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Robert E. Goldstein to Receive
2015 Edward Schoifet Family Law Award

In recognition of his contributions to the practice of Family Law, Robert E. Goldstein, of Drescher & Cheslow in Manalapan, has been awarded the 2015 Edward Schoifet Family Law Award presented by the Family Law Section of the Middlesex County Bar Association at the January 21, 2015 General Membership Dinner Meeting held at The Pines Manor in Edison.

The Schoifet Award, the highest honor presented by the Family Law Section, commemorates the legacy of Edward Schoifet who passed away in 2006. Ed was considered the dean of the Middlesex County Family Bar and was recognized as a role model for all family law practitioners.

The Award is presented annually to a Family Law Practitioner who has been engaged in the practice for 15 years or more and who exemplifies those principles by which Ed practiced family law:  maintaining knowledge of past and present case law to advise clients thoroughly; analyzing the facts of each case in detail and diligently applying the law to those facts; presenting the issues and applicable law to the client in a manner appropriate to the client’s understanding; making purposeful efforts to settle the issues in fair and reasonable terms before resorting to litigation; fostering respect and courtesy for the bench and fellow attorneys; maintaining highest standards of integrity and professionalism; and exhibiting leadership in the Middlesex County or State Bar Association.

Bob has been chosen by his colleagues to receive this award in honor of his long career as an accomplished family law attorney known for his advocacy for his clients while maintaining an attitude of fairness with his adversaries and courtesy and professionalism in all circumstances. In representing his clients, Bob draws on his long career in family law which exceeds 40 years. Whether in the courtroom or in discussion with his colleagues, Bob addresses the issues in a practical manner and with confidence that a resolution can be reached in the best interest of his client. 

Bob received his B.A. degree in 1971 from Pennsylvania State University. He is a 1974 graduate of Villanova University School of Law receiving a J.D. degree. While a student at Villanova University School of Law, Bob served as an Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Review.

In 1976, Bob joined the firm of Heilbrunn, Finkelstein, Heilbrunn, Garruto & Galex in Old Bridge, and became a partner in that firm in 1980. He was a partner in the firm of Heilbrunn, Finkelstein, Alfonso, Goldstein & Pape and subsequently a partner in the firm Heilbrunn, Finkelstein & Goldstein, LLC until 2011. Although Bob’s practice has been principally in Family Law he has also handled personal injury and worker’s compensation cases. In 2011, Bob became of counsel to the law firm of Drescher & Cheslow, P.A. in Manalapan, concentrating his practice in divorce and family law. Bob serves as a mediator and arbitrator in family law and in matters of civil litigation. 

Bob is an active member in the New Jersey Association for Justice and serves as Co-Chair of the Matrimonial Law Section for that organization. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, and the Monmouth County Bar Association.

The David Pavlosky Service to the Bar Award was presented to Bob in 2009. The Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award was presented to him in 2010 from the Middlesex County Bar Association for his 26 years of service as a member of the Volunteer Attorney Program for Central Jersey Legal Services. He has represented many clients who cannot afford private counsel through the volunteer pro bono program in a variety of civil and family law matters.

Bob lives in Old Bridge with his wife Kathleen. They are the parents of one daughter Jessica. Bob relaxes by playing golf, kayaking and hiking as often as he can fit those activities into his schedule.
 

The previous recipients of the Edward Schoifet Award are William Brigiani (2014); Charles F. Vuotto, Jr. (2013), Evelyn M. Hartmann (2012), Leonard Busch (2011), Jean Ramatowski (2010), Manny Gerstein (2009), John P. Paone, Jr. (2008), and David Wildstein (2007).
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