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.

Sofia Rizvi

BAR ADMISSION:

  • New Jersey, 2017
  • New York, 2017

EDUCATION:

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    Juris Doctor, May 2016
  • Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
    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

HONORS/AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS:

  • Seton Hall University School of Law Center for Social Justice Most Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award
  • Center for Social Justice International Human Rights/Rule of Law Scholar
  • Legal Services of New Jersey Deborah T. Portiz Public Interest Legal Fellowship
  • The Nation Institute Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
  • New Jersey Law Firm Group Public Interest Fellowship
  • Women Lawyers in Bergen Jean Robertson Women Lawyers Scholarship
  • Lambda Law Alliance Diversity Scholarship
  • Asian-Pacific American Law Student Diversity Scholarship

LAW JOURNAL/PUBLICATION:  

  • Seton Hall Legislative Journal– Symposium Editor
  • Reforming New Jersey Resource Family Licensing: Placing Children in Care of their Undocumented Family and Friends, 40 SETON HALL LEGIS. J. 435 (2016)

EXPERIENCE:  

  • S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Newark Asylum Office, Lyndhurst, NJ
    Asylum Officer / Anti-Human Trafficking Point Of Contact, November 2018 – Present
  • S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program

Executive Office of Immigration Review

  • Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, Newark Immigration Court, Newark, NJ
    Attorney Advisor, September 2018 – November 2018
  • Board of Immigration Appeals, Falls Church VA
    Judicial Law Clerk, September 2017 – September 2018
  • Elizabeth Immigration Court, Elizabeth, NJ
    Legal Intern, September 2013 – January 2014
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part, Honorable Wayne J. Forrest, J.S.C., Newark, NJ
    Judicial Law Clerk, August 2016 – August 2017
  • Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ
    • International Human Rights/Rule of Law Scholar, January 2014 – May 2016
    • Family Law Clinic Legal Intern, August 2015 – December 2015
    • Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic Legal Intern, August 2014 – December 2014
  • American Friends Service Committee, Immigrant Rights Program, Newark, NJ
    Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) Fellow, June 2015 – August 2015
  • Bernard K. Freamon, Professor of Law, Newark, NJ
    Research Assistant, June 2015 – August 2015
  • Harlan York & Associates, Newark, NJ
    Legal Intern, January 2015 – April 2015
  • 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 – August 2014
  • Unchained At Last, Glen Rock, NJ
    Legal Intern, June 2013 – August 2013
  • S. Treasury Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, New York, NY
    Associate National Bank Examiner, Compliance Committee Representative, June 2010 – July 2012