Scotch Plains resident named general counsel for NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network on Thursday said Catherine DeAppolonio has been appointed as general counsel and government affairs. DeAppolonio will oversee crucial elements of the organization’s legal operations, including the identification, evaluation and treatment of risk within the organization. She also will direct reviews of policies and procedures and educate team members on the New Providence-based nonprofit’s corporate compliance processes.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of NJ Sharing Network’s esteemed leadership team to advance our lifesaving mission. Every day brings fresh opportunities to contribute to the powerful impact organ and tissue donation and transplantation has on the lives of donor families, recipients and our entire community,” DeAppolonio, who resides in Scotch Plains, said.

DeAppolonio earned a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University and was admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey in 2005 and New York in 2006. For more than 16 years, she served in private practice concentrating in the areas of civil litigation, employment defense, public entity defense and law enforcement defense.

DeAppolonio has appeared in state and federal courts handling cases from the pre-lawsuit phase, to depositions, discovery, motions, mediation and through jury trial and appeal. She was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the District XII Ethics Committee, 2013-2021.

DeAppolonio’s role at NJ Sharing Network focuses her legal talents on a cause she is passionate about. She has supported organ and tissue donation since her best friend and college roommate at the University of New Hampshire suddenly passed away at the age of 20 and saved the lives of others as an organ donor.

“Our NJ Sharing Network team members admire Catherine for her dedication and proven leadership in spearheading best practices for our organization,” Carolyn Welsh, CEO and president, NJ Sharing Network, said. “Her expertise and critical thinking skills will help ensure NJ Sharing Network’s continued growth as one of the top performing Organ Procurement Organizations in the nation.”