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Howard Woodley Bailey

Appeals Attorney at Newark, NJ

4.8   32 reviews
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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Howard

Learn Howard’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    80%
    Post Conviction Relief (PCR) petitions, Appeals, and Motions for Reconsideration of the Sentence Imposed, are all actions to correct an error that happened in a criminal case. Call to discuss your options.

    21 years, 150 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    10%
    Megan's Law Tiering & Motion to Terminate. The tier you are placed in determines the scope of your registration obligations. If you have met the obligations, a motion to terminate Megan's registration can be filed. Call for a free consultation.

    37 years, 10,000 cases

  3. Expungement
    10%
    NJ permits you to get your record cleared, but there are requirements to expunging your record. Call to discuss if you are eligible now, and if not, how soon you can begin the process.

    21 years, 250 cases

NJ CRIMINAL TRIAL ATTORNEY. EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.

SPECIALIZING IN POST-CONVICTION RELIEF (PCR); APPEALS; MOTIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION OF THE SENTENCE IMPOSED; MEGAN'S LAW TIERING; & EXPUNGEMENTS. I practice throughout the State of New Jersey, and I have been involved with the field of criminal law for over forty-five years. I have proven my expertise, knowledge and commitment to defending those charged with crimes repeatedly, representing a large and significant number of client’s at trial through to a verdict; testing my trial skills; my knowledge of the law, court rules and trial procedure. I have handled many cases where the client comes to me after they are convicted, asking me to challenge their conviction or sentence by filing a post-conviction reflief (PCR) petition, an appeal, or a motion for the Court to reconsider the sentence that was imposed. I have also represented a large number of clients challenging the Megan's Law Tier the State wants to put them in, and I have represented numerous clients who are trying to get their criminal record expunged. I focus my defense efforts on clients charged with violating the criminal law of the State of New Jersey. Among the types of cases I have personally handled are cases involving Racketeering; Murder; Kidnapping; Medical Claims Fraud; Official Misconduct; Leader of Drug Trafficking Network; Robbery; Carjacking; Insurance Fraud; Rape and Sexual Assault; Perjury; and most of the other types of crimes charged in the criminal code. Before becoming a Criminal Defense Attorney, I was an Assistant Essex County (N.J.) Prosecutor for fifteen years; and, before that I was a police officer for ten years. During those times and now as a defense lawyer, I handled cases using every type of investigation used by the police, to include wiretapping, eavesdropping and other types of electronic surveillance; buy-bust and sting operations; undercover police investigations; and, more traditional investigation activities such as field investigation and witness interview. My decades of experience handling difficult cases and issues in the field of criminal law, provides me with a firm foundation to handle the emotionally charged atmosphere that permeates every type of criminal case. The emotions of all parties run hot, and I counter-balance the emotionally charged atmosphere of these cases by using my extensive trial and courtroom experience to protect my client's interests. Knowing what a Judge or a Prosecutor will think in regards to a particular argument allows me to vigorously advocate on behalf of my client. Whether I am negotiating with my adversary or advocating before the Judge, they know I am more than able to handle a trial on the merits; and, that I am not afraid to push the case to the appellate courts if that is what it takes to protect the interests of my client. Among the types of Criminal Defense cases that I have frequently represented clients on include: Adult Criminal Defense and Appeals; Juvenile Defense and Waiver; International and Interstate Extradition; DWI / DUI Defense; Traffic Violations; CDL Violations; Municipal Court Defense; Municipal Appeals; Motor Vehicle Commission Hearings; Arraignments and Detention Hearings; Probation Violations; Parole Violations; ISP Applications; Record Expungement; Post-Conviction Relief Applications; Domestic Violence Charges; and TRO / FRO  Restraining Orders. Call for a consultation.

Awards

Client's Choice 2015,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2015 2012 2010
Top Contributor 2014,2012
Top Contributor
2014 2012

Location

Bailey & Toraya, LLP
24 Commerce Street
Suite 1000
Newark, NJ, 07102

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Gina | November 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Bailey saved me
Mr. Bailey worked on my case months ago and I still think about the comfort he provided me at a time I felt hopeless. He will efficiently assist a client by providing details in a concise & thorough manner, is a man with plenty of experience, and is someone who will not sugarcoat reality. He was quick to respond and my case was resolved instantly. Thank you Mr. Bailey, you will never be forgotten.
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Posted by Edward J. | September 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Gave me my life and dignity back
Howard Bailey has represented me in 2 instances 2016 and 2019. He is knowledgeable, professional, and with his experience, he is very reassuring of realistic outcomes and results.
Posted by DJ Big Time formerly David Carmichael | January 5, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in New Jersey
Thank You for 2013 win. Powerful song from Beyonce Knowles is still not enough to repay you 34 times. I give you full rights to the song for your marketing or any way you wanna use it Howard Bailey https://www.bandlab.com/studio?id=3102f0d1-d2ab-ee11-8926-000d3a428257
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mr.Howard Bailey is truly a life saver
A few years ago I had my first run in with the law and was placed in a unfortunate situation regarding an arrest for possession. My career and life were in immediate jeopardy. Mr.Howard Bailey was referred to me through a friend, I did not know what to expect as I never had any brushes with the law. Mr.Bailey not only saved my career and reputation but ultimately my life. He worked tirelessly over the course of a year with me and was able to get my charges dropped! Mr.Bailey is the most professional and meticulous lawyer I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I felt at ease through the process knowing I had him in my corner. He does not candy coat the situation you are in and has such a vast knowledge of the process. He was always available and answered all my questions with accuracy and ease. I respected his honesty the most he does not overpromise or lie about what the possible outcomes may be. I highly recommend Mr.Bailey to anyone who needs a lawyer in NJ he is truly a life saver and I owe him everything! If you are looking for candor, professionalism, the job done right, and someone to fight endlessly by your side Mr.Howard Bailey is your guy!
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
Howard - my daughter and I thank you wholeheartedly. Given the circumstances of my case, the outcome could not have been better. I was shocked (in the best possible way). You helped lift the weight of the world off my shoulders and gave me back my peace of mind. Please save room for my return in a few months to request expungement and dismissal! - CC
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Posted by T | March 2, 2020
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A true master
Through his solid judgment, and profound knowledge of the law, Mr. Bailey was able to handle my case in a very positive way. He is a true master, and handles his clients' cases with total professional integrity from start to finish. Thank you Mr. Bailey, and may God bless you and your family.
Posted by Stephanie | April 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A life-saver!!
You can't imagine my horror when an ancient warrant came up during a background check for my husband. He'd passed background checks before! But suddenly we were faced with a warrant for decades-old felony charges. I was scared and wanted the best. I called a friend of mine, a nationally recognized lawyer and he recommended Howard. Howard clearly was the man for the job. He's worked in every aspect of the legal system. Perhaps this is whe he was able to get those charges dismissed and get us the most minimal of fines. My husband didn't spend a second in jail. There was no unpleasantness. It was worth every penny and Howard charged us LESS than other lawyers we had interviewed. Honestly, it was the best money I ever spent. It bought us resolution and peace of mind and it bought it FAST. Howard Bailey knows his stuff. If you're in trouble in NJ, you can't do better than to hire him. I recommend him most enthusiastically and without reservation.
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Posted by Arnelle | February 20, 2016
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Excellent. First class lawyer
Recently I required the assistance of legal representation for a 39. 3.29C insurance violation. After preforming research of possible candidates, I came across Mr. Bailey's profile. I was very impressed with his resume and positive reviews from past clients. Suffice it to say, I contacted his office. First impressions are always lasting impression. Mr. Bailey was prompt in returning my call and made concessions to meet with me on short notice . He was very professional upon meeting him, put me at ease with his easy going demeanor and gave me all the possibilities in which I was facing. . He did not sugar coat anything to handle my case. He advised me that he knew what to argue in my case but there were no guarantees. I felt I was in competent hands and I hired him on the spot. Every question, every call and every email was responded to expediously. Long story short, Mr Bailey resolved my case with only court cost and a fine whereas I was looking at possible suspension of my driving license, a hefty fine and community service. Mere words can not express the gratitude that I have for Mr. Bailey. Mr. Bailey epitomizes what a lawyer should be. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of an attorney. Excellent attorney. 5 star rating
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Posted by Michael | September 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
1st Class Lawyer
My son got arrested in Newark on a drug charge and several motor vehicle charges. I did some research for a Lawyer and I am very happy that I picked Mr Bailey. First, when we first met with him he told us every outcome that could happen. My son was facing jail time and a loss of his drivers licence for 2 years. I put my son in a rehab and kept Mr. Bailey up to date on his progress. Several times he went to court without my son because he was in rehab and he kept me posted every time. Also when we did go to court Mr. Bailey knew everyone in the court house, from the Sheriff officers, court clerks, Prosecutors, Lawyers and Judges, he was saying hello to them all. When ever I needed to contact him I would call him or email him and he got back to me every time. I sent updates on my son from his rehab and his halfway house so when we finally went to court for the last time he had copies of everything I sent him to give to the Prosecutor and the Judge. The final result was my son got off without any jail time or probation!! and the motor vehicle charges were dropped. He went from facing jail time to a very low fine and court costs. I have used several Lawyers in my life and Mr. Bailey by far was the most professional I have ever had worked with. I would recommend him to anyone. One last thing I did not shop around for prices buy I think his fee was more than fair.
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Posted by Jason | September 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My review
Last year around this time I was on the search for a lawyer .at 1 o'clock am I contacted Mr Bailey's answering service less then 15 minutes later Mr Bailey called me to discuss my concerns . after meeting with Mr Bailey I knew he was my best choice . I've had plenty of experiences with lawyers and not one was on their game like him . he is full of knowledge in his field. This man will fight for you until the end and never leaves you out of the loop. Not once did I wait longer then a few hours for a return call for all my questions . I highly recommend Mr Howard Bailey long story short I was facing 12 to 15 yrs in prison and Mr Bailey got me a dismissal on all charges . my family and myself are for ever thankful for Mr Bailey. Sincerely Jason .A.
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Posted by Emmy | May 20, 2015
Criminal Case Victory
I am thankful to you Mr. Bailey for the professionalism and humanity you displayed in handling my criminal case that just ended with positive outcome. You are truly a lawyer that is a living example of what a good lawyer should be. You explained to me, at the beginning , what would happen in every stage of the trial with all the possible outcomes and it truly came to pass as you said. You got me the victory through your knowledge of the lawyer and your one of a kind presentation skills. Mr. Bailey, you are an example of what every lawyer should look up to emulate in terms of your professionalism encapsulated in our humanity. Thank you Mr. Bailey. What you charged me that had no fluctuation was certainly not enough based on all your professional efforts in getting this victory, but may God bless you and thank you again.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2015
An Attorney to count on
I thank you again for all your help getting our family through a difficult time.. You were very professional, and knowledgeable about how the system works. You helped us achieve a reduction in charges, and then have the charged dropped after a 6 mo deferred disposition.Your expertise enabled us to reach this point and put their bad mistake behind us. Without your help, I know we would not have had such a positive outcome. I also really appreciate the time you took to help me handle the expungement request on my own. I learned a lot, and saved considerable expense. You really went above and beyond to help. The boys learned a hard lesson. With that, I don't anticipate needing your services in the future, but will remember you as a contact should anyone ever ask.
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Posted by Erica | April 14, 2015
simply the best
I was involved in a hit and run incident, a ticket for careless driving and a ticket for an invalid license. Howard Bailey represented my case. Immediately, he made me feel at ease and comfortable. At my hearing, he was able to lower the hit and run charge to a charge of failure to contact police and got the other charges dropped. I believe he saved my life and my peace of mind. If you EVER need a great criminal lawyer, Howard Woodley Bailey is the right choice
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Posted by Sincerely Grateful | February 13, 2015
Mr. Bailey is a blessing to me and my family
Mr. Bailey is a blessing to me and my family. As a single mom, I was facing a 2nd degree felony with 7 to 10 years in prison if convicted. Absolutely, the scariest feeling of my life. I was immediately put at ease during my consultation with Mr. Bailey. He has always made himself readily available to me and treated me with the highest regard and courtesy. Mr. Bailey returned phone calls and emails promptly. You can be assured that you will receive personalized investment in your case and genuine respect. Mr. Bailey fought for me during this stressful time every step of the way. I know with all my heart the outcome was successful due to Mr. Bailey expertise with criminal law. Mr. Bailey was able to negotiated 5 years probation, restitution and most importantly keep me out of prison. Mr. Bailey is a shark while negotiating with the prosecutors. I was extremely pleased with the outcome. I would highly recommend his services. Sincerely, Grateful
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Posted by RGPII | April 1, 2014
His dedication to his clients is sincere and it shows!
Mr. Bailey is first a gentleman that loves the law. He has worked at every level of the legal system and on both sides of the courtroom. His dedication to his clients is sincere and it shows. He guided me through my legal situation with ease. After working on my case for 6 months I now consider him a friend. Thank you Mr. Bailey for your guidance and advice! RGPII
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Posted by kennethriviere1 | February 4, 2014
Against the odds, Howard does it again!
The laws in NJ are kinda crazy and you would think, if you were carjacked, that it would be an open and shut case, right? Let's just say, 5 prosecutors and 8 months of their pursuit, with a possible 16 years waiting for me; Howard Bailey fought the good fight and literally had it thrown out. So many things could of gone wrong, at any juncture but Howard took care of each item in an urgent fashion. Knowing Howard is a blessing and having him in your corner is a godsend.
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Posted by YK | October 4, 2013
MR. BAILEY: OUTSTANDING WORK.
I just wanted to express my deep gratitude for the outstanding work Mr. Bailey did on my behalf. These past few months have been some of the most difficult times in my life. I believe he was not only very professional but also passionate and serious in doing his job. I frankly felt very secure about him representing me at all times.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2013
Rated #1 Lawyer 2013 Hire Mr. Bailey
Top lawyer for 2013, Mr. Bailey is fantastic a awesome the best lawyer I ever had the experience working with. He is the best Lawyer in his field. A expert of law, very experienced and very knowable on many aspects the law. He will take his time listen to you he is personable man and cares. He has gotten 2 of my cases dismissed please hire Mr. Bailey and get yours dismissed also. Mr. Bailey will go to bat for your case he will not give up if you need a strong lawyer that will fight for your case give him a call. Thank you sir EXCELLENT job!
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Posted by Michael | June 6, 2013
Nice guy
Nice guy he seems to me like a everyday normal person not stuck up that's why I chose him to represent me we were in front of a argont bias judge and prosucter and the prosucter was makeing up lies that were her opion not fact Mr Baliey tryed his best to deal with a unfair situation All in All I'd say he is a decent person and I was comfortable around him and to me that means a lot
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Posted by H | March 29, 2012
Great Attorney
After an extensive search dealing with various attorneys, I came across Mr Bailey through his firm's website. Mr Bailey distinguished himself from the rest of the bunch out there from the very start. During our first call Mr Bailey was not just very courteous -- he was attentive and fully engaged with all the details of the (rather complicated) case discussed. AND, unlike any of the other lawyers I dealt with, he knew how to ask the right questions and get to the heart of things in an instant, no matter how complicated the issues; giving keen insight and always reliable, honest feedback. Throughout the handling of my case itself, Mr Bailey was very responsive, returning phone calls promptly no matter what time of day; keeping me updated on any developments as soon as they occurred, and further making sure to reach out to me until he got a hold of me, if he was having a hard time reaching me. When it was time to have discussions regarding the status and direction of my case, he was always fully involved, never rushing, no matter how long the discussions would take. He was patient in taking the time out to really understand the realities of the situation at hand, how I viewed it, and competent in communicating how he viewed it, and supporting the best action to take, all things considered. Mr Bailey's incredible knowledge of the law and the workings of the system was obviously essential to this. All in all, there were many variables involved, and Mr Bailey was personally very understanding and flexible when it came to working with me in that regard. And where other variables were out of our control, it was with Mr Bailey's representation that I had a better outcome in my case than I could have possibly had otherwise. If you are looking for a truly professional lawyer who will work and get things done on your behalf, also treating you honestly and with utmost respect, Mr Bailey is your guy.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-400 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bailey & Toraya, LLP
  • 2022 - Present
  • NJ Criminal Trial Attorney
  • Law Office of H W Bailey, LLC
  • 2014 - 2022
  • Partner
  • Bailey & Orozco, LLC
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Solo Practitioner
  • Howard W. Bailey, Esq. LLC
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Essex County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1988 - 2002
  • Investigator
  • Essex County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1980 - 1987
  • Police Officer
  • North Caldwell Police Department
  • 1977 - 1980
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Education

  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • William Paterson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v MH, et al
  • Racketeering Case w/ All Charges Dismissed
  • State v MF
  • 2nd AAS w/ Knife Dismissed with Counseling
  • State v KW
  • Multiple CDS Trafficking Cases SE to Minimum
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Associations

  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • NJ State Bar Assoc - Municipal Court Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • NJ State Bar Assoc - Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Trustee
  • 2009 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Valor Award
  • New Jersey State PBA
  • 1978

Publications

  • Thomas Reuters / Aspatore
  • Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • 20th Annual Super Saturday Training Seminar
  • Attacking 'Mug-Shot-Retrieval-System' Identifications
  • 2008
  • In-House Training Seminar
  • Defense of Drug Trafficking Cases
  • 2003
  • 15th Annual Super Saturday Training Seminar
  • Defending Drug Trafficking Charges
  • 2003
  • Top Gun - Drug Investigation Seminar
  • Electronic Surveilance Issues
  • N/A
  • Electronic Surveillance Seminar
  • Preventing Legal Defects in Wiretap Investigations
  • N/A
  • Basic Police Training Course
  • NJ State Drug Laws
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (70)
Given (42)
Endorse Howard
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ward Bailey is an excellent lawyer. His knowledge and experience is second to none. I have been on the same side and the opposing side of Ward and I can tell you personally he brings extreme energy and aggressive advocacy for his clients. You will be glad you hired him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Howard for many years, and have had the pleasure of working with him. He is a consummate professional with a thorough understanding of law and procedure. Clients who retain Howard can do so with the confidence that their matters will be handled according to the highest legal and ethical standards."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bailey is the best criminal attorney I know. He is not only a zealous advocate but an ethical practitioner. You will not find a better lawyer for your criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A well admired lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Howard Bailey provides outstanding legal answers on Avvo for individuals seeking assistance. An asset to the legal profession. I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Howard Bailey. He donates his time to provide excellent legal answers on Avvo from citizens seeking advise. A respected member within the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Other
"I not only endorse this lawyer. I give this lawyer 5 stars!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bailey is very insightful in his responses on AVVO. You can tell that he is sincerely interested in trying to help people who are in difficult positions"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Based on Mr. Bailey's numerous contributions on AVVO, it is apparent to me that he is a highly knowledgeable, skilled, experienced and well-versed attorney. Needless to say, his insightful comments are invaluable to the AVVO community, as I frequently enjoy reading them while posting my own ones. It is my pleasure to endorse Mr. Bailey"
General practice Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because his advice is consistently good and his reputation is excellent in the community. He regularly gives his time for free in several forums."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Howard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Howard Woodley. His knowledge base is very impressive. He also has a solid library of answers on Avvo, and based on other peer endorsements and client reviews, there is no doubt that Howard is an attorney who can help you with your case. If you need a lawyer in the New Ark, NJ area, call this man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bailey is an extremely knowledgeable and very effective advocate for his clients. He freely shares his knowledge with the general public and other attorneys. He is a credit to the legal profession."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bailey is a knowledgable and experienced attorney. I highly recommend him for anyone looking for excellent representation."
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