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Sara Sencer Mc Ardle

Criminal defense Attorney at Parsippany, NJ

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sara

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I was a  prosecutor for twenty-two years with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office and am certified as a criminal trial attorney. As an an Assitant Prosecutor, I worked in the juvenile, adult trial, appellate and expungment sections.  I was a deputy first assistant for 1 1/2 years and Director of the Child Abuse Unit for 8 years.  

I  have tried one of the longest running jury trials in the State of New Jersey and over the course of my tenure at the Prosecutor's Office tried over 100 trials both jury and nonjury. 

I retired from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office 11 years ago and since that time have been handling criminal defense and family matters. 

My firm practices in the areas of criminal defense and  family law.  We practice in both the Superior and Municipal courts.  Representative family matters handled by our firm include divorce, custody, domestic violence, and post-judgment litigation. We also handle cases from the Division of Youth and Family Services now called the Diivision of Child Protection and Permanency.  Representativie criminal cases handled by our firm include drug offenses, weapons offenses, DUI, and theft.  

I am concerned about each and every person who becomes my client and work extrmely hard to insure the best outcome possible in each and every case. We give a free consultation for family and criminal law matters.

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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
From the very first consultation through to the final court appearance Sara was honest, receptive and very knowledgeable with the legal system. Sara was on top of everything from requesting discovery to communicating with me. The case ended up being dismissed with prejudice due to the prosecution being unable to provide requested discovery even after the judge gave them another 30 days (sounds like there was no evidence). Her fees were reasonable and service exceptional!! Great staff as well!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
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She is honest, quick and efficient!
Sara Senser McArtle is a great lawyer. She recently did my divorce and quickly noticed potential problems with what the outside mediator had written up. She is honest, reasonable and an excellent negotiator.
Posted by Nicole | August 11, 2018
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Hard working and effective problem solver
Sara was recommended to me so I contacted her, did a free consult and hired her on the spot. She resolved the issues with my domestic violence case return phone calls promptly and went out of her way to be accommodating. If I ever needed leagal assistance again I would not hesitate to use her firm. She advised me in the best way possible and the end result saved me time, money and stress. No bs this woman is on point.
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Posted by Dominic | April 26, 2018
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Brilliant, Thoughtful, & Respected
Sara is beyond words an incredible attorney!! I hired her for my divorce because of her impressive experience, knowledge of the legal system, and the experts who recommended her within the industry. She knows how to navigate towards a solution and I felt like She was there for me at every turn, with every question, and every time emotions ran hot. She is thoughtful in her approach, out to settle the case without undue legal fees, respectful of both parties and the legal system, sensitive to what you are going through, and protects you at every turn. I am blessed to have her on my side and cannot recommend her highly enough!! Divorce is a long, tiring, emotional, and challenging process. You need someone who is out for the fastest and fairest resolution.
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Posted by Judith Joan Sullivan | January 2, 2017
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Smart, emotionally intelligent, patient. Great lawyer.
Sara is an excellent attorney with lots of patience and an unusual ability to allow clients to really participate in a case. She is an amazingly smart person and has a great deal of emotional intelligence. She is definitely someone I would recommend.
Posted by Frank | August 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great, knowledgable attorney
Sara just recently arranged for an old order to be vacated. It was obvious that she has had lots of experience in these matters and was very accommodating. Her fees are comparable to other attorneys in the area but she did everything she could to ensure that this would not be a lengthy or expensive process. I would highly recommend Sara should you need an attorney.
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Posted by Veronica | March 15, 2016
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Great Job - Compassionate Lawyer
Sara did a wonderful job working with our son and with us over the past few months. It is very complicated working with the legal system, and we would not know how to approach things on our own. Sara worked well with our son preparing him for court and helping him to understand the parole process. Sara speaks very clearly and makes sure that everyone understands all of the legal terms. We felt like Sara always had our sons best interest in mind. If you are looking for an attorney who is caring and takes as much time needed to explain the situation, we would highly recommend Sara.
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Posted by Mike | October 9, 2015
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Excellent Divorce Attorney
Dear Mrs. McArdle I wanted to take the time to thank you for all the hard work, effort, advice and dedication you and your office provided to me during my recent divorce. I know that your firm handles many divorces a year but this one was exceptionally different from most divorces and required an attorney with incredible patience and knowledge of proceedings. Because my former spouse decided not to participate in the process, and did not want her location known, this case required extraordinary patience on my part. You and your staff were there every step of the way with me. You advised me to go the extra mile each time to ensure that we were doing every effort to contact my former spouse and attempt to get her involved. You advised me to be patient and let the process play out, and then used the process to our advantage to keep the Court moving the case along. Your staff showed dedication, keeping in constant contact with me during the late night hours during the many attempts to have my former spouse served by private investigators. Mostly, I am incredibly grateful with the amount of research you did to make sure that we were handling this unique situation correctly. You went out of your way, not only to consult with the other attorneys in your office, but to contact outside attorneys to get their opinion on how to proceed, and if they had ever had a divorce that was this unique. That however, was not enough for you. You took the time to also contact friends who had become Judges and asked them if this case came before them how they would have liked to see this proceed. When it came to equitable distribution, you and your team helped me come up with a solution that I could feel comfortable with, and one that we felt the Court would accept. I would also be remiss, if I did not mention how grateful I am for the many multi-attorney consultations, but only receiving charges for your normal rate. Lastly, the preparation you displayed as we headed to trial was second to none. We both felt that it was unlikely that my former spouse would show for the proceedings, but you took the time to prepare me as if we were going to go on Trial. You took the time to create a large booklet of all the events and documentation, not just for us but one for the Judge as well. Due to this effort, and your offices attention to details, we were able to make the Judge comfortable that we took every step to contact my former wife and were fair in our offering to her. I cannot thank you, Sara, and your office enough for calmly navigating me through a very difficult time in my life and helping it to come to a very rapid conclusion. In closing, I would and have recommended you and your firm to people I know seeking legal counsel, and will continue to do so. All my Best, Michael Pisani
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Posted by Karen | October 8, 2015
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Like trusting a family member
Whenever I am dealing with anyone in Sara's office I feel like I am a priority. Her office is like a family, honest and supportive. They treat me like a person and a friend, never like it is just business. I always have their support , especially when taking such giant steps at starting a new life.
Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2015
Sara and Kevin McArdle are who you need on your side.
I had a case that dealt with 2 types of offenses, D.V. and criminal. I contacted an attorney who was highly rated on Avvo, but only did family. She then referred me to Sara and her team. What a team, I must say. The whole time they had mine and my children's best interests in mind without jeopardizing the normalcy that my kids may have lost if my wife or I have done things differently. They were straight shooters. No sugar coating. If they thought I would get a something to go in my favor, they would pursue that only. Never had they given me empty promises. All recommendations were based on the facts and the laws that supported them. Sara and Kevin are well versed in the law, hold with them tons of experience, and have a great staff behind them. If you need truth and no holds barred treatment, these are your attorneys. I will definitely be using them in the future for any legal affairs or advice I need. They are available at a drop of a hat, and quickly get back to you, if they are busy with another client. I am extremely satisfied with my outcome and am now focusing on the future with my kids. I avoided prison and my record is intact, more than what I thought I was going to get when I signed up with them. Kevin and Sara kept saying they were going fight for me, and fight they did. I am eternally grateful to both of them and their team too. 10 out of 10 in my book. Thanks again .
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Sara Sencer Mc Ardle, LLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Director
  • Child Abuse Unit
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Director
  • Child Abuse Unit
  • 1984 - 1990
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Essex County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1980 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Fred. C Galda
  • 1979 - 1980
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  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Temple University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1971

Legal Cases

  • State v. D.R.
  • State v. H.A.
  • DCPP v. D.F.
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  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Criminal Division
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Of New Jersey
  • New Jersey Monthly
  • 2012
  • Wynona Lipman Child Advocacy Center Award
  • Wynona Lipman Child Advocacy Center
  • 2002
  • Division of Youth & Family Service Award
  • Division of Youth & Family Service
  • 1986
  • Certified Attorney
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 1983
  • David Pugh Award
  • University of Toledo School of Law
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • New Jersey Attorney General Prosecutor's
  • Child Abuse, Gambling, Search & Seizure, Introduction to the Criminal Laws of New Jersey
  • 2002
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Criminal Practice Forum
  • 1994
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Child Exploitation Cases
  • 1992
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Skills & Methods
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Sara
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sara is a seasoned trial attorney and a zealous advocate for her clients. I highly recommend her!"
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Sara Mc Ardle for many years. As a former Essex County Prosecutor, head of the child abuse unit, she is uniquely capable at handling child abuse, family law and criminal matters. Though she can be a tough litigator, her unique gift her is wisdom and tempered approach, analytical ability and her constant quest for pragmatic solutions to complex problems. I have referred her many cases over the years, and working together, we have helped many families achieve reunification. In many cases, I have referred my clients to her for criminal defense representation. She is a consummate professional, a trusted advisor and a genuinely caring individual. I highly recommend her services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am pleased to endorse this lawyer. She is tough but fair, knowledgeable about the law and a passionate champion for her clients. More important, she knows when to press her point and when to settle."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sara is always professional and works in the best interest of her client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Sara to be a highly dedicated and ex[erienced attorney who cares and works hard for her clients"