Mollie Hartman Lustig and Charles F. Kellett Named as New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
Mollie Hartman Lustig, chair of the firm’s cannabis practice group, and Charles F. Kellett, a partner with the firm, were named as New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.” Ms. Lustig was recognized in the area of Cannabis Law, and Mr. Kellett was recognized in the area of Civil Litigation.
Ms. Lustig has been named to Rising Stars for four straight years. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Cannabis Law Committee and sits on the association’s Municipal and Land Use Subcommittee. She has been a New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) lecturer, most recently speaking at the Latest Development in Cannabis Law presentation, focusing on topics including Diversely Held Businesses, Sustainability and Labor Peace Agreements. Her clients include cannabis business operators, investment partners, CBD entrepreneurs, cannabis support services and municipal governing bodies seeking regulatory counsel.
In addition, Ms. Lustig’s practice has included civil law with a focus on labor and employment matters for governmental entities. Her work has included labor negotiations with police, fire and other public sector unions, police and fire interest arbitration, disciplinary matters, grievance arbitrations and all types of proceedings before the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission and the Office of Administrative Law. She has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements in the public and private sectors, along with regularly defending governmental entities in sexual harassment, discrimination, whistle blowing, civil rights and workplace benefit litigation.
She also represents clients in separation and divorce matters, custody issues, child support/alimony, paternity and adoption matters, among others. She was named as one of the 2021 Best Lawyers in America for her work in the area of Family Law. Ms. Lustig served as a law clerk for the Honorable Claude M. Coleman, J.S.C. and the Honorable Craig R. Harris, J.S.C., Essex County Superior Court. During her clerkship, she served as a court-certified mediator on child custody and parenting cases.
Ms. Lustig earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University School of Law. While attending law school, she served as a Rule 3:03 Certified Student Attorney for Suffolk University Legal Services and completed a concentration in civil litigation.
For the eighth consecutive year, Mr. Kellett has been named to Rising Stars. He has a substantial background in various civil litigation subject areas, including employment law, professional liability, appellate practice, general business litigation, insurance coverage and general liability. His litigation clients have included private individuals, law firms, accounting firms, insurance brokerages, construction companies, Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, and non-profits, among others.
He also counsels corporate entities regarding litigation, contractual and regulatory concerns. His corporate clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to local businesses in his hometown of Cranford, New Jersey.
Mr. Kellett is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York and before the U.S. District Court for New Jersey and New York and before the U.S. District Court for New Jersey and the Southern District for New York and the U.S. Second and Third Courts of Appeals. He also serves on the Supreme Court’s District Ethics Committee for District XII and the Cranford Township Committee’s Cannabis Legislation Working Group. In addition, he is a contributing writer to the New Jersey Law Journal. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor at the Seton Hall University School of Law.
The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html. No aspect of this release has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.