New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has nominated his senior deputy chief counsel, Scott A. Coffina, to replace longtime Burlington County New Jersey prosecutor Robert Bernardi. The nomination must be confirmed by the Democrat-controlled Senate.

A former Drinker Biddle partner, Scott has served as a counsel to Gov. Christie since August 2015. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Scott joined the firm in 2012 from Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia. While a member of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Team, Scott focused his practice on internal investigations, False Claims Act litigation, political-legal controversies, and additional civil, criminal or regulatory enforcement actions. He also served on the Advisory Board to the firm’s District Policy Group.

From May 2007 until January 2009, Scott served in the White House as an associate counsel to President George W. Bush. Prior to that he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.