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Michael A. Backer was appointed to the Attorney Advisory Board for Merrill Lynch Trust Company. Mr. Backer was appointed to the Lawyers Council for the New Jersey Bankers Association.

Alan E. Davis was elected as chair of the Board of Trustees of Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J.

Dennis A. Estis was appointed to a one year term to the Ethical Standards for Mediation Task Force of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. Mr. Estis was elected to the New Jersey State Bar Association Nominating Committee.

Meryl A. G. Gonchar was named chair of the firm's Land Use Practice Group

Barry S. Goodman was elected as Treasurer of the Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. The IOLTA Fund provides funding for civil legal services to the poor, projects to improve the administration of justice, and education of lay persons in law-related areas.

Marc J. Gross was elected as secretary of the Essex County Bar Association. Mr. Gross formed the North Jersey Business Council with other business leaders from Essex County. The group provides a network to discuss business development issues, to enhance communication skills and to improve business relations.

Christine F. Li joins four of the firm's real estate partners as a newly elected member to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Marc D. Policastro was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal for inclusion in its top "40 Under 40," a list of 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in New Jersey singled out "for the potential they show to be among the leaders of the New Jersey bar in the not-so-distant future."

Andrea J. Sullivan was appointed treasurer of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation. Ms. Sullivan was installed as a trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association.

Gary K. Wolinetz served as a contributor to the newly published Encyclopedia of New Jersey. Mr. Wolinetz co-authored the 2004 edition of Civil Trial Preparation for NJ ICLE, a book that is distributed to all new lawyers in the State. Mr. Wolinetz is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law - Camden for the fall semester teaching pre-trial advocacy.


Lora L. Fong received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law at the Law Center in New Brunswick.


Steven Nudelman was appointed to the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.

Jodi L. Rosenberg was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Valerie Fund, an organization that provides comprehensive health care, counseling and child development activities for children with cancer and blood disorders.

Jeffrey A. Sirot was appointed to the Executive Board of the Young Lawyers Section of the Essex County Bar Association and will serve as its director of membership and public relations.