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No. 5: Melissa Orsen

Melissa Orsen, senior vice president and general counsel, South Jersey Industries

She joined SJI in 2017 as general counsel, now as senior vice president and president and chief operations officer for South Jersey Gas, she is responsible for the day to day leadership and strategic oversight at South Jersey Gas, with a focus on driving operational excellence.

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No. 9: Jerry Zaro

Jerry Zaro

The chair of Banking and Real Estate Services at Sills Cummis & Gross focuses his practice on banking and finance, real estate, corporate and government relations matters.

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No. 1: Anthony Coscia 

Tony Coscia, chairman of the board, chairman of the audit & finance committee, Amtrak.

A partner at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, he is also the chairman of Amtrak and one of three trustees of the Gateway Development Program Corp., the nonprofit organization managing the railroad bridge and tunnel undertaking.

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No. 6: Rajiv Parikh

Rajiv Parikh, Genova Burns.

A  partner with Genova Burns, he serves as chair or co-chair of a variety of teams within the firm. He chairs the India Law; Construction Law & Litigation; and Election Law & Litigation practices, and is co-chair of the Crisis Management Practice and Hotels & Restaurants Industry Group.

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No. 3: Deborah Hays

Deborah Hays, partner and shareholder, Archer

A partner and shareholder in Archer’s Haddonfield office, she serves as chair of the firm’s Business Counseling Group and has more than 30 years of experience representing companies and financial institutions in complex business transactions. Her clients range from small, local businesses to large international corporations (both privately-held and public), as well as startup and development stage.

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No. 10: Audrey Murphy

Audrey Murphy, executive vice president, chief legal officer, Operations, Hackensack Meridian Health.

She's executive vice president and chief legal officer, Operations for Hackensack Meridian Health--having played an integral role in some of the network’s most significant endeavors, and amid a global pandemic that upended the health care industry over the past 17 months.

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No. 4: Frank Giantomasi

Frank Giantomasi

A  name partner at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, he's is a major real estate player in the Newark-Elizabeth corridor, serving as redevelopment counsel to many of the area’s most notable mixed-use projects, including NJPAC’s signature master plan for the mixed-use redevelopment of 6.1 acres surrounding the cultural institution into a vibrant arts neighborhood.

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No. 2: Chris Porrino

Christopher Porrino, chair, Litigation Department, Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

After rising to political prominence in the administration of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, he returned to private practice as chairman of the Litigation Department at Roseland’s Lowenstein Sandler, his old firm. Perhaps not surprisingly, his efforts to build the practice involves connections to state government, including with Christie’s successor, Democrat Phil Murphy.

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No. 8: Nancy Erika Smith

Nancy Erika Smith

She's co-founder of Smith Mullin in Montclair and one of the best-known civil rights attorneys in the country, having represented plaintiffs in several high-profile cases, like Gretchen Carlson in her sexual harassment suit against Fox News and Roger Ailes, which settled for $20 million.

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No. 7: Donald Scarinci

Donald Scarinci, founder and managing partner, Scarinci Hollenbeck.

He founded Scarinci Hollenbeck in 1988 and has since been its firmwide managing partner, overseeing more than 60 attorneys in New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C. A prominent voice in constitutional law since the 1980s, he also edits the award-winning Constitutional Law Reporter.

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Law Power 50: A – H

NJBIZ 2021 Law Power 50

New Jerseyans can rest assured that the legal acumen demonstrated by the individuals profiled here will be available to manage the new normal. They are the best problem solvers the state has to offer.

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