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Archer Public Affairs’ William J. Caruso Named To New Jersey GovernorElect Murphy’s Transition2018 Team

William J. Caruso
, Managing Director of Archer Public Affairs, has been appointed to New Jersey Governor‐elect Philip D. Murphy’s Transition2018 Law and Justice committee. 

The Law and Justice committee is one of 14 committees analyzing and making recommendations on various issues facing the state as Murphy prepares to take office on January 16. Mr. Caruso is among more than 500 policy experts and leaders in their respective fields from throughout the state chosen for the committees. Committees will meet and submit recommendations to the Governor‐elect and his leadership team that will help shape the new administration’s legislative and regulatory agenda. 

“New Jersey needs an administration ready to hit the ground running in January, and through the work of the transition committees my administration will not take office blind to the challenges and opportunities before us,” said Murphy when announcing the appointments. “I am grateful to everyone who accepted the call to serve our transition. From analyzing and prescribing policy to taking a fresh look at the basic organization of government, these committees have a lot of work to do. I am confident they will put my administration in a position to begin delivering results for the people of New Jersey from day one.” 

Mr. Caruso, Managing Director at Archer Public Affairs and Of Counsel with Archer & Greiner, P.C., has been active in New Jersey’s governmental and legislative affairs for nearly two decades. Prior to joining Archer, he Caruso served for nearly five years as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office in Trenton, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the Assembly’s policy agenda. As top aide to the Speaker, Mr. Caruso served as lead staff negotiator on all policy matters, as liaison to the Governor’s office, Senate and state departments. He was responsible for daily management of approximately 30 policy research professionals and communications and administrative staff. During his tenure, Mr. Caruso helped shepherd through numerous pieces of landmark legislation, including pension and health benefits reform. Prior to taking the Assembly post, Mr. Caruso served for more than 11 years as Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. John Andrews, overseeing all aspects of the Congressman’s policy and public relations agenda. 

Mr. Caruso served as Democratic legal and public relations advisor to the 2011 New Jersey Apportionment Commission, which was tasked with redrawing the lines of the state’s 40 legislative districts following the 2010 census. He has twice been named by to the political news site’s Power List of New Jersey’s most influential political and policy players. Mr. Caruso earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government from Bucknell University, and his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law–Camden. 

Archer Public Affairs, an affiliate of Archer & Greiner, P.C., provides clients with policy analysis and advice, strategic planning and advocacy at all levels of government. Since its creation, Archer Public Affairs has seen rapid growth through a steady increase in new clients in the fields of health care, pharmaceuticals, real estate, construction, transportation, energy, utilities, technology, non‐profit, and communications. For more information, visit


Noted Construction Litigator and Criminal Defense Attorney Joins Firm as Partner

Attorney Daniella Gordon has joined Hyland Levin LLP, concentrating her practice in construction litigation, white collar crime and major criminal defense, appellate matters, and civil rights. 

Ms. Gordon, a partner at the firm, represents owners, developers, sureties and all tiers of contractors in construction disputes, including construction defect claims, damages for delay, differing site conditions, professional negligence, bid protests and injunctions. She also advises and defends businesses and individuals in a range of government investigations, including false claims in public contracting, health care fraud, bank fraud, public corruption and money laundering. 

“We continue to diversify our firm and add extremely talented partners. Daniella has an extraordinary blend of construction law expertise and significant civil and major criminal defense courtroom experience,” says Managing Partner, Benjamin A. Levin. Ms. Gordon joins Hyland Levin after being in private practice for the past 11 years. Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Gordon worked in Philadelphia as an attorney for one of the largest construction litigation law firms in the Mid-Atlantic region. She also worked as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney in New Jersey. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Gordon served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Millenky, former Presiding Judge of the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County.

Ms. Gordon serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is Co-Chair of the Construction Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also Chair of the Legal Redress and Criminal Justice Committees of the Southern Burlington County branch of the NAACP. Ms. Gordon received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) in Macon, Georgia. She is fluent in Russian and represents businesses and individuals in the Russian-speaking community.

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