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 current New Jersey State Senator 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
  • Civil Rights
  • Law Enforcement Defense
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Municipal Court Matters (Specializing in DWI Cases)

CERTIFICATION/SPECIALTIES:

  • Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court
    1997-2007
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, New Jersey 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., 1985
  • Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
    B.A. with Honors, 1982
    Major: Criminal Justice

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
  • Member, Governor-Elect Chris Christie’s Transition Team, Law and Public Safety
    2009
  • Member, New Jersey State Prisoner Reentry Commission (Appointed by Governor Chris Christie)
    2011
  • Commissioner/Vice Chairman, New Jersey State Lottery Commission
    2014-2018
  • Member, Finance Committee, State Senator Joe Kyrillos, Joe Kyrillos for U.S. Senate
    2012
  • Voted Best Attorney by the Italian-American Police Society
    2012
  • Voted Best of New Jersey, Distinguished American of Italian Descent, Italian Tribune Publications

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS, AND REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

  • Commissioner, Essex County Utility Authority
    1993-1996
  • Certified Instructor, New Jersey State Police Training Commission
  • Investigator, Archdiocesan Sexual Assault Response Team, Archdiocese of Newark
    2002
  • 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 (Appointed by New Jersey Supreme Court)
    2008-2012
  • Instruction, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • General Counsel, Bronze Shields, Newark Police Department
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • General Counsel, DeMattheis Real Estate Development Company

EDUCATIONAL TEACHING POSITIONS:

  • Member, Advisory Committee, Seton Hall University, Pre-Law/Criminal Justice Program
    2015-Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, Seton Hall University

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS:

  • First Assistant Essex County Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
    1998-1999
  • First Assistant Essex County Counsel, Essex County Counsel
    1999-2000
  • Law Clerk, New Jersey Superior Court, Honorable Paul T. Murphy, J.S.C.
    1986

TRUSTEE

  • Oratory Preparatory School, Summit, New Jersey

Matthew J. Toscano

Matthew J. Toscano handles a wide array of cases at The Toscano Law Firm, LLC. He graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2019, having been selected for multiple awards for his Appellate Advocacy work. During law school, Mr. Toscano interned for the Supreme Court of New Jersey, where he drafted judicial memoranda for submission to multiple New Jersey Supreme Court Justices.

Mr. Toscano has appeared in Municipal, State, and Federal courts during his representation of clients in a variety of matters. He had regularly appeared in the New Jersey Superior Court as a Student Attorney, where he defended indigent clients charged with a wide range of criminal offenses.

Mr. Toscano served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John Zunic, J.S.C., where he handled Domestic Violence matters throughout Essex County. Mr. Toscano’s term as Law Clerk began on the first day the Honorable John Zunic, J.S.C., was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. Judge Zunic was named Lead Domestic Violence judge within only a few months of being assigned to the Unit due to the efficiency of his Chambers.

Mr. Toscano previously worked as an Associate Attorney at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP. He practiced in the firm’s Construction, Surety & Fidelity group, which is nationally recognized as one of the top law firm practice groups in the country. During his time at MDMC, Mr. Toscano worked on numerous construction, surety, and bankruptcy matters, many involving disputes of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Areas of Practice:

  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Law Enforcement Defense
  • Municipal Court Matters
  • Appellate Advocacy

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2020

Education:

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    J.D., 2019
  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
    B.A., 2016
    Major: Criminal Justice

Past Employment Positions:

  • Associate, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
    2020-2021
  • Law Clerk, New Jersey Superior Court, Honorable John Zunic, J.S.C.
    2019-2020
  • Student Attorney, Seton Hall University School of Law, Center for Social Justice, Criminal Justice Clinic
    2018
  • Summer Associate, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
    2018
  • Judicial Intern, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Honorable Justice Walter Timpone
    2018
  • Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, Honorable Madeline Cox-Arleo
    2017

Anthony R. Mautone - In Memoriam (1943-2021)

Anthony R. Mautone was a graduate of Villanova University and Seton Hall University School of Law. He was a 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 served on the Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee which is largely comprised of Judges from various Counties throughout the State. He lectured at Seton Hall University School of Law.

From 1978 Mr. Mautone was engaged predominantly in insurance defense trial work, although he handled criminal cases of significant and public interest. He was 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 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 tried many criminal cases of local and national significance as a defense attorney.

Mr. Mautone served as a District Court appointed part-time United States Magistrate Judge. This position enabled 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:

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

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 members (75 lawyers, 125 detectives, 75 clerical) Essex County Prosecutors’ Office.
  • 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
  • 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.