Solomon to leave BPU

BPU President Lee Solomon will leave the BPU at the end of this year, according to a source close to Solomon. 

Solomon will be returning to the bench, the source said.

His title will change from President to Judge.

Bob Hanna – director of Division of Law, will be named President of the N.J. Board of Public Utilities effective January 1, 2012.

A Madison resident, Hanna served for 16 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Most recently, he was a director in the Newark-based law firm of Gibbons P.C., where he began working in 2006.

He joined the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey in May 1990. There he handled a wide array of affirmative and defensive civil matters, including appeals, on behalf of the federal government. His affirmative civil matters included, among others, a successful civil RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) action to rid Local 54 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union in Atlantic City of organized crime influence.

Hanna’s defensive civil matters included defending the U.S. Attorney, federal judges and other federal officials in civil rights actions, handling significant Freedom of Information Act litigation and opposing the municipality of Secaucus’s attempt to halt a major federal rail transportation project.

In 1997 Hanna joined the Frauds Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and later served in a variety of roles, including as Chief of the Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit and Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator. Among his many white-collar criminal cases, Hanna was lead prosecutor in the prosecutions of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and major pharmaceutical concern Bristol-Myers Squibb.

As a federal prosecutor, Hanna also tried complex, lengthy securities and health care fraud criminal cases. He joined the Gibbons firm in May 2006. In private practice, he has represented clients in a wide variety of complex white-collar criminal matters, civil matters and attorney ethics matters. He also has served as a court-appointed receiver. Solomon to leave BPU