Six attorneys from Gebhardt & Kiefer Law Offices in Clinton Township have been named to the prestigious 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers® and Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists. Partners Richard Cushing, William Goodwin, and John Manfreda are selected to the 2017 NJ Super Lawyers list, and partner Diana Fredericks and associates Daniel Makoski and Tara St. Angelo are selected to the 2017 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.
Richard Cushing is recognized on the Super Lawyers list for the third year in a row for his practice area of State, Local & Municipal law. He has been practicing trial and municipal law for 45 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, Cushing regularly represents public entities and others in the state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He 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 is recognized on the Super Lawyers list for the third year in a row for his primary practice area of Family Law. He has been practicing for 36 years, and has been certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a matrimonial law attorney for 19 years. He is also an accredited mediator and has been trained in Collaborative Divorce. 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 is recognized on the Super Lawyers list for the third year in a row for his primary practice area of Estate Planning & Probate. He has been practicing for 37 years. Manfreda 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 Runnymede 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. 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 real estate and business law, as well as matters involving contested probate and guardianship actions filed in the Chancery Courts.
Diana Fredericks is selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the third year in a row for her primary practice area of Family Law. She has been practicing for ten years. She is certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a matrimonial law attorney, and is also an accredited mediator and has been trained in Collaborative Divorce. Fredericks currently serves as President of the Hunterdon County Bar Association (HCBA). She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the NJ Bar Association (NJSBA), is a member of the District XIII Ethics Committee, and serves as a Board Member for the United Way of Hunterdon County. In 2015, Fredericks was selected to the “New Leaders of the Bar” list by the NJ Law Journal, and in 2016 she was selected for the NJSBA Leadership Academy class of fellows for 2016 – 2017.
Daniel Makoski is selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the third year in a row for his primary practice area of Estate Planning & Probate. He has been practicing for nine years. Makoski holds a law degree and an L.L.M. in Taxation. In addition to his work in the estate planning and estate & trust administration areas of the law, he 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. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Contextual Family Services.
Tara St. Angelo is selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for her primary practice area of State, Local & Municipal law. She has been practicing for nine years. She aids in the representation of numerous municipalities as either special counsel or municipal counsel, and has successfully defended municipalities in many prerogative writ cases. St. Angelo is a frequent lecturer to municipal officials with respect to municipal issues, including social media policies and the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Somerset County Bar Association, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Somerset County Bar Foundation. In addition, Ms. St. Angelo serves on the Somerville Environmental Commission.
The Super Lawyers lists are issued by Thomson Reuters, which rates lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection methodology is described on the Super Lawyers website: www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process_detail.html. 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 133 years. The firm, currently comprising twenty attorneys, has a strong reputation in personal injury law, trial work, matrimonial law, employment law, real estate law, land use, business law, estate planning, and municipal law.
Photo Caption (top row, l to r): Gebhardt & Kiefer, PC attorneys Diana Fredericks, John Manfreda, Tara St. Angelo, (bottom row, l to r): Daniel Makoski, Richard Cushing, William Goodwin.