Jennifer Mara
P: 973-200-4066
F: 973-556-1076

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey, 2001

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2001

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2003

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2003

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2008

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2010

Education

Seton Hall University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2001)
Articles Editor, Seton Hall Law Review

Yale University (Graduate Program in Political Science, 1996-1997)

Rutgers University (M.A., 1995)

Rutgers University (B.A., with honors, 1994)

Judicial Clerkship

Law clerk to United State Magistrate Judge (now District Judge) Claire C. Cecchi, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2006-07

Reported Decisions

United States v. Kouevi, 698 F.3d 126 (3d Cir. 2012)

United States v. Bergrin, 650 F.3d 257 (3d Cir. 2011)

McNulty v. Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc., 271 F.R.D. 569 (E.D. Mich. 2011)

State v. Mauti, 208 N.J. 519 (2012)

State v. Rivera, 205 N.J. 472 (2011)

State v. Mauti, 416 N.J. Super. 178 (2010)

In re State Grand Jury Investigation, 200 N.J. 481 (2009)

Jennifer Mara

Jennifer Mara is the firm’s managing partner and majority shareholder. She oversees the firm’s business litigation practice and is actively involved in the firm’s criminal matters. Ms. Mara has unique experience in that regard because she has handled numerous matters with both civil and criminal components. For example, she has represented clients in RICO and antitrust litigation in which both civil and criminal liability was at issue. Indeed, litigating state and federal RICO cases is a significant part of Ms. Mara’s practice.  Based upon her experience in that regard, Ms. Mara has acted as local counsel for national firms with high stakes matters pending in New Jersey federal and state courts. Ms. Mara has also represented numerous clients under investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Ms. Mara is accustomed to representing clients when everything is on the line. In In re State Grand Jury Investigation, 200 N.J. 481 (2009), Ms. Mara was part of a team of attorneys who persuaded the New Jersey Supreme Court that the Attorney General’s Office could not disqualify a group of criminal defense attorneys merely because the attorneys were paid by a company under investigation. In United States v. Afolabi, Ms. Mara convinced the district court to sever her client’s case from that of his two co-defendants. The client was ultimately sentenced to just over 2 years’ incarceration, while his two co-defendants were sentenced to 27 and 24 years in federal prison. Ms. Mara has also represented the Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys of New Jersey as amicus curiae in presenting cutting edge legal arguments to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Representative Matters

In re Luxury Car Dealerships: Ms. Mara represented all New Jersey dealerships of a luxury car brand in connection with the dealerships’ receipt of subpoenas for testimony and documents in a federal class action in the District of New Jersey.

In re Hedge Fund: Ms. Mara acted as local counsel to an offshore hedge fund engaged in federal litigation in the District of New Jersey.

In re Packaged Ice Industry Executive: Ms. Mara represented a former packaged ice industry executive in federal civil and criminal antitrust litigation. He received a probationary sentence and had no liability in the civil matter.

In re Real Estate Developer: Ms. Mara’s client was an executive and consultant under investigation by a County Prosecutor’s office for an alleged $1 million fraud. We convinced the prosecutor to forgo an indictment and permit a civil resolution between parties.

In re Charitable Organization: Ms. Mara represents a 501(c)(3) corporation in a false claims investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In re Pharmaceutical Company Executive: Ms. Mara represented a pharmaceutical company executive in connection with a federal criminal investigation regarding off label marketing and alleged violations of the anti-kickback statute. The executive was never charged.

In re Mortgage Company: Ms. Mara represented a mortgage company in a federal civil RICO suit against its former employees and other individuals.

In re Music Industry Manager: Ms. Mara represents a music industry manager in a dispute regarding a Grammy-award-winning artist.

State v. School Board President: Ms. Mara represents the former President of a School Board who has been indicted for theft and tampering with public records.

N.J. Attorney General v. Client: Ms. Mara represents a former employee of a defunct investment firm in connection with civil litigation surrounding that firm’s cessation of operations.

N.J. Attorney General v. Client: Ms. Mara represents the owner of a durable medical supply company in connection with a civil litigation regarding the company’s Medicare billing.

In re Home Health Care Executives: Ms. Mara represented employees of a home health care facility under federal investigation of possible violations of the False Claims Act.

 

Awards & Honors*

Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2013 & 2014

Super Lawyers 2012-2015

Super Lawyers Rising Star, Criminal Defense, 2009 - 2011

News

Publications

"Solid Waste Agency of N. Cook County v. United States Army Corps of Engineers," 31 Seton Hall L. Rev. 546, (2001)

"Living with Consequences: The New Jersey Supreme Court Finds Cohabitation Provisions Enforceable," 30 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1255, (2000)

"William S. Greenberg, Trial Handbook for New Jersey Lawyers (4th ed. 1998)," Contributor

"Ten Tips for Succeeding at a Big Firm," Dictum, The newsletter of the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division, October 2010

Professional Activities

Trustee, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey

Member, District Ethics Committee, District VI (Hudson County)
2011-Present

Past-Chair, Federal Practice Committee, Essex County Bar Association

Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
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