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David J. Marella

David J. Marella

Associate, Corporate

Mr. Marella has extensive experience in representing public and private companies, financial institutions, and governmental agencies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset purchase transactions, corporate governance matters, credit facilities, public finance, contract drafting, cross-border transactions, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Marella offers a unique understanding of the intersection between federal and state governments, business, and the law.

In 2017, Mr. Marella received a presidential political appointment to serve in the leadership role of Advisor to the Executive Director of the President’s Commission, serving in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, a component of the Executive Office of the President. In that role, he advised Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, as he chaired the bipartisan President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which pursuant to an executive order was to study the scope and effectiveness of the Federal response to the opioid crisis and to make recommendations to President Donald J. Trump for improving that response. In addressing the historic health crisis, Mr. Marella collaborated with officials from the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Security Council. Following his appointment, Mr. Marella was recognized for his experience at the White House when he was named to the Forbes 2019 “30 Under 30” Law & Policy list.

In 2019, Mr. Marella served in the first class of law clerks for the Honorable Paul B. Matey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to his Honor’s confirmation to the court, Mr. Marella was also an advisor to the judge throughout his U.S. Senate confirmation proceedings.



Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)

  • Articles Editor, Seton Hall Legislative Journal
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • James B. Boskey Memorial Scholarship
  • President, Seton Hall Corporate Law Society
  • Student Advocate, Seton Hall Investor Advocacy Project

Rutgers University (B.A.)

  • Scarlet Scholarship

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey

State of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law clerk to the Honorable Paul B. Matey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Newark, NJ, 2019

Law clerk to the Honorable Paul Innes, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, General Equity Part, Trenton, NJ, 2015-2016

Judicial intern to the Honorable Cathy L. Waldor, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, 2014

Judicial intern to the Honorable Carolyn E. Wright, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Civil Part, Newark, NJ, 2013

Legal Employment

Legal intern at the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, Office of the Attorney General, Newark, NJ, 2014