Peter G. Verniero

Peter G. Verniero: Attorney with Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
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Peter G. Verniero is Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Internal Investigations and Appellate Practice Groups.

Since joining the Firm in September of 2004, he has worked on a number of significant matters. He has, for example, advised numerous entities in matters pending before various state and federal regulatory or law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of N.J. and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has conducted internal investigations of large, public companies, in addition to advising business entities on document retention policies and on the rules governing discovery of electronically stored information.

Mr. Verniero represented Third Point LLC as part of its proxy contest for the election of directors to the board of Campbell Soup Co. Working with New York counsel, he filed suit on Third Point’s behalf in state court in the Camden Vicinage. Mr. Verniero argued twice in court before the matter settled, with Third Point successfully placing two of its nominees on the Campbell board and gaining a role in selecting a third director and the hiring of Campbell’s CEO.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Verniero served in senior positions within the executive and judicial branches of state government. Appointed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman as her chief counsel, Mr. Verniero served in that capacity from January 1994 to February 1995, when he became the governor’s chief of staff. He remained in that position until July 1996, when he became Attorney General of New Jersey. As Attorney General, he personally argued cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. For example, in E.B. v. Verniero, 119 F.3d 1077 (3d Cir. 1997), he argued successfully in defense of Megan’s Law, New Jersey’s sexual-offender notification statute. At the time of the court’s decision, it was the first federal appellate court ruling in the country upholding a state’s version of Megan’s Law.

Mr. Verniero was appointed to the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1999. As an associate justice for a five-year period from September 1999 to August 2004, Mr. Verniero authored and signed 124 judicial opinions touching on a wide array of civil and criminal areas, including employment, corporate, and constitutional law. For instance, he authored the Court’s opinion in In re PSE & G Shareholder Litigation, 173 N.J. 258 (2002), which articulated and applied a modified business judgment rule in upholding the dismissal of shareholder-derivative litigation. That opinion has been cited by numerous courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the State of California, and the Supreme Court of Minnesota. Other judicial opinions authored by Mr. Verniero have been cited by courts at different levels in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, Alabama, and Hawaii.

Mr. Verniero annotates and provides commentary to the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey, a widely used reference guide for the legal profession published by Gann Law Books.

Mr. Verniero’s essays on legal and public policy issues also are widely published and have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Star-Ledger of Newark, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Investor’s Business Daily, the New Jersey Law Journal, and the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including, most recently, in 2017, recognition as a Distinguished Leader by the New Jersey Law Journal. In 2016, he received the Medal of Honor, the highest award conferred by the New Jersey Bar Foundation. As another example, in 2004, he received the Gatekeeper Award in recognition of his “leadership in restoring public confidence in the law,” given by Common Good, a national bipartisan legal reform organization.

As a former state Attorney General, Mr. Verniero is a member of the Society of Attorneys General Emeriti and frequently attends meetings of the National Association of Attorneys General. At one national meeting, for example, he sat on a panel of current and former judges, offering insights on effective appellate advocacy before an audience of state solicitors and appellate chiefs. He similarly has lectured on effective appellate advocacy at meetings of various county bar associations in New Jersey.

Mr. Verniero began his career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Clifford, New Jersey Supreme Court. He also was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the County College of Morris, where he taught business law.

Press Releases

Benchmark Litigation 2019 Names Sills Cummis & Gross to the Top Tier of New Jersey Litigation Law Firms


Benchmark Litigation 2018 Names Sills Cummis & Gross to the Top Tier of New Jersey Litigation Law Firms


Peter G. Verniero Inducted into Hunterdon County Business Hall of Fame


Peter G. Verniero Receives Distinguished Leader Recognition


Benchmark Litigation 2017 Names Sills Cummis & Gross to the Top Tier of New Jersey Litigation Law Firms


State Bar Foundation to Present Highest Accolade to Hon. Peter G. Verniero (Ret.)


Benchmark Litigation 2016 Names Sills Cummis & Gross to the Top Tier of New Jersey Litigation Law Firms


Benchmark Litigation 2015 Names Sills Cummis & Gross to the Top Tier of New Jersey Litigation Law Firms


Benchmark Litigation 2014 Names Sills Cummis & Gross to the Top Tier of New Jersey Litigation Law Firms


Sills Cummis & Gross Served as Special Counsel in Historic Higher Education Restructuring


Hunterdon Crime Stoppers to Honor Peter Verniero


Peter Verniero Appointed by Gov. Christie Co-Chairs NJ Safe


Sills Cummis & Gross Congratulates Peter G. Verniero on Being Named a 2012 BTI Client Service All-Star


Peter G. Verniero Returns to Supreme Court Arguing Abbott v. Burke


In The News Items

Report Details Urgent Need for Reform of NJ’s Municipal Court System

NJTV News 7/18/2018

How to Retain and Attract Businesses to New Jersey

Commerce Magazine 7/10/2018

Former NJ Supreme Court Justice Discusses Travel Ban Ruling and More

NJTV News 6/26/2018

You (and your cell phone) just got new privacy rights. You can thank N.J. for that.

The Star-Ledger 6/23/2018

Hunterdon Chamber Foundation Starts Business Hall of Fame

Hunterdon County Democrat 8/3/2017

Christie Says He Has Ideas About Who Trump Should Name U.S. Attorney For N.J. 3/15/2017

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Sworn into Second Term 1/24/2017

Judges to Consider New Guidelines When Sentencing Juveniles

NJTV News 1/13/2017

N.J. Supreme Court Issues 'Significant' Ruling on Sentencing Youths

The Star-Ledger 1/12/2017

Sills Celebrates in Civic-Minded Fashion: Firm Anniversary Brings Together Law, Business, Government and Policy

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 1/3/2017

Medal of Honor Celebration Brings Together Legal Profession

New Jersey Law Journal 9/19/2016

Peter G. Verniero Discusses New Jersey Attorney General's Office

NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams 8/4/2016

Former State Justice Peter Verniero Discusses New Nominee’s Impact on Court

NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams 4/14/2016

Christie High Court Nominee Ends Battle For The Bench

Law360 4/12/2016

Former New Jersey Justice Peter Verniero Discusses Justice Antonin Scalia's Legacy

NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams 2/19/2016

NJ Atty Suspended for Unfairly Borrowing from Elderly Client

Law360 12/17/2015

New Jersey Unions Aiming for Pension Clarity with Long-shot Appeal

Debtwire 9/10/2015

Former Justice: NJ Supreme Court Will Have to Make Decision on Pension COLAs

NJTV News 8/5/2015

NJ Justices Avoid Tumult By OK'ing Recall of Retired Judges

Law360 7/30/2015

3 N.J. Towns in Fiscal Crisis Could Furlough Workers Without Union Talks, High Court Says 7/15/2015

School Board Clerk can be Indicted for Taking Documents, NJ Supreme Court Rules

NJ. com 6/23/2015

Former Justice Verniero: Pension Ruling is ‘Significant Opinion’

NJTV News 6/10/2015

Unions Could Take NJ Pension Battle To US Supreme Court

Law360 6/9/2015

Former NJ Supreme Court Justice: Cameras in SCOTUS Would Enhance Public’s Understanding

NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams 5/7/2015

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on blood tests in DWI cases must apply to some past cases in N.J., high court says

The Star-Ledger 5/6/2015

NJ High Court Could Upend Crucial Judicial Stop-Gap

Law360 4/23/2015

Judges Can Attend State of the State Speeches, But Quietly

New Jersey Law Journal 1/23/2015

Long-Serving NJ Justice Clifford Dead at Age 89

New Jersey Law Journal 12/2/2014

Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Same-Sex Marriage Silence

Law360 10/6/2014

NJ Court Rules That Some Sex Offenders Will Be Exempt From GPS Monitoring

Associated Press 9/22/2014

NJ Chief Justice Pact Doesn't Quell Judicial Autonomy Fears

Law360 5/22/2014

Roundtable: Navigating Ever-Changing Laws and Regulations

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 4/1/2014

SAFE in Hunterdon to Host 2014 Evening of Awareness, Honoring Lisa and Peter Verniero

Hunterdon County Democrat 2/23/2014

Gay Marriage Case Is Stalled in New Jersey

The Wall Street Journal 8/16/2013

NJ Appellate Courts See 23% Drop in Oral Argument Requests

Law360 7/31/2013

New Jersey Supreme Court Restricts Police Searches of Phone Data

The New York Times 7/18/2013

N.J. Court Blocks Christie's Closing of Housing Panel

The Wall Street Journal 7/11/2013

Governor, Legislature Tend to Treat School Violence as Local Issue 4/23/2013

Attorney General Releases New Jersey SAFE Task Force Report

State of New Jersey Press Release 4/10/2013

Governor Christie Announces Task Force to Reduce Violence in N.J.

The Star-Ledger 1/17/2013

Former NJ Supreme Court Justice Says Gun Control Part of Broader Issue in Improving School Safety

NJ Today (NJ public television) 1/7/2013

Former Justice Peter Verniero Analyzes Court Decision on Judges' Pension

NJTV (NJToday) 7/24/2012

NJ Supreme Court Hears Judges' Pension Case

Associated Press 3/26/2012

Christie's Vetting Panel Approves His Nominees for State Supreme Court

New Jersey Law Journal 3/21/2012

Peter Verniero Joins State in Litigation over Education Funding Levels

Press Release: New Jersey Office of the Attorney General 3/28/2011

Court Wants Answers on NJ Nuke Plant Safety

W-NBC 6 p.m. News 3/22/2011

New Jersey’s Poorest Students Hurt by Christie’s Funding Cuts, Judge Says

Bloomberg 3/22/2011

Christie Nominees to Supreme Court Include First Asian-American Justice

Bloomberg News Wire 1/23/2011

Kearns Is Picked for Prosecutor

Hunterdon County Democrat 8/26/2010

MCLE Regulations Friendly to Law Firms and Departments Running In-House Programs

New Jersey Law Journal 2/1/2010

Supreme Court Gets a Rare Rebuke, in Front of a Nation

The New York Times 1/29/2010

Karrow, Ferguson, Verniero Given Roles in Transition to Next Governor, Chris Christie

Hunterdon County Democrat 11/24/2009

N.J. Court Unveils MCLE Plan: 24 Hours Every Two Years

New Jersey Law Journal 10/12/2009

N.J.’s Top Court Broadens Ban to Include Exit Interviews at Polls

The Star-Ledger 10/1/2009

NJN's Due Process Television Program

New Jersey Public Television and Radio's Due Process 8/23/2009

Thirteen/WNET and NJN's Inside Trenton Television Program

Thirteen/WNET and NJN 8/23/2009


Peter G. Verniero Delivers to the Governor’s Office the Firm’s Report on the Vetting and Hiring Practices of the Governor-elect’s Transition Office and Related Issues


CLE Presentation - Effective Brief Writing

Effective Brief Writing 7/27/2017

Appellate Practice Seminar

Effective Appellate Representation New Jersey Defense Association 12/9/2016

New Jersey Civil Court Rules Update

Gann Legal Education Foundation 10/1/2016

Effective Brief Writing

New Jersey Attorney General's Advocacy Institute 7/21/2016

New Jersey White Collar Crime Conference

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 6/2/2016

HCBA Vicinage XIII Dinner and Seminar

The Importance of Public Service Hunterdon County Bar Association 2/16/2016

Leading with Integrity: Lawyers as Leaders

Developing Leadership Competencies in the Private and Public Sectors: The Art of Effective Communication to Law and Non-Law Related Constituencies, Bridge-Building, Financial Literacy, Service on Boards, and Media Savvy Seton Hall Law Circuit Symposium 2/9/2016

New Jersey Civil Court Rules Update

Gann Legal Education Foundation 10/3/2015

The Powers and Duties of Attorneys General

AG Duty: To Defend or Not? The George Washington University Law School 10/1/2015

Effective Appellate Advocacy

New Jersey Attorney General's Advocacy Institute 8/13/2015

Annual Back to Basics for the Experienced Attorney

Civil Practice Procedure Trial Attorneys of New Jersey 8/12/2015

Annual Convention of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey 10/17/2014

NJ Civil Court Rules Update: A Review of Rule Changes & Recent Court Decisions

Gann Legal Education Foundation 9/27/2014

Northeast Corporate Counsel Forum 2014

HB Litigation Conferences and Veritext 6/25/2014

APA/AGAI 4th Annual CLE Conference

Hot Topics in Appellate Practice New Jersey Attorney General's Advocacy Institute 11/7/2013

Election Day Marathon CLE

Effective Appellate Advocacy Hunterdon County Bar Association 11/5/2013

Economic Policies and Initiatives in the Whitman Administration

Economic Policies and Initiatives in the Whitman Administration Eagleton Institute of Politics 10/28/2013

NJ Civil Court Rules Update: A Review of Rule Changes & Recent Court Decisions

Gann Legal Education Foundation 9/21/2013

NJ Supreme Court: Warrants Required to Collect Cell Phone Data

WNYC Radio - The Takeaway 7/22/2013

NJ Civil Court Rules Update: A Review of Rule Changes and Recent Court Decisions

Gann Legal Education Foundation 10/6/2012

Effective Appellate Advocacy

Attorney General's Advocacy Institute 6/4/2012

SC&G CLE Breakfast Program

Effective Appellate Advocacy Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. 4/19/2012

Megan's Law Lecture

American University 3/8/2012

Vicinage XIII Seminar - Civility & Professionalism at the Bar

Hunterdon County Bar Association 10/19/2011

New Jersey Civil Court Rules Update: A Review of Rule Changes and Recent Court Decisions

Gann Legal Education Foundation 9/24/2011

2011 New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention

On Appeal: Appellate Advocacy (Peter G. Verniero); Class Actions Today ... and Tomorrow (Jeffrey J. Greenbaum); Social Media Risks and Policies for Law Firms (Galit Kierkut); Environmental Trends and DEP Transformation: Lessons Learned and To Be Learned (Andrew B. Robins) New Jersey State Bar Association 5/19/2011

Teamwork for Tomorrow: Legal Strategies for Success

ALFA International 6/2/2010

New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention

Life on the State’s Highest Court (Verniero); Social Media Risks and Rewards for Law Firms and Attorneys (Kierkut) New Jersey State Bar Association 5/19/2010

Walking the Tightrope of Professional Responsibility for Corporate Counsel

Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. 5/13/2010

New Jersey Governors and the State Supreme Court

Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers Program on the Governor, New Jersey State Bar Association 5/8/2008

Pro Bono Conference

New Jersey State Bar Association 5/7/2008

Legislation, Litigation, Reflection and Repeal: The Legislative Abolition of the Death Penalty in New Jersey

The Death Penalty on Appeal: Constitutionality, Equality, and Proportionality Review Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law School, Seton Hall Law School Center for State and Local Government, New Jersey State Bar Association, Capital Punishment Committee of the New York City Bar Association 4/14/2008

Appellate Practice Conference

National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute 3/5/2008


Sixth Annual Review of NJ Law of Arrest, Search & Seizure Mercer County Bar Association & New Jersey Law Journal 11/28/2007

New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association's Full Day Conference

Catching Crooks: An Update from Law Enforcement on AML, SAR and Fraud Activities and Investigations in the New York/New Jersey Area New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association 9/27/2007

Effective Appellate Advocacy

NJ Attorney General's Advocacy Institute 9/7/2007

2006/2007 New Jersey Criminal Case Law Developments

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 3/24/2007

Preparing for Government Investigations of Healthcare Facilities and Their Employees

New Jersey Hospital Association 3/15/2007

Corporate Counsel Institute

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 1/24/2007

Managing Attorney-Client Communications in a Time of Eroding Privilege

LexisNexis Counsel to Counsel 3/29/2006

Search & Seizure Law: Update 2005

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) 9/24/2005

Incentives & Eminent Domain: Are Your Economic Development Tools Legal?

Northeastern Economic Developers Association 8/24/2005

RealShare Special Focus

Redevelopment after the Kelo v. New London Decision - Who Wins, Who Loses? Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross P.C. 7/12/2005

State Solicitors and Appellate Chiefs Conference

A View from the Bench: Insights on Appellate Advocacy from Our Federal and State Judges Who formerly Served in State Attorney General offices National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) 6/22/2005

The Role of Hospital Trustees in Corporate Compliance Programs

New Jersey Hospital Association 4/21/2005

Life and Law at the New Jersey Supreme Court: A Discussion with Three Former Justices

Drew University 4/5/2005

The Role of Hospital Trustees in Corporate Compliance Programs

New Jersey Hospital Association 2/7/2005

Corporate Governance and Compliance Today and Tomorrow: What Corporate Law Departments Need to Know

New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross and Deloitte & Touche 1/27/2005

The Legal and Strategic Guide to E-Discovery: Best Practices for Corporate Counsel

Opening Remarks (Verniero); The Latest Word on E-Discovery Specific Procedural Rules: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know Now (Greenbaum) Marcus Evans 11/10/2004


Op-Ed - Ex-N.J. Justice Applauds Roberts for Independence Amid Political Strife

The Star-Ledger 3/10/2019

Op-Ed - Why You Need to Know ‘Stare Decisis’ This Summer

The Star-Ledger 7/8/2018

May It Please The Court: Effective Advocacy Before The New Jersey Supreme Court

New Jersey Lawyer 6/1/2018

Op-Ed - States Better Off with AGs Appointed

The Star-Ledger 5/20/2018

Op-Ed - Cameras in the U.S. High Court - Not a Case of Sound-Bite Justice

NJ Spotlight 10/2/2017

Op-Ed - Preserve Supreme Court's Lifetime Tenure, for the Good of Democracy

The Star-Ledger 7/26/2015

Op-Ed - For History's Sake, U.S. Supreme Court Should Reverse Policy Barring Cameras from Courtroom

The Star-Ledger 4/20/2015

Op-Ed - Finally, Middle Ground in the High Court

The Star-Ledger 5/22/2014

Op-Ed - Establishing a Robust System of Free Expression

The Record 9/30/2013

Op-Ed - Major Changes Needed to Protect Our Children

The Star-Ledger 12/20/2012

Op-Ed - With Drug Courts, N.J. Could Be Tough and Smart on Crime

The Star-Ledger 2/1/2012

Op-Ed - Time for Top Court to Broadcast Proceedings for All to See

The Star-Ledger 12/11/2011

Op-Ed - Court's Future Won't Be the Same

The Star-Ledger 8/24/2011

Op-Ed - Anne Patterson Positioned to Excel on N.J. State Supreme Court

The Star-Ledger 8/24/2011

Curbing Federal Pre-emption: What It Means for State Regulation

New Jersey Law Journal 11/30/2009

Op-Ed - Don't Jump to Conclusions

The New York Times (online edition) 7/26/2009

Op-Ed - New Era for School Funding

The Times of Trenton 6/12/2009

Op-Ed - From the Courtrooms to the Classrooms

The Record 6/8/2009

Op-Ed - A Little Respect for the Court, Please

The Star-Ledger 5/27/2009

Op-Ed - Torture Memos and the Bush Administration: Time to Move on

The Sunday Star-Ledger 5/3/2009

Op-Ed - 'Sexting' Hardly Constitutes Child Endangerment

The Star-Ledger 4/9/2009

Op-Ed - Supporting Hospitals: Saving Lives and the Economy, Too

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 3/1/2009

Op-Ed - Leave Judgments to History

The Sunday Star-Ledger 1/25/2009

Op-Ed - Hoping for a Dawn of a New Bipartisanship

The Record 11/21/2008

Roundtable: Part II - Corporate Internal Investigations: Later Stages

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 10/1/2008

Roundtable: Part I - Corporate Internal Investigations: Early Stages

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 9/1/2008

Op-Ed - Hard Fight to a Decision in Gun Control Debate, and Nobody Was Shot

Trenton Times (7/10/08), The Record (7/9/08), Hunterdon County Democrat (7/3/08) 7/10/2008

Op-Ed - Roberts Court Defying Labels

The Star-Ledger 6/9/2008

Op-Ed - Delivering Pro Bono Services in New Jersey: What, Why and How?

New Jersey Law Journal 5/12/2008

Op-Ed - It's Folly to Label Judges

The Star-Ledger 4/20/2008

Op-Ed - U.S. Supreme Court Nomination Process Too Polarized

The Star-Ledger 3/2/2008

Op-Ed - Supreme Court TV

The Wall Street Journal 10/31/2007

Op-Ed - Over Years, Drug Court Has Proven Its Worth

The Star-Ledger 9/26/2007

Op-Ed - Don't Give Up on Newark

The New York Times 8/26/2007

Op-Ed - Fishing on Capitol Hill

The Washington Times 8/10/2007

Op-Ed - Alito Emerges as Key Voice on Free Speech

The Star-Ledger 7/5/2007

Op-Ed - Free Judiciary for a Free Society

The Sunday Star-Ledger 6/7/2007

Op-Ed - Appealed to Death

The New York Times 1/14/2007

Op-Ed - Getting the Government to Right a Wrong

The Star-Ledger 12/15/2006

Op-Ed - Justices’ Politics Fade on Bench

Philadelphia Inquirer 11/6/2006

Op-Ed - A Win for Corporations Facing Prosecution

The Star-Ledger 8/27/2006

Op-Ed - Justices Show They Can't Be Typecast as Legislators

The Star-Ledger 7/20/2006

Op-Ed - Prosecuting Irresponsible Media Is Not the Remedy

The Star-Ledger 6/26/2006

Op-Ed - Judge-Bashing Threatens Courts and Democracy

The Record 4/25/2006

Op-Ed - N.J. Court's Legacy Rests in Judgments

Philadelphia Inquirer 3/2/2006

Op-Ed - A Mistake to Judge Alito by a Label - It's better to look at personal traits than a paper trail

The Star-Ledger 11/3/2005

New Jersey Search-and-Seizure Law: A Recent Perspective

36 Seton Hall L. Rev. 45 10/26/2005

Op-Ed - The Supreme Court, in living color

The Star-Ledger 10/3/2005

Op-Ed - Better a Branch than a Twig

The Star-Ledger 9/7/2005

Sarbanes-Oxley Three Years On: An Evolving Compliance Structure

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 8/1/2005

The Effects of the Andersen Decision in Today's Market

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 8/1/2005

The Erosion of Attorney-Client Privilege

New Jersey Law Journal 8/1/2005

Op-Ed - Legal Limits to a Sue-for-Anything Culture

The Star-Ledger 6/27/2005

Op-Ed - Shunning Activism, Court Brings Certainty to Eminent Domain

The Star-Ledger 6/24/2005

Op-Ed - If Terri Schiavo had lived in New Jersey

The Star-Ledger 4/10/2005

Op-Ed - Letting Judges Be the Judge

The Star-Ledger 1/23/2005

Attorney-Client Privilege under Assault

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 1/1/2005

Bringing Multiple Talents to Corporate Investigations

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 12/1/2004

Rankings and Recognition

Distinguished Leader, Hunterdon County Business Hall of Fame, 2017

Distinguished Leader, New Jersey Law Journal, 2017

Medal of Honor, New Jersey State Bar Foundation, 2016

Community Service Award, SAFE in Hunterdon, 2014

Public Service Recognition Award, Crime Stoppers of Hunterdon, 2013

Leaders and Legends Award, Newark YMCA, 2008

Montville Twp. High School Hall of Fame, Charter Member, 2001

Alumni Achievement Award, Drew University, 1999

Most Distinguished Citizen, presented by Clinton Twp. Mayor and Council, 1999

Defender of Justice Equal Protection Recognition Plaque, 1997

Distinguished Service Award, Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Law Society, 1994

American Bar Foundation
Member,Society of Attorneys General Emeriti
Member,American Bar Association
Member,New Jersey State Bar Association
Member,Hunterdon County Bar Association
Member,Board of Visitors, Drew University
Member,Board of Trustees, Hunterdon Healthcare System
Member,Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Appellate
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Corporate Internal Investigations
  • E-Discovery/Technology
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(973) 643-5485  Phone
(973) 643-6500  Fax
University Attended:
Drew University, B.A., with highest honors, 1981 Phi Beta Kappa
Law School Attended:
Duke University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1984
Year of First Admission:
1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1984, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 2007, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1984, New Jersey; 1996, U.S. Supreme Court


Vice Chair, New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee
Former Member, Governor's Advisory Ethics Panel
Former Chair, Governor's Judicial Advisory Panel
Co-Chair, NJ SAFE Task Force (2013)
Former Chair, New Jersey Supreme Court Professional Responsibility Rules Committee
Former Chair, New Jersey Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Former Member, Board of Trustees, Legal Services of New Jersey
fellow, American Bar Foundation
Member, Society of Attorneys General Emeriti
Member, American Bar Association
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Member, Hunterdon County Bar Association
Member, Board of Visitors, Drew University
Former Member, Board of Trustees, Hunterdon Healthcare System
Member, Panel of Evaluators, New Jersey Law Journal's Attorney of the Year Award (2018)
Former Member, Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal

Birth Information:
Reported Cases:
Representative Decisions: Montclair State University v. County of Passaic, 234 N.J. 434 (2018) (argued on behalf of amicus curiae Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey): 8/6/2018; Abbott v. Burke, 206 N.J. 332 (2011) (Abbott XXI): 5/24/2011; Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Inc., 201 N.J. 300 (2010): 3/30/2010; Paul P. by Laura L. v. Verniero, 170 F.3d 396 (3d Cir. 1998) (argued as Attorney General): 3/16/1999; Abbott v. Burke, 153 N.J. 480 (1998) (Abbott V) (argued as Attorney General): 5/21/1998; E.B. v. Verniero, 127 F.3d 298 (3d Cir. 1997) (argued as Attorney General): 9/17/1997; Abbott v. Burke, 149 N.J. 145 (1997) (Abbott IV) (argued as Attorney General): 5/14/1997

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