James B. Seplowitz has practiced exclusively in the field of criminal law throughout his career. He has represented hundreds of clients on a wide range of charges, including handling over 300 DWI cases, and has represented clients in dozens of trials for various crimes, including murder, attempted murder, attempted sexual assault, drug possession, DWI, domestic violence, assault, theft, obstruction of justice and harassment.
Prior to founding the criminal defense firm of Foy & Seplowitz LLC with Jason E. Foy, Mr. Seplowitz worked at the Rem Zeller Law Group for nine years, the first five as an associate and the last four as a partner. There, he obtained vast experience in representing clients accused of crimes and motor vehicle offenses under the mentoring of Joe Rem, an esteemed New Jersey criminal trial attorney. Prior to working at Rem Zeller, Mr. Seplowitz served as a law clerk in the Criminal Part of the Superior Court of New Jersey for the Honorable Donald R. Venezia, J.S.C., where he gained a unique insight into New Jersey’s criminal justice system.
Mr. Seplowitz is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Municipal Court Law Attorney, part of the first class of attorneys in the state to achieve that designation. He has attained the top AV Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating system on ethical standards and legal ability. He has also been named in the New Jersey Super Lawyers publication as a “Rising Star” in criminal defense in 2012, 2013 and 2014, in the (201) Magazine Bergen’s Top Lawyers section for 2012 and 2013, and in the New Jersey’s Top Legal Minds publication. He has published several legal articles and given many CLE lectures regarding DWI and criminal law. In addition, he is certified to operate the Alcotest 7110, the breath testing machine utilized by all law enforcement agencies in New Jersey.
Mr. Seplowitz is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), the Bergen County Bar Association (BCBA), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ), the NORML Legal Committee, and is a graduate of the Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of Court. He has served as President of the Young Lawyers Section for the BCBA and as a co-chair of the BCBA’s Criminal Practice Committee. He is currently a co-chair of the BCBA’s Municipal Court Practice Committee and is a member of the BCBA’s Board of Trustees.
Mr. Seplowitz has a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. He received his law degree in 2003 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY and is a magna cum laude graduate of Yeshiva College, Yeshiva University (B.A. in History). While in law school, Mr. Seplowitz was a David Berg Scholar and was competitively selected as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and the Criminal Defense Clinic.
When he is not practicing law, James enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and playing hockey (he plays defense in court and on the ice).
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James is a fantastic lawyer who is very familiar with the the criminal justice system in both New York and New Jersey. Working with him was a pleasure and it is a privilege to know such a helpful attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable and I would recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Bergen's Top Lawyers||(201) Magazine||2016|
|Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Bergen's Top Lawyers||(201) Magazine||2015|
|Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense||New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Rising Star, Criminal Defense||New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star, Criminal Defense||New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star, Criminal Defense||New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|New Jersey's Top Legal Minds||Inside New Jersey||2012|
|Bergen's Top Lawyers||(201) Magazine||2012|
|Partner||Foy & Seplowitz LLC||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Rem Zeller Law Group||2009 - 2013|
|Associate||Rem Zeller Law Group||2004 - 2009|
|Law Clerk to the Hon. Donald R. Venezia, J.S.C.||Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, Criminal Part||2003 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2014 - Present|
|Bergen County Bar Association, Municipal Court Committee||Co-chair||2011 - Present|
|New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2010 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|NORML Legal Committee||Member||2004 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2003 - Present|
|Bergen County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section||President||2008 - 2009|
|Bergen County Bar Association, Criminal Practice Committee||Co-chair||2008 - 2011|
|Justice Morris Pashman Inn of Court||Member||2006 - 2008|
|Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)||Drugs Bunny: When Does the Personal Use Defense Lose Its Bounce?||2015|
|Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)||Knowing Your Witnesses and Building a Successful Defense for the DWI Client||2013|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Synthetic Marijuana Ban Raises Novel Questions For Defense||2012|
|New Jersey Lawyer Magazine||Seeing Double: Representing a New York Driver in a New Jersey DWI Case||2010|
|Bergen Barrister||"Driving" While Intoxicated When Sleeping in a Parked Car?||2008|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Time to Get Rid of a Draconian Law||2008|
|University of Cincinnati||Criminal Justice||Masters||2011|
|Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|Yeshiva University, Yeshiva College||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|CLE||Expungement Law Update||2016|
|CLE||Expungements 101 and the Changing Law on Expungements||2016|
|CLE Seminar||DWI & Refusal - Evaluating the Case||2015|
|Cardozo Alumni Reception||Working in New Jersey||2014|
|CLE Seminar||To Text or Not to Text - The Effect of Technology on Professionalism||2013|
|CLE Dinner Meeting||Reds Whites and DWI Blues||2013|
|CLE Dinner Meeting||Reds Whites and DWI Blues||2012|
|Continuing Legal Education||Handling First DUI Case||2011|
|CLE Seminar||Avoiding Common Mistakes In and Out of Court: A Guide to Professionalism and Ethics||2011|
|CLE Dinner Meeting||Reds Whites and DWI Blues||2011|
|Young Lawyers Section Dinner Meeting||A Survival Guide to the Municipal Courts||2010|
|Moderator of CLE Seminar||Everything You Need to Know About Criminal Record Expungements||2010|
|BCBA Rising Stars CLE Seminar||Criminal Law Practice||2009|