About Our Attorneys

The attorneys and staff of Hanlon Niemann & Wright have more than 300+ years of legal experience. Trusted by clients spanning over 4 decades, we are here for you today.

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Christopher J. Hanlon, Esq. | VCard


Christopher J. Hanlon is the head of the firm’s litigation department. He is a passionate and tireless advocate for his clients, willing to work long hours to champion their causes and rights.

He is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney and a frequent speaker/lecturer before state associations and organizations on a number of topics in the law.

Hanlon Niemann & Wright Attorney Named to 2021 NJ Super Lawyer’s List
Christopher J. Hanlon, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright was named to the 2021 New Jersey Super Lawyer’s List. He was also named to the New Jersey Super Lawyer’s List in 2020, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2005.  Only five percent of New Jersey attorneys are chosen each year based on the multi-phase selection process.

Mr. Hanlon’s significant cases include:
  • Multi million dollar class action settlement against one of the world’s largest retailers.
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement in a wrongful death case involving a motorcyclist.
  • $735,000.00 settlement to resolve a compensatory and punitive damage claim against a major insurance company based on bad faith.
  • $265,000.00 settlement after jury selection of a dram shop claim involving a motorcyclist.
  • Allocation of 100 percent contribution from a tenant in favor of a landowner for the cost of leaking oil tank remediation under the provisions of New Jersey’s Spill Act.
Christopher J. Hanlon has been practicing law since 1977.

Most of his experience is in the formal prosecution and defense of claims on behalf of clients. He has litigated cases in the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Federal Claims, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court, and the New Jersey Supreme Court. He has a wealth of experience, having litigated dozens of cases in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, as well as every Trial Level Court throughout the State, the Office of Administrative Law, Tax Court and Workers Compensation Court.

He is an arbitrator for the United States Federal District Court and has been involved in numerous mediations and contested arbitration matters representing clients. He also represents clients before Municipal Boards of various types, including Planning, Zoning and Rent Control. Most of his litigation has focused on personal injury, real estate related litigation, constitutional law, rent control, (including Mount Laurel issues), and commercial litigation.

He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Seton Hall Law School. He has served his community, Manalapan Township, where he lives with his wife and four children, by serving as their Municipal Court Judge, and as counsel to the Manalapan Township Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. | VCard


Fredrick P. Niemann offers his clients over 40 years of accomplished practice in the law.

He is a former member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Guardianship and Conservatorship Committee of NAELA, Monmouth County Probate and Estate Committee and the Monmouth County Chancery Practice Committee.

Mr. Niemann Counsels Clients Throughout New Jersey

He counsels clients (individual and corporate) at all economic levels in business transactions, estate tax planning for tax reduction and avoidance, wills, trusts and probate including probate litigation, contested family and estate disputes, will contests, guardianships and nursing home planning for Medicaid qualification, particularly for clients and families dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke and other health related issues affecting our aging population.

He manages the firm’s elder law services for clients seeking Medicaid long term care and Veterans benefits, Medicare coverage and eligibility for state funded programs for health and medical benefits. He litigates denials of benefits by governmental agencies at fair hearings, administrative law proceedings and direct appeals to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. He speaks at seminars and conferences on nursing home and community based alternatives to institutional care, the Nursing Home Reform Law and Veterans benefits. He heads the elder law, business litigation and probate sections of the firm.

In his earliest career, Mr. Niemann represented clients as a seasoned and highly sought after attorney in land use transactions (including commercial and residential real estate) and redevelopment law, zoning, planning and subdivisions, condemnation, regulatory compliance, development permits, Federal and State court Appellate practice.  All totaled, he has represented in excess of twenty (20) public entities in matters described above.

Mr. Niemann has served as an approved civil mediator by the Supreme Court of New Jersey  mediating contested business and civil cases filed in the Superior Courts throughout the State of New Jersey.

In addition, Mr. Niemann was one of the earliest accredited attorneys by the US Veteran’s Administration to prepare, counsel, and assist veterans and their families in Aid and Attendance pension benefits. Mr. Niemann has been listed as a “rated” attorney in the State of New Jersey in the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review List and in Avvo as a 9.5 rated attorney.

Fred Niemann Has Served as Lead Attorney

Mr. Niemann has served as the lead attorney in many significant cases in New Jersey which have been the subject of published decisions in the official law books of this State.

An experienced trial attorney, Mr. Niemann is the co-managing partner of the firm and resides in Wall Township where he has offered his time to many organizations. He is also a member of the Monmouth County and New Jersey State Bar Associations, the U.S. Federal District Court of New Jersey, and the U.S. Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Bonnie M. Wright, Esq. | VCard


Bonnie M. Wright is a graduate of St. John’s University and holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and is a member admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and the United States District Court of New Jersey.

Ms. Wright is an active member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association and the Monmouth County Bar Association.  Ms. Wright has been a member of the Firm since 2002. She became a partner of the firm in 2014.

Ms. Wright is experienced in all aspects of transactional law, which includes residential and commercial real estate, landlord tenant actions, business sales and purchases, business formation, bank and loan representation for lenders and borrowers, contract preparation, review and negotiation. Ms. Wright also regularly practices in the areas of estate litigation, estate administration and guardianships.  She has been selected by the Chancery Courts of both Monmouth and Ocean Counties to serve as Court Appointed Counsel to many complex and contested matters.

Ms. Wright has regularly represented parties, as both challenger and defender, in guardianship and estate litigation, including claims of fraud and duress in the making of a will, lack of or diminished capacity in the making of a will or other estate planning document, and breach of fiduciary duty by another family member.

Christopher Balioni, Esq. | VCard


Christopher Balioni is a litigation associate with Hanlon, Niemann & Wright where his practice includes business, landlord tenant, employment law, and estate litigation.

Mr. Balioni has experience in hundreds of state and federal cases including jury trials and appellate work.  Mr. Balioni brings to the firm a unique perspective on the practice of law gained from a history of litigating constitutional cases.

Mr. Balioni is admitted to practice before the state courts of New Jersey and New York and, on the federal level, before the United States District Court of New Jersey and the Eastern, Southern, and Northern District Courts of New York. Prior to joining Hanlon, Niemann & Wright, Mr. Balioni was associated with several prestigious law firms in New Jersey and New York.

Mr. Balioni received his undergraduate degree from New School University and studied law at New York Law School while working full time at MTV Networks.  In law school, he was awarded the Sylvia D. Garland award for Excellence in Civil Litigation.

He resides in Manalapan Township with his wife (also an attorney and former classmate) and children.

Nicole C. Tomlin, Esq. | VCard

Nicole C. Tomlin, Esq.

Nicole Tomlin focuses her practice on estate planning and estate administration for families who have a family member with a disability, creation of special needs trusts, guardianship, and accessing services from the division of developmental disabilities.

While in law school, Ms. Tomlin volunteered with the Domestic Violence Project and served as the Associate Managing Editor of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Tomlin served as a court appointed attorney to those deemed to be incapacitated. As a Greater Philadelphia AmeriCorps Member, she spent a year tutoring in inner city schools. She volunteers her time with the Monmouth County SPCA as a Pet Therapy Volunteer, and is a member of the Rotary Club. Ms. Tomlin is a graduate of Bucknell University and Rutgers University School of Law. She is pursuing a Masters of Taxation at Villanova University. Ms. Tomlin is a member of the Elder Law Section and Disability Sections of both the New Jersey State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She frequently lectures on a variety of disability-related legal topics.

Stephen W. Kornas, Esq. | VCard

Stephen W. Kornas is an associate attorney with Hanlon Niemann & Wright, P.C.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012 from the College of New Jersey and his Juris Doctorate in 2015 from the Rutgers School of Law in Camden.  Mr. Kornas concentrates his practice in the fields of Real Estate, Estate Administration, Elder Law, and transactional work.  He also is heavily involved with assisting the firm’s litigation attorneys in several major practice areas.
Mr. Kornas is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and Monmouth County Bar Association.  He also serves as Marshal for the New Jersey Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, an international lawyer fraternity dedicated to mentoring law students and promoting professional and public service.  A former Emergency Medical Technician, Mr. Kornas is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  He also was an elected representative for both his college and law school’s student governing bodies, and served as Parliamentarian for each organization.

Richard C. Sciria, Esq. | VCard


Richard C. Sciria is a partner with Hanlon Niemann & Wright, P.C.  Mr. Sciria is a graduate of the University of Richmond earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies in 1994, and a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law earning his Juris Doctorate in 1999.  After graduating from Law School, Mr. Sciria clerked for the Honorable William P. Gilroy, J.S.C., the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division in the Monmouth County Superior Court.  Mr. Sciria is admitted as an attorney to the New Jersey State Bar and the United States District Court of New Jersey, and a member of the New Jersey State Bar and Monmouth County Bar Associations.

Prior to joining Hanlon Niemann & Wright, Mr. Sciria had his own private practice as a trial lawyer specializing in employment and general litigation matters, and has been nominated as a SuperLawyer for the past 5 years.  Mr. Sciria has extensive experience representing employees and employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment claims. Mr. Sciria also has significant experience in drafting and negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-compete clauses.  Mr. Sciria’s civil litigation experience additionally includes cases in business law, breach of contract, consumer fraud, and personal injury.


Mr. Sciria also focuses his practice with a real estate background in land use matters including planning and zoning board applications, as well as landlord/tenant cases.  Mr. Sciria has previous experience as a Land Use Board attorney representing the North Brunswick Zoning Board and appearing before Planning/Zoning Boards throughout the State of New Jersey.  Mr. Sciria also represents residential and commercial landlords and serves as general counsel for the Keansburg Housing Authority.

Mr. Sciria further handles municipal court matters previously serving as the Freehold Township Public Defender and representing clients in municipal courts throughout the entire State.  


Elizabeth Loud-Hayward, Esq. | VCard


Elizabeth Loud-Hayward has been in private practice since 1993. For over twenty years she worked as an associate with a personal injury law firm, with offices in Monmouth and Hudson County, managing all aspects of plaintiff personal injury litigation. Additionally, she has been successful in obtaining Social Security Disability awards for clients in hearings before Administrative Law Judges, as well as the Social Security Administration Appeals Council. She is experienced in guardianship matters and has served as Court Appointed Counsel in numerous cases. Throughout her career, Ms. Loud-Hayward has briefed numerous appellate issues and argued before the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Ms. Loud-Hayward is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Patricia Del Bueno Cleary, J.S.C., in the Civil Division of the Monmouth County Superior Court.

Ms. Loud-Hayward is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She is a member of the Monmouth County Bar Association and a former member of the Haydn Proctor Inn of Court.

Ms. Loud-Hayward, a lifelong resident of Monmouth County, has served the community in a number of elected and appointed positions. She is a former Commissioner of the Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Authority, representing Aberdeen Township for nine years. She served on the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District Board of Education, holding the role of Vice President, and Chair of the Negotiations Committee. Prior to her term on the school board, she advocated for students with learning disabilities, as a member of the school district’s special education parent advisory group.