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Lowenstein Sandler has added former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram to its white-collar and technology group in New York, the firm said Friday.

Milgram, who is joining the firm as special counsel, served as New Jersey attorney general from 2007 until 2010. She has since been championing the use of smart data, analytics and technology to reform the criminal justice system, most recently as professor and distinguished scholar in residence at New York University School of Law, where she’s now building a criminal justice innovation lab.

“[Milgram's] practical experience as well as her scholarship in how big data is being utilized in legal proceedings will be valuable to our clients both in and out of the tech sector,” Ed Zimmerman, co-founder and chairman of Lowenstein Sandler’s technology group, said in a statement.

“As clients continue to request and require nuanced and data-supported counsel, [Milgram] combines strong technology credentials with a prosecutorial background at the city, state and federal levels,” Zimmerman said.

At Lowenstein Sandler, Milgram expects to advise boards in the technology and financial sectors on matters related to corporate responsibility, regulatory and internal investigations, fraud violations, and compliance.

Milgram’s prosecutorial career began nearly 20 years ago. She served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan before becoming a federal prosecutor in the criminal section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division in 2001.

Following the resignation of former New Jersey Attorney General Zulima Farber in 2006, Milgram became acting attorney general for the state until she was officially appointed in 2007.

During her three-year tenure as attorney general, Milgram led investigations into gangs, securities fraud and public corruption and implemented a statewide initiative to curb violent crimes and improve public safety. She partnered with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow New Jersey to track the source of illegal firearms through a real-time nationwide electronic database.

“[Milgram] obviously is well-respected as a prosecutor, with experience in such areas as securities fraud and political corruption investigations,” said Michael Himmel, chairman of Lowenstein Sandler’s litigation department and white-collar defense practice, in a statement. “But she also brings a strong data analytics approach that will be very valuable to our clients and colleagues in internal investigations and criminal defense matters.”

Since departing the Attorney General’s Office, Milgram has remained committed to using data and technology to reform the criminal justice system. In a Ted Talk in 2013, Milgram spoke of her office’s use of data to drastically reduce crime in Camden, New Jersey, effectively taking it off the list of one of America’s most dangerous cities.

In addition to her work at NYU, Milgram served as a technical adviser on nearly 40 episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”