Retiring NJ Chief Justice To Join Former Firm And Gibbons P.C.

Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 01:00

Upon completing his term as chief justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, James R. Zazzali is returning to private practice as of counsel with two firms. He is rejoining Zazzali, Fagella, Nowak, Kleinbaum & Friedman (the firm his father founded in 1925, which Chief Justice Zazzali, his brother Andrew, and their partners subsequently expanded) and joining Gibbons P.C. (where his daughter, Mara Zazzali-Hogan, currently practices). The dual positions will enable him to both draw on and build on a distinguished family tradition in the state's legal community.

At Gibbons, Mr. Zazzali will join the firm's standard bearer and name partner John Gibbons, the former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Also at Gibbons is Herman Michels, the former presiding judge of the Appellate Division of New Jersey.

"The firm looks forward to tapping the experience and insight of another eminent jurist, one with a prominent career in both the public and private sectors," says the firm's managing director, Patrick C. Dunican Jr.

Justice Zazzali had served on the Supreme Court for more than six years, and had written more than 100 opinions, before Governor Jon Corzine named him Chief Justice in 2006. Prior to his service on the bench, Justice Zazzali had served as general counsel for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority; chairman of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation; New Jersey attorney general; chief of the Appeals Division of the Office of the Essex County Prosecutor; as well as other positions in addition to his private law practice. He is also a former adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School, where he taught alternative dispute resolution and arbitration, and where Gibbons has endowed the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology to educate and train the next generation of attorneys in the technology and scientific fields.

Five more intellectual property attorneys have joined the Gibbons Philadelphia office. Louis Heidelberger has become co-administrative director of the Philadelphia office and a director in the Intellectual Property Department. Thomas J. McWilliams has joined as a director in the Intellectual Property Department. Joining as associates in the Intellectual Property Department are Justin C. Allen, Edward F. Behm Jr. and Todd A. Norton.

Gibbons has changed the skyline of Newark with the addition of the firm's logo atop its headquarters building at One Gateway Center. The sign was officially lit for the first time on September 19. The firm's directors and counsel from all four of its offices were on hand to celebrate the event.

The creation of the sign was a part of the firm's relocation of its headquarters to One Gateway Center. Gibbons has six floors of offices and conference space in the building, all featuring the design and technological innovations of a 21st Century law firm.