September 22, 2020 - Lyndhurst, NJ - Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Lyndhurst, NJ office recently welcomed the addition of three new associates who will be supporting the firm’s Education, Special Education and Public Law practice groups, according to Partner and Chair of the group, John G. Geppert.

Joining the firm’s Special Education law practice is Denise G. Verzella, a seasoned special education law attorney who was named as one of New Jersey Family Magazine’s Best New Jersey Lawyer for Families in 2020.

“We are very excited to welcome such an experienced special education attorney to join our section. She will be a great addition to our other seasoned special education practitioners,” stated Mr. Geppert.

Madelaine P. Hicks and Lawrence M. Teijido, will be joining the firm’s Public & Education law group and will focus their practice on the representation of the firm’s public sector and municipal clients in various Labor & Employment and Litigation matters.

“Speaking on behalf of the practice group as a whole, we are thrilled to welcome these new associates,” stated Mr. Geppert. “There are many challenges school districts are facing as they adjust to the so-called “new normal” and I feel we could not have hired a more well-rounded group of attorneys to support our public client base,” he continued.

Meet the Attorneys


Madelaine P. Hicks - Public Law Attorney

Madelaine P. Hicks is a member of the firm’s Public & Education law practice group, where she focuses her practice on the representation of public sector and municipal clients in various Labor & Employment and Litigation matters. Ms. Hicks currently focuses her practice on labor and employment law, working with other attorneys to represent public employers in disciplinary hearings, grievance arbitrations, and labor negotiations.
Email: mhicks@sh-law.com
Phone: 201-896-7184


Lawrence M. Teijido - Public Law Attorney

Lawrence M. Teijido is a member of the firm’s Public & Education law practice group, where he works with public clients on a broad range of civil litigation matters. Mr. Teijido also focuses his practice on labor and employment law, supporting various municipalities and school administrations in various hearings, arbitrations and labor negotiations.
Email: lteijido@sh-law.com
Phone: 201-896-7217


Denise G. Verzella - Special Education Attorney

Denise G. Verzella supports the firm’s Special Education law practice group, where she specializes in representing parents in disputes with their school districts. She regularly counsels parents and guardians on special education, general education, and HIB-related matters.
Email: dverzella@sh-law.com
Phone: 201-896-7241


About Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Public & Education Law Practice

Over the years, the firm has had the opportunity of working with some of the largest municipalities and counties in the State, as well as school districts, numerous planning and zoning boards, economic development authorities, utility authorities, and other public entities at every level of municipal, county and state government. The firm’s approach to public sector practice, together with our diversity of experience, allows us to provide our clients with comprehensive and cost-effective services across several disciplines of public law practice. Scarinci Hollenbeck has developed its public law practice with the expertise and specialization necessary to serve our public sector clients in a cost-effective and professional manner.

Learn more about Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Public & Education Law practice group.