New Jersey's oldest and one of its largest law firms, McCarter
& English is based in the Garden State but has built itself
into a mid-Atlantic powerhouse through expansion to Delaware,
Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and
Based in the Garden State
Founded in 1865 by Thomas Nesbitt McCarter, McCarter &
English has been around long enough to boast inventor Thomas Edison
and gunslinger Annie Oakley as clients.
Known for its health care, construction and products liability
litigation practices among others, McCarter has ranked as the
Garden State's "top law firm" according to New Jersey Business
Magazine. In 2006, the firm expanded its life sciences
department by merging with Boston-based Gadsby Hannah, adding to
its "science team," a group of attorneys capable of assisting
clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health care
The firm's other departments have helped companies rebuild after
computer data loss, regain pilfered trade secrets, and recover
swindled funds. In the sports law arena, McCarter also helped a
professional sports franchise client renegotiate pricing with a
stadium contractor, and its government contracts department has
helped small business owners take advantage of federal small
business administration programs. Internationally, the firm has
helped settle a family business dispute that stretched from the
U.S. to Germany to Israel.
Although its practices now have an international reach, the firm
hasn't forgotten its New Jersey roots. McCarter has been
particularly involved in Newark's community, for example, by
assisting Mayor Cory Booker in organizing legal assistance programs
designed to combat recent episodes of violence in the city.
A Firm with East Coast Connections
A legal team with public and private ties to the movers and
shakers of New Jersey and beyond underpins the firm's victories.
McCarter's public strategy department includes Paul Cellucci,
former governor of Massachusetts and U.S. ambassador to Canada.
Another McCarter alum, former New Jersey State Senator Richard
Bagger, moved on from the law firm to serve as Chief of Staff under
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The firm also has financial connections. Former New Jersey state
treasurer and member of the New Jersey State Assembly Banking
Committee Michael Horn lends his financial experience to McCarter's
corporate, securities, and financial institutions departments. And
in the private sector, the firm's attorneys are no strangers to
Wall Street. Former partner Gaytri Kachroo, for example,
represented Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos before Congress
and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.