#b#Management Move#/b#

Douglas J. Zeltt has been named new managing partner of the Fox Rothschild law office at 997 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville. He will oversee day-to-day office operations and serve on the firm’s executive committee, which sets overall firm policy. Zeltt assumes the role from Matthew H. Lubart.

Zeltt has served as general counsel and adviser to privately held businesses, professional practices, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals, and families. He counsels clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint venture transactions, commercial finance transactions, business succession planning, and estate planning.

A board member of the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the chamber’s Lawrence chapter, Zeltt also chairs the Business Group of Lexwork International — an alliance of mid-sized independent law firms.

Zeltt, a 1984 graduate of the Lawrenceville School, earned his law degree in taxation from NYU Law, his J.D. from George Washington School of Law, his bachelors from Tufts University. Fox Rothschild LLP (www.foxrothschild.com) is a full-service law firm with more than 500 lawyers in 18 offices coast to coast.

#b#How an E-Mail Trail Can Lead to Trouble#/b#

Robert J. Smithers Jr., CEO of Miercom, a technology consulting company based at 379 Princeton-Hightstown Road, has pled guilty to a nuisance violation for sending what were alleged to be threatening E-mails to a North Carolina woman he met on an adult website.

Smithers, of Cranbury, had been charged in Plainsboro/Cranbury Municipal Court with criminal disorderly persons offenses stemming from E-mails he wrote to the woman between January 31 and February 23, 2012. The woman, Beth Harrison, described the messages as “hateful” and “menacing” and said he continued to write them after she told him to stop.

One charge was dismissed and the other downgraded to a minor nuisance violation, said Smithers’ attorney, Seth Kurs. Smithers will have to pay a fine as well as $1,800 to Harrison.

“Since all criminal charges were dropped it isn’t worth my resources to fight this nonsense. It’s easier to just pay a small fine,” Smithers said. Smithers, who appeared in court April 3, said the guilty plea avoids what would likely have been a four-day trial. Smithers called the charges “outrageous and untrue.”

#b#Milestones: Retirement#/b#

The Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness has announced that its executive director, Herb Levine, will retire at the end of June. Levine will pursue advocacy opportunities related to redeveloping vacant and abandoned housing in the urban core. The Board of Trustees has appointed a committee to plan for a leadership transition for the Mercer Alliance.

Levine, who has been working to end homelessness since the early 1990s, has served as executive director of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness since 2007. During Levine’s tenure the Alliance received national notice for its collaboration with the Mercer County Board of Social Services to help make it a rehousing agency, which led to the Mercer Alliance receiving grant funding to spread its work on Rapid Rehousing across New Jersey.


Robert F. Mooney, 91, on April 5. He had served 34 years as clerk and administrator of Princeton Borough and had been a member of the Princeton Fire Department for more than 70 years.

Charles R. Cochrane Jr., 83, on April 5. He had been a vice president at American Re-Insurance.

Barbara Piasecka Johnson, 76, on April 1. In 1971, at the age of 34, she married the then 76-year-old J. Seward Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. They built Jasna Polana, the 46,000 square foot villa on 140 acres on the western edge of Princeton that is now a private golf club.

Paul C. Sergeant, 59, on March 28. He had worked for Johnson & Johnson and then the Sarnoff Corporation.

Angeline Fleming Austin, 80, on February 25. A longtime member of the Stony Brook Garden Club, she served as president and as head of the annual May Market, and was also a frequent exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show. She was also a founding member of the Princeton Dog Training Club, and owned several champion West Highland White Terriers.

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