Morris Brown, 83, of Ocean Township died Aug. 10, 2011. He was born in Rahway and raised in Carteret.
A renowned trial lawyer in many specialties for 55 years, Mr. Brown joined the Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer firm in 1956 and became a partner in 1968.
He attended Rutgers University and graduated from George Washington University with a BA in 1951. He received his law degree from Harvard University in 1955.
He was very active in the Middlesex County, New Jersey state, and American bar associations, as well as the Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA). He was president of the Middlesex County Trial Lawyers and of ATLA between 1976 and 1977.
He received numerous awards in the legal field, including the Hon. Joseph Halpern Award for demonstrating the criteria of integrity, motivation, scholarship, compassion, and advocacy, and mentored many young lawyers in his firm.
A community leader, he served as a trustee of the JFK Medical Center in Edison since 1975, and on the board of directors and as vice president of Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen. He also belonged to Congregation Torat El in Ocean.
Predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia (Cohen), on May 30, he is survived by two sons, David of Ocean and Alan of Woodbridge; his daughter, Patricia Keneally of Warren; and a grandson.
Services were held Aug. 12 with arrangements by Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Ocean. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the JFK Medical Center Foundation.