Gov.-elect Chris Christie Friday announced additional appointments to the staffs of the attorney general and the governor's office, including the director of law and criminal justice and the authorities unit.
Robert Hanna will serve as director of the Division of Law in the Attorney General's office under Paula Dow. Hanna is currently director of the Newark law-firm, Gibbons PC and previously served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for 16 years.
Also joining the Attorney General's staff is Stephen Taylor as director of Criminal Justice. Taylor is a 21-year career prosecutor, working in the Essex County prosecutor's office and later the U.S. attorney's office in Newark. While working at the U.S. attorney's office, Taylor served as both chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and later as chief of the Terrorism Unit.Deborah Gramiccioni, the outgoing state Criminal Justice director, will join the Christie's staff as director of the Authorities Unit. Gramiccioni has served as criminal justice director since June 2008. She has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as assistant chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division and as chief of the Commercial Crimes United in the U.S. attorney's office in Newark.
Hanna, 51, of Madison, joined the Gibbons firm in May 2006 after serving 16 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Newark. In private practice, Hanna has represented clients in wide variety of complex white-collar criminal matters, civil matters and attorney ethics matters. He also has served as a court-appointed receiver.
Hanna joined the Civil Division of the U.S. attorney's office in May 1990. There he handled a wide array of affirmative and defensive civil matters, including appeals, on behalf of the federal government. His affirmative civil matters included a civil RICO action to rid Atlantic City's Local 54 of hotel workers union of Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra domination; anti-fraud injunction actions against direct mail and telemarketing fraud operations; a novel CERCLA environmental penalty action on behalf of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and False Claims Act affirmative actions.
Hanna's significant defensive civil matters included defending the U.S. attorney, federal judges and other federal officials in civil rights actions; significant Freedom of Information Act litigation; opposing the town of Secaucus's attempt to halt major federal rail transportation project; and emergent applications by losing bidders on government contracts.
In 1997 Hanna joined the Frauds Division at the U.S. attorney's office, and later served in a variety of roles, including as chief of the Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit and Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator. Among his many white-collar criminal matters, Hanna was the lead prosecutor in the prosecutions of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and major pharmaceutical concern Bristol-Myers Squibb. As a federal prosecutor, Hanna also tried complex, lengthy securities and health care fraud criminal cases. Throughout his career as an assistant U.S. attorney, Hanna worked closely with representatives of a wide range of federal and state agencies.
Hanna graduated from Manhattan College in 1980 with a degree in business administration degree. And earned his law degree at Fordam University Law School.
Born in Teaneck and raised in New City, New York, Hanna has lived in Madison for 20 years.
Taylor, 49, was most recently a partner in the law firm of Taylor, Colicchio & Silverman, LLP, in Princeton. Taylor joined Taylor, Colicchio & Silverman in July 2006 following a twenty-year career as a prosecutor, first in the Essex prosecutor's office and late the U.S. attorney's office in Newark.
Taylor served under four Essex prosecutors during his twelve year career. After prosecuting a variety of cases in trial courts for four years, he was assigned to the Homicide Investigations Unit in 1990. From March 1995 through April 1998, Taylor served as the director of the Homicide Unit, supervising approximately 20 investigators and three assistant prosecutors.
In 1998, Taylor joined the U.S. attorney's office, where he prosecuted, among other cases, social security fraud cases, complex narcotic conspiracy cases involving electronic surveillance and racketeering cases. Taylor was later assigned to the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section where he oversaw investigations of traditional and non-traditional organized crime cases.
Among notable cases, Taylor supervised a six-year undercover FBI investigation dubbed "Royal Charm" that initially targeted the smuggling of counterfeit cigarettes into the U.S. from China. The investigation ultimately led to the illegal importation of approximately five million dollars in high quality counterfeit U.S. currency called "supernotes," the first time that "supernotes," manufactured abroad, appeared in the United States. The investigation led to the prosecution of 57 people.
In 2002, Taylor was appointed chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, where he supervised 10 attorneys responsible for prosecuting upper echelon drug and money laundering organizations. From April 2005 through July 2006, Taylor was chief of the Terrorism Unit and supervised the investigation and prosecution of national security related offenses, including terrorism related cases, espionage cases and violations of the arms export control laws.
Taylor was born in Yonkers, N.Y. and raised in Edison. He obtained a science degree from the University of Delaware in 1982 and a law degree from Villanova University Law School in 1985.
Gramiccioni has served as state Criminal Justice director since June 2008. She joined the attorney general's office in September 2007 as a special assistant to Attorney General Anne Milgram.
In November 2005, Gramiccioni was appointed assistant chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, where she supervised cases brought nationwide under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. From January to September 2007, Gramiccioni was the vice president of Trace International, Inc., an international non-profit company specializing in anti-bribery training and due diligence reviews for multinational companies and their commercial intermediaries.
Gramiccioni joined the U.S attorney's office in Newark in September 1999. As an assistant U.S. attorney, she prosecuted cases in the Criminal Division and Special Prosecution Division. In September 2004,Gramiccioni was promoted to chief of the Commercial Crimes Unit, where she supervised the prosecution of white-collar crimes involving financial fraud, identity theft and intellectual property.
Gramiccioni graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1997. She lives in Monmouth County with her husband Christopher, and their two children.
— TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM