May 01, 2017
Sills Cummis & Gross is pleased to
announce that Peter G. Verniero has been named a 2017 “Distinguished Leader” by
the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ). According to the NJLJ, those designated represent the strongest of advocates,
demonstrating clear leadership skills.
Mr. Verniero is a Member of Sills
Cummis & Gross P.C., and is Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Internal
Investigations and Appellate Practice Groups. He joined the Firm in 2004 after
a decade of public service in senior positions within the executive and
judicial branches of state government.
Appointed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman as her chief counsel and
then her chief of staff, Mr. Verniero became the New Jersey Attorney General in
1996. While Attorney General, he personally argued several landmark appeals. As
a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Justice Verniero authored numerous
judicial opinions touching on a wide range of subjects. He currently serves as
annotator of Rules Governing the Courts
of the State of New Jersey, a widely used treatise published by Gann Law
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, 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 the Medal of Honor, the
highest award conferred by the New Jersey Bar Foundation in 2016. In 2004, he was the recipient of 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.
Mr. Verniero graduated summa cum laude from Drew University in
1981, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
He graduated with honors from Duke University School of Law in