To all NJDA Members and to New Jersey’s esteemed Judiciary:

Summer is finally here! With it comes an opportunity to slow down ever so slightly, reflect, breathe in some fresh air, spend much-deserved time with family and friends, and prioritize a few dreams on that ever-growing bucket list.

For NJDA, summer evokes the same sentiments. Our summer kicks off with NJDA’s Annual Convention, giving us an opportunity to spend time with colleagues and friends. In addition to the usual

outstanding CLE and evening receptions, this year’s Convention will involve a celebration of everyone’s hard work, and of course, some time to relax in beautiful Lake Placid.

As we reflect on what we’ve accomplished this year and where we want to go, I am invigorated by how much we did together
as an organization. Our Board is an incredible group of attorneys who are as passionate about NJDA as they are about achieving the right result for their clients. They tackle the most important issues in our state’s law. They write amicus curiae briefs in landmark cases and letters to Legislative committee members about pending legislation, develop top notch CLE seminars that attract both members and non-members, and author articles for New Jersey Defense. I want to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to each one of them for raising NJDA’s profile. No more will people say, “What is NJDA?”

This year we have also made strides in engaging our entire membership and attracting new members. Our networking event in April was very well attended,

and I look forward to seeing everyone at future events. You may have noticed that we have become more active on social media, particularly LinkedIn. We post all of our seminars and events, and promote individual member successes and defense wins. We have also activated our com- mittees, which will be holding meetings to allow members to network within their practice areas, share strategies, and assume leadership positions. I encourage you all to attend and to reap the many benefits of NJDA membership.

Summer at NJDA also means a changing of the guard, and an opportunity to add a few more dreams to our NJDA bucket list. I want to wish NJDA’s incoming President, Aldo Russo, the best of luck during his Presidency, and look forward to working with him and NJDA’s Board to realize those dreams next year.


NJDA PRESIDENT
Natalie H. Mantell, Esq.

We want to encourage you to get involved.   Join us, write an article, participate on a committee, follow us on Twitterlike us on Facebook, and find us on LinkedIn.


Past NJDA Presidents

1966-1968
Fred W. Jung, Jr., Esq.
Chatham, NJ

1968-1969
Harry Lane, Jr., Esq.
Runnemede, NJ

1969-1970
James L. Cooper, Esq.
Atlantic City, NJ

1970-1971
Lewis P. Dolan, Jr., Esq.
Newton, NJ

1971-1972
James W. Hurley, Esq.
Plainfield, NJ

1972-1973
David A. Parker, Esq.
Mt. Holly, NJ

1973-1974
Gerald M. Gorrin, Esq.
East Orange, NJ

1974-1975
Alfred G. Morse
Orange, NJ

1975-1976
Bernard M. Powell, Esq.
Moorestown, NJ

1976-1977
Michael J. Cernigliaro, Esq.
Asbury Park, NJ

1977-1978
John J. Nooney, Esq.
Branchville, NJ

1978-1979
George B. Meyers
Newark, NJ

1979-1980
John J. O’Donnell, Esq.
Morristown, NJ

1980-1981
Robert H. Westphal
Orange, NJ

1981-1982
Francis H. Wolff, Esq.
Red Bank, NJ

1982-1983
Roger C. Steedle, Esq.
Absecon, NJ

1983-1984
William R. Powers, Jr., Esq.
Moorestown, NJ

1984-1985
Edward F. Garvey
Voorhees, NJ

1985-1986
William E. Frese, Esq.
Newark, NJ

1986-1987
J.R. Peter Wilson, Esq.
Denville, NJ

1987-1987
J. Lee Kimbrell, Esq.
West Orange, NJ

1987-1988
Leon B. Piechta, Esq.
West Orange, NJ

1988-1989
R. Scott Conant
Parsippany, NJ

1989-1990
Nicholas M. Briante
Fanwood, NJ

1990-1991
Thomas T. Chappell, Esq.
Montclair, NJ

1991-1992
Steven H. Isaacson, Esq.
Roseland, NJ

1992-1993
John L. White, Esq.
Woodbury, NJ

1993-1994
John R. Gercke, Esq.
Cherry Hill, NJ

1994-1995
James F. Ferguson, Esq.
Absecon, NJ

1995-1996
Edward H. Herman, Esq.
Princeton, NJ

1996-1997
Marie A. Carey, Esq.
Roseland, NJ

1997-1998
Stephen J. Foley, Jr., Esq.
Asbury Park, NJ

1998-1999
Charles P. Hopkins, II, Esq.
Shrewsbury, NJ

1999-2000
Bruce E. Helies, Esq.
Manasquan, NJ

2000-2001
George Sesso, Esq.
Parsippany, NJ

2001-2002
Brian R. O’Toole, Esq.
Whippany, NJ

2002-2003
Heidi Willis Currier, Esq.
Roseland, NJ

2003-2004
Thomas B. Hight, Esq.
Bloomfield, NJ

2004-2005
Philip R. Lezenby, Jr., Esq.
Cherry Hill, NJ

2005-2006
Linda Pissott Reig, Esq.
Morristown, NJ

2006-2007
Arthur F. Leyden, III, Esq.
Toms River, NJ

2007-2008
Michael J. Leegan, Esq.
Florham Park, NJ

2008-2009
Kevin J. DeCoursey, Esq.
Whippany, NJ

2009-2010
Joanne Vos, Esq.
Iselin, NJ

2010-2011
Joseph J. Garvey, Esq.
Toms River, NJ

2011-2012
Edward J. Fanning, Jr., Esq.
Newark, NJ

2012-2013
Mark A. Saloman, Esq.
Newark, NJ

2013-2014
Michele G. Haas, Esq.
New Brunswick, NJ

2014-2015
Mario J. Delano, Esq.
Asbury Park, NJ

2015-2016
Gregory F. McGroarty, Esq.
Warren, NJ

2016-2017
Chad M. Moore, Esq.
New Brunswick, NJ