Philip R. Sellinger, Managing Shareholder of the Florham Park, New Jersey office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will receive the prestigious Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee, Metro New Jersey, on Thursday, April 7, 2011. The event will be held at the Hilton Short Hills, with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) established the Judge Learned Hand Award in memory of the respected jurist and humanitarian, Judge Learned Hand, who served on the United States Court of Appeals from 1942 to 1951.The award is presented to an outstanding leader in the legal profession who exemplifies the high principles for which Judge Hand was renowned.
Mr. Sellinger is a member of Greenberg Traurig's Executive Committee and National Litigation Practice Steering Committee. Since opening the firm's New Jersey office in 2002, he has spear-headed its growth to nearly 70 attorneys.
A former Assistant United States Attorney and federal clerk, Mr. Sellinger handles trials and other litigation around the country on behalf of mid-sized to Fortune 100 companies. He has appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court and as amicus counsel before the United States Supreme Court. On behalf of the American and New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, he also successfully defended in-house counsel's right to appear in court.
A recipient of the Arts Horizon Celeste Holm Humanitarian Award, he has served on the Council of Trustees of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Network Foundation, the Atlantic Legal Foundation and the New Jersey Chapter of the United States Olympic Committee.
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel is particularly indebted to Mr. Sellinger. He was a founding member of its law firm advisory committee.Its members understood that corporate counsel could shape the destiny of the free enterprise system for the good if they were united in support of values like diversity, pro bono, corporate social responsibility and an ethic that committed them to the best interests of the corporation and its shareholders. Phil, the other law firm advisers and their great law firms, recognized at that time that these social and ethical values needed a voice. As a result, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel was launched and has continued to grow so that it now carries that message to 22,500 corporate counsel at 9,000 legal department locations across the country. Learned Hand would be proud of Mr. Sellinger.
Serving as Award Dinner Chairs are Steven E. Zipperstein, General Counsel, Verizon Wireless; Jeffrey S. Sherman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Becton, Dickinson & Co.; and Evan M. Turtz, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel-Labor and Employment, Ingersoll Rand.