Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, Shareholder with the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., concentrates her practice in the areas of criminal law and civil rights litigation. Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor represents clients in all phases of criminal proceedings in both Federal and State 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 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 frequently in municipal court matters, as well as civil and administrative matters, disciplinary hearings at the municipal and state level, DYFS/DCPP litigation, and licensing matters before various administrative agencies. She also has experience in civil rights litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
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 Membership Committee. She is also a Trustee and member of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey where she serves on the Legislative Committee. 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 an appointed member of the Criminal Practice Committee.
Area of Emphasis
Criminal Defense in Federal, State and Municipal Courts
Civil Rights Litigation in Federal and State Courts
Disciplinary Actions Against Police Officers and Other Government Employees
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