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Alan L. Zegas has received many prominent honors over the course of his career, and he has achieved successful results in some of the most difficult cases litigated in the State of New Jersey. 

Mr. Zegas has been named in "The Best Lawyers in America", "The Best Lawyers in New Jersey", "Superlawyers", "The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Prominent Attorneys", and "Who's Who in America".

Mr. Zegas has served on the adjunct faculty of Rutgers Law School - Newark, and he regularly lectures for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is a former president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, and a former Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has also served as a trustee for the New Jersey Bar Association.

A graduate of Rutgers Law School - Newark, Mr. Zegas served as the Editor-In-Chief of the Rutgers Law Review. Mr. Zegas received a Bachelor's of Science Degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from The Harvard Business School.

Among the celebrated cases that Mr. Zegas has litigated, include his having served recently as co-counsel to Newark's former Mayor, Sharpe James. Mr. Zegas also represented Bryan Grober in the "Glen Ridge" case, which involved the alleged assault of a mentally-challenged woman by high school athletes. In addition, Mr. Zegas represented Margaret Kelly Michaels in a landmark case that set standards law enforcement must follow in sexual assault cases.

Mr. Zegas obtained acquittals in federal court for Victor Botnick, a former staff member of New York Mayor Edward Koch, and Peter Obi, who was charged with Medicare fraud. 

The New Jersey Supreme Court has asked Mr. Zegas to sit on numerous of its special committees over the years, including the Evidence Committee, the Committee on Criminal Practice, and the Criminal Charge Committee.

Mr. Zegas has frequently been quoted as an expert attorney by The New York Times, Star Ledger, New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Lawyer, Bergen Record, CBS radio and he makes frequent appearances as a commentator on Court TV, and has also on "60 Minutes" and on the news stations in major United States markets.

The author of numerous articles on criminal and civil trial and appellate practice, Mr. Zegas is also a regular Lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Criminal Law, Federal Practice, Appellate Practice, Computer Crimes, and Trial Practice.

Mr. Zegas has run in five New York marathons, enjoys playing the piano and is an avid reader of biographies. 

Admitted: 1981, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1982, New York and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1984, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1987, U.S. Supreme Court 

Law School: Rutgers University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1981 

College: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, B.S., 1974; Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, M.B.A., 1978 

Member: The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (President, 1998-1999);New Jersey State Bar Association (Trustee, 1986-1988; Vice-Chairman, Young Lawyers Division, 1985-1986; Trustee, Criminal Law Section, 1987—; Second Vice-Chair, Criminal Law Section, 1993-1994; Chair, Criminal Law Section, 1995-1996; Member, Executive Committee Federal Practice, 1990; Trustee, 1989-1994; Secretary/Treasurer, 1994-1995; Vice Chair, 1995-1998).

Biography: Editor-in-Chief, Rutgers Law Review, 1980-1981. Law Clerk, Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, U.S. District Court, 1981-1983. Listed in: The Best Lawyers in America; Best Lawyers in New Jersey, New Jersey Monthly; National Directory of Criminal Lawyers; Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys (General, Criminal and Civil Trial, and Appellate Practice). Author: "Summary of Criminal Law Decisions of the New Jersey Supreme Court," New Jersey Law Journal, 1992—; "Personal Letters: A Dilemma for Copyright and Privacy Law," 33 Rutgers Law Review 134, 1980. Lecturer: Civil, Criminal, Appellate and Federal Law, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987—. Adjunct Faculty Member, Rutgers Law School, 1984-1988. Chairman, Sub-Committee on the Availability of Legal Services for the Elderly, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1982-1984. Executive Committee, Essex County Representative, Young Lawyer's Section, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1983-1985. Member, Availability of Legal Services Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1982-1985. Alumni Council, Rutgers Law School, 1983—. Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice, 1993—. Reader, New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners, 1985. Secretary, University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club, 1986-1987. Chairman, Lawyers Referral Service Committee, Essex County Bar Association, 1986-1987. Moderator, National Criminal Law and Procedure Forum, Lexis Counsel Connect, 1994—. Master, C. Willard Heckel Inns of Court, 1993—.

Born: Newark, New Jersey, October 28, 1952 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Appeals: 20%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 10%



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The Law Offices of Alan L. Zegas

552 Main Street
Chatham, NJ, 07928


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 National Law & PoliticsNew Jersey Monthly Magazine2015
Ten Leaders of the Criminal Bar in Northern New JerseyDigital Press International2015
Distinguished Service To The BarNew Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education2009
Top 10 Attorneys in Northern New JerseyDigital Press InternationalN/A
Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in NJNew Jersey Monthly MagazineN/A
Tier 1 Premier Appellate PractictionersU.S. News & World ReportN/A
The Best Lawyers in America - Peer Review SurveyBest LawyersN/A
50 Most Interesting People in New JerseyNew Jersey MagazineN/A
SuperLawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers magazineN/A
Distinguished Criminal Defense LawyersNational Directory of Criminal lawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerAlan L. Zegas1984 - Present
AssociateRobinson, Wayne, LEvin, Riccio & Lasala1981 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Jersey State Bar AssociationRepresentative2013 - Present
Third Circuit Federal Court of AppealsChair2002 - 2004
Morris County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionChair2002 - 2004
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New JerseyPast President1998 - 1999
New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure SectionVice-Chair1995 - 1998
New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionFormer Chair1995 - 1996
New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure SectionSecretary1994 - 1995
New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure SectionTreasurer1994 - 1995
New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionSecond Vice-Chair1993 - 1994
New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure SectionExecutive Committee1990 - 1990
New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure SectionTrustee1989 - 1994
New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionTrustee1987 - 1988
New Jersey State Bar AssociationTrustee1986 - 1988
New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionVice-Chair1985 - 1986
New Jersey Supreme Court Commmittee on Civil & Criminal PracticeAppointed MemberN/A
United States District Court for the District of New JerseyAppointed MemberN/A
Lexis Counsel ConnectModeratorN/A
Rutger's Law SchoolFormer Adjunct Faculty MemberN/A
New Jersey Bar ExaminationFormer ReaderN/A
University of Pennsylvania Alumni ClubFormer SecretaryN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. MichaelsOverturned
State v. FordAcquittal
State v. Grober, et alAcquittal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Gann Law BooksGann's New Jersey Evidence2015
Lexis Nexis PublishingNew Jersey Criminal Procedure2014
The New Jersey Lawyer MagazineBail in The State and Federal Courts1994
New Jersey Law Journal BooksFederal Pretrial Orders - ChapterN/A
Federal Civil Practice ManualPretrial Orders - ChapterN/A
New Jersey Law JournalAnnual Review of New Jersey Supreme Court Criminal Law DecisionsN/A
New Jersey Law JournalUse of Proffers under the Federal Bail Reform Act of 1984N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Harvard UniversityBusiness AdministrationMA - Masters1978
University of PennsylvaniaFinance/CommerceBS - Bachelor of Science1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Paterson Police DepartmentState Police New TraineesN/A
Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Criminal Law LectureLectureN/A