May 13, 2021
Peter G. Verniero, Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross
Corporate Internal Investigations and Appellate Practice Groups, was included among
the “2021 Leaders in Law” by NJBIZ. The
Leaders in Law honorees, selected by a panel of independent judges for their
outstanding dedication to their occupation and their communities, were
recognized at a virtual ceremony on May 13, 2021.
NJBIZ Leaders in the Law Supplement – Peter Verniero, Member of the Firm; Chair,
Corporate Internal Investigations and Appellate Practice Groups, Sills Cummis
& Gross P.C.
What do you consider to be your greatest contribution to the success of
your company/clients? Regarding my firm, I try to contribute in numerous ways, especially by
assisting in legal analysis of complex issues, setting an example of professionalism
and mentoring junior lawyers. Regarding clients, I offer my best advice from
many perspectives, including from the perspective of assisting them in properly
and effectively reaching their goals, and informing them of what I consider
trends in the law to address issues on the horizon.
In what ways have you seen your role as a “leader in law” evolve over
the years? The evolution is reflected in my transition from public service to private
practice. In my public positions, I had a direct role in making public policy
and construing the law. In private practice, my role is to advise what the law
is and advocate for what it should be in the future. Also, as author and
annotator of Gann Law’s treatise, Rules Governing the Courts of the State of
New Jersey, I am now somewhat of an educator, which is rewarding intellectually
and on a human level.
What do you enjoy most about your career? Interacting with clients
and colleagues; studying and trying to anticipate the trends in the law;
writing clear and concise briefs as a private practitioner, and the same with
respect to judicial opinions as a jurist; helping others understand the law and
raising social awareness of critical issues; learning myself from the teachings
of others; mentoring law students and junior attorneys.