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Maria D. Noto

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Matawan, NJ

Law Office of Maria D. Noto, P.C.
746 Highway 34, Suite 8
Matawan, NJ 07747
Phone: 732-441-9546
Fax: 732-441-9547
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Licensed in New Jersey Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, French, Italian, Spanish


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Attorney Profile

Attorney Maria D. Noto is the founder of the Law Office of Maria D. Noto, P.C. At her Matawan law firm, Ms. Noto focuses on protecting the rights of individuals accused of criminal offenses throughout the State of New Jersey. She regularly defends clients against a variety of charges, ranging from disorderly persons offenses to felonies, including but not limited to the following:

• Municipal court violations, including driving under the influence, traffic violations and drug possession
• Criminal offenses, including underage drinking, drug sales and distribution, theft, assault, murder, and manslaughter
• All state and Federal crimes, including federal drug offenses and federal white-collar crimes

Ms. Noto began her legal career in 1980 after earning a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and her approval to practice in New Jersey. In addition to her approval to practice in New Jersey state court, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court have all issued their approvals for her to practice in their courtrooms.

Early in Ms. Noto's career, she served as the assistant deputy public defender in Essex County. After going into private practice, she gained a reputation as a skilled — and determined — trial attorney who has tried over 200 jury trials with a high win rate. Early in her career, she spent two years defending one of the accused in the longest federal trial in New Jersey's history; the prosecution of the alleged Lucchese organized crime family. Her client, along with the 20 other defendants were found not guilty. She has tried 9 murder cases, winning acquittals in 7 of them.

Over the course of her career, her many courtroom successes have resulted in a number of honors, including a "Superb" rating from Avvo. In addition, her leadership skills have led to a number of positions in the legal community; she is a past president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Civil Rights
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Assault


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

Articles about Maria D. Noto appearing in Super Lawyers

About Maria D. Noto

First Admitted: 1980, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Past President, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 
  • Chair, New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Attorney Trial Certification, Criminal Section, 1998
  • Vice-Chair, New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Attorney Trial Certification, Criminal Section, 1997
  • Elected Trustee, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1991
  • Vice President, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2002


  • Board of Trustees, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Named to Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of American Honorary Society, 2006 - 2007
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Jersey, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Elected to Who's Who Among Distinguished Americans of Italian Descent, Italian Tribune News
  • Top 50 Female Lawyers, New Jersey Monthly


  • Acquittal after defendant charged with 19 other defendants of racketeering in 21 month federal trial
  • N.J. Supreme Court District Fee Arbitration Committee , 2019
  • Tattoo artist acquitted of murder and weapons offenses stemming from the death of his girlfriend
  • Executive acquitted of sexual assault
  • Civil Rights settlement in the amount of $605,000.00 for jail suicide, 2019
  • Special police officer acquitted of manslaughter
  • Juvenile detention officer acquitted of assault
  • Acquittal after trial in which defendant charged with murder and racketeering
  • $751,320 verdict against defendant police officers for negligent shooting and civil rights violations including malicious prosecution, false arrest and false imprisonment after defendant cleared in criminal case of aggravated assault against police officer

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • New Jersey Criminal Trial Preparation Seminar, New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Education, 2005 - 2009
  • The Heart of The Defender: A Passion for Advocacy, Office of the Public Defender Training Conference, 2004
  • I.C.L.E. Seminar: "Handling Violent Crimes", New Jersey Law Center, 2003
  • I.C.L.E. Skills and Methods Course for New Attorneys, New Jersey Law Center, 2001 - 2002
  • I.C.L.E. Skills & Methods Course, New Jersey Law Center, 1997

Educational Background

  • Seton Hall Law School graduated top 15%  , 1980
  • University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, New York, B.A. in French and Spanish Education,  New Jersey Teaching Certification
  • Hunter College, New York City, New York
  • Monmouth University, Long Branch, New Jersey

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Italian Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001

Representative Clients

  • $600,000. settlement in jail suicide by hanging civil rights case, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Monmouth Top Lawyers 2020, 2020
  • Chosen  by Best of the Best as one of New Jersey's top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2020
  • Certified as an expert in Criminal Law by the New Jersey Supreme Court
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Office Location for Maria D. Noto

746 Highway 34
Suite 8
Matawan, NJ 07747

Phone: 732-441-9546

Fax: 732-441-9547

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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