Michael Maitland, the former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, will join McCarter & English’s government affairs practice as an adviser, the Newark-based firm announced Tuesday morning.
Maitland will work out of the firm’s offices in both Trenton and Washington, D.C.
Maitland has more than 15 years of experience in all levels of government, successfully partnering with public officials and the labor and business communities on a broad swath of important issues at the federal and state levels.
As chief of staff for Norcross (D-1st Dist.), he worked closely with corporate partners to grow American manufacturing, foster innovative energy policy initiatives and advance critical national defense and infrastructure projects. Maitland led a 17-member congressional staff and a team of campaign strategists and fundraisers.
Guillermo Artiles, chair of McCarter’s government affairs practice, said Maitland will be a key addition.
“Mike is an integral part of the ongoing expansion of our government affairs capabilities,” Artiles said. “His experience in Washington and Trenton gives him in-depth knowledge of people, policy and protocol that will greatly benefit our clients.”
Prior to serving as Norcross’ chief of staff, Maitland was deeply involved in New Jersey state politics. He served as chief of staff and campaign manager for multiple members of the Legislature and was involved in a number of major legislative victories, including the state’s higher education reorganization, groundbreaking economic and public safety reforms, and visionary clean energy initiatives. He also served as the southern New Jersey director for the late U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg.
McCarter partner and RNC Committeeman Bill Palatucci said that experience will be invaluable in the role.
“Mike’s deep involvement in the debates that formed our national policies over the past decade, along with his understanding of how important things get done in Washington is impressive,” he said. “I’m so excited to be working with someone with such substantial experience.”
Maitland received a Master of Public Administration in public and economic policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated with honors from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in economics.
“I am excited to join McCarter, a firm with an incredible reputation for legal excellence and superb client service,” he said. “I look forward to leveraging my experience to advance the strategic goals of the firm’s clients.”