NJ Commissioner Of Banking And Insurance To Join Newark Law Firm In January

Top Quote Richard J. Badolato, the current Commissioner of Banking and Insurance will be joining the law firm of Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly & Falanga, LLP when his term ends in January. End Quote
  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) December 15, 2017 - Newark-based law firm Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP is excited to announce that Commissioner Richard J. Badolato, who currently heads the State of New Jersey’s Department of Banking and Insurance, will be joining the firm when his appointment ends in January 2018, as the recently elected new governor takes office. Mr. Badolato will lead the firm’s newly created insurance practice which will provide insurance and healthcare regulatory and enforcement advice and handle insurance coverage disputes and counseling as well as related defense work. Mr. Badolato will also collaborate with the firm’s Financial Services & Risk Management practice, through which founding partner Stephen V. Falanga leads a team representing clients in the banking and financial services sector.

    “After my tenure in public service as Commissioner, I am ready to return to private practice,” Mr. Badolato said. “I cannot think of a more exciting next step than joining the dynamic firm that Walsh has become.”

    Before being named as Commissioner, Badolato was a partner in Connell Foley in Roseland for over 30 years, during that time accumulating numerous accolades for his civil litigation skills and bar leadership. Mr. Badolato’s more than five-decade experience spans trial and appellate work at all levels of the state and federal courts. In addition to his many other appointments, Badolato is the former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, and the Essex County Bar Association.

    Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP was formed a little more than a year and a half ago, in May 2016, when 18 attorneys came together to form a new majority women-owned law firm. “I hired and worked with Liza Walsh following her clerkship in the federal courts. When I was asked to join her new firm, I was delighted at the prospect of working with Liza and her other colleagues for whom I have tremendous respect, but more importantly truly like. These are all bright and hardworking attorneys of the highest caliber.” Badolato remarked.

    Liza M. Walsh, Managing Partner of Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP, said, “We are all honored to have Rich join us. Having known Rich for many years, we are confident that he will serve as a tremendous asset to our insurance and banking sector clients and to all of our lawyers and staff.”

    Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP is a majority women-owned business with a wide range of practice areas focusing on litigation, financial services, transactional and appellate work. Based in Newark, NJ with additional offices in New York City and Philadelphia, Walsh is a diverse law firm of the highest caliber comprised of an esteemed team of professionals dedicated to resolving multifaceted legal issues for our clients efficiently and effectively. For more information, please contact Liza M. Walsh, 973.757.1100. www.walsh.law

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