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Joseph R. Donahue

Criminal defense Attorney at Ridgewood, NJ

4.9   27 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Criminal defense in all state, federal and municipal courts in New Jersey.

    33 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    DUI/DWI Defense throughout Bergen County and Northern New Jersey

    26 years

  3. Litigation
    25%
    General Civil Litigation

    33 years

Joseph R. Donahue focuses his practice on criminal defense in New Jersey State, Federal, and Municipal courts; DUI/DWI defense in Bergen County and Northern New Jersey; and general litigation in New Jersey State, Federal and Municipal courts.  He has extensive trial experience and has argued before New Jersey's Appellate Division, the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Mr. Donahue is a former prosecutor who has handled a wide range of complex cases involving public corruption, violent crimes, drugs, and many other serious offenses; DUI/DWI defense throughout Bergen County and Northern New Jersey and general litigation (representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants) throughout New Jersey. He is a skilled attorney with in-depth knowledge of the courts and the litigation process. He is a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and has been recognized for his advocacy by Super Lawyers and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Location

Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC
135 Prospect Street
Ridgewood, NJ, 07450

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2023
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Excellent lawyer
Mr. Donahue was very conscientious and worked extremely hard to reach the goals we set out to achieve. He always made sure to return calls and make himself available. He has a very good grasp of the law and explained it to me in great detail. He was very straight and upfront about everything- he did not sugar coat anything and he made sure that I knew exactly what I was getting into. He succeeded in achieving the desired outcome for my case and he was always polite and respectful- to me, the judge, and the opposing party. He paid great attention to detail and nothing slid by him when we were creating an important document. I am forever grateful to him for all he did for me and my family!
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Posted by Beth | September 10, 2021
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Representation
Mr. Donahue was simply wonderful. He did a great job throughout the whole process with us and explained each step in detail. We we thankful for having his guidance and support.
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2021
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STOP , right here ! THIS is your guy !
Tell Joe exactly what happened to you then SHUT UP ! ; let him work his extensive knowledge of the law. He will tell you exactly what you need to do and mainly you can relax because you are in great hands. Joe knows many judges and prosecutors and that is key to a successful outcome which I had.
Posted by Allan Cortiana | September 2, 2021
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The absolute Best.
There is no debating that this Attorney, this Man is the absolute BEST in His field. Undeniably a great Attorney. Saved me from fictitious charges not once, but twice. You would be lucky to have Him as your Lawyer.
Posted by Steven | January 13, 2021
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Weapons Forfeiture
I found Joseph to be top notch, He tells you what you need to know and not what you want to hear. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Mike | May 19, 2020
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Expungment
My case was complex. It spanned many years, laws changed and so did the petition and justification requirements. Joe never abandoned me nor his support for my petition for expungement. The thing I appreciated the most about working with Joe was the communication. Both he and his staff were responsive and patient. They answered all of my questions in a timely manner. Deliverables were on time and timelines were clearly explained. Overall, I would rate Joseph Donahue's service and EXCELLENT. His rates are fair and inline with the industry and my expectations. ALWAYS HAPPY WHEN I GET WHAT I PAID FOR!!
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Posted by Richard M | March 4, 2020
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Very professional
Wow really glad I hired Joesph Donahue. Mr Donahue has many years experience in the field and it really shows. I hired him several times for both traffic and criminal cases. Very professional his expertise and experience is what gets the job done. I am always amazed at the fantastic outcome of the case. Both Mr. Donahue and his staff is a absolute pleasure to do business with. I would recommend him for anyone looking for amazing results !!
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Posted by Jordan | January 26, 2020
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Excellent
Mr. Joseph Donahue was personal recommendation, and I was not disappointed. He demonstrated professionalism, positive attitude, and knowledge and expertise throughout my case. Additionally, he was prompt and concise whenever I had questions. Mr. Donahue treated me as an individual and not a "case."
Posted by Stephanie | November 21, 2019
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Very good lawyer
Mr. Donahue work till the very end with our case. I thankful he took our case. He specializes in domestic violence and understands that at times family court could be difficult. There is no such thing as an easy case or standard case. I think we prove it with ours. However, he help us get a rightful verdict. I truest recommend him!
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Posted by John | May 23, 2019
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Extremely Capable Lawyer
I have required the services of Mr. Donahue on 2 separate occasions. The fact that I went back to Mr. Donahue after my first case speaks volumes on his experience, knowledge and compassion. He kept me informed on the progress of my case and and he exhibits a human side of law which I found to be very reassuring. I would recommend Mr. Donahue to anyone looking for a reliable, professional and experienced lawyer you can count on to help you through difficult times. I would also say that his fees for services was very fair.
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Posted by Zeena | April 18, 2019
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Mr. Donahue won on Appeals!
I chose Mr. Donahue because of his credentials—-Georgetown Law School, trial certified, knowledge of the law and experience. But I am simply impressed with his human quality in reaching out for clients like me. I can be very demanding at times and I take it out on my attorney when things do not go my way. However, Mr. Donahue never took it personally when I took out my frustrations of waiting in court rooms, mean judges and aggressive adversaries on him. I relied on his strength, when I could not see my children due to a false FRO from my ex-husband trying to get an upper hand on custody. I even cried on his shoulders some days. He got it. But he remained confident and steadfast. And eventually won on appeal where not only we were able to get the entire FRO dismissed but the Appeals court decided unanimously that my ex cannot bring up these frivolous charges again, ever! Thank you Joseph.
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Posted by Jerry | April 10, 2019
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Excellent Representation
He was very thorough. Kept me informed of what to expect during the proceedings. Returned all calls and answered any questions promptly. Pricing was very fair. Highly recommend!!!
Posted by Page | March 20, 2019
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Exceptional Attorney
Joe Donahue represented my son recently on some serious charges. When we first met with Mr. Donahue, we had already retained another attorney and the court proceedings had already began. I was basically told by our current attorney that there wasn’t much more he could do other than to wait and see if his case was going to go before the grand jury, which after doing my own research, I realized this is not where we should be headed because more than likely he would have been indicted. As a mother, I was devestated, angry, and disgusted! I knew it was time to seek counsel elsewhere. Mr. Donahue came highly recommeded by another great attorney that wasn't able to take his case. From the initial meeting with him, myself and my son felt comfortable and relaxed with him as an attorney and as a person! He asked in depth questions and answered any and all questions we had. By the time we left that first meeting, I retained Mr. Donahue and for the first time since this nightmare began, felt a slight sigh of relief and had a some what more positive outlook. In my opinion, he went above and beyond for my son. He kept me abreast of every step of the way and if I didn’t understand something, he always took the time to explain it to me thoroughly. If there was something he didn’t like about what was going on from the prosecution side, he had no problem challenging it. I am happy to say that he got my son a better deal than we thought possible. Joe Donahue is not only an amazing attorney, he is also an amazing person and I am grateful that we were fortunate enough to have him represent us during this difficult time in our lives! We will be seeing him again soon to have his charges expunged.
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Posted by agnes | November 22, 2018
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Honest , Hard worker, Respectful
Joseph Donahue represented by daughter he was outstanding . He is very respectful and upfront with his clients he saved my daughters future . we thought our daughters future was in question joe donahue took care of everything . my daughter had been taken care off the outcome was amazing . I am very thankful to Joseph for what he has done i will recommend him to anyone with him on your side your in great hands . Thank you Joseph for a well done job !!!
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Posted by Michal | November 13, 2018
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LOYAL, RESPECTFUL & TRUE LEADER
I have had the pleasure of knowing Joseph R. Donahue for the past few years. He is one of the Top Criminal Defense attorneys in NJ .He will fight for you this man never gives up. Joseph R. Donahue brings a huge background and knowledge to the table. He communicates with his clients extremely well and he is up front about the whole process he communicates with his clients every step of the way. I have had the pleasure of referring some clients to him and they were all grateful to Mr. Donahue of what he was able to accomplish. You want this man on your side with him as your lawyer you can sleep at night knowing your in good hands. Joseph Donahue is a great individual and hard working man that gives his clients the best advise and will do whatever it takes to help his clients.
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Posted by Sandy | October 19, 2018
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Review
Back in June my 17 years old son was charged with 1st degree armed robbery. He also had few more charges 2nd 3rd and 4th degree. My son turned 18 in August & the Prosecutor wanted to try him as an adult. I THOUGHT OUR LIFE'S WAS OVER. These things only happen in movies and never in my wildest dream something like this would EVER happen to our family. By referral we found Mr. Joseph Donahue defense lawyer. Oh My God he is the best. At the court hearing we met up with Mr. Donahue and he was very assuring and informative as to what to expect. He is super organized and trust me that's what you want in an attorney. At the court the Prosecutor told the Judge that Mr. Donahue was calling him so much regarding my son's case that had to block his number :) Mr. Donahue will fight for you and he is worth every penny. His secretary Gabriella (beautiful voice) is awesome, she kept me informed through e-mails and phone calls. We kept my son's case in Juvenile and he's able to finish school this year. After finishing the 1st year of college he's serving 60 days in jail the prosecutor wanted 90 days. I am okay with 60 days because my son needs a wake up call. I will forever recommend Mr. Donahue's office to anyone who needs it and thank them for the 5* quality service. If you love your kids and you need a good defense lawyer you MUST contact Mr. Donahue's office. For an emotionally daunting process such as 1st degree charged you want to know that you 're in good hands. Mr. Donahue we are humbly great full for all your hard work.
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Posted by Mark | March 28, 2018
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Very Professional - Great Results
Mr. Donahue represented me in a few cases. All with great results. Communication is Excellent. Very Punctual. Very Professional. If you're looking for a Really Professional Lawyer at a reasonable price than you should contact his office and speak with his associate Gabriella. Joe has represented me in Montvale, Parkridge, Leonia and now Fort Lee. I lost my documents so i'm left with an expired license and not enough to show a 6-point proof at the DMV, which will soon get resolved. Having Joe on my side saved me thousands of dollars and headaches that come along with the penalties. He does not make any promises about the outcome He did deliver great results I would use his services again, i am using his services now and so should you ... and thanks to Gabriella i was always informed about my case. Plus it wouldn't hurt to have a former prosecutor on your side
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Posted by Gary | March 7, 2018
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Could have turned out a lot worse
I was involved in a case in which my family lawyer was not able to handle. He recommended Mr. Donahues firm of Brickfield & Donahue. We met a number of times before the case went to court and Mr. Donahue was very thorough in every detail. As I had never been to court for anything more than a traffic ticket, I was not very aware of what I was up against. Mr. Donahue spent time going through each possible way things could have gone, and did a great job of making sure I understood the situation. We won the case and things worked out well for me. I would also like to compliment someone in his office staff. Gabriella was always in contact with me, and addressed all of the problems which arose quickly and thoroughly.
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Posted by Ken | February 9, 2016
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Outstanding Advocate!
Mr. Donahue's representation resulted in an outstanding award. I'm stunned at what he achieved. His professionalism, courtesy, communication, and ability are top notch. I'm glad I hired him...and I hope I never have to again! But if I need a lawyer, I'll call him.
Posted by Tom | February 1, 2016
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Joseph Donahue,ESQ
Joe represented me in a complexed and extensive labor law issue. He took the time to become well versed and familiar with the case. He worked tirelessly over several months to resolve the entire issue and got me a favorable outcome. He was quick to return calls or emails and kept me appraised of every detail during the process. He is highly recommended.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Joseph R. Donahue, LLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Owner
  • Brickfield & Donahue
  • 2001 - 2023
  • Associate
  • Reed Smith
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Waters McPherson McNeill
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Assistant Trial Chief
  • Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Chief Criminal Investigations Squad
  • Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Assistant Chief, Criminal Investigations Squad
  • Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1991 - 1998
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 1990 - 1991
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Boston University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1987
  • Georgetown University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - NJ
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer - Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Special Ethics Master
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • 2016
  • Chair, Dist. IIB Attoney Ethics Committee
  • NJ Office of Attorney Ethics
  • 2009
  • Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • 2008
  • Criminal Trial Attorney
  • Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court
  • N/A
  • FOP Legal Defense Plan Attorney
  • FOP Legal Defense Plan
  • N/A
  • PBA Legal Protection Plan Attorney
  • PBA Legal Protection Plan
  • N/A
  • CJA Panel Attorney
  • US Ct. of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • N/A
  • CJA Panel Attorney
  • US District Court, District of N.J.
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
Endorse Joseph
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Donahue is a well respected professional who achieves results for his clients. I've worked on several cases with him and he consistently achieves excellent results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Donahue and I have worked together on a number of Federal and State criminal matters and I can say from personal experience that he is an exceptional attorney. He is my first call when I need to refer a New Jersey criminal case because I respect the debth of his experience and thorough preparation on each matter."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh and I worked together for many years when I first became an attorney. He was one of my first mentors. I still turn to him whenever I may need some guidance. I have seen Josh many times in court, with clients, and at his office working. In all that he does, he does it very well. He's a knowledgeable, ethical and compassionate attorney that simply get's the job done. I would gladly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a top-notch criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked with Joseph Donahue on a number of cases over the past 8 years. Not only did we try two complex civil jury trials together (the first lasted almost six weeks and the second lasted three weeks) but we have also handled numerous criminal matters together. I have found Mr. Donahue to be an excellent litigator. Mr. Donahue is also a tenacious advocate for his clients who is extremely knowledgeable, well prepared and ethical. I recommend him highly."
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Ridgewood Criminal defense Lawyer Joseph R. Donahue
Joseph R. Donahue
Criminal defense Attorney
Ridgewood, NJ
Licensed for 33 years
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