Peers have honored Brian J. Neary as a top criminal trial advocate – from invitation into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers to inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 25 years.
For 35 years, Brian J. Neary has been Board Certified as a criminal trial lawyer by both the New Jersey Supreme Court and National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Brian J. Neary defends individuals against state and federal criminal charges in Bergen and Hudson counties and throughout New Jersey
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The Law Offices of Brian J. Neary

New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys

Welcome to the website for the Law Offices of Brian J. Neary – a law firm established in 1982 and dedicated to represeting those accused of crimes and serious motor vehicle offenses. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you want to get the best possible defense. You want a law firm that has experience, expertise and a reputation for excellence. Whether the case is a serious crime in Hudson County or Bergen County, a municipal court case in Hackensack or Jersey City, a driving while intoxicated case in Fort Lee or Paramus, or even a federal case in the District Court in Newark, you want quality representation.

Criminal Defense

Experience, Expertise, Ethics – These are the key elements to a successful defense in criminal cases. For over 40 years, The Law Offices of Brian J. Neary has combined these elements – plus commitment, courage and compassion – to represent people from serious state and federal crimes to municipal court matters.


Criminal appeals are a court of last resort – to correct an injustice, to regain fairness and due process, to reduce an excessive sentence. Criminal appeals require a specific set of skills: detailed analysis, exhaustive research and preparation, precise writing and effective oral argument are among them.

Representative Cases

We have a 40-year track record of success, in large part because we prepare every single case from the very beginning of our involvement to go all the way to trial. We do not settle for "easy" plea deals. We never take short-cuts in defending our clients and the results our clients get prove that. Read about them here.

New Jersey Criminal Defense

Crimes We Defend


We diligently represent defendants against all state and federal criminal charges


Successfully defending assault charges in New Jersey takes skill and experience


Whether a first or fourth DWI charge, our attorneys work to get you a fair outcome

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Assault by auto in NJ is a serious charge that needs to be aggressively defended


From possession to distribution conspiracy, we handle all New Jersey drug cases


From being a target to facing full-blown federal charges, we defend all federal cases


Youths facing involvement in the criminal justice system require unique support


Our attorneys bring meticulous research and nuanced argument to the appeals we bring for our clients


Vehicular homicide cases are always tragic and complicated and need strong defense


We have successfully defended rape and other sex offense charges for decades


High profile and complex cases -- such as murder -- require experience and skill


From pornography to internet stalking to identify theft, we defend all internet crimes

State White

From fraud to corruption, we are here to defend you against State Attorney General Prosecutions

Federal White

Our experienced attorneys aggressively defend all federal fraud and other white collar crimes

Why Neary Law?

Criminal Defense Lawyers in Bergen and Hudson Counties

The Law Offices of Brian J. Neary has been named among the Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Regarded as one of the premier criminal defense lawyers in New Jersey, founding lawyer Brian J. Neary devotes his entire practice to the defense of those accused of crimes and serious motor vehicle offenses. Widely known in courthouses and in the press as “the lawyer with the bow-tie,” Mr. Neary is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney, a recognized legal educator and media commentator, and a dedicated bar leader. He has tried countless criminal cases, ranging from murder, sexual offenses, fraud and other types of criminal cases in the state courts to white collar and other charges in the federal courts, including some of the most high-profile political corruption cases in New Jersey.

Case Results

Our Recent Success Stories

Federal Extortion: No Charges Brought

Federal Extortion: No Charges Brought

A member of the New Jersey Governor’s cabinet became the focus of a federal investigation based on a local mayor’s charge of extortion.  We fully Continue Reading

Illegal Distribution: Not Guilty

Not Guilty

Four AIDS activists were charged with the illegal distribution of narcotics. The “necessity” defense was advised through expert testimony. In order to successfully use the Continue Reading

Sexual Assault: Charges Dismissed

Charges Dismissed

A popular high school teacher (and big-time college basketball referee) was charged with aggravated sexual assault against a minor. We challenged the police methods of Continue Reading

Attempted Murder: Charges Dismissed

Charges Dismissed

An accountant was charged with the attempted murder of his former wife’s lawyer. A six-week trial included: The testimony of cooperating witnesses, including several lawyers Continue Reading

Attorney Brian Neary

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Brian J. Neary
Brian J. Neary
Attorney at Law

Regarded as one of the premier criminal defense lawyers in New Jersey, Brian J. Neary devotes his practice to the rigorous defense of those accused of crimes. He represents people in both state and federal courts on charges ranging from murder and street crimes to fraud and complex white-collar crimes.

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Hackensack Location

Law Offices of Brian J. Neary
21 Main Street | Court Plaza South, Suite 305
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (201) 488-0544 | Fax: (201) 488-0240

Jersey City Location

Law Offices of Brian J. Neary
8 Lott Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Phone: (201) 488-0544 | Fax: (201) 488-0240
We’re Still Open Through COVID-19

For years Law Offices of Brian J. Neary has implemented technology to work with our clients remotely. We have robust technology in place to allow us to work with clients over long-distances and maintain all of our client’s information on our secure servers.