Medal of Honor Award

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Medal of Honor Award is given annually to lawyers and law-related professionals, as well as lay people, who best exemplify either or both of the following criteria:

  • significant contribution to the advancement or improvement of the justice system or the betterment of the legal profession in New Jersey
  • professional excellence as demonstrated by accomplishments in the law; or service to the profession and the community during their careers.

Nominations for this prestigious award are sought in the fall, with a deadline of submission sometime in January or February. Check the website for more information or contact Cynthia Pellegrino at 732-937-7507 or via email at [email protected]

Check out photos from the 2018 Medal of Honor Awards Dinner held at The Palace at Somerset Park on September 17, 2018.

2018 Medal of Honor Dinner Celebrates Past and Present

On September 17, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation hosted the 2018 Medal of Honor Awards Dinner at The Palace at Somerset Park. More than 300 guests paid tribute to the recipients of the Foundation’s highest and most prestigious award, the Honorable Linda R. Feinberg, AJSC (Ret.) and Justin P. Walder, Esq.

In addition, attendees celebrated the great work of the Foundation and it 60th Anniversary. A slideshow of past Medal of Honor recipients flashed on screens throughout the event and 20 past recipients in attendance were honored with commemorative medals.

Judge Feinberg dedicated her award to her parents who she said instilled in their children “to treat every person with respect and kindness.” Judge Feinberg was particularly close to her father who always said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” She has lived her life by that mantra.

In accepting his award, Mr. Walder said, “The tribute by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation is truly meaningful because of its mission over the last 60 years.” Mr. Walder spoke about the importance of civility in the law, which he contended “can’t be over emphasized.”

“Every case is not World War III,” Mr. Walder said. “Our work is based on integrity and professionalism.”

Past Medal of Honor Recipients

1988—Vincent J. Apruzzese, Esq.
1988—Matthias D. Dileo, Esq.
1989—Hon. Richard J. Hughes
1990—Hon. Stanley S. Brotman
1991—Daniel L. Golden, Esq.
1991—Joseph M. Nolan, Esq.
1992—Fred W. Friendly
1992—Melville D. Miller Jr., Esq.
1993—Hon. John F. Gerry
1993—James O’Brien
1994—Dean Ronald J. Riccio
1994—Miriam L. Murphy
1995—Hon. John J. Gibbons
1995—Lois A. Winnberg
1996—Hon. Samuel G. DeSimone
1996—Paulette Brown, Esq.
1997—Murray L. Cole, Esq.
1997—Walter N. Read, Esq.
1998—James Youngelson, Esq.
1998—Alan I. Gould, Esq.
1999—Hon. Joseph L. Rodriguez
1999—Thomas F. Campion, Esq.


2000—Hon. Marilyn Loftus
2000—James McCloskey
2001—Hon. Marie Garibaldi
2001—Raymond R. Trombadore, Esq.
2002—Raymond A. Brown, Esq.
2002—Joseph H. Kenney, Esq.
2002—Nancy Erika Smith, Esq.*
2002—Raymond A. Noble, Esq.*
2003—Justice James H. Coleman Jr.
2003—Saul A. Wolfe, Esq.
2004—Hon. Sylvia Pressler
2004—William John Kane, Esq.
2005—Hon. Anne E. Thompson
2005—Joel A. Leyner, Esq.
2006—Hon. Martin L. Haines
2006—Professor Paula A. Franzese
2007—Hon. Daniel J. O’Hern
2007—Thomas R. Curtin, Esq.
2008—Hon. William A. Dreier
2008—Hon. Stewart G. Pollack
2009—William S. Greenberg, Esq.
2009—David E. Johnson Jr., Esq.

2010—Hon. James R. Zazzali
2010—Hon. Renee J. Weeks
2011—Hon. L. Anthony Gibson
2011—Cynthia M. Jacob, Esq.
2012—Hon. John E. Wallace Jr.
2012—David H. Dugan III, Esq.
2013—Richard J. Badolato, Esq.
2013—Michael R. Griffinger, Esq.
2014—Hon. Helen E. Hoens
2014—Raymond S. Londa, Esq.
2015—Hon. Edwin H. Stern
2015—Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson
2016—Hon. Peter G. Verniero
2016—Wayne J. Positan
2017—Hon. Marie White Bell
2017—Joseph P. LaSala, Esq
2018—Hon. Linda R. Feinberg, AJSC (Ret.)
2018—Justin P. Walder, Esq.

*In recognition of the generous contributions of the legal community on behalf of the victims of 9/11.