John Hogan is Assistant General Counsel at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A and a Shareholder in the firm’s Criminal Law group. He oversees all governance issues with respect to risk management, conflicts and other policy implementation. In addition to his role as Assistant General Counsel, Mr. Hogan represents individuals, corporations and public entities in relation to criminal and administrative prosecutions and investigations. He handles contested matters in Federal, State and Municipal Court and has successfully brought appeals from numerous actions. Well versed in the provisions of the law, Mr. Hogan achieves results by engaging in early intervention, conducting thorough investigations, anticipating legal issues and evidential hurdles for hearings and trials, while guiding clients through difficult times with an eye toward restoration of reputation and mitigation of negative consequences.

Throughout many years of serving as legal counsel to both public and private sector clients, Mr. Hogan has conducted internal investigations seeking to ensure regulatory compliance as well as address and prevent fraud and abuse. He has drafted and implemented corrective action plans and “best practices” strategies on behalf of businesses and public employers.

Mr. Hogan is also recognized as one of New Jersey’s drunk driving / DWI defense attorneys with an emphasis on complex defenses and progressive penalties. He was one of the first attorneys in New Jersey certified to operate the Alcotest 7110mkIIIc breath testing device and certified in the administration of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Mr. Hogan was instrumental in securing a reliability hearing of the Alcotest when he served as amicus counsel in State v. Chun. Results achieved in prior matters are not meant to be a guarantee of success as the facts and legal circumstances vary from matter to matter. He also served as president of a premier drunk driving defense organization.

Results achieved in prior matters are not meant to be a guarantee of success as the facts and legal circumstances vary from matter to matter. In addition, Mr. Hogan handles regulatory and administrative matters on behalf of license holders in relation to numerous agencies and licensing boards, such as the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC/Liquor Licensing), Division of State Lottery, Motor Vehicle Commission, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Nursing, Board of Medical Examiners, and similar professional licensing boards. Mr. Hogan frequently represents restaurants and other liquor license holders in relation to liquor license regulations, enforcement actions and related matters. Mr. Hogan has represented license holders in some of the largest and most widespread investigations in the State of New Jersey. He has facilitated complex license transfers and negotiated substantially beneficial settlements on behalf of his clients. 

With regard to health care claims fraud matters brought by the State of New Jersey, Mr. Hogan has handled Medicaid fraud allegations, billing code disputes, and actions involving health care providers. 

In addition, Mr. Hogan has represented many public education institutions, including local school boards and colleges on matters ranging from student discipline, truancy, Open Public Record Act (OPRA) compliance, and investigations related to fraud, regulatory matters, and financial oversight.

As an experienced litigator, Mr. Hogan has represented plaintiffs and defendants in civil rights cases before state and federal courts including actions for false arrest, excessive force, inadequate medical care and similar matters. 

Mr. Hogan is a former Past President of Trial Attorneys of New Jersey and has served as TANJ Officer and Trustee since 2006. He has served as a periodic guest lecturer on Federal Civil Procedure at St. John’s University and lectures several times a year on practice-related topics for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, and the Middlesex County Bar Association.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hogan completed a clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, for the Honorable Michael D. Farren, P.J.Cr., and the Honorable Vincent E. Hull, Jr., J.S.C. 

Awards and Recognitions

  • Middlesex County Bar Association Criminal Trial Practice Attorney of the Year, 2021
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers list, 2006-2021
  • New Jersey Best Lawyers in America list, Since 2022
  • New Jersey Law Journal, New Leader of the Bar list, 2012
  • Middlesex County Bar Association, Young Lawyer of the Year, 2010
  • NJBIZ Forty Under 40 List, 2009
  • Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year, 2008

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