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NJBIZ 2021 Law Power 50

Presenting the 2021 Law Power 50

In the best of times, doing business in New Jersey requires the ability to navigate a dense web of legal and regulatory issues and requirements. During a deadly global pandemic – and in its aftermath – that task is more difficult. Even the most skilled leaders will need guidance, advice and sometimes representation. The individuals we recognize on this year's list have proven themselves up to the challenge.

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

No. 5: Melissa Orsen

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 there, with a focus on driving operational excellence.

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

No. 1: Anthony Coscia 

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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Jerry Zaro

No. 9: 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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Rajiv Parikh, Genova Burns.

No. 6: Rajiv Parikh

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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Deborah Hays, partner and shareholder, Archer

No. 3: Deborah Hays

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

No. 10: Audrey Murphy

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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Frank Giantomasi partner, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi

No. 4: 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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Christopher Porrino, chair, Litigation Department, Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

No. 2: Chris Porrino

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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