Fordham Law

Acting Attorney General Dow Swears in Robert M. Hanna as Division of Law Director

Alum Robert Hanna '84 in Office of NJ Attorney General Website, January 22, 2010

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TRENTON – Acting Attorney General Paula T. Dow swore in Robert M. Hanna as Director of the Division of Law yesterday during a ceremony at the Hughes Justice Complex.

Hanna, 51, of Madison, served for 16 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Most recently, he was a director in the Newark-based law firm of Gibbons P.C., where he began working in 2006.

Gov. Chris Christie announced Hanna’s appointment as Director of the Division of Law on Jan. 8. Acting Attorney General Dow described Hanna as an excellent choice.

“The Division of Law has an important function -- to defend our state laws, protect New Jersey’s citizens and safeguard the State’s financial and other assets,” said Acting Attorney General Dow. “Bob Hanna is an ideal selection to lead this mission, because of his outstanding track record as an attorney, his leadership skills and his demonstrated commitment to public service.”

“I appreciate the faith shown in me by Gov. Christie and Acting Attorney General Dow, and look forward to working on behalf of New Jersey’s citizens to protect our laws and improve the quality of life in our state,” said Hanna.

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 has 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, Hanna 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.