Retired state Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia is heading to a partnership at Newark’s McCarter & English, the firm announced Jan. 31.
LaVecchia, who stepped down from the state’s top court last August after 21 years on the bench, will join McCarter’s Business Litigation group, effective Feb. 7. The firm said she will add depth to its appellate, regulatory, and alternative dispute resolution practices.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Justice LaVecchia to the firm, and to the Alternative Dispute Resolution practice in particular,” said Jose Linares, chair of the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution group, in a statement. “As a retired Justice of New Jersey’s highest court, she is uniquely qualified to advise clients on both trial strategy and appellate issues as well as facilitate the resolution of complex disputes. I am thrilled to be able to collaborate with Justice LaVecchia, someone who displays such extraordinary talent, intelligence, and grace.”
Named to the Supreme Court by Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, LaVecchia also served as the state’s commissioner of banking and insurance; deputy chief counsel to Gov. Thomas Kean; director of the division of law; and as chief administrative law judge for the Office of Administrative Law from 1989 through 1994.
“I am thrilled to begin this new phase of my career at McCarter and proud to be joining a team of attorneys distinguished by their powerful and unwaveringly professional advocacy for their clients,” LaVecchia said. “I look forward to collaborating with the trial and appellate teams, and to expanding the firm’s already impressive alternative dispute resolution practice.”
Joe Boccassini, McCarter’s firmwide managing partner noted LaVecchia’s lengthy resume. “The depth of her litigation experience, coupled with her unique insight into the State’s regulatory landscape, will make her an excellent resource to our clients as well as our lawyers.” he said.