Pashman Stein Walder Hayden Announces Its 2017 Best Lawyers in America

Pashman Stein Walder Hayden Announces Its 2017 Best Lawyers in America

26 August 2016

Six partners and one Of Counsel at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 list (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Joseph A. Hayden, Jr.’s practice is largely focused in Criminal defense. He frequently tries cases with extensive media coverage, and tried the first case in New Jersey with live television coverage by a major network. Joe has been involved in such high-profile cases as the trial of former pro-basketball star Jayson Williams, and successfully represented Joseph Ferriero, former Bergen County Democratic Chairman, in a federal prosecution.

Robert Kornitzer is the chair of the Family Law department. His practice focuses in all aspects of family law including divorce litigation, mediation, arbitration, post-judgment litigation, custody, relocation, domestic violence, premarital agreements, assets protection agreements, grandparents rights, spousal and child support. Kornitzer is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law attorney. He has also served as an expert in a matrimonial malpractice case.

Sean J. Mack is the co-chair of the litigation practice. He has substantial experience litigating complex business disputes in state and federal courts in New Jersey, New York and other jurisdictions. He has extensive experience representing companies and senior executives in lawsuits involving claims of breaches of fiduciary duties, theft of corporate opportunities, breaches of restrictive covenants and in partnership disputes and dissolution proceedings. He represents motor carriers in contract disputes and has provided advice on a variety of legal issues affecting motor carriers and the intermodal shipping industry.

Aidan P. O’Connor is a member in the Litigation practice and head of its Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations Division. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and served in the Criminal Division, on the Organized Crime Strike Force and as chief of the Violent Crimes Unit. He concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, criminal defense and internal investigations, including securities fraud matters.

Alan Silber concentrates his practice on federal and state complex criminal litigation, as well as representing lawyers in disciplinary cases. Alan has tried a variety of major white-collar cases involving RICO, bank, securities, telemarketing, health care, and wire and mail fraud. He has defended clients in money laundering cases of significant size and scope, kidnapping (representing a police officer), and murder. Alan is also experienced as counsel for claimants in civil and criminal forfeiture actions.

Michael S. Stein is the chairman of the firm and its managing partner. He specializes in general commercial litigation, chancery litigation, legal ethics and appellate advocacy and has substantial trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts. Stein also serves as an advisor to the firm’s corporate clients on such matters as partnership and shareholder agreements, intellectual property rights, lender liability issues, land use requirements, contracts, restrictive covenants and chancery law.

Justin P. Walder is the co-chair of the firm’s Litigation practice. He particularly enjoys litigating cases involving novel or complex questions of law, and recently represented a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court in a successful challenge as to the constitutionality of increases of pension and health care costs for judges and justices of New Jersey. He has been a leading advocate as to the importance of an independent judiciary.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 32,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The Best Lawyers list is issued by Woodward/White, Inc. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.