“Mediation of Civil, Probate and General Equity Matters “
Shirley B. Whitenack is a partner at Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP with offices in Florham Park, Paramus, and Sparta, New Jersey and co-chairs the firm’s Elder and Special Needs Law Practice Group and the Estates and Trusts Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Whitenack devotes a substantial portion of her practice to elder and special needs law, estate planning and administration and trust and estate litigation. She is on the State of New Jersey roster of approved mediators.
Ms. Whitenack is the President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a NAELA Fellow, and a member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), an invitation-only group of elder and special needs planning practitioners and has served as an adjunct professor of law in the J.D. and LL.M. in Elder Law Programs at Stetson University College of Law.
Ms. Whitenack is a member of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), an invitation-only nationwide alliance of special needs planning attorneys, the American Bar Association (Litigation Section and Real Property, Trusts & Estates Section), the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Advisory Committee on Continuing Legal Education and past chair of the NJSBA’s Elder & Disability Law Section. Ms. Whitenack is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Program Development Committee, the Morris County Bar Association’s (MCBA) Estates & Trusts Committee and is past chair of MCBA’s Elder Law Committee.
Ms. Whitenack publishes and lectures extensively on topics related to guardianship, elder and special needs law, estate and trust litigation and probate mediation. She is quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Barron’s, Market Watch and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.
Ms. Whitenack received the NJSBA’s Legislative Service Award in September 2003 for her contribution in drafting and promoting revisions to New Jersey’s guardianship statutes and the NJSBA’s Amicus Curiae Award in 2004. Ms. Whitenack received GANJI’s Recognition Award in October 2003 for her contribution in advocating for the civil rights of incapacitated individuals. She received NJICLE’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007 and the Distinguished Service Award from the NJSBA’s Elder & Disability Section in 2009. Ms. Whitenack received the Community Health Law Project’s Ann Klein Advocate Award in 2011 for improving the lives of people with disabilities and was recognized in 2011 by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey in a Joint Resolution for service to those with special needs. In 2012, she was honored by the NJSBA for her long service as a trustee of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and received the NJSBA’s Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her contribution to New Jersey’s enactment of the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act. Ms. Whitenack received the Morris County Bar Association’s Civil Practice Award in 2015.
She is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in New Jersey Monthlymagazine as one of New Jersey’s top 100 Super Lawyers, one of New Jersey’s top 50 women Super Lawyers as well as a top Elder Law “Super Lawyer.” * She also has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Trusts and Estates. Ms. Whitenack is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She received her undergraduate degree cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where she held the position of Notes and Comments Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review.
* The “Super Lawyer” and “Best Lawyers in America” designations are peer ratings based upon criteria identified at www.superlawyers.com and www.bestlawyers.com. They are not stat
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Hon. Peter E. Doyne (Ret.), formerly the Assignment Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, and distinguished Member of the Judiciary for twenty-two years, chairs the firm’s alternative dispute resolution and corporate investigations practices. Judge Doyne serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special master and also as a special hearing officer for government agencies. In addition, he consults both internally and with attorneys outside the firm on a variety of business, fiduciary, and other litigation matters. While serving in the Judiciary, Judge Doyne received appointments to a number of Supreme Court committees, including the Supreme Court Working Group on Business Litigation, for which he served as the Chair, and the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct. He also is a frequent lecturer for the Judicial College and ICLE. Judge Doyne was graduated from Lafayette College, cum laude, and received his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law, Newark. He is a member of the New Jersey and New York Bars. Judge Doyne served as President of the Morris Pashman American Inn of Court for nine years and is a member of the New Jersey Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He was the recipient from Lafayette College of the William G. Wilson Distinguished Service Award.
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Continuing Education Credits:
CFP - 1.0 credit Program ID 223326 Mediation of Civil Probate and General Equity Matters.
NJ Insurance - 1.0 credit #88897544 Mediation of Civil, Probate and General Equity Matters
NJ CPE - 1.0 credit Mediation of Civil, Probate and General Equity Matters
NJ CLE – 1.0 credit Mediation of Civil, Probate and General Equity Matters (#32). This program had been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.0 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 0.00 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, and 0.00 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law, criminal trial law, workers compensation law, municipal court law, and/or matrimonial law.
CTFA – 1.0 credit " Mediation of Civil, Probate and General Equity Matters has been approved for 1 CTFA credits. CTFA credits should be distributed as follows: 1 FID. This statement should not be viewed as an endorsement of this program or its sponsor." ICB Members must report these credits at www.icbmembers.org.