Education

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court, New Jersey

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION 

  • Direct and Cross of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • Confronting a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) in a DWI Trial
  • Do You Really Need a Warrant to Draw Blood (Missouri v. McNeely)
  • The Legalities of Field Sobriety Testing; A Physician’s Perspective
  • Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy Summer Institute
  • Trial Evidence:  Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom
  • Jury Selection
  • Computer Related Scientific and Technical Defenses in Alcotest Cases Opening Statements
  • Opening Statements
  • Closings
  • DWI on Trial – The Big Apple XIII (NCDD Course)
  • Criminal Law Institute; Criminal Law College : Handling a Criminal Case from Arraignment to Appeal
  • Miscellaneous Criminal Proceedings
  • Criminal Trial Preparation (also 2005, 2x 2010)
  • Prosecuting and Defending the Public Official or Police Officer
  • Appellate Practice for Criminal Trial Attorneys
  • Cross Examination of Field Sobriety
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Dispositions and Defense Counsel’s Duty to Advise under Padilla and Nunez-Valdez
  • Auto Stops, Home Searches & the 4th Amendment
  • Handling Drug, DWI & Serious Motor Vehicle Cases in Municipal Court
  • Criminal Motion Practice
  • Direct Examination of Parties and Experts
  • Trying the Sexual Assault Case
  • Stop Tickets
  • Motion Practice and Settlement Strategies
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Municipal Court for the Initiated
  • Municipal Court Bench Bar
  • Ethics in Settlement Negotiation
  • Ethics in Municipal Court
  • White Collar Crime
  • Morris Pashman Inn of Court – Pupil,  2010 – 2012, Graduated June, 2012
  • Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc. Operator Trainnig Certification for the Draeger Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C
  • Instructor – Municipal Court Laurick and other Post Conviction Relief Motions
  • Cross-Examination of Plaintiff and Defendant
  • A Step by Step Review of the Twelve Foundational Documents of State v. Chun
  • The Jersey Sting; Ethics – Lawyers Guide to Professionalism
  • DWI Update 2012
  • Non-DWI in Municipal Court.
  • The Impact of Municipal Court Convictions on Immigration
  • Cross-Examination
  • DWI Update Advanced
  • DWI Update (regular)
  • Damages and Remedies
  • Discovery/New Rules Regarding E-Discovery
  • New Jersey Rules of Evidence
  • Ethics in Municipal Court; Building Your Criminal Case at the Initial Stage
  • The Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
  • Municipal Court Bench Bar Conference
  • The Etco Hardt Controversy
  • Municipal Court Bench Bar Conference
  • DWI Update
  • History of the Inns, Goals
  • Professionalism in the Law, District Ethics Presentation; Legal Ethics

POLICE TRAINING AND EDUCATION

  • Police Officer, 1995 – 2001
  • Certified Police Officer – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.)
  • Certified Firearms Instructor – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified to perform CPR – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Distinguished Pistol Expert –Highest Level– State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified to Operate Defibrillator – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety.
  • Certified AAA Driver Improvement Course
  • Certified Breathalyzer Operator – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified in High Risk Situational Survival – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified in High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Advanced Training Narcotics Course – John Jay University School of Criminal Justice, FBI, DEA, ATF, NYPD, New York State Police, US Customs
  • Bergen County Rapid Deployment Force (RDF)
  • Use of Force Training
  • High Speed Pursuit Guidelines Training

LEGAL PUBLICATIONS

How to Dismiss a Grand Jury Indictment Based on an Exculpatory Statement”, 2010

DWI/DUI – Objecting to Lab Results; Preserving Blood/Urine Sample; Challenging Chain of Custody”, 2010  

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Florida State Bar Association (FSBA)
  • FSBA, Young Lawyers Division
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Broward County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA)
  • NJSBA, Criminal Law Section
  • NJSBA, Municipal Court Practice Section
  • NJSBA, Young Lawyers Division, 2009 – 2011
  • Bergen County Bar Association (BCBA)
  • BCBA, Criminal Practice Committee Member
  • BCBA, Municipal Practice Committee Member
  • Police Benevolent Association, Local 102
  • Police Benevolent Association, Local 600 Retired Members
  • Honor Legion, New Jersey

National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), 2012
PRO BONO 

  • Secretary, NJSBA, Municipal Court Practice Section, 2012 – present
  • Co-Chairman, Legal Affairs Committee, PBA Local 600, 2011
  • Legislative Coordinator – NJSBA, Municipal Court Practice Section, 2011
  • Criminal Practice Committee Member – Bergen County Bar Association 2011 – present
  • Municipal Court Committee Member – Bergen County Bar Association 2011 – present
  • General Council Member – NJSBA, 2011 – present

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES 

On behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association, testified before the New Jersey Assembly, Assembly Judiciary Committee regarding Assembly Bill A-1848, which imposes limits on fees charges for discovery in municipal courts.  May 14, 2012.

On behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association, testified before the New Jersey Assembly, Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee regarding Assembly Bill A-1844, which makes discretionary driver’s license suspension for the first offense of driving without motor vehicle insurance.  May 14, 2012.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

  • Post-Conviction Relief Seminar – ICLE, 2012
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Annual Conference, 2013 – Municipal Court for the Initiated Seminar

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Top Young Attorneys in New Jersey, Rising Stars, as published in New Jersey Monthly, 2012 & 2013
  • CPR Lifesaving Award – New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association
  • CPR Lifesaving Award – Little Ferry First Aid Corps.
  • Received numerous letters of commendation for valor as a police officer.

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