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For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications


State Bar Association candidates tapped for leadership positions Nominating Committee selects two trustees for officer positions

Two veteran members of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Board of Trustees were named to officer positions.


Robert B. Hille, 54, of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, was selected to serve as treasurer. The selection means he is on track to become president in 2017.


The Nominating Committee also picked John E. Keefe Jr., 47, of Keefe Bartels, to serve as secretary. That selection means he is on track to become president in 2018.


Although the Nominating Committee cannot discuss the decision-making process as to its deliberations due to the confidentiality of the process, it determined, as a whole, that a statement was necessary to explain the decision not to advance the current secretary, Thomas Hoff Prol, to the position of treasurer, according to Nominating Committee Chair John C. Eastlack Jr.


"The committee has tremendous respect and regard for Mr. Prol's dedication and efforts on behalf of the association and its members,” said Eastlack. “However, referring to the association's own bylaws, it was felt that with his recent full-time out-of-state legal employment, and given his now out-of-state residency, Mr. Prol could not continue to represent the organization's membership as an NJSBA officer."


The committee made its selections after conducting a series of interviews with the candidates. Unless a nominated position is challenged, the candidates will begin service in May at the association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City.


“It is encouraging to see the great interest in service from so many bar association members,” said Eastlack.


As a partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Hille concentrates on insurance and healthcare law. He has been published and lectured widely in both areas. Hille is also certified by the Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney, and is a member of the Court’s Civil Practice Committee. He is a trustee of the state bar association and chairs the insurance benefits and amicus committees, and is also a member of the Malpractice Insurance Committee and Health Law Section. He is a former president of the Bergen County Bar Association.


Hille said he has been honored to serve as a trustee to represent the voice and interests of association members, and is looking forward to an opportunity to do more as a member of the executive committee.


“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to advocate for our members’ interest in an executive position. I am committed to the association and its mission,” said Hille.


Keefe founded Keefe Bartels in 2006 and serves as its co-managing partner. He is a certified trial attorney and practices throughout the state and federal courts in New Jersey, specializing in negligence and product liability, as well as complex mass tort litigation. He has tried numerous matters to verdict and prosecuted hundreds of cases on behalf of victims of catastrophic loss, including being appointed as plaintiffs liaison counsel in a historic consumer fraud national class action. He is a trustee of the state bar association, and is the former chair of the Civil Trial Bar Section. Keefe has been a frequent speaker and moderator of educational seminars for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.


Keefe has said he wants lawyers to be proud of what they do and to let the public know how much good the profession does on a regular basis.


“I am humbled and pleased by the Nominating Committee’s selection. I am truly committed to the lawyers of the state of New Jersey, and fostering issues like fortifying bench-bar relations, promoting judicial independence, and mentoring young lawyers and addressing the many critical issues they face,” said Keefe.


The committee also tapped a host of others for leadership positions in the state’s largest lawyers group, including its governing body.


The candidates:

Executive Committee

President-Elect - Paris P. Eliades

First Vice President – Miles S. Winder

Second Vice President – Angela White Dalton

Treasurer – Robert B. Hille

Secretary – John E. Keefe Jr.


Board of Trustees

Atlantic – Paul J. Gallagher*

Camden – Linda W. Eynon

Cape May – Stephen W. Barry*

Essex – Gary Potters*

Hunterdon – Anthony J. Murgatroyd*

Middlesex – Craig M. Aronow*

Monmouth – Timothy F. McGoughran

Ocean – Richard M. Sevrin*

Somerset – Michael McLaughlin*

Sussex – Francis A. Koch*

Union – Marc R. Brown



William Ferreira*

Mitzy Galis-Menendez*

Fruqan Mouzon*

John Nachlinger

Kenneth E. Sharperson*



Joan M. Burke* (Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee)

Eric G. Fikry (Casino Law Section)

Thomas P. Scrivo (Equity Jurisprudence Committee)

Nancy Erika Smith (Individual Rights Section)

Steven W. Suflas* (Labor and Employment Section)

Kimberly Yonta Aronow* (Women in the Profession Section)


Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

Jonathan H. Lomurro


Nominating Committee

Michelle D. Perry-Thompson

Cindy N. Vogelman


American Bar Association Delegate

Stephen M. Orlofsky*

Lynn Fontaine Newsome*

Christina Vassiliou Harvey (YLD)


* indicates incumbent