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Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ)

About the ACDL-NJ


  • Founded: 1985
  • Location: Allenhurst, New Jersey

Mission and History

The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ) was established in 1985. Today, the ACDL-NJ has grown to more than 400 members from the 21 counties in the state. Membership is available to criminal defense lawyers in New Jersey in both public practice and in the private sector. The attorneys in the organization practice in the courts at the local, state and federal level.

The organization is headquartered in West Allenhurst, NJ. It provides a unified voice for members of the criminal defense bar in the State of New Jersey. Additionally, through support, CLE seminars, and networking opportunities it helps criminal defense attorneys improve their practice. The ACDL-NJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

ACDL-NJ was established "to respond to the continuing problems confronting criminal defense lawyers when they honestly, ethically, but zealously represent their clients; to protect and insure compliance with those individual rights guaranteed by the New Jersey and United States Constitutions; and to encourage cooperation among criminal defense lawyers engaged in the furtherance of those objectives."



Officers and Trustees

Aidan P O'Connor
Hackensack, NJ
Linda Diana Foster
Linda Diana Foster
Newark, NJ
Mark Friedman
Vice President / Treasurer
Newark, NJ
Matthew Stephen Adams
Vice President
Morristown, NJ
Michael Noriega
Vice President
Scotch Plains, NJ
Allan Marain
New Brunswick, NJ

Past Presidents

John A Azzarello
Morristown, NJ
Sharon Bittner Kean
Madison, NJ
Judith B. Fallon
Judith B. Fallon
Trenton, NJ
Christopher D Adams
Roseland, NJ
Michael Angelo Baldassare
Newark, NJ
Joseph D Rotella
Newark, NJ

ACDL-NJ Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Lauren A Wimmer
Wimmer Criminal Defense, LLC
Philadelphia, PA
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James B Seplowitz
Foy & Seplowitz, LLC
Hackensack, NJ
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John C Whipple
Whipple Azzarello, LLC
Morristown, NJ
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Howard Woodley Bailey
Law Office of H. W. Bailey, LLC
Newark, NJ
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Yaron Helmer
Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A.
Haddon Heights, NJ
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James R Fridie III
Fridie Law Group, LLC
Cinnaminson, NJ
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Contact the ACDL-NJ

Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ)
P.O. Box 180
Allenhurst, NJ 07711
Office: (732) 517-1533

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Benefits of Membership

For New Jersey lawyers, the benefits of joining ACDL-NJ include:

  • Possible referrals from the public or other attorneys through the ACDL-NJ directory;
  • Discussion forum to connect the entire membership;
  • Access to online practice resources for New Jersey criminal defense lawyers including the ACDL-NJ Toolkit;
  • Protection through the Lawyers' Assistance program;
  • Ability to request amicus representation;
  • A voice in the New Jersey legislature on important issues for criminal defense attorneys;
  • The opportunity to attend CLE seminars and events at a reduced charge; and
  • Access members-only areas of the ACDL-NJ website.


Members of ACDL-NJ have the opportunity to serve on various committees including:

  • Education and Seminars Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Amicus Committee
  • Lawyer's Assistance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • ACDL-NJ Bylaws Committee
  • Municipal Court Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Website Committee

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in New Jersey

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in New Jersey which includes both ACDL-NJ members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the ACDL-NJ and other professional associations. This includes recognition for ACDL-NJ past presidents and ACDL-NJ members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the ACDL-NJ.

Use this directory to find a New Jersey criminal defense attorney in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

Criminal Defense Lawyers by County


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