For Immediate Release, December 12, 2017

Gurbir Grewal Named New Jersey Attorney General, Will Be 1st Sikh-American AG

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) congratulates Gurbir S. Grewal, Bergen County prosecutor on his nomination to be the next Attorney General of New Jersey. With his nomination by Governor-Elect Phil Murphy, Mr. Grewal will become the first Sikh-American state Attorney General in the country.

“The decision to appoint a visible minority as the chief law enforcement officer for New Jersey reflects the diversity of the state and of the US, and is especially important in a time where minorities and immigrants have often felt targeted by law enforcement,” said SABA President Rishi Bagga. “We applaud Governor-elect Murphy in picking a distinguished and qualified member of the South Asian and Sikh American legal community for this pivotal role.  We strongly support Mr. Grewal’s nomination as Attorney General and look forward to working with him on issues of national importance.”

“Gurbir has been an active member and supporter of SABA-NJ for years. We really applaud his accomplishments and are extremely proud to see him be chosen for this honor. It does show Governor-elect Murphy’s dedication to the South Asian community,” said SABA New Jersey (SABA-NJ) president Bhaveen Jani. “SABA-NJ’s goal is to support South Asian-American attorneys in their professional development, including landing influential positions in government, law firms and corporations throughout the state. Gurbir’s appointment is another step towards that goal and in furtherance of our mission,” added SABA-NJ President-Elect Sharmila Jaipersaud.

Mr. Grewal has spent most of his legal career in public service, where he is currently the Bergen County prosecutor. Working for most populous county in New Jersey, Grewal serves a community of almost one million with his staff of 265.

He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both New York (2004-2007) and New Jersey (2010-2016). He ended his tenure there as Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit where he was lead prosecutor for the largest known data breach prosecution. As an AUSA in the Eastern District of New York, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of narcotics offenses, white collar crimes, and terrorism cases.

Mr. Grewal also worked in private practice at Howrey LLP in both New York City and Washington, D.C. He counseled clients on a range of matters including securities, trademark, antitrust and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues; represented individuals and companies in government investigations and criminal proceedings; conducted internal investigations for public corporations; and conducted civil trials.

Mr. Grewal graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1995.  He obtained his law degree from the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1999.

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