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The 49 lawyers profiled in these pages are those that we decided—after a rigorous evaluation process—represent a new wave of leadership in the New Jersey legal profession.

They have already built accomplished careers and, despite their youth, have established themselves as leaders within their firms and organizations, as well as within the larger legal community.

Our basic criteria for selection of these standout lawyers are that they have developed practice niches, amassed strong books of business, demonstrated leadership qualities, shown expertise in litigation or transactional work and committed themselves to pro-bono, charitable and professional volunteer work.

Diversity was also a factor we took into consideration, as we believe an accurate snapshot of the future of New Jersey lawyers must reflect the bar as a whole.

As watchers of the New Jersey legal profession, we have noted that many chosen for this feature in the past have continued their rise to stardom. We have no reason to think this year’s group will be any exception.

— Zack Needles, New Jersey Bureau Chief


Alexis M. Aloi, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Richard J. Angowski Jr., Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso

Matthew E. Beck, Wolff & Samson

George Benaur, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Mary W. Browning, Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard

Alychia L. Buchan, Proskauer Rose

Christopher J. Capone, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart

Michael J. Cohen, Winne Banta Hetherington Basralian & Kahn

James J. Di Giulio, McElroy Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter

Matthew C. Dorsi, DiFrancesco Bateman Coley Yospin Kunzman Davis Lehrer & Flaum

Crystal West Edwards, Schenck Price Smith & King

Sandra C. Fava, Fox Rothschild

Harris Neal Feldman, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis

Eric D. Frank, Duane Morris

Michael R. Futterman, McCusker Anselmi Rosen & Carvelli

Christine I. Gannon, Connell Foley

Richard Hernandez, McCarter & English

Sharmila D. Jaipersaud, Schenck Price Smith & King

Roosevelt Jean, Chasan Leyner & Lamparello

Robert Johnson, Gibbons P.C.

Matthew R. Kaplan, Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster

Laurajane B. Kastner, Sills Cummis & Gross

Deborah A. Kelly, Coughlin Duffy

Joshua S. Kincannon, Keefe Bartels

Ellen S. Knarr, Day Pitney

Constantina Koulosousas, Mandelbaum Salsburg

Ursula Henrich Leo, Laddey Clark & Ryan

Joseph V. Leone, Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas

Jonathan H. Lomurro, Lomurro Davison Eastman & Munoz

Robert B. McBriar, Schenck Price Smith & King

Mark Salah Morgan, Day Pitney

Mark E. Nikolsky, McCarter & English

Uzoamaka N. Okoye, Gibbons P.C.

Rajiv D. Parikh, Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster

Jennifer A. Passannante, Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas

Lori A. Patrick, Coughlin Duffy

Jacob S. Perskie, Fox Rothschild

Zahid N. Quraishi, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti

Adelaide Riggi, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus

Daniel L. Saperstein, Proskauer Rose

Alexander X. Saunders, Peckar & Abramson

Alexander Shalom, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

Jason C. Spiro, Stone & Magnanini

Loly G. Tor, K&L Gates

Benjamin E. Widener, Stark & Stark

Charles J. Wilkes, Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis

Simone Wilson-Brito, McCarter & English

Margaret (Peggy) O’Rourke Wood, Wolff & Samson

Michael C. Zogby, Drinker Biddle & Reath