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Sills Cummis & Gross Welcomes Thomas H. Prol

August 08, 2019

Sills Cummis & Gross is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas H. Prol as its newest Member of the Firm. Mr. Prol concentrates his practice on environmental, land use, and related litigation and administrative law matters.  

Mr. Prol is a Past President of the New Jersey State Bar Association and its first openly gay President in the Association’s 118-year history. During his tenure as President, Mr. Prol spearheaded efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the federal Constitution, promoted diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and justice system, and expand access to justice. He advocated for marriage equality in New Jersey in public forums and the courts, and was a vigorous advocate for, and successfully argued the defense of, the New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform Act and the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Act. Mr. Prol is also a founding member of and on the executive committee of Garden State Equality, the leading New Jersey LGBT civil rights organization. He previously served as vice chair of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (now known as the National LGBT Bar Association) and on the board of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

“We are pleased that Tom has joined us – he is a quality lawyer and quality person,” stated Sills Cummis Managing Partner Max Crane. He continued, “Since its founding, Sills Cummis has always been involved at the intersection of law, business, and public policy. Tom’s arrival only strengthens this aspect of the Firm.”

In addition to being active in the New Jersey State Bar Association, Mr. Prol serves on the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

“I am pleased to join Sills Cummis – the lawyers are top-notch across the board.  Sills Cummis also allows me a larger platform – more lawyers in a wider range of practice areas. Because of the Firm’s historic and current association with the business community and the world of public service, I know I will fit right in by generating business and continuing to advocate for equal justice under the law,” said Tom Prol.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Prol was an environmental scientist and enforcement officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and served two years as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal.

Over the course of his legal career, he has received numerous awards, including the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Mel Narol Award in 2018 for leadership and advocacy by spearheading inclusion and making strides for women and minority lawyers, a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award in 2018 (as selected by the New Jersey Commission of Professionalism in the Law and the Sussex County Bar Association), and the Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the New Jersey State Bar Association in 2004.  He was also a New Jersey Law Journal “Attorney of the Year” Finalist in 2017.

Mr. Prol is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.  He received his J.D. from New York Law School in 2001, his M.P.H. from Emory University in 1997 and his B.A. from Emory University in 1991.