A lot has happened since our last Newsletter. Perhaps of greatest signi cance, our attorneys Andrew Kohut and Mark Balian became partners of Wells, Jaworski & Liebman this year. We are so proud of both of these great young lawyers. New Partner, Mark Balian, also joined Partners Tom Wells, Stuart Liebman and Jim Jaworski as an Administrative Partner, a role that Tom and Jim plan to begin to rotate out of over the next few years.
In July, we were pleased to welcome Jessica R. Witmer as a new associate of the firm in the Tax, Trust and Estates, Business & Commercial and Real Estate Departments. She has experience drafting and negotiating numerous complex commercial deals. Prior to Wells, Jaworski & Liebman, Jessica worked in Westchester County, New York, predominately working with credit unions advising on a vast range of business matters. Jessica, who grew up in Ocean City, New Jersey, graduated from Stockton University in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law in 2013, where she earned a Certi cate in Environmental Law. While at Pace University, she served as a senior associate on the Pace Environmental Law Review and served as the President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is licensed in New Jersey and New York. Jessica said, “I am so happy to join the WJ&L family. It will allow me to do what I like best, help clients solve problems.”
Associate Spencer Rothwell recently proved his metal by completing the 26 mile New York City Marathon. Spencer’s run raised $3,700 for “Fred’s Team” in support of cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. We are all so proud of him. Partner Stuart Liebman continues to do his miles on a bike, with an upcoming 50 mile ride in Columbine, Maryland, to bene t Breast Cancer Awareness. Last on the athletic side, Partners Tom Wells and Jim Jaworski are off to Alaska with a group of 7 clients and friends to ski the 49th state in March. No charity bene t on this one, just fun planned!
Back at home, WJ&L is in its 30th year of serving clients. We celebrated by giving our of ce a face lift and some remodeling. Stop in and take a look. One modernization change we are still getting used to is eliminating the receptionist position in favor of a fully automated telephone system. Yes, we know, some of our clients are missing the old way. So that you know with our new system, verbal telephone messages also get to all of us by e-mail. With all attorneys now carrying smart phones, voicemail, as well as e-mail and texts, reach us immediately.
Partners Tom Wells and Jim Delia were both back in Haiti this year. Jim will now retire after 9 years of leading the YMCA d’ Haiti National Sports Camp (soccer, volleyball and basketball). During those years, Jim has led over two dozen volunteer coaches in this astounding athletic and esteem building program. His contribution cannot be overstated. Over 1,200 Haitian young people have seen his leadership and commitment up close and have been inspired by same. In September, Tom was back leading yet another group of construction volunteers building the 5th Container YMCA Community Center of the YMCA d’Haiti. Tom remains the one non-Haiti director on the YMCA d’Haiti Board of Directors. Right now, he is leading an effort of Hurricane Relief for Haiti.
Partner Darrell Felsenstein has now stepped down from the Bergen County Bar Association Board of Directors, having served three 3-year terms. Great work Darrell! Speaking of the Bar Association, Partner Stuart Liebman again co-chaired the 22nd Annual Bergen County Bar Association Land Use Symposium this year. He, and Partners, Jim Delia and Andy Kohut, were all lecturers at the event.
Last, a quick personal highlight. Our longtime of ce assistant and later paralegal, Scott Geller, son of Of ce Manager, Marcia Geller, just graduated as the valedictorian of his class and became a Physician Assistant. We wish him the best in his new “white coat”.