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bminde@dughihewit.com

Practice Areas

Awards and Honors

  • 2015-2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2016 NJBIZ “Forty Under 40”
  • 2015 New Leaders of the Bar
    (by NJ Law Journal)
  • 2014 NJSBA YLD
    Professional Achievement Award

Professional Activities

  • Secretary, NJSBA Criminal Law Section (2017- present)
  • Chair, NJSBA White Collar Crime
    Subcommittee (2015 – present)
  • Chair, NJSBA Election Committee
    (Chair 2014 – 2016; member 2014 – present)
  • Past-Trustee of NJSBA
    Board of Trustees
    (2012 – 2014)
  • Member, NJSBA Business and
    Commercial Litigation Committee
    (2014 – present)
  • Member, NJSBA Election Law
    Committee (2014 – present)
  • Member, Association of Criminal
    Defense Lawyers of NJ (2015 – present)

Certifications

  • U.S. Healthcare Compliance Certificate Program, Seton Hall University School of Law (June 2016)

Articles

Press Placement

Brandon D. Minde

Brandon D. Minde, a Partner with Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., has legal experience in both the government and private sectors. His practice focuses on complex litigation, business disputes, and criminal and regulatory investigations. Mr. Minde is, first and foremost, a litigator and a strategist. He represents a vast array of businesses and individuals in high stakes civil matters, as well as those investigated and charged with crimes by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey, and numerous County Prosecutor’s Offices.

In 2016, Mr. Minde was selected as one of the 2016 NJBIZ Forty Under 40. NJBIZ is New Jersey’s premier business news publication, and its Forty Under 40 awards program honors individuals under the age of 40 who have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community.

In 2015, Mr. Minde was named a New Leader of the Bar by the New Jersey Law Journal publication, a designation that was given to only 50 lawyers in New Jersey who are under 40 years old. Mr. Minde has also been named a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, gives this designation to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys recognized as the top attorneys who are 40 years old or younger.

Mr. Minde previously served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Government Records Council, 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.

From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Minde served as an Assistant Essex County Prosecutor, where he handled numerous criminal prosecutions and conducted several jury trials. While serving in the Corruption Unit, 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 high-level government officials. Mr. Minde is an appointed member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the District of New Jersey.

Mr. Minde served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Chris Christie from 2010 to 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.

Mr. Minde is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Criminal Trial Preparation” (Practising Law Institute, New Jersey CLE Marathon, May 2017)
  • “How to Keep Your Company in Business when Facing Criminal Charges or Regulatory Action” (NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention, May 2016)
  • “Handling Official Misconduct Cases” (New Jersey State Bar Association CLE, September 2015)
  • “White Collar Crime – the Pen is Mightier Than the Sword” (NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention, May 2015)
  • Government Records Council (“2013 Annual OPRA Seminar”, August 2013)
  • Law Enforcement Seminars (“OPRA for Law Enforcement Agencies”, Union County Police Academy, Sept. 2013) (“OPRA for Law Enforcement Agencies”, Monmouth County Police Academy, July 2013)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (“Litigating an OPRA Case”, Annual Convention, May 2013) (“Avoiding Common Mistakes in and out of Court: Your Guide to Ethics & Professionalism”, Annual Convention, May 15, 2009) (“Direct & Cross Examination: Focusing on Trial Preparation”, April 2009)
  • New Jersey State League of Municipalities (“A Review of the Open Public Records Act”, Annual Conference, Nov. 2013) (“A Review of the Open Public Records Act”, June 2013)

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington
    University Law School, 2004
    Member of Alternate Dispute
    Resolution Skills Board
  • B.A., summa cum laude
    Muhlenberg College, 2001