|TRENTON – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino today announced that Kevin Jespersen will fill the position of Executive Assistant Attorney General, recently vacated by the retirement of Deborah R. Edwards. Jespersen has served as Chief Counsel to the Attorney General since August 2016.
Jespersen joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2004 as a Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Division of Law’s Professional Boards Prosecution Section, and became the Assistant Section Chief in 2006. From 2009 through 2012, he served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Litigation Practice Group, and in November 2012, became the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Practice Group. He was named Deputy Director of the Division of Law in September 2014, where he served until he joined the Attorney General’s Executive Leadership Team.
Jespersen has extensive litigation experience. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and has held that designation since 1997. He has handled hundreds of cases throughout his career, and has tried to verdict more than 40 cases, including matters before the state and federal courts in New Jersey and New Jersey administrative agencies. He has argued more than 40 appeals, including matters in the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
“Kevin possesses excellent judgment, a wealth of experience and a keen legal mind that I have come to rely on day in and day out,” said Attorney General Porrino. “His attention to detail, his ability to tackle complex issues and his calm and steady hand under pressure are characteristics I value, and that serve our department’s mission well.”
Among other achievements, Jespersen received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2008 for acting as the State’s lead trial counsel for the remand evidentiary hearing in the landmark Abbott v. Burke litigation. He has also served for many years as an instructor in the Trial Advocacy Program of the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.
Jespersen was in private practice from 1981 to 2004. From 1996 through 2004, Jespersen practiced law as co-founder and partner in the law firm Slattery & Jespersen, which focused its practice on complex civil litigation. Prior to that, he was a partner in the firm Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, where he was a member of both the firm’s litigation department and health care department. From 1984 through 1989, he was employed by the firm of Manger, Kalison, McBride & Webb, where he completed his tenure as a partner. Jespersen started his career at the firm of Clapp & Eisenberg.
“I am deeply honored to be able to continue my service to the citizens of our State in this new post,” said Jespersen. “I look forward to working with the Attorney General and with all of the dedicated and talented people in the Department of Law and Public Safety.”
Jespersen is a graduate of Rutgers University and the New York University School of Law. He is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.
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