Lowenstein's Justice Barry T. Albin (Ret.), Chief Judge Freda L. Wolfson (Ret.), David M. Wissert, Christopher W. Gerold, Michael A. Kaplan, Markiana J. Julceus, and Mikayla R. Berliner are speaking at the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting & Convention. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Panel: Avoiding the Next Judicial Vacancy Crisis—Is it Time to Change How Judges are Appointed in New Jersey?

The panel will feature retired Supreme Court jurists, legislators, and current and former government officials. This is an opportunity to hear from people who know first-hand what the judicial selection process involves, where the system needs improvement and what the vacancy crisis means to lawyers, litigants, and the public.


  • Thomas P. Scrivo, Esq., O’Toole Scrivo, LLC


  • Justice Barry T. Albin (Ret.), Partner; Chair, Appellate, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Senator Jon M. Bramnick (District 21), Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold and Mangan
  • John J. Farmer Jr., Esq., Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics; Director, Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience, Rutgers University
  • Parimal Garg, Chief Counsel, Office of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
  • Senator Vin Gopal, Democratic Conference Chair, District 11
  • Justice Jaynee LaVecchia (Ret.), McCarter & English, LLP
  • Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq., NJSBA President-Elect; Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran, LLC

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Panel: Transitioning to Junior AssociateProfessional Tips to Make it a Success for New Lawyers: Part I, Advice from Associates 

This presentation, designed to provide guidance for law clerks, young lawyers, and law students, will feature a panel of associates at New Jersey law firms discussing their experiences and advice regarding issues likely to be encountered when transitioning from law school or a judicial clerkship to a law firm. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, mentoring, personal interactions, ethical obligations, confidentiality, networking, common representation problems and questions. The format is intended to be interactive with audience participation encouraged.



  • Mikayla R. Berliner, Associate Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Saad Admani, Waters, McPherson, McNeill, P.C.
  • Frank D. DiRienzo, Leary, Bride, Mergner & Bongiovanni, P.A.
  • Lauren B. Jones, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins
  • Zachary B. Posess, Gibbons, P.C.

Time: 1:45-3:25 p.m. ET

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Panel: Law Firm General Counsel RoundtableThe Ethics of Advertising Lawyer Awards and Other Issues Unique to Law Firm Representation

Join general counsel from some of New Jersey’s most prominent law firms and NJ ethics counsel for the first-ever “General Counsel Roundtable.” Topics will include a robust discussion of Committee on Attorney Advertising Opinion 48 and other issues unique to representing law firms.


  • James DiGiulio, Partner and General Counsel, O’Toole Scrivo, LLC


  • David M. Wissert, Partner; General Counsel; Chair, Employment Practice, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Carol Johnston, Staff and Counsel, Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, Committee on Attorney Advertising, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Ronald L. Israel, Partner and General Counsel, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, P.C.
  • Elizabeth J. Sher, Day Pitney, LLP

Time: 1:45-3:25 p.m. ET

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Panel: Trends and Hot Topics in Financial Services

Whether we are investing money by buying stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or contributing to our retirements through IRAs or employer-sponsored 401Ks, we are participants in the financial services industry. Ensuring healthy and efficient financial markets is critical to a strong economy and helps support economic growth and financial stability. Staying current on the latest “hot topics” in the financial services industry is therefore critical for both the investing public and the attorneys who represent it. Our panel will be a cross-section of financial services regulators and industry attorneys who are on the front lines of the financial services industry every day. The panelists will share their experiences with many of the current hot-button issues in financial services, including:

  • Current SEC & FINRA regulatory priorities
  • Financial fraud update
  • Cryptocurrency & recent crypto platform failures such as FTX
  • Senior & vulnerable investors
  • Regulation Best Interest
  • Current Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in the financial services industry.
  • Increasing confidence in the investing public


  • Logan S. Fisher, Esq., Chair, NJSBA Securities Law Special Committee, Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C


  • Christopher W. Gerold, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Kevin Hartzell, Director, Department of Enforcement, FINRA

Time: 4:30-6 p.m. ET

Thursday, May 18, 2023
Panel: Appellate Practice Master Class

Join esteemed appellate jurists and practitioners as they present a seminar in which they highlight the best practices for representing your clients on appeal.



  • Hon. Patty Shwartz, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Hon. Jack M. Sabatino, P.J.A.D.
  • Hon. Greta Gooden Brown, J.A.D.
  • Bruce D. Greenberg, Esq., Author, New Jersey Appellate Law Blog, Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador, LLC
  • Larry S. Lustberg, Esq., Director, Commercial & Criminal Litigation, Gibbons P.C.

Time: 10-11:45 a.m. ET

Thursday, May 18, 2023
How to Represent Clients with Complex Issues in Arbitration


  • Robert E. Margulies, Schumann Hanlon Margulies LLC


  • Chief Judge Freda L. Wolfson (Ret.), Partner; Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Chief Justice James R. Zazzali (Ret.), Zazzali Fagella Nowak Kleinbaum & Friedman, PC
  • Chief Judge Jose L. Linares (Ret.), McCarter & English, LLP
  • Robert E. Bartkus, Anselmi & Carvelli LLP

Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m. ET

Thursday, May 18, 2023
Panel: Lessons from Women Litigators and Judges


  • Hon. Lisa Perez-Friscia, J.S.C.


  • Chief Judge Freda L. Wolfson (Ret.), Partner; Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Justice Rachel Wainer Apter, Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Hon. Evelyn Padin, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Hon. Mitzy Galis-Menendez, P.J.Cr
  • Jeralyn L. Lawrence, President, New Jersey State Bar Association, Lawrence Law

Time: 1:45-3:15 p.m. ET

Thursday, May 18, 2023
Panel: Navigating the Court of Law and the Court of Public Opinion

One of the most challenging situations for attorneys is that in which a client requires both legal representation and strategic communications advice. As attorneys, you have a responsibility to achieve the most favorable resolution for your client. When you’re successful, you may not think it matters how you arrived at the outcome. But along the way, the client’s reputation can be so negatively impacted by harmful media stories or social media posts that it can take years to repair it.

Join a panel of legal, communication, and media professionals who will discuss how to navigate the court of public opinion in a way that protects a client’s professional and personal relationships. The discussion will explore: What type of cases generate media interest; How the media covers civil cases vs. criminal cases; When and how to engage media; How to protect a client’s reputation during a drawn out civil or criminal process; How to navigate the social media landscape during litigation; The dangers of “no comment”; How to utilize the media to bolster your legal strategy (defense or plaintiff’s work).


  • Christine A. Amalfe, Esq., NJSBA Second Vice President, Chair, Employment and Labor Law, Gibbons, PC


  • Michael A. Kaplan, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler, LLP
  • Karen Kessler, President, Kessler PR Group
  • Brian McDonough, Director of Litigation Communications, Kessler PR Group
  • Ravi Sattiraju, Sattiraju & Tharney, LLP 

Time: 3:30-5 p.m. ET

Conference Location: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, NJ

*Disclaimer: This event is open to the public but requires a registration fee.