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Charles Centinaro began his private practice after graduating from Rutgers University and the J. Reuben Clark Law School in Brigham Young University in Utah. He was named assistant council for Hudson County in 1991 and left that post to join the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
From August 1999 to July 2001, Centinaro served as assistant counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel to the Governor, first for Gov. Christie Whitman and then for acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco. Mr. Centinaro has been appointed director of the state Office of Attorney Ethics by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.
As director of the OAE, Charles Centinaro will lead more than 64 full-time employees and oversee 18 district ethics committees consisting of 600 volunteers who investigate, prosecute and adjudicate grievances filed against attorneys.
Centinaro will also oversee 17 district fee committees made up of 300 volunteers who adjudicate fee disputes between clients and lawyers. Also under his administration will be the Random Audit Compliance Program that audits the trust and business records of law firms.
Founded in the late 1940s and incorporated in 1976, the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) is headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey. NJAJ is a statewide association of over 2,700 members in private practice and public service, paralegals, law clerks, law students and law school graduates not yet admitted to the bar. NJAJ is dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s families by working to preserve and strengthen the laws for safer products and workplaces, a cleaner environment and quality health care.