In the best of times, doing business in New Jersey requires owners and executives to navigate a dense web of legal and regulatory issues and requirements. During a deadly global pandemic – and in its aftermath – that task is even more difficult. Even the most skilled leaders will need guidance, advice and sometimes representation. The individuals we recognize in these pages have proven themselves up to the challenge.
Every individual here is adept at working through some aspect of state and federal law. Some are experts on land use law and environmental regulations. Others can protect a company’s intellectual property. Still others will zealously defend their clients’ interest in court, before an agency or in complex financial negotiations. And many more areas of expertise are represented here. All of that goes without saying. Most competent attorneys can make the same claims. The Power 50 individuals, though, are recognized as being a notch or two above the competencies of their peers.
That ability has been – and will continue to be – put to the test as businesses in New Jersey work toward a recovery from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Financial assistance is available, but there are strings attached. Employees will be returning to work, but many are reluctant to gather in the same manner as before. Demand for new facilities will begin to rebound, but new rules and expectations will dictate changes in traditional approaches. The pandemic appears to be ebbing, but new variants could bring new restrictions. And along with those problems, the old laws and rules still apply. In short, the business environment will not return to pre-pandemic conditions any time soon – if ever.
Nonetheless, 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.
As always, the top 10 individuals are listed in numerical order; the others are listed alphabetically. Take a look and let us know what you think of our choices.