Attorney of the Year – Marie A. Carey

Marie has been a key member of the New Jersey Defense Association for over 25 years. She has served as President, Chairperson of the Board, Director and Chair of many important committees. Marie developed and launched the NJDA Trial College.  The Trial College has grown into a premier annual program instructing young NJ lawyers in the art of trying cases. In 2003, Marie received a special recognition award from the Association for her 10 years of service in training young lawyers and continues to serve as Chair of this annual seminar. In 2010, President Joe Garvey asked Marie to develop a Women and the Law Seminar for our Association.   Marie’s enthusiasm and dedication made that first NJDA Women and the Law Seminar a tremendous success.  It has grown each year and has become one of the Association’s most successful annual seminars, bringing together judges, lawyers and businesswomen for an informative and topical seminar.

In 2015, Marie received our Outstanding Service Award.  This award is given sparingly, and only to members of the Association who have provided exceptional leadership and consistent service to our Association for many years.  In 2016, Marie was again recognized with NJDA’s Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. Marie is an excellent role model and mentor for our members and she continues to provide outstanding leadership and service to our organization.


Young Lawyer of the Year – Katelyn E. Cutinello

Katelyn has served as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee for several years.   In that leadership role, she has participated in the planning of several successful seminars and other events.   Katelyn has also participated as a panelist at our annual Women and the Law Seminar.  Katelyn serves on the NJDA Appellate Practice Committee and was a panelist for the Committee’s first seminar in December 2016.  She Co-Chairs the Professional Liability Committee and recently organized a successful joint seminar with the NJDA Young Lawyers Committee.    Katelyn has served as Vice President of the Northern Region and she will argue on NJDA’s behalf as an Amicus Curae in the NJ Supreme Court in Rodriguez v. Walmart.     In recognition of her dedication and commitment to the NJDA, as well as her outstanding leadership potential, Katelyn has been elected as a Director for the 2018-2021 term.