For Immediate Release
Press Release Contact Donald Christensen
Names Judge Graham T. Ross
to New Position at Law Firm.
Bedminster, NJ -- October, 2006
The Bedminster, NJ-based law firm of Purcell, Ries, Shannon, Mulcahy &
O’Neill (PRSM&O) has announced that recently retired Superior Court Judge, Graham T.
Ross, has joined the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Department. Judge
Ross is the former Assignment Judge for Vicinage 13 (Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren
Counties) of the New Jersey Superior Court. In announcing Judge Ross’s association
with the firm, PRSM&O founding partner, Eugene M. Purcell, stated, “We are honored to
welcome Judge Ross to PRSM&O, and to our Alternative Dispute Resolution
Department. His rich experience, expansive knowledge, and distinguished record of
service to the New Jersey courts will be a tremendous asset to our firm.”
Graham T. Ross received a B.A. degree in political science from Gettysburg
College, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Seton Hall University School of Law. He
was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the United States District Court in 1969, and was
admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1978. Following his
admission to the bar, Mr. Ross commenced a general practice in Somerville, NJ which
included an active trial practice in civil and criminal matters. NJ Governor Thomas Kean
appointed him to the Superior Court bench in Somerset County in 1986, and Governor
James Florio reappointed him in 1993. In 1989, he was appointed Presiding Judge of the
Family Division for Vicinage 13. He served in this capacity until 2001, when he was
named Assignment Judge for the Vicinage, responsible for 300 employees, 19 Superior
Court judges and 52 municipal courts.
While on the bench, Ross sat on several Supreme Court committees, including the
Family Practice Committee and the State Domestic Violence Working Group, of which
he is presently Vice-Chair. He is a member of the Somerset County Bar Association
(President 1980-81), the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Council
of the National Juvenile and Family Court Judges (President 1996-97). He is also a
member of the State Bar Family Law Executive Committee and was Co-Chair of the
Somerset County Youth Services Commission from 1989-2001.
PRSMO’s ADR Department is currently chaired by fellow retired jurist, C. Judson
Hamlin (Middlesex County) who founded the department in 1998. Under Judge Hamlin,
the ADR Department has offered arbitration, mediation and case management services in
complex litigated matters including class actions, mass torts, insurance disputes,
construction, personal injury and commercial litigation. Hamlin noted that Judge Ross is
expected to expand the firm’s ADR practice, by specializing in the mediation of
matrimonial disputes. He added: “Judge Ross earned a reputation for fairness and
practicality in presiding over family law matters during his distinguished judicial career.
His judicial experience and temperament, along with his knowledge of family law, makes
him ideally qualified to lead the firm’s expansion into matrimonial ADR.”
Purcell, Ries, Shannon, Mulcahy and O’Neill was founded in 1971, and currently
has offices in Bedminster, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The firm has
compiled a distinguished record of achievement over the past 35 years, serving clients in
New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York in the areas of litigation, insurance coverage,
labor and employment, corporate/tax, alternative dispute resolution and regulatory law.
The firm’s headquarters is located at the Crossroads Business Center, One Pluckemin
Way, Bedminster, New Jersey 07921. The general offices can be reached by calling 908-
658-3800. Additional information may also be obtained by logging on to
The Honorable Graham T. Ross, A.J.S.C.
Purcell, Ries, Shannon, Mulcahy and O’Neill
Bedminster, New Jersey
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