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NJBIZ announces finalists for General Counsel of the Year

Twenty-nine finalists have been chosen for NJBIZ's 2018 General Counsel of the Year Awards.

A panel of independent judges evaluated nominees in six categories using a point system to evaluate each’s career success, organizational contributions, recent legal victories and professional and community service.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony May 18 at The Palace at Somerset Park. For more information about the event and to register, please visit www.njbiz.com/events.

Meet this year's finalists:

Health Care Organization

Miriam Baker, chief legal counsel
Riverside Medical Group of Optum, Hoboken

David De Simone, senior vice president, organizational transformation and chief legal officer
CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold

Matthew Doonan, general counsel
Inspira Health Network, Mullica Hill

Sheilah O'Halloran, vice president, legal affairs and general counsel
Atlantic Health System, Morristown

Non-Profit or Government Organization

Sharon Balsamo, assistant executive director/general counsel
New Jersey State Bar Association, New Brunswick

Doug Long, of counsel
Grace Marmero & Associates, Woodbury

Holly Stern, general counsel and vice president of legal affairs
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark

Dan Young, municipal solicitor
Upper Township, Ocean City

Private Company (revenues up to $500M)

Thomas DeFelice III, vice president and general counsel
Circle BMW, Eatontown

Bradley Goldman, managing director, general counsel & chief compliance officer
Palisade Capital Management LLC, Fort Lee

Marc Holzapfel, vice president and general counsel
AeroFarms, Glen Ridge

Ellen Horowitz Dale, general counsel
The Promotion in Motion Companies Inc., Allendale

Jared Leibowitz, general counsel
Vydia, Holmdel

Nicole Liebman, general counsel
WithumSmith+Brown PC, Mannasquan

Perry Pappas; senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer
WorkWave LLC, Holmdel

Heather Steinmiller, managing director and general counsel
Conner Strong & Buckelew Companies LLC, Marlton

Private Company (revenues over $500M)

Matthew Buckley, chief compliance officer
AnnieMac Home Mortgage, Mount Laurel

Brian Cupka, executive vice president HR, general counsel & secretaryeral
Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc., Ramsey

James Kraus, senior vice president and general counsel
Crum & Forster, Morristown

Brian Osias, vice president & associate general counsel
LIXIL Americas, Piscataway

Public Company

Richard Diegnan, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary
Internap Corporation, Secaucus

Wanda Goodloe, senior vice president & general counsel
CBRE, Saddle Brook

Timothy P. Harris, executive vice president and general counsel
Prudential, Newark

Michelle Ifill, senior vice president and general counsel
Verizon Corporate Services Group, Basking Ridge

Brad Middlekauff, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary
Edge Therapeutics Inc., Berkeley Heights

Diego Rotsztain, executive vice president, head of corporate development and general counsel
Gain Capital Holdings Inc., Bedminster

Martin Wilson, general counsel
Teligent Inc., Iselin

Jane Pine Wood, chief legal counsel
BioReference Laboratories Inc., Elmwood Park

Rising Star Winner

Carrie Parikh, vice president, legal
Wyndham Hotel Group, Livingston

Lifetime Achievement Winner

Catherine Kiernan, vice president and general counsel
Seton Hall University, South Orange

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