Middlesex County Bar Association Honors 2 Family Law Attorneys

EDISON — On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Middlesex County Bar Association honored two local attorneys, Megan Murray and Evelyn Hartmann, for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession. The event was held at The Pines Manor in Edison.

Martin S. Goldin Award winner Megan Murray, Esq. (center) with past award winners (l to r): Hon. Lisa M. Vignuolo, JSC; Daniel Brown, Esq.; Cheryl Spilka, Esq.; Robert Zaleski, Esq.; Paula Menar, Esq.; Gregg Rubenstein, Esq.; and Frank Tournour, Esq.

The winner of the 2012 Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award is Megan Murray, Esq., of Paone, Zaleski & Brown in Woodbridge. The Goldin Award commemorates the legacy of Martin S. Goldin who passed away in 2002. It is presented each year to a Family Law Practitioner who has been engaged in the practice for 15 years or less and exemplifies those principles by which Goldin practiced family law.

Murray exemplifies the qualities in a lawyer that were especially important to Goldin and which he incorporated into his daily practice. She is a zealous advocate for her client, and strives to lead all of her clients to a fair and reasonable settlement, even if this means advising a client that his or her position is unreasonable and not supported by the law. Murray’s goal is to achieve the best result for her clients through a thorough understanding of the law; careful attention to detail; and open dialogue with each of her clients with regard to their rights, liabilities and the possible range of outcomes in connection with that client’s particular case.

Murray was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. She thereafter attended Boston University, where she majored in broadcast journalism and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2002. Megan obtained her JD at Wake Forest University, where she served as the Editor in Chief of the Law School’s newspaper, The Hearsay. Murray met her husband Brian at Wake Forest, and she relocated with him to New Jersey (his home state) after graduating from law school. After relocating to New Jersey in 2005, Murray served as the law clerk for the Hon. Paul A. Kapalko, who sat as the presiding judge of the Family Part in Monmouth County at that time. In 2006, Murray joined the firm of Paone, Zaleski & Brown. Today, Murray is the senior associate at the firm and manages the Red Bank office.

MCBA Family Law Section Chair Manny Gerstein, Esq., Schoifet Award winner Evelyn Hartmann, Esq., Hon. Deborah J. Venezia, PJSC; past Schoifet Award winner Jean Ramatowski, Esq., and Cheryl Spilka, Esq.

The winner of the 2012 Edward Schoifet Family Law Award is Evelyn Hartmann, Esq., of Woodbridge. The Schoifet Award is the highest honor presented by the MCBA Family Law Section and commemorates the legacy of Edward Schoifet who passed away in 2006.

Hartmann has been chosen by her colleagues to receive this award in honor of her long career as an accomplished family law attorney known for her advocacy for her clients while maintaining an attitude of fairness with her adversaries and courtesy in all circumstances.

Hartmann is a sole practitioner in Woodbridge. She received her legal education at the Rutgers University School of Law in Newark earning her JD in 1983. Upon graduation she became an associate with the Law Office of Abraham Wilson in Piscataway, where she first became familiar with the practice area of family law. Early in her practice she realized that she enjoyed the challenging aspects of being a family attorney: meeting clients at difficult times in their lives, working with them to get through the difficulties, and helping them move on to a more positive place in their lives.

In 1985 Evelyn opened her own office as a solo practitioner in Piscataway, where she continued to practice family law and joined the Family Law Sections of both the New Jersey State Bar and the Middlesex County Bar Association. She moved her practice in 1987 to Woodbridge, where she focuses on family law but also does real estate, wills, trusts and estates. In 2007 she began to do arbitration in family law cases and completed the initial training in Collaborative Law Practice.

A resident of Piscataway, Evelyn has two adult daughters: Tara, a 4th grade teacher who also lives in Piscataway with her son Benjamin, and Maya, a fiber artist and jewelry maker who lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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