About Trial Attorneys of New Jersey

President's Message,

     The Trial Attorneys of New Jersey has a long history of fighting for the rights of the public, bench and bar. This includes fighting to preserve our jury trial system which is under constant attack, including a massive shortage of judges, an attempt to expedite jury trials and reduce peremptory challenges. TANJ is uniquely positioned to take on this fight. We are a statewide organization made up of members of the civil and criminal plaintiff and defense bars, and former members of the judiciary. Importantly, we are not simply one Chapter of a national organization. As a result, we are dedicated to fighting for NEW JERSEY’S legal system.

     Access to our courts, however, is only one of our missions. We are dedicated to ensuring that once in a courtroom, our citizens get a fair trial. This starts with our bench and bar being capable and qualified. Accordingly, TANJ is committed to training young attorneys through our internship and scholarship programs, as well as, training seasoned attorneys through our continuing legal education programs.

If you are not a member of TANJ, please join and take advantage of our vast networking opportunities and give back to our profession.


Matthew J. Tharney


Benefits & Services
Offered to Members
  • Continued legal education

  • Amicus Briefs on issues affecting the Trial Bar

  • Legislative services

  • Trial Bar Awards to outstanding N.J. attorneys

  • Annual conferences

Trustee Committees
  • Amicus

  • Trial Bar Awards Selection

  • Publicity / Pro Bono

  • Long Range Planning

  • Education / Seminars / Back to Basics

  • Membership

  • Legislative Coordination

  • Officers and New Trustees Selection

  • Travel / Entertainment / Speakers

  • Constitution / By Laws Revision

  • Website

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More About Us

TANJ, the voice and resource for New Jersey's Trial Lawyers, is an organization of approximately 600 members consisting of both plaintiff & defense attorneys from the civil and criminal bars and is dedicated to promoting the interests of the public at large, the interest of the litigants involved in civil and criminal cases, and the interests of the bench and bar. 

The organization was started 50 years ago and is headquartered in West Allenhurst, New Jersey. The Executive Director is Ginny Whipple-Berkner; feel free to reach out to her hereThe organization is governed by an Executive Board and a Board of Trustees that meet monthly to address issues affecting the general membership.

Proudly, TANJ hosts the annual Trial Bar Awards Banquet. This event marks the presentation of our esteemed Trial Bar Award, and our Daniel L. Golden Lifetime Achievement Award. To see this and previous years' award winners, please Click Here.


In an effort to accommodate a diverse group of members, you can Join TANJ at a reduced rate if you are a law student, a government employee or a young attorney.

We hope you enjoy the website and consider becoming a part of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.