The firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has announced that Deborah T. Poritz, former chief justice of the New Jersey State Supreme Court, has joined the firm as of counsel.
Chief Justice Poritz will practice as a member of the firm's Litigation Department, concentrating in government and corporate investigations, mediation and arbitration, and appellate matters.
The former chief justice was appointed chief counsel to Gov. Thomas H. Kean in 1989, serving as his principal advisor on legal and legislative matters. When Gov. Kean left office in January 1990, the former chief justice became a partner at the Princeton law firm of Jamieson, Moore, Peskin & Spicer where she represented clients in environmental, transportation and insurance regulatory matters. She remained at Jamieson Moore until her appointment by Gov. Christine T. Whitman in January 1994 as New Jersey's first woman attorney general.
As attorney general, the former chief justice successfully defended Megan's Law in both state and federal courts and chaired the task force that implemented the reorganization and reformation of the juvenile justice system in New Jersey. On July 10, 1996 she took the oath of office as chief justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She led the judiciary during a period of statewide unification that followed legislation transferring the responsibility for court funding from the counties to the state.