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Chris returned to Lowenstein Sandler in 2018 after serving as the 60th Attorney General of New Jersey. A seasoned trial lawyer, negotiator, and crisis manager, he possesses a rare combination of real-world pragmatism and strategic problem-solving skills forged in courtrooms, in the halls of government, and in the glare of the national media spotlight.
As Chair of the firm’s Litigation department, Chris helps Fortune 500 clients achieve critical goals and defend against seemingly insurmountable challenges. He advises and represents businesses and individuals in civil, criminal, and regulatory matters involving securities, consumer fraud, banking, insurance, tax, antitrust, real estate, and the environment, among others. He also conducts internal investigations for clients faced with allegations of wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing by insiders.
As head of one of the most powerful Attorney General Offices in the country, Chris indicted and convicted the former mayor of New Jersey’s third-largest city. He oversaw the implementation of bail reform, the most significant reform of New Jersey’s criminal justice system in its history, via a model that is now being replicated nationally. He took action against antisemitism and other forms of discrimination, and pioneered the country’s strictest opioid prescribing rules, paving the way for an almost immediate and very steep reduction in the number of opioid painkillers prescribed by physicians in New Jersey. In addition, Chris worked to improve trust between police and the communities they serve, and led the planned closure of a Civil War-era youth prison in one of the most significant reforms in the history of the state’s juvenile justice system.
Chris first entered public service in 2012 as Director of the Division of Law within the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. In that post, he led a team of 500 civil lawyers, overseeing thousands of litigation matters and dozens of trials on behalf of the state's various departments and agencies, including the Departments of Environmental Protection, Banking and Insurance, and Transportation, as well as the Division of Consumer Affairs. As Director, he personally handled and argued some of the state’s most sensitive and important cases, both at the trial court level and in the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Chris served as Governor Christie's Chief Counsel beginning on the day that the widely reported “Bridgegate” scandal broke in the media. He guided the administration through that crisis and its aftermath. As one of only two direct reports to the Governor, Chris also had broad responsibility for judicial appointments, legislative matters, and all state authorities, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Before his government service, from 2004 until 2012, Chris was a partner and Vice Chair of Lowenstein Sandler's Litigation department, where he focused on criminal and civil trial practice. Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk to then-Magistrate Judge Freda L. Wolfson, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.