Thomas H. Prol, a Member of Sills Cummis & Gross, concentrates his practice in environmental, land use, regulatory and administrative law matters, as well as related strategy development and litigation.
Mr. Prol is a Past President of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and a member of the ABA House of Delegates. In addition to being the first openly gay state bar president in New Jersey, Mr. Prol is committed to complete the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the federal Constitution, promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and justice system, and expand access to justice. He is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law where he teaches Law & Sexuality to upper level law students, focusing on Constitutional analysis of Equal Protection, Due Process, privacy & dignity law as it impacts women, the LGBTQ community and people of color.
He fought for marriage equality in New Jersey in public forums, the legislature, and the courts, and was a vigorous advocate for, and argued the defense of the New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform Act and the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Act.
Mr. Prol is also a founding member of and on the executive committee of Garden State Equality, the leading New Jersey LGBTQ advocacy and education organization. He previously served as vice chair of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (now known as the National LGBT Bar Association) and on the board of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.
Mr. Prol is a monthly columnist on LGBTQ legal issues for the NJ Law Journal (an ALM publication) and he has appeared and authored/co-authored numerous briefs over the past two decade before the New Jersey Supreme and Superior Courts, New Jersey Council on Local Mandates and the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. He is a frequent lecturer for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (“NJICLE”).
Mr. Prol previously taught legal writing and appellate advocacy at New York Law School. He also served as Associate General Counsel and Agency Chief Contracting Officer for New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Prol was an environmental scientist and enforcement officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and served two years as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal.
Mr. Prol has also held externships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office (EDNY), the New York City Commission on Human Rights, CNN and The Carter Presidential Center.