Acting New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin has announced both new and returning members of his executive leadership team, including several picks from prominent law firms.
“We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of public servants within the Attorney General’s Office, and they are truly the engine that allows us to accomplish our important work,” Platkin said in a release Monday laying out the staffing changes in his department. “I am thrilled to welcome new members to the senior leadership team, who bring with them a wealth of experience as career prosecutors, devoted public servants, and talented attorneys.”
Lyndsay Ruotolo, who has served as director of the Division of Criminal Justice since June 2021, replaces Jennifer Davenport in her role as first assistant attorney general. The former acting Union County prosecutor received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Tisch School for the Arts at New York University and her law degree from New York Law School. She clerked for Judge Ellen L. Koblitz when judge was presiding general equity judge in Bergen County and then in the Appellate Division. Ruotolo previously was a commercial litigator at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.
Shirley Emehelu, co-leader of their banking and finance practice and a partner in the white-collar criminal defense and government investigations practice at Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi, will replace Christopher Edwards as executive assistant attorney general. (Edwards is expected to be nominated as a judge of the Superior Court). For nine years, Emehelu prosecuted financial fraud with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, serving as the chief of asset recovery and anti-money laundering. Emehelu earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Yale.
Pearl Minato will replace Ruotolo as director of the Division of Criminal Justice. Most recently, Minato served as senior counsel to the acting attorney general. In more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, Minato has served as chief of staff for the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, deputy attorney general with the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor’s Corruption Bureau, and on the Statewide Narcotics Task Force. Minato earned her degrees from Hunter College and Rutgers Law School.
Michael Long is taking over the role of director of the Division of Law from Michelle Miller, who is stepping down. Long currently is a partner with Lowenstein Sandler, which is outside counsel to executive branch agencies. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, Long clerked for New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice James R. Zazzali.
Derick D. Dailey, currently an associate with law firm Davis & Gilbert, joins the executive team as senior counsel to the acting attorney general. At the firm, Dailey handled litigation and dispute resolution after previously serving as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware. He received a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, a master’s degree from Yale University and law degree from Fordham University.
Sundeep Iyer, currently a senior associate with Hogan Lovells, will serve as assistant attorney general and senior counsel to the acting attorney general. At Hogan Lovells, he served as a special attorney for Minnesota in the matter of the death of George Floyd. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and law degree from Yale.
Daniela Nogueira, also named senior counsel to the acting attorney general, comes from the World Bank, where she worked on foreign government use of technology and data. Nogueira clerked for U.S. District Judge Analisa N. Torres of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and law degree from Yale Law School.
“It is also important to me,” Platkin said in the release, “that these appointments enhance the diversity of Office leadership so that we can represent the rich diversity of our great state.”
He added, “Together we will continue to serve the people of New Jersey and make their lives safer, fairer and more secure.”