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Mark Biel To Receive 2005 Saul Tischler Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association will celebrate an extraordinary colleague when it presents its 2005 Saul Tischler Award to Mark Biel, a former two-term chair of the section and past member of the NJSBA board of trustees.

The award will be presented at the Family Law Section’s annual dinner on May 5 at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank.

“Anyone who knows Mark Biel knows his dedication to family law and particularly to the family law section,” says current section Chair Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich.

“He served as chair not only during his term, but stepped in when another chair became ill and completed that term as well. Those of us who have led the section know the time it takes out of your practice.”

Biel has been a member of the NJSBA for 32 years. He has served in many important bar association positions including chair of its Professional Responsibility Committee, vice chair of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, member of the Nominating Committee, trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and senior editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer.

Frank A. Louis, a former chair of the section, says that Biel is a classic example of what a lawyer should be, and that he is a role model for others.

“We give the Tischler Award not only because the recipient is a good lawyer, but because of the contributions made to the profession, and Mark’s contributions are extraordinary on several levels,” he says.

“From his professionalism, to his efforts on young lawyers education, to advancing law on relocation, and more, Mark is what we aspire to be. Everyone loves to be chair in the beginning, but the last three or four months are really a burden to your practice and for him to serve twice is remarkable. Mark is a person who has made those personal sacrifices that contribute to the advancement of the profession.”

As a member of the NJSBA board of trustees for 11 years, Biel served as the trustee-liaison for the Family Law Section. In that position, as well as when chairing the section, he helped craft hundreds of family law statutory and rule changes, including testifying at numerous Supreme Court and Senate hearings.

He is a past president of the Atlantic County Bar Association, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the American Bar Foundation for Distinguished Service to the Profession. He is certified by the New Jersey Court as a matrimonial lawyer, being in the first class of certified matrimonial lawyers.

Biel is listed in the White and Woodward publication of Best Lawyers in America and the New Jersey Monthly publication of Best Lawyers in New Jersey.

In addition to maintaining a busy family law practice as a senior partner with Mairone, Biel, Zlotnick & Feinberg, PA in Atlantic City, Biel has presented over 50 lectures in the family law field to the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, AAML, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), various law schools and county bar organizations and has over 25 published articles in the family law field.

In 1970, Biel served as a combat journalist in Vietnam and covered the February 1970 Tet Offensive for which he received the Bronze Star and Armed Forces Honor medal.

Biel says, “When your sitting in a bunker, you tell yourself if you ever get out of there alive, you won’t sweat the small stuff. I have tried to live by the credo, but, unfortunately, based on our practice, have been singularly unsuccessful.”

Biel’s colleagues dispute that by saying he is more level headed than most in difficult situations and that he wants to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

“Mark is a real team player and even though he is strong and very much an individual, he is even-tempered, reasonable, conscientious and he is the real deal,” says Lynn Fontaine Newsome, NJSBA second vice president and former section chair.

“Mark’s service to the bar is extraordinary and it continues. He was an active, involved chair for those two years and he brought geographic and racial diversity to the family law executive committee,” she says.

Biel is supportive of all the officers and chairs of the section that have followed him say both Newsome and Marzano-Lesnevich. Many agree that he has long deserved the Tischler Award.

“I am thrilled that he would receive the award in my year as chair and in the year of the 40th anniversary of the Family Law Section,” says Marzano-Lesnevich.

The Family Law Section annual dinner will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank and the cost is $65. To register, contact the NJSBA Meetings Department at 732-249-5000, or online at and select Meetings Calendar.

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