Sapana Shah

Partner, Rainone Coughlin Minchello; Former Councilwoman and School Board Member, Edison

Sapana Shah is a partner at Rainone Coughlin Minchello, LLC. Ms. Shah specializes in resolving the complex issues deriving from the administration of local, county, and state government.

Ms. Shah comes to Rainone Coughlin Minchello LLC, after maintaining her own practice for over a decade as well as working as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Jersey City. As Assistant Corporation Counsel, Ms. Shah defended the City on a variety of matters such as excessive force claims, claims against public entities including but not limited to negligence, slip and falls, dangerous conditions, and OPRA matters. She also has experience reviewing Licensing Agreements, drafting RFP’s Ordinances, Resolutions, Executive Orders, and Affordable Housing Agreements. Ms. Shah has provided advisory opinions for the Mayor, Council, and Department Directors.

In her own practice, she handled Civil, Criminal (Adult and Juvenile), Municipal, Family, Real Estate matters, and Contract negotiations for corporate clients. She was a substitute Municipal Prosecutor for Woodbridge and Carteret.

As a former trial attorney for AIG (American Insurance Group) and representing clients in private practice for personal injury firms, she gained extensive experience in Automobile Negligence Claims, Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Claims (UM/UIM), Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Claims, Property Damage Claims, Coverage Disputes, Manipulation Under Anesthesia, Inter-Company Subrogation Claims, wrongful death, Workers Compensation, and other general personal injury matters. She was appointed frequently to arbitrate UM/UIM matters.

Prior to entering the field of law, Ms. Shah was a Financial Analyst for Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and an Associate at Johnson & Johnson Sales & Logistics Company where she managed and analyzed budgets totaling more than $10 million. She was part of a multi-tasked team responsible for $200 million in sales.

Ms. Shah served on Edison Township Council (at-large position) from 2014-17, including as Township Council Vice President from 2015-16. She previously served on the Edison Board of Education from 2011-13 and was county committeewoman for Edison (District 64) from 2009-2017.