Firm History

Attorneys Kevin J. O’Toole and Thomas P. Scrivo have taken different career paths in the decades since they sat next to each other on the first day of constitutional law at Seton Hall Law School. Still, the longtime friends have each made their mark in New Jersey government and the Garden State's competitive legal scene.

  • Managing Partners Kevin O’Toole and Tom Scrivo meet during their first day at Seton Hall Law School.
    1986 Managing Partners Kevin O’Toole and Tom Scrivo meet during their first day at Seton Hall Law School.
  • Kevin O’Toole is sworn in as a Member of the New Jersey General Assembly, starting a career as an Assembly Member and Senator that spanned more than 20 years.
    1996 Kevin O’Toole is sworn in as a Member of the New Jersey General Assembly, starting a career as an Assembly Member and Senator that spanned more than 20 years.
  • Tom Scrivo is sworn in as the 108th President of the Essex County Bar Association, the largest county bar association in the State of New Jersey.
    2005 Tom Scrivo is sworn in as the 108th President of the Essex County Bar Association, the largest county bar association in the State of New Jersey.
  • Tom Scrivo is named Managing Partner of the Newark Office of an Am Law 200 firm and Co-Chair of that firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice.
    2006 Tom Scrivo is named Managing Partner of the Newark Office of an Am Law 200 firm and Co-Chair of that firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice.
  • Kevin O’Toole opens his own law firm, which he successfully managed until forming O’Toole Scrivo.
    2008 Kevin O’Toole opens his own law firm, which he successfully managed until forming O’Toole Scrivo.
  • Tom Scrivo is named Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, ultimately leaving in 2017 to form O’Toole Scrivo and serve as Chairman of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
    2015 Tom Scrivo is named Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, ultimately leaving in 2017 to form O’Toole Scrivo and serve as Chairman of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
  • Kevin O’Toole retires after over 20 years in the New Jersey Legislature and is sworn in as Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
    2017 Kevin O’Toole retires after over 20 years in the New Jersey Legislature and is sworn in as Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Kevin O’Toole and Tom Scrivo open the doors to O’Toole Scrivo, fulfilling a dream they discussed over 30 years before in law school.
    2017 Kevin O’Toole and Tom Scrivo open the doors to O’Toole Scrivo, fulfilling a dream they discussed over 30 years before in law school.

Diversity & Inclusion at O'Toole Scrivo

O’Toole Scrivo is firmly committed to cultivating, maintaining, and benefitting from a culture of diversity and inclusion. We believe that a breadth of backgrounds, experience, and knowledge is a competitive advantage and enhances the wellbeing and effectiveness of our lawyers and staff. We strive for a diverse workforce to support our ability to provide superior service to our equally diverse client base. Our commitment to diversity is a crucial area of engagement with both current and prospective employees across training and development, affinity networks, charitable sponsorships, and active efforts to attract and retain talented individuals.

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

Developing and advancing our female talent at O’Toole Scrivo is a fundamental focus for the firm, which is why we created the Women of OS program to promote empowerment through professional development, client-facing meetings, social outings, seminars, and practical advice and experiences. Programs include panel discussions and networking events focused on career progression and relationship building.

The Women of OS program sets aggressive goals for itself and offers support, teamwork, and accountability. We also support external organizations dedicated to elevating women in the legal profession, resulting in O’Toole Scrivo attorneys holding leadership roles in various associations, including the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.

Inclusion

Inclusion

With an Asian-American Managing Partner, O’Toole Scrivo practices diversity and inclusion every day. Beyond the daily support given to our diverse attorneys and raising firm-wide awareness of these critical issues, O’Toole Scrivo works with law schools and other organizations to promote the careers and growth of young and aspiring attorneys through networking events and job fairs. Our Managing Partners personally meet and guide diverse law students and attorneys along their career paths to help open doors. O’Toole Scrivo also strives to expand its outreach related to diversity and inclusion beyond the practice of law and has focused its many philanthropic endeavors on ensuring the underrepresented have better opportunities.

Social Responsibility

O’Toole Scrivo has a long history of philanthropic initiatives and partnerships with charitable organizations. We encourage donating to nonprofits through an annual gift matching program with employees and promote participation in volunteer activities and events throughout the year. Our attorneys and staff also personally sponsor and support various charities and programs to provide additional assistance to those in need.

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O’Toole Scrivo endowed the Denis F. McLaughlin Advanced Trial Advocacy Workshop at Seton Hall Law with a gift of $500,000. This gift honors the legacy of a professor who indelibly impacted our Managing Partners and hundreds of law students through the years. But it also provides aspiring trial attorneys with cutting-edge skills honed in an intensive workshop led by leaders of the bar and diverse industries, culminating in presentations before sitting judges in a federal district courthouse.

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Managing Partners Kevin O’Toole and Tom Scrivo participating in Read Across America Week at Cliffside Park School No. 5.

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O’Toole Scrivo is deeply committed to eradicating food insecurity and regularly donates to food banks and food pantries across the country. To date, we have funded well over 100,000 meals to help feed the hungry. Much more is needed, and we urge our friends, colleagues, and clients to contribute in whatever way they can. Every meal counts.

 

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