Joseph Petito, Esq.
Before retiring in 2017, Mr. Petito served PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for over 20 years, as Principal, Public Policy, Government & Regulatory Affairs since 1995. In this role, Joe has been responsible for managing the Firm’s relationships with state and local legislative and regulatory bodies, and accounting-related professional organizations. Prior to leading the Firm’s state and local issues area, Joe worked as one of the Firm’s federal lobbyists. He is based in PwC’s Washington, DC office.
Prior to joining PwC, Joe held senior positions in government affairs at the American Institute of Certified Accountants (AICPA), the largest CPA professional association in the United States. He has served as a senior aide to a New Jersey Congressman and a New Jersey Governor, and had been the lead federal lobbyist for a major New Jersey-based energy company.
During his career, Joe has had extensive experience leading several 50-state legislative campaigns. He has been involved in successful efforts to enact Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and Limited Liability Company (LLC) legislation, accountant ‘Mobility’ legislation, and has led or been involved in numerous other individual state legislative and regulatory campaigns, including on accounting, tax, legal liability, budget, finance, and other business-related issues.
Mr. Petito has had a significant amount of experience working on legal liability and judicial-related issues. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The National Judicial College, has been the Chair and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Tort Reform Association, serves on the Boards of several state law reform coalitions, including in California and New Jersey, and is a current member and immediate past co-chair of the Civil Justice Reform Group.
Joe has had extensive state and federal campaign experience. He has been involved as an unpaid adviser on numerous state legislative, Gubernatorial, judicial and attorney general races, and on several federal Congressional campaigns. He has also been involved on a number of state legislative campaigns though various issue advocacy and independent expenditure activities, and has had experience with several state ballot initiatives.
Joe is also actively involved in his community. He served on the Montgomery County Recreational Advisory Council and is currently Co-chair of the University of Delaware’s Parents Fund.
Mr. Petito has a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University (1978) and a J.D. from Seton Hall Scholl of Law (1983). He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and a member of the New Jersey Bar and American Bar Associations.