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Past Presidents

Joanne Vos

Maraziti Falcon, LLP
150 JFK Parkway, #101
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Joanne graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 1998. She clerked for the Hon. Stephen E. Mochary, J.S.C. in Essex County before she went on to become a top litigator in the insurance defense industry. She has a distinguished history with the New Jersey Defense Association, having served as President of the organization from 2009 to 2010. Joanne is a partner at Maraziti Falcon, LLP and currently focuses her practice in environmental and redevelopment law. She represents property owners, public entities and private companies in complex environmental litigation, compliance, and transactional matters. Joanne represents the Cities of Hoboken and Newark as Special Environmental Counsel; she also represents the Cities in various redevelopment matters. Before becoming a partner at Maraziti Falcon, LLP, Joanne practiced at two of the largest law firms in Middlesex County: Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP and Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP.

In 2015, Joanne received the Transactional Lawyer of the Year Award from the Middlesex County Bar Association; in 2008, she was recognized by Real Estate New Jersey as one of 50 Women of Influence; and in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Joanne was named a Rising Star in Environmental Law by Superlawyers Magazine® (administered by Law & Politics, Inc.). She is a former Adjunct Professor  at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has taught Introduction to Civil Litigation in the school's ABA-approved Paralegal Program. She continues to be an avid speaker and is frequently published on the topics of environmental law, litigation, and women in the law. Joanne is a Mentor and Co-Chair of the Middlesex County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee and welcomes the opportunity to assist her colleagues in this regard.

Daria Anne Venezia
Venezia & Nolan
306 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Daria was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1986 and is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and Massachusetts Bar. She is a partner in the law firm of Venezia & Nolan, P.C. in Woodbridge. Daria's practice is primarily concentrated in government body representation as general counsel, defending municipal tax appeals, estate planning and administration, and guardianships.

Daria graduated from Boston College and received her JD from Boston College Law School. She also received an L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University.

Daria formerly taught Business Law as an adjunct professor at Middlesex County College. She was also formerly a volunteer attorney coach for the Mt. St. Mary Academy mock trial team. Daria served as secretary of the non-profit RESOLVE of New Jersey, Inc.  She currently participates as a volunteer mediator in the Early Settlement Program of the Chancery Practice Committee.

Eugene Wishnic
First Vice-President
Wishnic & Jerushalmy
146 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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 and in October of 2015 moved to his current location on Livingston Avenue. 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 where he presently serves as an Officer, 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 honored to serve as an Officer of the Middlesex County Bar Association and continues to promote the strength and growth of the Association and the members it serves.

Edward Testino
Second Vice-President
121 Highway 34
Matawan, NJ 07747

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 President.

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. In 2016 he received the Middlesex County Bar Association's "Pro Bono Attorney of the Year" award for his work with Central Jersey Legal Services Corporation.

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.

John F. Gillick
Rainone, Coughlin & Minchello
555 US Highway 1 South
Suite 440
Iselin, NJ 08830
John F. “Jack” Gillick is a Partner at Rainone, Coughlin, Minchello and concentrates his practice on the litigation of employment, civil rights, and personal injury claims on behalf of public entities and their employees. A former President of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, Jack is also a Trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and Vice President of Legal Counsel for the Boy Scouts of America, Monmouth Council. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by New Jersey Monthly magazine since 2009 in the area of employment law and has argued and won appeals before both the New Jersey Supreme Court and Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Counsel of record on numerous opinions, Jack is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, is a former Trustee for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and is also a member of the New Jersey, New Brunswick, and American Bar Associations.

Jack received his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University in 2001, where he was Articles Editor for the Legislative Journal, President of the Irish American Law Students Association, a Senator of the Student Bar Association, and an intern for the New Jersey State Assembly’s Democratic Office and the Hon. Rosemary K. Reavey. He thereafter served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Jack L. Lintner, former Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, Appellate Division.

Megha R. Thakkar

Hill Wallack, LLP
21 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Megha is Counsel in the Princeton office of Hill Wallack LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Family Law practice group.  She represents clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation, mediation, and arbitration, custody and parenting time issues, alimony and child support disputes, post-judgment applications, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial agreements, and domestic violence litigation.


Megha is also a qualified mediator in family law matters pursuant to R. 1:40 and serves as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Middlesex and Somerset Counties.


Megha has served as Trustee of the MCBA since 2011. In January 2016, Megha received the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award from the MCBA. She is also the Chairperson of the MCBA Diversity Committee.


Additionally, Megha is a member of the NJSBA and the Somerset and Mercer County Bar Associations. She serves on the Young Lawyers Committee for the NJSBA Family Law Section. She is a Barrister for the Aldona E. Appleton Family Law Inn of Court. Megha is also a member of both the South Asian Bar Association of NJ and the Asian Pacific Lawyers Association of NJ. She also serves on the District VIII Ethics Committee.  Megha was selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Family Law for the last five consecutive years.


Prior to entering private practice, Megha served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Andrea G. Carter, JSC, in the Superior Court of NJ, Family Part, Middlesex County.  She is admitted to practice in NJ and NY. Megha earned her JD from St. John’s University School of Law, where she was a St. Thomas More Scholar, and her BA from New York University.

William Isele
Immediate Past President
Archer & Greiner, PC
101 Carnegie Center
Suite 300
Princeton, NJ 08540

Bill Isele is Of Counsel in the Princeton office of Archer & Greiner, P.C., where he has practiced since 2007.  Admitted to the bar of New Jersey in 1976, Bill’s practice is focused on Healthcare Law, Elder Law, and Government Agency Appeals. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America (B.A. and M.A.) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), and holds a Certificate in Gerontology from Rutgers University.


In his 40-year legal career, Bill has been a staff attorney for the American Medical Association; a partner in East Brunswick’s Gross & Novak; Of Counsel to Roseland’s Carella, Byrne, Bain & Gilfillan; a principal in Bridgewater’s Kern Augustine Conroy & Isele, and a principal in Milltown’s Law Offices of William P. Isele. He served the people of the State of New Jersey as their Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly from October 1999 to October 2007. 

Bill is a member of the American Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Association, and is a past- President of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation.  He has served as the Secretary of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s District VIII Fee Arbitration Committee (Middlesex)  since 1994 and the District VII Fee Arbitration Committee (Mercer) since 2015.  As Chair of the NJSBA Health Law Section, he was instrumental in advocating for passage of New Jersey’s Advance Directives for Health Care Act.  As Chair of the NJSBA Elder & Disability Law Section, he was instrumental in advocating for the passage of New Jersey’s POLST legislation.  Bill was honored by the NJSBA in 2009 with its Distinguished Legislative Service Award, and by the Health Law Section in 2013 with its Distinguished Service Award.   Bill was also honored by Ryder University’s Law and Justice Program in 2014 for his "Distinguished Contributions to Law and Justice.”


Bill has served in leadership roles in numerous not-for-profit organizations: he was an officer of the National Association of State Ombudsman Programs; is a past-President of the Board of the Princeton Senior Resource Center; is a member of the Board of the New Jersey Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, where he also chairs its Ethics Council; and is a member of the Board of Central Jersey Legal Services, Inc.

Jonathan P. Cowles

Executive Director
732.828.3433, x. 102

Jonathan has been the Executive Director since 1992.  Prior to joining the MCBA, he was the Associate Director of the South Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program in Columbia, SC, where the program grew from 4 counties/$100k budget/8 staff in 1985 into a statewide, nationally recognized program with over 90 staff and a $2m budget in 1991.

Jonathan received a BA in Political Science from Syracuse University in 1980 and a MPA from California State University at Heyward (now East Bay) in 1984. During his studies at Syracuse, he was a 4-year varsity letterman in soccer. Following his graduation he continued playing soccer until he was 51. He also served as the assistant varsity coach at his alma mater Westfield High School (Westfield, NJ) from 1980 to 1982, where the teams won county championships all 3 years. He continued his coaching career when he moved to South Carolina, serving as the JV, then varsity coach at Hammond Academy in Columbia. His 1990 team won the Independent League state championship where he was named Coach of the Year.

Jonathan lives in Colts Neck, NJ with his wife, Martha, children Daniel and Abigail, and labradoodles Ollie and Darcy.

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