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Thomas Ambrosio

Criminal defense Attorney at Lyndhurst, NJ

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 33 years
    New Jersey - NJ 33 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    34 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    29 years, 50 cases

  3. Real estate

In 1989, Thomas Ambrosio a graduate of Seton Hall Law School, began his legal career as the law clerk to NJ Superior Court, Criminal Division Judge Piscatella. On the first day of his clerkship a man was sentenced to 4 years in prison for a minor drug offense. The prosecutors had 5 people and a probation officer on their side of the courtroom demanding the man be put in prison. The defendant had only a public defender and no family members or friends came to speak on behalf of the man soon to be spending a good chunk of his young life in prison.  The entire sentencing hearing took less than 10 minutes and a man's life was changed forever. Immediately after the sentence was pronounced the man was put into handcuffs and taken to a holding cell to then be put on a bus bound for prison. That was not fair! Thomas Ambrosio decided at that moment he wanted to become a criminal defense attorney. For the last 25 years Thomas Ambrosio has never forgotten how lopsided and unfair the criminal justice system is to defendants. He has continuously striven to even the playing field by using every legal technique and ounce of energy to defend the rights of his clients. He often reminds his clients that he is their only friend in the battle against the government and defends all his clients as if they were his own family member. 

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Thomas Ambrosio
750 Valley Brook Ave
Lyndhurst, NJ, 07071-1301


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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
I was thoroughly pleased with the services that Thomas Ambrosio provided. From the beginning he was honest and told me what to expect - he informed me about what could possibly happen. He is very aggressive and knowledgeable . He handled my case with ease.
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2016
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Great attorney!
Thomas assisted my husband in an insurance fraud investigation. Based upon his meeting with the investigators, the case was completely dismissed. He did a fantastic job! I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Kristen | February 24, 2016
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Dedicated, Knowledgable & Professional
Thomas is focused and gives you his full attention. He is knowledgeable and spot on. Everything he said would likely happen, happened. He explains things in a non-condescending fashion in order to leave you with a clear understanding of the situation. I hope I never need to use his services in the future, but if I ever find myself in a bad situation he will be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2016
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Great job
Mr Ambrosio helped me get out of a drug charge. I rehired him and he helped me in a big way with my divorce. He is professional, knows his stuff and calls you right back. He treats you like a human being. Very nice person too.
Posted by Alphonse | February 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
I had a State criminal matter in Essex County New Jersey many years ago. The matter was dismissed thanks to Tom Ambrosio. Once I hired Tom it was like my problem was put on auto pilot. He delved into the facts of my case like no one else had before him. That was over 15 years ago. Whenever I have any legal issues I call Tom Ambrosio. He treats me like a friend and always gives me well thought out advice. I know he specializes in criminal defense, but he has a wealth of knowledge about all kinds of areas of law from real estate, contracts, personal injury, bankruptcy, wills and estate, and family law - to name a few of the topics I have consulted with him over the years. If he does not know something he will tell me right off the bat he knows nothing about a particular topic. I am sure the reason he is such a good criminal defense attorney is that he has such a wide range of legal knowledge. His zeal to be a well rounded lawyer is matched by his persistent dedication to his clients.
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Posted by Jessica Menendez | February 11, 2016
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No Jail Time!!!
I was facing time due to some criminal matters I had gotten myself info. I met with Mr. Ambrosio. He took his time and made sure I knew what I going through and getting myself into every step of the way. I felt like he was a genuine person who truly care about me, and wanted to make sure I was not in jail, but with my family instead. Mr. Ambrosio works hard, and is very smart. But he makes it easy to talk to him. He doesn't look down at you like an idiot like most of these other attorneys do. I will forever be grateful for Mr. Ambrosio and his services. I high recommend him for any criminal matter you may have.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2016
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Mr. Ambrosio Helped Me With My Bank Fraud Case
Despite my charges, Thomas Ambrosio treated me with respect and was always honest, even when the news was difficult for me to hear. Most importantly, Mr. Ambrosio demonstrated a belief that everyone deserves quality representation throughout the legal process. Mr. Ambrosio worked diligently to ensure that I received the best possible services. I beyond highly recommend Thomas Ambrosio not only because he is very knowledgeable but because (most importantly to me) he truly cares about the client!!! When I was feeling judged by all, I knew that Mr. Ambrosio will still treat me with dignity and respect. I, without hesitation, recommend Thomas Ambrosio.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2016
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A great attorney and a great person
I have known Thomas both personally and professionally for more than twenty years. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and thorough. He has an excellent courtroom persona and is well liked by both juries and judges. Thomas has advised me on several legal matters over the last two decades and I have always found his advice to be thoughtful and useful. I recommend Thomas wholeheartedly to anyone needing top notch representation.
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Posted by Bella | December 3, 2015
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Dedicated and Give You 100% of His Attention
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Mr. Ambrosio. First of all, he works solo, so I was NOT pawned off to any other attorney like I have been in the past by other attorneys. Every time I called, I spoke with him or his helpful secretary. That to me alone was a huge plus. Aside from that, he is well rounded and very knowledgeable. Mr. Ambrosio has great interpersonal skills, which made me trust him on my case. He had nothing short of perseverance. My case required many hours of work with heavy research and lots of writing. Mr. Ambrosio was willing to put in the time it takes to get the job done. His excellent writing skills were apparent in his compelling arguments, briefs, motions, and other legal documents he prepared regarding my case. I highly recommend Mr. Ambrosio. You will not be disappointed if you use him as your attorney.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Attorney
  • NJ Federal Court
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Thomas Ambrosio, Esq.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Essex County Public Defender's Office
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Law Clerk to Frank Picatella, JSC Criminal Division
  • New Jersey Superior Court
  • 1989 - 1990
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  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1989
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • State vs. Wisnewski, Union County Superior Court
  • On appeal Superior Court suppressed blood results. DWI dismissed.
  • USA vs. Chung, Distirct of New Jersey
  • Hung Jury, mistrial declared. Ultimately client entered a plea and was not sentenced to prison.
  • USA vs. Hassan Fahmi Abrahim Amed Al Sadawi, US District Court, Brooklyn
  • Not Guilty all counts. Client returned to his home country of Egypt
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  • New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Act Attorney District of New Jersey
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2008 - Present
  • New Jersey PBA Legal Defense Plan
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section
  • Paperless Law Office and Trial Practice
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Thomas
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a fantastic criminal attorney. I would highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Thomas Ambrosio for several decades and from personal experience can enthusiastically endorse him as one of New Jersey's premier criminal defense attorneys. He is an expert in all phases of criminal defense and specializes in white collar crime in federal cases. He is renowned for his cross-examination which is critical to winning an acquittal. He is scrupulously honest and fair with his clients. Tom genuinely cares about his clients and is unwavering in his zeal to defend his clients to the upmost. He puts his heart and soul in every case and is unstinting in his efforts on behalf of each of his clients. He handles each case himself, thus assuring that you are always receiving his personal attention and expertise on your case. He is highly respected by his peers but also by the prosecutors and judges who try criminal defense cases. Tom thus possesses the unique combination of ability, experience and passion which assures the best possible outcome for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer all my criminal defense clients to Thomas Ambrosio. He is professional, personable and passionate about defending his clients rights. A seasoned, dedicated and highly gifted litigator Thomas combines his years of experience, mastery of criminal law and commitment to his client into what is always the best defense. If you have a client that is facing a Federal or State criminal case I would unequivocally recommend you contact Thomas Ambrosio immediately."
Federal crime Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and recommend him to all of my clients who have been charged with serious criminal offenses. Thomas is a dedicated Criminal Trial Attorney whose goal is to obtain justice for all of his clients. He has successfully represented defendants charged with offenses that carry the potential of significant jail time, including life in prison. He has a particular talent for handling white collar offenses where the defendants are charged with complicated and sometimes esoteric offenses. While he works hard in appropriate cases to negotiate just results, when necessary he defends and wins criminal trials. I strongly recommend Thomas Ambrosio, Esq."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas is one of the best criminal defense attorneys out there. He is an experienced and effective trial attorney and is thorough in all other areas of representation including negotiating pleas and obtaining great sentences for his clients. He is a compassionate advocate, and is well respected by his peers and the judiciary. He is experienced in both federal and state criminal law, as well as municipal offenses including DUIs. I highly recommend Thomas Ambrosio."
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