Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor: Lawyer with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.

Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor

Woodbridge,  NJ  U.S.A.

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  • Appellate Lawyers
  • Criminal Law/Civil Rights Department
University Douglass College, Rutgers University, B.A., 1987
Law SchoolDickinson School of Law, Penn State University, J.D., 1990
Admitted1990, New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

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 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 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 handles civil litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil rights actions and civil RICO and fraud-related matters.

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 as Co-Chair of 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 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.

Ms. Torregrossa-O'Connor was recently selected for inclusion in the 2015 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
Civil Fraud and Civil Rights Litigation in Federal and State Courts
Disciplinary Actions Against Police Officers and Other Government Employees

Lawyer Publications:
New Jersey's New Law Mandates Video Cameras in Police Vehicles: When it Comes to Law Enforcement Encounters, a Video is Worth a Thousand Words
•Put The Phone Down: New Jersey's Clear Message to Drivers
•The Accidental Criminal Defendant: The Fatal Tracy Morgan Collision Throws Spotlight on the Growing Criminalization of the Traffic Accident

Reported CasesReported Court Opinions; Jackson v. Fauver; State v. Schenkolewski

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Proposed New Jersey Legislation Seeks to Protect Privacy Interests in Motor Vehicle’s “Black Box” Data
Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, December 10, 2014
In past investigations into automobile collisions, drivers often faced little challenge to their claims that they adhered to speed limits but somehow lost control of the car, that they applied their brakes but could not slow down in time, or that they steered to avoid animals who invariably left no...

New Jersey’s New Law Mandates Video Cameras in Police Vehicles: When it Comes to Law Enforcement Encounters, a Video is Worth a Thousand Words
Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, October 16, 2014
These days, cameras seem to be everywhere. From shameless “selfies” to stealthy surveillance videos, our every move seems to be memorialized in some way, like it or not. While some may long for more private times when many things were left to our memories and imaginations, there can be...

The Fatal Tracy Morgan Collision Throws Spotlight on the Growing Criminalization of the Traffic Accident
Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, July 23, 2014
It came as no surprise that Tracy Morgan sued Walmart last week after the fatal collision on June 7, 2014 between one of the company’s trucks and Morgan’s limousine on the New Jersey Turnpike. Early word that the Walmart truck driver admitted to being awake for more than 24 hours prior...
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Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor

90 Woodbridge Center Drive, Suite 900, Box 10
WoodbridgeNJ 07095


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