Member News — Guillermo Artiles, Assoc. Counsel to Gov. Murphy, Rejoins McCarter to Build Government Affairs Practice
January 4th, 2019
Guillermo Artiles, who left McCarter & English a year ago to serve as associate counsel to Governor Phil Murphy, has returned to the firm, where he will be instrumental in building its government affairs practice. He is a partner in the firm’s Newark office.
“When I went to the governor’s office, it was the right move at the right time. It meant leaving my home – an outstanding, supportive firm with a great, diverse client base – but it also meant a chance to serve this great state and its residents, something for which I will forever be grateful to Governor Murphy,” he said. “While working for and with such smart, dedicated people, especially my colleagues in the counsel’s office, I was able to broaden my base of knowledge on how government and commerce can effectively work together.
“Now, returning home to McCarter enables me to utilize that expanded knowledge as I advise companies that want to do business in New Jersey, helping them navigate the inner workings of the state, county and local governments.”
Guillermo will represent and guide companies from all sectors, with an emphasis on technology companies.
He has a background in intellectual property law, specifically Hatch-Waxman litigation in federal court, where he served as a law clerk before joining McCarter the first time. Previously, he was corporate counsel at Greenskies Renewable Energy, the largest commercial and industrial solar energy developer in the nation. He also worked in the Intergovernmental Affairs Group of then-Gov. Chris Christie, as the Governor’s Executive Fellow from Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics.
“Guillermo’s drive, savvy, background and time in government make him ideally suited to help us build our government relations practice,” said Joseph Boccassini, managing partner of the firm. “In conjunction with his partners and other lawyers at the firm, he is well positioned to guide companies as they build their businesses while managing existing and proposed state laws and regulations.”
A graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, where he was articles editor of the Rutgers Law Review and president of the Student Bar Association, Guillermo is a former trustee of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey as well as deputy regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and former board member of the New Jersey Legal & Education Empowerment Project, Waterfront Project, Full Court Peace, and Cuban American Alliance for Leadership & Education.