Attorneys

Patrick P. Toscano Jr.

Since leaving the position of First Assistant Essex County Prosecutor, where he forged strong relationships with several law enforcement officers and agencies, Mr. Toscano has earned the reputation of being a fierce advocate for all of his clients, including all law enforcement officers he represents.

While Mr. Toscano’s accomplishments in his legal career are staggering,  the one he is perhaps most proud of is his appointment to the New Jersey Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards, a position that he was appointed to by New Jersey State Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. The Commission is called upon to investigate alleged violations of statutes, rules and/or regulations that may have been committed by members of the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly, as well as other certain State employees.

While he specializes in four different areas, he has the ability to handle almost any type of contested matter.

Areas of Practice:

  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Municipal Court Matters (specializing in DWI cases)
  • Law Enforcement Defense Work

Certification/Specialties:

  • Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, N.J. Supreme Court, 1997-2007
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, N.J. Supreme Court, 1994-2006

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 1986
  • New York, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991

Education:

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    J.D.
  • Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, with Honors
    Major: Criminal Justice, B.A

Honors, Awards, and Appointments:

  • Certificate of Commendation, United States Secret Service, 1999
  • Certificate of Recognition, Essex County PBA Local 153, 1998
  • Criminal Trial Attorney of the Year (Achievement Award), Essex County Bar Association, 2005
  • Joint Legislative Resolution Proclamation Achievement, New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly, 2000 – Present
  • Executive Department Proclamation, The State of New Jersey, Office of the Governor
    2000 – Present
  • Member, Governor Elect Chris Christie’s Transition Team, Law and Public Safety, 2009
  • Appointed by Governor Chris Christie, 2011, as a member of the New Jersey State Prisoner Reentry Commission
  • Commissioner/Vice Chairman, New Jersey State Lottery, 2014 – 2018
  • 2012 – Member, Finance Committee, State Senator Joe Kyrillos, Joe Kyrillos for US Senate
  • Voted Best Attorney by the Italian American Police Society, 2012
  • Voted Best of New Jersey, Distinguished American of Italian Descent, Italian Tribune Publications, 2013
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 – 2014 – Present
  • Member, New Jersey Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards (October, 2017 to present)
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys – 10 Best-Client Satisfaction Award
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Board of Visitors, The Bayley Society
  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020
  • Chosen as a New Jersey SuperLawyer  – 2011 to present

Professional Associations, Memberships and Representative Clients:

  • Essex County Utility Authority, 1993 – 1996
    Commissioner
  • N.J. State Police Training Commission
    Certified Instructor
  • Archdiocese of Newark, 2002
    Investigator, Archdiocesan Sexual Assault Response Team
  • Hearing Officer, New Jersey Transit Police, 2005
  • Counsel, National Police Defense Foundation
  • Counsel, New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association, Legal Defense Plan
  • Counsel, West Essex, PBA Local #81
  • Counsel, Newark PBA, Local #3
  • Vice Chair District VC Fee Arbitration Committee (2008-2012)
    (Appointed by the NJ State Supreme Court)
  • Instructor, NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • General Counsel, Bronze Shields (Newark Police Department)
  • Member – N.J. State Bar Association
  • Member – N.J. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Current Educational Teaching Positions Held:

  • Member, Advisory Committee, Seton Hall University, Pre-Law/Criminal Justice Program (2015 – present)
  • Seton Hall University
    Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice

Past Employment Positions:

  • Essex County Prosecutor, First Assistant Essex County Prosecutor, 1998 – 1999
  • Essex County Counsel, First Assistant Essex County Counsel, 1999 – 2000
  • Law Clerk – Honorable Paul T. Murphy, J.S.C. – 1986

Trustee

  • Oratory Preparatory School
    Summit, New Jersey

Anthony R. Mautone

Anthony R. Mautone is a graduate of Villanova University and Seton Hall University School of Law. He has been practicing attorney in this State since 1969. He was employed by the office of Essex County Prosecutor from 1968 to 1978. He was Chief of the Homicide Division from 1972 to 1978. As such, he successfully tried most of Essex County’s major murder cases against many formidable adversaries. From 1976 to 1978 he also served as the First Assistant Prosecutor of Essex County.

Mr. Mautone has served on the Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee which is largely comprised of Judges from various Counties throughout the State. He has lectured at Seton Hall Law School.

From 1978 Mr. Mautone has been engaged predominantly in insurance defense trial work, although he still handles criminal cases of significant and public interest. He has been selected to be an arbitrator by the Assignment Judges of Essex and Hudson Counties.

In September 1978 Mr. Mautone formed a partnership with the late Frank P. Minichino (Minichino & Mautone from 1978 to 1996), predominantly engaged in insurance defense trial work. The firm then became known as Mautone & Horan, P.A. until December 1, 2015 when he became Of Counsel to The Toscano Law Firm, LLC.

Mr. Mautone has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil cases from 1978 to December 2015. In addition to his cases and trials as a Prosecutor he has tried many criminal cases of local and national significance as a defense attorney.

Mr. Mautone continues to serve as a District Court appointed part-time United States Magistrate Judge. This position enables continued practice of law in the State courts and civil practice in the Federal courts because the magistrate responsibilities involve the disposition of Federal criminal and quasi-criminal cases.

Education:

  • St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, 520 High Street, Newark, New Jersey – 1956-1960
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, B.S. – Psychology – 1960-1964
  • Seton Hall University School of Law – L.L.B., (now J.D.) – 1964-1967

Professional History:

  • Admitted to the New Jersey Bar
  • Admitted to the New York Bar
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and Southern District New York
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court
  • 1967-1968 – Legal Secretary (Law Clerk) to Judge Joseph G. Lyons – Superior Court – Law Divison (Criminal)
  • 1968 – Investigator – Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
  • 1969 – Assistant Essex County Prosecutor
  • 1970-1971 – Senior Trial Assistant in charge of several courts
  • 1972-1978 – Chief of Homicide Squad – Arson
  • In charge of homicide from investigatory stages through judicial processes (included Grand Jury) to trial and ultimate disposition.
  • Responsible for the investigation, presentations, and trial of arson cases in Essex County and for the investigation and disposition of all cases involving traffic fatalities.
  • 1977-1978 – First Assistant Prosecutor
  • Responsible for the operation of the 275 member (75 lawyers, 125 detectives, 75 clerical) Essex County Prosecutors’ Office.
  • Mr. Mautone has both investigated and tried cases of significance in the areas of fraud, police corruption, organized crime, common law felonies, murder, and every area of the criminal law. In these capacities, have been involved with every police department in Essex County (as well as many others) in a supervisory and advisory role. He has maintained a working relation with many law enforcement agents including the F.B.I., State Police, Division of Criminal Justice, and Division of Gaming Enforcement.
  • 1978-December 2015
  • General practice of law with Minichino & Mautone (1978 to 1996), and then Mautone & Horan, P.A., (1996 to December 2015), 500 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey 07052 – (973) 736-7755.
    2000-Present
  • Appointed as a District Court part-time United States Magistrate Judge. This position enables the continued practice of law in the State courts and civil practice in the Federal courts because the magistrate responsibilities involve the disposition of Federal and quasi-criminal cases.

Other Areas of specific professional involvement:

  • For several years conducted monthly moot court sessions as part of the New Jersey State Police Organized Crime Seminar at Sea Girt.
  • Lectured in all of the Prosecutor conducted seminars since their inception, both within and without the office and for police and law enforcement agencies as well as for other prosecutors.
  • Lectured periodically at the Essex County Police Academy as a member of its faculty in areas such as arson, homicide investigation, presentation and handling of evidence and methods of testifying, etc.
  • Represented the Prosecutor’s Office on various occasions before civil and professional groups on a wide range of topics – groups such as law schools – Chiefs of Police meetings – Probation and Correctional Seminars – Municipal Police Department.
  • Guest lecturer in child abuse, homicide, evidence and criminal law and procedure at Seton Hall University School of Law and served several years as a judge at both the Appellate and trial moot court programs at Seton Hall Law School.
  • Taught at the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Seton Hall Law School.
  • Taught as a member of the faculty of the Criminal Investigation Development Program of the State Attorney General’s Office which was coordinated by the Supervisory Section of the Division of Criminal Justice.
  • Faculty member and lecturer at the Arson and Fire Investigation Development Program of the State Attorney General’s Office which was coordinated by the Supervisory Section of the Division of Criminal Justice.
  • Testified before Senate committees investigating such areas as organized crime, capital punishment, and penal reform.
  • Periodically lectured to both the Newark Police Department (on various topics) and the Newark Fire Department Arson Squad on legal aspects of arson.
  • Lectured the Society of Investigators of Greater Newark (S.I.G.N.) on organization of investigators employed by corporate and private industry.
  • Lectured at Rutgers’s Law School to members of the Peter W. Rodino Criminal Justice Program (now nationally funded and headquarters at Jersey City State College).
  • Participant in California District Attorneys Assoc. National Symposium on Homicide.
  • Represented the Prosecutor’s Office in addressing numerous civic groups, the Kiwanis, Elks, Knights of Columbus, High Twelve Club, National Council of Jewish Women, B’nai Brith, Holy Name Societies, Rosary Societies, senior citizen groups, and various schools and colleges throughout this area.
  • Lectured (at the request of New Jersey State Police) the Harvard Associates in Police Science on the topic of investigation and presentation of homicide cases.
  • Participated in the supervision and assignment of personal to the various Municipal Courts and Police Departments throughout the county and serviced in an advisory and supervisory capacity.
  • Former Member of Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee.
  • Arbitrator selected by Assignment Judges of Essex and Hudson Counties.
  • Mediator appointed by various federal District Court and Magistrate Judges.

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BAR ADMISSION: New York Bar, Admitted August 2017; New Jersey Bar, Admitted February 2017

EDUCATION:
Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ
Juris Doctor, May 2016
GPA: 3.479/4.33
Honors: The Center for Social Justice Most Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award; Deborah T. Portiz Public Interest Legal Fellowship; Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties; New Jersey Law Firm Group Public Interest Fellowship; Jean Robertson Women Lawyers Scholarship; Lambda Law Alliance Diversity Scholarship; Asian-Pacific American Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Journal: Seton Hall Legislative Journal – Symposium Editor
Publications: Reforming New Jersey Resource Family Licensing: Placing Children in Care of their Undocumented Family and Friends, 40 SETON HALL LEGIS. J. 435 (2016)
Graduate Assistantship: Stillman School of Business, Student Information Office – January 2013 to May 2016

Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, May 2010
Concentration in Finance, Minor in Legal Studies in Business; Leadership Development Business Honors Program

EXPERIENCE:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Newark Asylum Office, Lyndhurst, NJ
Asylum Officer / Anti-Human Trafficking Point Of Contact – November 2018 to Present

  • Interview applicants for asylum and apply appropriate policies, regulations, statutes, and precedent case law to produce sound written work products under stringent deadlines
  • Adjudicate complex and highly sensitive asylum cases, involving national security and egregious public safety concerns and cases involving vulnerable populations
  • Conduct Migrant Protection Protocols screening interviews and credible/reasonable fear screenings of detained applicants seeking asylum, withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture
  • Provide direction to asylum officers with cases involving potential human trafficking indicators; perform interviews of human trafficking victims; and help create training initiatives and new Anti-Trafficking Program goals

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)
Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, Newark Immigration Court, Newark, NJ
Attorney Advisor – September 2018 to November 2018

  • Drafted properly supported proposed Immigration Judge and Board orders reflecting analysis of issues in cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, Convention Against Torture, adjustment of status, bond and visa cases where complex legal questions or factual issues exists

Board of Immigration Appeals, Falls Church VA
Judicial Law Clerk – September 2017 to September 2018

  • Conducted research and drafted memoranda of law relating to administrative and substantive legal issues for the Chair, Vice Chair, Board members and senior legal advisors pertaining to removal, deportation, and visa petitions
  • Attended En Banc Conferences and assisted with editing of precedent Board decisions for publication
  • Assisted the Office of Policy by summarizing circuit cases for a weekly Policy & Case Law Bulletin
  • Oversaw the hiring and recruiting for the Board’s legal internship program and supervised interns

New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part, Honorable Wayne J. Forrest, J.S.C., Newark, NJ
Judicial Law Clerk – August 2016 to August 2017

  • Drafted Judge’s written decisions for termination of parental rights trials and oral decisions for abuse/neglect fact-finding trials based on evidence submitted to the Court and testimony of Child Protection and Permanency caseworkers, psychological experts and other witnesses such as law enforcement
  • Reviewed case files and wrote factual and legal summaries to prepare the Judge to hear orders to show cause, compliance reviews, permanency hearings, Title 30 summary hearings, and case management conferences related to child abuse and neglect, guardianship and adoption matters
  • Managed the Children in Court docket calendar for the lead Judge by ensuring that hearings are timely held in compliance with the law and communicated with Deputy Attorney Generals for the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Law Guardians, Public Defenders from the Office of Parental Representation and private attorneys

Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ
International Human Rights/Rule of Law Scholar – January 2014 to May 2016

  • Successfully petitioned for a Derivative U-Nonimmigrant Visa and coordinated consular processing in Mexico for a child to join his father in the U.S.
  • Organized and ran a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) workshop and screened applicants for relief
  • Managed an unaccompanied children docket observation project to assess the need for legal representation
  • Served as volunteer for continuing legal education trainings on representing detained non-citizens in immigration court and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Family Law Clinic Legal Intern – August 2015 to December 2015

  • Successfully argued a custody petition and motion for SIJS predicate order in Essex County Family Court
  • Prepared and filed a step-parent adoption petition in Hudson County Surrogate Court
  • Represented a domestic violence victim in parenting time review hearings in Essex County Family Court

Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic Legal Intern – August 2014 to December 2014

  • Drafted briefs and client affidavits; researched country conditions and conducted legal and factual research related to political opinion in the Republic of the Congo and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Gambia
  • Applied for legal permanent residency for a domestic violence victim who received U-Nonimmigrant status
  • Prepared applications for Employment Authorizations along with requests for fee waivers
  • Worked extensively interviewing and counseling clients in preparation for their asylum interviews

American Friends Service Committee, Immigrant Rights Program, Newark, NJ
Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) Fellow – June 2015 to August 2015

  • Researched federal regulations and USCIS guidance to formulate legal arguments in drafting a Motion to Reconsider a denied Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status; a Motion to Reopen, Rescind and Terminate an in absentia removal order; and an asylum letter brief for an unaccompanied child who was granted relief
  • Assisted in drafting a brief to the New Jersey Appellate Division in support of summary disposition for SIJS

Bernard K. Freamon, Professor of Law, Newark, NJ
Research Assistant – June 2015 to August 2015

  • Assisted with a major research and writing project on the abolition of slavery in the Islamic world by researching ISIS, Islamic jurisprudence and legal history, and drafting citations following the legal uniform system of citation

Harlan York & Associates, Newark, NJ
Legal Intern – January 2015 to April 2015

  • Met with clients to prepare and file Applications for Adjustment of Status; Naturalization; DACA; Employment Authorization; as well as Petitions for Alien Relatives; and Petitions to Remove Conditions on Residence
  • Analyzed criminal dispositions and wrote statements for Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers
  • Drafted motions to terminate and administratively close removal proceedings, and filed FOIA requests

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety, Newark, NJ
Division of Law, Department of Children and Families Intern – June 2014 to August 2014

  • Wrote an appellate brief in support of terminating parental rights for the purpose of adoption in a guardianship case

U.S. Department of Justice, EOIR, OCIJ, Elizabeth Immigration Court, Elizabeth, NJ
Legal Intern – September 2013 to January 2014

  • Analyzed relevant immigration statutes, regulations and case law in drafting Immigration Judges’ written decisions for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture applications
  • Discussed credibility findings with Attorney Advisor after reviewing case files and audio recordings of merit hearings

Unchained At Last, Glen Rock, NJ
Legal Intern – June 2013 to August 2013

  • Conducted legal research to aid pro-bono attorneys, who help women leave arranged/forced marriages
  • Analyzed New York and New Jersey civil lawsuits in which one party tried to overturn the ruling of a religious arbitration panel to argue that intervening in a religious tribunal decision does not violate the First Amendment

U.S. Treasury Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, New York, NY
Associate National Bank Examiner, Compliance Committee Representative – June 2010 to July 2012

  • Examined the safety and soundness of nationally chartered community banks, savings associations, and federal
    branches by completing bank supervision procedures on-site, which required ensuring compliance with federal banking laws and regulations, analyzing data, and discussing examination findings and recommendations with senior bank executives
  • Conducted off-site analyses, writing memoranda, reports, and updated examination comments and design, executed, and updated effective strategies for the banks based on an assessment of risks

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