The United State Senate confirmed Philip Sellinger as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Dec. 8, following his Oct. 27 nomination by President Joe Biden.
Sellinger is currently co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Florham Park office, a position he’s held since 2002 after spending 18 years at Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark.
“I applaud the U.S. Senate for their unanimous confirmation of Philip Sellinger as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in a prepared statement on Sellinger’s confirmation. “Phil’s years of experience at the highest levels of our legal system, both as a prosecutor and in private practice, will serve the cause of justice well. I thank President Biden for his outstanding nomination, I commend Senators Menendez and Booker for their advocacy of Phil’s nomination, and I know that Phil will serve the people of New Jersey with honor and distinction.”
Sellinger is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and federal judicial clerk with more than 30 years of trial experience. He has led litigation teams in a variety of class actions and other complex cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts around the country, including the New Jersey Supreme Court.
He served as chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee to the New Jersey federal judiciary and as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Rules Committee and as the founding chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Class Action Committee. He represented the American Corporate Counsel Association and the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association in litigation over the right of in-house counsel to appear in court and appeared as amicus counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 29 top-ranking former senior U.S. military officers and civilian Department of Defense officials.
Over the years, Sellinger has donated thousands of dollars to Democratic political candidates, according to data collected by OpenSecrets. He served as a New Jersey delegate for then-candidate Biden at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
In an Oct. 27 statement accompanying the announcement of Sellinger’s nomination and three others, Biden said his nominees were picked for “their devotion to enforcing the law, their professionalism, their experience and credentials in this field, their dedication to pursuing equal justice for all, and their commitment to the independence of the Department of Justice.”