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Assistant Commissioner John Giordano, Esq.

John Giordano currently serves as Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In this capacity, John leads the Compliance and Enforcement division in its mission to enforce federal and state environmental and natural resource laws and regulations, including those related to water and air pollution; hazardous materials; solid waste; land use; biocides; water, wetland, and wildlife conservation; and environmental management.

From 2011 - 2013, John was Deputy Secretary for Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Here, John served in the Department’s second-ranking position as its chief administrative and fiscal officer, overseeing all administrative, management, and information technology operations and business services to ensure that the Department’s resources were optimally deployed in support of its mission. This included maintaining oversight of approximately 2300 full-time and seasonal personnel and a budget of $300 million. In this capacity, he also led various agency initiatives and provided direction on a broad range of issues, including those related to oil and natural gas.

Prior to his appointment to DCNR, John served on Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Corbett’s Transition Team as a member of the Energy and Environment Committee, where he provided guidance on federal energy and environmental issues likely to affect Pennsylvania, and analyzed operations of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and DCNR to provide the Governor-elect with strategic advice on building a new administration.

From 2008 - 2011, John was Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of a New Jersey-based transportation and equipment leasing company. In this capacity, he was responsible for all legal, compliance, and external affairs functions, which included assessing and mitigating risks of company activities, while providing counsel on environmental and regulatory issues, as well as commercial transactions, products liability, corporate real estate, logistics, and operational matters.

John is a former federal prosecutor and senior Justice Department official, having served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and as Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining the Justice Department, John served as a Senior Advisor and Staff Director at the U.S. Department of Energy.

While with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, John prosecuted federal felony and misdemeanor matters, including national security violations, fraud, narcotics offenses, environmental crimes, and government theft. Here, he served as lead counsel on over one hundred criminal matters before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

As Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, John provided counsel on civil and criminal matters involving various environmental and natural resource laws, including those related to pollution-control; land acquisition; resource and ecosystem management; wildlife protection; Indian rights and claims; and national security programs. In this capacity, he also represented the United States as lead counsel in federal appellate courts, and assisted with managing a staff of over 400 attorneys, a budget of approximately $100 million, and a docket of more than 6,800 active cases and matters spread throughout the federal district courts, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. courts of appeals.

As a Senior Advisor and Staff Director in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, John provided counsel on energy policy; national security issues; energy related economic activities; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulation and oversight; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. In this capacity, he also managed staff to address issues concerning the Department’s effective utilization of its advanced scientific, engineering, and technical resources; education programs; national laboratories and technical facilities; as well as its nuclear and electricity programs.

Prior to his experience in Washington, D.C., John was an associate at Piper Rudnick LLP (now known as DLA Piper), and a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas for the U.S. District Court, D.N.J.

John is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and from 2011-2012, he was an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University School of Law.

John is also a member of the Drexel University Energy and Environment Council.

John graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi with high honors and academic distinction from Villanova University, and received his law degree Phi Delta Phi from Villanova University School of Law.

In July 2014, John was named one of NJBIZ magazine’s “Forty Under 40”, an award honoring New Jersey’s most accomplished businessmen and women under the age of 40 who are making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and their community.

John grew up in Moorestown, NJ and currently resides in Medford Lakes, NJ (Burlington County).


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