Boonton Alderman Joseph Bock has left his job at Matt O’Donnell’s law firm and has joined Spiotti & Associates, a tax appeal firm run by Robert Spiotti.
Bock ousted incumbent Democrat William McBride by ten percentage points in the 2019 general election.
The move allows Bock, who was an associate at the firm, to avoid dealing with the drama associated with O’Donnell over the last six weeks. Bock, a former municipal public defender in Parsippany and Boonton Township, is viewed as a young, rising star in Morris County GOP politics.
The New Jersey Globe has reported that O’Donnell is preparing to close his firm, O’Donnell McCord, after losing a considerable amount of public legal work in the weeks following the confirmation that he has been a cooperating witness in at least five corruption investigations over the last two years.
With some staff already let go, the firm is preparing to wind down – possibly as early as January 27 — several sources have told the Globe. O’Donnell has contacted several of his clients to let them know that their files will be returned, the sources said.
That has left millions of dollars in legal work on the table, including the municipal attorney post in East Hanover – O’Donnell billed the township with 11,157 residents over $1.1 million in 2019 – and posts as special tax appeal counsel in different parts of the state.