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Commitment to Make a Difference

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, a name that has become synonymous with law firm excellence and the commitment to make a difference for the businesses and individuals it serves. We have a distinct and remarkable history, with our proud heritage distinguished as much by the spirit of our founder as by our size and stature.

The firm was founded in 1919 by David T. Wilentz, a man of uncommon determination and an icon of the legal profession. By 1935, he had become New Jersey's attorney general, during which time he prosecuted what was then the world's most sensational case, the Lindbergh kidnapping. Books, movies and news accounts document his tenacity, legal acumen and integrity. Those early lessons were not lost on the firm's future members. Inspired by the leadership of David T. Wilentz, and committed to delivering effective legal services to both large and small businesses and to individuals, the firm prospered and earned a place of prominence in the New Jersey legal community.

From its humble beginnings, with offices over a storefront, to its own eleven-story building at the crossroads of New Jersey, with state-of-the-art information technology systems, the firm has earned a stellar reputation as a formidable advocate and astute advisor in business. As it has grown to offer its services throughout its offices in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, it continues to remain linked to all of the people, legal resources and clients through state-of-the-art technology systems. Despite growth, the firm's culture and core values have not changed — competent, effective and practical legal services for the firm's business clients and individual clients — one by one — generation by generation.

The depth and breadth of the capabilities of our firm's lawyers is noteworthy. Presidents, senators, governors and mayors have relied upon firm attorneys for nearly a century. From its ranks of talented lawyers have come bar association presidents, numerous Superior Court judges, prosecutors, members of judicially-appointed committees, policymakers, authors, and professors. In fact, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer has had four of its attorneys serve as justices of the New Jersey Supreme Court, one of the country's most influential Supreme Courts, including Robert N. Wilentz, who from 1979 to 1996 presided as its chief justice.

Grounded in community and rich in history, the firm continues to provide legal services to individuals and businesses. It has represented clients who have shaped and re-shaped our landscapes and cityscapes; financed and built commercial and residential developments, schools and hospitals; and delivered the utilities necessary to sustain growth in our region. Whether helping to form a start-up business, structuring a merger of existing businesses, negotiating buy-outs, preparing a public stock offering, or resolving business disputes through litigation or mediation, the firm's lawyers provide legal acumen combined with practical experience and proven strategies to gain a competitive edge.

In addition, Wilentz lawyers provide individuals advice, representation and access to the justice system. Whether counseling individuals who have been injured or whose health has been wrongfully compromised, whose marriages are at risk, whose disputes require judicial intervention, or helping families plan for the future when they will need to pass their estates on to loved ones, Wilentz lawyers possess the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of their clients and are committed to making that happen.

This commitment to clients and to excellence of work product has resulted in Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer lawyers being continuously acknowledged in their areas of practice. They have been recipients of countless local, state and national awards from professional associations, organizations and consumer groups. They are frequently sought for teaching and lecturing positions for members of the bar and for the general public. Their commitment to the community has also resulted in recognition of the firm's myriad charitable sponsorships and initiatives, free legal services to the poor and indigent, and individual attorney involvement as leading volunteers for various not-for-profit boards and foundations. The firm has also maintained as another core value a public commitment reflected by its representation of public entities and involvement in local, state and federal government.

Practicing law, teaching the law and shaping the law is what we do. We are proud of our heritage and cherish our client relationships. All of us at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer are dedicated to maintaining the reputation, service and results our clients have come to expect and that is our Commitment to Make a Difference™.

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