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James A. Abate Esq.

James A. Abate Esq.

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Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI
  • Municipal Court
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Founding partner James A. Abate, Esq. chose to focus on criminal defense, DUI defense, and municipal court cases because, "Many people arrested for crimes have no previous experience with the law. They come from all walks of life, all ages, all professions, and are all genders. They need two things: They need to be educated and they need a strong advocate." Mr. Abate's compassion for his clients is the driving force behind the firm. "Most importantly, what a client needs from me is knowing that everything is going to be okay. Bad decisions should not haunt you for the rest of your life." He supports his clients by giving them the information that they need to make hard decisions.

Mr. Abate says, "When you hire this firm, you get not just me, but an entire legal team dedicated to fighting for the best possible outcome in your case based on the facts and circumstances specific to your situation. Each member of our staff provides vital support for reaching successful resolutions."

He enjoys his Stanley Tucci-esq glasses and loves his sweet office puppy, Molly.



  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Markhoff Scholar
    • Honors: Trial Team, Semifinalist, 1998
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Cornelius T. Wickersham Award
  • Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York
    • B.F.A. - 1996
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • 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

Professional Associations

  • 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 Section

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Past Positions

  • Eastern District of New York at the United States Attorney's Office, Law Intern
  • United States District Judge David G. Trager

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified in the administration of the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)
  • Certified in the administration of the NHTSA Drug Recognition Evaluations (DRE)