Kevin J. O'Toole was nominated to the Board of Commissioners by Governor Chris Christie. He joined the Board on July 2, 2017. He was elected Chairman of the Board on August 3, 2017.
As the founding and managing partner of O'Toole Scrivo, Kevin O'Toole's law practice encompasses toxic tort, environmental law, risk management, class actions, complex litigation, and corporate investigations. He is routinely called upon by Fortune 500 companies to obtain cost-effective, early resolution of complex matters and sought out to provide detailed analyses of sophisticated matters, evaluate case preparation, predict outcomes and assist in the development of strategic risk management planning. Kevin has served as both National Coordinating Counsel for corporate clients and operational leader of multi-jurisdictional litigation teams that have been responsible for trying dozens of high profile multi-million dollar matters.
Mr. O'Toole earned his bachelor's degree in political science and public administration in 1986 from Seton Hall University and his juris doctorate in 1989 from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Mr. O'Toole has had a long and distinguished career in public service at the local and state level in New Jersey. He served on the Cedar Grove Town Council from 1989 to 1996 and as Mayor in 1990, 1993 and 1995. He was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1995 and served until May 2001. He then served in the State Senate from May 2001 until January 2002. Kevin was elected again to the General Assembly in 2001 and re-elected twice. He was elected to the State Senate in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2013. Kevin retired as a State Senator on July 1, 2017 to begin his term as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
During his career as both a lawyer and legislator, Kevin has been named the 2015 NJ State Chamber of Commerce Legislator of the Year, Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey Police Benevolent Association, Trailblazer Award recipient by the Asian Pacific Lawyers Association of NJ, honored for Outstanding Contributions to Women and Families presented by Displaced Homemakers Network of NJ, the CLM Professionals of the Year Award Winner for Outside Counsel, and the Lipman-Franks Award winner for State Legislative Service presented by Legal Services of NJ. Kevin is also a Life Member of the Cedar Grove Fire Department, and National Committee Member for the Council on Litigation Management (CLM) and serves on their Product Liability Committee.
Committee Assignments: Operations (Chair), Capital Planning Execution and Asset Management (Vice Chair) and Governance and Ethics.
Term: 07/02/17 - 06/30/2023 *
* Commissioners serve without remuneration for six-year overlapping terms. A Commissioner whose term expires continues to serve until reappointment or the appointment and qualification of a successor.