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President Obama picks Bergen County native Paul Fishman as next U.S. Attorney for New Jersey

New Jersey attorney Paul Fishman, nominated by President Obama to be the next U.S. Attorney for New Jersey
New Jersey attorney Paul Fishman
WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama today announced his intent to nominate Bergen County native Paul Fishman for U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Fishman, 52, has been a partner at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP in Newark, New Jersey since 1997. Fishman has led Friedman Kaplan's white-collar practice for the last eleven years. From 1994 to 1997, he worked in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice.

Fishman spent ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey, from 1983 to 1993. During his tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he worked in the Office’s Special Prosecutions Division, served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division/Chief of Narcotics, Chief of the Criminal Division and First Assistant.

He coordinated Trenton’s Weed & Seed program, including helping to implement a Violent Offenders Removal Program and, with the Mayor’s office, a Safe Haven program keeping schools open after hours for additional activities.

Following law school, Mr. Fishman clerked for Judge Edward Becker on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He graduated from Princeton University in 1978, and Harvard Law School in 1982, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review.

In recommending Mr. Fishman's appointment, New Jersey Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez told the President, "Mr. Fishman is exceptionally well qualified for this post, with fourteen years of experience in the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice, working on a range of issues from complex securities litigation to combating criminal activity related to illegal firearms and gangs." The Senators said that since leaving government service, Mr. Fishman "has been a prominent and highly regarded attorney handling hundreds of civil and white-collar criminal matters.…That combination of experience, together with his strong intellect and unquestioned integrity, make him a superb choice."

"I am grateful to the president for giving me this opportunity to serve the people of New Jersey," Fishman said in a statement released on Friday.

President Obama noted that Fishman had distinguished himself as a "fair, tenacious and respected" attorney throughout his career in both public and private service.