FROM THE HEADLINES:
► Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis: Andrea J. Sullivan (commercial litigation, 2010) became president of the Middlesex County Bar Association for the 2016-2017 term.
► LeClairRyan: Karol Corbin Walker (commercial litigation, insurance law, 2006) is chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and led the committee in its recent evaluation of D.C. federal appeals Judge Merrick Garland’s candidacy for the U.S. Supreme Court. The committee unanimously found Garland well-qualified for the open spot on the Supreme Court, which has been unoccupied since Justice Antonin Scalia died in February. Walker praised Garland in a written statement, noting that Garland is “a preeminent member of the legal profession with
► Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo partnered for a third year with Kids Chance of New Jersey to award a “Doctorate Degree” scholarship to a young adult suffering financial hardship as a result of the death or serious injury of a parent in a workplace accident. This year’s recipient, Scott Kwiatek, of South Amboy, New Jersey, is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in business at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The boy lost his father when he was only two months old in a tragic building explosion that left him and his mother struggling to make ends meet throughout much of his childhood.
WOMEN IN THE LAW:
Best Lawyers-Listed Women Attorneys Leading the Way, Honored as Executive Policy Makers
Three women attorneys named to the Best Lawyers list again this year were celebrated at the Executive Women of New Jersey’s “Salute to the Policy Makers” biennial gala, held this spring in East Brunswick, New Jersey.
Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) president-elect
Susan A. Feeney (litigation and controversy – tax, 2005) of McCarter & English, Galit Kierkut (commercial litigation; litigation – labor and employment, 2013) of Sills Cummis & Gross, and Liza M. Walsh (commercial litigation; litigation – ERISA; litigation – patent, 2007) of Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga were among the 38 executive women from both the private and public sectors honored at the event. Feeney is a partner in her firm’s tax and employee benefits practice group and is a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
ON THE MOVE:
► Romney L. Grippo (corporate law, 2007) became general counsel at EdisonLearning. She was previously a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath and a member of the corporate and securities group.
► CohnReznick: Alison L. Galer (litigation – banking and finance, 2012) joined the firm from Norris McLaughlin & Marcus.
► Budd Larner: Dominick J. Bratti (labor law – union, 2013) joined the firm from Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer.
► Cooper Levenson: Ronald G. Lieberman (family law, 2017) joined the firm as
► Greenberg Traurig: Seth E. Zuckerman (corporate law, 2016) joined the firm’s Florham Park office. He was previously at
► Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper: Mary Patricia Magee (litigation – trusts and estates; trusts and estates, 2008) joined the firm from Neff Aguilar.
► The Donnelly Law Firm: Dennis M. Donnelly (medical malpractice law – plaintiffs; personal injury litigation – plaintiffs; product liability litigation – plaintiffs, 2001) started his new law firm in April. He was previously a name partner at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari.
► Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga: Liza M. Walsh (commercial litigation; litigation – ERISA; litigation – patent, 2007) and Tricia O’Reilly (commercial litigation, 2016) co-founded the new firm. Both Walsh and O’Reilly were previously at Connell Foley. Their new firm, announced May 9, is based in Newark, with additional offices in midtown Manhattan and Philadelphia, and is a majority women-owned business.
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