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Robert Cirafesi Chancery Practice Attorney of the Year - 2018
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Andrew R. Wolf, Esq.

The Wolf Law Firm, LLC

Andrew has been active in Chancery matters since opening his law practice in September 1997. His Chancery practice has been focused in the Probate Part where he has served in more than 100 matters as court appointed attorney for alleged incapacitate persons, court appointed temporary guardian for alleged incapacitated persons, court appointed estate administrator and the permanent guardian of two wards for over a decade each. His chancery practice has also included court appointments as a special medical guardian and general equity cases such as partition actions.

Andrew’s overall practice has a special emphasis on class action cases, to protecting the rights of people who have been the victims of consumer fraud or other unlawful practices. Andrew, in addition to resolving more than a thousand individual cases has been certified as Class Counsel in more than one hundred fifteen (115) cases involving New Jersey and federal consumer protection laws, including the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, the Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act, and the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Truth-in-Lending Act.

Andrew is also involved in alternative dispute resolution both as a mediator and arbitrator.  He is certified as a Mediator by the State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Public Safety (1995), the State of New Jersey Judiciary (1995) and certified as a Trainer in Mediation and Conciliation Skills for the State of New Jersey, Administrative Office of the Courts (1997). Since 2001, he has mediated Chancery Division cases in both the Probate Part and General Equity Part in Middlesex County via both the New Jersey Judiciary’s CDR program and as a volunteer for the Middlesex County Bar Association. Mr. Wolf also mediates cases as a volunteer and a team leader in the Middlesex County Municipal Mediation Program. In 2000, he was appointed as a Contract Arbitrator in Middlesex County, and in 2006, Mr. Wolf was certified to serve as an arbitrator in Lemon Law cases.

 

Andrew has shared his expertise and experience by teaching consumer protection law to legal services attorneys on behalf of Legal Services of New Jersey in 2002, 2003, and 2007-2017. He was a featured panelist at the 2003 New Jersey State Bar Convention, the 2004 Consumer Law Day, and the 2005 New Jersey Judicial College, and has been selected as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2014 – 2018. Andrew has also taught at numerous continuing legal education programs, including the “Consumer Class Actions & Beyond: Threatened or Alive and Well” ICLE program (April 2011), the “Practical Tips for Litigating Cases Under the Consumer Fraud Act” ICLE program (September 2011 & April 2015), and the “Growing Consumer Actions in New Jersey” ICLE program (2013). He was the moderator and a panelist for the NJICLE Webinar on the “Nuts And Bolts of Filing A Class Action” (October 2013), and also served as a panelist on programs at Rutgers Law School, including the Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program’s First Monday presentation on “Protecting Workers and Consumers from Corporate Abuse” (October 2014); and the Protecting Consumers in a New Era program (March 2017).

 

Andrew was also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law – at the Newark Campus from 2013-2016, where he taught a course on consumer protection litigation.

 

He is a 1995 graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, where he was a National Member of Order of the Barristers for High Honors in the Art of Courtroom Advocacy, the winner of the intramural and regional finalist in the 1993 ABA Negotiations Competition, and the winner of the 1994 ABA intramural and regional Client Counseling Competition. Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree from Queen’s College (CUNY) in 1980, where he was a New York State Regents Scholarship recipient, and his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from St. John’s University in 1987, where he was on the Dean’s List and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in 1995, the Federal District Court of New Jersey in 1996, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 1999 and the United States Supreme Court in 2010.

 

Andrew’s professional affiliations include membership in the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), a Board Member of the Consumers League of New Jersey, a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association serving on two committees, the Committee on Consumer Protection Law and the Class Action Committee and a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association.  Andrew also was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the Special Civil Part Practice Committee from 2006 to 2016 term.

 

In November 2010, Legal Services of New Jersey honored Mr. Wolf with the Debevoise-Eakeley Award in recognition of his “unparalleled support for Legal Services, most notably through securing many hundreds of thousands of dollars in cy pres awards for Legal Services of New Jersey” to support its critical work on behalf of New Jersey residents.


Robert J. Cirafesi was born on April 14, 1942. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1964 and Rutgers Law School in 1967. He clerked for Hon. David Furman in the Chancery Division for one year and then served two years as an Assistant United States Attorney. Bob joined the Woodbridge firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in 1970 where he spent the remainder of his legal career until his passing on March 7, 2004. His practice involved commercial litigation of all types in the state and federal courts, with an emphasis on real estate and corporate disputes. He is survived by his two sons, Chad and Craig, and his wife, Susan.

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