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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/16/08
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Gerald H. Baker Receives NJSBA Amicus Curiae Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Gerald H. Baker received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Amicus Curiae Award at the Association’s Board of Trustees Meeting and Holiday Luncheon on December 12, 2008 at the New Jersey Law Center. He is a Saddle River resident and Hoboken attorney.

The award recognizes Mr. Baker for his efforts on behalf of the NJSBA in the case of Olkusz v. Brown, an Appellate Division matter where he argued that a statute prohibiting the use of “step-down” clauses in commercial auto insurance policies should have retroactive application. It also recognizes him for his work on the NJSBA brief in the case Jablonowska v. Suther, where the NJSBA successfully argued that a negligent-infliction-of-emotional-distress claim fashioned on common law liability is independent of the requirements imposed by the Automobile Insurance Cost Reduction Act’s verbal threshold.

An NJSBA Member Emeritus, Mr. Baker has been active in the Association since 1968. Currently, he serves as Chair of both the Legislative Committee and Automobile Reparations Committee. He was an NJSBA Trustee from 1988 to 1992 and is a past chair of the NJSBA Nominating Committee. In addition, Mr. Baker currently serves as Treasurer of the Hudson County Bar Foundation and is a trustee and past president of the Hudson County Bar Association. He also is on the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of New Jersey.

A Yale Law School graduate, Mr. Baker is Managing Partner of the law firm Baker, Pedersen & Robbins. He is licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York, as well as before the United State Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third and Fourth Circuits, and United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York.

The New Jersey State Bar Association incorporated in 1899 is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system, to encouraging participation in voluntary pro bono activities and to aiding in the administration of justice. Visit the Association’s website at www.njsba.com