John Hoffman

Acting Attorney General, Department of Law & Public Safety

Acting Attorney General Hoffman most recently served as New Jersey’s Executive Assistant Attorney General under former Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.

A resident of the Marlton section of Evesham Township, Hoffman previously served as Director of the Division of Investigations for the State Comptroller’s Office.

Prior to 2012, Hoffman served for six years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. In his role as a federal prosecutor, Hoffman focused primarily on economic and white collar criminal prosecutions. From 1996 through 2004, he served as Trial Attorney for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He also worked in private practice for the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Washington, D.C.

Hoffman received his undergraduate degree in 1987 from Colgate University, and his law degree in 1992 from the Duke University School of Law. 

In 1992-93 he served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow on the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo in Japan, and from 1993-94, he served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Al Engel on the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

While at the State Comptroller’s Office, Hoffman managed a Division of attorneys and special investigators responsible for investigating and reporting on issues of fraud, abuse, waste and corruption within state and municipal government, resulting in the issuance of multiple reports and guidance letters.

In his role as Executive Assistant Attorney General, Hoffman oversaw the operations of the Divisions of Law and Gaming Enforcement, the Racing Commission, and the Offices of Homeland Security and Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (civil), focusing primarily on complex civil, administrative and regulatory matters. He guided Department of Law and Public Safety Directors, senior in-house lawyers, outside counsel and investigators in developing strategic approaches to handling a docket of more than 10,000 cases in state and federal court involving commercial disputes, as well as healthcare, securities, tax, consumer protection, environmental, education financing, housing, and other complex multi-party and multi-state enforcement matters. He also served as Acting Attorney General for all civil cases for which the Attorney General was recused including, but not limited to, multi-billion dollar environmental litigation, health care fraud settlements and charitable trust oversight.

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