John Paul Velez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Ledgewood, NJ

Arbore Velez, LLC
 | Main Street at Route 10, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Phone: 973-584-1501
Fax: 973-584-3150
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
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 a Partner with the Ledgewood, New Jersey, firm of Forster Arbore Velez. 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
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

    Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2017

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    About John Velez

    Admitted: 2004, New Jersey

    Professional Webpage:


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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified as a Mediator

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    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
    Ledgewood, NJ 07852

    Phone: 973-584-1501

    Fax: 973-584-3150

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    Last Updated: 1/6/2021

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