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New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Faustino Fernandez-Vina. (Photo: Rutgers Law School).

Ex-Supreme Court Justice joins Parker McCay

Fernandez-Vina will join politically active South Jersey law firm

By David Wildstein, March 01 2022 9:10 am

Former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Faustino Fernandez-Vina is joining Parker McCay, a politically influential South Jersey law firm led by Philip Norcross.

Fernandez-Vina, known as Fuzzy, served on the state’s top court for more than eight years before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 on February 15.

Norcross called him “a pillar of New Jersey’s legal and professional community and is a titan in New Jersey legal practice.”

“I am proud to have this sharp analytical mind and former jurist join our growing team because he represents the best America has to offer and is the epitome of resilience, intelligence and grit,” said Norcross. “Fuzzy was a political refugee from Cuba during the Castro era and worked his way up to the apex of the legal world in our state by serving for more than nine years on New Jersey’s highest court. I n short, Fuzzy is the American dream personified and we are overjoyed that he will be joining us.”

Initially nominated to the Superior Court by Gov. James E. McGreevey in 2004, Fernandez-Vina served as assignment judge in Camden County before Gov. Chris Christie nominated him to serve on the Supreme Court in 2013.  Gov. Phil Murphy renominated him to a tenured seat in 2020.

Parker McCay has a long history in New Jersey politics.  The firm had originally been started by Clifford Powell, a former Senate President and Acting Governor who had been the longtime Burlington County GOP Chairman.

Albert McCay represented Burlington Cunty in the State Assembly from 1944 to 1948 and in the State Senate from 1952 to 1960.  He served as both Assembly Speaker and Senate President.   His law partner, Harold “Piney” Parker was a two-term Burlington County Prosecutor.

Barry Parker, the second generation in the law firm, was a Burlington County assemblyman from 1966 to 1972 and a state senator from 1972 to 1982.  He served as Assembly Speaker and Senate Minority Leader before unsuccessfully seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 1981.

Philip Norcross is the son of labor leader George Norcross and the brother of Democratic powerbroker George  E. Norcross III and Rep. Donald Norcross.

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