McIlwain Law Litigation Team
The litigation team at McIlwain Law brings together counsel with experience in many areas of the law from civil rights to personal injury, corporate and more.
TIMOTHY J. MCILWAIN, ESQUIRE
Timothy McIlwain left Atlantic City High School in New Jersey to study political economies at University of California, Berkeley. After graduating in 1991, he was the recipient of the prestigious Martin Blatt Law Scholarship and returned to the east coast to obtain his juris doctorate from New York Law School in 1995. He was admitted in 1996 to New Jersey and United States District Court. He is an accomplished trial attorney, and the only New Jersey lawyer admitted to Gerry Spence’s prestigious Trial Lawyers College, where he spent a month in a Wyoming barn practicing jury trial methods with the country’s best.
Attorney McIlwain’s competitive spirit as a former high school and college quarterback translated well in the courtroom, where his numerous successful jury trial results led to him being certified in 2014 as a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, two of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country. Membership is limited to attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience, and excellence in trial advocacy and have obtained recoveries on behalf of their clients in excess of $2 million. There are less than 30 attorneys in New Jersey with this distinction.
Attorney McIlwain is well-versed in entertainment and sports law, as well as business disputes, right of privacy, employment and personal injury. He has successfully represented a variety of celebrities in cases involving sexual harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, and contract disputes. Mr. McIlwain helped change sports medicine forever by defeating major corporations like Comcast and the Philadelphia Flyers, resulting in a multimillion dollar verdict.
He has successfully defended Hall of Famer Jim Brown and sued former heavy weight boxing champions, and the World Hockey Association. He has represented Donald Trump’s Casinos and served as Walmart’s exclusive counsel on work related injuries. Mr. McIlwain’s experience is drawn from his involvement in and around sports, both as a player at the collegiate level and as agent for professional athletes.
BENJAMIN B. BRENNER, ESQUIRE
BENJAMIN B. BRENNER obtained his juris doctorate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The Richard Stockton University as well as Associates degrees in both science and liberal arts and is an expert in addiction treatment. He has extensive experience in many areas of the law including civil litigation for employment, civil rights, education law, municipal government law, labor law and corporate law. He has represented clients in administrative proceedings, mediations and arbitrations, and tenure hearings, and has also assisted in labor contract negotiations. Benny’s professional experience prior to law spans from firefighting to restaurant management, bringing a unique expertise to the team and an ability to see issues from the client’s perspective.
JOSHUA KRICKER, ESQUIRE
We are lucky to have retired attorney Joshua Kricker on board for litigation support in legal research, writing and private investigation. His extensive expertise ranges from medical malpractice and personal injury to wrongful discharge, wrongful death, family law, trademark and anti-trust. Joshua Kricker obtained his juris doctorate from Antioch School of Law. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in sociology, from Southern Connecticut State University. Joshua has conducted dozens of major felony trials and appeals. Notable accomplishments include obtaining acquittal in landmark felony case (State v. Elijah Rose), and obtaining judgment of acquittal from the court in a criminal case without it being submitted to the jury (State v. William Gelormino). Prior to that time, no judgment of acquittal had been granted in that judicial district in four years. Joshua is an unparalleled researcher and has a special talent in locating witnesses and other critical and not easily obtained evidence.
JOSEPH C. CANE, JR., ESQ., OF COUNSEL
Joseph C. Cane JR., received his BA from Cornell University in applied economics and business management (1990), his JD from Loyola Law School (1994) and his MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (2006). Mr. Cane routinely handles public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, private equity and debt financings, film financings, intellectual property creation, registration, protection and licensing transactions, technology and on-line agreements, corporate formation and governance matters, executive compensation matters, board and investor relations and corporate and securities compliance. Mr. Cane is also an experienced commercial, employment and tort litigator.
In addition to being of counsel at McIlwain Law for entertainment, corporate and sports transactional matters, Joesph Cane is a founder of Arendsen Cane Molnar, a Beverly Hills- based corporate and entertainment law firm, specializing in representing companies and individuals in business, media, entertainment, technology and financial transactions.
Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Cane was a senior executive at Sony Connect, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (Sony), which he joined in August 2005, and a member of both its corporate development and business and legal affairs groups. During his tenure at Sony, Mr. Cane was responsible for implementing a wide-range of new business initiatives and consummating deals involving digital distribution of music and video content via the Internet and mobile devices and related transactions with numerous internal and external partners. Among others, Mr. Cane oversaw and closed transactions with Starz Entertainment Group, LLC, ABC News, Intel Corporation, The Coca Cola Company, Juice Wireless, Reebok International Ltd., Red Bull GmBH, Nike, Inc., Showtime Networks, Inc., Sony Ericsson, Nellymoser, Inc., Alltel Communications, Inc., Sun Com Wireless and GeoTrust, Inc.
Mr. Cane routinely serves as outside general counsel and a strategic business advisor for various clients, including many start-ups, wherein he plays a principal role in overseeing all major business deals, including mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, entertainment, technology and on-line initiatives, intellectual property creation, registration, protection and licensing, executive compensation matters and board and investor relations.
From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Cane practiced in the corporate department of the Los Angeles office of Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP (KMR), a national firm. While at KMR, Mr. Cane represented various media, entertainment and technology clients, including significantly, Sony Pictures, NBC/Universal, Game Show Network, Mandalay Sports Entertainment, Prelude Pictures, The Jim Henson Company, Panasonic, Platinum Technology Inc., CinemaStar Luxury Theaters, Inc. and USA Networks.
Areas of Practice: Transaction, Entertainment and Corporate Law