Stark & Stark’s Denise Mariani Honored as Professional Lawyer of the Year

The Mercer County Bar Association (MCBA) has named Stark & Stark Shareholder Denise Mariani, Esq., its 2020 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award recipient. Ms. Mariani accepted the award at the MCBA’s virtual meeting on Nov. 10.

As the Chair of the Stark & Stark Nursing Home Negligence Litigation group, Ms. Mariani specializes in representing the families of residents and patients who, through negligence or abuse, have died or been seriously injured in a long-term care facility. She has been a member of the Mercer County Bar Association for more than 25 years, serving as president in 2009 after many years as a Trustee, Officer and Chair of the Community Projects Committee. Her early activity in the MCBA earned her the Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2003. She has also served on the Mercer County Bar Foundation board.

“The Mercer County Bar Association has been near and dear to my heart since my very first membership meeting as a law clerk in 1992,” said Ms. Mariani. “It was always clear to me that professionalism defines the members of this organization so to receive this award is an enormous honor to me. I am proud to be a part of this association and couldn’t be more grateful to accept this award.”

The Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards are presented in cooperation with county bar associations throughout the state to attorneys who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior.


Stark & Stark Managing Shareholder Michael G. Donahue, Esq., commented, “Denise’s consummate professionalism and dedication to defending the rights of those who experience neglect or abuse in nursing homes are tremendous assets to her clients and Stark & Stark. Our entire firm congratulates Denise on this well-deserved honor!”

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