2020 Professionalism Awards

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The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law congratulates the outstanding 2020 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. 


Joseph A. Hayden Jr.
Daniel J. O'Hern Award

Read Mr. Hayden's acceptance speech here.


Sabrina G. Comizzoli
Charles J. Hollenbeck Award

Read Ms. Comizzoli's acceptance speech here.


Honorable Paul W. Armstrong (Ret.)
Lighthouse Award

Read Judge Armstrong's acceptance speech here.

2020 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.

Melissa Rosenblum
Atlantic County Bar Association


Honorable Brian R. Martinotti, U.S.D.J.
Bergen County Bar Association

Alan H. Schorr
Burlington County Bar Association

Steven K. Mignogna
Camden County Bar Association

Carol N. Goloff
Cape May County Bar Association


Charles J. Wettstein

Cumberland County


Honorable Harriet Farber Klein (Ret.)
Essex County Bar Association


Peter J. Celano Jr.
Gloucester County Bar Association


Lisa Marie DeRogatis
Hudson County Bar Association


Michelle M. Cresti
Hunterdon County Bar Association


Denise M. Mariani
Mercer County Bar Association


Honorable Frank Ciuffani, P.J.Ch. (Ret.)
Middlesex County Bar Association

James N. Butler Jr.
Monmouth Bar Association


Kathleen N. Fennelly
Morris County Bar Association



John J. Foti Jr.
Ocean County Bar Association


Salvatore Bellomo
Passaic County Bar Association


Terry Bruce Stomel
Salem County Bar Association


Joel G. Cohen
Somerset County Bar Association  


Megan MacMullin
Sussex County Bar


Hon. Katherine Dupuis (ret.)
Union County Bar


Jennifer L. Toth
Warren County Bar Association


Andrew Sarrol
Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association 



Norma R. Evans
Association of Black Women Lawyers


John A. Azzarello
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - New Jersey


John B. Kearney
Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

Natalya G. Johnson
Garden State Bar Association


Julia A. Lopez
Hispanic Bar Association

Christopher M. Placitella
New Jersey Association For Justice





Michael A. Malia
New Jersey Defense Association




Rabiya S. Kader
New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association


Evelyn Padin
New Jersey State Bar Association


Dina M. Mastellone
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association



Rahil Darbar
South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey


Michael R. Ricciardulli
Trial Attorneys of New Jersey