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C. Judson Hamlin Named To NJSBA Board Of Trustees

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Former Chancery Division Presiding Judge C. Judson Hamlin was installed as a Section/Committee Trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Atlantic City. Hamlin is currently Of Counsel to the law firm of Purcell, Ries, Shannon, Mulcahy & O’Neill in Bedminster. He is a resident of Cranbury.

Hamlin has been a member of the NJSBA for 21 years. He is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Association of the Federal Bar, the American Bar Association, and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He currently serves as a trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey and is a member of the Vicinage VIII Ethics Committee. Hamlin also serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee as the designated representative of the NJSBA.

Governor Brendan Byrne appointed Hamlin to the Superior Court bench in 1978 where he served in both the criminal and civil divisions. Prior to serving in the Chancery Division, he was presiding judge of the Civil Division of Middlesex County.

During his judicial tenure, Hamlin was assigned statewide responsibility for complex mass tort matters. He managed statewide litigation involving breast implants, Norplant contraceptive devices, the Global Landfill, large-scale environmental claims, the Durham Woods gas pipeline cases, and complex coverage actions.

While on the bench, Hamlin sat on several New Jersey Supreme Court Committees and was appointed by the late Chief Justice Robert Wilentz in 1993 to be the sole New Jersey representative on the Mass Tort Litigation Committee of the National Conference of State Chief Justices. Hamlin also was appointed by Chief Justice Deborah Poritz to chair the Mass Tort Advisory Committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Prior to his judicial career, Hamlin was appointed in 1967 to lead the first public defender program in Middlesex County. In 1971, he was appointed First Assistant Prosecutor of Middlesex County where he led major investigations and tried high profile indictments and defendants. He was appointed Middlesex County Prosecutor in 1978 where he conducted major public corruption probes.

Since his return to private practice, Hamlin has been engaged in a broad practice area. In addition to a traditional ADR practice, Hamlin has been selected to act as special master in a complex litigation involving mass torts and large-scale coverage actions brought by Fortune 500 companies. He has served as special labor counsel to Middlesex County, negotiating contracts with public employee unions and supervising the grievance/disciplinary system.

In 1999, Hamlin was appointed to be Interim Claims Administrator of the National Diet Drug Class Action Settlement Trust. After completing this assignment, Hamlin returned to Purcell, Ries, Shannon, Mulcahy & O’Neill in Bedminster where he continues to engage in an active ADR practice.

Hamlin is a graduate of Providence College. He received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1963.

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