ROXBURY, NJ – Succasunna lawyer Marshall Gates was honored Tuesday by local and state officials who praised not only his 46 years in business but also his community involvement.
Gates, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor who opened his law office in 1973, was presented with the Roxbury Business Longevity Award as well as with a joint citation from the state Assembly and state Senate.
Gates served as Roxbury council member from 1990 to 2003 and as president of the Roxbury-Randolph Lions Club, noted Roxbury Economic Development Committee (EDC) Chairman Michael Shadiack in presenting Gates with the award. He noted that Gates, who grew up in Roxbury, also coached youth sports, is a member of the Roxbury Chamber of Commerce and is active in many other civic and charity groups.
“Mr. Gates is widely regarded as a skilled, veteran criminal trial attorney who passionately represents his clients,” Shadiack said. “He is one of a select group lawyers certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a New Jersey civil trial attorney, a distinction he’s held since 1983.”
Gates will join other longstanding Roxbury businesses in being placed in the EDC’s new “virtual business hall of fame.” Others there, so far, are Joe’s Pizzeria, Bristol Financial Services and Zoschak Photography.
Giving to the Town
“I’ve had the privilege to know you both in your professional life and in your life of public service,” state Assemblyman Anthony Bucco told Gates in presenting him with a citation from the Legislature. “When you have a business in town for 40-plus years, you are contributing to the economy and bringing folks into the town. But you did more than that. You stepped out. You gave back to the community. It wasn’t like you came to work and went home.”
Gates was thankful for receiving the honors. “Even though its 46 years, it’s never been a task for me,” he said. “It’s always been a pleasure to serve the clients that I have … and the public interest one way or another.”
He said he doesn’t look at his law firm “so much as a business but as an opportunity to just be a part of the community,” and said he gets satisfaction out of helping both people and his town.
“It’s always been something that I just enjoy,” he added.
TAPinto Roxbury profiled Gates in 2016: Roxbury Lawyer Marshall Gates; An Atticus for the Rest of Us
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