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Casey Gocel and Mara Codey Honored As New Leaders of the Bar by NJ Law Journal

At Mandelbaum Salsburg, we’ve long known that Member Casey Gocel and Associate Mara Codey are among the best young attorneys in New Jersey. We’re pleased to announce that the New Jersey Law Journal agreed when it recently selected Casey and Mara as two of its 2016 New Leaders of the Bar.

The honor, formerly known as the “40 Under 40,” recognizes top attorneys under the age of 40 whom have achieved expertise in their respective practice areas, whom are leaders in their fields, and whose command of the law have been acknowledged by their peers and clients as exceptional. Having two of only a few dozen Leaders of the Bar selected throughout New Jersey confirms that Mandelbaum Salsburg is positioning itself well for the future.

“Casey and Mara’s inclusion on this prestigious list is a result of their tireless efforts, their knowledge of the law, and their dedication to their clients,” said William Barrett, the firm’s co-CEO. “All of us who have worked with them recognize fully how deserving they are of this honor.”

Casey, who specializes in corporate transactions, taxation and estate planning, was named a member of the Firm after just seven years as an associate, and is one of the youngest partners in the 85-year history of the Firm. Her practice is focused on business mergers and acquisitions, federal and state income taxation of individuals and corporate entities, sophisticated estate and family wealth transfer planning, asset protection planning, and exempt organizations.

“Casey has developed into an exceptional lawyer, the proof of which is in the feedback the Firm receives from her clients – some of the oldest and most important clients in the Firm,” said Barrett. “She personifies the independent thinking and entrepreneurial spirit we want from our attorneys.”

Prior to being named a member, Casey was the only associate to chair a committee within the Firm, with responsibility for the Pro Bono Committee. She is also active in helping plan and implement firm-wide marketing and educational activities and is one of the leaders of the Firm’s “Women’s Initiative,” a program to foster marketing efforts for the Firm’s female attorneys.

Mara has strongly established herself within the areas of commercial and corporate litigation, construction, landlord/tenant, and labor and employment law. Since joining the Firm, Mara has been actively involved in all stages of litigation, including arguing motions, trial preparation, mediation, and conducting depositions. She has played a critical role in a multi-party litigation over wage and hour violations, a civil RICO action in federal court, and several matters involving violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

“It became apparent almost immediately that Mara was born to litigate,” said Barrett.  “It’s very rare for a young attorney to argue in court with the poise and maturity with which Mara does. She’s been indispensable not only to the Firm, but a tireless advocate for her clients both inside and outside the courtroom.”

Within the Firm, Mara has also made her mark, mentoring new associates in the litigation department since 2013 and supervising summer interns assigned to the litigation department.