Joseph P. Rem Jr. Esq.

Joseph P. Rem Jr.

Joseph P. Rem, Jr. graduated valedictorian of his high school class, received his college degree in mathematics summa cum laude, and obtained his law degree from Rutgers Law School – Newark. He is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Bruno L. Leopizzi, J.S.C. in the Criminal Part of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Passaic County. After his clerkship, he served as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Office of the Passaic County Prosecutor from 1976 to 1978, and successfully handled dozens of jury trials.

After working as a prosecutor, Mr. Rem went into private practice and has been defending individuals accused of criminal and motor vehicle offenses for over 40 years in both state and federal courts. His clients have included former professional athletes, former judges, police officers, politicians, doctors, and fellow attorneys, among others. Mr. Rem has successfully tried hundreds of cases and obtained excellent results for countless other clients. He has been certified as a Criminal Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey since 1981, part of the first group in the history of the State of New Jersey to be so certified.

An active member of the Bergen County Bar Association (BCBA), Mr. Rem served as President of the entire association for the 2008-2009 term. He is a former President of its Young Lawyers Section and a former chairman of the Municipal Court Committee, the Certified Trial Attorney Committee, and the Criminal Practice Committee. He has also served for four years on the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee. In addition to his duties for the Bergen County Bar Association, Mr. Rem is a member of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-New Jersey (ACDL-NJ), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), and serves on the Municipal Court Committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Well known in the field of criminal and drunk driving defense, Mr. Rem is the author of the BCBA’s monthly compendium of the latest criminal law developments and practice tips called the Criminal Law Update. He is a frequent lecturer to other attorneys in New Jersey on various topics related to criminal and DWI law. He is an AV-rated attorney according to the Martindale-Hubbell listing, has been named by Thomson Reuters as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for Criminal Defense in 2006-2013, selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© for DUI/DWI Defense for 2007-2015, and has also been named among the New York Area’s Top Lawyers by the New York Magazine, one of the Top Attorneys of 2013 by New Jersey Monthly, one of the Best Lawyers in America© for 2017 and one of Bergen County’s Top Lawyers of 2014 by (201) Magazine. The Rem Law Group has received a Tier 2 ranking in the New Jersey Metro Region for DUI/DWI Defense by U.S.News – Best Lawyers® for 2010-2014.

In the Press: Mr. Rem has been quoted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Record and the New Jersey Star Ledger, and has appeared as a guest commentator on CNBC-TV, WWOR-TV, News12-NJ, Nancy Grace, the Dan Abrams Report, and On the Record With Greta Van Susteren.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law – Federal (White Collar Crime)
  • DUI/DWI
  • Traffic Violations

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Criminal Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1981
  • Alcotest Operator, Draeger (Manufacturer of the Alcotest), 2008

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1975
  • S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1975

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law – Newark, Newark, New Jersey
  • D. – 1975
  • Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ, USA
  • A. summa cum laude – 1972
  • Major: Mathematics

Honors and Awards

  • Named New Jersey Super Lawyers 2018
  • Named as one of (201) Magazine’s 2015 Top Lawyers
  • Selected to Best Lawyers – DUI/DWI, 2007 – 2015
  • 2008 NY Area’s Top Lawyers and Best Lawyers – as published in NY Magazine.
  • Selected to New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2014
  • Quoted in Time Magazine on Criminal Law, 1995
  • Quoted in New York Times, Bergen Record, NJ Star Ledger
  • Argued cases before the New Jersey Appellate Division and Supreme Court
  • Guest Commentator on CNBC-TV, ABC-TV and WWOR-TV
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine 2008, One of the Top Attorneys in New Jersey
  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America, 2017 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bergen County Bar Association, Member, 1979 – Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, 1978 – Present
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, NJ, Member, 1986 – Present
  • Teaneck Rent Leveling Board, Member, 1979 – 1982
  • Bergen County Bar Association, President, Young Lawyers Section, 1979 – 1980
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Liaison to Board of Trustees, 1982
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Chairman, Committee of Certified Trial Attorneys, 1994
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Chairman, Municipal Court Committee, 1992
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Chairman, Criminal Practice Committee, 1997 – 2005
  • Supreme Court District Ethics Committee, Member, 1988 – 1992
  • Bergen County Young Lawyers Association, President, 1981
  • Susan Smith Murder Trial, CNBC, Commentator, July 28, 1995

Published Works

  • Why? Because I Said So, That’s Why!, New Jersey Lawyer, The Magazine, 2006
  • Showdown at the DWI Corral, New Jersey Lawyer, The Magazine, 1997
  • Criminal Law Update, Bergen County Bar Association Monthly Newsletter
  • Numerous Articles on Criminal Litigation, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, & DWI Defense
  • Defending Deadbeat Dads (Co-Authors Jeffrey B. Steinfeld, Esq. and Dennis LaHiff, Esq.), Under 18 U.S.C. Sec. 228 N.J. Lawyer, 1998
  • Getting In and Staying In, Conditional Discharge Drug Program, Bergen Barrister, July, 1991
  • Article about Mr. Rem: Using Judo Tactic, Defense Converts State’s Strength, BNA Criminal Practice Manual, July 5, 1995
  • Article about Mr. Rem: Motion Argues Failure to Tape Statement Offends Due Process, BNA Criminal Practice Manual, July 19, 1995

Classes/Seminars

  • Criminal and Municipal Law Meadowlands Seminar – Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice, November 13, 2014
  • Substantive Consent Searches under NJ law, Garden State CLE, August 1, 2014
  • Search and Seizure Law in the 21st Century, NJICLE, August 1, 2014
  • Substantive Prosecutor Training – DWI, Garden State CLE, June 26, 2014
  • 26 1/2 Things you can’t do in Municipal Court, NJICLE, June 20, 2014
  • Barely Legal: NJ Attorney Advertising, Garden State CLE, April 25, 2014
  • Ten DWI Defenses, Garden State CLE, April 25, 2014
  • New Jersey DWI Case Law Review, NJICLE, February 28, 2014
  • DWI Mock Trial, Garden State CLE, December 31, 2013
  • Woody Guthrie, Garden State CLE, December 31, 2013
  • Blood Sport- Telephonic Search Warrants and DWI– Together at last, Garden State CLE, December 20, 2013
  • J. Rules of Evidence for Dummies, Garden State CLE, December 20, 2013
  • Driving Yourself to Jail, NJCLE, November 22, 2013
  • Conditional Dismissal Program, Garden State CLE, November 22, 2013
  • DWI Update 2013/2014 Advanced DWI Practice, NJICLE, October 19, 2013
  • Successful and Ethical Web Design, Garden State CLE, October 18, 2013
  • Popcorn CLE: Civility – Client Relations, Garden State CLE, October 5, 2013
  • The cutting edge DWI issues for experienced DWI Practitioners, NJICLE, April 16, 2011
  • Advanced Trial Evidence, Bergen County Bar Association, March 12, 2011
  • Reds Whites and DWI-Blues, NJ Continuing Legal Education, March 2, 2011
  • Winning Your MTS, Garden State CLE, January 21, 2011
  • Arrest, Search & Seizure Annual, Garden State CLE, October 30, 2010
  • New Jersey Trial Objections, Garden State CLE, October 25, 2010
  • New Jersey Drunk Driving Review, Garden State CLE, October 2, 2010
  • CLE Express! DWI Defense and Criminal Law, Garden State CLE, June 24, 2010
  • Like it Never Happened? Expungements Under NJ Law, NJ Continuing Legal, April 24, 2010
  • Defending an Attorney or Judicial Ethics Case, NJ Continuing Legal Education, April 17, 2010
  • Defending an Ethics Case, NJ Continuing Legal Education, April 10, 2010
  • Scrambled Eggs Meeting? Drunk Driving Case Review, NJ Continuing Legal Education, March 20, 2010
  • DWI Update 2010, NJICLE , March 6, 2010
  • Confronting a Drug Recognition Expert, NJ Continuing Legal Education, March 4, 2010
  • Defending a DWI blood Case, NJ Continuing Legal Education, February 20, 2010
  • Exceptions to the Warrant Requirement under New Jersey Law, Exceptions to the Warrant Requirement under New Jersey Law, February 6, 2010
  • Forfeiture of Public Office Under New Jersey Law, NJ Continuing Legal Education, January 23, 2010
  • New Criminal & Municipal Court Rules and Amendments, NJ Continuing Legal Education, May 16, 2009
  • J. Automobile Searches? Past, Present & Into the Future, NJ Continuing Legal Education, April 19, 2009
  • Contempt of Court, Garden State CLE, February 13, 2009
  • Effective Courtroom Testimony, NJ Continuing Legal Education, January 16, 2009
  • Sixth Annual NJ Arrest Search and Seizure Review, Mercer County Bar Association, November 29, 2007
  • Xtreme CLE ?Ethics-Ten Cases that Changed New Jersey Attorney Discipline Law?, Mercer County Bar Association, November 29, 2007
  • Warrantless Searches of Motor Vehicles under New Jersey Law, Essex County College Police Academy, September 18, 2007
  • Cops in Court, Mercer County Police Academy in Cooperation with the Mercer County Bar Ass. and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, August 7, 2007
  • Blood, Sweat & Beers, Proving Intoxication via Forensic Evidence, Mercer County Bar Association, June 5, 2007
  • Criminal Trial Preparation, Newark, ICLE, June 5, 2007
  • Warrantless Searches of Motor Vehicles, Mercer County Bar Association, June 5, 2007
  • The Fourth Amendment Goes Hollywood!, NJSMPA Annual Convention (Atlantic City), May 11, 2007
  • Blood, Sweat & Beers, Proving Drug & Alcohol Intoxication through Forensic Evidence, NJSMPA Annual Convention (Atlantic City), May 11, 2007
  • Warrantless Searches of Motor Vehicles, NJSMPA Annual Convention (Atlantic City), May 11, 2007
  • Blood, Sweat & Beers, Proving Drug & Alcohol Intoxication through Forensic Evidence, Mercer County and Bergen County Bar Associations, April 20, 2007
  • Arrest, Search & Seizure, Mercer County Bar Association, February 25, 2007
  • Demystifying the Drama of a Domestic Violence Case, Mercer County Bar Association, November 29, 2006
  • Fifth Annual Review of NJ Law of Arrest Search & Seizure, Mercer County Bar Association, November 29, 2006
  • Mercer County Police Academy In-Service Training Convicting Intoxicated Drivers, Mercer County Bar Association, November 29, 2006
  • Trying the DWI Case, ICLE, October 7, 2006
  • Trying the DWI Case, ICLE, September 16, 2006
  • Trying the DWI Case, ICLE, August 24, 2006
  • Advanced Municipal Court Practice, Mercer County and Bergen County Bar Associations, June 24, 2006
  • NJ Criminal Trial Preparation, ICLE, June 6, 2006
  • Title 39 Offenses and Defenses, Mercer County Bar , June 1, 2006
  • Title 39 Offenses and Defenses, Mercer County Bar Association, May 23, 2006
  • Title 39 Offenses and Defenses? Guilty as Charged? , Mercer County Bar Association, May 11, 2006
  • Defense & Prosecution of Drug Offenses in Municipal Court, Mercer County Bar Association, May 4, 2006
  • For NJ Municipal Prosecutors Only, Skills and Methods, NJSMPA and Mercer County Bar Association, April 22, 2006
  • Defense & Prosecution of Drug Offenses in Municipal Court, Mercer County Bar Association, April 20, 2006
  • Defense & Prosecution of Drug Offenses in Municipal Court, Mercer County Bar Association, April 11, 2006
  • NJMP Skills and Methods Course, NJSMPA and Mercer County Bar Association, April 8, 2006
  • New Jersey Drunk Driving Law, Mercer County Bar Association, February 23, 2006
  • New Jersey Drunk Driving Law, Mercer County Bar Association, February 16, 2006
  • Complete Guide to Prosecuting, Defending and Understanding DV Law and Procedure, Bergen County Bar Association, February 9, 2006
  • New Jersey Drunk Driving Law, Mercer County Bar Association, February 8, 2006
  • NJ Municipal Prosecutor Skills and Methods Course (Lawrenceville), NJSMPA and Mercer County Bar Association, February 4, 2006
  • NJ MP Skills and Methods Course (Lawrenceville), NJSMPA and Mercer County Bar , January 28, 2006
  • 2005 9th Annual DWI Seminar (Las Vegas, NV), National College of DUI Defense Attorneys & National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, September 29, 2005 – October 1, 2005
  • Municipal Court Rules of Evidence, Mercer County Bar Association, September 17, 2005
  • For Municipal Prosecutor’s Only, NJSMPA and Mercer County Bar Association, September 15, 2005
  • NJ Criminal Trial Preparation, ICLE, June 7, 2005
  • The Complete, Unabridged ?Driving on the Revoked List?, Mercer County Bar Association, November 18, 2004
  • DWI NJ Sentencing CLE Seminar, Mercer County Bar Association, September 18, 2004
  • Killer Cross-Examination , ICLE, June 19, 2004
  • Law Month Mock Trial, Bergen County Bar Foundation, May 20, 2004
  • Municipal Court & DWI: An Update, Bergen County Bar Association, April 19, 2004
  • DWI Defense Advocacy Training, ICLE, April 17, 2004
  • NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test, Drug Evaluation & Classification Training Program, Alcotest 7110 MK II C & Breathalyzer Model 900/900A Instruments, DWI Consulting Inc. , March 27, 2004
  • Criminal Trial Preparation Seminar, ICLE, March 23, 2004
  • Bergen County Criminal Practice: An Insiders? View, Bergen County Bar Association, February 9, 2004
  • Sixth Annual CJA Seminar, ACDL-NJ, January 31, 2004
  • Criminal Trial Preparation, Institute for Continuing Education, Skills and Methods Course, March 12, 2002
  • The Art of Cross-Examination in a Criminal Case, Criminal Trial Skills College, Bergen County Bar Association, Criminal Practice Committee, February 12, 2002
  • Opening Statements in a Criminal Case, Criminal Trial Skills College, Bergen County Bar Association, Criminal Practice Committee, October 9, 2001
  • Criminal Trial Preparation, Institute for Continuing Education, Skills and Methods Course, April 7, 2001
  • Moderator, Municipal Court Interactive Night, Bergen County Bar Association, Municipal Court Committee, February 26, 2001
  • Criminal Trial Preparation, Institute for Continuing Education, Skills and Methods Course, November 24, 1998
  • Mandatory Sentencing, Bergen County Bar Association Criminal Practice Committee, October 14, 1998
  • Criminal Law, Fairlawn Adult Education Community School, April 7, 1998
  • Hot Tips in Municipal Court Law, Bergen County Bar Association Municipal Court Committee, January 29, 1998
  • Federal Criminal Practice, Bergen County Bar Association Criminal Practice Committee, January 10, 1998
  • Rutgers School of Law Criminal Specialty Roundtale, Mock DWI Trial, Criminal Justice Career Day, November 7, 1997
  • Criminal Trial Preparation, Institute for Continuing Education, Skills and Methods Course, November 6, 1997
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About the DMV, and More, Bergen County Bar Association Municipal Court Committee, March 6, 1997
  • Criminal Pretrial Motion Seminar, Bergen County Criminal Practice Committee, January 29, 1994
  • Municipal Court Law, Bergen County Bar Association Municipal Court Committee, April 24, 1993
  • Defense of Drug Cases, Bergen County Criminal Practice Committee Seminar, April 3, 1993
  • Research, write and edit Criminal Law Update, monthly newsletter for the Bergen County Bar Association, Bergen County Bar Association, 1992 – 2008

Past Employment Positions

  • Monaghan, Rem & Zeller, P.C., Founder/Partner, 1990 – 1993
  • Rem & Rem, Esq., Founder/Partner, 1981 – 1990
  • Law Offices of Joseph P. Rem, Jr., Sole Practitioner, 1978 – 1981
  • Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Assistant Prosecutor, 1976 – 1978
  • Bruno L. Leopizzi, Passaic County Judge of the Superior Court, Law Clerk, 1975 – 1976