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Two Connell Foley Partners Named "Diverse Attorneys of the Year" by NJLJ

New Jersey Law Journal
10.17.2017
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Connell Foley is extremely proud to announce that Partners Karen Painter Randall and Neil Mody were selected by the New Jersey Law Journal for the 2017 honor of "Diverse Attorneys of the Year."

According to the publication, "Every two years, the Law Journal editorial staff sets out to recognize excellence among diverse attorneys in New Jersey... The Law Journal looks at diversity in all of its forms—including ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity—and these honorees are certainly representative of that concept. They also represent a broad cross-section of the legal community in terms of the work they perform. Advancing the cause of diversity itself is not a prerequisite for being selected, though many of the honorees have done that. While their daily duties may vary widely, they all share a passion for and commitment to the law, and to advancing the legal profession."

Karen is the Chair of Connell Foley's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Group. A champion for greater cybersecurity awareness and preparedness, Karen has made a particularly meaningful impact on the legal community in this area. She is integral to numerous efforts to educate lawyers on information security and the ethics of data protection. Her passion and perseverance led to an American Bar Association presidential appointment to the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, which the ABA considers one of its most important committees. As an innovator in this field, she proposed forming and now co-chairs the  Cybersecurity Task Force to the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Neil devotes his legal practice to complex insurance coverage matters, representing several of the largest insurers in the world as well as emerging companies involved with specialty insurance products. Six years ago he became one of Connell Foley’s youngest attorneys to be promoted to partner. He has since achieved a number of notable insurer no-cause judgments, dispositive rulings and favorable resolutions on behalf of his insurer clients, and has been appointed as Special Coverage Counsel to major insurers in connection with catastrophic weather-related claims. Outside of his legal practice, Neil devotes substantial time to assisting other young attorneys in their professional development.

Click to read the New Jersey Law Journal announcement of the 2017 "Diverse Attorneys of the Year" (subscription may be required).

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