2021 Professionalism Awards

Enter Title

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law congratulates the outstanding 2021 professionalism award recipients.
The commission’s most prestigious awards, the Daniel J. O’Hern Award, Charles J. Hollenbeck Award and the Lighthouse Award, honor individuals who uphold the profession’s highest ideals and who have accomplished significant career achievement. 

Raymond M. Brown
Daniel J. O'Hern Award
Felipe Chavana
Charles J. Hollenbeck Award
Gerald H. Baker
Lighthouse Award

2021 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards

The Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards are presented in cooperation with the bar associations across the state, to lawyers who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior.



Atlantic County Bar Association – Eileen Oakes Muskett

Bergen County Bar Association – Joseph A. Maurice

Burlington County Bar Association – James T. Rosenberg

Camden County Bar Association – Jenifer G. Fowler

Cape May County Bar Association – David S. DeWeese

Cumberland County Bar Association – Susan M. Romeo

Essex County Bar Association – Jack Wurgaft (posthumously)

Gloucester County Bar Association – Peter J. Bonfiglio III

Hudson County Bar Association – Norberto A. Garcia

Hunterdon County Bar Association – Anthony E. Koester

Mercer County Bar Association – Gregory J. Giordano

Middlesex County Bar Association – Kimberly A. Yonta

Monmouth Bar Association – Hon. Anthony J. Mellaci Jr., J.S.C.
Morris County Bar Association – William A. Krais
Ocean County Bar Association – Peter J. Van Dyke
Passaic County Bar Association – Jessica Ragno Sprague
Salem County Bar Association – Karin M. Wood
Somerset County Bar Association – Heidi Ann Lepp
Sussex County Bar Association – Daniel M. Perez
Union County Bar Association – Gary E. Roth


Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association – Jenny Chung

Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey – Linda McDonald Carter

Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey – Linda D. Foster

Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey – William T. Reilly

Garden State Bar Association – Cheyne R. Scott

Hispanic Bar Association – Melinda Colón Cox

New Jersey Association for Justice – Kenneth G. Andres Jr. (posthumously)

New Jersey Defense Association – John V. Mallon

New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association – Dalya F. Youssef

New Jersey State Bar Association – Kimberly A. Yonta

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association – Diana C. Manning

South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey – Bhaveen R. Jani

Trial Attorneys of New Jersey – John E. Hogan