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Peter G. Verniero Receives "Distinguished Leader" Recognition

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 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, 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 1984.