John Paul Velez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Ledgewood, NJ

Forster Arbore Velez
 | Main Street at Route 10, PO Box 461
Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Phone: 973-584-1501
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish

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Attorney Profile

John Paul Velez is an associate with the Ledgewood, New Jersey, firm of Forster & Arbore. He devotes approximately 80 percent of his practice to criminal defense and the balance to representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Mr. Velez represents clients from Morris County and throughout Northern New Jersey in matters such as DUI/DWI offenses and other felony and misdemeanor charges.

Mr. Velez completed his undergraduate studies at Montclair State University, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in political science. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, working with the school's Criminal Justice Clinic as a student-attorney. While in law school, Mr. Velez was a research assistant for one of his professors, concentrating on issues related to federal criminal law, and he also received a Merit Fellows Scholarship. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey.

Prior to joining Forster & Arbore, Mr. Velez served as an assistant deputy public defender with the State of New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. During his tenure, he represented both juveniles and adults from their first court appearance through final resolution, including pre-indictment and post-disposition arguments and filings, in cases ranging from criminal mischief to murder charges.

In order to stay abreast of current developments in his practice areas, Mr. Velez is an active participant in several professional organizations, including the Morris County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. He is bilingual and is fully proficient in both Spanish and English. 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%)

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)

Personal Injury - General (20%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Super Lawyers: 2018 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2017

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About John Velez

Admitted: 2004, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: http://www.forsterarbore.com/About-Us/John-P-Velez.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Merit Fellows Scholarship Recipient
  • Research Assistant, Professor Adam Kurland Concentrating in Federal Criminal Law 
  • Student-Attorney, Howard University Criminal Justice Clinic

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified as a Mediator

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, Member
  • Morris County Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, Assistant Deputy Public Defender

Educational Background:

  • Montclair State University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Major: History, Minor: Political Science
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Office Location for John Paul Velez

Main Street at Route 10
PO Box 461
Ledgewood, NJ 07852

Phone: 973-584-1501

 

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Last Updated: 1/6/2016

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