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Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C. offers exceptional career opportunities to lawyers, aspiring graduates and business support professionals in an environment that is challenging and rewarding. Our continued success depends on our most important asset – our people – which is why we take care in recruiting and retaining the best. We look for candidates with academic excellence, proven commitment and self-motivation.

As a forward-thinking and client-oriented law firm, Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla is continually seeking out new talent to join our team. We look for team players possessing the ability to work individually and as a part of our departmental teams.

If interested, we encourage you to submit a cover letter and resume directly to James D'Arcy, via email to info@ghclaw.com or via fax to (732) 224-6599.

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    Paul E. Minnefor
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    Paul is a member of the Governmental Investigations/White Collar Crime and Litigation Practice areas. His practice is devoted to white collar criminal defense, the defense of governmental investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, and a broad array of complex litigation matters.  He has extensive experience with investigations and regulatory enforcement actions founded upon allegations of securities fraud and registration violations. 

    Prior to joining Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, Paul served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Securities Fraud Prosecution Section of the Office of the Attorney General.  As a Deputy Attorney General, he enforced the New Jersey Securities Law in close consultation with the Chief of the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, litigating cases against a host of defendants, including a Ponzi scheme and the institutional issuers of billions of dollars of residential mortgage backed securities.  Before his public service, Paul was of counsel at a New York City litigation boutique firm, representing a former specialist for the New York Stock Exchange in a highly complex, multi-defendant criminal matter in the Southern District of New York, as well as in a regulatory enforcement proceeding before the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He also spent several years as a member of the Business and Commercial Litigation Group at one of New Jersey’s largest law firms, focusing on insurance coverage matters.

    Representative Matters
    • Represented an insurance carrier in an international arbitration initiated by a policyholder seeking $90 million of coverage under an excess policy for personal injury claims related to the use of a prescription drug.
    • Represented a mortgage bank in a case founded upon allegations of predatory lending.
    • Successfully represented a New York Stock Exchange specialist with respect to both a federal criminal indictment and an SEC regulatory enforcement proceeding, helping convince the U.S. Attorney's Office to halt its prosecution.
    • Successfully represented the New Jersey Bureau of Securities in a regulatory enforcement action against an Allendale, New Jersey-based biotech company, obtaining a favorable settlement.
    • Successfully represented the New Jersey Bureau of Securities in a regulatory enforcement action against a Marlton, New Jersey-based Ponzi Scheme, obtaining a $36 million judgment via a summary judgment motion.
    • Successfully represented the New Jersey Bureau of Securities in a regulatory enforcement against a Jersey City, New Jersey-based purported hedge fund, obtaining a $55 million judgment via a summary judgment motion.

    Articles/Publications
    • "New Jersey Estate and Trust Litigation," 2006 - Contributor

    Professional Activities
    • Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Committee
    • Member of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court
    • Member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Compliance and Legal Society
    • Member, Monmouth Bar Association
    • Member, New York County Lawyers' Association
    • Former Faculty Member of the Attorney General Advocacy Institute

    Press Mentions


    Honors & Awards
    • Voted a 2018 Monmouth County Top Lawyer, Monmouth Health & Life, November 2018
    • Recipient of the 2006 Sister Joan of Arc Award from Morris Catholic High School in recognition of longstanding contributions to alma mater

    Seminars/Presentations
    • "Financial Fraud: The Continuing Saga Seminar."  Served on panel with prominent members of the criminal defense bar and representatives of the United States Attorney's Office, FINRA, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the New Jersey Bureau of Securities at the New Jersey State Bar Association's annual meeting in Atlantc City, NJ, May 2017
    • "Deposition Skills Seminar," Faculty Member of the Attorney General Advocacy Institute, April 2014

    Other Professional and Personal Information
    • Member of the Board of Trustees at Morris Catholic High School, Denville, New Jersey.  Chair of the Development Committee
    • Co-Founder of the Non-Profit Crusader Gridiron Club, organizing an annual golf outing since 2004

    Practice Areas

    Education

    • Boston College, J.D. (1999)
    • Williams College, B.A. (1993)

    Admissions

    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Federal District Court, District of of New Jersey
    • Federal District Court, Southern District of New York
    • Federal District Court, Eastern District of New York