Christopher S. Porrino, a lawyer with Lowenstein Sandler PC, on Tuesday was named director of the state Division of Law by Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.
Porrino, 44, of Union County, is expected to begin his new position by the end of February.
The Division of Law provides legal representation and counsel to state departments and agencies, officials and employees. As part of its mission, the division represents the state in all legal matters including actions to enforce the law, defend state statutes and protect state interests in contractual matters.
At Lowenstein Sandler, Porrino co-leads the firm’s 100-attorney Litigation Department, and serves as a member of the practice’s Board of Directors and Operating Committee.
Porrino has represented public and private businesses and individual clients in a wide array of civil, criminal and regulatory disputes involving securities, banking, insurance, tax, antitrust, real estate and environmental matters, among others. He also has experience in conducting internal investigations for businesses faced with allegations of wrongdoing.
“Chris Porrino is an outstanding attorney who has established a track record as an excellent litigator, a leader, and someone who holds himself to the highest ethical standards,” Chiesa said. “As director of the Division of Law, I am confident he will serve this department and the citizens of New Jersey well.”
“I look forward to working to confront the challenges facing our numerous departments and agencies, while working to advance the public interest in a fair and diligent manner,” Porrino said.
Porrino received his law degree from Seton Hall’s School of Law in 1992. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Summit Speech School, a non-profit educational institution which serves deaf and hard of hearing children. He is also a member of the state Supreme Court’s Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM