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Wayne J. Positan Named President-Elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Wayne J. Positan, Managing Director of the Roseland, NJ firm of Lum, Danzis, Drasco & Positan LLC, and a resident of Essex Fells, was installed as President-Elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association on May 19 at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlantic City. Positan heads the firm’s Labor, Employment and Government Group. He represents management and defendants in such matters, including non-compete litigation.

Positan has been a member of the NJSBA for thirty years and has served on its Board of Trustees since 1998. He is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and served as the Chair of the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice from 2000-2002 which culminated in the adoption of changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct concerning various issues on the multi-state practice of law, licensure, and disciplinary matters. That report has been published by the ABA titled “Client Representation In The 21st Century.” He had previously chaired the NJSBA Committee on Multijurisdictional Practice.

Positan has spoken before the Conference of Chief Justices and numerous other organizations and programs around the country on the subject, and moderated the ABA Connection National Teleconferences on “Ethics Issues in Multijurisdictional Practice” and “The Final Word on Ethics 2000.”

Positan also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the bar association.

Positan chaired the NJSBA Labor and Employment Section (1995-1997) and has served on its Executive Committee since 1987. He has chaired the Annual Institute for Legal Education Labor Law Forum/Bench Bar Conference since 1994. He has served in the leadership of the ABA Section of Litigation as Director of Divisions, a member of its governing Council, Co-Chair of the Employment and Labor Relations Committee, Co-Chair of the Task Force on the Merit Selection of Judges, and Co-Chair of the Section Annual Meeting. He is Editor-In-Chief of the ICLE book “New Jersey Labor and Employment Law” which is about to be released in its Second Edition in June. He has also served on the Board of Editors of the ABA book “Jury Instructions in Employment Litigation” and as a contributing author to the ABA books “Business Torts Litigation” and “Employment Litigation Handbook.”

The Essex County Bar Association honored Positan with its Professional Achievement Award in 2001. The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law bestowed a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award to him in 2002. He received the Humanitarian and Achievement Award from the Columbian Foundation in 2002.

Positan was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a member of its inaugural class of 100 lawyers nationally in 1996, was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the ABA Section of Litigation.

Positan was selected by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for labor and employment law, having been so listed for over 12 years; was recently named one of the “Top 100” Superlawyers in New Jersey Monthly magazine (May 2005), and as a Superlawyer for employment litigation; has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in the New York Area (New York Magazine, August, 2005); was featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine “Top Lawyers” (March 2003); was selected as one of the “Top Eight “ NJ Employment Defense Lawyers in Chambers USA’s “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” (2003-2005); and is listed in Who’s Who In American Law, Who’s Who In America and Who’s Who In The World.

Positan serves on the Board of Trustees of Montclair State University where he chairs its Personnel Committee, and on the board of the Columbian Foundation. He also serves as Vice Conseiller Gastronomique of the international wine and food society, La Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Saddle River Valley chapter. He is also on the Board of Directors of Marotta Controls, Inc. and is involved with the Boston University Friends of Hockey.

Positan is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in government, and received his law degree from New York University School of Law.

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, and to aiding in the administration of justice.

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