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Civil Rights and Personal Injury Attorney Elevated to Partner

Christopher Markos Has Been with Williams Cedar Since its Inception in 2017

HADDONFIELD, NEW JERSEY — Williams Cedar LLC has announced that Christopher Markos has been elevated to the position of Partner. Mr. Markos concentrates his practice in personal injury law, class action lawsuits, civil rights, mass tort, medical malpractice, environmental law, pharmaceutical claims, medical device injury cases, product liability and consumer protection.

Mr. Markos joined Williams Cedar as an Associate in 2017, the same year that the firm was founded. Before that, he was an Associate with Williams Cuker Berezofsky, a Philadelphia-based firm co-founded by Gerald J. Williams, Founding Partner, Williams Cedar LLC. Mr. Markos began his legal career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Jose L. Fuentes of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, and later became a Legal Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, where he litigated cases involving free speech, privacy rights, due process and police misconduct.

Along with colleagues Beth Cole and Mr. Williams, Mr. Markos was honored by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Prisoner Civil Rights Panel for service to hundreds of prisoners who were injured as a result of inhumane conditions in the Philadelphia prison system. From 2011 to 2014, the attorneys accepted judicial appointments to represent more than 900 former pro se plaintiffs. Five hundred of those cases resulted in individual settlements with the city and private medical providers.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Markos speaks to other attorneys, law students and members of the general public on a variety of topics, including civil rights litigation, oral advocacy and “know-your-rights” training.

Mr. Markos is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association (PBA) and sits on its Advisory Committee for the Philadelphia Citizens Police Oversight Commission. He has organized programs on police misconduct litigation and gun safety and has helped develop policy positions for the PBA on racial justice, and reproductive and transgender rights.

In 2021 and 2022, Mr. Markos was named to the list of Pennsylvania’s “Rising Stars” in the practice areas of civil rights, environmental law, appellate law, class action/mass torts, employment law and personal injury law. Rising Stars is an exclusive list compiled by Super Lawyers in which no more than 2.5% of the state’s lawyers 40 years old and younger or those with 10 years of legal experience or less are eligible.

Mr. Markos earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.

“Williams Cedar congratulates Christopher on his new role with the Firm,” Mr. Williams says. “He has a strong background in civil rights and personal injury cases, which will be a tremendous asset to our clients, who are seeking the justice they deserve.”

For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

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About Williams Cedar LLC

Williams Cedar LLC is a personal injury law firm that serves areas throughout the State of New Jersey, with offices located in Haddonfield. The firm is focused on the practice of personal injury law, employment law, and civil rights litigation, serving victims of negligence and civil rights violations throughout New Jersey. They assist clients with a variety of claims, including product liability claims, toxic torts, wage and hour violations, police misconduct, and malicious prosecution, among others. For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

Gerald J. Williams Urges Those Who Were Stationed at or Lived Near Camp Lejeune to Seek Legal Compensation for Their Illnesses

HADDONFIELD, NEW JERSEY — Gerald J. Williams, Partner, Williams Cedar LLC, says that any member of the United States Marine Corps or their family members who became seriously ill after being at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, or anyone who lived or worked near the base, may qualify for significant compensation, thanks to a new federal law.

On March 26, 2021, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania introduced the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021. The bill would allow those who were exposed to contaminated water while stationed at or living near the base for 30 days cumulatively between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 to sue the federal government for all the harm they suffered. The bill was redrafted and became part of the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022, which passed the House on July 17, 2022, passed the U.S. Senate on August 2, 2022 and signed into law by President Joe Biden on August 10, 2022.

Established in 1941, Camp Lejeune has been a major training ground for the Marines, who use the onsite lake as a staging ground for simulated amphibious assaults and other training exercises. It is estimated that the camp has up to 47,000 people living on base at any time, with up to 150,000 people living in the surrounding community. Various practices at the base over decades contaminated its drinking water with toxic chemicals that cause many severe health problems, including long-term disabilities and often fatal diseases.

Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, any veteran, reservist or National Guardsman who was stationed at the military base during that aforementioned time period can seek legal recourse. In order to make a claim, a veteran must have been honorably discharged and suffered a medical condition plausibly linked to the contaminants in the water. Several serious illnesses will be “presumed” to have such a link, including leukemia, aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and cancer of the kidney, liver and bladder. However, claimants may be able to prove that other conditions were caused by the contaminated drinking water. But regardless of whether an illness is on the “presumptive” list, the Act still requires proof that a claimant’s specific illness was caused by ingestion of the water.

“We are ready to help veterans, civilian workers and their families who lived at Camp Lejeune and have become ill as a result,” Mr. Williams says. “If they contact us, we will help them decide whether they qualify to make a claim and, if so, help them make it.”

Williams Cedar represents individuals and communities who have been exposed to toxic chemicals and whose water, soil, air or work environment has become polluted by harmful chemicals. They also represent clients in personal injury lawsuits such as toxic torts, in which a client claims they have been harmed by exposure to a hazardous substance. Occupational toxic torts are more common because the worker has suffered long-term exposure to harmful chemicals on the job site. In addition, the firm has successfully represented our veterans with their disability claims.

For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

 

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About Williams Cedar LLC

Williams Cedar LLC is a personal injury law firm that serves areas throughout the State of New Jersey, with offices located in Haddonfield. The firm is focused on the practice of personal injury law, employment law, and civil rights litigation, serving victims of negligence and civil rights violations throughout New Jersey. They assist clients with a variety of claims, including product liability claims, toxic torts, wage and hour violations, police misconduct, and malicious prosecution, among others. For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

Gerald J. Williams Says Signing of Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 into Law Will Provide Needed Medical Help for More of Our Veterans

HADDONFIELD, NEW JERSEY — After being passed in the U.S. Senate after a series of delays, the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 has become law. Gerald J. Williams, Partner, Williams Cedar LLC, says that this law will help even more veterans who have been exposed to toxins on the battlefield to get the medical help they need from the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital.

On July 17, 2022, the House of Representatives passed the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022. While in the U.S. Senate, the bill was held up, citing “administrative issues,” but, on August 2, 2022, it finally passed. On August 10, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill into law.

The Honoring the PACT Act of 2002 will cover those who were exposed to noxious fumes from “burn pits” while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Agent Orange while stationed in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Guam, American Samoa and Johnston Atoll. It will also cover those who were exposed to contaminated water while stationed at or living near Camp Lejeune for 30 days cumulatively between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.

Under the Act, more combat veterans who served after September 11, 2001 will be covered by the VA healthcare system. In addition, 23 medical conditions related to burn pit exposure will be included in the VA’s list of service presumptions, including hypertension.

“We are glad to see the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 being finally signed into law,” Mr. Williams said. “The Act will now allow returning service members who became sickened from toxins while deployed overseas to get the medical coverage they need. Millions of our veterans weren’t eligible for coverage because their illnesses weren’t considered to be ‘service-connected’ at the time. The Act changes that.”

Williams Cedar represents individuals and communities who have been exposed to toxic chemicals and whose water, soil, air or work environment has become polluted by harmful chemicals. They also represent clients in personal injury lawsuits such as toxic torts, in which a client claims they have been harmed by exposure to a hazardous substance. Occupational toxic torts are more common because the worker has suffered long-term exposure to harmful chemicals on the job site. In addition, the firm has successfully represented our veterans with their disability claims.

For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

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About Williams Cedar LLC

Williams Cedar LLC is a personal injury law firm that serves areas throughout the State of New Jersey, with offices located in Haddonfield. The firm is focused on the practice of personal injury law, employment law, and civil rights litigation, serving victims of negligence and civil rights violations throughout New Jersey. They assist clients with a variety of claims, including product liability claims, toxic torts, wage and hour violations, police misconduct, and malicious prosecution, among others. For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

Gerald J. Williams Urges Those Who Were Stationed at or Lived Near Camp Lejeune to Seek Legal Compensation for Their Illnesses

HADDONFIELD, NEW JERSEY — Gerald J. Williams, Partner, Williams Cedar LLP, says that any member of the United States Marine Corps who became seriously ill while stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina or anyone who lived or worked near the base may be able to seek legal action against the federal government, thanks to federal legislation that could soon become law.

On March 26, 2021, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania introduced the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021. The bill would allow those who were exposed to contaminated water while stationed at or living near the base for 30 days cumulatively between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 to sue the federal government for all the harm they suffered. It became part of the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022, which passed the House in March and passed the U.S. Senate on June 16. It is currently awaiting the president’s signature.

Established in 1941, Camp Lejeune has been used as a major training ground for the Marines, who use the lake as a staging ground for simulated amphibious assaults and other training exercises. It is estimated that the camp has up to 47,000 people living on base at any time, with up to 150,000 people living in the surrounding community. Because of these activities, the drinking water at the base was contaminated with toxic chemicals that caused a variety of severe health problems, many of which resulted in long-term disabilities or even fatal diseases.

Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, any veteran, reservist or National Guardsman who was stationed at the military base during that aforementioned time period can seek legal recourse. They must have been honorably discharged and suffered from one of the presumptive medical conditions: adult leukemia; aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes; non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; liver cancer; bladder cancer; kidney cancer; multiple myeloma; and Parkinson’s disease.

“We urge all members of the U.S. Marine Corps and those who lived on the base who have become ill with the following conditions — adult leukemia, aplastic anemia, other myelodysplastic syndromes, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, liver cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, multiple myeloma, and Parkinson’s disease — to contact the firm immediately and file a claim,” Mr. Williams says.

Williams Cedar represents individuals and communities who have been exposed to toxic chemicals and whose water, soil, air or work environment has become polluted by harmful chemicals. They also represent clients in personal injury lawsuits such as toxic torts, in which a client claims they have been harmed by exposure to a hazardous substance. Occupational toxic torts are more common because the worker has suffered long-term exposure to harmful chemicals on the job site. In addition, the firm has successfully represented our veterans with their disability claims.

For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

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About Williams Cedar, LLP

Williams Cedar, LLP is a personal injury law firm that serves areas throughout the State of New Jersey, with offices located in Haddonfield. The firm is focused on the practice of personal injury law, employment law, and civil rights litigation, serving victims of negligence and civil rights violations throughout New Jersey. They assist clients with a variety of claims, including product liability claims, toxic torts, wage and hour violations, police misconduct, and malicious prosecution, among others. For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

Gerald J. Williams Comments on New EPA Guidelines Regarding PFOAs

HADDONFIELD, NEW JERSEY — Gerald J. Williams, Partner, Williams Cedar LLC, is available to speak on new guidelines released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about safe levels of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) in drinking water.

The new guidelines were released on June 15 after findings that even levels as low as .004 parts per trillion for PFOA and .02 parts per trillion for PFOS, two common types of PFAs, could have negative health effects on people exposed to them.

PFAs are a type of chemical that has been used in industrial processes since the 1940s. These chemicals have been used in everything from non-stick frying pans to moisture-repellent fabric to fire-retardant materials. Unfortunately, PFAs are incredibly toxic, and, even in tiny amounts,1 can cause a variety of health problems, including thyroid disorders, multiple types of cancer, and low birth weight in children.

They also break down incredibly slowly, allowing them to accumulate to toxic levels over a prolonged period. As more information about PFAs has been learned, the lower the recommended safe concentrations for PFAs have gotten.

Despite this health risk, PFAs are not currently regulated by the EPA. The agency is looking to fix this and has announced its intention to issue mandatory standards for PFOAs and PFOS this fall. “These new advisories represent the good news that the federal government, after years of lagging behind regulators in states like New York and New Jersey, recognizes the severe dangers these widespread, persistent, highly toxic chemicals pose for municipal and private water supplies, even at low levels,” Mr. Williams says.

“For decades, the corporate manufacturers and users of PFAs have covered up these dangers, putting residents and workers at risk for serious illnesses, including cancer,” Mr. Williams says. “These new advisories won’t remove the contamination, but they will help inform the public of the ill effects, of both the ‘old’ and ‘new’ PFAs in their drinking water.”

For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

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About Williams Cedar LLC

Williams Cedar LLC is a personal injury law firm that serves areas throughout the State of New Jersey, with offices located in Haddonfield. The firm is focused on the practice of personal injury law, employment law, and civil rights litigation, serving victims of negligence and civil rights violations throughout New Jersey. They assist clients with a variety of claims, including product liability claims, toxic torts, wage and hour violations, police misconduct, and malicious prosecution, among others. For more information, call (856) 470-9777 or visit williamscedar.com.

 

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