Leadership Team

The Attorney General oversees the Department of Law & Public Safety with the support of his executive leadership team. The team advises the Attorney General on legal, policy, and administrative matters and assists with the day-to-day supervision of the Department’s divisions and initiatives.

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<h3 style="color:white;">Andrew Bruck</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">First Assistant Attorney General</h5>
<p>Andrew Bruck is the First Assistant Attorney General. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Andrew spent five years at the U.S. Department of Justice. During that time, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, and held several roles in the office of Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, including Senior Counsel, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Acting Chief of Staff. Before joining the Department of Justice, Andrew worked as a litigation associate in the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell and clerked for Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He graduated from Princeton University and Stanford Law School.</p>
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Andrew Bruck
First Assistant Attorney General

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<h3 style="color:white;">Jennifer Davenport</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Principal Law Enforcement Advisor</h5>
<p>Jennifer Davenport serves as Principal Law Enforcement Advisor. Before joining of the Office of the Attorney General, she served as Division Counsel to the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Prior to that, Jen spent seven years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where she served as Chief of the General Crimes Unit. Previously, Jen worked as a litigation associate in the Newark offices of Latham & Watkins and Patton Boggs and clerked for Chief Judge John Bissell of the U.S. District Court in Newark. She graduated from DeSales University and Seton Hall University School of Law. Before and during law school, Jen worked as an intelligence analyst at the DEA. </p>
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Jennifer Davenport
Principal Law Enforcement Advisor

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<h3 style="color:white;">Christopher Edwards</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Executive Assistant Attorney General</h5>
<p>Christopher A. Edwards is Executive Assistant Attorney General. He advises the AG on significant litigation matters and serves as the AG’s primary point of contact for the Division of Law (DOL). Chris is an experienced trial attorney with civil and criminal litigation experience in both the public and private sectors. He also serves on the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s faculty. Prior to joining OAG, Chris served as an Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Chief, and a deputy attorney general in the DOL’s Financial Affairs Practice Group. Before joining the DOL in 2009, Chris spent a decade in private practice in New York and Boston. During his time in Massachusetts, Chris served as a special assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, Boston, and was voted a Massachusetts Rising Star Super Lawyer. Chris is a graduate of Pace University and Harvard Law School.</p>
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Christopher Edwards
Executive Assistant Attorney General

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<h3 style="color:white;">Jonathan Garelick</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Chief of Staff</h5>
<p>Jonathan Garelick is Attorney General Grewal’s Chief of Staff. In that role, Jonathan oversees the day-to-day operations of the Department of Law and Public Safety and its Division of Administration. He previously served as Acting Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff. From 2015 until his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff in 2018, Jonathan served as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General, where he worked on issues involving emergency management, cybersecurity, law enforcement initiatives, and the Department’s response to the opioid epidemic. Jonathan first joined the Department in 2012 as a Deputy Attorney General in the former Legal Affairs and Employee Relations Section, and, before that, he was a civilian contractor for the United States Coast Guard at the National Pollution Funds Center. He graduated from Rutgers University and Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. </p>
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Jonathan Garelick
Chief of Staff

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<h3 style="color:white;">Melanie Armstrong</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Senior Counsel to the Attorney General</h5>
<p>Melanie Armstrong is an Assistant Attorney General, with the title of Senior Counsel to the Attorney General. She previously served as the Director of the Division of Civil Rights for the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Public Contract Assistance for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Earlier in her career, she served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Law’s Correction and State Police Section and as Special Assistant to the Director of the Law Enforcement component of Governor Corzine’s Safe Streets, Safe Neighborhoods Strategy. She graduated from the College of New Jersey and Villanova University School of Law.</p>
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Melanie Armstrong
Senior Counsel to the Attorney General

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<h3 style="color:white;">Matthew Berns</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Senior Counsel to the Attorney General</h5>
<p>Matthew Berns is an Assistant Attorney General, with the title of Senior Counsel to the Attorney General. In that role, Matt helps coordinate the Department’s affirmative civil enforcement and policy initiatives, and provides oversight for the Division on Civil Rights, the Division of Consumer Protection, and the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES). Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, he spent three years at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division. Matt previously worked as an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington and clerked for Judge Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal.</p>
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Matthew Berns
Senior Counsel to the Attorney General

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<h3 style="color:white;">Jeremy Feigenbaum</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">State Solicitor</h5>
<p>Jeremy Feigenbaum is the State Solicitor. In that role, Jeremy helps coordinate the Attorney General’s involvement in matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts, and the New Jersey Supreme Court, and provides assistance to the Department in cases involving significant constitutional and appellate issues. Jeremy previously served as Counsel to Attorney General Grewal. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Jeremy was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis in New York. He has also served as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. He clerked for Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S. Supreme Court. Jeremy graduated from Brown University and Harvard Law School.</p>
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Jeremy Feigenbaum
State Solicitor

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<h3 style="color:white;">Stephan Finkel</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Director of Legislative Affairs</h5>
<p>B. Stephan Finkel is Director of Legislative Affairs, having supervised the Legislative Affairs Unit during the tenure of twelve prior Attorneys General. AAG Finkel began his legal career in 1990 as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Law, assigned to the JUA/MTF Complex Litigation Unit and to the Insurance section, moving to the Legislative Affairs Unit in the Office of Attorney General in 1996. AAG Finkel graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law.</p>
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Stephan Finkel
Director of Legislative Affairs
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<h3 style="color:white;">Steve Barnes</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Director of Communications</h5>
<p>Steven Barnes serves as Director of Communications, responsible for educating the public and the press about the work of LPS and sharing information about its programs, initiatives, and policies. Previously in his career he served as Associate Dean for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, as Director of Communications at the Clinton Foundation, and as Assistant Dean of Public Affairs at Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs.</p>
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Steve Barnes
Director of Communications

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<h3 style="color:white;">Bryn Whittle</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Director of Community Engagement</h5>
<p>Bryn Whittle, as Director of Community Engagement, liaises with community stakeholders across the state to connect the Attorney General’s priority areas and initiatives. Upon joining the Office of the Attorney General, DAG Whittle's focus was on shaping policy and crafting special projects on community justice initiatives; mental health diversion programs; and police chaplaincy. Prior to that, she was a Senior Staff Attorney with the Community Health Law Project, a statewide legal services organization dedicated to the advocacy and representation of low-income, disabled New Jersey residents. DAG Whittle graduated from Rutgers University and received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.</p>
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Bryn Whittle
Director of Community Engagement

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<h3 style="color:white;">Lora Fong</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Chief Diversity Officer</h5>
<p>Lora Fong is an Assistant Attorney General and serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Department of Law and Public Safety. Before joining the Department in 2016, Lora counselled and advised large corporate clients, including members of the Fortune 500, on diversity and inclusion. She has practiced law since 1991, including as a commercial litigator at various large New Jersey private practice firms, and as in-house counsel in the technology sector, handling transactional, data privacy and intellectual property matters as well as commercial disputes, compliance, and employment-related issues. Lora has been recognized as a Distinguished Leader of the Bar by the New Jersey Law Journal, and is a recent recipient of a Professional Achievement Award from the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey. She previously served as a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and co-chaired its Diversity Committee, and currently, is a Director of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. Prior to joining OAG, Lora served on the Rutgers Board of Governors as well as on the Rutgers Board of Trustees. She is also a past member of the New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Lora earned a B.A. in Political Science from Douglass College at Rutgers University and recieved her law degreeand from Rutgers University, School of Law in Newark.</p>
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Lora Fong
Chief Diversity Officer
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<h3 style="color:white;">Elizabeth Ruebman</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Special Advisor for Victim Services</h5>
<p>Elizabeth E. Ruebman is Special Advisor for Victim Services. Elizabeth has worked in government and public policy and much of Elizabeth’s career has focused on the intersection of victim services, public safety strategy, and criminal justice reform. Most recently Elizabeth worked with the City of Newark to develop a violence reduction strategy and managed a statewide chapter of crime survivors to advance survivor-centered policies. Elizabeth graduated from Georgetown University and received her Master’s degree at George Washington University.</p>
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Elizabeth Ruebman
Special Advisor for Victim Services
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<h3 style="color:white;">Lisa Brown</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Special Assistant to the Attorney General</h5>
<p> Lisa N. Brown is Counsel of the Attorney General and is a member of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. DAG Brown began her her legal career working as a Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Newark.  In 2005, she joined the Deputy as a Deputy Attorney in the Division of Law, assigned to the DCPP section. DAG Brown has also supported the Professional Boards Prosecution and Civil Rights sections before joining the Office of the Attorney General.  DAG Brown graduated from Montclair State University and earned her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark where she was a member of the Minority Student Program.</p>
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Lisa Brown
Counsel to the Attorney General

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<h3 style="color:white;">Christina Broderick</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Counsel to the Attorney General</h5>
<p>Christina Broderick is Counsel to the Attorney General.  Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Christina was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  She graduated from Northwestern University and Columbia Law School.</p>
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Christina Broderick
Counsel to the Attorney General

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<h3 style="color:white;">Kirsten Kreuger</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Counsel to the Attorney General</h5>
<p>Kirstin Krueger is a Deputy Attorney General, with the title of Counsel to the Attorney General.  Prior to joining OAG, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and the Richmond County District Attorney's Office.  She graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and Brooklyn Law School.</p>
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Kirstin Krueger
Counsel to the Attorney General

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<h3 style="color:white;">Keshav Poddar</h3>
<h5 style="color:white;font-style:italic;">Counsel to the Attorney General</h5>
<p>Keshav Poddar is Counsel to the Attorney General. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Keshav served as a Policy Advisor to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, with a particular focus on health & human services, criminal justice, and environmental issues. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received his law degree from Yale Law School.</p>
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Keshav Poddar
Counsel to the Attorney General

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