Gov. Phil Murphy picked his Deputy Chief Counsel Parimal Garg to replace Matt Platkin as the top lawyer at the governor’s office.
As the second-in-command behind Platkin, Garg played a key role in drafting the myriad of restrictions on business and travel in the state this spring, meant to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19.
“I’ve relied on Parimal’s counsel for more than four years, and I consider him one of the sharpest legal minds in New Jersey,” Murphy said in a Friday morning statement.
Garg and Platkin have frequently played tag team being on hand at the governor’s daily COVID-19 media briefings in Trenton, where Murphy updates the state’s residents and members of the press on where things stand with restrictions and the status of New Jersey’s health care infrastructure as it battles the virus.
“I’m deeply honored to continue serving Gov. Murphy as he works to protect New Jersey from the worst public health crisis in a century and build a stronger and fairer state for all 9 million residents,” the 31-year-old Garg, who was named to NJBIZ’s Law Power 50 for 2020, said on Friday.
“For more than four years, I have had the honor of working side by side with Parimal as he has tirelessly fought to make our state stronger and fairer,” Platkin said in the Friday statement from the governor’s office.
Guillermo Artiles, current partner at McCarter & English and chair of its Government Affairs practice, who worked with Garg in the Counsel’s Office when he was associate counsel for the state, praised the appointment.
“The governor made a great choice today in selecting Parimal as his next chief counsel,” he said. “There since day one, he and former Chief Counsel Matt Platkin worked hand in hand on all of the governor’s bold initiatives. He’s a great man who will continue to provide good counsel to the governor and the entire administration. We are lucky to have his steady hand at the helm, especially during these trying times.”
Garg was previously a law clerk for New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 3:10 p.m. EST on Oct. 9, 2020, to include remarks from Guillermo Artiles.