WOODBRIDGE – A township-based law firm, one of the most prestigious in New Jersey, has named a woman to be president and managing director for the first time in its 100-year history.
Lisa A. Gorab is the first female attorney to lead Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, the law firm announced. Gorab has served on Wilentz’s management committee for more than a decade.
“Lisa is an accomplished leader who has made exceptional contributions to the evolution of Wilentz and the premier service we provide to our clients,” Gorab’s predecessor, Brian J. Molloy, said in a statement. “We are confident that Lisa will continue to advance Wilentz’s strategic plan, and we look forward to our continued growth under her vision and leadership.”
Gorab, of Westfield, said she looks forward to leading Wilentz into the future, honoring its traditions and advancing the practice through diversity, inclusion and technology initiatives.
“Wilentz has a long tradition of smooth, thoughtful and effective transition,” she said. “As you can imagine, we have seen great transition over our 100-year history, and in each case, it has strengthened our firm.”
Gorab, the firm’s assistant managing director since April 2019, said she’s honored to have been elected to the position and appreciates the confidence that her peers placed on her leadership.
“It is well-known that the legal profession has lagged in terms of diversity, inclusion and equity, and this is an area of strategic importance for our firm as we evolve into a new era,” Gorab said. “We have made great progress and will continue to build upon it. For example, two-thirds of our newly hired attorneys in 2020 are women and/or of other diverse background.”
Gorab has been a Wilentz shareholder since 1997. As an attorney who practices at the forefront of public finance law, she serves as bond counsel to government agencies and authorities, municipalities, counties, improvement authorities and school districts throughout New Jersey.
At Wilentz, Gorab has served in several senior leadership capacities, including as treasurer, vice president and chair of the Diversity Committee. Most recently, as assistant managing director she played a leading role in navigating the impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency on the firm and its clients.
“The pandemic continues to test us in new ways,” Gorab said in a statement. “But seeing our dedicated people come together to serve our clients has been inspiring and we continue our passion to provide the highest level of service, despite this new normal.”
Molloy served in the role since 2008 and will serve as chairman of the board and continue to focus on his commercial litigation practice.
Wilentz has offices in Eatontown, New York City and Philadelphia.