|Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal appointed Louise T. Lester to serve as Director of the Victims of Crime Compensation Office in February 2019. In this position, Lester supervises a staff of 40 employees who assist crime victims in making claims for compensation benefits.
Lester joined the Division of Criminal Justice in September 2000, serving as an Assistant Attorney General and holding various positions including, Chief of the Corruption Bureau, Acting Senior Counsel with the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and Investigative Counsel with the Office of the Inspector General.
Lester is a career prosecutor with over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining the Division, Ms. Lester was an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office, Camden, New Jersey. As an AUSA, Ms. Lester prosecuted and tried various criminal matters including, bank robberies, fraud, theft, immigration, and drug trafficking cases. Additionally, Ms. Lester was an Assistant Prosecutor with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office where she prosecuted juvenile, domestic violence and other criminal matters. Further, Ms. Lester has worked with the Office of Governor’s Counsel as an Assistant Counsel assigned to review all proposed criminal law legislation and as an Associate with the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, Morristown, New Jersey.
Ms. Lester is a graduate of Rutgers College and Rutgers School of Law, Newark.