May 21, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kate Coscarelli
NEW BRUNSWICK - A Monmouth County practitioner was sworn in last night as first vice president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), the state's largest group of judges, lawyers and legal professionals.
Timothy F. McGoughran, a former trustee, is on track to serve as the 125th president of the Association in 2023.
McGoughran has always enjoyed the camaraderie and networking the NJSBA offers and said he looks forward to working for its members on the Executive Committee.
"During this challenging chapter, I am proud of being part of this team at the NJSBA to highlight the relevance of our organization, now more than ever, and providing greater benefits for our members," he said. “This past year has shown the resilience of the entire NJSBA team and of our members under the leadership of Kim Yonta and Angela Scheck. I hope to continue the effort of the NJSBA to capitalize on some of the good things that have come out of this pandemic such as virtual learning, virtual court appearances and striving for the work/life balance that seems elusive to lawyers."
McGoughran established an Ocean Township law firm that concentrates on handling divorce, estate and family law matters. He served as municipal prosecutor in Ocean Township for over a decade, concluding in 2011. Since January 2012, he has been the municipal court judge in Ocean Township.
McGoughran's involvement in the organized bar is extensive. He has served as co-chair of the Legislative and Meeting Arrangement and Program committees, chair of the Family Law Section and served with the Military Law and Veterans Affairs Section, as well as the Legal Education Committee.
In addition, he is active with the Monmouth Bar Association, serving as a trustee for many years, and its president from 2007-2008. He speaks regularly about family law and ethics and served as the moderator of the 2017 Family Law Symposium.
McGoughran served as the NJSBA representative to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Operations, Fines and Fees, which in June 2018 issued a comprehensive report with a far-reaching, reform-minded review of the state’s municipal court practices.
He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Seton Hall University School of Law.
He lives in Ocean Township with his wife Allison. They have three children: Jay, a lawyer in Atlanta; Bobby, a lawyer in Philadelphia; and Morgan, a 2020 graduate of Rutgers Law School in Newark and clerking for Superior Court Judge Andrea L. Marshall in Monmouth County.