Division of Law

Practice Groups

Practice Groups

Administrative Practice - Newark

Sharon Joyce
Assistant Attorney General
Joseph Snow
Assistant Attorney General

The Administrative Practice – Newark Group includes four sections which have among their responsibilities the handling of a significant amount of administrative hearings. The sections are: Administrative Civil RightsConsumer Affairs Counseling, and NJ Transit.

Administrative Practice - Trenton

Daniel Dryzga
Assistant Attorney General in Charge

David Apy
Assistant Attorney General

Melissa Schaffer
Assistant Attorney General

The Administrative Practice – Trenton Group, includes five sections which account for the representation of a substantial number of New Jersey’s Departments, agencies and entities. The sections are: Community Affairs, State and ElectionsEducation and Higher EducationEmployment Counseling and LaborEnvironmental Permitting & CounselingHealth and Human Services,  Law & Public Safety, and Public Utilities. As a result, the Administrative Practice – Trenton Group is involved in a robust administrative hearing practice as each Department it represents has various licensure, enforcement and penalty responsibilities that are exercised through administrative hearings. In addition, the Practice Group handles federal and State litigation as well as New Jersey Appellate Division and Supreme Court matters. The Practice Group also provides counseling to Boards and Commissions within its represented Departments, agencies and entities, and provides legal advice to our Department and agency heads.

Affirmative Civil Enforcement - Newark

Jeremy Hollander
Assistant Attorney General

Brian F. McDonough
Assistant Attorney General

Janine Matton
Assistant Attorney General

Mayur Saxena
Assistant Attorney General

The Affirmative Civil Enforcement Newark Practice Group includes six sections. The sections are: Affirmative Civil Rights and Labor EnforcementConsumer Fraud ProsecutionData Privacy and CybersecurityGovernment & Healthcare FraudProfessional Boards Prosecution, Securities Fraud and Special Litigation.

These sections work to bring affirmative enforcement and litigation against individuals and entities that have caused harm to the State or its citizens. Additional information can be found by clicking on the links to the sections above.

Affirmative Civil Enforcement - Trenton

Jennifer Fradel
Assistant Attorney General

Aaron Kleinbaum
Assistant Attorney General

The Affirmative Civil Enforcement Trenton Practice Group
includes the Environmental Enforcement section.

These sections work to bring affirmative matters in substantive issues that significantly impact the lives of New Jersey’s citizens. Additional information can be found by clicking on the links to the sections above.

Appellate

Melissa Raksa
Assistant Attorney General In Charge

Donna Arons
Assistant Attorney General

Sookie Bae
Assistant Attorney General

Jane Schuster
Assistant Attorney General

The Appellate Practice Group has overall management and supervisory responsibility and provides policy direction for the handling of State and federal court appeals throughout the Division.

Department of Children and Families Practice Group (DCF)

Erin O’Leary
Assistant Attorney General

Eleanor Armstrong
Assistant Attorney General

The DCF Practice Group, headed by the Assistant Attorney General, consists of four sections which provide representation to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in cases where DCF is seeking supervision of abused and neglected children or is seeking termination of parental rights. DCF DAsG frequently appear in court. This Group also provides representation at the Office of Administrative Law in DCF’s administrative cases, advice to various units in DCF, on issues such as licensing and employment and represents DCF in defending the Children’s Rights Inc. lawsuit, among other things. The four sections are organized geographically: DCF AppealsDCF-NorthDCF-CentralDCF-Essex; and DCF-South.

Financial Affairs & State Contracting Practice Group

Susan K. Fischer
Assistant Attorney General
in Charge of Financial Affairs

Beth Mitchell
Assistant Attorney General
in Charge of State-Wide Contracting and Procurement

Gabriel Chacon
Assistant Attorney General

Sharon Dickerson
Assistant Attorney General

The Financial Affairs & State Contracting Practice Group consists of four sections: Banking & InsuranceTransportation, Construction and CondemnationTreasury – Finance & Benefits; and Treasury, Revenue, Estates and Taxation. The Assistant Attorneys General have overall responsibility for the management of the practice group. In addition, they provide policy direction and supervision for the handling of various transactional, budgetary, and procurement work throughout the Division.

Public Records Advice & Disputes Practice Group

Raymond R. Chance III
Assistant Attorney General in Charge

The Public Records Advice & Disputes Practice Group has overall management and supervisory responsibility for the handling of public records requests filed with State agencies under the Open Public Records Act. In addition to overseeing the Public Records Advice and Disputes Section, the Practice Group provides direction and policy guidance to Deputy Attorneys General throughout the Division of Law to ensure consistent legal advice and counsel on all issues involving public record requests. The Practice Group also oversees the defense of all public records litigation filed against State agencies in Superior Court and in the Government Records Council.

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