Arla D. Cahill is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and Education Law and Special Needs Practice Groups. Recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation (2006-2009)*, Arla has represented clients in diverse industries in all aspects of complex commercial litigation and business counseling. Arla’s business law practice includes employment, contracts, intellectual property, banking, data privacy, and estate and fiduciary contests. Over the course of her career, Arla has successfully obtained injunctive relief to protect businesses against trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, and unfair competition. Arla also has more than a decade of experience representing lenders in complex, multi-million dollar commercial foreclosures.
In addition, Arla has a passion for helping families and is on the Board of Trustees for Employment Horizons, a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and Autism New Jersey. As a seasoned litigator for 20 years and a former school board attorney and charter school board member, Arla has gained unique insight into the public education system and the challenges that face parents of special needs children who require services and accommodations under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. For more than a decade, Arla has worked collaboratively with parents to ensure that their child receives instruction and accommodations individually tailored to the student’s needs to help them make and maintain progress toward their social, emotional and academic goals, from early learning environments through higher education opportunities. Arla’s practice also includes guardianship proceedings and protection of both regular and special education students’ civil rights in school-based disciplinary actions.
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Arla has served as a pro bono attorney for the Battered Women Legal Advocacy Project in Morris County, representing victims of domestic abuse in obtaining permanent restraining orders. Arla is also a Master level member of the Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court, which focuses on trial advocacy, and served on its Executive Board. Arla regularly lectures before professional organizations on various areas of law, including commercial damages, ethics, education law and public contracts.
Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Arla represented some of the largest public school districts in northern New Jersey and applies this experience to her representation of individuals in school law matters and contractors in public construction contract disputes.
Following law school, Arla served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Leo Yanoff, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division (Essex County) handling business track litigation.
New Jersey State Bar Association, Business Law Section
Essex County Bar Association
Morris County Bar Association
Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Women In Business Committee
The Sedona Conference Working Group
Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court
Employment Horizons, Board of Trustees
Academy of Special Needs Planners
State of New Jersey
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Supreme Court of the United States
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1996
Research Assistant to Professor Pamela Samuelson (Intellectual Property)
Legal Research Teaching Assistant
Appellate Moot Court Board
Duquesne University, M.S., 1993
Research and Teaching Assistant
Published Juried Thesis Research
Montclair State University, B.S., cum laude, 1991