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Wilson departs governor’s office for Lowenstein Sandler post

By David Wildstein, September 13 2021 3:05 pm

McKenzie Wilson, Deputy Chief Counsel to Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Office of the Governor).

McKenzie Wilson will leave her post as deputy chief counsel to Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday, September 22 to join Lowenstein Sandler, a top North Jersey law firm, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Wilson joined Murphy’s staff in January 2018 and became deputy chief counsel in October 2020 when Parimal Garg was elevated to chief counsel.  The two had been Chief Justice Stuart Rabner’s law clerks from 2015 to 2016.

In her new role, Wilson will rejoin her old boss, Matt Platkin, who was Murphy’s chief counsel until her left last fall to join the Lowenstein firm.

Murphy has not yet announced a replacement for Wilson.

This is the second recent move in the counsel’s office. Brian T. Wilton left in August to become general counsel at New Jersey Transit.  Noreen Giblin succeeded him as director of the authorities unit.

As a college student at George Washington University, she served as an intern to Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) and as an intern for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee during the 2009 cycle.

Wilson is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School and was an associate as Proskauer Rose before joining Murphy’s staff in January 2018.

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