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This month’s spotlight focuses on a former Attorney General, also known as a SAGE member [Society of Attorneys General Emeritus].
Peter Harvey accomplished several “firsts” during his career. He was the first African American to serve as the New Jersey Attorney General from 2003-2006. Before assuming office, he was the first assistant attorney general and director of the Division of Criminal Justice.
For the past six years, he has been a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York where he represents corporations and individuals in business disputes, conducts internal investigations about employee misconduct or inappropriate business practices, and litigates cases within the entertainment industry.
During the June NAAG Summer Meeting, Harvey received the 2012 Francis X. Bellotti Award, given to a former Attorney General who has served SAGE and worked diligently to further NAAG’s mission. He is a member of the SAGE Organization Committee, which re-established the latest operating rules.
“SAGE allows me to be connected to colleagues I served with and those who’ve served before my tenure and share ideas,” he said. “I also enjoy engaging with the current AGs because sometimes we can be helpful to them.”
As Attorney General, Harvey tackled a number of important law enforcement issues. Perhaps his most memorable achievements were the establishment of domestic violence and sexual training for police officers and an $80 million settlement from security companies involved with insider trading and after-hour trading.
Previously, Harvey served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey and was also a former federal prosecutor.
He received his bachelor’s in political science from Morgan State University and J.D. from Columbia Law School. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting museums, attending both professional and college sporting events and bike riding.