The North Jersey law firms have added the politically powerful to their rosters. Former CWA Local 1034 president Carla Katz, who wielded tremendous influence as the head of the state’s largest public employee union, has joined Fox and Fox, a respected North Jersey firm with a large public and private sector labor and employment practice that represents uniformed
firefighters, police, probation and blue and white collar employees. Katz will be Of Counsel.
The founder of the firm was the late Jacob Fox, a highly respected lawyer who served as counsel to the Newark Board of Education from 1940 to 1968. He later headed a state-mandated panel amidst allegations that the Newark schools mishandled more than $10 million in federal funds. Fox played an integral behind the scenes role in settling an eleven-week strike by Newark public school teachers in 1971.
Katz in an upaid columnist for PolitickerNJ.com.
Former Essex County Executive Nicholas Amato, who headed the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the Casino Association of New Jersey, has joined Genova Burns, a politically influential law firm headed by Democratic powerhouse Angelo Genova.
Amato was elected Essex County Surrogate in 1971, and re-elected in 1976 and 1981. When the Essex County Democratic Committee declined to back him for re-election to a fourth term in 1986, Amato switched parties and ran as a Republican. Later, the GOP recruited him to run as their candidate for County Executive. With support from key Democratic insiders, he defeated two-term incumbent Peter Shapiro, who had been the Democratic nominee for governor the year before.
Amato later served as senior vice president and general counsel for Resorts International Holdings and as senior vice president for Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts.