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Joseph R. Donahue

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Joseph R. Donahue is a Certifed Criminal Trial Attorney whose practice is devoted almost exclusively to Criminal Defense and DWI/DUI Defense in Northern New Jersey's State, Federal and Municipal Courts.  Mr. Donahue is a former Bergen County Assistant Prosecutor where he served as Chief of the Criminal Investigations Squad and Assistant Chief of the Trial Section.  Since 1998 he has been practicing Criminal Defense and DWI/DUI Defense in New Jersey.  Mr. Donahue is a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense and has been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in New Jersey.  Mr. Donahue is a former US Marine who served honorably during the Gulf War.      


Languages spoken: Spanish, Portuguese, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    25 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    18 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    18 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Mr. Donahue is a well respected professional who achieves results for his clients. I've worked on several cases with him and he consistently achieves excellent results for his clients.


    Joseph Horn Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jae Sang Lee

    Mr. Donahue and I have worked together on a number of Federal and State criminal matters and I can say from personal experience that he is an exceptional attorney. He is my first call when I need to refer a New Jersey criminal case because I respect the debth of his experience and thorough preparation on each matter.


    Jae Lee Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Brickfield & Donahue

70 Grand Avenue, Suite 100
River Edge, NJ, 07661-1935


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - NJThe National Trial Lawyers2016
Super Lawyer - Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2016
Special Ethics MasterSupreme Court of New Jersey2016
Chair, Dist. IIB Attoney Ethics CommitteeNJ Office of Attorney Ethics2009
Certified Criminal Trial AttorneySupreme Court of New Jersey2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerBrickfield & Donahue2001 - Present
AssociateReed Smith1999 - 2001
AssociateWaters McPherson McNeill1998 - 1999
Assistant ProsecutorBergen County Prosecutor's Office1991 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Bergen County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New JerseyMember1998 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Boston UniversityFinanceMBA - Master of Business Administration1987
Georgetown UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1981