Parker McCay shareholder, John C. Gillespie, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Burlington County Bar Association’s Haines Award, the association’s highest honor. Mr. Gillespie was nominated by his peers for this prestigious award. He will be recognized at a reception in his honor on April 22, 2015 at the Medford Village County Club in Medford, NJ.
Created in 2007 in honor of the late Judge Martin L. Haines, the Haines Award was established to recognize those who best exemplify the qualities of Judge Haines: personal and professional integrity, devotion to the legal profession and legal scholarship, and dedication to the justice system and the people of Burlington County.
Mr. Gillespie is the Chair of Parker McCay’s Municipal and Government Department. He concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law, governmental defense litigation, land use and tax appeals. Mr. Gillespie serves as Municipal Attorney for Chesterfield, Cinnaminson and Evesham in Burlington County, and has previously served as Township Attorney to three other municipalities in Burlington County. He is Associate Counsel to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities; Second Vice President of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys; Third Circuit Regional Vice President of the International Municipal Lawyers Association; and a member of the New Jersey Planning Officials.
Mr. Gillespie is the 2011 recipient of the Michael A. Pane Award given by the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA) and the 2010 recipient of the Fred G. Stickel Award issued by the NJILGA for excellence in local government and the highest commitment to ethics. Mr. Gillespie is also among first-ever recipients of the International Municipal Lawyers Association Amicus Service Award which recognizes lawyers who have done exemplary work to protect and advance local government interests.
Mr. Gillespie currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Board of Trustees for the Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice since 2009. He is a past president of Crossroads Runaways Programs, Inc.; the Whitesbog Preservation Trust; and the Pemberton Alumni Scholarship Fund. A recipient of the prestigious Robert W. Criscuolo Award in 1990, Mr. Gillespie has also served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Burlington County Bar Association. He serves as Associate Counsel for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Second Vice President of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, and Third Circuit Regional Vice President of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Mr. Gillespie is one of the few attorneys to be named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list for Government/Cities/Municipalities every year since the inception of the category.
Mr. Gillespie resides with his wife in Marlton.