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The biographies that follow are of 40 New Jersey lawyers, all born after Aug. 1, 1966, whom we see as having acquitted themselves well in their brief legal careers. And we do mean brief. By dint of their ages, none could have graduated law school more than 15 years ago. Yet, most every one has become fully adept at one or more practice concentrations, made partner at a firm and in addition assumed some governance responsibilities. That is no small measure of achievement. The selection process was arduous to say the least. Over 120 lawyers were nominated, virtually all of them with sufficient credentials to warrant inclusion in this book. But though 40 is an arbitrary number and an arbitrary age, we’ve committed to it, and so we had to knock out two-thirds of the candidates. We generally chose lawyers who have developed unique practice niches, demonstrated leadership potential by work in practice groups or committees and amassed a thick book of business and a solid record of trial, appellate or transactional work. We also gave credit for pro bono work and charitable, community and other volunteer activities. Since it takes time to build such a record of achievement, the lawyers chosen tended to be on the high end of the under-40 age bracket. That’s O.K., since it means that when we repeat this feature in future years, younger lawyers will have stepped up to take their places. But for now, the 40 lawyers in this book are well qualified to carry the distinction of being high achievers, future leaders and well worth keeping an eye on. - Ronald J. Fleury Editor-in-Chief Eric Abraham, 36 Partner Hill Wallack Practice Profile : Abraham is a diverse litigator whose work takes him across a range of practice areas, including product liability, environmental liability and commercial litigation, and on both sides of the aisle. “His legal abilities have quickly made him one of the firm’s ‘go-to’ attorneys for both internal consulting and handling of troublesome cases,” says managing partner Robert Bacso. Among his notable wins is Boryzewski v. DaimlerChrysler Corp. (2005), sustaining emotional distress awards of $5 million to each of three children who were in a minivan driven by their mother when she was killed by the impact of a loose tire flung from another vehicle. Leadership Activity: Now in only his second year at Hill Wallack, Abraham is already on track as a future firm leader. He was the founding partner of the Professional Relations Committee, aimed at managing professional skills training for associates and building morale. At his prior firm, Sills, Cummis, Epstein & Gross, he was a member of the recruiting team responsible for conducting screening interviews of hiring candidates. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Since 2000, Abraham has been a commissioner and chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Western Monmouth Utilities Authority, a regulated regional utility authority with $100 million in assets and an annual operating budget in excess of $13 million. He is a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County, serving as co-chair of its Western Monmouth Campaign and devoting about 100 hours annually as pro bono counsel. Abraham is also active as a donor and homebuilder with Habitat for Humanity. Experience: Current firm, 2005-present; Sills, Cummis, Epstein & Gross, 1997-2005; Widman Cooney & Barrett, 1996-97; clerk to Hon. Florence Peskoe, J.S.C., 1995-96 Education: Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. 1995; Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., business management (minor in history), 1991 Gary Albrecht, 36 Partner Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard Practice Profile: Albrecht, a real estate and corporate lawyer, has built a national practice of handling complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, construction and development, financings, leasing, brokerage, sales and dispute resolutions. He has represented major national retailers such as Home Depot, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Office Depot, Toys “R” Us, and A & P Supermarkets and such national and regional commercial real estate developers as Gabrellian Associates, Combined Properties, Inc., Transmark Company and Vornado Realty Trust. Among his major development and leasing projects are the Shops at Rockaway and Paramus Towne Square shopping malls. He represented Praedium Recovery Fund in the acquisition of most of the assets of Great American Recreation, Inc., including the Vernon Valley/Great Gorge Ski resorts and the Action Park Amusement Park, and the subsequent sale of those assets to Intrawest Corp., the current operator of the Mountain Creek recreational and housing development. Leadership Activity: Albrecht is one of two hiring partners for the firm’s 13-lawyer Real Estate Department, is a member of the firm’s Succession Planning and Gender Issues committees and is a mentor in the firm’s mentorship program. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Albrecht is a member of the firm’s Community Outreach Committee. He has been a research assistant for Seton Hall University School of Law’s Affordable Housing Initiative and was an elected member of the Passaic County Democratic Committee in 2005-06. Experience: Current firm, 1997 to present; Brach, Eichler, Rosenberg, Silver, Bernstein, Hammer & Gladstone, 1996-97; Beattie Padovano, 1994-96 Education: Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1994; Rutgers University, B.S., marketing, 1991 Brett Anders, 34 Partner Jackson Lewis Practice Profile: Anders is a management-side employment lawyer who advises and litigates on a wide array of personnel issues. He serves as employment-litigation and/or general counsel for such companies as Atlantic Health System, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Hudson United Bank, I-many, Inc., PDI, Inc., Sears, Roebuck & Co., South Jersey Health System and TFI/EPI, LLC. Among his litigation victories have been successful defenses of federal and state court suits charging employers with retaliation, tortious interference, defamation and violations of the Oppressed Minority Shareholder Act. Leadership Activity: From 2003 to present, Anders has been his firm’s Recruitment Coordinator (responsible for coordinating recruitment efforts for associate, summer associate and paralegal positions) and Summer Associate Program Coordinator (responsible for supervising and controlling workflow to summer associates). Pro Bono and Civic Work: Anders is a frequent lecturer for the Society for Human Resource Managers-Central New Jersey Chapter, providing legal updates during monthly meetings as well as organizing an annual half-day legal seminar. He serves as bylaws director for the Garden State Council, advising on requirements and interpretation of bylaws. He serves as co-chairman of the New Jersey State Bar Association – Labor & Employment Section, Co-Chair of the Section’s Committee on Professionalism and Ethics, and is a published author in the Bar’s Labor & Employment Quarterly. He is a barrister with the Sidney Reitman Labor & Employment Inn of Court, for which he also lectures. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner) since 1998; clerk to Hon. Louis Locascio, J.S.C., 1997-98 Education: Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D, 1997; State University of New York at Albany, B.A., political science/business, 1994 J. Scott Anderson, 38 Partner Giordano Halleran & Ciesla Practice Profile: Anderson has crafted a special expertise in advising builders on compliance issues surrounding creation and development of planned real estate community project, such as those arising under New Jersey’s Condominium Act and Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act. His clientele, for whom he handles government registrations and document preparation, include Centex Homes, Lennar Corp., Kleiner Group, Kushner Cos., Toll Bros., Tyco International and K. Hovnanian. He also handles site acquisitions for develop and redevelopment projects and related compliance issues. Anderson has also published articles in the Law Journal on land use and compliance issues. Leadership Activity: Anderson is a member of his firm’s Operations Committee and chaired its Associate Evaluation Committee from 2001 to 2005. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1993-present Education: Boston College, J.D., 1993; Indiana University, B.A., business and psychology, 1990 Anthony Argiropoulos, 34 Partner Fox Rothschild Practice Profile: With a decade of experience in both business litigation and business transactions, Argiropoulos has a unique vantage point for crafting workable solutions to complex problems for such clients as Dow Chemical Company, American Express Financial Advisors, Citizens Bank of Massachusetts and Britton Industries, Inc. In the transactional arena, he served as lead counsel for the developer on the Bridgman’s View Tower Project, a 915-ft, 66-story, mixed use skyscraper – third-largest in Philadelphia – across from proposed casino sites on the Delaware River waterfront. Total construction costs were between $350 million and $400 million. His litigation record includes Port Liberte Homeowners Association, Inc. et al. v. Sordoni Construction Co. et al., a 10-year-long, multiparty, multimillion-dollar construction dispute in Hudson County case, from which his defendant client was released for only a $30,000 payment. He won a $1 million defamation verdict in Neibart et al. v. Khorasani et al. for a physician accused of intentionally performing inadequate surgical procedures. In Priority Healthcare, Inc. v. Judith Lisante, he won dismissal of a pharmaceutical company’s federal suit to collect over $100,000 from the mother of child afflicted with terminal illness in charges related to clinical drug trials. Leadership Activity: Argiropoulos has served on his firm’s Diversity Committee since 2005 and on its Pro Bono Committee since 2003. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Argiropoulos performs on average 100 hours of pro bono work annually for indigents in criminal and quasi-criminal matters, for St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church in real estate matters and in representation of the United Jewish Federation and the YWCA in litigation matters. As a member of the Mercer County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, he spearheaded fundraising activities for the Joshua Kahan Fund, a charitable organization devoted to the fight against children’s leukemia. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1997-present Education: Temple University School of Law, J.D.; 1997; West Chester University, B.A., English, 1993 Scott Baron, 37 Partner Wolff & Samson Practice Profile: Baron is a commercial litigator who has been responsible for several reported decisions in New Jersey, New York and other states, some of which are considered leading decisions in surety law nationally. He has also played major roles in high-profile cases, notably JPMorgan Chase Bank v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company et al., which involved a $1.1 billion bank claim against numerous surety companies resulting from Enron Corporation’s collapse. Baron was one of the lead counsel on trial defense team for two defendant surety companies. The case, which ultimately settled during jury deliberations after 250 depositions and a six-week trial, produced four reported decisions, was featured numerous times in periodicals and newspapers and was the subject of a cover article in Fortune magazine. Baron has published more than 20 articles in law journals, legal textbooks, periodicals and magazines, chiefly on surety and fidelity law and litigation-related issues. He has been a frequent lecturer nationally for such sponsors as the American Bar Association, the Fidelity Law Association, the National Bond Claims Association and the Surety Claims Institute. Leadership Activity: Baron became youngest partner in his firm at age 31 and is currently one of five managing partners and chairman of the Hiring Committee. He serves on the Long Range Planning Committee, Budget Committee and Website/Technology Committee. In his practice areas, he supervises 10 lawyers. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Baron is very active in the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, holding various leadership roles, and in the New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction and Public Contract Law Section. He also handles pro bono cases in both criminal and civil proceedings. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1994 to present Education: New York University, J.D., 1994; Rutgers University, B.S., business and finance, 1991 John Barry, 37 Partner Proskauer Rose Practice Profile: Barry joined Proskauer Rose as a lateral partner this year, and his decade of experience in a range of industries on important employment litigation matters made him a strategic complement to the firm’s New Jersey practice. Senior partner Edward Cerasia, who recruited Barry, says business development skills, an ability to connect with clients and delivering excellent advice infused with judgment and insight are the keys to his growing management-side employment-law practice. Among the clients he advises and/or represents in defense of employment-related claims are The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (including A&P subsidiaries Food Emporium, Super Fresh and Food Basics), T-Mobile, School of Visual Arts, IntraLinks, Inc., Kent Place School and Hillcrest Garden. He is also a published writer and lecturer on employment-law issues. Leadership Activity: Barry is responsible for law school recruitment at the Newark office of his firm and has taken on the role of mentor to associates there who seek his advice on matters related to their careers and their practice. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Barry is an executive committee member and past membership chair of the Harvard Club of New Jersey, which organizes nonprofit programs and events. He was an executive committee member of Rainbows, an organization helping children troubled by the loss of a parent as a result of death, divorce or other situation. Experience: Current firm since April 2006; Epstein Becker & Green (associate, then partner), 2001-06; Reed Smith, 2000-01; Collier, Jacob & Mills, 1997-2000; Epstein Becker & Green, 1996-97; Wiley Malehorn & Sirota, 1994-96 Education: Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1994; Harvard University, B.A., American history and Middle Eastern history, 1991 Gregory Bevelock, 38 Partner DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Wisler Practice Profile: Bevelock is a seasoned litigator and regulatory lawyer whose major clients include Mills Corporation, Mack-Cali Realty Corp., Public Service Electric & Gas Co., EnCap Golf Holdings, LLC, National Vision, Inc., Luxottica Group and Health Net Inc., and Health Net of New Jersey, Inc. Among his recent notable cases is New York Football Giants v. NJSEA, The Mills Corporation, Mack-Cali Realty Corp. and Meadowlands Mills/Mack-Cali Realty Corp., in which he played a central role in defending and defeating a preliminary injunction application by the Giants seeking an order enjoining Mills/Mack-Cali from commencing construction of the $1.3 billion Meadowlands Xanadu project at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. He also played a significant role in the representation of Mills/ Mack-Cali in Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. v. N.J. Sports & Exposition Auth., The Mills Corp. and Mack-Cali Realty Corp., nine consolidated cases challenging various aspects of the Meadowlands Xanadu Project at the NJSEA’s Meadowlands Sports Complex, including a protest of the award of the bid to Mills/Mack-Cali. Leadership Activity: Bevelock is active in the management of his firm’s summer associate program. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Bevelock successfully represented a prisoner in Pangburn v. Culbertson, 200 F.3d 65 (2d Cir. 1999), which reversed a trial court’s summary dismissal of an action under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Experience: Current firm, 2000 to present; Arnold & Porter, 1998-2000; Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, 1996-97; law clerk to Hon. Harold Ackerman, U.S.D.J., 1994-96 Education: New York University School of Law, J.D., 1994; University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., finance, 1989 Heather Boshak, 37 Partner Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman Practice Profile: Boshak is on the young vanguard of one of New Jersey’s most venerable management-side labor and employment firms, which she came to eight years ago with experience in employee-side litigation. She carries on an active practice that includes labor relations and counseling, administrative matters, court trials and appeals. Her major clients include Schenker, Quick Chek, Coach USA, Professional Transit Management and Jersey City Medical Center. Among her significant victories are Calahan v. Schenker, (Summary judgment granted to employer in a race and retaliation case); Schenker v. Doni, (a permanent injunction obtained against former employee), Wilder v. GL Bus Lines (summary judgment dismissing claims of breach of the duty of fair representation and breach of contract) and Wigginton v. Servidio (overturning a Law Against Discrimination verdict on appeal). Boshak is also a published author and frequent lecturer on labor and employment issues. Leadership Activity: Boshak is the president of her firm’s Women Leadership Network and has served on the firm’s Associate Relations Committee and Summer Associate Committee. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Boshak has represented domestic violation victims in restraining-order proceedings for the Rachel Coalition/Partners With Women for Justice. A mother of two young children, she is active in the Lawyers With Children Association. She also serves as chief financial officer of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. Experience: Current firm, 1998 to present; private practice in plaintiff’s employment litigation, 1997-98 Education: Tulane University, J.D., 1994; Brandeis University, B.A., economics and history (double major), 1991 Gary Botwinick, 39 Partner Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito, Frost & Ironson Practice Profile: With four years as an IRS staff attorney, an LL.M. in taxation and a decade of experience under his belt, Botwinick is already an old hand at estate planning and taxation issues arising from estates. Among his significant cases are Aragon v. Estate of Snyder (establishing that a creditor of a surviving spouse could not levy against the surviving spouse’s elective share); Estate of Vahlteich v. Commissioner (successfully represented the IRS in determination of the proper manner for allocation of estate taxes attributable to QTIP trust included in surviving spouse’s estate) and D’Arcangelo v. Commissioner (successfully represented the IRS in determination of what is a “qualified appraisal” for purposes of claiming charitable deduction for income taxes). Botwinick is also a published author and frequent lecturer, including such cutting-edge topics as estate planning for same-sex couples. And he has been an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching financial planning. Leadership Activity: Botwinick has chaired his firm’s Trust & Estate/Taxation Group for eight years and typically supervise several associates on matters dealing with trusts & estates, tax and corporate matters. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Botwinick often works on court-appointed guardianship matters. His charitable activity includes serving as a trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Metrowest and on leadership committees of the United Jewish Appeal. Experience: Current firm, 1998-present; Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland and Perretti, 1996-98; Internal Revenue Service � Manhattan District Counsel, staff attorney, 1992-96 Education: New York University School of Law, LL.M., taxation, 1996; Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1992; University of Florida, B.S. accounting, 1989 Linda Mirsky Brenneman, 38 Partner Bressler, Amery & Ross Practice Profile: Joining her present firm after a federal judge clerkship, Brenneman now boasts more than a decade of experience in environmental law, land use, real estate and commercial litigation. Among her major clients is BASF Corporation, which she represents in environmental cleanup cost actions, involving complex, multiparty litigation and/or alternative dispute resolution, and advises on environmental regulatory, land use and contractual matters involving environmental issues. Other clients are APL Limited, which she represents in environmental regulatory and cleanup cases and commercial matters, and Stolt-Nielsen Inc., with which she has worked in connection with property transactions and associated environmental, insurance and land use consideration. She has extensive experience negotiating and drafting sales agreements and leases for commercial properties with complex environmental and land use issues. Leadership Activity: Brenneman is the co-creator and partner in charge of her firm’s Associate Training/Continuing Legal Education Committee, aimed at formalizing orientation for new associate hires; providing associates with basic legal skills training and facilitating and tracking mandatory continuing legal education requirements of firm’s attorneys. She has also sat on the Marketing Committee, Library Committee, Website Committee and Electronic Case Filing Committee. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Brenneman is heavily involved in community affairs and charitable endeavors. They include the Junior League of Summit, whose purpose is to promote voluntarism, development of women and improvement of communities; she has served on the league’s State Public Affairs Committee and Corporate Initiatives Committee. She is also active in volunteer and fundraising efforts for The Women’s Fund of New Jersey, a nonprofit federation supporting 17 organizations designed to meet the needs of women and their families. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1994 to present; law clerk to Hon. Arthur Minuskin, J.S.C. 1993-94 Education: George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1993; The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., international relations and Spanish (double major), 1990 Kim Catullo, 39 Partner Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione Practice Profile: Catullo, the leader of her firm’s Products Liability Department, is the youngest woman to oversee one of the firm’s nine practice groups. She manages three teams throughout three states comprising over 30 lawyers handling cases in the areas of general products liability, pharmaceutical/medical device liability and laboratory defense. Within this group, she also manages a full team of case managers, paralegals and two full-time nurse consultants. Catullo herself focuses on litigation and counseling of corporate clients in major exposure litigations including class actions, consolidated mass tort matters and pharmaceutical and medical device matters. She has also argued appeals in New Jersey, New York and Maryland courts, some resulting in published opinions. Leadership Activity: In addition to serving as chair of her firm’s Products Liability Department since 2004, Catullo chairs the Gibbons Women’s Initiative Career Development & Mentoring Committee, designed to provide networking, mentoring and educational programs to the firm’s women attorneys, clients and contacts. Since 2002, she has been one of the firm’s litigation staffing partners, overseeing the workflow to associates and working closely with them to assure they are getting good experience and training for future leadership roles. Pro Bono and Civic Work: For the past three years, Catullo has served on the board of directors of The Hetrick-Martin Institute, which provides supportive services to at-risk youth, many of whom are homeless. Earlier this year, she was elected vice chair of the board. She has also volunteered for years with Habitat for Humanity in Newark and, starting in 1995, served as a member of its Legal Advisory Committee, eventually leading to her service on the Board of Directors. Experience: Current firm, 1991 to present (partner since 1999) Education: Seton Hall University Law School, J.D., 1991; Douglass College, Rutgers University, B.A., political science and English (double major), 1988 Gerald Clark, 34 Partner Lynch Keefe Bartels Practice Profile: A well-traveled plaintiffs’ lawyer with a solid record of personal injury awards, Clark is one of the youngest and most profitable partners in history of his law firm, according to his managing partner. Clark serves as lead and co-lead counsel in cases involving workplace accidents caused by defective industrial machines, construction accidents arising from safety violations and automobile accidents. He also handles consumer and corporate fraud litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Clark has also taken on offbeat cases that have drawn press attention. Most notably, he was lead class counsel in Castro v. NYT Television et al., a class action charging invasion of privacy arising from the filming of hospital patients for a television program called, “Trauma: Life in the ER.” Clark was successful in certifying a New Jersey class of approximately 5,000 patients. (The Appellate Division reversed but Clark appealed and the case is pending in the state Supreme Court.) He also represents the plaintiff in an individual invasion-of-privacy case stemming from the same filming, Kinsella v. Welch, in which the Appellate Division affirmed in part a judge’s order that the film company produce in discovery certain unaired footage in connection with the production of the television program. In another newsmaking case, Talalai et al. v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Clark played a leading role in bringing about the 2002 settlement of an unprecedented consumer fraud class action lawsuit against Cooper Tire & Rubber, a settlement valued at between $1 billion and $3 billion. Leadership Activity: Clark co-chairs his firm’s Plaintiffs’ Committee and its Insurance & Malpractice Coverage Committee while also serving as coordinator of its law-clerk program. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Clark has represented defendants in domestic violence cases charging violations of restraining orders. Experience: Current firm, 2000-present; Morgan, Melhuish, Monaghan, Arvidson, Abrutyn & Lisowski, 1998-2000; clerk to Hon. John D’Amico, J.S.C., 1997-98 Education: Fordham University, J.D., 1997; Villanova University, B.A., political science (minor: philosophy), 1994 Michael Devins, 38 Partner McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter Practice Profile: Devins is a major player in his firm’s commercial, pharmaceutical, toxic tort, premises liability and products liability litigation practices. He also does white collar criminal defense and corporate internal investigations. Among his successful trials were Daspin v. Logerfo (dismissal of complex commercial case involving claims of fraud, conspiracy, conversion, breach of contract, bribery and RICO violations), Debbas v. Schnorrbusch (jury no-caused catcher injured by collision with base runner in a recreational softball game), Moscato v. Boulder (won award for plaintiff in a medical malpractice case against two doctors involving the improper administration of spinal anesthesia), DiMartino v. New York Sports Club et al. (summary judgment on behalf of a treadmill manufacturer in a product liability case) and LoRusso v. Jersey Bandag, Inc. (summary judgment on behalf of uninsured landowners in a wrongful death action). Among his clients are Broadspire Insurance Services, Cintas Corporation, Rockborn Trucking and Excavating LLC, Exactus Portfolio Management Systems and J. Crew. Leadership Activity: In addition to supervising 15 lawyers in his practice groups, Devins serves on his firm’s Hiring Committee and Orientation Committee. He has also been a mentor in the firm’s Partners in Excellence Program and is a Defense Practice Group lecturer, in charge of presenting regular training seminars on such topics as best practices and rules of court. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1998 to present; clerk to Hon. Anthony Sciuto, J.S.C., 1997-98 Education: Seton Hall School of Law, J.D., 1997; University of Rhode Island, B.A., English, 1990 Edward Fanning Jr., 36 Partner McCarter & English Practice Profile: Fanning is a frequent trial counsel in products liability, class actions, consumer fraud claims, breach of warranty litigation in state and federal courts in New Jersey. Among his major clients is Sears, Roebuck and Co., whom he represents in products liability, class actions and enforcement actions. He served as national counsel for Sears in defense and settlement of several nationwide class actions alleging consumer fraud and violation of state consumer protection statutes. In Harvey, Attorney General, et al. v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., he was Sears’ counsel in defense and settlement of an enforcement action by the state attorney general alleging violations of the N.J. Consumer Fraud Act. Other major clients are Zimmer, Inc. (products liability and class action defense), Hunterdon Medical Center (civil litigation defense and counseling), Genmar Holdings, Inc. (products liability, warranty and consumer protection litigation) and Healthcare Institute of New Jersey (amicus curiae in select matters of importance to the state’s pharmaceutical and medical device industry). Fanning is a member of, and frequently lectures for, such national and local defense bar associations as the New Jersey Defense Association (member, board of directors), the Trial Attorneys of America, the Defense Research Institute and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Leadership Activity: Fanning heads his firm’s Consumer and Industrial Products Practice Group, supervising 10 lawyers. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Fanning performs an average of 30 or more hours of pro bono work per year. Among his cases was the representation of a widow and three young children in establishing and funding an irrevocable trust for the benefit of a widow and two minors after the sudden and tragic loss of her husband and their father. Experience: Current firm, 1994 to present (partner since 2003) Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1994; Boston College, B.A., economics, 1991 Michelle Viola Fleishman, 39 Partner Saiber Schlesinger Satz and Goldstein Practice Profile: Fleischman, an expert in reinsurance and insurance litigation and arbitration, has a long track record of experience in such cases in her 15-year career, having litigated to conclusion seven reinsurance arbitrations involving complex commercial disputes. She is also well-practiced in environmental compliance and litigation: She has defended dozens of insurance coverage actions in state and federal court and defended potentially responsible parties in lawsuits throughout the state brought pursuant to CERCLA and the Spill Act. To boot, she has a concentration in Intellectual Property, having prosecuted dozens of trademark applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. And she is a skilled appellate advocate, as shown by her wins in Hampton Medical Group v. Princeton Insurance Co. (trial court’s grant of insurance coverage reversed on interlocutory appeal) and Krause v. MIIX Insurance Co. (trial court’s grant of insurance coverage reversed). Leadership Activity: Fleishman is the firm’s paralegal coordinator, responsible for oversight and management of litigation paralegals, and is a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Fleischman is active in a partnership between her firm and StreetLaw, an organization dedicated to working with disadvantaged children interested in law. The firm will hold workshops and conferences with participating children. Experience: Current firm, 1994-present; Winston & Strawn, 1991-94 Education: Hofstra University, J.D., 1991; Rutgers University School of Business, B.S., marketing, 1988 Darren Gelber, 39 Partner Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer Practice Profile: Gelber, a former prosecutor, has a richly diverse practice in criminal defense, civil rights litigation and related appeals. Among his notable cases are State v. Anhuar Bandy, a major insurance fraud prosecution now on appeal; State v. Joseph Qualiano, in which Gelber won acquittal of a police officer charged with the assault of a motorist; and DEP v. Joan Byron Marasek, in which he served as counsel for the infamous “Tiger Lady,” who fought a protracted but unsuccessful battle with the state to keep two dozen Bengal tigers at her private sanctuary in Jackson Township. Leadership Activity: Gelber is co-chair of his firm’s Criminal/Civil Rights Practice Group, supervising six lawyers, and also serves on the firm’s Hiring Committee and Technology Committee. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Gelber regularly puts in more than 25 hours of pro bono work a year. Among his cases is Jackson v. Fauver, 334 F. Supp.2d 697 (D.N.J. 2004), a civil rights suit about inmate medical care, in which a federal judge held, among other points, that the state Department of Corrections and a medical services contractor could be held vicariously liable on state law claims for independent contractors’ medical negligence. Gelber is a trustee of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of N.J. and of the Middlesex County Bar Association, which this year named him Criminal Trial Practitioner of the Year. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1998-present; Linda B. Kenney Law Offices, 1996-98; Bronx District Attorney’s Office, 1993-96 Education: New York Law School, J.D., 1992; Rutgers College, Rutgers University, B.A., political science and French, 1989 Eric Harrison, 37 Partner Methfessel & Werbel Practice Profile: Harrison has a large book of insurance-company clients for which he provides insurance coverage advice, prosecutes declaratory judgment actions and defends insureds in personal injury litigation, including Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company; Preferred Mutual Insurance Company; Peerless Insurance Company; Clarendon National Insurance Company; and Franklin Mutual Insurance Company. He also represents the Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund, as panel counsel in litigation of civil rights and employment disputes, and the Ramsey Board of Education as special education counsel in advice and litigation of special education disputes. Among his notable cases are L.E. and E.S. o/b/o M.S. v. Ramsey Board of Education, 435 F.3d 384 (3rd Cir. 2006), upholding judgment in favor of school district in dispute under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act; Green Twp. Educ. Ass’n v. Rowe, 328 N.J.Super. 525 (App. Div. 2000), which upheld time, place and manner restrictions on the political speech of teachers in a school setting; and President v. Jenkins, 180 N.J. 550 (2003), upholding dismissal of a broker liability claim against his client. Harrison is also a frequent author and lecturer on insurance, employment law and litigation issues. Leadership Activity: Harrison is his firm’s practice manager, responsible for client liaison and oversight of 30 attorneys. He also serves on the firm’s Strategic Planning and Hiring committees. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1994-present; Ford, Cooper, Campbell & Grasso, 1993-94 Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1993; Princeton University, B.A., English literature, 1990 Steven Hecht, 39 Partner Lowenstein Sandler Practice Profile: Hecht, a securities litigator and general commercial litigator, is typically engaged in high-profile cases. He is counsel to a group of taxpayers suing KPMG and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, the law firm it had retained to produce opinion letters purportedly validating tax shelters that were later disavowed by the IRS. He serves as co-counsel to a Big Four accounting firm in connection with claims arising from a $500 million financial restatement at Cendant Corporation – litigation that arose in part from a securities class action lawsuit against Cendant that culminated in a $3 billion settlement. Hecht won dismissal of a consolidated securities fraud class action that alleged Emerson Radio Corp. projected increased sales while it allegedly knew of a downturn in revenues that same quarter. He is defending that dismissal on appeal. After a four-week bench trial in SASCO 1997 NI, LLC v. Zudkewich et al., Hecht won dismissal of a suit under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act that sought several million dollars in damages. The state Supreme Court had remanded the case for trial in an opinion commanded special attention in the commercial lending industry for its wide-ranging impact upon the time period by which creditors must investigate potential claims against delinquent debtors. Hecht is also defending that verdict on appeal. Leadership Activity: In June 2005, Mr. Hecht founded the Lowenstein Sandler Securities Roundtable, a place for fund managers, hedge fund advisors, asset managers and other institutional investors to discuss regulatory and other legal matters. The group features panel discussions that include guest speakers from the public and private sectors. Experience: Current firm, 1997-present; Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, 1992-97 Education: Harvard Law School, J. D., 1992; Haverford College, B.A., philosophy, 1989 Lance Kalik, 38 Partner Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti Practice Profile: Kalik has a multifaceted practice that includes commercial litigation, insurance, school law and legal malpractice defense. Among his clients are Harleysville Insurance Companies, United National Insurance Company and Sony Electronics Corp. He also serves a board counsel to the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional Board of Education, the Clinton Town Board of Education and the Livingston Township Board of Education. He has made law with his appeals work, including Banco Popular v. Gandi, 184 N.J. 161 (20056), a case of first impression in which the state Supreme Court rejected the creation of the tort of creditor fraud; French v. Hernandez, 184 N.J. 144 (2005), a case on the “initial permission rule” for use of a vehicle, in which the state Supreme Court reversed decisions below and entered judgment in favor of his insurer client; and Cherry Hill Manor v. Rogan & Faugno, 182 N.J. 64 (2004), in which the Court, weighing the scope of attorney liability under the Joint Tortfeasors Act, determined that no contribution claim existed among successor attorneys who represent a client in successive litigation. Leadership Activity: Kalik serves on the firm’s Hiring Committee and earlier was the firm’s summer associate program coordinator, 1998-1999. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Kalik is a member of the N.J. Supreme Court’s District XIII Ethics Committee. He is a former co-chair of UJA-Metrowest’s Pro Bono Committee and a former trustee of the Committee for Working Families. Experience: Current firm, 2000-present; Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., in house counsel, 1999-2000; current firm, 1994-98 Education: Rutgers University Law School-Newark, J.D., 1994; Brandeis University, B.A., economics/legal studies, 1989 Thomas Kobin, 38 Partner Chasan Leyner & Lamparello Practice Profile: Kobin maintains an active and diverse practice involving public sector clients. Among the governmental organizations he represents are the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue (assistant general counsel), the Union City Board of Education (assistant board counsel), the East Rutherford Board of Education (board counsel) and Bergen County (special counsel on specially assigned litigation matters and public bidding issues). Kobin was primarily responsible for handling all legal (nonlabor) issues involved in the formation and initiation of the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, which is the largest regionalized fire department in New Jersey. The deal involved the transfer of over 16 properties and multiple apparatuses from various municipalities to an improvement authority, and leasing same back to North Hudson Regional. In American Marine Rail, LLC v. County of Hudson et al., Kobin won summary judgment dismissing a suit against Hudson County by a plaintiff that claimed $182 million in lost profits due to an allegedly illegal denial of its application for inclusion into the county’s Solid Waste Management Plan. Kobin has also served as Boonton Township Public Defender since 1999. Leadership Activity: Kobin serves on his firm’s Hiring Committee and for six years managed all aspects of law clerk hiring and employment. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1997-present; DeVos & Co., associate, 1995-96; clerk to Hon. Edward Coleman, J.S.C., 1994-95 Education: Seton Hall School of Law J.D., 1994; Cornell University, B.S., economics, 1990 Tedd Kochman, 36 Partner Littler Mendelson Practice Profile: Kochman, though new to his present firm, had a 10-year history practicing labor law, employment law and counseling with a venerable firm in the field. Most of Kochman’s work is in the traditional employment law vein, which is primarily transactional in nature, though he does litigate from time to time before the National Labor Relations Board. His current clients include Cendant Corporation/NRT, St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, New York), Porcelanosa USA, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Vitaquest International, Inc., Bensi Restaurant Group, Bogopa Service Corp., Royal Coachman Worldwide and FirstGroup of America. Kochman is a prolific author of published articles and he speaks and lectures on a regular basis in such forums as the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the New Jersey Employers’ Counsel. Leadership Activity: Kochman serves on his firm’s Hiring Committee. He also held leadership positions at his prior firm, Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, serving on the Associate Relations Committee; Associate Mentoring Committee; Interviewing Committee and Summer Associate Committee. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Kochman was part of Cory Booker’s legal team in this year’s Newark mayoral election and served as an observer on election day and in the June 13 run-off election for certain council seats. He has also served on the New Jersey Department of Labor’s Employers’ Council, as chairman for Bergen County and Passaic County. Experience: Current firm, 2006-present; Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman (associate, then partner) 1995-2006 Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1995; Emory University, B.A., psychology/African, African-American studies, 1992 Jeralyn Lawrence, 35 Partner Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus Practice Profile: Lawrence’s practice is devoted principally to matrimonial law. She is a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney and a Certified Divorce Mediator. Though most of her cases are low-profile, she has made law on occasion, such as in Mugrage v. Mugrage, 335 N.J. Super 653 (Ch. Div. 2000), which held that depositions are allowed in domestic-violence cases. Despite a busy practice, Lawrence is heavily involved in volunteer and pro bono work. She is also a regular speaker on matrimonial law at bar association seminars. Leadership Activity: Lawrence is the supervisor of her firm’s summer associate program and serves on the Recruitment Committee, Mentoring Committee and Community Relations Committee. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Lawrence logs 75 or more pro bono hours annually. Each year, she supervises the firm’s summer associates, who work with legal services in representing victims of domestic violence in their domestic violence trials. She is also an attorney volunteer for The Women Resource Center, which provides legal services, and for the Somerset County Resource Center for Woman and Their Families. In addition, she is a volunteer attorney for the Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel Program of Somerset County and a volunteer mediator for custody and parenting time issues. Lawrence also serves on the state Supreme Court’s District XIII Ethics Committee. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1997-present; clerk to Hon. Herbert Glickman, J.S.C., 1996-97 Education: Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1996; Kean College, B.S., public administration, criminal justice, 1992. Eric Levine, 36 Partner Lindabury McCormick & Estabrook Practice Profile: Levine’s firm prizes him for a demonstrated ability to run a gamut of practice areas and to perform high-level legal services in each. Those practice areas cross-cut litigation and transactional areas, including commercial litigation, labor law and collective bargaining, landlord-tenant and commercial real estate. He serves two PBA locals as general counsel for labor negotiations and is general counsel to other corporations. Sample transactions include closing a $1.2 million line of credit for Market Resource Packaging Co., negotiating a lease of 260,000 sq. feet for the same client, negotiating a contract for sale and lease of $2.1 million in industrial real estate for Specialty Flooring and negotiating multi-year contracts with municipalities for PBA labor union locals. He has litigated numerous trial level cases and made law in one appeal, I/M/O Adoption of a Child by E.T. & T.T., 302 N.J. Super. 533 (App. Div. 1997), certif. denied. 152 N.J. 12 (1997), which clarified the distinction between a law guardian and a guardian ad litem and held that the applicable statute does not preclude an award of attorneys’ fee to either, even if the wrong form of counsel is appointed. Leadership Activity: Levine is his firm’s hiring partner and serves on the Associate Management Committee, Accounts Receivable Committee and Marketing Committee. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Levine is a trustee and member of the finance Committee of the Interfaith Council for the Homeless of Union County. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1996-present; clerk to Hon. Harry Margolis, J.S.C., 1995-96 Education: Seton Hall Law School, J.D., 1995; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.S., marketing, 1992 Connie Matteo, 39 Partner Porzio, Bromberg & Newman Practice Profile: Matteo, whose practice is concentrated in pharmaceutical and product liability litigation, has been involved in several complex cases over her 15-year career. She has represented major clients like Wyeth and Pfizer in defense of pharmaceutical liability cases, including Katona v. Wyeth, a fen-phen diet drug trial scheduled for this November. Clients that Matteo defends in product liability cases include Appleton Papers and Munson Machinery. Matteo was counsel on the brief in Perez v. Wyeth Laboratories Inc., 161 N.J. 1 (1999), in which the state Supreme Court carved an exception to the “learned intermediary” doctrine by holding that that when pharmaceutical companies advertise a drug directly to consumers, they have an added duty to warn consumers of potential risks. She has written several published articles on direct-to-consumer advertising and on other topics stemming from pharmaceutical liability litigation. Leadership Activity: Matteo holds and has held several governance positions in her firm. She presently chairs the Law Student Recruitment Committee and the Pro Bono Committee. She has also served on the Information Technology Committee, Legal Training Committee and Paralegal Committee. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Matteo has been a member of District X Ethics Committee since July 2003 and devotes between 75 and 100 hours annually to committee work. She also handles landlord tenant matters for Essex-Newark Legal Services and is treasurer of the New Jersey Law Firm Group, which sponsors and organizes an annual minority job fair with the state’s law schools and sponsors roundtable events for law students. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1994-present; Feinsilver & Weiner, 1991-94 Education: Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1991; Rutgers University, Rutgers College, B.A., political science and Spanish/economics, 1988 Theresa Mullen, 39 Partner Law Offices of Floyd Cottrell Practice Profile: Mullen practices complex litigation and over her brief career has tried over 50 cases to conclusion before juries. She litigates in a wide range of substantive areas, namely, construction defects, products liability, medical device liability, professional liability, toxic torts, premises liability, and automobile, bus, and tractor trailer liability. She also handles contractual indemnity and insurance coverage issues. Among her current insurance-company clients are St. Paul Travelers, Scottsdale, Lancer, Carolina Casualty, Sentry & Hartford (SRS). She also represents insureds with self-insured retentions such as Clayton Block & Sand Company, Planned Building Services and Budget Rent a Car. She represented Planned Building Services in two groundbreaking appellate cases, Azurak v. Corporate Property Investors, 175 N.J. 110 (2003), and Mantilla v. N.C. Mall Assoc., 167 N.J. 262 (2001), in which the state Supreme Court, for the first time, clarified the issue of what is required in order for a party to obtain defense and indemnity from another under a contract. Leadership Activity: As a partner, Mullen is responsible for the supervision of all associates and for the overall management of the firm (soon to be renamed Cottrell & Mullen). Pro Bono and Civic Work: From 2001-2005, Mullen served on the state Supreme Court’s District XII Ethics Committee. In 2005-06, she became the first woman president of the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Inn of Court, of which she has been a master since 1999. She has served on the Union County Bar Association’s Judicial & Prosecutorial Appointments Committee since 2002 and co-chairs the county bar’s Civil Practice Committee. Experience: Current firm, May 2006-present; Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney & Priess, 2003-06; Sachs Maitlin Fleming Greene (formerly Sachs Maitlin Fleming Greene Marotte & Mullen), 1997-2003 Education: Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1993; Lehigh University B.A., biology and psychology (double major) (minor: health and human development), 1989 Scott Murray, 38 Partner Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross Practice Profile: Murray worked in the Telecommunications Task Force of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division at the time of passage of the revolutionary Telecom Act of 1996. His work on complex mergers and regulatory issues put him in demand with law firms seeking to expand their antitrust practices, including Rogers & Wells (subsequently acquired by Clifford Chance). He was on the trial team for a landmark antitrust case involving the credit card industry, U.S. v. Visa, MasterCard et al. When the merger wave and antitrust-law boom began to wane, Murray made a lateral move to Sills Cummis, where he was able to expand his practice to include all types of complex litigation and litigation-related advice. His current clients include Lehman Brothers Bank, FSB, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Rohl LLC, New York and Presbyterian Hospital, Sirna Therapeutics, Inc. and Millennium Radio Group. Leadership Activity: Murray serves as co-chair of his firm’s Hiring Committee, of which he has been a member since 2004, and as co-assistant chair of the Diversity Committee. He also served on the Diversity Committee at Clifford Chance. Pro Bono and Civic Work: While at Clifford Chance, Murrary logged approximately 75 pro bono hours a year handling landlord/tenant, child custody and public assistance cases through the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Program. Experience: Current firm, 2003-present; Clifford Chance (formerly Rogers & Wells), 1998-2002; U.S. Dept. of Justice, Antitrust Division, Telecommunications Task Force, 1995-98; clerk to Hon. Samuel Natal, J.S.C., 1994-95 Education: Rutgers-Camden School of Law, J.D., 1994; Princeton University, B.S.E., aerospace engineering/science in human affairs, 1991 Brian Paul, 37 Partner Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein, Blader & Lehmann Practice Profile: In his decade with Szaferman, Lakind, Paul has built a solid record of family law litigation and appeals running the gamut of matrimonial issues. Among his trial victories are Corrello v. Corrello (wife’s request for permanent alimony granted in 10-year marriage after 15-day trial); Roverelli v. Roverelli (custodial father’s request to relocate with minor children to Florida granted after four-day trial); and Buckley v. Brennan, (father awarded primary physical custody of son after nine-day trial). Paul’s appellate successes include Weaver v. Weaver (reversal of permanent alimony award in 12-year marriage); Pizi v. Bolam (affirmance of trial court’s determination that restricted stock awarded by employer as deferred compensation constitutes income for alimony and child support purposes); and Antoniotti v. Antoniotti, (final restraining order reversed after emergent appeal). Paul serves as a Burlington County Early Settlement Panelist, a Mercer County Early Settlement Panelist and a Mercer County Post-Judgment Settlement Panelist. Leadership Activity: Paul serves on his firm’s Executive Committee and its Technology Committee. Experience: Current firm (associate, then partner), 1995-present Education: Widener University, J.D., 1995; Rutgers College, Rutgers University, B.A., political science/philosophy, 1991 Allen Popowitz, 36 Partner WolfBlock Brach Eichler Practice Profile: The second youngest partner in his firm’s New Jersey office, Popowitz, an investment real estate and banking lawyer, has had the opportunity to work on transactions and clientele more typically handled by more senior partners. His clients include The Kamson Corporation, Kushner Companies, Intervest National Bank, Commerce Bank, IDT Corporation, Oritani Savings Bank and Connolly Properties. Among Popowitz’s major deals was the WNY Portfolio (Kushner Companies) a $260 million refinance of 28 properties containing 5,152 units; Oakwood Apartments (Kushner Companies), a $92 million refinance of a 1,032-unit complex; Carlton Club Apartments (Kamson Corporation), a $36 million purchase of a Piscataway apartment complex; Constantine Village, Long Brook and Whispering Hills (Kushner Companies), a $33.6 million refinance of three large apartment complexes and a $24.5 million refinance of industrial facility, located in Fairfield, for CRG 300, L.L.C. Jeff Kurtz of Kamson Corporation says of Popowitz, “He is a true dealmaker and the kind of person you want on your side because you trust that the deal will get done and done well.” Leadership Activity: Popowitz is the co-head of his firm’s New Jersey Real Estate Department, supervising 10 attorneys and five paralegals. He is also partner in charge of the summer associate program (five summer associates). Experience: Current firm, 1995-present (partner since 2002) Education: Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1995; Princeton University, B.S., psychology, 1992 Thomas Hoff Prol, 37 Senior Associate Scarinci & Hollenbeck Practice Profile: In his practice areas of environmental law, land use and redevelopment, Prol represents numerous companies and municipalities, including Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (general counsel and special counsel), Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (special Counsel for air and water permit issues), the City of Elizabeth (planning board attorney), the City of Hoboken (special environmental counsel), Century 21 Development, Commerce Bank and Metro Plaza (Woodbridge). Leadership Activity: As senior associate in both the Environmental and Land Use Practice Groups, Prol oversees numerous large ongoing cases with the state Department of Environmental Protection and various municipality land use boards. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Prol has put in about 150 hours of pro bono work annually for the past few years, most recently in connection with his work as amicus counsel in Lewis v. Harris, the same-sex-marriage lawsuit pending in the state Supreme Court. Prol is of counsel on the brief for the amicus Garden State Equality. He also assists that group, Lambda Legal and other entities regarding gay harassment and discrimination cases in New Jersey. He volunteers with the Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater NY Walk-in Clinic; serves as resource for pro bono referrals from Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater NY (LeGaL) and helps indigent people with debt collection, eviction and other legal matters. Experience: Current firm, April 2006-present; Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, 2005-06; Fitzgibbons-MacMullin & Prol, 2001-05 Education: New York Law School, J.D., 2001; Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Environmental & Occupational Health, M.P.H., 1997; Emory University, B.A., human and natural ecology/English, 1991 Michael Rave, 37 Partner Pitney Hardin Practice Profile: Rave is a key part of the Pitney Hardin team that has become a big-league player in New Jersey mergers and acquisitions. They represented Hudson United Bancorp in the $1.9 billion merger with TD Banknorth, Inc., that closed last January, which is believed to be the largest deal yet for an advising New Jersey firm. They also represented Linens ‘n Things in a $1.3 billion acquisition by Apollo Management, which closed in February, and represented The Talbots, Inc., in its $500 million acquisition of J. Jill Group, Inc., which closed in May. Rave also represented Ryan Beck & Co. in its announced IPO filed in April; Valley National Bank in its $100 million subordinated debt offering that closed in July 2005 and Community National Bank in its organization as a national banking association in April 2005. Among his other major clients are Schering Plough Corporation and Exxon-Mobil Corporation, both of which he serves as New Jersey counsel, and Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation, for which he does corporate, bank regulatory and securities work. Experience: Current firm, 1998-present; Greenbaum Rowe Smith Ravin Davis & Himmel, 1997-98; Lane and Mantell, 1996-97; clerk to Hon. Edward Coleman, J.S.C., 1995-96 Education: Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D. 1994; Catholic University of America, financial management/philosophy, B.A., 1991 Edward J. Rebenack, 35 Partner Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas Practice Profile: Rebenack, who handles complex insurance litigation, has assumed a leadership role in his firm’s management by becoming its youngest practice group leader in the firm, overseeing the work of a dozen partners and associates and training lawyers in the use of technology for trial-program presentations in New Jersey’s high tech courtrooms. Rebenack single-handedly developed a new practice area for the firm: Special Investigations Unit (SIU) practice, which deals with internal units in insurance companies set up to probe frauds. Starting with a single file in 2001, Rebenack developed an expertise in this field and is now partner in charge of a respected, lucrative SIU practice that includes such clients as Encompass Insurance Company, New Jersey Skylands, Esurance and Chubb. He personally has tried insurance fraud cases in New Jersey and New York. Leadership Activity: Since 2004, Rebenack has been the leader of his firm’s civil defense litigation practice group. He has also served on the Hiring Committee since 2002, on the Marketing Committee since 2005, as a Mock Trial Program instructor since 2004, as Trial Technology Programs coach since 2001, and as a new associate training coach/mentor since 2001. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Rebenack is in charge of supervising pro bono files handled by the firm. He personally handled H. B. Inc. t/a Edison Motor Lodge v. Angel Torres and Brenda Ochido, defending indigent clients that were being evicted from their residence at a motel. Last year, he was appointed to a four-year term on the state Supreme Court’s District VIII Ethics Committee. Experience: Current firm, 1998-present (made equity partner this year); John J. Becz Law Offices, 1995-98 Education: Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1995; Seton Hall University, B.S., economics, 1992 J. Erik Sandstedt, 35 Partner Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann Practice Profile: A seasoned criminal lawyer after only 10 years of practice, Sandstedt is now a premier securities litigator in New Jersey and more so on the national stage. He was one of three lead attorneys in In re WorldCom, Securities Litigation (SDNY), a case that resulted in a total settlement of over $6 billion – the largest securities fraud recovery to date – and, along with the Enron case, is widely regarded as the most significant securities case in history. He was the lead trial attorney in In re Independent Energy, PLC Securities Litigation (SDNY), which resulted in a $48 million settlement on the eve of summary judgment. He was also the lead trial attorney in In re Suprema Specialties, Inc. Securities Litigation, 438 F.3d 256 (3rd Cir. 2006), and handled all of the briefing on the appeal, the result of which was a significant decision from the Third Circuit that clarified several key aspects of the federal securities laws. Leadership Activity: Sandstedt is integrally involved in running his 40-lawyer firm and serves as partner in charge of staffing in the New Jersey office. He also runs several matters as lead trial attorney. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Sandstedt has supervised associates on pro bono projects over the past four years. Experience: Current firm, 2002-present; deputy chief of staff and counsel to Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, 2001-02; assistant U.S. attorney, Criminal and Special Prosecutions Divisions, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey, 1998-2001 Education: Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1995; University of North Carolina, B.A., political science (minor: history), 1992 Stefani Schwartz, 36 Partner Schwartz Simon Edelstein Celso & Kessler Practice Profile: Schwartz concentrates her practice in management-side labor and employment issues. She handles employment counseling, training and drafting of employment policies, trade secret and restrictive covenant matters and labor negotiations, along with litigation. Among the public entities she serves as counsel or labor counsel are the City of Jersey City, the East Orange Board of Education, the Township of Livingston and the East Orange Water Commission, She also represents boards of education sued in a variety of causes of action, some stemming from employment situations and others concerning construction bidding and alleged tortious activity. Schwartz also is widely published as an author of employment law and school law articles and regularly provides lectures and seminars for public and private clients on such topics as hiring and termination, employment counseling and training, sexual & employment discrimination, restrictive covenant matters, and alternative dispute resolution. Leadership Activity: Schwartz has been director of the firm’s law library since 1998 and has been executive editor of the firm’s annual reports and newsletters since 2000. She chairs the Summer Clerkship Program as well as the Associates Program and is intimately involved in the hiring, training and mentoring of law clerks who are in their second or third year of law school, and of associates. She has also chaired the firm’s Marketing Committee since 2001. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Schwartz devotes between 40 and 60 hours a year to pro bono work. She has both performed and supervised representation of indigent persons in municipal court and in habeas corpus applications and has performed and supervised work for charitable organizations and start-up minority enterprises. She is also heavily involved in community and charitable work. Experience: Current firm, 1997-present (partner since 2002); law clerk to Hon. Alvin Weiss, J.S.C., 1996-97 Education: Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, J.D., 1996; Rutgers University, M.P.A., public administration/labor relations, 1993; Gettysburg College, B.A., political science (with special emphasis on sociology), 1991 Mark Shapiro, 38 Partner Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll Practice Profile: Shapiro carries on a vibrant real estate, franchise and distribution practice which involves transactional work as well as litigation and appeals. Representative cases include serving as lead attorney for an acquisition of 18 apartment buildings in six states; serving as lead attorney on an $80 million refinance and defeasance for three apartment buildings, and prosecuting a $269 million tax appeal of a special purpose property. His real estate clients include Keystone Property Group, Berwind Property Group, Pantzer Properties and Cornerstone Communities. In his franchise practice, his clientele includes McDonald’s Corporation. Shapiro serves on the franchise committees of the American and State bar associations and also has published articles on franchise law issues. Leadership Activity: Shapiro chairs his firm’s New Jersey office Hiring Committee and is a member of the firm’s Associate Compensation & Evaluation Committee. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Shapiro serves as vice-president and on the executive committee and board of directors for Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern New Jersey. He has also served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and has held other volunteer positions. Experience: Current firm, 1999-present; Levin & Hluchan, 1995-99 Education: George Washington University National Law Center, J.D., 1993; Emory University, B.A., economics (minor: sociology), 1990 Rubin Maxwell Sinins, 37 Partner Sinins & Bross Practice Profile: Sinins runs a firm with a diverse practice that includes criminal defense, employment and commercial matters, some of them high-profile. In Rankin and Nelson v. Sharpe James et al., he served as lead counsel for the former Newark Police Director and Deputy Director in whistleblower actions against the city. Another of his cases that drew attention was State v. Alterique McMickel et al., a racketeering case involving 23 defendants, alleging a gang as a criminal enterprise and raising significant constitutional and wiretap issues. And in Carolyn Kelley v. Rubin Carter et al., he served as lead counsel in a defamation action by a former Rubin “Hurricane” Carter supporter against Carter, his authorized biographer and his publisher. Sinins’ major clients include Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (for litigation of employment-related disputes); S. Hekemian Group, LLC (for litigation of contract disputes); and Christ Apostolic Church of America, Inc. (for litigation of a hierarchical church dispute arising from a local parish). Leadership Activity: Senior partner of his firm. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Sinins is serving a four-year term on the state Supreme Court’s District V-B Ethics Committee (Essex County). Experience: Sinins & Bross, 1998-present; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1996-97; research fellow for Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., Chief Judge Emeritus, Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Co-author, “A Life Well Lived: Remembrances of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. � His Days, His Jurisprudence, and His Legacy” ( Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, April 2000). Education: George Washington University, J.D., 1994; University of Pennsylvania, M.A., history, 1991; University of Pennsylvania, B.A., history, 1991 Louis Smith, 38 Partner Greenberg Traurig Practice Profile: Smith is an experienced litigator with a blue-chip clientele. He serves, for example, as lead counsel for American Express Company and its subsidiaries in commercial litigation matters throughout the United States. He has represented Wachovia Corporation and its subsidiaries (including predecessor banks) continuously for over 10 years and also represents Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries and United Water New Jersey Inc. Smith also has significant experience with insurance-coverage matters on behalf of both corporate policyholders and insurers and all forms of alternate dispute resolution. Leadership Activity: At the New Jersey office of his firm, Smith is responsible for assisting with integrating lateral partners into the firm. He is also involved with associate issues and recruiting and serves as mentor for associates. Pro Bono and Civic Work: In recent years, Smith has logged an average of 30 pro bono hours annually. He handles numerous matters referred by the Superior Court in Essex County, including criminal cases and alleged violations of restraining orders. In one case, representing an indigent mother against an attempt by the Department of Youth and Family Services to terminate her parental rights, Smith conducted a two-week bench trial in Superior Court, examining 10 witnesses. Smith is also director of the New Jersey Federal Court Pro Bono Foundation, Inc., which he helped found for the purpose of paying expenses incurred by attorneys handling pro bono matters in federal court. Experience: Current firm, 2005-present; Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, 2004-05; LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, 1993-2004; clerk to Hon. Gary S. Stein, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1994-95. Education: Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, J.D., 1993; University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., philosophy and political science (double major), 1990 Timothy Smith, 38 Partner Coughlin Duffy Practice Profile: Smith is a frequent litigator in defense of products liability, construction defect, premises liability, insurance coverage, commercial litigation and employers’ liability claims. Among his clientele are Zurich North America, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Porsche Cars North America, Inc. His insurance clients include Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, Penn National Insurance Company and United Insurance. Among his notable insurance cases was In re World Trade Center Litigation, in which he represented G.E./Frankona, a German reinsurer, on issues arising out of World Trade Center disaster litigation. Leadership Activity: Smith is the senior member of his firm’s Hiring Committee, co-chairs its Associate Hiring Committee and is in charge of training new associates. This year, he oversaw the Summer Associate Program. He also conducts in-house litigation seminars regarding drafting and delivering opening statements, conducting the direct and cross-examination of lay witnesses and expert witnesses, and drafting and delivering closing statements. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Smith performs pro bono work for the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice. Experience: Current firm, 2004-present; McElroy, Deutsch & Mulvaney, 1995-2004; clerk to Hon. Robert L. Clifford, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1993-94. Education: Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1993; Rutgers University, B.A., English and German/psychology, 1990 Scott Weber, 37 Partner Patton Boggs Practice Profile: Weber was thrust into highly public inquiries early this decade, when he served with Michael Chertoff as special council to the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee in its 2000-01 review of alleged racial profiling by the New Jersey State Police. He then served as special counsel to the New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate, leading its 2003-04 investigation of the Division of Youth and Family Services and its failure to discover four severely malnourished boys, despite the fact that DYFS had placed the boys as foster children and subsequently monitored and approved their adoptions by foster parents. From 2005 to 2006, Weber served as senior counselor to Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff, assisting him on such matters as infrastructure protection, preparedness, continuity of operations and government programs, emergency communications; strategic alliances, private sector matters and academic outreach. Now back at Patton Boggs in a white-collar litigation practice, Weber has made a subspecialty of defense and homeland security issues. He is senior advisor to the board of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council and advisor to the Business Response Task Force of Business Executives for National Security. Leadership Activity: Weber serves on his firm’s Marketing Committee. At the predecessor firm, Latham & Watkins, he was a member of the Training and Career Enhancement Committee, Recruiting Committee and Mentor Program Pro Bono and Civic Work: Weber was a member and chair of the state Supreme Court’s District VA Ethics Committee. From 1993 to 1997 he was a volunteer attorney and training coordinator for the N.J. Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Program, representing over 25 women in court hearings to obtain restraining orders in domestic violence matters. Experience: Current firm, 2006-present; Latham & Watkins, 1997-2005 and 2006; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Senior Counselor to the Secretary, 2005-06. Education: Boston College Law School, J.D., 1993; Rutgers College, B.A., political science, 1990 Vikki Ziegler, 33 Partner Walder, Hayden & Brogan Practice Profile: Just eight years out of law school, Ziegler is already a player in the family law and domestic relations field, heading up a department at a major firm and handling contested high-profile divorces involving wealthy individuals, including professional athletes. She also serves as an Early Settlement Panelist in Passaic, Morris and Essex counties. Ziegler is the founder and creator of, a Web site designed to give divorced or divorcing people an opportunity to meet each other, share their common experiences and perhaps find new romances. The site’s literature says the intent is to help ease the emotional devastation typically wreaked by divorce. Leadership Activity: Ziegler manages her firm’s Family Law Department. Pro Bono and Civic Work: Ziegler has performed pro bono work for Partners in Women and Justice. Experience: Current firm, 2000-present; Stein, Bliablias, McGuire, Panteges & Gigl, 1999-2000; clerk to Hon. Michael Diamond, J.S.C., 1998-99 Education: Quinnipiac School of Law, J.D., 1998; University of Rhode Island, B.A., political science/Spanish, sociology, 1994

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