William S. Greenberg Of McCarter & English Honored By New Jersey’s Community Hope With Heroism Award

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 16:16

McCarter & English, LLP has announced that firm partner and retired brigadier general William S. Greenberg has been honored by New Jersey’s Community Hope, a non-profit organization that works with young adults and individuals recovering from mental illnesses, with the prestigious Heroism Award at its Annual Sparkle of Hope Dinner Auction. 

Mr. Greenberg has been a lawyer for more than 40 years with a focus on litigation, and he is the former President of the New Jersey Association for Justice.  In July, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for outstanding service at the Pentagon.  This is the second highest award given to civilians by the Secretary of Defense.  Past honorees include Hillary Rodham Clinton.  

In conjunction with McCarter & English, he established and chaired the New Jersey State Bar Association's Military Legal Assistance Program.  It provides free legal services to New Jersey residents who have served overseas as active duty members of reserve components of the armed forces in Iraq or Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Together with his colleagues at McCarter, Mr. Greenberg has represented more than 50 individual soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during Medical Evaluation Board/Physical Evaluation Board proceedings. His work for the program earned him the New Jersey State Bar Association’s “Medal of Honor” in 2009, the organization’s highest honor, as well as the title of 2009 “Lawyer of the Year” by American Legal Media’s New Jersey Law Journal.

Last year, Mr. Greenberg was honored by his alma mater, The John Hopkins University, with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award. In November 2009, he was given the opportunity to further his support of reservists’ interest when he was appointed Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board upon the recommendation of Sen. Robert Menendez. 

Mr. Greenberg, who is still as an active corporate litigation partner at McCarter, served for 27 years in the Army National Guard, where he received the Distinguished Service Medal.  He also served as special pro bono litigation counsel to The Adjutants General Association of the United States before retiring in 1994 as a brigadier general. 

In addition, Mr. Greenberg is a member of the New Jersey World War II Memorial Commission and serves as the first Adjunct Professor of Military Law at the Seton Hall University Law School. Previously, he was a Commissioner of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation.  Greenberg also served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey and as Commissioner of the New Jersey State Scholarship Commission.


McCarter partner Alitia Faccone has been recognized as a 2011 Defining Moments honoree by the Women’s Venture Fund, a non-profit organization that helps women of diverse backgrounds establish thriving businesses in urban communities. Ms. Faccone was honored for her commitment to helping women reach their business goals.

As the co-chair of McCarter & English’s e-Discovery committee, Ms. Faccone recognized early on how the digital age would revolutionize the practice of law, especially civil litigation.  She currently focuses her complex commercial litigation practice in the area of e-Discovery and all aspects of data preservation, privacy and records retention, both legal and technical.  Furthermore, her experience in the field allows her to offer key advice on reasonable and defensible practices businesses should follow.

In addition, Ms. Faccone is chair of the Firm's Women's Initiative Steering Committee and co-editor-in-chief of the quarterly newsletter, Women in the kNOW.  She also is overseeing the firm’s Business Development and Marketing efforts.  Ms. Faccone is an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. In addition, she is a member of the Rumson, New Jersey Board of Education and serves as its Vice President.