Aldo Russo

It is with excitement and real joy that I begin my tenure as the New Jersey Defense Association’s President. This is an enormous privilege, and responsibility, to be leading an organization that services not only the insurance defense community, but the legal community as a whole.

In this coming year, not only will I continue with the goals implemented by past Presidents, I will make sure that our educational offerings continue to be creative and adaptive to the evolving needs of the 21st century while igniting our members and the legal community’s curiosity about, and appreciation for, a diversity of ideas. I would like to see an expansion of our philanthropic endeavors with the creation of a charitable foundation to raise monies for underprivileged youths.   I will also be looking to expand the social/networking events and the creation of affinity groups where members and sponsors who share common interest, such as golf, tennis, music, exercise, etc. meet on a monthly basis and participate together. 

NJDA’s impact and reputation are measured through the learning and developmental transformation experienced by our membership and commitment of our speakers.  You are all important flag bearers for NJDA’s values and champions of our programs. I am most grateful to you for your loyalty to this organization, and I welcome your continued engagement, ideas and support as we work together to chart our future and advance the distinctions of this wonderful group.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can. With your support, guidance and partnership, we will continue our quest for excellence and expand our reputation.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at ajr@lambkretzer.com with any feedback or ideas. Please also connect with NJDA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  

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