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Alan L. Zegas has received many prominent honors over the course of his career, and he has achieved successful results in some of the most difficult cases litigated in the State of New Jersey.
Mr. Zegas has been named in "The Best Lawyers in America", "The Best Lawyers in New Jersey", "Superlawyers", "The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Prominent Attorneys", and "Who's Who in America".
Mr. Zegas has served on the adjunct faculty of Rutgers Law School - Newark, and he regularly lectures for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is a former president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, and a former Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has also served as a trustee for the New Jersey Bar Association.
A graduate of Rutgers Law School - Newark, Mr. Zegas served as the Editor-In-Chief of the Rutgers Law Review. Mr. Zegas received a Bachelor's of Science Degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from The Harvard Business School.
Among the celebrated cases that Mr. Zegas has litigated, include his having served recently as co-counsel to Newark's former Mayor, Sharpe James. Mr. Zegas also represented Bryan Grober in the "Glen Ridge" case, which involved the alleged assault of a mentally-challenged woman by high school athletes. In addition, Mr. Zegas represented Margaret Kelly Michaels in a landmark case that set standards law enforcement must follow in sexual assault cases.
Mr. Zegas obtained acquittals in federal court for Victor Botnick, a former staff member of New York Mayor Edward Koch, and Peter Obi, who was charged with Medicare fraud.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has asked Mr. Zegas to sit on numerous of its special committees over the years, including the Evidence Committee, the Committee on Criminal Practice, and the Criminal Charge Committee.
Mr. Zegas has frequently been quoted as an expert attorney by The New York Times, Star Ledger, New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Lawyer, Bergen Record, CBS radio and he makes frequent appearances as a commentator on Court TV, and has also on "60 Minutes" and on the news stations in major United States markets.
The author of numerous articles on criminal and civil trial and appellate practice, Mr. Zegas is also a regular Lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Criminal Law, Federal Practice, Appellate Practice, Computer Crimes, and Trial Practice.
Mr. Zegas has run in five New York marathons, enjoys playing the piano and is an avid reader of biographies.
Admitted: 1981, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1982, New York and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1984, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1987, U.S. Supreme Court
Law School: Rutgers University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1981
College: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, B.S., 1974; Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, M.B.A., 1978
Member: The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (President, 1998-1999);New Jersey State Bar Association (Trustee, 1986-1988; Vice-Chairman, Young Lawyers Division, 1985-1986; Trustee, Criminal Law Section, 1987—; Second Vice-Chair, Criminal Law Section, 1993-1994; Chair, Criminal Law Section, 1995-1996; Member, Executive Committee Federal Practice, 1990; Trustee, 1989-1994; Secretary/Treasurer, 1994-1995; Vice Chair, 1995-1998).
Biography: Editor-in-Chief, Rutgers Law Review, 1980-1981. Law Clerk, Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, U.S. District Court, 1981-1983. Listed in: The Best Lawyers in America; Best Lawyers in New Jersey, New Jersey Monthly; National Directory of Criminal Lawyers; Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys (General, Criminal and Civil Trial, and Appellate Practice). Author: "Summary of Criminal Law Decisions of the New Jersey Supreme Court," New Jersey Law Journal, 1992—; "Personal Letters: A Dilemma for Copyright and Privacy Law," 33 Rutgers Law Review 134, 1980. Lecturer: Civil, Criminal, Appellate and Federal Law, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987—. Adjunct Faculty Member, Rutgers Law School, 1984-1988. Chairman, Sub-Committee on the Availability of Legal Services for the Elderly, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1982-1984. Executive Committee, Essex County Representative, Young Lawyer's Section, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1983-1985. Member, Availability of Legal Services Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1982-1985. Alumni Council, Rutgers Law School, 1983—. Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice, 1993—. Reader, New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners, 1985. Secretary, University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club, 1986-1987. Chairman, Lawyers Referral Service Committee, Essex County Bar Association, 1986-1987. Moderator, National Criminal Law and Procedure Forum, Lexis Counsel Connect, 1994—. Master, C. Willard Heckel Inns of Court, 1993—.
Born: Newark, New Jersey, October 28, 1952
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 National Law & Politics||New Jersey Monthly Magazine||2015|
|Ten Leaders of the Criminal Bar in Northern New Jersey||Digital Press International||2015|
|Distinguished Service To The Bar||New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education||2009|
|Top 10 Attorneys in Northern New Jersey||Digital Press International||N/A|
|Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in NJ||New Jersey Monthly Magazine||N/A|
|Tier 1 Premier Appellate Practictioners||U.S. News & World Report||N/A|
|The Best Lawyers in America - Peer Review Survey||Best Lawyers||N/A|
|50 Most Interesting People in New Jersey||New Jersey Magazine||N/A|
|SuperLawyers||New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine||N/A|
|Distinguished Criminal Defense Lawyers||National Directory of Criminal lawyers||N/A|
|Owner||Alan L. Zegas||1984 - Present|
|Associate||Robinson, Wayne, LEvin, Riccio & Lasala||1981 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Representative||2013 - Present|
|University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club||Former Secretary||N/A|
|New Jersey Supreme Court Commmittee on Civil & Criminal Practice||Appointed Member||N/A|
|United States District Court for the District of New Jersey||Appointed Member||N/A|
|Lexis Counsel Connect||Moderator||N/A|
|Rutger's Law School||Former Adjunct Faculty Member||N/A|
|New Jersey Bar Examination||Former Reader||N/A|
|Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals||Chair||2002 - 2004|
|Morris County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Chair||2002 - 2004|
|Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey||Past President||1998 - 1999|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure Section||Vice-Chair||1995 - 1998|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Former Chair||1995 - 1996|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure Section||Treasurer||1994 - 1995|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure Section||Secretary||1994 - 1995|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Second Vice-Chair||1993 - 1994|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure Section||Executive Committee||1990 - 1990|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice and Procedure Section||Trustee||1989 - 1994|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Trustee||1987 - 1988|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Trustee||1986 - 1988|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Vice-Chair||1985 - 1986|
|State v. Michaels||Overturned|
|State v. Ford||Acquittal|
|State v. Grober, et al||Acquittal|
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|Gann Law Books||Gann's New Jersey Evidence||2015|
|Lexis Nexis Publishing||New Jersey Criminal Procedure||2014|
|The New Jersey Lawyer Magazine||Bail in The State and Federal Courts||1994|
|New Jersey Law Journal Books||Federal Pretrial Orders - Chapter||N/A|
|Federal Civil Practice Manual||Pretrial Orders - Chapter||N/A|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Annual Review of New Jersey Supreme Court Criminal Law Decisions||N/A|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Use of Proffers under the Federal Bail Reform Act of 1984||N/A|
|Rutgers University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|Harvard University||Business Administration||MA - Masters||1978|
|University of Pennsylvania||Finance/Commerce||BS - Bachelor of Science||1974|
|Paterson Police Department||State Police New Trainees||N/A|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Criminal Law Lecture||Lecture||N/A|