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Michael R. Ascher, a Partner with Einhorn Harris, gained extensive trail experience as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice and as Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor.  He is presently engaged in a litigation practice handling both criminal and complex civil matters.  His practice includes all categories of criminal cases, including drunk driving defense cases and matters involving the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).  His cases span the gamut of sex offenses, drug and white collar crimes, computer crime, conspiracy, fraud and theft cases. 

Michael has been involved in significant cases on both the trial and Appellate level.  He successfully argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in State v. Dispoto, 189 NJ 108 (2007) that the Domestic Violence Act could not be used as a bootstrap mechanism by the police to obtain evidence to sustain the issuance of a criminal search warrant.  He also developed the trial argument that led the New Jersey Supreme Court to change the manner in which juries are instructed in the prosecution of sex crimes involving chidren, State v. P.H. 178 NJ 378 (2004). 

Michael Ascher won a 5-year legal battle before the New Jersey Supreme Court.  He obtained an important Appellate decision in a child abuse and neglect case, NJDYFS v. S.S. 372, NJ Super 13 (App. Div. 2004).  There, he advocated for the right of an abused wife whose name was wrongfully placed in the DYFS Central Registry. 

Michael also serves as a member of the Morris County Criminal Practice Committee. 

He has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list every year since its inception in 2005.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    42 years
  2. Child Abuse: 25%
    42 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    42 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    33 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Dina M Mikulka

    Michael's experience and litigation skills are unparalled in the area of DYFS / DCPP litigation. He brings a unique and extremely valuable perspective to this very difficult area of litigation. I would recommend him without any reservation.


    Dina Mikulka Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Robert John Wittmann

    I was taking on a high level felony case that concerned rare, esoteric areas of criminal law. Much research was needed in order to prevail. I spent numerous hours at the library and reviewed many law books. Few of them were as useful as the scholarly, yet highly practical online legal essays of Mr. Ascher. Intrigued by his writings, I contacted him over email and he graciously responded by calling me on the telephone. For almost 20 minutes, he took time out of his busy schedule and spoke with me about the unique legal procedures I would be facing and the strategies I would need in order to prevail. His essays and advice would prove to be of great value. Indeed, they helped me get the case dismissed, with prejudice. Mr. Ascher is a gentleman, professional and credit to the bar. I wish more attorneys were like him.


    Robert Wittmann Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C.

165 East Main Street
P.O. Box 3010
Denville, NJ, 07834


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Year awardNew Jersey Superlawyers .com2015
SuperlawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2015
SuperlawyerNew Jersey Super lawyesr Magazine2014
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyer2012
super lawyer/crimnal lawnew jersey superlawyers magazine2011
Super Lawyer/Criminal LawNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Super Lawyer/Criminal LawNew Jersey Super Lawyer Magazine2009
Super Lawyer/Criminal LawNew JerseySuper Lawyer Magazine2008
Super Lawyer/Criminal LawNew Jersey Super Lawyer Magazine2007
Super Lawyer/Criminal LawNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Super Lawyer/Criminal LawNew Jeresy Super Lawyer Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrinicpalEinhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C.2010 - Present
Associate AttorneyStein, Bliablias and Mcguire, LLP1978 - 1980
Assistant ProsecutorOffice Of Passaic County Prosecutor1976 - 1978
Deputy Attorney GeneralOffice of Attorney General Division of Criminal Justice1974 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
Morris County Bar Association, Criminal Practice CommitteeMemberN/A
Contract Litigator ArbitratorMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
state v. dispotoall evidence supppressed/charges dismissed
dyfs v.s.s.child buse substantion reversed and name removed from registry
dyfs v. d.t.child returned to custody of parents after hearing
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Lehigh UniversityInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts - Magna Cum Laude1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Boardwalk SeminarDefending Sex Assault Cases2009
Domestic Violence SymposiumDomestic Violence2006
Domestic Violence SymposiumDomestic Violence2005
School Violence SymposiumSchool Violence and Juvenile Delinquency issues2002
Children's Records LawJuvenile Delinquency2001