The New Jersey State Bar Association honored two longtime members in December for distinguished service to their respective sections.
Judge Dolores M. McNamee received the Jack O’Brien Service Award at the 34th Annual Workers’ Compensation Bench-Bar Conference, presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Workers’ Compensation Section. The event drew more than 400 people to the Pines Manor in Edison for a day-long series of programs in worker’s compensation law. The NJSBA’s Public Utility Law Section also recognized James H. Laskey with the James R. Lacey Award, presented at the section’s winter luncheon for his body of work in public utility law.
Judge McNamee served as supervising judge of the Workers’ Compensation Court in Trenton before her retirement in May 2019. In her decade on the bench, she presided over matters in six vicinages which included the Bridgeton, Camden, Freehold, Mount Holly, New Brunswick and Trenton Workers’ Compensation Courts. Prior to serving as a judge, McNamee worked for 22 years as a deputy attorney general and represented the Second Injury Fund in Workers’ Compensation Courts throughout New Jersey.
Judge McNamee currently works for the law firm of Barnaba and Marconi in Hamilton in Mercer County. She also co-chairs the Burlington County Workers’ Compensation Section.
Laskey, an of counsel attorney at Norris McLaughlin in Bridgewater, has practiced before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities since 1982. He has represented hundreds of matters in his career, mainly working for enterprises seeking to compete with utility companies or end users seeking to take advantage of competitive opportunities. His recent practice with Norris McLaughlin is dedicated to representing electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities and matters in the solar energy industry.
Laskey served as chair of the Public Utility Law Section during the 1997-1998 term and has remained active in the section since then.