Justin P. Walder, a member at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, PC, and co-chair of its litigation practice in Hackensack, NJ, is the recipient of the “2016 Gerald B. O’Connor Award” by the New Jersey Association of Justice. Walder was selected for this award based on peer recognition of his extraordinary skills and creativity as a trial lawyer and his commitment to the highest ideals of the profession.
Walder focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, complex civil litigation and Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He was victorious in representing a New Jersey Superior Court judge that changes to the state’s pension and health care benefits for sitting judges and justices violated the New Jersey Constitution. He was the recipient of the Daniel J. O’Hern Award, the highest honor given by the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a recipient of the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award, the highest award given by the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey. He is a Past President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and has received that organization’s Hon. Lawrence A. Whipple Memorial Award. He was recognized by his peers as the top Super Lawyer of New Jersey and for over two decades as one of the Best Lawyers in America. He was designated the Lawyer of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is the New Jersey Co-Chair, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He has served on numerous New Jersey Supreme Court committees and has helped lawyers throughout his career by lecturing at many Continuing Legal Education events. He graduated cum laude from Seton Hall University and earned his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers University School of Law, where he was designated a Rutgers Scholar.
According to Mike Stein, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden chairman and managing partner, “Justin is a role model and a lawyers’ lawyer and we are truly honored by this recognition by all of the well-respected trial lawyers of the prestigious New Jersey Association of Justice.”
Founded in the late 1940s and incorporated in 1976, the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) is headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey. NJAJ is a statewide association of over 2,600 members in private practice and public service, paralegals, law clerks, law students and law school graduates not yet admitted to the bar. NJAJ is dedicated to protecting legal rights of the citizens of New Jersey by working to preserve and strengthen the laws for safer products and workplaces, a cleaner environment and quality health care.