Robert G. Stahl

Robert G. Stahl: Attorney with Stahl Criminal Defense Lawyers AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards


Mr. Stahl is distinguished by his New Jersey Supreme Court Certification as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney -- a designation obtained by fewer than 1% of attorneys state-wide. In addition to many other awards and peer recognition, Mr. Stahl has earned AV Preeminent peer-rated recognition by Martindale-Hubbell since 2001 and has been recognized by Super Lawyers, White-Collar Practice since 2006. His firm, Stahl Criminal Defense Lawyers, aggressively defends individuals investigated or charged with complex federal and state crimes. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Stahl is recognized by his peers as among the top criminal defense attorneys in the NY/NJ area with the skills, knowledge, compassion and dedication to win. Recent notable federal cases include the dismissal of a murder-for-hire complaint in the SDNY; successfully defending an Essex County political appointee in a federal tax prosecution; defending at trial in the DNJ an Orthodox Rabbi charged with kidnapping recalcitrant husbands who refused their wives religious divorces; and representing a student from Kazakhstan charged with obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Areas of Practice (20)

  • Complex Criminal
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Business Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Wire and Mail Fraud
  • Theft/Embezzlement
  • Falsifying Documents
  • Money Laundering
  • Internet Crimes
  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Violence
  • Search and Seizure
  • Grand Jury Investigations
  • Drug Crimes/Trafficking
  • Appellate
  • Criminal Appeals

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
908-301-9001  Phone
908-301-9008  Fax
University Attended:
Rutgers University, B.A., 1979
Law School Attended:
Seton Hall University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1988
Year of First Admission:
1998, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1989, New Jersey; 1989, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Union County, New Jersey State and American Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Federal Bar Association of New Jersey; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Special Agencies:
Winner, Appellate Moot Court Competition and Best Brief, 1988. Member, Seton Hall School of Law, Appellate Moot Court Team. Law Clerk for John W. Bissell, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1989-1991. Attorney General's Director's Award, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey and John Marshall Award for Outstanding Trial Skills.
Birth Information:
Newark, New Jersey, July 21, 1957
Reported Cases:


United States v. Dias Kadyrbayev

Charges: conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction in Boston Marathon bombings

Result: After lengthy pre-trial motions and expert testimony, negotiated reduced sentence from potential of 25 years to 6 years; client to return home country, Kazakhstan. Read More (link to )

United States v. Mendel Epstein

Charge: Conspiracy to Kidnap Trial in DNJ

Result: After acquittal at trial of 3 of 4 counts, sentence limited to 10 years, avoiding life sentence. Read More (link to )

United States v. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA, Inc.

Charge: Conspiracy under the federal Animal Enterprise Protection Act; Terrorism and Internet Stalking in DNJ

Result: Took over from prior counsel after trial and handles sentencing and appeal to Third Circuit, obtained greatly reduced sentence.

Read More (link to )

Healthcare Fraud

Defense: Office of pain management physician was raided and all files seized by County Prosecutor's Office and State Medical Board in NJ for overprescribing opioids

Result: Successfully negotiated a non-criminal disposition

Charge: NJ Dentist Charged with Healthcare Fraud in SDNY

Result: Complete Dismissal of All Charges. Read More (link to

United States v. Peter Riccio, et al.

Charge: Multimillion-dollar online prescription drugs fraud charged in SDNY

Result: Avoided incarceration and received two years' probation and asset forfeiture sentence. Read More (link to

Mortgage Fraud

Charge: Multi-million dollar mortgage fraud charges in DNJ

Result: Negotiated plea for misrepresentation on HUD form avoiding fraud charges and restitution

Defense: Mortgage and bank fraud investigations involving hundreds of millions of dollars in bank losses

Represented mortgage brokers, bankers, appraisers, real estate brokers and tax preparers

Charge: Massive mortgage fraud conspiracy in DNJ

Result: Obtained no jail sentence of probation for defendant after extensive plea negotiation, arguing successfully in sentencing hearings on loss, relevant conduct and special offense characteristics to reduce offense level

Money Laundering and Structuring

United States v. Saul Kassin

Charge: Money Laundering and Bank Fraud in NJ’s biggest corruption case

Result: Reduced charge. Read More (link to

Charge: Structuring more than $1 million in DNJ

Result: Negotiated a no jail time plea for owner of waste disposal company

Investigation: Two-year investigation of Money Laundering and Wire Fraud in DNJ

Result: No prosecution for international business owner


Federal Charge: Perjury in grand jury

Result: Acquittal after trial in DNJ

Securities Fraud

United States v. Santarlas

Charge: Insider Trading in SDNY

Result: Lenient sentence in reward for cooperation. Read More (link to

Charge: Massive drop in fund value of mortgage backed securities

Result: Negotiated favorable settlement with SEC and avoided criminal charges

Federal Charge: Fraud

Result: Negotiated plea to lesser charges and successfully argued for drastically reduced sentence for financial advisor

Federal Seizures of Funds at Airports

Defense: Foreign business owners whose cash was seized by DEA and ICE at Newark Airport

Result: Litigated and/or negotiated return of more than $1 million of seized funds


Charge: Conspiracy to steal $100,000s of electronics in Union County, NJ

Result: Successfully negotiated non-custodial probation sentence; obtained dismissal of new charges and successfully defended violation of probation on original charges

Charge: Theft in no show job

Result: Elizabeth NJ police officer who originally faced five years in prison and $15,000 in fines sentenced to probation and $1,250 fine. Read More (link to

Charge: Theft and Burglary for allegedly stealing customer lists from his former employer

Result: Client permitted to enter into the Pre-Trial Intervention program without an admission of guilt

Criminal Tax Investigations

Federal Charge: Tax Evasion

Result: Successfully reduced the tax loss and exposure under the Sentencing Guidelines

Defense: Two-year investigation of owner of mortgage company in DNJ

Result: Convinced Department of Justice Tax Division not to proceed with charges

Charge: Preparing and filing hundreds of false tax returns

Result: Successfully avoided prison

Drugs and Guns

Federal Charge: Prescription Pill Abuse

Result: NJ physician passed away before the charges could be tried in West Virginia Federal Court Read More (link to )

Charge: Felon in possession of a handgun

Result: Acquittal after trial in DNJ

Defense: Drug Possession

Result: Charges dismissed after investigation revealed that search was prompted by previously undisclosed tip from confidential informant.

Sex Crimes

Charge: Second-degree sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor

Result: Successful motion to dismiss the indictment attacking the legal basis for some of the charges, as well as the provision of an expert report providing mitigating evidence. Guilty plea to lesser fourth-degree charges resulting in probation, without Megan's Law registration.

Defense: Inappropriately touching a child

Result: Independent investigation revealed weaknesses in the case. No charges were filed.

Domestic Violence

Charge: Third-degree aggravated assault

Result: After an independent investigation proved that the victim fabricated the story, the charges were dismissed.

Charge: Violating a domestic violence restraining order

Result: Successfully argued that restraining orders must be narrowly construed to provide sufficient notice to the defendant. Case dismissed.

Charge: Third-degree interference with custody

Result: All charges were dismissed.

Murder / Death Penalty

Charge: Murder

Result: Former Hasbrouck Heights police officer plead to reduced charge of manslaughter. Prison sentence set at 25 years instead of potential 50 years for murder charge. Read More (link to )

Federal Charge: Murder/Death Penalty in SDNY

Result: Successful motion to strike several aggravating factors

Charge: Murder

Result: Decision holding, for the first time, that non-citizen defendants interrogated by U.S. law enforcement on foreign soil are entitled to Fifth Amendment protections

( Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney )
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Peer Reviews

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