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Presenting the NJBIZ Law Power 50

There are a lot of places where lawyers can demonstrate their skills and acumen — the courtroom, the boardroom, legislative chambers or at the bargaining table.


That range is on full display among the attorneys who made our Law Power 50 list.

The top two spots in our top 10 exemplify that diversity of experience. A lawyer in private practice and a public servant, both involved in a legal controversy that could help reshape the state’s approach to economic development. The stakes tend to be high when the lawyers get involved.

In fact, whether they are in public service or private practice, belong to firms or work in-house, litigators or negotiators, the professionals recognized in these pages all help set the agenda for New Jersey. And they get results. Those results may not be broadly popular – but that’s the nature of negotiations, contracts and the legal system itself. But someone or some group will be happy with what their lawyer or representative accomplished on their behalf. And the Power 50 lawyers likely have a lot of satisfied clients and constituents. Some of the attorneys listed here have also been recognized on other NJBIZ rankings – double and even triple congratulations to those folks.

It’s safe to say that the entire state benefits from the high quality of work turned in by the attorneys on this list. They are either representing worthy clients and causes or keeping state officials and corporate executives honest. By performing at a high level, these professionals force their adversaries to do the same. That’s good for everyone who cares about making New Jersey a better place to live, work and do business.

So please take a look at the profiles in this issue and let us know what you think. Did we get it right? Did we overlook someone deserving of recognition? Drop me a line with your reactions. And thanks for reading.

Jeffrey Kanige