President Joe Biden nominated former New Jersey Attorney General and current Lowenstein Sandler special counsel Anne Milgram to lead the United States Drug Enforcement Administration on April 12.
If confirmed, New Jersey-born and educated Milgram will lead the nation’s federal law enforcement agency tasked with combating drug trafficking and distribution within the U.S. The DEA is under the Department of Justice umbrella.
Milgram has had a distinguished career as a state, local and federal prosecutor. As AG from 2007 to 2010 under Govs. Jon Corzine and Chris Christie, she led the 9,000-person Department of Law & Public Safety, overseeing the New Jersey State Police and the State Division of Criminal Justice, and had oversight responsibility for state and county prosecutors and more than 30,000 local law enforcement officers statewide.
After starting her career as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, she was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. DOJ, where she became special litigation counsel for the prosecution of human trafficking crimes. In that position, she partnered with U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Eastern District of New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire to prosecute some of the first sex trafficking and forced labor cases filed under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.
Throughout her career, she’s also led investigations into narcotics trafficking, street gangs, violent and organized crime, public corruption, securities fraud, mortgage fraud, and civil rights violations.
Milgram is currently a professor of practice and distinguished scholar in residence at New York University School of Law, where she teaches seminars on human trafficking and local criminal prosecution and leads the Criminal Justice Lab. At Lowenstein Sandler, she works with fellow former New Jersey Attorney General Chris Porrino.
“Anne is a great choice for this extraordinarily important position. We look forward to her swift confirmation and continued success in this new role. ” Porrino said on her nomination.