Formerly the Prosecutor of Morris County and a candidate for Governor of New Jersey, Michael Murphy has been involved in politics since the first gubernatorial campaign of his stepfather, two-term NJ Governor and Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard J. Hughes. An early adviser to President Barack Obama’s Democratic primary bid in New Jersey, Politicker has repeatedly identified Mr. Murphy on its annual Power List as one of New Jersey’s “100 most politically influential personalities,” and New Jersey Monthly has listed him in its “Power Issue” of the Garden State’s most influential people. In 2007, he served as Treasurer of the successful reelection campaign of his brother, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes.
During his run for Governor in the 1997 Democratic primary, Mr. Murphy's candidacy defined and addressed issues of importance to voters throughout the state. He succeeded in winning five counties and placing second in 12. Mr. Murphy’s ability to communicate and articulate his analysis of issues was demonstrated during the televised debates. As a result, he has been called upon to appear as a guest commentator on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNBC, MSNBC, My 9, FOX, truTV, NJN, News 12 NJ, and other cable and radio outlets.
As Morris County’s top law enforcement official, Mr. Murphy quickly established a reputation as a tough, honest, and effective leader. In 1992, he successfully prosecuted Arthur and Irene Seale for the nationally publicized kidnapping and murder of Exxon executive Sidney Reso. At the request of then-U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff, Prosecutor Murphy was deputized as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Reso case. In 1994, he fought to secure the conviction of Mohammed Abequa, a Morris County resident who murdered his wife, kidnapped his children, and fled to his native Jordan to escape justice. Working closely with the U.S. Department of State and the Jordanian government, Mr. Murphy traveled to Jordan to assist in Abequa's trial and subsequent conviction.
Mr. Murphy also began the Morris County Bias Crimes Unit and structured the county’s first Human Relations Commission. For his leadership on these issues, he received a "Good Guy Award" from the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey and the prestigious national Hannah G. Solomon award from the National Council of Jewish Women in recognition of his "outstanding faith and humanity in the community." In addition, he served as President of the New Jersey Prosecutors Association and chaired the association's Legislative Committee. He has testified before numerous state and federal legislative committees on a broad variety of issues.
In his nearly 40 years as a practicing attorney, Mr. Murphy has served as a municipal attorney, municipal prosecutor, county prosecutor, public defender, and in private practice, specializing in such areas as land use, corporate litigation, products liability, and white collar defense.
In 2005, Governor Codey appointed Mr. Murphy to the Garden State Preservation Trust, which he chaired until resigning in 2014 when Governor Christie appointed him as the New Jersey Commissioner to the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor. Mr. Murphy is currently a Visiting Associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
A former seven-term state legislator and member of Republican legislative leadership, Guy R. Gregg was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1994. He represented the 24th Legislative District, which included his home county of Morris. Assemblyman Gregg served as Republican Conference Leader, Majority Whip of the General Assembly, Appropriations Officer, and Assistant Majority Whip. Guy also served as Chairman of the Regulatory Oversight Committee and as a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee and several standing legislative committees. His service afforded him a wide range of expertise in the regulatory and legislative processes.
In his time in the legislature, Guy received a host of awards and recognitions for his tireless efforts in a variety of public policy areas. Some of these include: New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce Legislator of the Year, the Community Builders Association Distinguished Service Award, New Jersey Retail Merchants Association Legislator of the Year, New Jersey Food Council Distinguished Legislator of the Year, New Jersey Restaurant Association Restaurateur of the Year, New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Tourism Legislative Leadership Award, NFIB Guardian Award, and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Commander’s Award.
Following his legislative career and prior to joining this firm, Guy was a registered lobbyist at the state's third largest lobbying firm, MBI/ GluckShaw. After leaving the Marine Corps, Guy began a career in the restaurant industry. He founded and built a multimillion-dollar business consisting of three full service restaurants in Morris and Hunterdon Counties during his thirty-year career as a restaurateur. In 1986, he was elected to the Board of the New Jersey Restaurant Association where he focused on building an effective government affairs and political action program. He served as the Northeast Regional PAC Director for the National Restaurant Association. This service inspired Guy to run for public office where his entrepreneurial spirit and reputation as being one of the most pro-business legislators in Trenton continues today in his passion for economic growth and the business community.
Guy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1972 to 1975 and achieved the rank of First Lieutenant.
Prior to joining the firm, Cullen served as Director of Legislative Affairs for then-Assembly Majority Leader and then-Democratic State Committee Chair Bonnie Watson Coleman. While Legislative Director, Cullen used his unique insights and institutional knowledge to develop and help secure the passage of various groundbreaking legislation, including the New Jersey Identity Theft Protection Act, which set a national standard in the fight against identity theft. Cullen’s ability to navigate legislation through the process directly contributed to Assemblywoman Watson Coleman attaining the highest passage rate of bills sponsored and one of the highest efficiency ratings in the Legislature.
While working as a senior aide to the Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Cullen participated in crafting five state budgets and acquired an acute understanding of fiscal policy and New Jersey’s complex budget process.
Cullen also dedicates his time to actively supporting local candidates for office.
In 2005 he managed the successful reelection campaign for New Jersey’s 15th District Assembly Democratic Candidates, who won by over 20 points. He reprised the role of Campaign Manager in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 for the successful reelection bids of Senator Shirley Turner (who served as Senate President Pro Tempore) then Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Deputy Assembly Majority Leader Reed Gusciora. Additionally, in 2013 he served as Campaign Manager for Assemblyman Raj Mukherji of Hudson County, and in 2015 served as campaign manager for Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and the first legislative election for Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio. In 2018, Cullen ran for the office of Freeholder in Hunterdon County earning, along with his running mate, the highest vote totals of any Democratic candidate in county history. Cullen values this experience as a way to gather insight into the evolving nature of the electorate and gather true insight into the effectiveness of, and reaction to, enacted public policy.
Cullen’s nonprofit practice is aided by his background and experience in fundraising. Cullen has served as a fundraiser for numerous political candidates and committees, including the New Democratic Assembly Leadership PAC. A certified campaign treasurer, Cullen is well-versed in ELEC and pay-to-play laws as well as accepted ethical standards, and he has guided this firm’s clients through the process of building effective fundraising apparatus.
He currently serves as the as Deputy Treasurer for Assemblyman Raj Mukherji as well as on the Zoning Board of Adjustment in Delaware Township.
A former Deputy Attorney General for New Jersey, Jason Orlando has several years of experience in both government and the private sector. His professional experience includes assisting the Attorney General of New Jersey in the formulation and execution of law enforcement initiatives and policies and counseling corporate clients while working at two of the country’s most prestigious law firms.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Orlando served as a Special Assistant to former Attorney General (and current Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court) Stuart Rabner and former Attorneys General Anne Milgram and Zulima Farber. As a member of the Executive Staff, Mr. Orlando advised the Attorney General on legal, policy, and administrative issues including elections, Internet safety, high intensity drug trafficking areas, combating child pornography, and Attorney General Law Enforcement Directives.
Mr. Orlando’s private sector experience includes working as a Litigation Associate at Lowenstein Sandler PC and at Dewey Ballantine LLP (now Dewey & LeBouf LLP) in New York City. At these firms, Mr. Orlando represented a vast array of clients including Fortune 500 corporations, financial institutions, closely-held corporations, and high net worth individuals.
A graduate of Harvard Law School and Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Orlando is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York, as well as the United States District Court in the District of New Jersey, Southern District New York, and Eastern District New York. Mr. Orlando was named a New Jersey Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012.*
Mr. Orlando is a Past President of the Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey and continues to serve on its Board of Trustees. In addition, he is a member of the USA Triathlon and United States Masters Swimming organizations. Notably, he served as a White House Intern under President Clinton.
Mr. Orlando is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law - Newark.
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