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