Richard J. Badolato

Acting Commissioner - New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance

Richard J. Badolato, a veteran civil litigator and partner in the Connell Foley law firm in Roseland was named Acting Commissioner of the Department of Banking and Insurance by Governor Chris Christie on June 22.  

Mr. Badolato’s legal career of nearly five decades has been marked by service not only to his clients but also to the bar, the legal profession, and the executive and judicial branches of New Jersey state government.

Prior to being named Acting Commissioner, Mr. Badolato was a partner at Connell Foley for 33 years, and during his tenure he established a highly successful record in litigation and earned numerous honors for his service to the legal profession.

His experience on the trial and appellate levels in both State and Federal Courts has included: medical, legal, and dental malpractice; products liability; all forms of general liability; construction litigation; automobile litigation; insurance coverage and policy interpretation; subrogation recovery, fire and theft losses; and declaratory judgment proceedings.

In 2013, he received the Medal of Honor from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the highest award given by the organization. In 2015, he was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as winner of their first-ever “Lifetime Achievement Award” and also received the Essex County Bar Association’s Samuel S. Saiber Professional Achievement Award.

Previously, Mr. Badolato served as Chairman of the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, the Supreme Court’s Committee on “E” Filing, and the New Jersey Commission on Ethics 20/20. He is also a former member of Governor Christie’s Advisory Panel for New Jersey Judicial Appointments.

In addition to his many other appointments, Mr. Badolato is the former president of both the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Essex County Bar Association.

Mr. Badolato earned his law degree from Rutgers University and his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University. He and his wife Betty reside in Verona. They have five children.