Christopher Porrino currently serves as Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie, having previously served as the Director of the Division of Law from February 2012 to January 2014. Under Porrino’s leadership, the Division of Law was a major difference-maker on behalf of New Jersey citizens, achieving important outcomes in historic litigation and obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in judgments and recoveries for the State.
Prior to serving as the Director of the Division of Law, Porrino was a partner at Lowenstein Sandler PC, one of the state’s largest law firms, where he co-lead the firm’s approximately 100-attorney Litigation Department and served as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Operating Committee.
While at Lowenstein Sandler, Porrino 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 regularly conducted 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 and received his law 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 and their two children.