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Rocky L. Peterson

Rocky L. Peterson

Senior CounselPrinceton, NJ
  • Rocky L. Peterson is senior counsel in the Princeton, N.J. office of Hill Wallack LLP and a member of the firms’ Litigation Division.

    Mr. Peterson is administrative head of the firm’s School Law and Municipal Law Practice Groups. He concentrates his practice in general litigation, municipal law, school law and labor and employment issues. He represents municipalities, district boards of education, community colleges and other public entities.

    Prior to joining Hill Wallack LLP, Mr. Peterson served as deputy attorney general for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Trial and Appellate Sections. His advocacy resulted in published opinions in the New Jersey Supreme Court, Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Peterson also formerly served as director of law for the City of Trenton Law Department where he was responsible for the supervision of internal staff, as well as municipal prosecutors and outside counsel on a variety of corporate, municipal, finance and litigation matters. He was also responsible for negotiating with various collective bargaining groups in the City of Trenton and achieved agreements with the PBA, TSOP (supervisory officers bargaining unit), and the Firefighters Union.

    Mr. Peterson is admitted to practice in New Jersey (1977) and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1979) and before the U.S. Supreme Court (1992). Mr. Peterson earned his J.D. from Cornell University Law School and his A.B. from Cornell University, where he also served as director of the Criminal Division of the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic.

    Representative Positions
    • Mercer County Community College, Counsel
    • Township of Ewing, Labor Counsel
    • Trenton School Board, Solicitor
    • City of Trenton, Special Litigation Counsel
    • Trenton Housing Authority, Attorney
    • Trenton Head Start, Attorney
    Leadership
    • Served as counsel to the City Council of the City of Trenton in addition to his role as chief legal administrator for the mayor of the City of Trenton
    • Chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court Disciplinary Review Board and former vice chair of employer/employee relations of the American Bar Association
    • Chair of both the NJSBA Minorities in the Profession and Bar/Law School Liaison Committees
    • Member of the District VII Ethics Committee of the Mercer County Bar Association
    • Trustee of the Institute of Local Government Attorneys and a former trustee of the New Jersey State, the Garden State and the Mercer County Bar Associations
    • Serves as a lecturer for the Lorman Institute, ICLE and Widener School of Law Trial Techniques Program