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NJ State Bar Association Honors Vesper


On December 15, 2014, The New Jersey State Bar and the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education honored Thomas Vesper with its highest award for legal educators in recognition for Tom’s innovative and entertaining teaching all aspects of personal injury litigation/wrongful death law, evidence, discovery and trial advocacy. Tom received the prestigious Hon. Alfred C. Clapp Award for Excellence in Legal Education by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in association with the New Jersey State Bar Association. The 23d Annual Excellence in CLE Awards Reception was held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. This award is presented annually to a single judge or attorney in the State of New Jersey for excellence in legal education.  It should also be noted that Tom Vesper is the first lawyer from Atlantic County to be awarded this honor.

Over the last three decades Tom has organized, moderated and lectured at hundreds of CLE programs throughout New Jersey to tens of thousands of trial lawyers and judges on a wide array of topics in all areas of the practice of personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Tom just completed one of his annual lectures on his Deposition Notebook and the “Art & Craft of Video Depositions”. He will also be presenting a unique Webinar program with forensic economists on “The Most Overlooked Economic Damages in Wrongful Death Cases.” In addition to developing innovative discovery and trial techniques, Tom, pioneered the concept of “the objective value of on-call security time” in wrongful death cases.

Tom is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Supreme Court of NJ and the National Board of Trial Lawyers; a Fellow of International Academy  of Trial Lawyers, 2003 NJ-ICLE Distinguished Service Award; 2003 ATLA New Lawyers Division, Annual Joe Tonahill Award (“For outstanding & dedicated service to & on behalf of consumers and the trial bar”); 2006 ATLA-NJ Gold Medal for Distinguished Service (“For years of leadership as President, Past President and Board member … for untiring and passionate commitment to legal education of the trial bar as Boardwalk Co-Chair, author and lecturer to all 50 State Trial Lawyer Associations”;  2004 recipient of the Trial Lawyers of New Jersey Trial Bar Award ; and Past President of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ).