Established in April, 2015 by five partners, Sciarrillo, Cornell, Merlino, McKeever & Osborne is a boutique 13-attorney law firm based in Westfield, New Jersey.  Sciarrillo Cornell proudly serves boards of education throughout New Jersey.


Sciarrillo Cornell’s origins date back more than thirty years ago.  After serving as a high school guidance counselor and science teacher for eleven years, in 1982, founding partner Anthony P. Sciarrillo began practicing education law.  Tony first served as Assistant Counsel to the New Jersey School Boards Association before moving to private practice representing boards of education.  In 1986, Tony joined the New Jersey Department of Education to serve as the Assistant Director of the Office of Compliance. In 1987, Tony returned to private practice at Fusella, Murphy & Sciarrillo, once again representing boards of education.  In 1997, Jeffrey R. Merlino joined Tony’s practice.


In 1997, Tony and Jeff joined a mid-sized general practice law firm in central New Jersey, where, along with Athina Lekas Cornell, they founded the firm’s Education Law Group.  The Education Law Group continued to grow with the addition of Dennis McKeever and Jennifer A. Osborne as partners.


On April 1, 2015, Sciarrillo Cornell opened its doors for business.  Sciarrillo Cornell is devoted to timely, diligently, and effectively providing legal counsel in all areas of education law to its clients. 



Paul E. Riggs Of Counsel at Sciarrillo Cornell