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The New Jersey State Bar Foundation Awards Medal of Honor to Gibbons Of Counsel Edwin Stern


June 11, 2015

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) conferred its highest award, the Medal of Honor, on Edwin H. Stern, Of Counsel at Gibbons P.C. The award was presented at the foundation’s annual awards dinner, held on June 10, 2015 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Mr. Stern is the fourth Gibbons attorney to earn this prestigious award, joining past recipients Michael R. Griffinger, a Director in the Gibbons Business & Commercial Litigation Department, John J. Gibbons, former Chief Judge of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and James R. Zazzali, former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

The NJSBF annually awards its Medal of Honor to a professional who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the justice system or the betterment of the legal profession in New Jersey, and who has attained professional excellence in the law or service to the profession and the community.

“This award is a testament to the distinct merit of Judge Stern’s longstanding career, which has spanned a notable range of positions and practice areas,” said Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. “He is highly respected by clients, peers, and friends.”

Mr. Stern began his judicial career in 1981, when he was appointed to the bench by then-Governor Brendan T. Byrne. He served in the Superior Court Law Division in Hudson County and Essex County before he was elevated to the Appellate Division in 1985. In 1998, he became a presiding judge in the Appellate Division and, in 2004, the Presiding Judge for Administration of the Appellate Division. He was temporarily assigned to the New Jersey Supreme Court from September 8, 2010 through June 9, 2011. During his judicial career, he authored more than 3,600 written decisions and more than 400 published opinions.

Leveraging his judicial experience, he now provides opinions for clients on various issues of concern, advises on such matters as filing appeals, reviews briefs and papers filed in state and federal courts, and conducts moot courts for attorneys before they argue matters in court. He also conducts mediations and arbitrations and serves as a special hearing officer in attorney discipline cases. He is on the roster of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Stern presently serves as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct; the Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee; and the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Law Journal.

Mr. Stern is a member of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal; the American Law Institute; the American Bar Association; a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and was awarded the Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple Award from the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.

Founded in 1958, The New Jersey State Bar Foundation is the charitable and educational Foundation of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Its mission is to foster an increased awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of law and the legal system among New Jersey residents; serve as the statewide resource for law-related education for the public; provide opportunities for lawyers to serve the public through its programs; and foster professionalism and pride in the profession of law through public service. NJSBA undertakes its mission by offering a free, comprehensive public education program. For more information, please see www.njsbf.org.