Calcagni & Kanefsky (Former Dir. of NJ Division of Consumer Affairs; Former Asst. U.S. Attorney, Dept. of Justice, NJ)
Eric Kanefsky is a partner and co-founder with the law firm of Calcagni & Kanefsky, the New Jersey Office of Harris, O’Brien St. Laurent & Chaudhry LLP. Mr. Kanefsky’s practice is dedicated to helping corporations and individuals navigate and successfully resolve complex legal problems through internal investigation, advocacy and, when needed, litigation. He brings to bear a wealth of public and private sector experience on behalf of his clients from his time as a former high-ranking official in the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in New Jersey and from years in private practice at one of the nation’s most prestigious plaintiff’s litigation firms. His unique blend of legal experiences allows him to address high-stakes legal problems more effectively and economically than traditional defense firm litigators. Immediately prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Kanefsky served as the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, a 600-person civil law enforcement and regulatory agency within the Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Kanefsky was nominated by the Governor and unanimously confirmed by the State Senate to that position. In his capacity as Director, he was responsible for regulating the State’s securities and healthcare industries, and overseeing the prosecution of hundreds of consumer fraud and professional misconduct cases. Under his leadership, New Jersey was one of the most active States in the country in pursuing actions involving internet data breaches, online privacy violations and other internet related violations. Through this experience, Mr. Kanefsky gained a unique expertise in how to most effectively represent clients involved in matters brought by state Attorney General’s offices, and other governmental agencies, including defending against consumer and securities fraud cases, misconduct allegations before professional licensing boards and counseling and advising his clients on important government and regulatory matters that affect their business or professions. Prior to serving as the State’s Consumer Affairs’ Director, Mr. Kanefsky was a federal criminal prosecutor in Newark in its elite Special Prosecutions Unit where he spent the bulk of his time prosecuting white collar offenses, including public corruption and complex commercial fraud matters. While at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Kanefsky prosecuted over 50 cases involving myriad federal offenses, including several high-profile cases that were tried to successful jury verdicts. Eric has spent years honing the skills necessary to successfully defend clients against the most complex criminal or civil charges brought by federal, state and local prosecutors. Before his public service, Mr. Kanefsky worked in private practice at renowned law firms in New York City and Philadelphia, including almost six years at one of the country’s preeminent plaintiff’s litigation firms. While in private practice, he primarily litigated securities fraud and complex commercial disputes on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Through these litigations, he helped investors recover hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, and Fortune 500 companies conduct internal investigations and defend against government regulatory actions. Mr. Kanefsky has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in securities fraud, auditor malpractice, corporate governance, contractual and employment disputes, and in litigation on behalf of creditors of distressed and bankrupt entities, among other matters. He routinely speaks on emerging issues and cases affecting his clients and has appeared in television and print media hundreds of times for his work. Mr. Kanefsky is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Law, where he graduated with honors and served as an editor of Temple’s Law Review while also completing internships for two Federal judges in Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.