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Richard J. Badolato Receives NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New Jersey State Bar Association Immediate Past President Richard J. Badolato, a Roseland attorney and Morristown resident, was recognized with the Distinguished Legislative Service Award of the New Jersey State Bar Association in September for his work on the issue on medical malpractice reform.

“I accept this award only on behalf of all the members of the Task Force on Medical Malpractice that I appointed and NJSBA staff who worked hard, put in countless hours of preparation by writing letters to legislators and participating in conference calls, who testified and appeared on TV,” Badolato said.

“We were assaulted by a profession for nothing that we did and they are trying to deny access to the courts, to the very people who are their patients. We stood tall because we did it in a classy and dignified way. We did not have strikes and we recited facts. We have clients and they have patients, who deserve the opportunity to litigate those matters when doctors commit negligence. I believe that justice will always prevail.”

NJSBA President Karol Corbin Walker presented Badolato with the award and pointed out that he spent hours and weekends representing the interests of the NJSBA appearing in the broadcast media, writing editorials, creating and participating on the Task Force on Medical Malpractice, testifying before the state Legislature and meeting with physicians and other groups.

The annual Distinguished Legislative Service Award is the highest recognition bestowed by the New Jersey State Bar Association to its members for advancing the association’s legislative agenda. The awards are a yearly opportunity to acknowledge commitment to the State Bar’s legislative goals and members’ willingness to testify, prepare amendments and contact legislators on the association’s behalf.

A member of the NJSBA for 38 years, Badolato has served on many association sections and committees and was a member of the board of trustees from 1993 to 1997. From 1997 to 2002, he rose through the ranks of the NJSBA executive committee serving as secretary, treasurer, second vice president, first vice president, and president-elect before his term as president in 2002-2003.

He served as president of the Essex County Bar Association from 1977 to 1978, and is the New Jersey vice-chair for the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, a diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and served as a member of the ABA House of Delegates from 1978 to 1990.

Badolato is a partner in the Roseland law firm of Connell Foley LLP. A certified civil trial attorney, he practices in both state and federal courts, handling malpractice, products liability, all forms of general liability, construction and automobile litigation, insurance coverage and policy interpretation, fire and theft losses, and declaratory judgment proceedings. Badolato is also a member of his firm’s Litigation Partners Executive Committee.

A graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut, Badolato received his law degree from Rutgers Law School — Newark. Badolato is the founder and past president of Fairfield University’s New Jersey Area Club. He also was honored in 1997 as the recipient of Fairfield University’s Alumni Service Award.

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