobile, property, and casualty insurance claims.  Prior to joining OMB, Elizabeth defended property and employment claims on behalf of insured public entities and advocated on the plaintiff’s side in employment and commercial disputes. 

     

She is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey (2006), the United States District Court, District of New Jersey (2006), and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (2006).

 

Affiliations:

Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company

Oak Street Elementary School, Parent-Teacher Organization – Co-President

Preschool Advantage, Child Selection Committee – Member

Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project – Former Pro Bono Attorney

Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court – Former Member

 

Distinction:

2011 New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star

 

Education:

A graduate of Denison University (B.A. 2001);

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D. 2006)

 

NIKKI T. CARUSO, ESQ

Attorney

Nikki T. Caruso, Esq., joined O’Donnell McCoy Buerle in October 2020 after serving as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable James M. DeMarzo, Presiding Judge, Family Part in the Superior Court of New Jersey, County of Morris.  During her clerkship, Ms. Caruso served as a mediator in the Special Civil Part. 

 

She earned her Juris Doctor from Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tennessee. While in law school, she served as Managing Editor of the Health Law Journal and a Student Ambassador Mentor for first year law students. During the summer of her second year, she was employed with the Business and Legal Affairs Department at Country Music Television (CMT). 

 

Ms. Caruso earned her undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park, NJ, where she majored in psychology. While at FDU, she played second base on the softball team and in 2015, named MVP and in 2016, earned MAC Conference Player of the Year and Co-SIDA Academic All-American Honors. 

 

She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey (2019). 

 

Affiliations: 

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association;

Approved Insurance Counsel for New Jersey Manufacturers

 

Education: 

Fairleigh Dickinson University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2016)

Belmont University College of Law (J.D. 2019) 

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JUSTIN BERUTICH, ESQ

Attorney

Justin Pierce Berutich’s corporate, tax, and litigation experience allows him to bring a unique perspective to each matter. Justin understands business, and his goal is to achieve success for the firm's clients in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner possible.

Justin provides comprehensive business counseling to individuals and companies across various industry verticals from startup/early stage to established multi-nationals, including organization, financing, taxation, M&A, business development, commercial agreements, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, and real estate.

 
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