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Clyde Otis Named New Managing Partner | Siobhan Beere Named Partner

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Clyde Otis Named New Managing Partner of Post Polak

July 30, 2021

Clyde Otis has been named Managing Shareholder of Post Polak, taking the reins from long-time Managing Shareholder Frederick Polak. Clyde will be one of the first African-American managing partners of a New Jersey law firm. He is only the third managing partner since the firm was founded in 1970.

Clyde joined Post Polak in 2015. He began his legal career as a commercial litigator advocating for clients before Federal and State courts before joining his family’s music publishing company where he handled various business and legal issues arising in the entertainment industry. Prior to joining Post Polak, Clyde also gained extensive experience working in the public sector for over 10 years. He has represented several municipal and public bodies in legal and business affairs, land use, redevelopment, labor and disciplinary matters, litigation and municipal prosecution. Clyde is extremely proud of his service to the City of Newark where he served in several capacities, including: First Assistant Corporation Counsel; Assistant Chief Municipal Prosecutor and DWI Prosecutor; Labor and Employment Counsel; Legislative Director for Economic and Housing Development; and Acting Planning Board Attorney. 

In addition to his Managing Shareholder duties and workload at Post Polak, Clyde is also honored to serve as the Municipal Court Judge for Township of Maplewood.

Fred Polak will return to focusing entirely on his litigation practice.

Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, Post Polak, under Clyde’s leadership, will focus on:

  • Preserving a culture that prioritizes highest quality work product and exceptional representation in the service of its clients while maintaining a work/life balance for its attorneys
  • Continuing to build a firm that values diversity in its many forms
  • Expanding strategically and organically in its four key practice areas:
    • Corporate/Commercial Litigation
    • Hospitality, Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Law
    • Land Use/Real Estate/Redevelopment
    • Representation of Municipal and Public Bodies

Siobhan Beere Named Partner

May 12, 2021

Post Polak is proud to announce that Siobhan Beere has been named a partner with the firm.

Siobhan first joined Post Polak as a “floater†following her graduation from Boston College. She was quickly promoted to paralegal, and continued to work for the firm while completing her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. While completing her master’s program, Siobhan also completed an externship and thereafter became employed at West Bergen Mental Healthcare, where she continued to work part time while completing her law degree at Rutgers School of Law-Newark.  Siobhan was admitted to the State Bars of New Jersey and New York in 2014 and has been an associate with the firm until her promotion to Partner in January 2021. 

Siobhan has been a Visiting Professor of Ethics at DeVry University and Adjunct Faculty in the Paralegal Program at Raritan Valley Community College since 2018.  In her early practice, Siobhan was a key member of the firm’s family law and chancery practice.  She has extensive experience in civil litigation.  Now, Siobhan is a key member of the firm’s employment law, litigation defense, and local government practice along with maintaining a prominent role in the firm’s hospitality practice.

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