NEWARK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) bestowed its 2022 Medal of Honor, its most prestigious award, on retired New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, now a partner with McCarter & English, at a ceremony on Sept. 20.
Justice LaVecchia stands as one of the most consequential justices in modern history, sitting longer than any woman on the state Supreme Court and, as a result, leaving a lasting legacy on New Jersey jurisprudence through more than 240 opinions she authored during her time on the Court.
In her private practice, Justice LaVecchia draws upon her many years of judicial experience and understanding of New Jersey’s state agencies and regulatory landscape to help clients resolve complicated legal matters and her extensive knowledge and experience with the appellate process informs trial strategy for the most complex cases.
Before her nomination to the Supreme Court, Justice LaVecchia served as the New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, overseeing thousands of insurance companies, banks, and credit unions. Prior to that, she held various leadership positions, including deputy chief counsel in the Office of Counsel to Governor Thomas H. Kean, chief administrative law judge in New Jersey’s Office of Administrative Law, and director of the Division of Law within the Department of Law and Public Safety.