||On February 13, 2012, then Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa swore in veteran litigator Christopher S. Porrino as Director of the Division of Law.
Porrino, 45, left his position at Lowenstein Sandler PC, one of the state’s largest law firms, to take this post. He co-lead the firm’s 100-attorney Litigation Department, and served as a member of Lowenstein Sandler’s Board of Directors and Operating Committee.
While at Lowenstein Sandler, Porrino’s focus was civil and criminal trial practice. He 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. Porrino also has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations for businesses faced with allegations of wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing by insiders.
Prior to entering private practice, Porrino served as a law clerk to then Magistrate Judge Freda L. Wolfson, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
Porrino graduated from Lehigh University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts, and received a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1992. He is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, the State of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.
Born in Teaneck and raised in Fort Lee and Englewood Cliffs, Porrino currently resides in Union County with his wife, Christina Shenouda, and their two children.