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Lintner, Moran and Sakson receive McLaughlin Award

The Civil Trial Bar Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association presented its prestigious James J. McLaughlin Award on Tuesday, September 16. The Hon. Jack L. Lintner, James B. Moran and John A. Sakson were honored at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. Presented annually by the section, the award recognizes civility, legal competence and professionalism in the practice of civil trial law.

Hon. Jack L. Lintner

Judge Jack L. Lintner retired from the bench and joined the firm Norris McLaughlin and Marcus on September 2, 2008, and is focusing his practice on alternative dispute resolution, insurance coverage issues and appellate advocacy consultation. He served 20 years on the bench, beginning his judicial career as a trial judge in the superior court in Middlesex County in 1988, and later serving as the presiding judge of the Civil and Chancery divisions. He was appointed to the Appellate Division in 1999, and from 2006 until his recent retirement served as the Appellate Division presiding judge.

During his tenure as a trial judge, Lintner presided over the state tobacco litigation and dissolution of the Health Insurance Plan of New Jersey. While serving in the Law and Chancery divisions, he was responsible for setting up and participating in numerous successful court-run mediation and settlement programs, and he wrote over 100 published opinions during his time on the bench.

Lintner has served on the Appellate Attorney Standards Committee, the Appellate Division/Assignment Judge Liaison Standing Committee and the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee. He is a member of the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. A certified civil trial attorney, and a member of the board of trustees of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, Lintner has lectured extensively on a variety of topics for the New Jersey Judicial College and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and is a recipient of the institute’s Distinguished Service Award and a fellow of the American Bar Association.

“Jack and I have known each other for 30 years,” said Hon. C. Judson Hamlin, a retired superior court judge who received the McLaughlin Award last year. “He was a real, practicing trial lawyer before his appointment to the bench, so he has always understood the challenges lawyers face under pressure. It’s easy for a judge to get frustrated with trial lawyers, but Jack always kept his professional demeanor and saw the value in courtesy and true professionalism. He truly deserves this award.”

James B. Moran

James B. Moran, a founding partner of the firm Hoagland, Longo, Oropollo & Moran (now Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas), was one of the first lawyers certified in civil trial advocacy by the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Board of Trial Attorneys. Moran focuses his practice primarily on large medical malpractice cases, products liability cases, insurance coverage matters and toxic tort legislation. He was involved in the Jackson Township case, one of the seminal cases in New Jersey focusing on toxic tort liability and coverage.

Moran is a member of the Middlesex, Essex and Morris county bar associations, and the New Jersey and Middlesex County trial lawyers’ associations. He is chair of the District VIII New Jersey Fee Arbitration Committee and a trustee of the Normandy Beach Improvement Association, Catholic Charities, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Asbury Park. He is also a member of the New Jersey Truckers’ Association and the Trucking Industry Defense Association.

“Jim brings to the table many years of trial experience, a great disposition, and the ability to always remain calm, even in the most tumultuous situations,” said Alan Durst, his law partner for 31 years. “He is the consummate professional. His honesty and integrity are above reproach, and he epitomizes what every lawyer should strive to be.”

John A. Sakson

John A. Sakson is co-managing shareholder of Stark & Stark, and chair of the firm’s accident and personal injury group. He joined the firm in 1979, and concentrates his practice in the area of serious personal injuries. A New Jersey Supreme Court-certified civil trial attorney, he has been awarded a certificate in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

He has served two terms as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Board of Trial Attorney Certification and was chair of the Civil Trial Attorney Certification Exam from 1993 to 1999. Sakson is a frequent lecturer at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and co-authored the book New Jersey Auto Insurance: A Consumer’s Guide.

A two-term NJSBA Trustee, Sakson is the former chair of the Civil Trial Bar Section and a member of the Automobile Reparations Committee. He is also a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators and a former two-term president of the Mercer County Bar Association. Additionally, Sakson is a founding master of the Mercer County American Inn of Court and a former member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New Jersey Chapter Board of Governors.

“I’ve known John for 24 years, and have been partners with him for 14, and I can say that he is very deserving of the McLaughlin Award,” said Paul Daly. “He has been involved in every aspect of civil practice during his career, and has always maintained the highest standards of professionalism, day in and day out. As a member of the bar, he is committed to training young lawyers to follow the same standards of professionalism he shows in everything he does.”

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