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From resolving business disputes to fighting criminal charges to
navigating real estate transactions, small business owners and
individuals, alike, find themselves in need of highly skilled legal

The outcome of these situations can have a lasting impact on your life or your business. At The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC,
we utilize our experience and familiarity with the courts of New
Jersey, to minimize the exposure of our clients and create a positive
impact. With more than 10 years of experience, we protect our clients'
interests throughout New Jersey, with offices in Union and Somerset



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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 45%
    16 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    16 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 25%
    12 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Walter Michael Luers

    I endorse this lawyer. I've read many dozens of his answers on AVVO and they are uniformly excellent. Mr. Abate is an excellent choice for a criminal defense matter.


    Walter Luers State, local, and municipal law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joseph John Donatiello

    I highly recommend Mr. Abate. During the time that I have known and worked with him, he has been the consummate professional who is constantly zealously advocating for his clients.


    Joseph Donatiello DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices Of James A. Abate

7 East High Street
1st Floor
Somerville, NJ, 08847

Cranford Office

20 Commerce Drive
Suite 135
Cranford, NJ, 07016

Piscataway Office

30 Knightsbridge Road
Suite 525
Piscataway, NJ, 08854

Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC

376 South Avenue East
Westfield, NJ, 07090



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's ChoiceAVVO2015
Clients ChoiceAVVO2014
Best of New JerseyThe Italian Voice2014
Clients ChoiceAVVO2013
Richardson ScholarBrooklyn Law School1999
Trial Advocacy AwardFederal Bar Council1999
Civil ProcedureAmerican Jurisprudence1999
Legal WrittingAmerican Jurisprudence1999
Constitutional LawAmerican Jurisprudence1999
Moot CourtCornelius T. Wickersham AwardN/A
ScholarshipRuth Markoff AwardN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of James A. Abate2008 - Present
Of CounselPost Polak Goodsell MacNeill & Strauchler2005 - 2007
Of CounselLester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLP2005 - 2008
Senior AssociateClausen Miller, PC2001 - 2005
AssociateHeidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP1999 - 2001
ExternUnited States Attorneys Office Eastern District Of New York1998 - 1999
Judicial ExternThe Honorable David Trager, U.S. District Court Judge at United States District Court, Eastern District of New York1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Somerset Hills Business Profesionals AssociationMember2016 - Present
Atlantic County Municipal Court Attorney AssociationMember2014 - Present
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New JerseyMunicipal Court Practice Committee2014 - Present
Criminal / Municipal Practice- Somerset County Bar AssociationCommittee Member2013 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2013 - Present
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New JerseyMember2012 - Present
New Jersey Bar Association Municipal Court Practice SectionBoard of Directors2008 - Present
New Jersey Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
National Association of Subrogation ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Green Brook Little LeagueBoard of Directors2011 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mt. Sinai v. Mann v. ChubbPlaintiff verdict
American Motorist Ins. Co. v. Morris Goldman Real Estate Corp., 277 F.Supp.2d 304 (S.D.N.Y. 2003)Plaintiff's verdict
Murrell v. ApfelPlaintiff's verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
City University of New York, Brooklyn CollegeTheatreB.F.A1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Vincent J Apruzzese Mock Trial CompetitionJudge2016
Subcommittee on Judicial IndependenceThe Playbook for Patronage2016
Law Day Community ForumDomestic Violence2016
Education SeminarWhat to do when arrested for DWI2016
Vincent J. Apruzzee Mock Trial CompetitionJudge2015
Litigation Techniques ConferenceLitigation Techniques2007