Aldo Russo

Dear Members of the New Jersey Defense Association and to New Jersey’s esteemed Judiciary,

I cannot believe that it has been 8 months since I took over as President of NJDA. During my tenure, we have held many successful seminars as well as our first ever Civil Trial Seminar which was held in December and was a well attended event. We currently have our Medical College Seminar scheduled for April 5, 2019 and as promised, we are continuing with our networking events. The next networking event will take place at Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick on April 3, 2019. I encourage all to attend, even if it to simply stop by
and say hello.

In addition, NJDA has been striving to raise our profile within the legal community, not only through the hosting of seminars, but sponsoring events for the legal community. For the second year in a row, we will sponsor the Young Lawyers Luncheon at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Atlantic City.

I am also proud of our committees, whose members who have stepped up and provided our Editor-in-Chief, Michael Malia, with substantive law articles for this Newsletter. As always, I encourage every- one to not only join a committee, but to become actively involved. A list of committees can be found on the NJDA web site. 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.

Finally, I am excited about our Annual Convention at Ocean Edge Resort in Cape Cod, Massachusetts from June 27 to June 30. Set on a 400-acre estate next to Cape Cod Bay, this upscale golf resort is centered around an 1890’s mansion. Amenities include a golf course, spa, private beach and tennis courts, plus 5 pools (2 indoor). Our educational programs will be held on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, and offer 6 CLE credits, including 1 Ethics credit. I am excited to announce that this year’s Convention will include a keynote presentation by J. Michael Weston, Esq., Past President of The Defense Research Institute, who will discuss defense strategies for openings and closings. Mike Weston is a founding member of Lederer Weston Craig, PLC and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been a frequent speaker on substantive legal topics and the business of law, and has facilitated workshops and retreats on leadership and long range planning. I encourage everyone to register as soon as possible. We have had to add additional rooms to our booking, and the block will be filled soon. Registration and hotel information can be found on our website at www.njdefenseassoc.com

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