Two top officials at NJ Attorney General’s Office leave to start new law firm, April 10, 2014


– Two top officials at the state Attorney General’s Office, Tom Calcagni and Eric Kanefsky, have left to begin their own private practice in Newark in partnership with the New York City law firm Harris, O’Brien, St. Laurent & Chaudhry, the pair announced today.

Calcagni & Kanefsky will represent corporate, governmental and individual clients in criminal and civil cases, internal and governmental investigations and regulatory actions.

Calcagni spent two years as director of the Division of Consumer Affairs before most recently serving as the second in command at the Attorney General’s Office, during which time he oversaw consumer affairs, the State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice.

Kanefsky replaced Calcagni as head of consumer affairs, where he has worked since 2012.

Prior to joining the state, they worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey and were assigned to the Special Prosecutions Division, where they pursued high-profile white collar cases including public corruption and complex commercial fraud.

know-how from pursuing numerous criminal and regulatory investigations, Eric and I are uniquely positioned to counsel, advise and aggressively defend corporate, governmental and individual clients,” Calcagni said.

“Tom and I are opening this office to offer a different type of legal service in New Jersey,” Kanefsky said. “Unlike bigger and more traditional litigation firms, we are willing to share the risk with our clients by taking on engagements under non-traditional fee arrangements, will represent both defendants and plaintiffs, and can take engagements largely without fear of conflicts.”

It was not immediately clear who would replace them at the Attorney General’s Office.

– Christopher Baxter