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William J. Palatucci

William J. Palatucci

Special Counsel, Corporate

Bill Palatucci is one of the state’s most prominent and widely respected attorneys, with a reputation for strategic planning and advice regarding complex public policy and communications initiatives. He has been named among NJBIZ‘s “100 Most Powerful People in New Jersey Business,” as well as to ROI-NJ‘s “Influencers Power List.”

In 2016, following the Republican National Convention through Election Day, Mr. Palatucci served as General Counsel to the Presidential Transition Committee of President Donald J. Trump. In this role, he was responsible for all legal matters related to ethics compliance and contracts and agreements between such agencies as the U.S. Department of Justice, General Services Administration, and the White House. Mr. Palatucci coordinated extensively with internal and external members assisting the transition, providing all necessary legal advice and guidance to facilitate the Transition Committee’s interactions with the Trump-Pence campaign, federal departments and agencies, local, state, and federal officials, think tanks, outside experts and consultants, and various other entities and individuals with whom the Transition Committee engaged with during the pre-Election Day time period.

Mr. Palatucci also served as General Counsel to Governor Christie’s presidential campaign. In 2013, he served as Chairman of the Governor’s reelection campaign and as Co-Chair for the Governor’s Inaugural Committee.

In 2010, Mr. Palatucci was elected the Republican National Committeeman for New Jersey, and, for the past 30 years, he has had a hand in some of the most important state and federal elections in New Jersey. Over this time, he has led the reelection campaigns of President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, and Governor Tom Kean, and he served as a senior advisor to Governor George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000. Mr. Palatucci was also the principal consultant for Christine Todd Whitman’s run for the U.S. Senate in 1990.

Mr. Palatucci began his legal career in 1993 at Dughi & Hewit, P.C. where he founded the firm’s government affairs practice. In 2001, he became a partner in the firm and the firm’s name was changed to Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, P.C. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Palatucci served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Public Affairs at Community Education Centers.

In 2005, he earned an Emmy Award nomination in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the category of Outstanding Talk Program Series for “The Battling Bills,” a program he co-created with Bill Pascrell, III.

In 2014, Mr. Palatucci was presented with the Seton Hall University School of Law’s Distinguished Graduate Award. He currently serves as a member of the Seton Hall Law School Board of Visitors, as well as a member of the National Advisory Board for the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, and Chair of the University of Phoenix Board of Trustees for its Jersey City, NJ campus.



Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)

Rutgers University (B.A.)

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey

District of Columbia

Professional Activities

The Christie Institute for Public Policy, Inc.

Republican National Committeeman for New Jersey, 2010

University of Phoenix Board of Trustees, Jersey City, NJ campus

Seton Hall University School of Law
Board of Visitors

John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University
National Advisory Board Member

Civic/Charitable Activities

Turning Point, Inc.
Board of Trustees