Former community bank CEO returns to legal profession

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Paul Aguggia, a former bank executive, is practicing law again.

Holland & Knight in New York said in a press release Tuesday that Aguggia had become a partner.

Aguggia was chairman and CEO of Clifton Bancorp in New Jersey from 2014 until the bank sold to Kearny Financial in Fairfield, N.J., earlier this year. Aguggia had been on Kearny’s board until October.

He was the chairman of law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton before joining Clifton.

Aguggia “brings to the firm his experience as a practicing attorney, law firm leader, and chief executive officer and director of a public company,” Steven Sonberg, Holland & Knight's managing partner, said in the release. “His background makes him uniquely qualified to advise clients, boards ... and management on a broad range of matters. His extensive network of contacts will also be of great value as we continue to expand our presence in the financial services industry.”

Aguggia has been lead outside counsel for many financial institutions, advising them on corporate transactions and regulatory issues, among other things.

“Holland & Knight’s extensive platform for advising financial institutions on the wide variety of issues faced in today’s complex business and regulatory environments and its stellar reputation throughout the country were major factors in my decision to join the firm,” Aguggia said in the release.

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