Millburn, NJ, December 12, 2018– The New Jersey region of AJC honored Alan R. Hammer, a member of Brach Eichler LLC, with its prestigious National Judge Learned Hand Award at a celebratory award dinner on Monday evening, December 10th. Alan received his award in front of a capacity crowd of over 230 of the top legal minds and real estate professionals in the state. The event brought in more than $300,000.

The National Judge Learned Hand Award was established by AJC in 1964 to honor the memory of Judge Learned Hand for his extensive range of decisions which he tendered in more than 2,000 cases throughout his lifetime, especially those centering on questions of constitutional rights and anti-trust legislation. The annual award was created to cite leaders in the legal profession for excellence and for their contributions to the legal community. The recipients of this award are people who embody much of what the Judge represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.

This philosophy also sums up a major thrust of AJC’s work: building human bridges of mutual respect and understanding among diverse ethnic and religious groups, supporting Israel’s right to exist in peace and security, fighting the scourge of international terrorism, anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred and extremism, and defending democracy, religious freedom and human rights. This year’s honoree, Alan R. Hammer, has been with Brach Eichler since 1970. He joined Brach Eichler as a law clerk and has since made that firm his home. When there is a complex real estate deal to be done, prominent real estate developers and investors call on Alan R. Hammer. Known for his integrity and practical approach, Alan brings a vast body of knowledge and experience—as well as his unique perspective—to every transaction. Alan graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in 1971 and for nearly 50 years, has concentrated his practice in the areas of investment real estate transactions and tax appeals. In 1972, he acquired his first apartment building and has been personally active in the acquisition, ownership, management, and operation of apartment complexes, throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. He is a former Managing Partner of Brach Eichler and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee since its inception.

The recipient of numerous awards, Alan is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers USA as a “Leader in their Field” for New Jersey Real Estate. He has also been recognized for many years in Best Lawyers in America® and by New Jersey Super Lawyers. Most recently, he was named a New Jersey business icon by NJBIZ and the 2018 Newark Litigation – Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America®. Alan is also a significant contributor to organizations that support the Jewish community, most notably the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ. He is currently serving as Major Gifts Co-Chair in support of the 2019 UJA Annual Campaign.

AJC thanks award dinner co-chairs John D. Fanburg – Chair, Health Law, Brach Eichler LLC, and Philip Sellinger – Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Regional Operating Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig Washington, D.C. AJC further recognizes the dedicated dinner committee: Wayne Canastra – Principal, Affiliated Management, Inc., Steven R. Kamen – Co-Chair, Corporate Practice Group; Sills, Cummis & Gross P.C., Steven Katz – Principal, Sterling Properties, Charles Kushner – Founder, Kushner Companies, Michael S. Lewis – Co-Managing Partner, Meisel, Tuteur & Lewis, P.C., Hal Mandel – Partner, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP, Mark Rosen – Principal, The Solomon Organization, and Marc Solomon – Founder, The Solomon Organization

About AJC: With 11 overseas posts, 34 international partnerships and 22 offices across the United States, AJC is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, with unparalleled access to government officials, diplomats, and world leaders. Through these relationships and our international presence, AJC is able to advocate on issues that matter: combating rising anti-Semitism and extremism, defending Israel’s place in the world, building inter-group partnerships and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all people.