Jeffrey S. ChiesaMember of the Firm
Phone (973) 530-2050
Fax (973) 530-2250
Jeffrey Chiesa rejoined Wolff & Samson in November 2013 following his service as United States Senator for New Jersey. Mr. Chiesa, an experienced litigator with an impressive background in both the public and private sectors, practices in the firm's Litigation, Corporate Internal Investigations and Monitoring, and White Collar Criminal Defense Groups.
In June 2013, Governor Chris Christie appointed Mr. Chiesa to serve in the United States Senate following the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg. During his time in the Senate, Mr. Chiesa served on the U.S. Senate committees on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, Commerce, Science and Transportation and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. While on the Homeland Security Committee, Mr. Chiesa worked to improve information sharing among federal agencies following the bombing at the Boston Marathon and continued his work to combat and raise awareness of human trafficking. Mr. Chiesa also cast important votes on cabinet and judicial nominees, immigration and the nation's debt ceiling.
At the time of his appointment to the United States Senate, Mr. Chiesa was serving as New Jersey's 59th Attorney General. Governor Christie nominated Mr. Chiesa to be New Jersey's Attorney General in December 2011, and the New Jersey Senate unanimously confirmed him in January 2012. As Attorney General, Mr. Chiesa was New Jersey's chief law enforcement officer and had primary regulatory responsibility for the state's casino, gaming and alcohol beverage industries. Additionally, Mr. Chiesa served as the state's chief legal advisor and had statewide responsibility for the enforcement of the state's consumer protection laws. Mr. Chiesa's achievements as Attorney General included leading the state's public safety efforts following Superstorm Sandy, bringing significant corruption and gang prosecutions, combating human trafficking, creating safeguards to address prescription drug abuse, and helping to lead Governor Christie's efforts to strengthen New Jersey's criminal laws to protect its most vulnerable citizens.
Before serving as Attorney General, Mr. Chiesa served as Governor Christie's Chief Counsel. As Chief Counsel, Mr. Chiesa was responsible for leading the Governor's legislative initiatives, supervising gubernatorial appointments and managing all of New Jersey's authorities. Prior to serving as Chief Counsel, Mr. Chiesa served as the Executive Director of Governor Christie's transition team.
Prior to joining Governor Christie's cabinet, Mr. Chiesa was a member of Wolff & Samson practicing in the firm's litigation department. Before joining the firm, he served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Jersey from 2002-2009, last serving as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. He also served as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney and as chief of the Public Protection Unit. Mr. Chiesa was involved in managing all aspects of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including the management of the Criminal, Civil, Appeals and Special Prosecutions Divisions. Before holding these leadership positions at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Chiesa served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Special Prosecutions Division. In this role, Mr. Chiesa prosecuted a number of significant public corruption cases against state and local officials, including former New Jersey Senate President John Lynch. Before joining the Special Prosecutions Division, Mr. Chiesa served in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted a number of significant white collar fraud cases, including a multimillion-dollar Medicaid fraud case.
Before serving at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Chiesa was in a private practice primarily focused on the litigation of health, hospital and physician related matters.