Over 150 people celebrated Frederic K. Becker, who was honored with AJC Metro New Jersey’s prestigious Judge Learned Hand Award on Thursday, June 7, at The Hilton at Short Hills.
The Judge Learned Hand Award was established by AJC in 1964 to honor the memory of Judge Learned Hand for his extensive range of decisions, which he tendered in more than 2,000 cases throughout his lifetime, especially those centering on questions of constitutional rights and antitrust legislation. The annual award was created to cite leaders in the legal profession for excellence and for their contributions to the legal community. The recipients of this award are people who embody much of what the judge represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.
This year’s honoree, Frederic K. Becker, has a long and distinguished career. He is chairman of the board of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., having served for many years on the firm’s Management Committee, and is one of the firm's senior trial attorneys engaged in complex corporate and commercial litigation in the state and federal courts. Mr. Becker has also appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court and Superior Court, Appellate Division, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Becker is a member of the Commercial Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association and has previously served by designation of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey as one of the mediators in the court's program for the mediation of complex cases.
Mr. Becker has served as a director of Prudential Financial, Inc. and as
chair of its Audit Committee, having retired from those positions in May