October 22, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Wendy Solomon
NEW BRUNSWICK - At a time when civility in social discourse seems to be declining, New Jersey’s legal community takes seriously the idea that its members have an obligation to be professional.
To that end, the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law—a cooperative venture between the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), the state and federal judiciary, and New Jersey’s two law schools—will honor outstanding lawyers who demonstrate and uphold a commitment to the profession’s highest standards on Oct. 23, at the Professionalism Awards Luncheon in Edison.
The Daniel J. O’Hern Award will be given posthumously to Jerome B. Simandle, a retired chief federal judge who served more than 30 years on the bench. He died in July. The O’Hern Award honors a lawyer who has exhibited a commitment to the highest ideals of professionalism, along with significant career achievements and service to the law.
The Charles J. Hollenbeck Award will be given to Tracy M. Thompson, New Jersey’s acting insurance fraud prosecutor and an assistant attorney general in the division of criminal justice. Thompson is an NJSBA trustee. The Hollenbeck Award honors a lawyer who has served in the legal profession with diligence, competence and dedication through employment by a government agency or a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of the legal community.
The Lighthouse Award will be presented to William R. Holzapfel, an attorney for the city of Elizabeth. The award honors a lawyer whose professional and community-based efforts serve as an inspiration to colleagues.
At the same event, the state’s county and affinity bar associations will each present Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards to lawyers who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior. The NJSBA named Michael Noriega, immediate past chair of the Immigration Law Section, its Professional Lawyer of the Year.
The following are the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award recipients:
Atlantic County Bar Association Samantha S. Wolf
Bergen County Bar Association Thomas Loikith
Burlington County Bar Association John C. Gillespie
Camden County Bar Association Gary W. Boguski
Cape May County Bar Association Anthony P. Monzo
Cumberland County Bar Association Robert J. Pryor
Essex County Bar Association Lynn Fontaine Newsome
Gloucester County Bar Association B. Michael Borelli
Hudson County Bar Association Frank W. Jablonski
Hunterdon County Bar Association Sharon B. Ransavage
Mercer County Bar Association Jennifer D. Zoschak
Middlesex County Bar Association William P. Isele
Monmouth Bar Association Hon. Mary Catherine Cuff
Morris County Bar Association Peter N. Gilbreth
Ocean County Bar Association Eugenia M. Lynch
Passaic County Bar Association Franco Mazzei
Salem County Bar Association Joshua D. Sherman
Somerset County Bar Association Michael J. Mitzner
Sussex County Bar Association Jeffrey S. Katz
Union County Bar Association James McGlew II
Warren County Bar Association Scott M. Wilhelm
Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association Jack Chan
Association of Black Women Lawyers of NJ Cameryn J. Hinton
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of NJ Sharon Bittner Kean
Association of the Federal Bar of NJ Mark S. Olinsky
Garden State Bar Association James A. Lewis V
Hispanic Bar Association of NJ Hector D. Ruiz
New Jersey Association for Justice Michael A. Ferrara Jr.
New Jersey Defense Association Natalie H. Mantell
New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association Faudia A. Hameed Clemenza
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association Jemi Goulian Lucey
South Asian Bar Association of NJ K. Raja Bhattacharya
Trial Attorneys of New Jersey Richard J. Williams Jr.