|TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa today announced the members of his new leadership team in the Attorney General’s Office.
Thomas R. Calcagni, First Assistant Attorney General photo
Thomas Calcagni, of Chatham, most recently served as Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs for Governor Chris Christie. Prior to 2010, Calcagni served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Special Prosecutions Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.
Calcagni received his undergraduate degree in 1994 from Bowdoin College and his law degree in 1997 from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark.
“As Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, Thomas Calcagni significantly raised the profile of the Division by taking an aggressive approach to protecting consumers through many new proactive initiatives,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “During his nine years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Tom rose by his expertise and skills to be assigned to try high-profile corruption cases in the Special Prosecutions Division. His talent and experience make him an ideal selection for First Assistant.”
While at Consumer Affairs, Calcagni initiated a campaign of sting and undercover operations targeting noncompliant and predatory businesses; enhanced the Division's consumer education campaign and the effectiveness of its Consumer Service Center; directed its launch of the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program; and implemented its ban of toxic "bath salts" and synthetic marijuana designer drugs.
John Jay Hoffman, Executive Assistant Attorney General photo
John Hoffman, of Marlton, most recently served as Director of the Division of Investigations for the State Comptroller’s Office. Prior to 2010, Hoffman served six years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, focusing upon economic and white collar criminal prosecutions. From 1996 until 2004, he served as Trial Attorney for Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He also served in private practice for a Washington, D.C., law firm.
“John Hoffman will be a tremendous asset as Executive Assistant Attorney General, thanks to his outstanding legal acumen and the wealth of knowledge and experience he gained as a high-level prosecutor and trial attorney,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “I will rely on his leadership and good counsel.”
Hoffman received his undergraduate degree in 1987 from Colgate University and his law degree in 1992 from Duke University School of Law.
While at the State Comptroller’s Office, Hoffman managed an office of 15 attorneys and investigators responsible for investigating and reporting upon issues of fraud, abuse, waste and corruption within state and municipal government, resulting in issuance of multiple reports and guidance letters.
Deborah R. Edwards, Counsel to the Attorney General photo
Deborah Edwards, of Lumberton, a long-term employee of the Department of Law and Public Safety, most recently served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, assisting in the overall management of the Department of Law and Public Safety and providing daily guidance to division directors and managers. Prior to 2010, Edwards served as Section Chief of the Division of Law’s Employment Counseling Section, Chief of Staff of the Division of Criminal Justice, EEO Officer in the Office of the Attorney General, Assistant Director of the Division on Civil Rights, and as a deputy attorney general in the Division of Law.
Edwards received her undergraduate degree in 1985 from The University of Pennsylvania and her law degree in 1988 from Villanova Law School.
“Deborah Edwards has extensive experience in state government, serving with distinction as an attorney in high-profile positions,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “She has served me well as Chief of Staff, and I will continue to rely on her strong advice as she assumes the position of Counsel to the Attorney General.”
Terrence S. Brody, Chief of Staff photo
Terrence Brody, of Chatham, most recently served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General, assisting and advising the Attorney General on legal, policy, and administrative issues. Prior to 2010, Brody was in private practice at the firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in Florham Park. From 2004 to 2008 he practiced at the firm of Gibbons, P.C., in Newark.
Brody received his undergraduate degree in 2000 from The University of Scranton, and his law degree in 2003 from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark.
“Terry Brody has distinguished himself as a bright and accomplished attorney both in private practice and at the Attorney General’s Office,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “I look forward to having him serve as my Chief of Staff.”