The members of Ferro Labella & Zucker are proud to welcome Judge Robert P. Contillo (ret.) and Peter J. Gallagher.
Hon. Robert P. Contillo (Ret.), formerly the Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, and distinguished member of the Judiciary for sixteen years, co-chairs the firm’s alternative dispute resolution practice. Judge Contillo serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master. In addition, he consults both internally and with attorneys outside the firm on a variety of business, fiduciary, and other litigation matters.
Judge Contillo served twelve years in the Chancery Division, eight as Presiding Judge, handling both General Equity and Probate cases. Prior to serving in Chancery, Judge Contillo served four years in the Civil Division, handling the full array of civil cases. While serving in the Judiciary, Judge Contillo received appointments to a number of Supreme Court committees, including the Judiciary-Surrogates Liaison Committee and the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Public Access to Court Records, and was a Domestic Security Judge.
Judge Contillo was graduated from Boston College, with honors, and received his J.D. from Catholic University of America Law School. He is a member of the New Jersey and District of Columbia Bars.
Judge Contillo is also a frequent presenter at the New Jersey Judicial College, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association and ICLE. Among the subjects he has covered were orders to show cause, temporary restraining orders and injunctive practice; corporate and LLC membership and management disputes; shareholder derivative actions; corporate receiverships and dissolutions; restrictive covenants; residential and commercial foreclosures; will contests, including challenges to testamentary instruments on grounds of lack of capacity and undue influence; and challenges to estates and trust accountings.
Peter J. Gallagher is an accomplished litigator with experience responding to the ever-changing needs of clients faced with business disputes in divergent fields, including real estate, telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. Mr. Gallagher is a member of the New Jersey and New York Bars.
Mr. Gallagher received his B.A. from The College of New Jersey and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Gallagher received the Amicus Curiae Award in 2016 from the New Jersey State Bar Association, was previously highlighted as a New Leader of the Bar by the New Jersey Law Journal and was selected for inclusion as a New Jersey Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Mr. Gallagher is also a prolific writer, with articles in journals published by Georgetown University Law Center and Seton Hall University Law School. He has contributed to numerous other legal publications on a variety of topics, including federal courts, civil procedure, professional responsibility, securities litigation, criminal procedure, and constitutional law and is also the author/editor of an active legal blog.
Mr. Gallagher was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University Law School, teaching legal research, writing and oral advocacy. He was selected as a finalist for Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013.