Sills Cummis’ Thomas Prol was named to the Insider NJ 2022 Insider OUT 100: LGBTQ Power List. This annual list covers the “politically influential LGBTQ voices in New Jersey politics” according to the article.
Insider NJ had this to say about Prol, who came in at the #5 spot: “Thomas Prol has always played the long game. A towering figure in the New Jersey legal world, Thomas Prol practices law at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
“Mr. Prol is a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (2016-2017) and was the first openly gay leader in the Association’s history. He’s also the longest serving board member in Garden State Equality’s storied history where he advocated for the New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform Act and the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Act.
“Mr. Prol has quietly and deftly deployed behind-the-scenes strategy for LGBTQ equality for the better part of two decades, most recently working with the Attorney General to vacate historical laws targeting our community.
“Mr. Prol’s legal sleuthing led to unprecedented action by former Attorney General Gurbir Grewal who apologized for the systemic harassment of gay bars by the AG office’s Alcohol Beverage Control division from 1933 until 1967. During those years, the systemic harassment of gay bars was quite literally NJ’s official policy, codified in stature.
“While Mr. Prol remains active on the frontlines with other activists in fighting for LGBTQ rights in the Garden State, he’s also taken on the role of historian, cutting through the noise, egos & bombast to correctly and precisely document LGBTQ rights in NJ through the ages and, where appropriate, assigning credit where credit is due.”