James B. Seplowitz

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Hackensack, New Jersey

Foy & Seplowitz LLC
James B. Seplowitz
Foy & Seplowitz LLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in New Jersey since: 2003

Education: Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014

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Foy & Seplowitz LLC

105 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601 Visit website


Attorney James B. Seplowitz is a partner at the Hackensack law firm of Foy & Seplowitz LLC. At the firm, Mr. Seplowitz focuses his efforts on protecting the rights of accused individuals living in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey by creating solid criminal defense strategies to combat a variety of charges, including:

• Driving under the influence
• Domestic violence
• Assault
• Drug crimes
• Sex crimes
• Murder
• White collar crimes

Mr. Seplowitz began his legal career in 2003 after earning his law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. He is admitted to practice in the courts of both New York and New Jersey. 

Thanks to attorney Seplowitz's many courtroom successes, he has earned a reputation as a lawyer with extensive knowledge of criminal law. As a result, he is a regular guest speaker at legal functions, and he has written several articles for various publications. In addition, his courtroom successes have led to a number of honors, including an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and inclusion on Inside Jersey magazine's list of the state's top legal minds.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Juvenile Delinquency, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 2003, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: https://www.foyseplowitz.com/about-james

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • District II-B Ethics Committee, Past Chair
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer, Avoiding Common Mistakes In and Out of Court: A Guide to Professionalism and Ethics, Bergen County Bar Association, October 19, 2011
  • Lecturer, Handling First DUI Case, LawReview CLE, May 26, 2011
  • Lecturer, Reds, Whites and DWI Blues, Bergen County Bar Association, March 2, 2011
  • Lecturer, A Survival Guide to the Municipal Courts, Bergen County Bar Association, November 23, 2010
  • Lecturer, Everything You Need to Know About Criminal Record Expungements, Bergen County Bar Association, Moderator, April 28, 2010
  • Lecturer, Handling the Criminal Case in Superior Court: Tips on Plea Bargaining, PTI, Pretrial Motions and Sentencing, Bergen County Bar Association, September 24, 2009
  • "Driving" While Intoxicated When Sleeping in a Parked Car?, Bergen Barrister, Winter, 2008
  • Moderator of DWI and Refusal seminar., Moderator, DWI & Refusal Seminar, 2015
  • Author, Drugs Bunny: When Does the Personal Use Defense Lose Its Bounce?, Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books), 2015
  • Lecturer, Expungements 101 and the Changing Law on Expungements, Bergen County Bar Association, 2016
  • Author, Knowing Your Witnesses and Building a Successful Defense for the DWI Client, Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books), 2013
  • Synthetic Marijuana Ban Raises Novel Questions for Defense, New Jersey Law Journal, 210 N.J.L.J. 939, 2012
  • Author, Seeing Double: Representing a New York Driver in a New Jersey DWI Case, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, December, 2010
  • Time to Get Rid of a Draconian Law, New Jersey Law Journal, 192 N.J.L.J. 815, 2008
  • Lecturer, To Text or Not to Text - The Effect of Technology on Professionalism, Bergen County Bar Association, 2013
  • Lecturer, Reds, Whites and DWI Blues, Bergen County Bar Association, February 28, 2013
  • Lecturer, Reds, Whites and DWI Blues, Bergen County Bar Association, January 19, 2012
  • “Rising Star” in Criminal Defense, New Jersey’s Top Legal Minds Publication
  • Honors: David Berg Scholar; Moot Court Honor Society; Criminal Defense Clinic, Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
  • “Rising Star” in Criminal Defense, New Jersey Super Lawyers Publication, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • “Rising Star” in Criminal Defense, (201) Magazine Bergen’s Top Lawyers section for 2012 and 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Educational Background:
  • Yeshiva College, Yeshiva University, New York, B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude, 2000
  • University of Cincinnati, M.S. in Criminal Justice, 2011
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. , 2003
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Alcotest 7110 Operator, Draeger (Manufacturer of the Alcotest 7110)
  • Municipal Court Law Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2023
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member, 2003 – Present
  • National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), Member, 2014 – Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Committee, Co-Chair, 2011 – 2022
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2003
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2014
  • Justice Morris Pashman Inn of Court, 2006 – 2008
  • NORML Legal Committee, Member, 2004 – Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Criminal Practice Committee, Co-Chair, 2008 – 2010
  • New York, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2009
  • Bergen County Bar Association (BCBA), Executive Board Member
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ), Member, 2010 – Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, President, 2008 – 2009
  • New Jersey, 2003
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, Member, 2012 – Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 200
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), Member, 2004 – Present

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Brilliant in his unequaled knowledge of the law and his ability to strategize. Achieves case dispositions few others could, and on a regular basis dispositions that no one else equals. An amazing attorney who has the respect of all who have seen him work, and the admiration of his peers.”

Office location for James B. Seplowitz

105 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: 201-457-0071


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