Edwin Stier, a member of Stier Anderson in Skillman, was appointed Monday by the regional U.S. Trustee Office to take the reins at Birdsall and oversee its assets and any business decisions as it pursues a likely sale under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
As a prosecutor, Stier led one of the state's largest crackdowns in history on organized crime and corruption by putting together the first state grand jury in the country and championing several new initiatives, including court-appointed electronic surveillance.
As a private attorney, Stier has investigated the reforms put in place at Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station and monitored the cleanup of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks to detect millions in fraudulent billing by contractors.
He has also investigated deficiencies in the criminal and juvenile justice systems for the state Supreme Court and reformed the Teamsters Local 560 after 30 years of control by mobsters alleged to have murdered former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa.
Stier has also served in various leadership positions for nonprofit groups in Newark dedicated to improving life in the city.