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Chiesa Named Chief Counsel to Governor-Elect Christie

December 3, 2009

New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie has named Wolff & Samson member Jeffrey S. Chiesa as his chief counsel. Chiesa has been serving as Executive Director of Christie’s transition team as the Governor-elect prepares to take office on January 19, 2010.

Before joining Wolff & Samson, Chiesa served as executive assistant United States attorney for the District of New Jersey. Prior to that position, he held the posts of counsel to the U.S. Attorney and chief of the Public Protection Unit. Additionally, Chiesa served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Special Prosecutions Division, where he prosecuted a number of significant public corruption cases against state and local officials, including former Senate President John Lynch and Harry Parkin, the former chief of staff to the Mercer County Executive. Chiesa also led the prosecutions of the former head of the Newark Department of Sanitation, and James Cummings, the former director of facilities for the Paterson School District. Chiesa’s criminal prosecution experience spans numerous white collar fraud cases at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including a multi-million dollar Medicaid fraud case.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Chiesa was a partner at Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, P.C., of Cranford, where he litigated a wide variety of civil cases, including those involving health care, professional negligence and securities issues.

Chiesa graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Notre Dame and earned his law degree from The Catholic University School of Law in Washington D.C.