Lawyer Louis Niedelman looks like a different person on weekends, when he trades his suit for leather and rides his Harley Davidson Road King. Friends have even failed to recognize him, he said.

“Sometimes I have to tell them who I am,” said Niedelman, 68, of Margate. “I’m out of character. I’m not in my suit, which is my uniform.”

Niedelman has been an attorney for 43 years, with the same firm in which he is now partner — Atlantic City’s Cooper Levenson April Niedelman & Wagenheim.

He’s a defense attorney who handles civil cases, and travels from Middlesex to Cape May counties for trials. For the first time last year he rode his motorcycle to a court appearance. It was in rural Salem County, and he tucked his suit into the saddlebags.

“I wanted to do it one time,” he said.

It’s the freedom of motorcycling that appeals to him, he said, which he considers similar to riding a horse or skiing.

“It’s the scent in the air, being outdoors, everything,” Niedelman said.

He was smitten, he said, when he tried a friend’s moped more than 35 years ago. That was so much fun, he decided to buy his first of 13 motorcycles. He goes out riding every weekend, and takes long road trips with friend and fellow lawyer Jay Greenblatt, 74, of Vineland.

“We stay off the beaten path as much as possible,” he said. People are friendly and receptive to them.

“There aren't many elderly Jewish attorneys that ride motorcycles,” he joked. “We are a very small club.”

Meet the photographer

Photographer Rachel Cobb, a graduate of Bridgeton High School who spent 20 years working with Time and Life in New York City, has an exhibit of her work of Cumberland County scenes at the Bayshore Discovery Project’s gallery. Meet Cobb, of Elmer, Salem County, at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the nonprofit’s Second Friday By the Bay event, 2800 High St., Port Norris.

Stylist is a winner

Angela Cottrill, 21, of Linwood, a stylist at Blown Away Beauty Salon in Northfield, won the nationwide Neeko Abriol’s Editorial Photoshoot Getaway contest recently, for hair and make up she did for a model in a photo session with photographer Paul Dempsey, of Galloway Township. She’s grateful to everyone who voted for her during a month-long Facebook contest, she said.

She won a trip to study for two days with Abriol in his salon in Pasadena, Calif. Cottrill, a graduate of the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, is the daughter of Harry III and Marie (Perri) Cottrill of Linwood.

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