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Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. regularly handles criminal cases throughout New Jersey as well as the Federal District Court of New Jersey, and the Federal District Court of New York, Eastern District and Southern District. The firm has also argued before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Clifford E. Lazzaro, Esq. has formidable trial skills honed over a 26 year period and can lead a Jury to a not guilty verdict. Clifford E. Lazzaro began his legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor's Office from 1988 to 1992 and also served as a Special Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey from 1991 to 1992. During his time in the Prosecutor's Office, Clifford E. Lazzaro presented over a 1,000 cases to the Grand Jury and conducted approximately 30 jury trials and over 15 bench trials. Clifford E. Lazzaro has been a criminal defense attorney since 1992. Clifford E. Lazzaro graduated from New York University in 1981 where he received his BA. Clifford E. Lazzaro graduated from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg LawCenter in 1985 where he received his JD.

Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. has an active Trial and active Appellate practice.

Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. has an active Family Law and Municipal Court practice.

Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. is a law firm dedicated to providing our clients with aggressive, experienced and affordable trial and appellate representation.

Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. has successfully and aggressively litigated on behalf of it'sclients in the following areas:

We are engaged in the full time practice of all Criminal Defense matters in all jurisdictions of the New Jersey Superior Court and the New Jersey and New York Federal Courts. We concentrate on Criminal Defense matters involving Racketeering, Drug Distribution Offenses and Suppression Motions regarding Illegal Searches and Seizures inside a home, business or automobile; Suppression Motions Challenging the admissibility of Coerced and Involuntary Statements; Admissibility of Recorded Evidence (Wiretaps); Audio Tape and Video Tape Admissibility; Drug Possession Offenses; Racial Profiling; Aggravated Sexual Assault; Sexual Assault; Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact; Sexual Contact; All Sex Crimes Involving Allegations of Child Abuse; Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006; Megan's Law; Tier Classification Hearings; Endangering the Welfare of a Child; Distribution of Child Pornography; Possession of Child Pornography; Internet Crimes; Prostitution Crimes; Murder; Aggravated Manslaughter; Manslaughter; Death By Auto or Vessel While Intoxicated; Assault By Auto; Eluding; Robbery; Aggravated Assault; Terroristic Threats; Weapons Offenses; Kidnapping; Criminal Restraint; Stalking; Theft Related Offenses; Burglary; Receipt of Stolen Property; Joyriding; Bad Checks; Computer Crimes; Aggravated Identity Theft; Credit Card Fraud; Bank Fraud; Wire Fraud; Mail Fraud; Stock Fraud; White Collar Crime; Money Laundering; RICO; Gambling Offenses; Asset Seizure and Forfeiture; Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) Applications; Drug Court Applications; Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) Applications; and Trials and Appeals.

We are also engaged in the full time practice of all Family Law matters in all jurisdictions of the New Jersey Superior Court. We concentrate on Family Law matters involving Divorce; Modification Motions to Lower Alimony (Spousal) and/ or Child Support; Pendente Lite Support Applications; Child Custody; Parental Rights; Parental Visitation Rights; Parenting Time; Paternity; Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets; Asset Allocation; Premarital Agreements; Post-Nuptial Agreements; Spousal Abuse; Restraining Order Hearings and TRO's; Child Abuse; the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS); and Trials and Appeals.

We are also engaged in the full time practice of all Municipal Court matters in New Jersey involving all Disorderly Person Offenses such as Shoplifting, Theft, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance-Marijuana under 50 grams; Petty Disorderly Person Offenses such as Disorderly Conduct; Ordinance Violations; and all Motor Vehicle Violations and Traffic Offenses such as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Refusal to Submit to Breath Test, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Driving or Operating a Motor Vehicle in an Unsafe Manner, Speeding, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Bodily Injury, Driving on the Suspended List, Operation of a Motor Vehicle without Insurance, Impoundment of Motor Vehicle; and Trials and Appeals.

We routinely work with experts in various fields on Criminal Defense and Family Law matters. We have employed the services of forensic accountants on matrimonial and criminal cases as well as forensic psychologists and forensic psychiatrists on Tier Classification Hearings (Megan's Law) and Competency to Stand Trial Hearings. We have also utilized the services of DNA experts as well as experts in the field of recorded evidence. We regularly employ the services of private investigators (mostly retired investigators of County Prosecutor Offices) who work closely with us in defense of our client on criminal cases. The investigators utilized by the firm have many years of experience and are responsible for interviewing witnesses and taking witness statements under oath in the presence of a court reporter. They may also be called upon to take polygraph examinations of certain clients and testify as a defense witness at trial. In short, we utilize the best available resources to achieve the most favorable results on behalf of our clients.

Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. is up to date on all current law as the firm can access LEXIS-NEXIS Research System online at any time.


Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 35%
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
  3. State & Local Law: 20%
  4. Appeals: 10%


Payment types:

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  • Herbert Ira Ellis

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  • Rosalyn Cary Charles

    I endorse this lawyer. Cliff is an amazing litigator and since we worked together in the Essex County Prosecutor's Office he has continued to develop and provide good service and good results for his clients. Of equal import, Cliff has developed substantial relationships with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle which allow him to effectively serve the interests of his clients. We all know that you need professional skills and people skills to make things happen. Cliff has both.


    Rosalyn Charles Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C.

1 Broad Street
Second Floor
Elizabeth, NJ, 07207

Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C.

186 Joralemon Street
Suite 910
Brooklyn, NY, 11201




Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimanded
    issued in NJ, 1996


    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo contributions
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President / Managing PartnerClifford E. Lazzaro & Associates, P.C.1992 - Present
Special Deputy Attorney GeneralState of New Jersey1991 - 1992
Assistant Essex County ProsecutorState of New Jersey1988 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Trial Lawyers Association of AmericaMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v Bascus, Marcus, Essex County Superior CourtDefendant faced life, accepted 15 year plea deal. The co-defendant is sentenced to 95 years in a state prison with an 89 year period of parole ineligibility.
United States v T F, United States District Court (NJ/ Trenton)The defendant faced 24 to 30 months, received 12
State v T F, Monmouth County Superior CourtThe defendant faced 150 years, received 5 years
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
New York UniversityEnglish and HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rotary Club Monthly MeetingCriminal Law1997