Eric T. Kanefsky was nominated by Governor Christie to serve as the Director of the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs in April 2012. Following his nomination, Kanefsky served as the Acting Director of the Division until he was confirmed by unanimous vote of the New Jersey Senate on May 13, 2013. As the Director, Kanefsky is responsible for managing and overseeing the approximately 550 Division employees who staff the Office of Consumer Protection, Bureau of Securities, Office of Weights and Measures and forty-seven State professional licensing boards, and directly reports to the State Attorney General.
Since joining the Division, Kanefsky and his staff have strived to provide the highest level of customer service to every consumer who calls on the Division for assistance as well as the hundreds of thousands of professionals and businesses the Division licenses and regulates. Among other achievements since he arrived, Kanefsky led the Division's unprecedented response to the thousands of consumer complaints following Superstorm Sandy that resulted in hundreds of investigations and dozens of filed lawsuits. He has dedicated the Division to combating deceptive business conduct and professional misconduct through education, advocacy, regulation and, when necessary, enforcement.
Immediately prior to his appointment as Acting Director, he worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey, in Newark. There he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Special Prosecutions (public corruption) Division and in the Violent Crimes Unit. While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Kanefsky investigated and prosecuted over 50 cases involving myriad federal offenses ranging from complex commercial frauds to street crimes, including several that were tried to guilty jury verdicts.
Prior to his public service, Kanefsky worked in private practice for law firms in New York City and Philadelphia. While in private practice, he primarily investigated and prosecuted securities fraud cases on behalf of some of the largest public pension funds in the U.S. Through these litigations, he helped defrauded investors recover hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements.
Kanefsky is a graduate of the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he served as an editor of Temple's Law Review. He received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
He resides in Tenafly, N.J. with his wife and two children.
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