Darren M. Gelber - Criminal Lawyer in NJ

Darren M. Gelber
Phone:  732.855.6006
Fax: 732.726.6571
Bar Admission:

New Jersey, 1992
New York, 1993
United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey;
Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Western District of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit;
Supreme Court of the United States

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J.D.,  New York Law School, cum laude, 1992
B.A., Rutgers College, 1989

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Biographical Information:

"When you, your family member or your company becomes the subject of scrutiny by law enforcement or regulatory authorities, you need an lawyer to stand with you.  You need a lawyer who not only knows the laws and the procedures, but a lawyer who knows how to expedite the often painstakingly slow legal process and get things done.  You want a lawyer who will sympathize with your anxiety, can answer your questions, and help you formulate the best strategy for your case–a lawyer who at once knows who to call and what to say.  You need a lawyer who is a straight shooter who will give you candid advice in private—even if it isn’t exactly what you want to hear—and who also knows how to fight in the courtroom when you choose to fight.  You need Darren Gelber."

Darren is chair of the firm’s Criminal team, head of its Cyber State Legal Resource Group, and a member of the Cannabis Law team.  His criminal practice involves defending individuals and companies and extends to healthcare related litigation, administrative litigation and professional licensing matters.  Mr. Gelber contributes to the team’s blog, Jersey Justice Monitor, providing insight on current criminal practice issues with a particular focus on New Jersey.  In addition to contributing to the blog, he writes and lectures extensively on criminal and cyber-related issues.  When television or print media representatives need to speak to someone who knows New Jersey criminal practice, Darren is on their speed dial list.

Well known and regarded among his colleagues in the criminal defense bar, Darren is Past-President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, and has consistently been selected for inclusion in both the New Jersey Super Lawyers® and New Jersey Best Lawyers® lists.  Darren was recertified in 2017 by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.  Only those attorneys that are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in a specific area of law or practice; have passed a rigorous examination; and have been recognized by their peers as having sufficient skills and reputation in the designated specialty can be granted certification by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Darren’s clients have sought his counsel in all phases of criminal proceedings, including those charged with serious offenses in state and federal courts, those under investigation by law enforcement authorities or subpoenaed to appear before a state or federal grand jury and clients seeking to appeal an adverse decision.  He also represents professional clients in matters before licensing boards.  As a former Assistant Bronx District Attorney, Darren has also been called upon by many New Jersey clients who have had encounters with the New York criminal justice system.

Speaking Engagements:

  • Cyber State Legal Resource Group - Inaugural Event, October 21, 2015, "From the Front Lines to Flying Under the Radar:  How to Combat the Ever-present Threat of Cyber-crime and Security Breaches and Keep Your Business and Personal Life Safe" (Moderator)
  • Middlesex County Bar Association seminar, October 2, 2013, “New Municipal Court and Court Rules” (Moderator)
  • Middlesex County Bar Association seminar, December 3, 2012, “Handling High Profile Cases and the Media” (Moderator)
  • NJICLE, March 5, 2011, “Recent developments in Family Law - Electronic Evidence”
  • NJICLE, February 17, 2011, “Use of Experts In Criminal Cases”
  • NJICLE, February 13, 2009, “Hot Topics In Criminal Law”
  • NJICLE, June 17, 2008, “Plea Bargaining and the Interstate Compact” (Moderator)
  • NJICLE, September 25, 2007, “Hot Topics in Criminal Law” (Moderator), 
  • Middlesex County Bar Association: Criminal Trial Practice Committee, January 25, 2007, “Line-ups and Confessions”
  • NJICLE, November 19, 2005, “Criminal Motion Practice”
  • NJICLE, October 29, 2003, “Criminal Trial Preparation”
  • NJSBA Annual Meeting, May 18, 2001, “Hot Tips for Hot Litigators”
  • “Civil Rights Attorney's Fees: Qualifying as a Prevailing Party Offers No Guarantees,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, February, 2014
  • “The Reach of New Jersey’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion List,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, April 2013)
  • “To Waive or Not to Waive, That is the Question,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, February 2013
  • “A Commentary: The Code is Broken,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, June, 2010
  • “Recovering from Identity Theft: A Case Study,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, October, 2008
  • “Cybercrimes: File-sharing Programs Violating Copyright and Child Pornography Distribution Law,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, December, 2008
  • “Beware the Smoking E-mail,” New Jersey Law Journal, November 13, 2006
  • “Editorial on DWI ruling faulted,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, February 2, 2006
  • “New Jersey Isn’t Burning,” New Jersey Law Journal: Voice of the Bar, September 26, 2005 (Co-authored with Blair R. Zwillman)
  • “The Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Is Discretion Still The Better Part Of Valor?” New York Law School Journal of Human Rights, Spring, 1992

Foreign Language:

  • Basic comprehension of French

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Martindale Hubbell AV Ranking - Darren Gelber

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