NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--McCarter & English is pleased to announce that Gerard Brew, a partner in the firm’s Newark office, will receive the New Jersey State Bar Association Pro Bono Award on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the state bar’s annual pro bono conference.
Mr. Brew, who practices in the area of trusts and estates, family law, and closely held businesses, has, throughout his career, handled many types of pro bono matters, but has recently focused his efforts on domestic violence and is the leader of McCarter’s pro bono domestic violence project. In the past year alone, he has supervised a dozen domestic violence and other family law matters which involved a total of nearly 900 pro bono hours. He works directly on each of the cases he supervises: helping to develop trial strategy, assisting associates in marshaling evidence, preparing each associate to handle a half-day or full-day trial, and advising clients who, in many cases, have endured severe traumas.
“We are proud of Gerard’s work and believe he is well-deserving of this important honor,” said Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr., McCarter’s managing partner. “We have long recognized the important leadership role that Gerard plays within the firm through his work recruiting other attorneys to do pro bono work and advocating for firm policies that ensure McCarter is maximizing its pro bono efforts.”
Emily B. Goldberg, McCarter’s pro bono director, said, “Gerard’s tireless commitment to pro bono has helped many domestic violence survivors facing very painful situations. In each case, he demonstrates unique empathy for his clients and brings to bear his impressive legal acumen to ensure their safety and well-being.”
The NJSBA Pro Bono Award was established to recognize exemplary pro bono contributions made by individuals, law firms, corporate law departments, NJSBA sections, committees or divisions and/or other organizations or associations. The award will be given at the NJSBA’s fifth annual pro bono conference at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ. Partners for Women and Justice, the non-profit organization with which McCarter works on domestic violence matters, will also receive an award.
“I appreciate that the state bar recognizes the work that McCarter and Partners for Women and Justice are doing because it is essential that attorneys devote pro bono resources toward assisting domestic violence survivors throughout the state and the country,” Mr. Brew said. “Without strong pro bono representation, these women often feel they have little hope of escaping horrendous circumstances, which threaten not only their own safety, but all too often the safety of their children.”
Mr. Brew has a wide-ranging legal practice. He focuses on litigation involving estates, trusts, fiduciaries, family issues, and closely held family businesses; counseling fiduciary clients in complex estate administrations to avoid disputes; and handling estate planning and administration matters. He has long served as a member of McCarter’s Pro Bono Committee. In addition to leading the domestic violence project, he has supervised a number of other pro bono matters during the past year, in the areas of custody, guardianship, non-profit law, and constitutional law.
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