Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bob Hanna to replace Lee Solomon at the NJBPU

Robert M. Hanna

Robert M. Hanna, head of the Division of Law at the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, will replace Lee Solomon as president of the NJ Board of Public Utilities if and when the New Jersey Senate approves Solomon's appointment to the bench.



"I am being nominated to go to the superior court. It's where I came from, in Camden County," Solomon said. "At some point I had to make a decision of whether to go back."

Solomon said the timing of the move is dependent on the state senate. "I'm not leaving until I'm confirmed. It's in their hands," Solomon said.


Hanna, 51, of Madison, was appointed to that post last year. Previously, he was a director in the Newark-based law firm of Gibbons P.C., where he began working in 2006. He has also worked for 16 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey.


Solomon said Hanna would be very capable continuing his work at the BPU, which includes a spat with federal and regional power regulators over a state program.


"It will continue to go gangbusters," Solomon said. "I don't know if you know Bob Hanna but he's a very smart lawyer, very tough guy. His agenda is what ours is and what the governor's was.

Hanna joined the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey in May 1990. There he handled a wide array of affirmative and defensive civil matters, including appeals, on behalf of the federal government. His affirmative civil matters included, among others, a successful civil RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) action to rid Local 54 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union in Atlantic City of organized crime influence.


Hanna’s defensive civil matters included defending the U.S. Attorney, federal judges and other federal officials in civil rights actions, handling significant Freedom of Information Act litigation and opposing the municipality of Secaucus's attempt to halt major federal rail transportation project.


In 1997 Hanna joined the Frauds Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and later served in a variety of roles, including as Chief of the Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit and Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator. Among his many white-collar criminal cases, Hanna was lead prosecutor in the prosecutions of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and major pharmaceutical concern Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

As a federal prosecutor, Hanna also tried complex, lengthy securities and health care fraud criminal cases. He joined the Gibbons firm in May 2006. In private practice, he represented clients in a wide variety of complex white-collar criminal matters, civil matters and attorney ethics matters. He also has served as a court-appointed receiver. 


Hanna graduated from Manhattan College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. After working for a year at a national public accounting firm, he attended Fordham University School of Law School in New York, serving on the Fordham Law Review staff and graduating in 1984 with a Juris Doctor degree. 

Following law school, he was a litigation associate at the Cahill Gordon & Reindel law firm in New York, working on a broad range of commercial litigation matters. He is admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey and New York. Born in Teaneck and raised in New City, Hanna has lived in Madison for 20 years.


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