Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, Shareholder with the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., concentrates her practice in the areas of criminal law, white-collar litigation, internal investigations including cybersecurity and data privacy breaches, licensing and regulatory matters and civil rights litigation.
Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor represents individual and corporate clients in all phases of criminal proceedings in both state and federal courts, including significant motion, trial, and appellate work. Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor has experience handling serious criminal cases, ranging from homicide offenses to theft and drug offenses, as well as complex racketeering (“RICO”) matters and white-collar crimes, including public corruption, business-related offenses, and health care claims and insurance fraud. Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor also represents juveniles charged with offenses and those facing waiver to adult criminal court. Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor also appears in municipal court matters, as well as civil and administrative matters, disciplinary hearings at the municipal and state level and DYFS/DCPP litigation.
In Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor's white-collar practice, she represents individuals, corporations and public entities in federal and state investigations, civil and criminal litigation, and enforcement and regulatory matters. She also handles internal investigations for clients facing government inquiries or those seeking to investigate misconduct or compliance issues. She frequently represents healthcare professionals in both civil and criminal matters. She also practices in the area of cybersecurity compliance and data breaches.
Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor first became associated with the firm after completing an appellate clerkship with the Honorable Thomas F. Shebell, Jr. in 1991. She practiced in the areas of criminal defense and civil rights before joining the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in 1993. As an assistant prosecutor, she acquired significant jury trial experience. Before returning to the firm, she joined the firm of O'Connor and O'Connor, where she practiced in the area of municipal law, handling discrimination claims, labor and employment matters, disciplinary actions, and other matters before various local boards.
Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Women Lawyer's Association and serves as Co-Chair of its Judicial Outreach Committee. She presently serves as Secretary/Trustee of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey where she also serves as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee. She was appointed Co-Chair of the Criminal Section of the New Jersey Association for Justice. Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor is a member of the Middlesex Bar Association, and is a Trustee and member of the Monmouth Bar Association, where she also serves as Chair of the Criminal Practice Committee and appointed member of the Juvenile Justice Committee. Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor is also member of the Communications Committee of the Associate Alumni of Douglass College. She serves as an appointed member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection. She has served as a member of the District IX Ethics Committee since 2013.
Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor was recently selected for inclusion in both the 2015 and 2016 list of the Best Lawyers in America and named the Best Lawyers 2015 Criminal Defense: White Collar “Lawyer of the Year” in Woodbridge.
Area of Emphasis:
Criminal Defense in Federal, State and Municipal Courts; White-Collar and Civil Litigation; Healthcare and Insurance Fraud Litigation; Internal Investigations; Cybersecurity Compliance and Litigation; Disciplinary Actions Against Police Officers and Other Government Employees
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