Basking Ridge resident David Wolfe, a member of in Livingston, has been named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the N.J. State Bar Association, and is scheduled to receive the award in Atlantic City next Thursday.
Wolfe, who has lived in Basking Ridge for four years with his wife, Dominique, and two daughters, is a member in the firm founded by his father, Saul Wolfe.
This week, he said he believes he received the award — a top honor awarded to an attorney from among thousands of New Jersey lawyers age 36 or younger — because he had served as the with more than 150,000 members.
Wolfe, 36, said he was the first New Jersey young lawyer to serve in that position. He serves as a member of the Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., real property valuation and litigation departments, and represents commercial and residential taxpayers in real property tax appeals, said an announcement from Skoloff & Wolfe.
In an interview, Wolfe said he has clients in the Basking Ridge and Warren Township area, but also nationwide, including the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.
As a Life-Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Wolfe serves on the Board of the American Bar Foundation. He also serves on the ABA Nominating Committee, in the ABA House of Delegates, and on the ABA Standing Committee on Membership, and has served as the co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Membership Committee since 2009.
Wolfe said he also is a founding member of a foundation that grew out of pro bono work assisting senior citizens with estate planning, powers of attorney and living wills.
The “Young Lawyer of the Year” is the top award given by the NJSBA's Young Lawyer Division, and is presented to a lawyer under the age of 36, or in practice less than five years, according to an announcement from Skoloff & Wolfe. Other criteria is that the recipient combine personal and professional achievements merit special recognition, and who has additionally made significant community and public service contributions, has actively participated in the organized bar and has stood out in the areas of professional skill, integrity and courtesy.
He has been featured or quoted in a wide variety of local and national publications, including The Star-Ledger, Forbes.com, Marketwatch.com, GlobeSt.com, NJBIZ, The Washington Post, WSJ.com, Law.com, New York Law Journal, and New Jersey Law Journal, the announcement said.
Wolfe also was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve as a member of its Committee on the Tax Court, and has served as the co-Chair of the Real Property Tax Practice and Procedure Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association since 2004. He is a frequent lecturer on the subject of real property tax appeals, and has lectured repeatedly on that subject for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Appraisal Institute. Mr. Wolfe has twice been selected by Real Estate New Jersey as one of New Jersey’s “Most Prominent Real Estate Attorneys.” In 2008, he was selected as one of the “40-Under-Forty” top business leaders in New Jersey by NJ BIZ magazine.
David and his family are members of Temple B’nai Israel in Basking Ridge.
Wolfe has children who attend school at the , with another in preschool. Dominique is on the pre-school committee at the his office said.
Wolfe said the firm of Skoloff & Wolfe also is a family affair. He said his father, now 78, still is a practicing member of the firm he had founded 50 years ago. He said his brother, Jonathan Wolfe, also is an attorney at the firm.
Skoloff & Wolfe is a New Jersey law firm focusing on Family Law, Real Estate Valuation Litigation (Property Tax and Eminent Domain), and Complex Civil Litigation.
Wolfe received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and also graduated from Cornell University in New York.