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Paul Fader, a name partner and the top lobbyist at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, is no longer affiliated with the firm. The firm is changing its name as a result, in what it referred to as a “restructuring.”

Fader was just named an attorney on Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s transition team last week. In announcing that appointment, the firm did not say Fader would be leaving the partnership.

The firm, now named Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli, did not say why Fader is leaving or where he is headed next. Florio Perrucci released a statement about the changes Wednesday, but did not make firm leadership available for interviews.

Regarding Fader, firm co-founder James Florio simply said in the statement, “We wish Paul well in his future endeavors.”

Fader is also a partner in Trenton-based lobbying firm K Street Public Affairs, which works closely with Florio Perrucci and counts several Florio Perrucci lawyers as partners. Whether Fader remains affiliated with K Street is unclear.

The firm also announced Wednesday that Lou Cappelli Jr., who joined Florio Perrucci in 2007, was elevated to name partner. Cappelli’s experience includes education, government and regulatory affairs, labor, lobbying, real estate, personal injury and family law matters.

“We are pleased and optimistic about the restructuring and believe that it represents the best potential for our continued growth and vitality,” Florio said in his statement.

Fader was listed as Florio Perrucci’s top lobbyist for 2016 in the New Jersey Law Journal’s report on the top 10 law firms that lobby. Florio Perrucci had the 10th highest lobbying revenue of the firms listed, at $416,039. The firm’s biggest lobbying clients are SUEZ Water of Harrington Park, Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia and PepsiCo of Purchase, New York, according to the report.

Fader was the chair of Florio Perrucci’s government, regulatory affairs and lobbying practice, with his own experience in state and local government. Before joining the firm, he was chief counsel to New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey and Gov. James McGreevey. He served two terms as mayor of Englewood, and as chairman of the Englewood Housing Authority and Englewood Planning Board.

He has also been a member on the board of directors for the New Jersey Transit Corp., the New Jersey Schools Construction Corp., the Capital City Redevelopment Authority, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. He has served as general counsel to the Bergen County Improvement Authority and the Bergen County Utilities Authority, as well as the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association.

Florio, a former New Jersey governor, and Michael Perrucci founded the firm in 1996, and later added Douglas Steinhardt and Fader as name partners. The 43-lawyer firm has offices in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Most recently, it opened an office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in September 2016.