Jerold L. Zaro

Jerry Zaro


Jerry Zaro, Chair of Banking and Real Estate Services, focuses his practice on banking and finance, real estate, corporate and government relations. He is the former Chief of the New Jersey Office of Economic Growth in the cabinets of Governor Jon S. Corzine(D) and Chris Christie(R).  Prior to his years of public service, Mr. Zaro was the President and Managing Partner of Ansell Zaro Grimm and Aaron and served as the Chair of the Commercial Real Estate and Finance & Banking departments.  He began his law career as a judicial secretary to the Honorable Thomas F. Shebell, Jr. in the Superior Court of Monmouth County.

Mr. Zaro has served in a variety of leadership posts in the administrations of the last seven consecutive Governors of New Jersey—four Democrats and three Republicans.  Mr. Zaro 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, most recently, as the Chief of the Office of Economic Growth for the State of New Jersey, a cabinet level position in the administrations of Governor Jon Corzine (D) and Governor Chris Christie (R).  During his tenure as New Jersey’s economic “Czar,” Mr. Zaro made multiple significant strides in promoting and improving the business environment in the State utilizing incentives offered by New Jersey.  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.

Mr. Zaro has also worked to make New Jersey a friendlier environment for all businesses.  He helped to create and then lead the Real Estate Advisory Board, comprised of the leaders in the industry, to identify and eliminate red tape, propose pro-business legislation and attract more businesses to locate in New Jersey.  He worked to develop the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Act, which outsources some Department of Environmental Protection applications to private licensed professionals and fast-tracks the application process.  He launched the Patent Bank, which provides a central State directory for inventors and innovators to list their patents and assists in bringing new developments to market.  

Mr. Zaro is also engaged in numerous business and corporate entities.  He was one of the initial stockholders and Chairman of the Board of Ocean Independent Bank,  a Member of the Board of Directors of First DeWitt Bank and Rumson-Fair Haven Bank, as well as other stock exchange listed companies, including as a Director of Commerce of Bank Shore N.A., now part of TD Bank. He is also a principal in numerous real estate companies which buy, develop, own, manage and operate various properties, consisting of several million square feet, located in seven states, including office, industrial, warehouse, residential and retail properties.

In addition to his involvement with a variety of businesses and corporate boards, Mr. Zaro has been engaged with numerous charitable and governmental organizations and civic affairs.


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Rankings & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®* 2012-2018, Corporate Law
New Jersey Super Lawyers®* 2006-2007, 2013-2017, Real Estate: Business; Banking; Business/Corporate
Martindale-Hubbell®* AV rating
NJBIZ® magazine's "Power 100" List 2013
NJBIZ® magazine's "Power 50: The most Influential People in Real Estate" 2010-2011

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