Joseph A. Maurice
Joseph Maurice practices primarily in the areas of commercial and criminal litigation. He has tried cases involving consumer fraud, RICO, securities fraud, personal injury, public entity liability and professional malpractice. He has defended clients charged with indictable crimes involving narcotics and narcotics trafficking, conspiracy, theft, money laundering, mortgage fraud, assault and international interference with custody. Mr. Maurice litigates in both state and federal courts. He also has experience with negligence, matrimonial and real estate work.
Mr. Maurice is a former court-appointed mediator for the New Jersey Superior Court. He has served as the Borough of Paramus Municipal Prosecutor for the Criminal Part and formerly of the Traffic Part. Prior to his affiliation with Cohn Lifland he was part of several smaller private practices and was also a pool attorney for the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office where he was responsible for defending indigent persons charged with indictable crimes.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Maurice clerked for the Honorable Bruce A. Gaeta, J.S.C. in the Criminal Part of the Bergen County Vicinage.
Mr. Maurice has received the designation of Certified Civil Trial Attorney from the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which resulted from his trial of a securities fraud class action trial – Williams et al. vs. Chatmon et al.
Mr. Maurice has appeared as a legal commentator on Channel 9 Fox News. He has been included in the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the areas of Business and General Litigation. He was also included in the list of Bergen's "Top Lawyers" in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by (201) Magazine in Civil, Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminial Litigation and Personal Injury. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
Mr. Maurice is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He serves as Treasurer for the Bergen County Bar Association and was formerly a Trustee; he has served on the Criminal and Civil Litigation Committees. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Bergen County Bar Foundation. Mr. Maurice is a former Chair of the District IIA Supreme Court Ethics Committee. He has also lectured for the Bergen County Bar Foundation and participated in the 411 It's Your Life Program. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for Bergen Catholic High School located in Oradell, New Jersey, and is a member of the Columbian Club and the Knights of Columbus.
Williams et al. vs. Chatmon et al.
QBE Insurance Company v P&F Container Services, Inc., 362 N.J. Super. 445 (App. Div. 2003) a case concerning insurance coverage issues and the applicability of the MSC 90 endorsement to interstate/ intrastate trucking carriers.
“How to Prepare for an Attorney Consultation,” (Paramus Magazine, August 2009)
“Judge Liliana S. DeAvila-Silebi,” with Demetra A. Maurice (The Bergen Barrister, Spring 2009)
“Mind Your Business: Employee Use on Company Computers” (Paramus Chamber of Commerce website Business Center, Fall 2007)