Gibbons Director Thomas Cafferty Named Professional Lawyer of the Year


November 3, 2016

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The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) has chosen Thomas J. Cafferty, a Director in the Gibbons P.C. Business & Commercial Litigation Department, as their selection for a 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. Mr. Cafferty received his award at the NJSBA Professionalism Awards Luncheon on November 3, 2016.

The Professional Lawyer of the Year Award is presented jointly by the NJSBA and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism to recognize lawyers of outstanding character who are respected by colleagues for a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and involvement in the organized bar and community.

Mr. Cafferty is a longtime member of the NJSBA, previously serving as Chair of the Media Law Committee for the 2001-2002 and 2015-2016 terms. He has also been selected to the Thomson Reuters New Jersey Super Lawyers list in the Communications category, listed in Woodward/White Best Lawyers® in the Litigation: First Amendment category, for which he was highlighted as the 2014 Newark area “Lawyer of the Year,” and named a “State Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.

At Gibbons, Mr. Cafferty leads the Media Law Team. He has played a significant role in shaping New Jersey’s laws regarding government transparency and public access, electronic devices in the courtroom, and access to judicial and government records. He has extensive experience litigating and counseling on First Amendment and media issues and handles some of the most complex and significant matters relating to these issues in New Jersey. He recently chaired a sub-committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court Bench Bar Media Committee that issued a critical report, ultimately adopted by the full Committee, recommending major changes in the current Guidelines of the Supreme Court regulating the use of electronic devices (such as cameras, laptops, and cell phones) in courtrooms.

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