New York and New Jersey Licensed Attorneys
Veer P. Patel, Esq.
is an attorney licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey. He was a graduate of University College at Rutgers in 2009 and Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 2013.
During his college years, Mr. Patel who entered through the EOF program, was a highly decorated student leader, serving as the University College Student Government President for two years. In this position, Mr. Patel served on the University on the Middle-States Accreditation Committee, University Budget and Finance Committee, Rutgers-Newark Honorary Degree Committee, and gave the student commencement speech for the Newark College of Arts and Sciences & University College, Class of 2009. The video can be seen here, .Mr. Patel also participated in University Greek Life by joining Sigma Lambda Beta, International Fraternity Incorporated.
In 2010, Mr. Patel had served as United States Senator Cory Booker’s Correspondence Secretary in City Hall in Newark during his term as Mayor. There, Mr. Patel operated and managed the correspondence system for the Mayor’s Office, which included oversight of the Mayoral signature. He assisted in drafting and maintaining a uniform political message for the administration. Mr. Patel held daily private meetings with the Senator to draft correspondences and manage policy issues.
In 2011, he joined Volunteer Lawyers for Justice under its prominent division, Newark Re-Entry Legal Services (ReLeSe). Here, Mr. Patel assisted Essex County residents tackle recidivism rates among ex-offenders who struggle to re-assimilate into local communities post-conviction.
In 2013, Mr. Patel served under the Hon. Sherry Hutchins-Henderson, J.S.C. as a Law Clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey. There, he assisted the Court in managing motions, appeals, and trials touching upon criminal matters in Essex County. His responsibilities including drafting and briefing the Court with bench memorandums and proposed opinions. Mr. Patel worked with the Court during multiple high-profile trials where charges included homicide, drugs, weapons, and robbery.
In 2015, Mr. Patel worked with E. Waters & Associates as a foreclosure litigation associate. Here, Mr. Patel assisted homeowners and investors in keeping their homes and modifying their loans. Mr. Patel also assisted the firm in complex litigation matters including those issues that dealt with the Attorney General of both New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Patel is currently a Partner at Patel & Soltis, L.L.C.
Derek (DJ) Soltis, Esq., MBA/MS
is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law and an admitted attorney in the State of New York.
Mr. Soltis’ practice focuses on New York Employment Law disputes for Employees, Probate Matters, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense, and Civil Law Suits.
Mr. Soltis also has an MBA in Management Systems with an International Business Designation from Fordham University Graduate School of Business and a Master of Science in Information and Communication Systems where he specialized in System Dynamics. While at Fordham Mr. Soltis graduated in the top 10% of his class and was enrolled in Phi Kappa Phi the Collegiate Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma the Business Honors Society.
Mr. Soltis’s undergraduate degree is a BBA from the University of Houston – Downtown, in Computer Information Systems.
Mr. Soltis has spent several years in the eDiscovery industry working on the technical and project management side of many cases for many Fortune 1000 companies while working with attorneys from some of the largest legal firms in the world. He has managed business units for multiple Fortune 500 companies with responsibility for sales in excess of $18 million while managing a budget of over $1.5 million.
Mr. Soltis is deeply involved in volunteer work. He has volunteered for many other organizations, including: Bowery Mission, the American Red Cross, Essex County Law Day, and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project in Newark. He has also worked as a Street Law teacher in Newark while in Law School where he taught at the Essex County Juvenile detention center and the Alma E. Flag Middle school.
is a graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law and an admitted attorney in the State of New Jersey. Since graduation, he has held various positions in the legal field. Currently, he works at Patel & Soltis, LLC, in Jersey City, New Jersey. In his new legal career, Lazaro takes pride in assisting clients in various legal matters, from foreclosure defense to immigration issues.
In addition, he serves on the boards of directors of some of the leading Latino advocacy organizations in New Jersey including the Latino Coalition of New Jersey where he serves as Deputy Director, and the Latino Action Network where he is a director. As a Latino activist and an active member of Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA), he is a regular speaker at schools throughout New Jersey discussing the importance of education and issues that impact Latinos and minorities. He is a founding chair of the Latino Festival of Monmouth County, established in 2005.
Lazaro has been a leader in defending the rights of immigrants; most recently he worked closely to ensure that everyone had equal access to the courts. His work in Monmouth County in defense of the immigrant community is well documented. He is a tireless advocate for education, his most recent effort
was to work with lawyers and legislators to assist Freehold Borough schools obtain funding for a school expansion.
In April 2006, Acting Governor Richard J. Codey appointed Cardenas to serve on the Freehold Housing Authority as Commissioner with the mission of overseeing its functions. He was reappointed to this commission, by Governor Jon Corzine, in April of 2010, and still serves as Commissioner.
Prior to his law career Lazaro worked in the financial services industry from 1991 till 2014. For 18 years he worked as Director of Information Technology at Prudential Insurance Company of America where he managed a team specializing in engineering technical solutions to solve business problems.
Cardenas resides in Freehold, New Jersey with his wife (Yeni) and two sons (Andres and Alejandro). He is a graduate of Brookdale Community College. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers University and is a member of both the Brookdale and Rutgers University Alumni Association.
Jason C. Bost, Esq. , MBA
Jason Bost has worked extensively in the legal industry assisting clients with family court matters, juvenile criminal matters, adult criminal matters, plaintiff (student) side special education litigation, intellectual property issues and business development and start-up projects. He has created and developed original business plans for non-profit and for-profit entities, assisted with securing project funding as well as provided project management for both domestic and internationally focused projects.
Working in the recording industry for almost 20 years, he has spent most of his time working on urban music projects, traditional and digital marketing, A&R consulting, and project management. He represented management clients on projects with Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Usher, Mos-Def, Kanye West, Carl Thomas, Ja-Rule, Lil Wayne, DJ Premier, Fat Joe, DITC, Dipset, G-Unit, Murder Inc., Bad-Boy, and many others. Jason also worked on Grammy award-winning and nominated projects, Emmy award nominated projects and received numerous RIAA certified Diamond, Platinum, and Gold recordings. He also represented clients and worked on projects for television networks such as HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, VH-1 and worked on shows like Def Poetry Jam, the Dave Chappelle Show, and the Ali G Show.
Jason has also worked extensively with non-profit organizations and has a passion for teaching and community-based work. He currently teaches basic and advanced civil litigation procedure as well as business law and graduate courses in business ethics. He also volunteers as a tutor with Princeton University’s PTI (Prison Teaching Initiative) where he provides tutoring services to incarcerated individuals working towards obtaining college degrees and coaches gymnastics for the New Jersey Special Olympics. He recently had his first book published and spends considerable time speaking and advocating for criminal and social justice reform. (more info on the book and speaking engagements can be found here: www.JasonBost.com)
Practice areas include:
- Entertainment law
- Family law
- Foreclosure Defense
- Business Formation (For-Profit & Non-Profit)
Rutgers School of Law, Newark, J.D. ‘13
New Jersey Institute of Technology, M.B.A. ‘09
State Univ. of New York at Brockport, B.S. ‘07
Member, New York State Bar
Shamal Florant, Esq.
Associate Attorney to the Law Offices of Patel, Soltis, and Cardenas.
Shamala Florant, Esq., is licensed as an attorney in the New Jersey and New York. She graduated from Rutgers University – New Brunswick in 2010 with a BA in Information Technology, Cum Laude. In 2015, Ms. Florant went on to obtain a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Stetson University College of Law.
While pursuing her legal studies, she was a Research Assistant to a Family Law Professor. Ms. She also served as Law Clerk to a Solo Trust and Estates Attorney where she focused on issues pertaining to Guardianships, Wills, and Trusts. She later went on to be a Federal Judicial Intern with a Bankruptcy Judge at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. Her duties included researching published opinions on various issues before the court, reviewing bankruptcy filings and records, and drafting and briefing the Judge with bench memorandums and proposed opinions.
Upon graduation, Ms. Florant worked with other firms in the areas of Aviation law and Business, Intellectual Property, and Entertainment law where she analyzed and interpreted laws and regulations and wrote summaries and updates of new aviation regulations and rules issued by the Federal Aviation Administration for Newsletters issued to aviation clients to keep them up – to – date on changes in the law.
Prior to embarking on her legal career, Ms. Florant worked with AT&T Labs in Middletown, NJ as an IT Analyst and later a Specialist IT Business Manager focusing on Project Management. Currently, her practice focuses on and demonstrates her interests in areas of Bankruptcy, Real estate, Landlord-Tenant, and Adoption law.
Shamala S. Florant, Unwed Fathers in the 21st Century: A Chance for Positive Change, 19 Scholar 57 (2017).