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NJBIZ Leaders in Law 2021 - Peter G. Verniero


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.