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Regarded as one of the "go to" criminal defense lawyers in New Jersey,  Brian J. Neary devotes his entire practice to the defense of those accused of crimes and serious motor vehicle offenses. Widely known in courthouses and in the press as "the lawyer with the bow-tie," Mr. Neary is a certified criminal trial lawyer, a recognized legal educator and media commentator, and a dedicated bar leader. He is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer in both the State and Federal courts.


Mr. Neary graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1973 where he received high honors and was admitted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from New York University in 1976. For more than 20 years, Mr. Neary has served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law in Newark. He also teaches criminal law and trial advocacy courses attended by judges and lawyers.


Since 1982, Mr. Neary  has been certified as a criminal trial attorney by both the New Jersey Supreme Court and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Both honors recognized his experience and continued education in advocacy. For over 35 years, Brian J. Neary has tried countless criminal cases, ranging from murder, sexual offenses, fraud and other types of criminal cases in the state courts to white collar and other types of cases in the federal courts, including some of the most high-profile political corruption cases in New Jersey over the past decade.


Mr. Neary's peers recognize his reputation for excellence in selecting him as one of the State's Top 100 lawyers for the past ten years in the New Jersey Super Lawyers publication. For over 20 years, Brian J. Neary has been named in Best Lawyers in America for numerous categories in criminal defense. The law firm is cited as a "Best Law Firm" by US News & World Report.  He has also appeared as a criminal law consultant on national television and radio programs. In addition, he has received Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious AV-Preeminent* rating.


Mr. Neary represents clients throughout New Jersey and New York City. He is licensed to practice law in the state courts of New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Mr. Neary is also licensed in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Areas of Practice: Criminal Law  Federal Crimes Street Crimes Homicide / Murder  Sexual Assault  Stalking Internet Crimes  Drug / CDS / School Zone Offenses Cultivation Money Laundering  Wire Fraud  Monetary Transactions in Criminally Derived Property  Shipping Container Cases Driving while Intoxicated  Death by Auto Firearms Bomb & Weapons Offenses  Theft Shoplifting  Fraud  Political Corruption  Commercial Bribery  Gambling Bookmaking & Sports Betting OffensesWiretaps Terrorism  Airplane / Aviation Crimes  Parole and Probation Violations Domestic Violence / Restraining Orders Organized Crime and Racketeering Forfeitures SEC violations Environmental Crimes Counterfeit goods and media College Campus & Dormitory Crimes Cell Phone Crimes Medicaid / Medicare / Social Security & Unemployment Crimes  Bias Intimidation Crimes.


Bar Admission:  New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts  U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York,  U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York,



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Federal Crime: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Brian J. Neary

21 Main Street Suite 305A
Court Plaza South, East Wing
Hackensack, NJ, 07601

Law Offices of Bran J. Neary, Esq.

Harborside Financial Center Plaza 10 Suite 1201
3 Second Street
Jersey City, NJ, 07311-3988

Law Offices of Brian J. Neary, Esq.

15 Maiden Lane
Suite 1008
New York, NY, 10038



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bergen's Top Lawyer201 Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Best Lawyer - DUI DefenseBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Best Lawyer - Non-White Collar DefenseBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Best Lawyer in America - White Collar DefenseBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Super Lawyer (NJ Top 100)Journal of Law and Public PolicyN/A
FellowAmerican Bar FoundationN/A
FellowAmerican Board of Criminal LawyersN/A
FellowAmerican College of Trial LawyersN/A
Tier 1 Best Law FirmsU.S. News & World ReportN/A
Top 100Super Lawyers MagazineN/A
Certified Criminal Trial Advocate SpecialistNational Board of Trial AdvocacyN/A
Certified Criminal Trial AttorneySupreme Court of New Jersey, Board of CertificationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorRutgers Law School1983 - Present
Associate CounselNew York State Executive Advisory Commission1981 - 1982
Assistant ProsecutorBergen County Prosecutor's Office1977 - 1981
Assistant ProsecutorHudson County Prosecutor's Office1976 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hudson County Bar AssociationPresident2012 - 2013
New Jersey State Bar AssociationLegislative Committee2012 - Present
Hudson County Bar AssociationSecretary2007 - 2011
Hudson Inn of CourtMaster in Trial Advocacy2003 - Present
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New JerseyPresident1997 - 1998
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New JerseyBoard of Trustees1987 - 1992
Bergen County Bar Association, Criminal Law CommitteeChair1987 - 1990
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member1983 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Board of Criminal LawyersFellowN/A
American Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Hudson County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Grober, 595 F. Supp. 2d 382 (D.N.J. 2008).Change in sentencing
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of Notre DameSociologyAB Phi Beta Kappa1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education at Rutgers School of Law-NewarkCriminal Motions: Theory, Practice and Strategies in NJ2014
New Jersey Bar AssociationCriminal Trial Advocacy Summer Institute2013
New Jersey Bar AssociationCriminal Law Bench Bar2013
Meadowlands Seminar 2013Criminal Trial Law2013
Hudson County Bar AssociationDrug Court-New Laws New Rules2013
Hudson County Bar AssociationCriminal Division Bench Bar2013
Hudson County Bar AssociationYear in Review, Criminal Section2013
NJSBA Annual meeting and conventionInside The Jersey Sting2012
New Jersey Bar AssociationCriminal Law Bench Bar2012
Hudson County Bar AssociationYear in Review, Criminal Section2012
Expungement: Clear Up a Client's Criminal RecordExpungements2012
Criminal Practice CommitteeExpungements2012
New Jersey Bar AssociationTrying a Homicide Case2011
CLE ProgramCriminal Motions2011
New Jersey Association for JusticeInside the Jersey Sting2010