Alan L. Zegas and his associates practice criminal, appellate, and commercial litigation in the State and Federal courts of New Jersey and New York.
Mr. Zegas, who received an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School, and a B.S. degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, is the editor of "NJ Criminal Procedure", published by Lexis/Nexis, and the co-editor of "New Jersey Evidence", published by Gann Law Books.
Mr. Zegas has served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School-Newark, was Editor-In-Chief of the Rutgers Law Review, and is named in The Best Lawyers in America, Superlawyers, and the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, in multiple areas of legal practice.
New Jersey Monthly Magazine named Mr. Zegas as one of the "50 Most Interesting People in NJ", and several annual editions of "Superlawyers" have listed him as among the top 100 attorneys in New Jersey.
The Zegas Law Firm is on the U.S. News and World Reports listing of the best law firms in New Jersey in the areas of Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar, and Appellate Practice. The firm is ranked in Tier 1 of the U.S. News and World Reports' list of premier appellate practitioners.
In 2009, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education granted Mr. Zegas its award for distinguished service to the Bar.
Mr. Zegas has appeared on 60 Minutes, and he has been quoted as a legal expert by newspapers and magazines across the country, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Star Ledger, and the New Jersey Law Journal. Mr. Zegas has also been featured on TV and radio news programs of major broadcast stations nationally.
Mr. Zegas was co-counsel to former Newark Mayor, Sharpe James, in his federal criminal trial. Over the years, the Zegas law firm has been involved in precedent-setting appellate cases and has represented many elected officials and prominent business people, including high level executives in New Jersey and New York corporations.
Mr. Zegas has served as President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, and Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Morris County Bar Association.
Mr. Zegas serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Evidence Committee and he has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Criminal Practice Committee and Criminal Charge Committee.
United States v. Sharpe James — Served as co-counsel to former Newark Mayor, Sharpe James, in his federal criminal trial.
State of New Jersey v. Bryant Grober - "The Glen Ridge Case" — Served as attorney for defendant, Bryant Grober, in what was nationally known as "The Glen Ridge Case", which four high school athletes were accused of the sexual assault of a woman
who suffered from a mental disability. Grober was the only defendant acquitted of all sexual assault charges. A movie was made of the case and a book, "Our Guys", which documented the trial and studied the sociology of the town of Glen Ridge,
was written by Bernard Lefkowitz.
State of New Jersey v. Margaret Kelly Michaels — Zegas began representing Kelly Michaels, who had served five years in prison for the alleged sexual assault of over 40 nursery school children, when her case was before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
In a precedent-setting ruling, the Court held that the rights of Ms. Michaels had been violated because the children were questioned by investigators in a highly suggestive
manner, which contaminated the children so severely that it was impossible to distinguish whether their recitation of events reflected the truth or was a fantasy recollection induced by grossly inappropriate investigative questioning.
State of New Jersey v. Cecelia Chen — Mr. Zegas, in the New Jersey Supreme Court, represented defendant, Cecilia Chen, who was convicted of aggravated assault. In a case setting a precedent nationwide, the Court formulated new standards to be applied in cases involving
eyewitness identifications. The alleged victim who identified Ms. Chen as her assailant was the wife of a man Ms. Chen had dated. The man showed his wife a photograph of Ms. Chen in a way that was suggestive. The Supreme Court remanded the case for a hearing after holding that identification evidence should be suppressed if the identification is tainted by suggestive procedures employed by a private citizen, not a member of law enforcement.
State of New Jersey v. John Martini — At the request of the court, Mr. Zegas represented death row inmate, John Martini, before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Martini, who had been convicted of murder, wanted the Public Defender to cease
taking appeals over his objection. The case resulted in a precedent-setting ruling of the New Jersey Supreme Court.