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Trial Attorney Certification

I am Certified as a Criminal Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The difference between a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and a criminal trial attorney is the process we go through to make sure that we know what we are doing. First, we must have 10 or more criminal trials through verdict completed. We must submit recommendations from 3 prosecutors that opposed us and 3 judges that presided over those trials. This information is submitted to a Board whose members are very experienced and certified criminal trial attorneys, both as to law and ethics. If the Board feels we have enough experience to take a 2-day test. We are presented with vignettes of objections; we must state what the objection is, what we would argue, and how the judge should rule. The time to answer each question is limited. The answers are submitted to the Board, which decides if we know enough to become certified as a Criminal Trial Attorney.

A Certified Criminal Trial Attorney must re-certify every 5 years. We must show that we have substantially participated in the practice of criminal trial law. We must also show that we have taken continuing legal education programs, more than the uncertified criminal defense attorneys are required to take.

I was Certified as a Criminal Trial Attorney in 1996. I have been re-certified ever since.

Professional Associations

I am a Trustee of the Criminal Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. I am a member of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Bergen County Bar Association.

In New York, I am a member of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York Criminal Bar Association, the New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Bronx Bar Association.

CLE Courses:

New York and New Jersey:

Thirty-Fourth Annual Metropolitan New York Trainer, 3/7/2020; Trial Practice with Rob Wells, Voir Dire, 4/21/2020; Common Errors in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, 4/27/2020; Forensic Fridays – DNA, 5/1/2020; New York State Discovery Amendments and Witness Identification, 5/6/2020; Ten Things to Know before Trying a Breath Test Case, 5/11/2020; Direct Examination, 5/12/2020; Cross Examination – part two, 5/26/2020; Forensic Fridays – DNA – Likelihood Ratios, CPI, STRMix, True Allele, 5/15/2020; Pretrial Federal Investigation, 6/18/2020; Second Circuit Criminal Law Roundup, 5/26/2020; Discovery and FOIL In the Aftermath of the Repeal of Civil Rights Law 50 – a, 6/25/2020; The Arrest and Presentment in Federal Court, 6/25/2020; Federal Discovery, Motions and Pretrial Hearings, 7/9/2020; DWI Refusal Hearings, 8/18/2020; The Intersection of Immigration Criminal and Family Law, 9/3/2020; NACDL – New Jersey, Super Saturday, 10/24/2020; In Depth Cross-Examination, 10/7 – 9/2020; DWI on Trial, the Big Apple XX, 10/28/2020; Yale Invitational Mock Trial, 11/14 – 15/2020.

New Jersey:

03/23/20 Webcast- Hot Topics in Municipal Court Law 2020 Seminar Handbook;04/20/20 Webcast- Winning Strategies for Municipal Court - How the Biggest Changes in DWI Law in 50 Years Will Affect Your Practice Seminar Handbook; 07/30/20 Webcast- Hot Topics in Criminal Law Seminar Handbook; 08/25/20 Webcast- NJ Gun Law: Case Update, Permitting Issues, Extreme Risk Protective Orders, and Domestic Seizures and Forfeitures Seminar Handbook; 09/09/20 Webcast- Tackling Jury Selection in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond Seminar Handbook; 09/14/20 Webcast- Municipal Courts in the Fast Lane: OPD, DMV, E-Filing, COVID and More Seminar Handbook;10/19/20 Webcast- The Cannabis Law Referendum, You and Your Clients – What You Need to Know Now Seminar Handbook