Darren M. Gelber - Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.

Darren M. Gelber

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Mr. Gelber, a shareholder with the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., is the immediate Past-President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.   He concentrates his practice in the area of criminal law, healthcare related litigation, administrative litigation and civil rights law and serves as chair of the firm’s Criminal Practice Group.  He has consistently been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers® list since 2005.  He has also been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Best Lawyers® list 2011.  His  blog, Jersey Justice Monitor, focuses on criminal practice issues with a particular focus on New Jersey.

Designated and re-certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Mr. Gelber represents clients 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.  He also represents clients with appellate matters.  As a former prosecutor with experience in New York criminal practice, Mr. Gelber has represented many New Jersey residents who have had encounters with the New York criminal justice system.

Mr. Gelber  is a past recipient of the Middlesex County Bar Association’s Criminal Trial Attorney of the Year award.  Mr. Gelber’s practice also extends to areas related to criminal and quasi-criminal proceedings.  For example, he has represented physicians, licensed real estate agents, nurses and other professionals before administrative licensing boards.  He also has extensive experience representing clients in administrative matters before the Division of Motor Vehicles, and has represented police officers in departmental disciplinary matters.

As an experienced litigator, Mr. Gelber has represented plaintiffs and defendants in healthcare related litigation and civil rights cases before state and federal courts.  Mr. Gelber recently obtained a $3.4 million dollar settlement in federal court on behalf of the family of a husband, wife and child who were shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.  He was also part of the litigation team that won a jury verdict in the amount of $17.5 million in a police misconduct/medical malpractice case tried in Federal Court in White Plains, NY.

From 1993 to 1996 Mr. Gelber was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx, NY where he acquired extensive trial experience prosecuting various criminal matters, and where he led homicide grand jury investigations.  Mr. Gelber was associated with the offices of Linda Kenney in Red Bank from 1996 to 1997, where he practiced in the areas of workplace discrimination, civil rights litigation, and criminal defense.

Mr. Gelber is an active member of the Bar.  He is a past member of the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts.  He is a member of the Middlesex and Monmouth County Bar Associations, and the New Jersey State Bar Association, where he served as a member of the Criminal Practice Committee. 

He is also a frequent guest commentator on CourtTV, and has served as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University.

Area of Emphasis:

All phases of criminal law in federal and state courts;
All phases of healthcare litigation and civil rights litigation on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts;
Professional licensing matters.

Published Works:

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:  Don’t let your divorce client test the reach of New Jersey’s computer crimes laws, New Jersey Law Journal, 186 N.J.L.J. 674
(November 13, 2006).
Editorial on DWI ruling faulted, New Jersey Lawyer, Vol. 15, No. 6; Pg. 6, February 6, 2006
New Jersey Isn’t Burning, Voice of the Bar, New Jersey Law Journal, 181 N.J.L.J. 1189, September 26, 2005 (co-author)
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines:  Is Discretion Still The Better Part Of Valor?,
9 N.Y.L. Sch. J. Hum. Rts. 355 (Spring, 1992)

Foreign Language:  Basic comprehension of French

Classes/Seminars, Presentations Taught or Instructed:

New Municipal Court and Court Rules, Middlesex County Bar Association (seminar Moderator and Speaker), October 2, 2013
Handling High Profile Cases and the Media, Middlesex County Bar Association (Seminar Moderator), December 3, 2012
Use of Experts In Criminal Cases, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, February 17, 2011
Recent developments in Family Law - Electronic Evidence, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 5, 2011
Hot Topics In Criminal Law, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, February 13, 2009
Plea Bargaining and the Interstate Compact, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Seminar Moderator), June 17, 2008
Hot Topics in Criminal Law, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Seminar Speaker and Moderator), September 25, 2007
Line-ups and Confessions, Middlesex County Bar Association Criminal Trial Practice Committee, January 25, 2007
Criminal Motion Practice, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 19, 2005
Criminal Trial Preparation, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, October 29, 2003
Hot Tips for Hot Litigators, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting,
May 18, 2001

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey New BrunswickBA 1989New York Institute of TechnologyJ.D. 1992

Office Location

90 Woodbridge Center Drive, Suite 900
P.O. Box 10
Woodbridge, NJ 07095-0958
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar of the Woodbridge Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar of the Woodbridge Metro Area
Darren M. Gelber has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Darren M. Gelber has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!


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Practice Areas

Civil Rights Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Other Information

Gender: Male