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James A. Abate Esq.

43 Reviews

Why Do I Practice Criminal Defense?

“I focus on Criminal Defense, DUIs, and Municipal Court Cases for many reasons, but most importantly, because many people arrested for crimes have no previous experience with the law. They need two things: They need to be educated, and they need a great advocate.

They come from all walks of life, all ages, all professions, and are both male and female. What they need from me and this firm is to know that everything is going to be okay, and the way I explain that is by giving them the information that they need to make the important decisions for their case. I can make a difference in somebody’s life – I can educate them, and then, ultimately, be the best advocate possible for their case.”

What Makes Me Uniquely Qualified To Defend You?

  • Personalized & Uncompromising Legal Representation
  • Nearly Two Decades of Legal Experience
  • Prosecutor and Litigator with New York offices of National law firms
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • 100% Involved in Your Case
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Certified in the administration of the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)
  • Certified in the administration of the NHTSA Drug Recognition Evaluations (DRE)
  • We work with the top expert witnesses available, nation-wide, to help our clients

How Will You Be Treated By This Firm?

When you hire this firm, you get a phenomenal team to back your case.

We will keep you informed of everything that is happening in your case, every step of the way. I will advise you as to how I believe the court is likely to resolve the issues in your case, and I will proceed as you tell me.

Most importantly, I will defend you and fight for the very best possible outcome in your case based on the facts and circumstances specific to your situation.


Professional Associations And Memberships:

  • Somerset County Bar Association
  • Union County Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • New York Bar Association
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tort, Insurance, Business, Litigation and Property sections


  • J.D. , Brooklyn Law School, 1999
    cum laude
    Markhoff Scholar
    Trial Team — 1998 semifinalist
    Dean’s List
    Achieved awards in Constitutional Law, Legal Writing,
    Civil Procedure and Trial Advocacy
    Cornelius T. Wickersham award
  • B.F.A., Brooklyn College, 1996

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit

“James handled my going wrong way on one way street with the great results. He keep me updated with what was going to happen and I found him to be extremely confident and professional. His team very well organized and that comes from James himself.”

Don D.

"Mr. Abate and His Staff were great! Very knowledgeable and treated my family and myself with the utmost respect. I would recommend him to anyone!"


“Mr. Abate represented me in a professional & courteous manner. I felt extremely comfortable discussing my case with Mr. Abate and he was very respectful to my situation. At no point did I feel like I made the wrong decision in having Mr. Abate represent me and will refer any of my friends to his practice in the future.”

Mike Z.


43 Reviews

“I endorse Attorney Abate. From his credentials Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It’s rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community and striving for more and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos.”

John Phillips, Personal Injury Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL

"I sincerely endorse attorney Abate. He is extremely knowledgeable, proactive and respectful! I have read and continue to enjoy his legal expertise in various facets of law! Highly recommended! Superb attorney!"

Eric Stepanov, Insurance Law Lawyer in Plainview, NY

"Mr. Abate is very knowledgeable and proficient in criminal law. Having interacted with Mr. Abate on several occasions, he is a professional and personable. I highly recommend him for your criminal matters."

Lawrence Centanni, Litigation Lawyer in Elizabeth, N


21 Endorsements