James B. Seplowitz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Hackensack, NJ

Foy & Seplowitz LLC
 | 105 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-457-0071
Fax: 201-457-0072
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)


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    Attorney Profile

    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 and his approval to practice law in New Jersey. In 2004, New York state granted him approval to practice in its courtrooms. In addition, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court have approved him to practice in their courtrooms.

    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
    • 70%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    Focus Areas

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


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014

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    About James Seplowitz

    Admitted: 2003, New Jersey

    Professional Webpage: http://foyseplowitz.com/james-b-seplowitz-attorney/


    • “Rising Star” in Criminal Defense, New Jersey’s Top Legal Minds Publication
    • “Rising Star” in Criminal Defense, (201) Magazine Bergen’s Top Lawyers section for 2012 and 2013
    • “Rising Star” in Criminal Defense, New Jersey Super Lawyers Publication, 2012, 2013 and 2014
    • Honors: David Berg Scholar; Moot Court Honor Society; Criminal Defense Clinic, Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
    • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Alcotest 7110 Operator, Draeger (Manufacturer of the Alcotest 7110)
    • Municipal Court Law Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Supreme Court of the United States, 2014
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2009
    • New York, 2004
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2003
    • New Jersey, 2003
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 200
    • Bergen County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, President, 2008 – 2009
    • Bergen County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, Member, 2012 – Present
    • Bergen County Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Committee, Co-Chair, 2011 – Present
    • Bergen County Bar Association, Criminal Practice Committee, Co-Chair, 2008 – 2010
    • National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), Member, 2014 – Present
    • NORML Legal Committee, Member, 2004 – Present
    • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ), Member, 2010 – Present
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member, 2003 – Present
    • Justice Morris Pashman Inn of Court, 2006 – 2008
    • Bergen County Bar Association (BCBA), Member, 2004 – Present
    • New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), Member, 2004 – Present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Moderator of DWI and Refusal seminar., Moderator, DWI & Refusal Seminar, 2015
    • Lecturer, To Text or Not to Text - The Effect of Technology on Professionalism, Bergen County Bar Association, 2013
    • 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
    • Time to Get Rid of a Draconian Law, New Jersey Law Journal, 192 N.J.L.J. 815, 2008
    • Lecturer, Expungements 101 and the Changing Law on Expungements, Bergen County Bar Association, 2016
    • Author, Drugs Bunny: When Does the Personal Use Defense Lose Its Bounce?, Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books), 2015
    • Lecturer, Handling First DUI Case, LawReview CLE, May 26, 2011
    • Lecturer, Everything You Need to Know About Criminal Record Expungements, Bergen County Bar Association, Moderator, April 28, 2010
    • Lecturer, A Survival Guide to the Municipal Courts, Bergen County Bar Association, November 23, 2010
    • Lecturer, Reds, Whites and DWI Blues, Bergen County Bar Association, March 2, 2011
    • Lecturer, Avoiding Common Mistakes In and Out of Court: A Guide to Professionalism and Ethics, Bergen County Bar Association, October 19, 2011
    • 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
    • Author, Seeing Double: Representing a New York Driver in a New Jersey DWI Case, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, December, 2010
    • Lecturer, Reds, Whites and DWI Blues, 2013, Bergen County Bar Association, February 28
    • Lecturer, Reds, Whites and DWI Blues, Bergen County Bar Association, January 19, 2012

    Educational Background:

    • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. , 2003
    • University of Cincinnati, M.S. in Criminal Justice, 2011
    • Yeshiva College, Yeshiva University, New York, B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude, 2000


    • “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.”

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

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    Office Location for James B. Seplowitz

    105 Main Street
    Hackensack, NJ 07601

    Phone: 201-457-0071

    Fax: 201-457-0072

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