Aldo Russo

Dear Members of the New Jersey Defense Association,

As we come together with family, friends and loved ones during this Holiday Season, my wish is that you are surrounded by peace and love and reasons to be grateful for all the people and gifts in your life.

NJDA is a connected group of individuals who, throughout the year, bring kindness and support to those less fortunate. The holiday season is a time to remember the power we have to change lives around us with a simple act of kindness.

As President, I am grateful to be part of this special group. Half way through my term, I am pleased at the progress and changes that we have made. From the addition of seminars to the expansion of our food drive, to the invitations we receive from the New Jersey Supreme Court to submit amicus briefs, NJDA is being recognized as a leader in the legal community.

Our organization has recently completed a number of successful seminars, namely our Trial College, Women and the Law and the Auto Seminar. NJDA will also be hosting its first ever Civil Trial Seminar on December 14, 2018 where attendees can receive 4.7 CLE Credits, including 1 Ethics Credit. The topics for this year end event, includes Trial Technology, Trial By Ambush and a panel discussion of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s landmark decision In Re: Accutane. In the new year we will be looking to continue last year’s networking events with other bar and industry associations where we all can network and mingle or simply enjoy a night out with friends and colleagues. I am also planning to hold a spring golf outing that will compliment our successful fall outing.

Events such as the ones mentioned above cannot take place without you. As we close out the year, I want to thank you for your dedication and continued support of this organization. I also want to remind everyone that our annual food drive is now “virtual” and can be accessed through the New Jersey Defense Association’s website www.njdefenseassoc.com. We are half way to our year end goal of $1000.00.

Lastly, I encourage all to not only join a committee, but to become actively involved. A list of committees can be found on the NJDA web site as well. If you are interested in serving as a leader in any committee you can do so by reaching out to the committee chair or myself.

Peace and Happiness to all this holiday season and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2019.  

Aldo J. Russo, Esq.


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

2017-2018
Natalie H. Mantell, Esq.
Newark, NJ