Jeffrey S. Ziegelheim
, Esq - Associate
Jeffrey S. Ziegelheim, Esq.
Jeffrey Ziegelheim joins Eric M. Bernstein & Associates, L.L.C. after completing over twenty (20) plus years in various public sector positions, most recently as Bergen County Counsel.
Mr. Ziegelheim began his career as an Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor.
While there, he served in the Career Criminal Unit and prosecuted those criminals deemed habitual, violent offenders and in need of extended terms of incarceration.
Mr. Ziegelheim was subsequently named as section chief of the Hudson County Narcotics Task Force and was ultimately responsible for the investigation, interdiction and prosecution of several hundred offenders of the Controlled Dangerous Substances Act.
Additionally, Mr. Ziegelheim continuously served as special counsel to the Hudson County Prosecutors Office Homicide Squad, wherein he successfully prosecuted numerous individuals charged with murder, and participated in the prosecution of two (2) capital causes.
Thereafter, Mr. Ziegelheim joined the Office of the Bergen County Prosecutor.
While there, he served as Chief of the Confidential Investigations Unit, whose function it was to investigate and prosecute those individuals involved in political and government corruption.
He was further charged with the responsibility of overseeing the Internal Affairs function for his Office, as well as the sixty-nine (69) municipal police agencies within the county.
was subsequently elevated to the position of Deputy Executive Assistant Prosecutor.
In that capacity, Mr. Ziegelheim was responsible for the conduct of labor negotiations on behalf of the County Prosecutor, oversaw and handled a number of civil litigation and workers compensation matters and served as counsel to the County Prosecutor on all confidential matters.
was further responsible for the management, investigation, and when applicable, actual representation of the Office in employment matters at both administrative hearings and in the Superior Court, as well as the Appellate Division.
At the conclusion of his career in law enforcement, Mr. Ziegelheim became the County Counsel for the County of Bergen.
In that capacity, Mr. Ziegelheim served as a confidential advisor to the County Executive and was responsible for the oversight of a workforce in excess of twenty four hundred employees, including a staff of seven (7) attorneys within the County Counsel's Office.
On behalf of the County
successfully renegotiated contracts deemed excessive and was responsible for the successful implementation of a large scale reduction in work force.
Moreover, Mr. Ziegelheim
was responsible for implementing a successful strategy to remediate contaminated soils found on county property and successfully negotiated the purchase of real property which will be utilized to house a new County
Central Municipal Court.
Lastly, Mr. Ziegelheim
has at all times worked in harmony with government officials to further the cause of shared services, for both county and municipal governments.
Jeffrey S. Ziegelheim, Esq - Associate