Michael S. Carucci

Michael S. Carucci


Michael S. Carucci is a Member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Litigation, Corporate Internal Investigations and Appellate Practice Groups.  He handles complex business litigation and regulatory enforcement actions, conducts internal investigations of large private, non-profit, and public organizations, and advocates for clients on appeal. He has successfully litigated a variety of cases both at the trial court level, from the pleading stage to trial, and on appeal, including before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Mr. Carucci advises corporate clients facing regulatory enforcement actions, subpoenas, and other inquiries, and assists clients on matters of public policy, including state legislation, public records requests, and public bidding. As part of the Corporate Internal Investigations Practice Group, he has been entrusted to investigate several sensitive and high-profile matters and has issued findings and recommendations for improved compliance, governance, and policy.

Mr. Carucci joined the Firm after serving as Senior Counsel for the Office of the Governor of New Jersey. For over three years, he advised the Governor on legal, legislative and regulatory issues, focusing on prospective legislation and administrative rulemaking. He also served as the Governor’s liaison to the State Senate and represented the Governor on various issues involving legislators, Cabinet members, senior departmental staff, government affairs professionals and stakeholders.

Appointed by the Governor, Mr. Carucci currently serves as a Commissioner of the New Jersey School Ethics Commission, which reviews, investigates, and determines complaints against public officials for violations of the School Ethics Act, issues advisory opinions, and enforces disclosure and training requirements across the State. 

Prior to his work in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Carucci was a litigation associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP where he represented international corporations and executives in large-scale, multimillion-dollar litigation matters in federal and state court, focusing on complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, white collar defense and antitrust.

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Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Supreme Court

Rankings & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in:

  • New Jersey Law Journal's®* “New Leaders of the Bar" 2018
  • NJBIZ® Vanguard Series "Leaders in Law" 2018

Received Commitment to Justice Award for Outstanding Legal Team from Her Justice Inc. in 2013.

Finalist in the 2012 NITA Northeast Regional Trial Competition.

* See Award Methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Commissioner, New Jersey School Ethics Commission
Member, Seton Hall University School of Law Red Mass Committee
President, Queen of Peace High School Alumni Association
Member, Advisory Board, Sacred Heart High School (Yonkers)