Marguerite M. Schaffer is the President and Managing Principal at Shain Schaffer PC, a law firm located in Bernardsville, New Jersey. She specializes in commercial litigation; land use; real estate and banking law. Ms. Schaffer, who currently serves as Chair of the Somerset County Democratic Committee was elected as a Delegate to both the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions.
In 1975 she received her law degree, cum laude, from Seton Hall University and was Editor of its Legislative Journal. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy was earned at the University of Dayton in 1970. She holds a Teacher’s Certification in Secondary English from the State of New Jersey. She received a NITA diploma in the Art of Trial Skills in 2015.
Ms. Schaffer served as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School (1981–1983) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (1985–1986). She was the Assistant Counsel and Municipal Prosecutor, City of East Orange, NJ (1978–1979); Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Adjustment, City of East Orange, NJ (1982–1986); Counsel to and Member of Board of Directors of Mountain Ridge State Bank (1982–1990); and Counsel to the Planning Board, City of East Orange, NJ (1982–1986).
She currently serves as Borough Counsel to the Boroughs of Bradley Beach and Lake Como, Special Counsel to the Borough of Roselle and Jersey City, and Director of Law to Monroe Township, Middlesex County, NJ.
Ms. Schaffer is a past President of Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ), the State’s premier organization for Professional Women, having served from 1998–2002, and a member of the Board of Directors since 1994. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers. From 1985–1995, Ms. Schaffer was a Director Emeritus of the Banking Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, having served as its first female Chair from 1990–1991.
Professional memberships held by Ms. Schaffer include: Committee on the Judiciary Budget and the Supreme Court Ethics Committees of both Essex and Morris Districts. She was a founding member and secretary of the Essex County Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Schaffer was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Somerset Hills Girls Scouts and named to Business News New Jersey’s Top 500 Leaders List. In 2006 she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Service Award from the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women. In 2010 she was honored at the Executive Women of New Jersey Salute to the Policy Makers Dinner. In 2013, the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women awarded her the Woman of Achievement in Government Award. In 2015, she received the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award from the New Jersey Women’s Political Caucus. She was named a 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Super Lawyer by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
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