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Robert G. Stahl, Esq., an attorney since 1989, founded the firm in 1997, after six years of award-winning service as a federal prosecutor. The skills and experience he gained by overseeing some of the most complex investigations and trials as a federal prosecutor, are now used to defend those being investigated or charged by the government. Mr. Stahl started his criminal defense practice with one goal in mind – to provide the best possible defense for individuals targeted by the government. His approach to cases is straight forward – work hard, focus on the details, commit to finding the weaknesses in the government’s case, and provide the client and their family with the support to get through one of the most stressful times of their lives.

Since launching Stahl Criminal Defense Lawyers, he has represented clients in complex criminal matters, both at trial and on appeal, and matters before the NASD and SEC. Mr. Stahl represents those charged in a variety of frauds, and specializes in representing licensed professionals such as: physicians, dentists, lawyers, accountants, appraisers, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, and investment advisors and brokers charged with healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud and tax crimes. He also represents select defendants charged with crimes of violence, drug offenses and money laundering. Most recently he represented a former police officer in Bergen County facing murder charges; in federal court in Boston, one of the two students from Kazakhstan charged in connection with the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing; and a person charged in federal court in the Southern District of New York in a murder-for-hire plot.

While many of Mr. Stahl’s successes can be read in newspapers and on-line, some of the most satisfying successes never come to the public’s attention because he has successfully convinced the prosecutor to decline bringing charges. When retained early in the investigative stage, the firm’s goal is to prevent charges from being brought.

Mr. Stahl’s entire practice is devoted to defending individuals and corporations charged with federal and state violations. His list of clients includes individuals, government officials and corporations In federal courts throughout the United States, state courts in New Jersey and New York, and overseas in places including the United Kingdom and the former U.S.S.R.

Mr. Stahl has an extensive background in criminal investigations and trials. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of New Jersey for more than six years and specialized in leading the investigation and prosecution of complex white-collar crime, tax, and organized crime cases. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Stahl successfully prosecuted multi-defendant, complex fraud cases with trials lasting as long as nine months, including the largest excise tax fraud case in the history of the United States.

During his USDOJ tenure, Mr. Stahl received two of the highest national awards given by the Department of Justice and the Attorney General of the United States for his outstanding trial skills. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Stahl was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge John W. Bissell for two years. Mr. Stahl graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall Law School.

Since 2007, Mr. Stahl has been continuously selected as a Super Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense. Mr. Stahl is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney.

The Certified Trial Lawyer designation by the New Jersey Supreme Court is limited to lawyers who have demonstrated:

1. Substantial involvement in trial matter in Superior Court;

2. An unblemished reputation as attested to by judges and lawyers; and

3.Substantial knowledge and continuing legal education shown by passing a special written examination on trial practice.

Mr. Stahl also appears as a legal commentator on Fox News and Fox Business News and has been quoted in major newspapers and wire services across the United States.

  • 53 Cardinal Drive, Third Floor
    Westfield, NJ 07090-2146
  • English
  • Seton Hall University, J.D., graduated 1989
  • Rutgers University–Newark, BA, graduated 1979
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • New York, 1998
  • New Jersey Supreme Court - Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Newark (2023)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • U.S. Department of Justice Director's Award
  • U. S. Department of Justice John Marshall Award
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Commercial Litigation

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