Matthew Adams and Jonathan Ash Named 2020 New Jersey Trailblazers by New Jersey Law Journal

August 27, 2020 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Matthew S. Adams and Jonathan D. Ash, who were named 2020 New Jersey Trailblazers by the New Jersey Law Journal.

This annual list spotlights “agents of change…who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancement of their practice.”

As Co-Chair of Fox’s White-Collar Defense & Regulatory Compliance Practice, Adams is at the forefront of emerging criminal defense issues. Recognizing an urgent need amid the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he led the creation of Fox’s compassionate release task force, which has since assisted multiple at-risk, nonviolent inmates in obtaining compassionate release, bail, early parole and medical furlough.

“In the United States, we don’t believe in cruel and unusual punishment,” Adams told the New Jersey Law Journal. “But putting nonviolent offenders in the kind of environment where they could be subjected to increased chance of death or serious injury is exactly that."

In his role as Vice President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, he continues to lead advocacy on matters ranging from digital privacy to attorney-client privilege. At Fox, Adams has a diverse national practice focusing on criminal defense, regulatory compliance and complex commercial litigation. He earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.S. from Rutgers University.

When the pandemic struck New Jersey markets, Ash helped shape critical legislative amendments to the NJ WARN Act that eased the economic fallout on employers facing workforce and staffing layoffs. He worked closely with the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey to create integral legislative changes, which indefinitely delayed the amendments that were passed just before the coronavirus crisis hit as well as expanded exceptions for businesses forced to terminate employees during a national emergency.

“I was already advising clients on the WARN Act issues before COVID. But when the amendments passed, no one could have imaged that, because of the pandemic, an employer would suddenly have the tremendous burden of severance on top of not knowing whether they’d be able to stay afloat,” Ash said in an interview with the New Jersey Law Journal.

A partner in the Labor & Employment Department at Fox, Ash handles employment litigation and counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including leave entitlement, separation and severance, litigation avoidance, employee handbooks and wage and hour issues. He earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and his B.A. from Rutgers University.