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Bernard M. Hartnett Jr.

In Memoriam (1929-2020)


July 30, 1929 - December 22, 2020

Bernard M. Hartnett, Jr., Of Counsel to Connell Foley, was a graduate of St. Peter’s Prep and St. Peter’s College, where he received his B.A. in 1951. In 1955, he received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Mr. Hartnett was admitted to the bar of the State of New York in 1956 and to the New Jersey bar in 1959. His initial experience as an attorney was with the National Labor Relations Board in their New York, Washington and Newark offices.

Following a year of private practice with the law firm of Joseph P. Dunn, where he focused on the representation of construction trade unions, Mr. Hartnett joined the law department of the Western Electric Company. In 1973, he became Western Electric’s Labor Counsel, with nationwide responsibility for all labor personnel and benefit matters. In 1975, he was elected Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of New Jersey Bell, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.

Thereafter, Mr. Hartnett was with the law firm of Schiller, Squeo & Hartnett until 2001, when he was chosen to serve as the interim County Executive of Hudson County for a 13-month period.


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Chairman, Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents of St. Peter’s College
  • Chairman, Garden State Cancer Center
  • Chairman, Jersey City and Hudson County Democratic Committees
  • Chairman, Friends of Channel 13
  • Adjunct professor, Seton Hall Law School (1963-1975)


  • Knight of St. Gregory
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, St. Peter’s College
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Seton Hall Law School
  • Thomas Moore medal, Newark Archdiocese (2003)


Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1955)

St. Peter's College, (B.A., 1951)

St. Peter's Prep


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