Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of New Jersey for 2022. Although this state is known for residing more engineers and scientists per square mile than anywhere else in the world, New Jersey is also known for their leading and respected law firms. This year’s awardees practice in various fields including municipal and local government, litigation, labor and employment, healthcare, real estate, insurance, environmental, and more.
Among this year’s awardees are John Stone, Partner of DeCotiis FitzPatrick Cole & Giblin, who focuses on complex business matters, such as trade secret and intellectual property litigation; and Anthony Gruppuso, Partner of Brown Moskowitz & Kallen P.C., who is a civil litigator and represents complex disputes across many areas such as contracts, frauds, and professional malpractice; and Andrea Mackaronis, Partner of Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas, who devotes her practice exclusively to family law and related issues of divorce.
This year’s awardees span across all industries but remain equally dedicated to the individuals and markets they serve. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Attorneys of New Jersey for 2022.
2. Shannon Engelman
Partner of McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter
Shannon Engelman is a Partner of McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter. He first joined the company in 2002 as an Associate. The firm is a diverse practice with lawyers who place their clients first. McElroy Deutsch has approximately 200 lawyers in thirteen offices across nine states, and offers a full range of legal services, including municipal and local government, litigation, labor and employment, healthcare, real estate, insurance, environmental, bankruptcy, fidelity and surety, construction, corporate transactions, white collar crime and corporate compliance. The firm’s philosophy provides clients with the critical edge they need to achieve their legal and business objectives. Clients who seek the assistance of McElroy Deutsch will discover lawyers dedicated to providing superior service and personal attention to clients’ needs.
Previously, Engelman was a Law Clerk to The Honorable David S. Baime, P.J.A.D. at Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. Engelman earned a JD from Rutgers Law School, and an undergraduate degree from Vassar College.
4. Mark Levenson
Partner of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
Mark Levenson is a Partner of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., a full-service corporate law firm, with offices in New Jersey and New York. The firm’s clients range from Fortune 500 to emerging growth and foreign corporations doing business in the U.S. The firm’s goal is to be an advocate and to efficiently resolve the matters that the firm is retained to handle. The firm is mindful of budget constraints and effectively staff its matters to work within their clients’ parameters. The firm’s greatest asset is its client base, and they preserve that asset by keeping their clients informed every step of the way. Therefore many of their clients have retained the firm for decades and continue to keep it on the top of their lists of service providers. Levenson has over 20 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 2002.
Levenson graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD, and from Brandeis University with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science.
5. Lisa John-Basta
Partner of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Lisa John-Basta is a Partner of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC. For more than 45 years, the firm has been respected for their in-depth insight and creative solutions that they provide to clients as legal and business advisors. The firm is a close family of more than 175 attorneys, supported by experienced paralegals and trained administrative staff. They represent a broad cross-section of clients, from Fortune 10 corporations to family-run businesses, across a myriad of industries and practices – including highly experienced practice groups in corporate, litigation, government, real estate, intellectual property, environmental, fidelity and surety law, white collar, public finance, trusts and estates and renewable energy. John-Basta has 19 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2003.
Before joining the firm, John-Basta was a Counsel at Genova Burns, and before that, an Attorney at Stickel, Koenig & Sullivan. Earlier in her career she worked with The Honorable B. Theodore Bozonelis, A.J.S.C. as a Law Clerk. John-Basta graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with a JD, and from Ramapo University with an undergraduate degree.
8. Mike Brady
Partner of Harwood Lloyd
Mike Brady is a Partner of Harwood Lloyd, a full-service law firm that proudly serves international, national, regional, and individual clients, offering the personal attention and service of a boutique with the experience and quality of a large national firm. The firm’s history is embodied in its motto: Built on a Legacy of Excellence. Today, the firm has grown to a roster of over 35 attorneys, each of whom has been carefully selected to ensure that the firm can meet the increasing demand for high levels of sophistication. Harwood Lloyd’s talent has been recognized by top publications in the legal industry, including US News – Best Lawyers in America “Best Law Firms,” 201 Magazine’s Top Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. Brady has nearly 35 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 1987.
Brady graduated from New York Law School with a JD, and from Ithaca College with an undergraduate degree in History and English.
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9. Cynthia Borrelli
Partner of Bressler Amery & Ross P.C.
Cynthia Borrelli is a Partner of Bressler Amery & Ross P.C. She first joined the company in 1993. Bressler Amery & Ross P.C. is a preeminent, national, full-service law firm that is committed to raising the bar. Through its network of more than 160 attorneys across offices in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas and Washington, D.C., the firm has a comprehensive geographic footprint to represent clients on a local, regional, national, and cross-border basis. It provides a full suite of first-class legal representation across numerous industries and more than two dozen practice area specialties. Everything they do, with every relationship and every matter, the firm strives for impeccable client service, integrity, and commits to going above and beyond to assist clients with their most complex and demanding legal challenges.
Borrelli earned a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law.
12. Colin Bell
Partner of Hankin Sandman Palladino Weintrob & Bell P.C.
Colin Bell began his professional career nearly 17 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Hankin Sandman Palladino Weintrob & Bell P.C. The full-service firm has built a reputation for excellence, effectiveness, integrity, and ably advocating for its clients in a variety of practice areas. From land use to personal injury, and from construction litigation to matrimonial disputes, its attorneys are highly respected in their focused areas of practice. The firm’s areas of practice include appellate practice, commercial litigation, construction, consumer fraud, criminal law, election law and political practice, employment, environmental, family law, land use, municipal law, personal injury, public contract law, and real estate.
Bell first got his start in 2005 as a Law Clerk to Hon. Michael Donio, PJC. Bell graduated from American University Washington College of Law with a JD, and from American University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
14. John Stone
Partner of DeCotiis FitzPatrick Cole & Giblin
John Stone began his professional career over 14 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of DeCotiis FitzPatrick Cole & Giblin, a group of exceptionally skilled, experienced attorneys, who practice in a wide variety of specialties. A partial list of its practice areas includes real estate, labor law, public procurement, litigation, environmental law, public finance, tax, municipal law, government and regulatory affairs, healthcare law, corporate law, banking and bankruptcy. Although the firm represents regional and national clients, it is a firm with very deep roots in New Jersey. Most of their attorneys are lifetime New Jersey residents, giving them the depth of experience and understanding of the unique legal, legislative and administrative environment of the state.
Stone graduated from the University of Richmond with a JD, and from Franklin & Marshall College with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government.
15. Bruce Greenberg
Partner of Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador
Bruce Greenberg is a Partner of Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador, a law firm dedicated to solving problems and creating opportunities for its individual, business, and governmental clients. With offices in Newark and Philadelphia, its firm has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts across the country. The firm has established a national reputation in complex class action litigation across a wide range of areas including consumer fraud, antitrust, products liability and securities fraud. The firm's attorneys also provide counseling, negotiation, and litigation services to corporate, commercial and real estate clients, and handle a broad range of civil and criminal matters at the trial and appellate levels. Greenberg has 40 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 1982.
Before joining the firm, Greenberg was a Partner at Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Law Clerk to Justice Daniel J. O'Hern. Greenberg graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD, and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
17. Andy Statmore
Partner of Fredson Statmore Bitterman
Andy Statmore began his professional career 27 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Fredson Statmore Bitterman. The firm has over 50 years of experience helping clients across Wayne, Clifton, Paterson, Little Falls, West Milford, and throughout the state of New Jersey with all manner of personal injury claims. They are large enough to take on even the most difficult cases, representing their clients’ interests to insurance companies, courts of law, and juries alike, while remaining small enough to provide personal and attentiveness to each and every one of its clients. The firm believes that by keeping its clients highly informed and involved in the legal process, they can best understand their client’s exact needs and concerns in any personal injury matter.
Statmore first got his start in 1995 as an Associate Attorney at Jacobson Law Group. From there, he went on to the Law Office of Steven G. Slootsky, before eventually rising to Associate Attorney at the Law Office of Barry Fredson. Statmore graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a JD, and from The George Washington University School of Business with an undergraduate degree in Finance.
18. Michael Madden
Partner of Madden & Madden P.A.
Michael Madden began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Madden & Madden P.A. Since 1975, Madden & Madden has successfully represented clients in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The firm currently has 9 attorneys and is a specialized law firm, focusing its practice on all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, land use and real estate, and estate planning and administration. The firm is rated AV Preeminent® by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. In addition, the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers recognizes Madden & Madden for high professional legal standards and ethics.
Madden first got his start in 2002 as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Douglas T. Hague, J.S.C. at Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County. Madden graduated from Vermont Law and Graduate School with a JD, and from Saint Michael's College with an undergraduate degree.
21. Christina Hardman-O'Neal
Partner of Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Paone, P.A.
Christina Hardman-O'Neal is a Partner of Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Paone, P.A, a full-service law firm that is dedicated to preventing problems, creating resolutions, and achieving goals. With attorneys providing coordinated legal services, the firm has established a strong reputation in the legal community since its founding in 1988. Their clients trust the firm to represent them on a multitude of general and complex issues that might arise in any business, individual or family setting. The firm has more than 20 attorneys spanning three generations, who combine wisdom and energy to create a diverse team with in-depth knowledge. Hardman-O'Neal has nearly 24 years in the law practice industry and began her career in 1997.
Before joining the firm, Hardman-O'Neal was a judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Donald S. Goldman, Ret. J.S.C. and Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D. Hardman-O'Neal graduated from Rutgers Law School with a JD, and from The College of New Jersey with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
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22. Douglas Steinhardt
Partner of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli
Douglas Steinhardt is a Partner of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli. The firm was founded in 1996 on the belief that business objectives can only be achieved by combining strategic and aggressive legal advocacy with government affairs capabilities. Their impressive list of attorneys consists of diverse men and women who have achieved academic excellence, contribute to their communities, and are able to respond effectively and with consistency in a wide range of areas. Many of the attorneys at the firm serve at the Local, County, and State level and therefore have a unique understanding of government which is an added value to the legal expertise they provide their clients. Steinhardt has 5 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 2017.
Before joining Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli, Steinhardt was a General Counsel at NJ Republican State Committee (NJGOP). Steinhardt graduated from Widener University School of Law with a JD, and from Gettysburg College with an undergraduate degree in History.
23. Andrea Mackaronis
Partner of Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas
Andrea Mackaronis is a Partner of Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas. She first joined the company in 2007 as an Associate. Since its founding in 1977 as a small firm, they have grown into a full-service law firm with a solid reputation and status as a regional firm with additional offices throughout New Jersey and New York. They are committed to the highest standards of professional competence, innovative thinking, and client advocacy to help make the often-complex terrain of legal matters simple to navigate. From construction to health care, environmental law to family law – with many important business law and personal law practice areas in between – the firm is dedicated to the diverse clients and industries it represents.
Previously, Mackaronis was a Law Clerk in the State of New Jersey. Mackaronis earned a JD from Syracuse University College of Law, and an undergraduate degree in English from Tufts University.
25. Bruno Brunini
Partner of Weiner Law Group
Bruno Brunini is a Partner of Weiner Law Group. Since 1988, Weiner Law Group has been providing outstanding service, insightful counsel, tailored strategies, and focused advocacy to each of its clients. The firm is not just vendors of legal services - it partners with the clients and entities it represents to position them for success and exceptional results. The firm offers a wide-range of legal defense services and represents a broad spectrum of clients - from startups to Fortune 100 companies, insurers to public entities and real estate developers to individuals and families. Their attorneys firmly believe that building strong relationships with their clients is the keystone to success - by firmly understanding the issues they face, the firm can develop intelligent strategies, recommend practical, timely solutions and provide exceptional service that produces measurable results. Brunini has 24 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 1998.
Before joining Weiner Law Group, Brunini was an Attorney at Tango, Dickinson, Lorenzo, McDermott & McGee, and before that, an Attorney at Ginarte, O'Dwyer, Gonzalez, Gallardo & Winograd, LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with State Farm Insurance as a Staff Counsel. Brunini graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with a JD, and from Seton Hall University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
27. John Miller
Managing Partner of Mattleman Weinroth & Miller PC
John Miller is a Managing Partner of Mattleman Weinroth & Miller PC, a regional law firm providing a broad range of services to individuals and businesses throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. For more than 70 years, the law firm has been providing its clients with a broad range of quality legal services. It prides itself on the experience and availability of its attorneys, and its ability to handle a wide range of legal issues. The firm’s attorneys are committed to providing the personal attention necessary for developing a legal strategy to meet each client’s unique needs. Miller has nearly 38 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 1984.
Miller graduated from Rutgers University School of Law with a JD, and from Saint Joseph’s University with an undergraduate degree.
30. Mark Silver
Partner of Schenck Price Smith & King
Mark Silver is a Partner of Schenck Price Smith & King. He first joined the company in 2021. Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, is a full-service law firm with offices in Northern New Jersey and Manhattan, serving closely held, growing companies. For more than 100 years, the firm has represented commercial businesses, individuals, public institutions, and charitable organizations with excellence and integrity. The firm’s long history of legal excellence in the areas of trust and estate planning, corporate law, real estate, healthcare, insurance defense, banking, and commercial litigation has expanded as the firm has grown. Their areas of practice also include telecommunications, technology, construction law, environmental law, education, corporate governance, and labor and employment law.
Previously, Silver was a Partner at Coughlin Duffy LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Daller Greenberg and Dietrich as an Associate. Silver earned a JD from Syracuse University College of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Communication and Media Studies from The George Washington University.
32. Jonathan Fabricant
Partner of Bathgate Wegener & Wolf
Jonathan Fabricant is a Partner of Bathgate Wegener & Wolf, a diverse law firm located in New Jersey that serves clients across the state and country in a wide variety of areas of practice. The firm draws from the experience of its team of over a dozen attorneys, all specializing in their own area of the law to ensure a desired outcome for each case. They are well-versed in both New Jersey law and federal law, having litigated everything from multimillion dollar settlements concerning intricate financial regulations to family law matters for NJ families going through a divorce or trying to win child custody. Fabricant has 33 years in the law practice industry. He began his career in 1989.
Before joining Bathgate Wegener & Wolf, Fabricant was an Associate Editor at Tulane Medical Center. Fabricant graduated from Tulane University School of Law with a JD, and from Muhlenberg College with an undergraduate degree.
34. Anthony Gruppuso
Partner of Brown Moskowitz & Kallen P.C.
Anthony Gruppuso began his professional career nearly 24 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Brown Moskowitz & Kallen P.C. The firm is bringing an in-house perspective to legal representation, backed by the extensive experience its attorneys have gained at some of the most prominent law firms in New Jersey and New York. Their attorneys have hands-on business backgrounds, which is a great asset in helping the firm understand their clients’ businesses and priorities. The firm prides itself on being more than legal counsel to its clients. It welcomes the opportunity to serve as trusted advisors, providing analysis of legal issues through the lens of the business owner. In fact, the firm serves many of their clients as outside “general counsel,” assisting them with prospective planning, rather than merely reacting when problems or issues arise.
Gruppuso first got his start in 1998 as a Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Dorothea O'C. Wefing. From there, he went on to Hon. Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., before eventually rising to Principal at Gruppuso Legal. Gruppuso graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree.
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36. Diane Cardoso
Partner of Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins P.C.
Diane Cardoso is a Partner of Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins P.C. Founded in 1978, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C. is a litigation boutique with numerous attorneys certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in civil trial practice, criminal trial practice and workers’ compensation matters. The firm and its members have been awarded a host of professional accolades, including recognition in leading publications as a top law firm, while many of their attorneys have risen to the highest bar leadership positions. Their practice areas include personal injury, nursing home abuse, criminal defense, employment, workers’ compensation and numerous other litigation specialties. Cardoso has over 17 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2005.
Before joining the firm, Cardoso was an Associate at Brady Brady & Reilly. Cardoso graduated from Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University with a JD, and from Seton Hall University with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science.
38. Thomas Dorn
Counsel and Partner of Einhorn Barbarito
Thomas Dorn is a Counsel and Partner of Einhorn Barbarito. He first joined the company in 2002. Established in 1961, Einhorn Barbarito is a comprehensive, full-service law firm devoted to serving a broad range of legal needs. The firm has been in business for more than 50 years, allowing their attorneys to earn a reputation of dedication to the legal profession and to the community. The firm represents a diverse base of clients from individuals and families to public and private companies, entrepreneurs, and long-standing institutions. They employ multi-disciplinary teams on behalf of clients to leverage experience in specialized areas of concentration including employment law, commercial litigation, personal injury and workers’ compensation, matrimonial matters, zoning issues, estate planning, criminal law, and tax law.
Previously, Dorn was an Associate Attorney at Sinins and Bross, Esqs. Dorn earned a JD from the University of Bridgeport, and an undergraduate degree in History from Duke University.
39. Daniel Fleming
Partner of Wong Fleming
Daniel Fleming is a Partner of Wong Fleming. Wong Fleming was established in New Jersey in 1994 and has grown to become a national law firm with offices across the country. Headquartered in Princeton, with offices throughout the United States, the firm is committed to ongoing professional education and lifelong learning as well as to the promotion of diversity in the legal profession. The firm is certified as a minority business enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (“NMSDC”) and as a woman-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Their vision is to become a global law firm that the business world seeks out to resolve problems in a sensible cost-effective manner. Fleming has nearly 38 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 1984.
Before joining Wong Fleming, Fleming was an Associate Attorney at Williams, Caliri, Miller & Otley P.C., and before that, an Associate Attorney at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia as a Law Clerk to the late Hon. Joseph M. Hannon. Fleming graduated from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law with a JD, and from Villanova University with an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages.
43. Eric Fingerman
Partner of Brown & Connery
Eric Fingerman is a Partner of Brown & Connery, one of South Jersey's oldest and most well-regarded law firms. It has been providing quality legal services to business and individual clients for more than seven decades. Established in 1928, the firm has evolved and expanded to meet the challenges of increasingly complex legal issues in a rapidly changing society. Their staff consists of over 40 attorneys, with a dedicated group of legal assistants and support personnel, where they all continue a long tradition of quality service to their clients throughout the entire Delaware Valley Region. Fingerman has nearly 19 years in the law practice industry and began his career in 2003.
Before joining Brown & Connery, Fingerman was a Partner at Freeman Huber Sacks Brennan & Fingerman, and before that, an Associate Attorney at Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers. Earlier in his career he worked with Goldenberg, Mackler Sayegh & Mintz as an Associate Attorney. Fingerman graduated from Widener University School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Delaware with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy.
44. Laura Brady
Partner of Coughlin Midlige & Garland
Laura Brady is a Partner of Coughlin Midlige & Garland. She first joined the company in 2019. Founded in March 2004, Coughlin Duffy LLP is a diverse, full-service firm committed to providing legal services of exceptional quality and superior value. The firm serves regional, national, and international clients, bringing to each matter the energy, experience, and imagination of a talented group of lawyers and staff. Their attorneys and staff are dedicated to obtaining optimal results and fulfilling the highest standards of the profession, while offering a wide range of legal services, including all types of litigation, on behalf of corporate, institutional, governmental, and individual clients.
Previously, Brady was a Counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and before that, a Law Clerk to Honorable James H. Coleman, Jr., New Jersey Supreme Court. Earlier in her career she worked with Morris County Prosecutor's Office as a Law Clerk. Brady earned a JD from Harvard Law School, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Williams College.
45. Richard Garofalo
Partner of Garrity Graham Murphy Garofalo Flinn
Richard Garofalo is a Partner of Garrity Graham Murphy Garofalo Flinn and first joined the company in 1995. Founded in 1971, the leading law firm represents clients in Federal and State Courts throughout Mercer, Somerset, Sussex, Hudson, Union, Middlesex, and Cape May counties. The firm offers a range of legal representation for individuals and businesses for personal injury, product liability, insurance coverage, construction related, family, divorce, and estate cases. The firm’s areas of practice include ADR, asbestos, business, corporate and commercial law, construction, employment law, environmental, family law, financial lines, healthcare law, insurance, litigation and operational risk management, serious personal injury, premises liability, defective products litigation, malpractice – professional liability, education and personal rights, transportation, and wills/trusts/estates.
Garofalo earned a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government from Iona College.
47. Lawrence Mintz
Partner of Goldenberg Mackler Sayegh & Mintz
Lawrence Mintz is a Partner of Goldenberg Mackler Sayegh & Mintz. He first joined the company in 1980. As one of the largest and most established litigation law firms in southern New Jersey, their record reflects that they have excelled at both legal analysis and courtroom practice. The firm is known and respected in the legal community as aggressive and skilled lawyers who are willing to take cases to trial when necessary and able to put together fair settlements for their clients when appropriate. The firm is also committed to their roles as legal advisors, counselors, and litigators. Their goal is to provide honest and accurate assessments of each case and make recommendations based on what is in its client’s best interest.
Previously, Mintz was an Associate at Phillips Nizer LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals as a Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Catherine B. Kelly. Mintz earned a JD from Howard University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland.
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