In March 2018, Attorney General Grewal named Michelle Miller as the permanent DOL Director, a position she held in an acting capacity since July 2015. Miller has served DOL for more than two decades, joining as a deputy attorney general in 1995 and litigating a number of notable cases, including Abbott v. Burke.
In fall 2018, Director Miller reorganized the Division to improve the provision of legal services to its client agencies and to reflect Attorney General Grewal’s focus on expanding affirmative litigation. The reorganization included the creation of new or repurposed litigation units, including ones focused on civil rights, labor enforcement, data privacy, and environmental justice.
To ensure the integrity of the 2018 midterm elections, DOL deployed more than 200 deputy attorneys general across the state on Election Day. The attorneys assisted at polling locations and advised county election officials in resolving any voting-related issues as they arose over the course of the day.
DOL recovered tens of millions of dollars for New Jersey and its residents. Significant recoveries included settlements with Wells Fargo ($17 million), UBS ($5 million), Uber ($3.75 million), and IDT Energy ($1.3 million).
Through their representation of the Department of Children and Families, DOL attorneys in 2018 handled more than 4,000 child protection cases, filing motions (typically on short notice) to protect a child from a parent or guardian that presents a danger to the child’s life, safety, or health.