Summary Judgment in New Jersey Strip Search Class Action

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Sean X. Kelly of our New Jersey office successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of Atlantic County in a long-running, putative class action law suit which challenged the constitutionality under the Fourth Amendment of the county’s policy of strip-searching incoming detainees to its jail.  We successfully argued that Atlantic City’s strip search policy did not violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizure.  This extensive litigation included the filing of an amicus brief on behalf of Atlantic County in a related and successful appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, 132 S. Ct. 1510 (2012), in which the constitutionality of such policies was established.  Prior to Florence, thirty years of case law had held the contrary, that the routine strip-search of non-indictable pre-trial detainees violated the Constitution.

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Dejon Delpino

Senior Associate | New York City

PHONE 646-454-4861
EMAIL DDelpino@moodklaw.com

  • Casualty Group
  • Healthcare & Catastrophic & Excess Loss
  • Construction Accident/Construction Defect
  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation/Trucking

Dejon Delpino is a Senior Associate with Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly. Dejon is admitted to practice in New York, the U.S. Tax Court, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Dejon graduated from Arizona State University in 2008, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, with a minor in Mathematics. Dejon attended Rutgers School of Law, graduating in 2014.

During law school, Ms. Delpino was a Staff Editor on the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy, a New Jersey Trained Mediator in the Mediation Pro Bono Project, a Site Supervisor in the Rutgers – VITA Pro Bono Project, and Community Outreach Chair of the Association for Public Interest Law. Ms. Delpino also earned Rutgers School of Law Dean’s Pro Bono Publico Award for Exceptional Service for significant time committed to community service.

Ms. Delpino previously taught Legal Research and Writing to international graduate students as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

Prior to joining Marks O’Neill, Dejon was employed at Gowan Company as Global Head of Risk Management. Prior to that she was an associate attorney at a regional insurance defense firm in New York City. Ms. Delpino focused her practice on the defense of liability cases brought against insurance companies and self-insured entities. She gained considerable previous experience in the litigation of construction accidents, automobile accidents, trip and fall cases and coverage disputes. Ms. Delpino is also particularly knowledgeable in New York’s No-Fault law and has successfully defended hundreds of No-Fault claims.

At Marks O’Neill, Dejon has extensive experience with the litigation of general liability matters including matters brought under NY Labor Law §200, §240, & §241, premises liability, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, automobile liability claims, and commercial trucking accidents as well as labor and employment law, and Child Victim’s Act matters. She also provides coverage opinions and litigates coverage disputes on a spectrum of matters.

Outside of work, Dejon enjoys yoga. Ms. Delpino is also a participant in the New York City running community and completed the New York City Marathon in 2021.

Ashley S. Cohen

Associate | New Jersey

PHONE 856-406-1339
EMAIL ACohen@moodklaw.com

  • Casualty Group
  • Construction Accident/Construction Defect
  • Transportation/Trucking

Ashley S. Cohen is an Associate Attorney with Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Ashley graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2004 with bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and criminal justice as well as minoring in legal studies and sociology. While at the University of Delaware, Ashley served as a Resident Assistant for two years and worked for the Department of Education Research and Development. She attended Rutgers School of Law in Camden, graduating in 2007. During law school, Ashley was a member of the moot court team, Phi Delta Phi, and assisted in the domestic violence clinic.

While in law school, Ashley interned for a large Philadelphia defense firm concentrating on asbestos litigation and construction law. During her third year of law school, Ashley interned at a New Jersey firm focusing on environmental law and insurance defense. 

Prior to joining Marks O’Neill, Ashley worked on various complex civil litigation matters including class action products liability cases, several pharmaceutical matters, antitrust and SEC investigations and most recently as a Project Attorney with a state court litigation team defending a large educational facility in Pennsylvania. 

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys playing poker, traveling and caring for animals. 

Jacob Jaeger

Associate | New Jersey

PHONE 856-406-1316
EMAIL JJaeger@moodklaw.com

  • Casualty Group
  • Employment Law, Municipal & Public Entity
  • Healthcare & Catastrophic & Excess Loss
  • Professional Liability

Jacob Jaeger is an Associate with Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey.

Jacob graduated from Ithaca College in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. He attended Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, graduating in 2023. During law school, he served on the Drexel Law Review as a staff writer in his 2L year and lead research editor in his 3L year. Jacob interned at the Federal Community Defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Paula A. Patrick in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division.

Since joining Marks O’Neill, Jacob has focused his practice on casualty, healthcare, employment, and professional liability matters.

Outside of work, Jacob enjoys traveling to new places to ski and hike, exploring new restaurants in Philadelphia and elsewhere, and spending time with his family and friends playing board games. Prior to attending law school, Jacob was employed as a recruiter, competitive barista and coffee roaster, professional vocalist, and actor.