I grew up in Monmouth County hearing stories about the law from my father who is a retired Municipal Court Judge. Growing up I was always around attorneys, and even remember on weekends as a kid sitting on the beach next to my dad listening to him answering calls about setting bail. Now, I continue to live in Monmouth County with my wife and my son. Although my dad was a Judge for the majority of my childhood, my family’s background was actually in the business industry here in Monmouth County. My great-grandfather emigrated from Greece and came to the United States through Ellis Island. He settled in Asbury Park where he worked as a barber, when Asbury Park was one of the premier resort destinations on the East Coast in the 1920s. My grandparents worked in the restaurant industry, and went on to own local franchises of Perkins restaurants, where I spent many hours as a kid. I remember seeing how hard they had to work to make a better life for me and for the rest of our family. My grandfather didn’t have higher than an elementary school education, but became a very successful businessman. I learned at a young age, that not all learning comes from books, and that common sense and real life experience are just as important as what you learn in school.
After graduating from law school I clerked for a Superior Court Judge, the Honorable Ira Kreizman (retired), in the Monmouth County Criminal Division. Judge Kreizman, another Monmouth County native, taught me valuable lessons about even the most serious Criminal Offenses, and the intricacies of the Criminal Code here in New Jersey and our Country as a whole. I enjoyed that experience and enjoyed learning about the Criminal Laws of New Jersey. At the end of my clerkship I wanted to continue to work in the field of Criminal Law, and became an Assistant Prosecutor in Monmouth County, where I worked for nearly five years. As an Assistant Prosecutor I worked on cases ranging from petty disorderly person offenses to homicide.
Now, in addition to representing people who have been injured by someone else's negligence, I work for people who have been charged with Criminal, DWI or Disorderly Person Offenses. I do my best to try to get to know each client, and to use everything at our disposal to reach the best possible outcome in a case. I understand that each person that I represent is a unique individual, with his or her own set of life experiences and circumstances that have unfortunately resulted in him or her needing an attorney. Whether someone is wrongfully accused of a crime, or has been charged with something far more serious than what they have done, I use my years of experience and relationships throughout the County to achieve the best result I can for each person.
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I have had the distinction of being both an adversary and a colleague to Mark Apostolou. Not only does he have a commanding knowledge of New Jersey criminal law and procedure from his years as a Monmouth County Prosecutor but his professionalism and dedication are unsurpassed. I highly recommend Mr. Apostolou.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|10 Best Client Satisfaction||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2015|
|Attorney||Shebell & Shebell, LLC||2012 - Present|
|Assistant Prosecutor||Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office||2007 - 2012|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Superior Court Of NJ, Monmouth Vicinage||2006 - 2007|
|Intern||Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office||2005 - 2005|
|Judicial Intern to Honorable Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, USMJ||United States District Court District Of New Jersey||2004 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Monmouth Legal Aid Society||Trustee||2015 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2014 - Present|
|New Jersey Association for Justice||Member||2012 - Present|
|Haydn Proctor Inn of Court||Barrister||2010 - Present|
|Monmouth Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Driving Under the Influence of Narcotics||Directed Verdict of Not Guilty|
|Driving While Intoxicated||Directed Verdict of Not Guilty|
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|Seton Hall University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|University of Richmond||Leadership||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|