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NJSBA Civil Trial Bar Section To Celebrate Attorney And Judge With McLaughlin Awards

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Civil Trial Bar Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association will honor Bedminster attorney Eugene M. Purcell and retired Superior Court Judge Douglas T. Hague with its James J. McLaughlin Award on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The McLaughlin Award Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick beginning at 6 p.m.

The James J. McLaughlin Award is presented annually for demonstrating civility, legal competence and professionalism in the practice of civil trial law.

Purcell is a founding partner of Purcell, Ries, Shannon, Mulcahy & O'Neill in Bedminster. For over 40 years, he has specialized in the trial of complex civil cases including product liability, medical malpractice, mass tort litigation and employment cases.

Purcell has lectured extensively on trial practice at Seton Hall University School of Law and Rutgers University School of Law. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a certified civil trial attorney and past president and chairman of the board of trustees of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, of which he was a founding member.

Purcell is a member of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was selected as a charter member of the New Jersey Chapter of The American Board of Trial Advocates in 1984 and presently holds the rank of diplomate. In 1998, he was presented with the Annual Trial Bar Award by the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Justice.

He is also a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, Somerset County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Inc. and New Jersey Defense Association.

Douglas T. Hague served in the distinguished position of New Jersey Superior Court Judge from 1992 to 2003. In particular, Hague was the managing judge of all medical malpractice cases in Middlesex County from 1997 through 2003.

Following his retirement from the bench, Hague rejoined Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in Woodbridge as of counsel, where he was both an associate and a partner for more than 30 years prior to becoming a judge. Hague concentrates his practice in mediation, arbitration and consultation with an emphasis on medical malpractice and personal injury matters.

Hague has continued to be an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 1990. He served as president of both the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey in 1985 and of the Middlesex County Trial Attorneys in 1975. A member of the Civil Trial Bar Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), Hague served as the section’s chair in 1986. He was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 1998.

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