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Joseph D. Rotella

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Phone: 973-621-0333
Fax: 973-621-0080

744 Broad St
#1520
Newark, New Jersey 07102

I have served as a New Jersey criminal defense attorney for 28 years. I am recognized as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. I am also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). The NBTA, accredited by the American Bar Association, uses objective standards and intense criteria to determine if an attorney should be granted the designation of Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist. My experience and tenacity are well known throughout Northern New Jersey's State, Federal, and Municipal Courts. I have been elected as President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer of N.J., which is the Criminal Defense Bar Association of the state. In addition to representing clients in Newark and neighboring cities, my office often works with defendants in

  • Essex
  • Passaic
  • Middlesex
  • Morris
  • Bergen
  • Union and
  • Hudson Counties.

I have also represented clients from other parts of the country who are being investigated for criminal activity which occurred while they were residents of New Jersey.

In addition to my role as a New Jersey criminal defense attorney, I provide expert legal analysis to news agencies regarding current events and changes in the legal system. I am also a frequent lecturer at New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Seminars. I am a Vice President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I am also the immediate past President of the Inns of Court. Superb

Education
  • J.D., Whittier Law School, 1986
    Cum Laude
    Dean's List + Honor Roll All 3 years
    High Honors in Trial Advocacy
  • B.S., Seton Hall University, 1983
    Political Science
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • New Jersey, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, District of N.J., 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of N.Y., 1998
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of N.Y.
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
    President 2014-2015
    Officer 2009-2014
    Member, Seminar + Education Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    Life Member
    White Collar Crime Committee
  • New Jersey SuperLawyer - Criminal Defense
    2006-2014
  • Vanderbilt American Inn of Court
    President 2001-2002
    Master
  • American Inns of Courts Foundation
    Regional Chairman
    Annual Meeting Steering Committee
    National Education Committee
  • Essex County Bar Association
    Criminal Practice Committee
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    2012 to present
Certification/Specialties

Criminal Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court

Criminal Trial, National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

Classes/Seminars Taught

Frequent Lecturer, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Seminars

Legal Specialties and Certifications

N.J. Supreme Court, Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, 1997

National Board of Trial Advocacy, Criminal Trial Advocacy, 1998


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