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John M. Vlasac, Jr. Esq.

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Mr. Vlasac has won millions of dollars for his clients as an established and aggressive trial attorney who has handled personal injury and other civil matters in virtually every county in New Jersey.  He is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a designation achieved by only 2% of all practicing attorneys in New Jersey.  For more information on the qualifications on a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, please visit New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification,  In 2005 Mr. Vlasac was lead plaintiff’s counsel before the New Jersey Supreme Court in a matter that changed the way commercial automobile polices would be written from that point forward.  In 2010 Mr. Vlasac received the 11th highest award in the State of New Jersey achieved for an injury victim and is consistently in New Jersey’s top reported awards. 

He has been admitted to practice law by the New Jersey Supreme Court and by the United States Federal District Court. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey Association for Justice and the Middlesex County Bar Association. He also serves on the Foundation Board of Directors for Robert Wood Johnson – Hamilton.

Mr. Vlasac is the head of all civil litigation at Vlasac & Shmaruk and handles a wide range of personal injury cases including auto, truck and motorcycle accidents, construction, slip and falls, product liability (defective products), medical malpractice, and work related accidents.  He also handles residential real estate, real estate litigation, commercial litigation, municipal court, and toxic/mass tort matters.

Jack graduated from West Virginia University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and was a Sigma Chi fraternity member. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of law in 2000, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and was awarded the Deans Awards for Outstanding Legal Scholarship and Service to the University.

Boris Shmaruk, Esq.

VlaSH-1530-1 BS Profile Pic2-crop-aBoris founded Vlasac & Shmaruk with John M. Vlasac, Jr. in 2006. He works primarily out of the Metuchen and Fair Lawn office and is the head of the workers’ compensation department at the firm. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, District of Columbia, New York, by the New Jersey Supreme Court and by the United States Federal District Court. Boris is a graduate of Fair Lawn High School, where he lettered in baseball.

In 1996, Boris graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. Following graduation, Boris was employed as a paralegal with the firm of Thacher, Proffitt & Wood in New York City, working primarily on civil litigation issues. While attending New York Law School, Boris interned in the Rackets Division of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. In 2000 he received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School.

Boris’ practice consists of all aspects of workers’ compensation, Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), construction, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and municipal court matters. Boris is an avid supporter of the New Jersey Association for Justice and the New Jersey Association for Justice – PAC.

Boris was Born in Kiev, Ukraine, and immigrated to the United States in 1979 and is active in the Russian community in New Jersey.

James (Jamie) W. Sutton, III

JS Bio PicJamie is an aggressive and experienced Plaintiffs litigation attorney, who has handled very complicated personal injury and medical malpractice matters for close to fifteen years.  He has been successful in litigating cases involving wrongful death, survivor actions, motor vehicle accidents (including trucking accidents, automobile accidents and motorcycle accidents), medical malpractice, dramshop actions, premises liability, products liability, slip and falls, workers compensation and contractual disputes.

He has litigated many catastrophic fatality cases throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey and has obtained multiple Plaintiffs’ verdicts and settlements recently, which total multiple millions of dollars.

Jamie received his Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law and he was awarded a Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for excellence in legal research and writing.  After graduation, Jamie served as a judicial law clerk for the Presiding Judge of Cumberland County, New Jersey, Rushton H. Ridgway. He then worked as an attorney for the law firms of Fox Rothschild and Stark & Stark, where he concentrated his practice in litigation and real estate.

Jamie is the Managing Partner of the Pennsylvania office of Vlasac & Shmaruk. He is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the Federal Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Federal Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Federal Appellate Court and the Federal Courts of New Jersey.

He has also argued appellate issues at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the Third Circuit Federal Appellate Court.  These appellate issues have resulted in multiple published decisions, some of which have made new law.

Mr. Sutton appeared on Verdict Search-Top Pennsylvania Verdicts of 2014.

Jamie also currently serves as the primary Municipal Litigation Attorney for the Borough of Sayreville, New Jersey.

Vlasac and Shmaruk LLC, Attorneys at Law