Former United States Attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, Joins Arnold & Porter
NEW YORK, NY, March 19, 2018 — Arnold & Porter announced today that Paul J. Fishman, the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 2009 to 2017, has joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Fishman will lead Arnold & Porter's Crisis Management and Strategic Response team and his practice will include internal investigations, compliance counseling, white collar defense, complex civil litigation, and appellate advocacy. He will be resident in the New York office and Newark, New Jersey.
As the longest-serving United States Attorney for New Jersey in five decades, Mr. Fishman was the state's chief federal law enforcement officer and held key national leadership roles for the Department of Justice. He oversaw all federal criminal and civil matters in New Jersey in areas including healthcare fraud; cybercrime; national security; political corruption; securities, corporate, and bank fraud; the FCPA; civil rights; tax evasion; environmental crimes; and gang violence and narcotics distribution.
During much of his service as United States Attorney, Mr. Fishman was a member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys (AGAC) and also served as its Chair. Appointed by the Attorney General, the AGAC provides advice and counsel on policy, management, and operational issues affecting the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys across the country.
Firm Chair Richard M. Alexander said, "Paul is a tireless and talented advocate who will bring strategic vision to the most challenging problems facing our clients. They will greatly benefit from his excellent judgment and deep practical experience managing complex matters. He is an outstanding addition to our firm and we are privileged to welcome him back to private practice after his distinguished career in public service."
"I am proud to join Arnold & Porter, a firm with a deep commitment to client service and a rich tradition of pro bono representation and civic engagement," said Mr. Fishman. "The firm's lawyers are an extraordinary group of dedicated, talented, and experienced professionals and I look forward to joining their team."
In addition to his career in public service, Mr. Fishman was in private practice for 12 years where he handled a broad array of white collar and civil litigation matters, representing institutions and individuals and serving as a corporate monitor. In both government service and private practice, he gained wide-ranging experience across a number of diverse industries such as financial services; healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences; consumer products; manufacturing; transportation; energy; and defense and government contracting. He also has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and appellate advocate.
After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was an Assistant United States Attorney from 1983 to 1994; during that time, he served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of Narcotics, Chief of the Criminal Division, and First Assistant United States Attorney. From 1994 to 1997, he was a senior adviser to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States.
Mr. Fishman was appointed by the ABA President to the American Bar Association's Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission, and served as Co-chair of the Law and Justice Transition Advisory Committee for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. In addition, he was recently elected to the American Law Institute. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and received his BA from Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude. Mr. Fishman holds an honorary law degree from Seton Hall University where he is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow.
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