Top federal prosecutor leaves for private practice

Jeffrey Chiesa last left his post as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for New Jersey and has joined Wolff and Samson, a large North Jerey law firm. Chiesa’s resignation from the federal prosecutor’s office was effective last Friday.

Chiesa, 42, prosecuted several high profile federal corruption cases, including former Senate President John Lynch and Harry Parkin, the former Chief of Staff to Mercer County Executive Robert Prunetti. He was also part of the team that won an indictment against ex-State Sen. Joseph Coniglio, whose trial begins on March 23.

Sources say that while the U.S. Attorney’s office is in transition — the state’s two U.S. Senators announced last Friday that they were asking President Obama to name Paul Fishman to the most — Chiesa’s post won’t neccessarily be filled at this time.

One of the founders of Wolff and Samson is David Samson, who served as state Attorney General from 2002-2003.