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Daniel H. Brown
2018 Trustee

Dan is a partner at Paone, Zaleski, Brown & Murray. His practice focuses in child custody, divorce, domestic violence and divorce mediation.

In 2009, Dan became one of only 137 attorneys to be certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a "Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney.” He is a member of the New Jersey State and Middlesex County bar associations, as well as a member of the family law sections of the New Jersey State and Middlesex County bar associations. He is also the 2010 winner of the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award.

Dan, a qualified family law mediator, is a member of the Middlesex County Superior Court Committee on the Family Court. In 2007-2013, Dan was listed among the "New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” in New Jersey Monthly magazine and was named a "Super Lawyer" in 2014 and 2015.

Dan is a court appointed panelist for the Middlesex County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel. He served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Vincent Le Blon, JSC, Family Court, Middlesex County. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall University Law School.

Paone Zaleski Brown & Murray
146 Green Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732.750.9797
danb@paonezaleski.com

Andrew Carey
2017 Trustee

Andrew Carey is the Middlesex County Prosecutor. As such, he is the chief law enforcement officer of the county. Prosecutor Carey exercises authority over approximately 1900 sworn law enforcement officers in 29 law enforcement agencies in 24 municipalities. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office consists of approximately 200 personnel, consisting of Assistant Prosecutors, Detectives, and support staff. Carey is also responsible for the county-based Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.), which is a highly-trained specialized tactical and emergency response unit.
 
Prior to his appointment and confirmation by the New Jersey State Senate, Carey was an Assistant United States Attorney in New Jersey. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Carey was promoted to Chief of the Narcotics/Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit and served as the Lead Task Force Attorney.  

Before becoming a federal prosecutor, in 1996, Carey was an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, and was assigned to the Office of Special Narcotics. During this appointment, Carey was assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau and was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief of a trial bureau.

Carey graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the American University in 1993; and he obtained his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law in 1996.

Middlesex County
Prosecutor's Office
25 Kirkpatrick Street
3rd Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732.745.3300

Risa M. Chalfin
2017 Trustee

Risa Chalfin is an associate at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer practicing in the area of Commercial Litigation.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Risa was the law clerk for the Hon. Glenn Berman, Chancery Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. During her term as a law clerk, Judge Berman presided over the State v. Ravi trial. While in law school, she interned for the Hon. Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and the National Football League.

 

Risa is a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association and the Middlesex County Bar Foundation.  She serves on the Young Lawyers Committee for the Middlesex County Bar Association and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

 

Risa is actively involved with the University of Pennsylvania, acting as Co-Administrative Vice President of her class and interviewing prospective students. She is active in the Anti-Defamation League.

 

In her free time she enjoys following the New York Yankees and running.

Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer
90 Woodbridge Center Drive
PO Box 10
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732.636.8000
rchalfin@wilentz.com

Kim M. Connor
2018 Trustee
Kim M. Connor is a graduate of New York Law School, and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar, the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, and the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.  Kim is Of Counsel in the New Jersey Office of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP.  She practices primarily in the areas of professional liability defense, and insurance coverage.

Kim is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, and the Middlesex County Bar Association. Kim was Chair of the Insurance Coverage Division of New Jersey Bar Association for the 2011-2012 term, and the District VIII Ethics Committee Chair for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 terms.
Wilson Elser
200 Campus Drive
Florham Park, NJ 07932
973.624.0800
kim.connor@wilsonelser.com

John F. Gillick
2016 Trustee

Jack is a partner in the East Brunswick law firm of Martin, Kane & Kuper and concentrates his practice on the litigation of employment discrimination, civil rights, and personal injury claims. He received his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University in 2001 and thereafter served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Jack L. Lintner, former Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, Appellate Division.

The current Immediate Past President for the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, Jack spearheaded several projects including Casino Night, the Project Law essay contest and a holiday toy drive for Catholic Charities. He was recently named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine for the fifth year in a row in the area of employment law. Jack has won appeals before both the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and has been counsel of record on numerous published opinions.

A former Trustee for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Jack has taught continuing legal education courses on behalf of the Middlesex County Bar Association, is a Volunteer Lawyer for Justice for the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County, and is a member of the New Jersey, Middlesex County, New Brunswick and American Bar Associations. He is also a committee member for the Good Scout Award Dinner for the Boy Scouts of America’s Central New Jersey Council and is an Assistant Troop Leader for his daughters’ Girl Scout troop.

Martin Kane & Kuper
180 Tices Lane
Building B, Suite 200
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732.214.1800
jgillick@mkklaw.com

Meryl Gonchar
2016 Trustee

Meryl is a partner at Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Redevelopment & Land Use Department. Her practice encompasses all aspects of land use, zoning and land use litigation. She appears before planning and zoning boards throughout the state on behalf of property owners and developer clients in connection with residential, commercial, industrial and mixed use projects. She also represents clients in land use, condemnation and related litigation before the Superior Court of New Jersey in connection with prerogative writs litigation, challenging denials of land use approvals and defending approvals against challenges. Her diversified experience and extensive knowledge of the complexities of land use law enables her to assist clients throughout the various stages of a project’s development, from acquisition through approvals and permitting, due diligence, financing, leasing or sales.

Meryl is an active member of the NJ Builders Association, serving on the Legislative Committee and speaking regularly at the Association’s events. She is the Vice President of Associate Affairs of NAIOP New Jersey and has previously served as a member of NAIOP’s Board of Trustees and as co-chair of its Education Committee. She is a past president of CREW NJ and a former delegate to CREW Network. She is a past chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Land Use Law Section of the NJ State Bar Association as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Section. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Middlesex County Bar Association.  Ms. Gonchar is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).  She is also a founder of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Forum. 

Meryl is recognized in the Chambers USA Guide and Best Lawyers in America. She is listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers as a Top 100 Lawyer and among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the state.

Meryl is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and a past President of Women's Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County and a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Association of Jewish Federations.  She has served on the Board of Directors of Executive Women of New Jersey and the Board of Trustees of the George Street Playhouse.

She is a graduate of Rutgers College and Rutgers University School of Law, Newark.

Meryl resides in East Brunswick with her husband, Wayne.  They have two children, Daniel, a pilot and flight instructor, and Jillian, who will be a freshman at Ithaca College in the fall.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis
Metro Corporate Campus I
PO Box 5600
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732.549.5600
mgonchar@greenbaumlaw.com

Patrick Heller
2017 Trustee

Patrick was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2001 and is an associate with the law firm of Terkowitz and Hermesmann in Somerset. His practice primarily involves insurance defense including automobile liability, PIP arbitrations, worker's compensation defense and coverage matters.

Patrick graduated from High Point University in 1997 and from Penn State Law-Dickinson in 2001. Patrick also clerked with the Hon. J. Wesley Oler, Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas.

Patrick is active in the legal community and the bar association. In that regard, he serves on the MCBA Civil Practice Committee, helped put together and present a seminar on the Verbal Threshold and PIP law. He is also a frequent contributor to the MCBA's newsletter. Patrick has also been published in the New Jersey Law Journal and Rutgers Law Review-Commentaries wherein he has written articles dealing with emerging tort law issues and their impact on the legal community. Further, Patrick was selected by the New Jersey Board of Law Examiners and has served as a bar grader/reader for New Jersey Bar Exam.

Terkowitz & Hermesmann
400 Atrium Drive
PO Box 6745
Somerset, NJ 08875-6745
732.805.2800
pheller@hanover.com

Angela F. Pastor
2018 Trustee
Angela graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark in 2004 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University. She is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Her professional associations include the Family Law Section of the Middlesex County Bar Association. She also serves as an Early Settlement Panelist in Middlesex County.

Angela was also selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars Edition 2009 and 2010, as published in New Jersey Monthly.

1 South Woodland Avenue
2nd Floor
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732.354.0931
angela@angelapastorlaw.com


Louis Seminski
2016 Trustee

Lou is a Creditors' Rights Associate on the Banking & Creditors' Rights Team at the law firm of Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer. He has experience in litigating a variety of banking and complex commercial matters involving financial institutions and other entities. He also has significant experience in real estate related disputes, professional malfeasance, enforcement of restrictive covenants, governmental affairs and intellectual property issues.

 

Lou is a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association, a member of the Federal and Chancery Practice Committees of the Burlington and Atlantic County Bar Associations, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Association of the Federal Bar.

 

In addition to his positions in the Bar Association, Lou is a Barrister of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court, an association dedicated to the practice of civil litigation and intellectual property law in both Federal and State Court.

 

Lou is active in the community, serving as Treasurer and Trustee of the Raritan Bay YMCA, a volunteer with the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, as well as mentoring students at his alma mater, St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen, N.J., St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA and Rutgers Law School where he serves on a career services advisory panel.

 

Upon entering the practice of law, Lou served a one year clerkship for the Hon. Yolanda Ciccone, J.S.C. after earning his JD degree at Rutgers Law School in 2001. While attending Rutgers Law School, he served as Articles Editor of the Rutgers Law Journal. Lou enjoys writing about the emerging legal issues of the day as they pertain to his practice, as well as those matters involving small closely held businesses.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer
90 Woodbridge Center Drive
PO Box 10
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732.636.8000

lseminski@wilentz.com

Elliot S. Solop
2016 Trustee
Elliot is an associate at Ansell, Grimm & Aaron, PC, in Ocean. His practice is devoted to matrimonial and family law. He earned his B.S., cum laude, in Finance from Montclair State University in 2009 and his J.D. from New York Law School in 2012. He is admitted to practice in both NJ and NY.

After the completion of his law school studies, Elliot served as a law clerk to the Hon. John A. Jorgensen, JSC of the New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part, Middlesex County. During his clerkship, he handled a variety of matrimonial matters including issues such as child custody, child and spousal support, domestic violence, emancipation, equitable distribution, and visitation.

Elliot was the Middlesex County Bar Association 2014 Young Lawyer of the Year. He is an active member of the Middlesex County Bar Association (trustee and chair of the Sports & Entertainment Law Committee), Middlesex County Bar Foundation (trustee), Ocean Chamber of Commerce (board member), and Monmouth Bar Association. Additionally, he co-authored a chapter on Intellectual Property Rights and Endorsement Agreements for the New York State Bar Association’s publication In the Arena: A Sports Law Handbook (2013).

Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC
1500 Lawrence Avenue
Ocean, NJ 07712
732.922.1000
ess@ansellgrimm.com


Edward Testino
2017 Trustee

Edward Testino is a solo-practitioner in the Township of Old Bridge and concentrates his practice on trial, personal injury, matrimonial and municipal work. He received his JD from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1984 and he received an LLM in Securities Regulation in May 1985 from Georgetown University School of Law. Ed is an alum of the University of Delaware where he received his BA degree. He is also admitted to the New York and D.C. Bars.

Ed serves as a member of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation Board of Trustees and currently serves as Treasurer. He is also a member of the Casino Night Committee.

In addition to the MCBA, Ed is a member of the New Jersey State Bar, Family Law Section and American Inns of Court. He has taught continuing legal education courses and lectured at trade associations on legal topics.

Ed has served in many capacities in his community, including serving sixteen years on the Old Bridge Town Council and over 20 years on his local Rotary. As a member of the Old Bridge/Sayreville Rotary Club, Ed helped support various local charities and he is a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award for his service.

121 Highway 34
Matawan, NJ 07747
732.525.9000

testinolaw@hotmail.com


Megha R. Thakkar
2018 Trustee

Megha was admitted to the state bar of New Jersey in 2008 and the state bar of New York in 2009.  She is an associate at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. in Bridgewater. She represents clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, post-judgment litigation, custody and parenting time issues, alimony and child support, pre-nuptial agreements, and domestic violence matters.

Prior to her current position, Megha was a senior associate at the Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein, L.L.C. in East Brunswick where she also exclusively practiced matrimonial and family law. She also served as a  Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Andrea G. Carter, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part, Middlesex County.  In 2014, Megha was selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

Megha graduated from New York University in 2005 and from St. John's University School of Law in 2008.  In law school, Ms. Thakkar was a recipient of the St. Thomas More Academic Scholarship, was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, served as President of the South Asian Law Students Association, and was named to the Dean's List.
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus
721 Route 202-206
Suite 200
PO Box 5933

Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
908.722.0700
mrthakkar@nmmlaw.com

Charles Whelan III
2016 Trustee

After graduating from Rutgers Newark School of Law in 1981, Chuck clerked for the Hon. Samuel Allcorn, P.J.A.D.  He has been a sole practitioner since 1987, specializing in commercial and real estate litigation and bankruptcy, with an emphasis on title litigation.  Chuck is admitted to the New Jersey and New York Bars.  He has been recognized by Who’s Who in American Law, and has been rated preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.  He has been accepted as an expert witness in the fields of real estate law and professional negligence by the New Jersey courts.

Chuck served as a volunteer mediator in the Superior Court of New Jersey for five years, and was pro bono general counsel for Plainfield Habitat for Humanity for 22 years.  He served for two years as chairman of the board of the Central Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and was a youth sports coach for eleven years. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Commercial Law League of America.  In his free time, Chuck enjoys mountain hiking.

114 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

732.214.0300
cwhelanlaw@gmail.com


Eugene Wishnic
2018 Trustee
New Jersey native Eugene Wishnic earned his JD in 1992 from the Rutgers School of Law in Camden. In 1997 he opened his practice on Bayard Street in New Brunswick. His practice is primarily focused on representing accident victims in Superior Court and defendants in both municipal and Superior Court. Since becoming an attorney in 1992, Eugene has developed a fluency in Spanish which has allowed him to better serve his client base among the local Latin community.

Eugene is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, Middlesex County Trial Lawyers’ Association, New Brunswick Bar Association, American Association for Justice, New Jersey Association for Justice, is a contributor to NJ-PAC and presently serves as co-chairman of the MCBA’s Municipal Court Practice Committee. He is looking forward to serving as Trustee to the Middlesex County Bar Association and continuing to promote the strength and growth of the Association and the members it serves.

110 Bayard Street
Suite 2B
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732.448.1700
eugene.wishnic@gmail.com

Kimberly Yonta
2017 Trustee

Since establishing YONTA LAW, LLC in New Brunswick in 2012, Kimberly concentrates her practice on criminal and municipal defense cases.  A former Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor in Jersey City, she served as both appellate unit and trial team supervisors, serving the people of Hudson County for over ten years.


Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Connecticut, Kimberly is a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).  She serves as Chair-Elect of the Criminal Law Section, Chair of the Committee on Lawyers in Transition, Past Chair of the Women in the Profession Section, and Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division.  In the NJSBA, she is a member of the Amicus Committee, Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee, and the NJSBA representative to the Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Jury Charges.  With the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, Kimberly is a member of the "Legal Eagle" editorial advisory board. Past appointments include: New Jersey Commission on Professionalism and the Law, Membership and Public Relations Committee, Judicial Administration Committee, Legal Education Committee and Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns.  Serving her local community, Kimberly is an assistant coach of the Rutgers University Mock Trial Association, the National Runner-Up Champion in 2011-12.  She also volunteers some of her time to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Bartholomew Church in East Brunswick, ministering to those in need through the client services program.  Past achievements include Certification by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney and Middlesex County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year.  Kimberly served as the law clerk to the Hon. N. Peter Conforti in Morris County in 1999-00. She received her B.A., cum laude, from Providence College, attended Washington College of Law at American University, and received her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

 

Kimberly lives in East Brunswick with her husband Craig Aronow, Esq., and their beautiful daughters, Abigail (6) and Madeline (3).
111 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732.421.1680
yontalaw@gmail.com


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