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New Jersey Trailblazers – Peter G. Verniero

New Jersey Law Journal

August 24, 2020

Congratulations to Peter G. Verniero, Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Corporate Internal Investigations and Appellate Practice Groups, on being named one of the 2020 “New Jersey Trailblazers” by the New Jersey Law Journal. This annual award recognizes legal professionals who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their sector.

The New Jersey Law Journal stated, “We are proud to spotlight a handful of individuals who are truly agents of change.”

The New Jersey Law Journal had this to say about Mr. Verniero:

“Despite a legal career marked by extraordinary accomplishments – youngest justice to sit on the New Jersey Supreme Court, 51st Attorney General of New Jersey, and chief of staff and chief counsel to Governor Christine Whitman, Peter Verniero doesn’t consider himself a pioneer.  ‘I don’t think of myself as a trailblazer, but I do appreciate the fact that I’ve served in these four positions.’

“Since leaving government service and joining Sills Cummis about 16 years ago, Verniero’s robust litigation and appellate practice is complemented by time spent on policymaking and scholarship.  As vice-chair of the NJ Supreme Court’s Civil Practice Committee, he recommends rules of procedure for civil and criminal practice, an activity that goes hand in hand with a years-long ongoing project that he’s particularly passionate about: annotating the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey, a major law treatise. ‘Some call it the bible of civil practice rules.  It’s the one book that lawyers, clerks and judges turn to for a quick summary of case law interpreting those rules.’  Editing the treatise, which is updated online three time a year and printed annually, is a painstaking process that requires Verniero to be as accurate, fair and objective as possible in his description of case law.  ‘It’s a labor of love.’

“Although Verniero misses his time in government service, he’s a firm believer in refreshing the talent pool and is happy to have passed the baton to others.  ‘It’s good government to have different people in various roles and a constant influx of new leaders in senior positions.” As he completes the latest updates to the print edition of his treatise, he’s already looking ahead to the next edition. ‘It’s like washing windows at the United Nations.  You’re never done.’”