In addition to donating time to local groups and organizations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Hinkle, Fingles & Prior works with and supports several statewide not-for-profit organizations.

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HFPF staff and family members supporting Special Olympics New Jersey fundraiserSpecial Olympics New Jersey Fundraiser

Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer was out in force supporting the 9th annual Special Olympics New Jersey, Evening of Chance fundraiser. We had a wonderful time and we are proud to be one of the presenting sponsors of this year’s event.

HFPF attorneys at Eden Autism Services Eden Dreams Gala eventEden Autism Services Event

HFPF attorneys Paul Prior, Rebecca O’Neill, Maria Fischer, Ira Fingles and Adam Wilson supported Eden Dreams’ Some Kind of Wonderful event in Princeton.

HFPF partners and attorneys at the Autism New Jersey GalaAutism New Jersey’s 50th Anniversary

Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer was proud to support Autism New Jersey’s 50th Anniversary Gala (left).

Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq. receiving Autism New Jersey's Lifetime Achievement Award

The event featured the presentation of ANJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq.

At right, Kathy Moore (center) and son Kevin (right) recently presented with Autism New Jersey’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

JESPY House Honors Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq with Champion Award

Herb Hinkle is honored by JESPE House with its Champion AwardThis summer (2015), JESPY House honored Herbert Hinkle, Esq. by bestowing its Champion Award in recognition of Herb’s commitment to disability services in New Jersey. Hinkle, Fingles & Prior was, and continues to be, instrumental in securing services and supports for many of the clients served by JESPY. It was particularly gratifying to see so many of our clients on hand to help celebrate.

Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq. Receives Autism New Jersey’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Hinkle Fingles & Prior makes signature gift to Autism NJHinkle, Fingles & Prior founding partner, Herbert D. Hinkle, has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at the organization’s Autism New Jersey 50th Anniversary Gala. The gala, which was held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City New Jersey, is a signature event of ANJ’s on-going 50th Anniversary Campaign. Hinkle, Fingles & Prior is proud to be the very first donor to ANJ’s 50th Anniversary Campaign with a leadership gift of $50,000 to ANJ.

Team Hinkle, Fingles & Prior Takes an Active Role in the Special Olympics USA Games

The HF&P family took an active role in the recent 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.

HF&P attorney Maria Fischer with Chairman of the Special Olympics Board of Directors Tim Shriver - Hinkle, Fingles & Prior, disability law firm, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior attorney Maria Fischer spent the week as a volunteer at the National Games. Pictured above are Maria and Chairman of the Special Olympics Board of Directors, Tim Shriver.

“It’s a great day for individuals with disabilities: Unified Sports … Play unified … Live unified.”
– Chairman of the Special Olympics Board of Directors, Tim Shriver

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photo of Herb HinkleHonors and Recognitions

As we celebrate forty years of advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families, Herbert D. Hinkle is being recognized by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities with their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Advocacy Award. Herb was recognized for his lifetime of dedication and advocacy including a number of precedent setting and individual cases protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Here is a sample of what leaders in New Jersey’s disability community have to say:

“His core beliefs in the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities are evident in the passion he has demonstrated throughout his career.”
– Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director, Autism New Jersey

“He has fought tirelessly for the rights of individuals to access services, to receive equal treatment under the law, and to live in communities of their choosing.”
– Thomas Baffuto, Executive Director, The Arc of New Jersey

“He is considered one of the foremost experts in disability law, and he has used his skills and leadership to affect the lives of countless individuals.”
– Ellen Nalven, M.Ed.,
Executive Director, PLAN NJ

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior was proud to support ASAH‘s Special Education Week! The firm provided funding for a scholarship for a graduate of an ASAH member school. Tashanda Spann-Mack (photo at right, center), was one of the scholarship recipients. She is shown with ASAH Executive Director, Gerry Thiers (left), and ASAH Board President, Dorothy K. Van Horn (right).

Hinkle, Fingles and Prior was recently honored by The Arc of New Jersey for the firm’s ongoing commitment to advocacy.

Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq., was honored by Rutgers Camden School of Law for outstanding service to the Planning Estates Project, the school’s pro bono project which provides estate planning services to residents of Camden, and for his support of law students who do outreach to the Camden public schools with a summer scholarship for their work. Additionally, the Rutgers law school student body recognized his contributions in the classroom by naming him the Adjunct Professor of the Year for 2013.

Andrew Linenberg, Esq. has been appointed to the Special Needs Committee of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of South Jersey (JFCS). There, he will be working to support the organization’s outreach and services to seniors and those with a range of disabilities. JFCS, located in Cherry Hill, provides comprehensive, caring social service to those of all ages, faiths and economic backgrounds who live in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties in Southern New Jersey. “I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to give back to the community, and be part of an organization with such an important mission,” said Linenberg.

Evelina Padilla, Esq., has been appointed to serve on the board of Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) in Newark.

Maria Fischer, Esq. has been appointed to the board of directors of Special Olympics NJ.

Herbert D. Hinkle has been appointed to the board of PLAN, NJ, where Ira M. Fingles also serves as board member emeritus.

Team Hinkle, Fingles & Prior Raises Over $3,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey – A team of 52 employees, family members and friends from the firm took part in Special Olympics’ Jingle All the Way ‘fun run’ to raise money for Special Olympics New Jersey. Together, they collected over $3,000 in donations. The team was led by Maria Fischer, an attorney with the firm whose daughter, Traci, is an SONJ athlete.

“As a long-time corporate partner with SONJ, we are extremely proud to have such a large turnout for this year’s event. Two of our employees have children who are Special Olympics athletes. They, along with the other SONJ athletes on our team, are an inspiration to us all and serve to remind us of our firm’s mission,” said S. Paul Prior, Esq., a partner with the firm. More than 500 participants took part in the 2012 Jingle All the Way, raising $30,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey. For more information, visit

Hinkle Fingles and Prior joint initiative with ASAH - picture of Paul Prior, Dorothy Van Horn, Gerard Theirs.Hinkle, Fingles & Prior is proud to support ASAH, New Jersey’s network of private schools serving students with disabilities and their families. As part of the effort, the firm will help ASAH launch an initiative designed to support effective transition from school to adult life, with workshops, IEP clinics, webinars and other services at ASAH member schools statewide. The firm will also be underwriting a scholarship for a graduate of an ASAH school. Pictured above: ASAH Executive Director, Gerard T. Theirs, left, ASAH Board President, Dr. Dorothy K. Van Horn, center, and S. Paul Prior, Esq., right, at ASAH’s offices on the occasion of the announcement of the organizations’ Transition Initiative.To learn more, go to, or call ASAH at 609-890-1400.

Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq., joins Eden staff at Hinkle House, named in his honor.The Eden Family of Programs recently recognized Herbert Hinkle for his work on behalf of children and adults with autism. At right, Herb joins staff at Eden Family of Programs’ group home, Hinkle House, named in his honor.

Donna Kosco, S. Paul Prior, Esq., and Maria Fischer, Esq. pictured at Autism Speaks eventHinkle, Fingles & Prior attorneys, staff and their families helped raise awareness by participating in the Autism Speaks Walk, held at Mercer County Park in Hamilton, NJ, earlier this fall. Pictured left: Donna Koscos, left, S. Paul Prior, Esq., center, and Maria Fischer, Esq., right, on hand with information for walk participants on event day.

This spring, Hinkle, Fingles & Prior donated more than 3,000 copies of its booklet, Health Care Advocacy Across the Lifespan, to SPAN, the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network. This is the second printing of the popular booklets.

Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq. and his wife Patricia have established an ongoing scholarship at Rutgers School of Law, Camden for students who participate in public interest work involving people with disabilities and/or estate planning. Mr. Hinkle is an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers Law School, Camden, where he teaches trusts and estates, and estate planning.

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior attorneys helped Autism New Jersey, formerly COSAC, launch the Autism New Jersey Foundation. They are proud to be charter supporters of that foundation.

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior supports Special Olympics New Jersey as a bronze level sponsor.

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior is proud to support the work of the Arc of New Jersey as an annual sponsor of their Walkathon.

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior attorneys regularly provide speaking and workshop services at no charge to parents, family groups and organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Click here to learn more about speaker and workshop services we offer.

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