Former NJ Economic Czar Jerry Zaro Joins Sills Cummis & Gross


Sills Cummis & Gross is pleased to announce that, effective May 1, 2010, Jerold L. Zaro, former Chief of the Office of Economic Growth and the business face of New Jersey since 2008 under both Governors Chris Christie (R) and former Governor Jon S. Corzine (D), has joined the Firm.Mr. Zaro will work out of the Firm's New York and New Jersey offices.

Six different governors - three Republicans and three Democrats - have appointed Mr. Zaro to a variety of leadership posts in their administrations, and he has spent more than thirty years as a noted attorney in private practice.

During his tenure as New Jersey's economic "czar," Mr. Zaro made multiple significant strides in promoting and facilitating the business environment in the State. Under former Governor Corzine in 2009, Mr. Zaro played a pivotal role in the decision of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTTC) to move to Jersey City, bringing 1,600 jobs to the State. Mr. Zaro was also instrumental in laying the groundwork for the New Jersey Nets eventual decision to move from the Izod Arena to the Prudential Center Arena in Newark, effectively freeing up the Izod Arena for more concerts and family events; in essence, creating two premier regional venues.

Mr. Zaro assisted Governor Christie and the special committee chaired by Jon Hanson in developing a new purse schedule that will allow Monmouth Park to pay out $1 million per day in purse money, the highest in the nation.

Sills Cummis is pleased to announce that its own Beth S. Rose has been selected as one of the "Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers 2010" and Lawrence S. Horn and Jack M. Zackin have been selected as two of the "Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers 2010."Receiving the highest point totals in the New Jersey nomination, research and blue ribbon review process determined inclusion on the lists.

Beth S. Rose, Chair of the Firm's Product Liability Practice Group and Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, was also selected for inclusion on the "Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers" list in 2007 and 2009.Lawrence S. Horn, Chair of the Firm's Business Crimes and Tax Litigation Practice Groups, has been selected as one of the "Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers" every year since 2008. Jack M. Zackin, Chair of the Firm's Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Reorganization Practice Group, has been selected as one of the "Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers" since its inception in 2005.

The following Sills Cummis & Gross lawyers also have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers:

Robert J. Alter - Tax; Margaret F. Black - Real Estate; Joseph L. Buckley - Business Litigation; R. Max Crane - Mergers & Acquisitions; Thomas J. Demski - Business Litigation; David W. Garland - Employment & Labor; Bruce I. Goldstein - Business Litigation; Jeffrey J. Greenbaum - Class Action/Mass Torts; Steven E. Gross - Mergers & Acquisitions; Thomas J. Hall - Land Use/Zoning; Gary W. Herschman - Health Care; George R. Hirsch - Business Litigation; Lawrence S. Horn - Criminal Defense: White Collar; Simon Kimmelman - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights; Mark S. Levenson - Real Estate; Simon Levin - Estate Planning & Probate; Arlene Elgart Mirsky - Mergers & Acquisitions; Jeffrey H. Newman - Real Estate; Mark S. Olinsky - Business Litigation; A. Ross Pearlson - General Litigation; Beth S. Rose - Class Action/Mass Torts; Ira A. Rosenberg - Mergers & Acquisitions; Andrew H. Sherman - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights; Paul H. Shur - Banking; Gerald Span - Real Estate; Peter G. Verniero - Appellate ; Morris Yamner - Real Estate; Jack M. Zackin - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights; Ted Zangari - Real Estate.

The following Sills Cummis & Gross lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 New Jersey Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition. (Rising Star candidates are 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.) Joshua N. Howley - General Litigation; Jonathan S. Jemison - Business Litigation; Robert A. Kasuba - Real Estate; Boris I. Mankovetskiy - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.