Patricia M. Prezioso

Patricia M. Prezioso


Patricia M. Prezioso is Co-Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Employment and Labor Practice Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of employment defense, investigations and white collar criminal defense.

Ms. Prezioso partners with her clients to help them increase efficiencies, and when a matter does arise, reduces business disruptions from the matter at hand allowing management to focus on running the business. 

As a seasoned litigator and trial attorney who conducts trials to verdict, Ms. Prezioso is skilled in defending companies and management in all types of employment claims. She provides comprehensive counsel to companies looking to manage risk or facing claims, such as discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, equal pay, invasion of privacy, defamation, FLSA claims and class actions, worker misclassification, disciplinary actions and discharge, and employee leaves.

Ms. Prezioso has extensive experience in matters involving restrictive covenants, government or administrative agency investigations, including before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New York State Division of Human Rights and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and defending businesses and entities from liability claims relating to alleged intentional acts of its employees or agents.

Ms. Prezioso also assists businesses and entities with in-house investigations, responding to government subpoenas and defense of criminal allegations.

Ms. Prezioso’s experience in the public sector has provided her with unique investigative and prosecutorial insight that she applies to counseling and, when necessary, defending her clients. Before entering private practice, she worked for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office – Division of Criminal Justice, serving as Chief of Law Enforcement Services, Deputy Director and Executive Assistant Attorney General. She was the lead prosecutor in State v. McGuire, one of New Jersey’s most infamous murder trials. Ms. Prezioso also served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where she was both a designated homicide assistant and a member of the Sex Crimes Unit. She was honored by the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety with “Professional Achievement” awards and received the “Innovation in Government” award from the National Council of State Governments.

Ms. Prezioso frequently speaks on trial advocacy, trial preparation, discovery and investigations, and has been featured in news specials on ABC, NBC, CBS and the Discovery Channel.

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Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Rankings & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in:

  • New Jersey Law Journal®* “Top Women in the Law” 2016
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers®* 2018-2021, Employment & Labor

Received Innovation in Government Award from the National Council of State Governments in 2005.

Received Professional Achievement Award from the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety in 2004.

Received Professional Achievement Award from the State of New Jersey in 2004.

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Former Member, Supreme Court of New Jersey District VB Ethics Committee (completed service in 2016)

Former Member, Supreme Court of New Jersey Committee on Women and the Courts (2002-2006)