Paul J. Fishman

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Paul J. Fishman
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U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Assumed office
October 14, 2009
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Ralph J. Marra (acting)
Personal details
Born (1957-02-26) February 26, 1957 (age 58)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Princeton University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Paul J. Fishman (born February 26, 1957) is an American lawyer who currently serves as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He was sworn in on October 14, 2009 along with his First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Gil Childers.


Fishman was born in New York City in 1957.[1] He grew up in River Edge, Bergen County, New Jersey and attended River Dell High School.[2]

After graduating magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in 1978, he attended Harvard Law School, where he was Editor of the Harvard Law Review from 1980 to 1981 and Managing Editor from 1981 to 1982. After receiving his J.D. from Harvard in 1982, he served as law clerk to Edward Roy Becker, a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, from 1982 to 1983.[1]

In 1983, Fishman was admitted to the bar in the state of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. That same year, he joined the office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, serving in that position until 1987. He served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division from 1987 to 1989 and as Chief of the Criminal Division from 1989 to 1991. He then served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1991 to 1994 under Michael Chertoff.[1]

Fishman joined the United States Department of Justice under Janet Reno in 1994 as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. He was named Associate Deputy Attorney General in 1995, serving until 1997.[1]

In 1997, he became a partner at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman. His clients included Carla Katz, the former president of the Communications Workers of America who dated New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and Encap Golf Holdings, a company that was contracted to build golf courses and homes on remediated landfills in the New Jersey Meadowlands. Both of these clients were targets of investigations by the U.S. Attorney's Office.[2]

On June 4, 2009, Fishman was nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.[3] He was sworn into office on October 14, 2009, succeeding Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, who had served after the resignation of Chris Christie in December 2008 to run for Governor of New Jersey.[4]

Fishman is a registered Democrat and resides in Montclair. He is married with two children. He is also a board member of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Personal Profile, Paul J. Fishman". Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Friedman, Alexi (2009-06-14). "U.S. attorney nominee has more than a decade of experience as a prosecutor". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Joe (2009-05-16). "Obama picks Bergen lawyer for U.S. post". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Fishman sworn in as New Jersey's U.S. attorney". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-10-20. [dead link]
Legal offices
Preceded by
Ralph J. Marra (acting)
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
October 14, 2009 – present
Succeeded by