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In the early 1930s, Ralph Mason and Gordon Griffin met at a YMCA camp on the Delaware River where Mason was a counselor and Griffin was a camper. It was years later in 1948 when they began their lasting professional relationship and Mr. Griffin became an associate at the law firm of Montgomery and Mason located in the First National Bank building at the corner of Witherspoon and Nassau Streets in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1955, the partnership of Mason & Griffin was formed and, shortly after, Hervey Moore joined the firm and the name changed to Mason, Griffin & Moore. In 1956, Kester Pierson joined the firm as a law clerk and subsequently became a partner in 1965. In 1973, when Hervey Moore left to become a judge, the firm’s name was changed to Mason, Griffin & Pierson. After having offices at two other Nassau Street locations, the firm eventually settled at 101 Poor Farm Road in 1985. Presently, the firm has more than a dozen attorneys. Through its directors and associates, the firm continues to take active leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the Princeton Bar Association, the Mercer County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the New Jersey Federation of Planning Officials, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Throughout its history, the firm has been committed to maintaining strong community ties. The firm’s attorneys have served on boards of directors of corporations, educational institutions, and other charitable organizations including, among many others, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Rotary, and the YMCA.
Sharon A. Dragan has been named Director and Shareholder with Mason, Griffin & Pierson. Sharon received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where she served as Bureau Editor for the Seton Hall Legislative Bureau and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She practices in the areas of local government law, zoning and land use law, real estate law, and estate law. Sharon is Attorney for the Township of Readington, Attorney for Alexandria Township, Attorney for Delaware Township and Attorney for Special Open Space Counsel of West Amwell Township. In her continued service to the legal profession, Sharon served on the District XIII Ethics Committee for several years, the committee that acts as the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in discharging the Court's constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline New Jersey attorneys. Sharon is a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, a professional organization with the purpose of promoting education and professionalism among local government attorneys. She is a member of the Hunterdon County, New Jersey State and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson continues its support of youth basketball programs in the community. For more information on the Dillon Youth Basketball League go to the Princeton Recreation Department at www.leaguelineup.com
For information on the Montgomery Basketball Association go to www.montgomerybasketball.com
In May of this year, New Jersey joined the growing number of states to enact paid sick leave laws. The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act is currently in effect and below you will find certain information that is important for all New Jersey employers to understand.
Who Does it Affect?
The Act applies to New Jersey employers of all sizes, including businesses that are based elsewhere but have employees located in New Jersey. While several New Jersey municipalities already had paid sick leave ordinances, this new state law preempts them, meaning they no longer apply and employers throughout the state are now subject to one consistent set of requirements.
The Act does not apply to a few narrow categories of employees: (1) construction industry employees working under collective bargaining agreements; (2) per diem health care employees; or (3) public employees who are already provided with sick leave with full pay pursuant to any other state law, rule, or regulation.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson is pleased to sponsor Montgomery Township Education Foundation. The Foundation's fundraiser takes place on the evening of February 23 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization set up to support strategic programs for the benefit of the Montgomery Township public school children.
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