Law Offices
Robert S. Dowd, Jr. LLC

Concentrating in Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Employment Law


Sean M. Lipsky, Esq.

Sean Lipsky has 18 years of litigation experience focusing primarily on complex commercial litigation, construction litigation including bond and lien claims, business transactions, shareholder and partnership disputes, estate disputes and tax litigation.

Sean co-authored the partnership chapter in a New Jersey commercial litigation practice guide and is a member of the Associated General Contractors of New York, the New Jersey State and Bergen County Bar Associations. Sean previously served on the Bergen County Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee. He graduated cum laude from the University of Florida and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Sean is licensed in New Jersey and New York.

Peter J. Herrigel, Esq.

With more than 28 years of experience advising companies and individuals, Peter handles a wide range of matters, including commercial litigation, business and contract disputes, construction litigation, commercial collections, consumer fraud litigation, wrongful termination and employment severance matters. He represents clients in the state and federal courts in New Jersey at the trial level, in the appellate courts in New Jersey and in the state and federal courts in New York (appearing pro hac vice). Peter has served since 2011 as Chair of the Glen Ridge Historic Preservation Commission, which oversees the protection, conservation and enhancement of landmarks and properties in the Borough's Historic District, which comprises approximately 90 percent of the town. He has been a member of the Commission since 2006.

Peter also practices with Herrigel & Herrigel LLC in Montclair, New Jersey, a firm he founded in 2013. Previously, Peter was with Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A., Sternlieb & Dowd, LLC and Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch. Peter has been affiliated with Bob Dowd for more than 15 years. Peter earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law - Camden, with high honors, in 1989, and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado in 1985. Mr. Herrigel is licensed to practice law in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Elena Portales, Esq.

Elena Portales' practice focuses primarily on estate planning and estate administration. She also has a background in business and financial services litigation and has represented Fortune 500 and family business clients in complex commercial litigation matters including estate and contract disputes, consumer fraud claims, financial services matters, partnership and shareholder disputes, employment disputes and insurance coverage claims.

Elena was formerly with Reed Smith, LLP, one of the world's leading international law firms where she represented Fortune 500 companies in commercial litigation matters. Elena graduated cum laude from the University of Florida and received her Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from Rutgers University. She is fluent in Spanish. Elena is licensed in New Jersey and New York.

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