Clinton Twp., NJ, April 7, 2015 — Five attorneys from Gebhardt & Kiefer Law Offices have been named to the prestigious 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers® and Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists. Senior partners Richard Cushing, William Goodwin, Jr., and John Manfreda are selected to the 2015 NJ Super Lawyers list, and junior partner Diana Fredericks and associate Daniel Makoski are selected to the 2015 NJ Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (which honors top attorneys who are 40 years old or younger and who have been practicing for ten years or less).
Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars designations. The selected attorneys are chosen through a multi-phase, patented selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.
“Having five Gebhardt & Kiefer attorneys named to this year’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists is recognition of our firm’s commitment to our clients and our profession,” said managing partner Mark Chazin, who was previously recognized on the Super Lawyers lists in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for his primary practice area of Estate Planning & Probate. “We appreciate this acknowledgement of the high standards we set for our attorneys.”
Richard Cushing, who is recognized on the Super Lawyers list for his primary practice area of State, Local & Municipal law, has been practicing trial and municipal law for 43 years. He represents numerous municipalities, school boards and counties as either special counsel or municipal counsel, and has lectured and written extensively on public entity issues. In addition, he regularly represents public entities and others in the state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Cushing is a past president of the Hunterdon County Bar Association and was the recipient of the Hunterdon County Professional Lawyer of the Year award for 2001 from the NJ State Bar Association Commission on Professionalism. He is also a past recipient of the Cordon D. Griffin award for Excellence in Municipal Law, as well as the Mayor’s Award in Hampton Borough. In addition, Cushing is a former adjunct professor of law at Seton Hall University, and a former municipal court judge.
William Goodwin, who is recognized on the Super Lawyers list for his primary practice area of Family Law, has been practicing for 34 years. He is certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a matrimonial attorney, and is also an accredited mediator. He holds an “AV Preeminent” rating for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell. Goodwin is a Past President of the Hunterdon County Bar Association (HCBA), and a current member of the HCBA Family Practice and Seminar Committees. He won the Hunterdon County Professional Lawyer of the Year award in 2002. He is also a former member of the District XIII Ethics Committee and a former member and former chair of the District XIII Fee Arbitration Committee.
John Manfreda, who is recognized on the Super Lawyers list for his primary practice area of Estate Planning & Probate, has been practicing for 35 years. He holds an “AV Preeminent” rating for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell. He served continuously as President of the Greater Middlesex/Somerset County Estate Planning Council from 2005 to 2014, and has served continuously on its Board of Trustees since 1989. He also served as President of that organization from 1994 to 1996. Manfreda lectures extensively on estate and business planning matters, and has presented at the Small Business Development Center of Raritan Valley Community College, the Runnymeade Lecture Series, the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and the National Business Institute. Since 2009, Manfreda has produced and presented a series of Estate Planning seminars for the Hunterdon County Library System’s Adult Education Program, which has drawn thousands of attendees. He also frequently presents programs to many Seniors’ Clubs in Central New Jersey. In addition to advising clients on estate and gift tax planning and asset protection planning, Manfreda has extensive experience in matters involving contested probate and guardianship actions in the Chancery Courts.
Diana Fredericks, who is selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for her primary practice area of Family Law, has been practicing for nine years. She is an accredited mediator and has been trained in Collaborative Divorce. She currently serves as Vice President of the Hunterdon County Bar Association (HCBA), and also serves as Chair of the HCBA Scholarship & Budget/Finance Committees. Fredericks is a member of the District XIII Ethics Committee, as well as the HCBA Family and Collaborative Law Committees. She maintains a 10.0 “Superb” rating on AVVO.
Daniel Makoski, who is selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for his primary practice area of Estate Planning & Probate, has been practicing for seven years. In addition to his law degree, he also holds an L.L.M. in Taxation. In addition to his work in the estate planning and estate & trust administration areas of the law, Makoski has extensive experience advising clients on estate and gift tax planning; contested guardianship actions; personal income tax matters, including tax-efficient methods of acquiring and distributing assets; negotiating with tax authorities to minimize or eliminate tax deficiencies; appearing in the U.S. Tax Court; and handling IRS appeals. Further, Makoski has significant expertise counseling business clients on business formation, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, governance, and dissolution.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. The complete NJ Super Lawyers lists will be published in the April issue of NJ Monthly magazine.
Founded in 1884, Gebhardt & Kiefer has provided a broad range of legal services to individuals and businesses in Central and Northwestern NJ for 131 years. The firm, currently comprising nineteen attorneys, has a strong reputation in personal injury, trial work, matrimonial, employment law, real estate law and land use, business law, estate planning, and municipal law.