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The 2021 NJBIZ Law Power 50


July 26, 2021

Sills Cummis & Gross Members Ted Zangari and Jerry Zaro are included in the NJBIZ “Law Power 50” ranking of the most influential individuals in New Jersey's legal profession.

NJBIZ had this to say about Zangari and Zaro:

Ted Zangari:
"Zangari is a member of Sills Cummis & Gross, chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department and serves on its Management and Executive Committees.  Zangari’s practice is multifaceted. He chairs the firm’s Redevelopment Law Practice Group, leading a team of attorneys on brownfield, transit-oriented, central business district and waterfront redevelopment projects as well as adaptive reuse projects at obsolete or vacant corporate campuses and shopping centers. He also routinely handles complex business transactions with an emphasis on commercial leasing, acquisition and financing transactions for owners, asset managers and tenants of industrial, office and retail properties across the country. In addition, Zangari chairs the firm’s Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Practice Group, assisting developers, hospitals, banks, casinos and other regulated industry clients in the ways that government and business intersect on a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters. In a ranking of 'politically influential law firms' by, Sills was ranked number one among AmLaw 200 law firms in New Jersey, and Zangari was described as someone who is 'well-liked by insiders on both sides of the aisle.' Zangari currently serves on the executive committee and board of directors of the NJ State Chamber of Commerce. He is also a founding member of the Rutgers University Center for Real Estate, where he serves on the Center’s Executive Committee."

Jerry Zaro:
Zaro came in at #9 on the list (only the top 10 are ranked). "Zaro, chair of Banking and Real Estate Services Department at Sills Cummis & Gross, focuses his practice on banking and finance, real estate, corporate and government relations matters. Before joining Sills, Zaro was the president and managing partner of Ansell Zaro Grimm and Aaron for 25 years and served as the chair of the Commercial Real Estate and Finance & Banking departments.

Zaro was appointed as the New Jersey Trustee of the three-member Gateway Development Corporation (GDC), to serve alongside the New York and Amtrak designated Trustees. He has served as Chairman of the GDC in 2019 and now serves as Treasurer.

In addition, Zaro has served in a variety of leadership posts in the administrations of the last eight consecutive governors—five Democrats and three Republicans. He has served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Highway Authority, chairman of the New Jersey Highway Authority, Commissioner of the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority and as the chief of the Office of Economic Growth, a cabinet level position in the administrations of Govs. Jon Corzine and Chris Christie. During his tenure as New Jersey’s 'Economic Czar,' Zaro made significant strides in promoting and improving the business environment in the state using incentives. In this capacity, he had a hand in bringing thousands of jobs to New Jersey and helping retain jobs in danger of being relocated out of state.

In May 2020, Zaro was appointed as a member of Gov. Phil Murphy’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council – Facilities and Construction Subcommittee, which brought together leaders to advise state officials on economic matters affected by COVID-19."