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Almeida will replace McKenzie as deputy chief counsel

By David Wildstein, September 20 2021 3:59 pm

Lisa Almeida, who is in her second stint in the office of the Governor’s chief counsel, has been promoted to deputy chief counsel.

She will replace McKenzie Wilson, who is departing on Wednesday to take a job at Lowenstein Sandler.

Almeida began her legal career as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor in 2006 and spent nearly six years as a deputy state attorney general before becoming an assistant counsel in the office of Gov. Chris Christie in 2016.  She moved back to the attorney general’s office in 2018 and then returned as a member of Gov. Phil Murphy’s staff in 2019 as an associate counsel.

She will report to Murphy’s chief counsel, Parimal Garg.

The promotion of Almeida is the third big change in the counsel’s office in recent months.  Brian Wilton, who had served as director of the authorities unit, left to become general counsel of New Jersey Transit.  He was replaced by Noreen Giblin.

Murphy has not yet found a new cabinet secretary to replace Giblin.

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