|Peter Slocum assumed the role of First Assistant Attorney General in August 2017. Slocum first began working with the Department as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Law. There, Slocum worked directly with the Director of the Division and the Director’s leadership team on the top legal challenges facing the State, ranging from complex constitutional questions in federal court, to varied challenges to executive power, to legal issues arising after Superstorm Sandy, to a wide assortment of suits involving labor law, tort law, election law, condemnation, and mistaken imprisonment, among others. His work ran the gamut from serving as lead trial counsel to handling complex matters through the appellate process.
Slocum thereafter served as an Assistant Counsel to the Governor, where he oversaw legislative and regulatory affairs for the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Civil Service Commission, and the Division of Consumer Affairs. In that role Slocum also helped oversee all Open Public Records Act matters involving the Office of the Governor, and advised the Governor on wide-ranging issues of both state and federal law.
Slocum returned to the Department of Law & Public Safety in June 2016, where he served as Counsel to the Attorney General. Immediately prior to rejoining the Department, Slocum was an attorney in Lowenstein Sandler LLP’s national litigation department. There Slocum represented both public- and private-sector clients in state and federal court, with a focus on regulatory issues. Slocum’s work on behalf of clients included multi-district litigation, federal class actions, arbitrations, white collar criminal defense, business divorce, and novel issues of constitutional law. He also assisted clients with a wide array of regulatory and licensing issues, and conducted internal investigations.
Residing in Morris County with his wife, Slocum received his law degree magna cum laude from Seton Hall Law School, after which he clerked for Justice Barry T. Albin on the New Jersey Supreme Court. Slocum also holds an accounting degree magna cum laude from the Rutgers Business School. In 2016 Slocum was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as being one of the New Leaders of the Bar. Slocum is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted to appear before the District of New Jersey, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York.