Murphy appoints Brian O. Lipman as new public service taxpayer advocate

Gov. Phil Murphy has appointed veteran federal and state legal counsel Brian O. Lipman, Esq., As the new director of the New Jersey Rate Advisors Division, effective November 8, 2021. Lipman, who occupied The interim Director position for a brief period and who previously served as the Division’s Litigation Manager for eight years, replaces former Director Stefanie Brand who retired in September.

Governor Murphy commented on his Facebook and Instagram pages after Lipman was sworn in: “Proud to have sworn in to taxpayer lawyer Brian Lipman. Under his leadership, we will continue to ensure that residents receive safe and affordable public services. “

Rate Counsel represents the interests of consumers of regulated electricity, natural gas, water / sewer, telecommunications, cable and insurance services (residential, small business, commercial and industrial customers). The division is also involved in other state and federal utility affairs to protect the interests of New Jersey taxpayers.

“I look forward to continuing the important work of Rate Counsel. New Jersey is going through significant changes in public services. At the same time, it is important to be aware of the cost of this transition and to ensure that we do it in a way that is cost effective, maximizes taxpayer benefits and keeps public services affordable while continuing to operate. ‘state commitment to clean energy and water,’ Lipman said.

Lipman has been a member of the NJ Bar Association’s Utilities Law Section for the past two years. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Consumer Advocates of PJM States (PJM is the electricity grid manager for the Mid-Atlantic region). Prior to joining the Division, Lipman was Deputy Attorney General in the Law Division. He last served as Deputy Section Chief for the Public Services Section, which advises and represents the New Jersey Public Services Board (BPU) in all forums, including the Office of Administrative Law and the Superior court. Lipman has been involved in various federal energy cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the United States District Court. Lipman also advised the BPU on the issues pending before him. While a deputy attorney general, Lipman also worked in the affirmative litigation and civil rights sections. In the Affirmative Litigation section, Mr. Lipman has worked on mortgage fraud issues as well as other files for a number of
administrative bodies, including the Election Law Enforcement Commission. In the Civil Rights Section, Lipman served as legal advisor to the Civil Rights Division and brought cases on behalf of the Division. Lipman served from 2007 to 2010 on the ethics committee of the Supreme Court of the District of Virginia. He was an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall Law School, teaching legal research and drafting from 2009 to 2010.

Prior to joining the Law Division in 2003, Lipman represented private employers in labor disputes as a partner at Carpenter Bebbett & Morrissey from 2001 to 2003, and as a partner at Genova, Burns & Vernoia from 1997 to 2001. Mr. Lipman also represented federal employees in employment litigation as a partner at Schnieder, Frieberger & Kastner in 1997. He was a clerk in the County Attorney’s Office of Monmouth. Lipman graduated with honors from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, in 1995, winning the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Prize for Legal History. He graduated from the American University with a BS in Political Science in 1992. He was a student at the Sidney Rietman Inns of Court in 2000-01.

Lipman has spent most of his life in New Jersey, where he resides with his wife and three children. He is active in his local Boy Scout troop and is currently the troop committee leader.

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