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About Me

Mr. Cleary received his B.S. from Providence College where he played in the NCAA Tournament as a member of the school's prestigious 1997 Elite 8 basketball team. In 2003 he graduated from Seton Hall Law School after serving as Class senator and Vice-President of the Irish American Law School Association (IALSA). From 2004-2006 he worked at the Office of the Public Defender Essex Adult Region. In 2006 he went into private practice and currently has an office in downtown Newark.  

He has handled all types of criminal cases ranging from disorderly persons offenses to homicide.  He has handled hundreds of DWI's and has lectured on the topic at NJ's Continuing Legal Education Seminars in Newark.


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    11 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    9 years, 100 cases



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Attorney Endorsements

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  • Marques Scott Goetsch

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Contact Info

Dennis S Cleary LLC

221 Washington St
Newark, NJ, 07102



Professional Misconduct

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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerLaw Office of Dennis S. Cleary, LLC2006 - Present
Public DefenderN.J. Public Defender2004 - 2006
law clerkNj Judiciary2003 - 2004
law clerkbendit weinstock2002 - 2003
paralegalMcElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP1999 - 2000
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Irish American Bar Association of New JerseyN/A2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2004 - Present
Essex County Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
state v hardingDismissed
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Publication NameTitleDate
NJ.comShort Hills Mall Carjacking: Four men plead not guilty2014
Newark Star LedgerBail Reform2014
Popular ScienceThe Artificial Network2011
New Jersey Law JournalSummary Contempt Reversed2008
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Providence Collegebusiness managementBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Association for Continuing Legal EducationMunicipal Matters in Superior court2013
Continuing Legal EducationDWI in Superior Court2012