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Brian McFadden-DiNicola to Receive the

2017 Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award


The 2017 winner of the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award is Brian McFadden-DiNicola, Esq., of Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP in New Brunswick. Brian will be presented with the award on January 18, 2017, at the Association’s Annual Family Law Dinner Meeting, held at The Pines Manor in Edison. (Click here for event details.)

Martin S. Goldin, the Chair of the Family Law Section since its inception in 1972, passed away in 2002. Marty was regarded as a fair and reasonable adversary and was renowned for his good nature, collegiality and genuine respect for all members of the bench and bar. Marty took great pleasure in discussing legal issues with newer attorneys and generously gave his time to mentor any attorney who sought his counsel.

In February, 2003, the Family Law Section established the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award, to be presented each year to a Family Law Practitioner who has been engaged in the practice for 15 years or less and who exemplifies those principles by which Marty practiced family law, including:  maintaining a continuous study of past and present case law; making a careful and detailed analysis of each case; presenting the issues and applicable law to clients in a readily understandable manner; attempting to settle issues on a fair and reasonable basis before resorting to litigation; fostering respect and courtesy for the bench and bar; maintaining high standards of integrity and professionalism, and exhibiting leadership in the County or State Bar Association.

Brian epitomizes the qualities in a lawyer that were especially important to Marty and which he incorporated into his daily practice.  Brian is a thoughtful firm advocate for his clients and seeks practical solutions for their issues.  He takes time to understand the needs of his clients and maintains a calm and dependable demeanor as he provides legal services for them.  Brian is collegial and professional in his relationships with judges and other attorneys and demonstrates a good sense of humor, at times at his own expense.

Brian was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to New Jersey early in his life.  He grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey, and his academic performance in high school is best described as classic underachievement.  Brian preferred to spend his time playing roller hockey and ice hockey to completing assignments and studying for tests.  Brian worked in a convenience store to pay for his hockey habits and to pay his way through college.

Brian graduated from Rutgers-Newark with a BA in political science where he routinely appeared on the Dean’s List.  Upon graduating from college he worked in New York City in media planning and then in internet marketing.  After September 11, 2001, and the birth of his first child, Brian decided to change careers.  Brian graduated Cum Laude in 2007 from Seton Hall University School of Law where he had served on the legislative bureau for one year.

In his second year of law school, Brian began working as a Court Services Supervisor in the Superior Court of New Jersey – Middlesex Vicinage, Family Part, a position which he held for approximately three years.  In 2007, Brian became an associate at Gomperts and Braun, a family law practice in Springfield, New Jersey, and he joined Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP as an associate in 2008.  In 2016, Brian became a partner at Hoagland Longo.

Brian’s personal work ethic directs him to give help where it is needed, and he has regularly provided legal services at Women Aware and Manavi for domestic violence issues. A member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, he serves on the Middlesex County Early Settlement Panel, has served as a mediator in the Special Civil Part, and is a Rule 1:40 Qualified Mediator for family law cases. Brian is a member of the Assignment Judge’s Courthouse Committee for Family Law, and he was appointed to the District VIII Fee Arbitration Committee.  He has received accolades from Martindale-Hubbell with their AV Rating, and Super Lawyers with their Rising Stars designation for the years 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Brian and his wife Michelle reside in Highland Park, New Jersey, with their three children.  In his spare time, Brian enjoys basketball, tennis and negotiating with his children who are all apparently training to become litigators.

The Martin S. Goldin Award was previously presented to Robert M. Zaleski (2003), Lee Ann McCabe (2004), Cheryl Spilka (2005), Frank Tournour (2006), Steve Enis (2007), Gregg Rubenstein (2008), Lisa Vignuolo (2009), Daniel Brown (2010), Paula Menar (2011), Megan Murray (2012), Cheryl Connors (2013), Angela F. Pastor (2015) and Megha R. Thakkar (2016).



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