Awards and Honors
Brandon D. Minde is a Partner with Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. His practice focuses on complex litigation, business disputes and litigation, government regulatory matters, as well as federal and state criminal defense work.
Mr. Minde specializes in white-collar criminal defense. As an Assistant Prosecutor in the Corruption Unit of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Minde managed investigations and conducted prosecutions of corruption, fraud, government misconduct, and other white-collar crimes. Mr. Minde received training in economic crimes and financial investigations from the National White Collar Crime Center, and cyber crime and computer forensics from the National Computer Forensics Institute. Mr. Minde was also appointed as a Special Deputy NJ Attorney General to lead a joint investigation into wide-spread election fraud through absentee voter ballots which culminated in several convictions, including a high-level government official. Mr. Minde also served in the Adult Trial Section, where he represented the state in proceedings for all criminal offenses pre- and post-indictment, including grand jury proceedings. Mr. Minde has conducted over a dozen jury trials.
Mr. Minde is an appointed member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the District of New Jersey, where he represents individuals in criminal actions in federal court.
In 2015, Mr. Minde was named a New Leader of the Bar by the New Jersey Law Journal, a designation that was given to only 50 lawyers in New Jersey who are under 40 years old. Mr. Minde was also named a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, gives this designation to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys recognized as the top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.
Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Minde served as Executive Director of the State of New Jersey Government Records Council. As Executive Director of the Government Records Council, Mr. Minde ran the state agency that adjudicates complaints filed under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) concerning denials of access to government records, offers a mediation program to facilitate the resolution of disputes, issues advisory opinions as to disclosure of public records, prepares guidelines for use in complying with the law, and provides training on the OPRA law to government officials and the public.
Mr. Minde served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Chris Christie from December 2010 through March 2013. As Assistant Counsel to Governor Christie, Mr. Minde provided advice and counsel to Governor Christie and the Chief Counsel to the Governor on a wide array of legislative, legal, regulatory, and policy initiatives. While serving in the Office of the Counsel to the Governor, Mr. Minde was responsible for a portfolio including economic growth and development, the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the Civil Service Commission. Mr. Minde also served as Assistant Counsel in the Governor’s Authorities Unit, where he provided counsel on the policy and legal matters of the state’s largest independent agencies, including the NJ Economic Development Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the NJ Turnpike Authority, the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority, the NJ Meadowlands Commission, the Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, and the Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency.
While Assistant Counsel, Mr. Minde was appointed by Governor Christie to serve as an executive branch representative on the NJ Sales and Use Tax Review Commission, and was also designated to serve as the Governor’s representative on the board of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority.
Prior to his time in public service, Mr. Minde worked as an associate at McCarter & English in the Securities Litigation, Government Relations and White-Collar Defense Group, where he conducted a wide range of civil and criminal trial practice involving general litigation, investigations and disputes.
Mr. Minde is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.