Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor - Criminal Defense Attorney in NJ

Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor
Phone: 732.855.6005
Fax: 732.726.6641
Bar Admission:

New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of
New Jersey, 1990

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J.D., Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, 1990
B.A., Douglass College, Rutgers University, 1987

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Biographical Information:

Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor, General Counsel and Shareholder with the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., concentrates her practice in the areas of criminal law, white-collar litigation, internal investigations including cybersecurity and data privacy breaches, licensing and regulatory matters and civil rights litigation.  She brings this relevant legal experience to her role as General Counsel, in which serves as the key advisor to the firm regarding governance issues, conflict and risk management, and policy implementation.

Ms. Torregrossa-O’Connor is a seasoned litigator on the firm’s Criminal Law Team and represents individual and corporate clients in all phases of criminal proceedings in both state and federal courts, including significant motion, trial, and appellate work.  Ms. Torregrossa-O’Connor has experience handling serious criminal cases, ranging from homicide offenses to theft and drug offenses, as well as complex racketeering (“RICO”) matters and white-collar crimes, including public corruption, business-related offenses, and health care claims and insurance fraud.  Ms. Torregrossa-O’Connor also represents juveniles charged with offenses and those facing waiver to adult criminal court.  Ms. Torregrossa-O’Connor also appears in municipal court matters, as well as civil and administrative matters, disciplinary hearings at the municipal and state level and DYFS/DCPP litigation.

In Ms. Torregrossa-O’Connor’s white-collar practice, she represents individuals, corporations and public entities in federal and state investigations, civil and criminal litigation, and enforcement and regulatory and licensing matters.  She also handles internal investigations for clients facing government inquiries or those seeking to investigate misconduct or compliance issues.  She frequently represents healthcare professionals in both civil and criminal matters.  She also practices in the area of cybersecurity compliance and data breaches.

Ms. Torregrossa-O’Connor first became associated with the firm after completing an appellate clerkship with the Honorable Thomas F. Shebell, Jr. in 1991.  She practiced in the areas of criminal defense and civil rights before joining the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in 1993.  As an assistant prosecutor, she acquired significant jury trial experience.  Before returning to the firm, she joined the firm of O’Connor and O’Connor, where she practiced in the area of municipal law, handling discrimination claims, labor and employment matters, disciplinary actions, and other matters before various local boards.

Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and co-chairs its Public Policy Committee.  She also serves as Vice-President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and heads its Legislative Committee.  She sits on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice and co-chairs its Criminal Law Section.  As a trustee of the Monmouth Bar Association, Ms. Torregrossa-O’Connor also co-chairs its Criminal Practice Committee.  She is an appointed member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection.  She served on the District IX Attorney Ethics Committee until 2016, and is currently a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Professional Responsibility.  Ms. Torregrossa-O’Connor is also member of the Communications Committee of the Associate Alumni of Douglass College.

Ms. Torregrossa-O’Connor was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2015 and named the Best Lawyers 2015 Criminal Defense: White Collar “Lawyer of the Year” in Woodbridge. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report.  A description of their selection process can be found in the respective link above. The aforementioned organization is a private peer review organization, not a court specific public certification vehicle.  No aspect of this advertisement has been submitted to or approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Area of Emphasis:
Criminal Defense in Federal, State and Municipal Courts; White-Collar and Civil Litigation; Healthcare and Insurance Fraud Litigation; Internal Investigations; Cybersecurity Compliance and Litigation; Disciplinary Actions Against Police Officers and Other Government Employees