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Kristen Epifania

Criminal defense Attorney at Freehold, NJ

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About Kristen

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Kristen Epifania is an Assistant Deputy Public Defender with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, Monmouth County Region.

Kristen graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where she received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, the Lisle Scholarship, and the Lark-Barranco Scholarship. She studied a diverse array of law, including immigration and asylum law and trial advocacy. Focusing on her passion for the criminal sector, Kristen pursued a specialized Certificate in Criminal Law, which required studies in Federal Criminal Investigations, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Securities Fraud, Law and Police Policy, Forensic Science, and New York Criminal Procedure.

Upon graduating from law school, Kristen continued working with a Manhattan-based criminal defense firm, where she worked on both felony and misdemeanor matters throughout New York City. Additionally, Kristen gained practical experience on both the state and federal levels while at BLS. She worked with the Kings County District Attorney's Office in the Crimes Against Children bureau, assisting with the prosecution of sex crimes, assault charges, and homicides. She also worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, handling immigration matters that intersected with the criminal sector. Seeking to be involved in the community, Kristen dedicated pro-bono hours in Memphis, Tennessee, working as a Juvenile Justice Representative with the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, as well as with Sanctuary for Families in New York, where she assisted with divorce proceedings stemming from domestic violence and sex trafficking cases.

Currently, Kristen is admitted to practice in the states of NY and NJ, as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of NY. She is a member of the NJ Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the NY State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as the NY State Bar Association.

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Licensed for 5 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2018
Updated 03/19/2018
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2017
Updated 11/17/2022

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

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Office of the Public Defender
7 Broad Street
Freehold, NJ, 07728

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She genuinely cares and has a wealth of experience
Kristen represented me in an exceptionally complex case that required an understanding of not just criminal charges but civil charges as well. From my first interaction with her in person, I knew from the very start that I was in confident, steady, knowledgeable and empathetic hands. Through her experience and unwavering commitment to representing me in a truthful light, the grave criminal charge that was falsely charged against me was ultimately dismissed, closed and sealed. I will eternally be in debt to her, as her help truly changed the trajectory of my life for the better. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking the best representation.
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Posted by Matthew | April 13, 2021
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Couldn't have asked for better
Kristen was phenomenal. I have never had to use a lawyer before, and it was nervous for me to make that first phone call to find one. But within my first phone call with her, she calmed me down and walked me through all my options. Her and Julie are very responsive and knowledgeable. They charged me very fairly and I am so thankful for her hard work and dedication. I will never hesitate to recommend her in the future!
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Posted by Terry | January 15, 2021
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Best Attorney I could have asked for
Kristen represented my case and as a first timer, I had no idea what to do / the procedure were. All I knew was thinking my life was over with misdemeanor charges. After speaking with Kristen and hearing back from her with a plea barging, I knew this was going in the right path. All up into the court date, Kristen reached out to me numerous time, checking up and following up with me on my case. She was very caring and that really help me throughout the case. I cannot Thank her enough for the outcome of the case, as I am truly pleased with the result.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2020
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Great Representation
Being my first legal experience, Kristen was an amazing lawyer who was there for me every step of the way. She consistently checked up on the case and followed up constantly. She was very easy to reach via cell phone and email, even answering calls after hours. She helped me resolve my case, which was conducted by a university. I highly recommend Kristen as representation as she does her job with professionalism, empathy, and integrity.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
She actually cares!!
A few months ago i was charged my a couple of misdemeanors which Kristen managed to plea down to an ACD on the first court date. She didn’t stop there. She stayed on top of the DA and had my case dropped and sealed within 2 months. Kristen genuinely cares and wants to help.
Posted by Sangida | September 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ideal Lawyer
Throughout my experience with Kristen as my lawyer, she was very patient, empathetic and kind. She truly cares about her clients and frequently made sure I was mentally okay during the most difficult time of my life. Although she is very young, she has extensive knowledge of the criminal defense system. She provided me all of the possibilities of the outcome of my case and did not sugar coat anything. Highly recommend her as a lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
I had the pleasure of working with Kristen when I hired Julie Rendelman to represent me through my court case. Julie and Kristen worked diligently together to help me get my case dismissed and sealed. Kristen was always reassuring and responsive when answering all my questions. I truly felt like I was in good hands throughout my case. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Jimmie | January 23, 2019
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Best lawyer
One of the best lawyers I've ever had. I hired her to find out if i had warrants and she found out for me pretty fast. She always stayed in contact through out it all. I do recommend her for sure.
Posted by Alex | November 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Magnificent lawyer
Being my first time in court, naturally I was anxious and nervous. Kristen went above and beyond in terms of reassuraring all will be alright. From contacting me daily (weeks before the trial date) to following up with me weekly afterwards. Come court date, I was no longer anxious and everything went well just as Kristen said. Professional, confident and delivers just as promised. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Victoria | October 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Lawyer
We hired Ms Kristen as our lawyer for my grandsons case burglary. She was one of Julie Rendelmens law firms well known criminal defense lawyers in New York City. She gave our grandson advise how we will win the case and she vigoroudly and professionally win the case for us. We can recommend her office to our friends.
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
I was looking for an attorney to help me with these 2 cases that I was struggling with in court. I had sat with a few attorneys but no one seemed to really genuinely care about the details to my case, until I found Kristen. She really took the time out her day to sit with me and view every detail at our consultation meeting and she showed how much she truly cared about what I was dealing with. I knew then that she was the perfect fit to fight my cases. Anytime I had any concerns Kristen was just a phone call away and truly listened. And she was very dedicated and attentive to my case. She updated me every chance she had and fought endlessly for me. And in the end I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome! Thank you so much Kristen for your dedication and hard work.
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Posted by Bernard | October 13, 2018
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She hears you
Some attorneys are talkers, others are listeners. Kristen listened to me and heard my concerns and when she presented me with my options I felt her focus on my needs, not just scoring points. She was always responsive to my calls and texts and assuaged my fears, calming me and making me feel she understood my concerns. She was always present throughout the many appearances in the nerve-wracking months leading up to my resolution and when she represented me in court she demonstrated the same caring, calm and focus. I felt I was in good hands with Kristen. When my resolution was reached I felt a mountain had been lifted from my shoulders. I highly recommend Kristen for her caring, calm professionalism to navigate you through the legal system.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2018
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Professional, Meticulous, and All-Around Amazing Advocate
Kristen is a superstar. She was very attentive to my case, followed up on the smallest details and was always available to discuss any questions I had. She fought for me endlessly, and was able to negotiate a great outcome with the ADA. Would recommend her endlessly, best defense attorney you could hire.
Posted by Fabio | September 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyers highly Recommended
Kristen assisted me in very serious felony charges which she updated and communicated with me weekly and always had constant updated to keep me at ease with the whole situation. 9 Months later dealing with the court system she was able to plead my case down to a violation which was the ultimate best she could’ve done. I hope to never find myself in any future legal issues but If I do I’ll be calling Kristen. I highly recommend her very personable and does 100% to help you out. Kristen once again thank you for all you did for me greatly appreciated.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2018
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Excelent Lawyer
It takes alot of professionalism and self confedence to deal with a client that you never met, lives in an other state, carrying a 24 years old case and doing it all over email and few phone calls. That is Kristen Epifania. Thank you for solving my case.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
GREAT ATTORNEY
No-nonsense, straight to the point and very professional… these are the words I would use to describe Ms. Epifania. I consulted with her after a life-altering event and she clearly laid out my options, gave me her opinion and got right to the point. She was very helpful and responded quickly to all of my questions all while making me feel comfortable during a difficult time. She is very smart, pleasant, knowledgeable and professional. I would recommend Kristen to others without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2018
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Consulted
Kristen is sincere, knowledgeable, and efficient. I consulted her about a criminal matter and she explained every step of the case to me. She genuinely cares about her clients and goes the extra mile to get things done. She knew how to navigate the court system and will guide you at every step. I recommend her as an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Throughout my entire legal process, I felt extremely comfortable having Ms. Epifania represent me. I felt that she truly cared about my case and put in the time and effort necessary to reach our objective. She is a very caring lawyer and person who truly has her clients' best interests at heart. Would definitely recommend to a family or friend!
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Posted by DeSean D. | April 13, 2018
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Satisfied client
After an extensive search for criminal defense attorneys, I sought consultation on sealing a criminal record in New York with Kristen and because the state only recently enacted an expansive criminal conviction sealing law, I did not know what to expect. Kristen worked with me on my case and provided thorough, professional and diligent ground work, communicating every step of the way to achieve successful results. She was knowledgeable, sympathetic and made me feel confident that I was in good hands through the entire process. I highly recommend Kristen to anyone seeking an attorney who works in your best interest to achieve desired results!
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Posted by Damion | February 27, 2018
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Consummate Professional / Excellent Client Management
Kristen provided me with peace of mind and confidence in her work with: * Attention to detail * Clear & timely communication * Following up She is definitely a shinning star in her field and I would recommed her to anyone who would need her expertise. She is an absoultely excellent professional to work with. Thank you Kristen!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Deputy Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offfices of Julie Rendelman LLC
  • 2016 - 2021
  • Civil Litigation Intern
  • United States District Attorney's Office - Eastern District of New York
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Internship with the Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Juvenile Justice Representative
  • Shelby County Public Defenders Office
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Student Legal Representative
  • Sanctuary For Families
  • 2013 - 2014
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Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • Marist College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2012

Legal Cases

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree
  • Dismissed
  • Unlawfully Possessing or Selling Noxious Material- NY County
  • Dismissed
  • Petit Larceny
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Bar of the Eastern District of New York
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Bar of the Southern District of New York
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2018 - Present
  • Licensed Attorney
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • 2018 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York State Bar
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Young Lawyer
  • National Alliance of Women in Law
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Certificate in Criminal Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • 2016
  • Lisle Scholarship
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • 2013
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • 2013
  • Lark-Barranco Scholarship
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • 2013
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Marist College
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Appellate Brief, Second Judicial Department
  • People of the State of New York v. John Doe
  • 2017
  • Sentencing Memorandum
  • United States v. John Doe
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Brooklyn Law School "Career Conversations"
  • Criminal Defense Career Paths
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (18)
Endorse Kristen
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kristen is an extremely effective advocate and she is tough as nails! Don't let the fact that she is so nice fool you. She is one of the best out there and anyone being represented by her should consider themselves lucky to have her as their counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen is a phenomenal attorney. She has extensive knowledge of criminal law and an incredible demeanor with her clients and opposing counsel. She gets results, and gets them quickly and efficiently."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for Criminal Defense as a general area of practice. Ms. Epifania displays a talent for substantive and procedural understanding of the law. I have personally observed her rhetorical skill as well as her talent for problem solving. Her approach to client meetings, courtroom practice, and litigation shows that she is clearly the kind of attorney that can be trusted to help with a criminal case."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kristen! Ms. Epifania's answers to questions on this forum shows her passion for criminal law. Additionally, Ms. Epifania is generous with her time, as shown by the time she takes to answer questions from those seeking answers to their problems."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kristen is an exceptional criminal defense attorney who's no-nonsense approach and painstaking attention to detail makes her a go-to attorney in the industry. Any potential client should trust her with the most complex of criminal legal issues. Without hesitation, I highly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She’s professional, prompt and knowledgeable. I’ve seen her in court handle an array of cases and will set your expectations and explain every step of your case. Great attorney !"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have known Ms. Epifania for the past several years and presently work with her. She is both a tenacious and compassionate attorney who is confident and talented beyond her years."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen is an asset to have as a lawyer fighting on your side. She is tenacious and will go the extra mile to help you get the best result on your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Epifania is a talent and bright criminal defense attorney who exerts extra effort for her clients. She is an asset to the New York City legal community and I endorse her wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I happily endorse Ms. Epifania who is always helpful and knowledgeable on criminal law issues. She has been a great resource for me. She is an intelligent and dedicated lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Other
"Ms. Epifania is a knowledgeable attorney, and her presence in the AVVO community reflects a demonstrated commitment to helping those in need of legal help. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Epifania is a terrific lawyer. She is caring, compassionate, intelligent and hard-working. I have no hesitation in referring cases to her. She is an excellent advocate and has strong writing skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristen is one of the most diligent and thoughtful attorneys I have ever met. She always goes the extra mile for her clients. I would not hesitate to hire Kristen if myself or my loved one were in trouble."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen is a passionate, knowledgeable, and reliable colleague I can always count on. She will not shy away from extending a helping hand for her clients irrespective of the time of the day. In her current practice, she has already accomplished so much, and I have no doubt that she will continue to do so for years to come."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kristen is a compassionate and caring attorney with a focused drive and understanding of the law. I have known and worked with Kristen since she was a law student, and she has proven herself as an exceptional attorney to her clients and her co-workers. I highly recommend this attorney."
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Freehold Criminal defense Lawyer Kristen Epifania
Kristen Epifania
Criminal defense Attorney
Freehold, NJ
Licensed for 5 years