Joseph Surman

Top rated criminal defense attorney in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Surman Law, LLC
Joseph Surman
Surman Law, LLC

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Personal injury, Administrative law; view more

Licensed in New Jersey since: 2007

Education: Rutgers School of Law - Camden

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 - 2022

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Surman Law, LLC

247 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Visit website


Attorney Joseph Surman is the founder and owner of Surman Law, LLC, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is the recipient of the 2021 Middlesex County Bar Association Municipal Court Practice Attorney of the Year. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 13 years of total legal experience, Mr. Surman provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Greater Middlesex County area as well as Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, and Union counties who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and other preventable tragedies

·       DWI and municipal court defense

·       Criminal defense for drug crimes, firearms offenses, and other felonies and misdemeanors

For most of the early part of his legal career, Mr. Surman served as an assistant prosecutor in Middlesex County, where he tried dozens of criminal cases, including 20 jury trials, for a wide range of criminal offenses. He then worked for a prominent civil litigation firm in his area, where he gained invaluable experience with personal injury claims and other complex litigation matters, including defending tortious claims on behalf of insurance companies, municipalities and police departments.

Armed with this experience, Mr. Surman can devise the most effective defense strategy possible for the accused, and he has achieved a long record of securing acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges for his clients. During the same time, he has also recovered substantial settlements and verdicts for his plaintiff injury clients, and he has gained a reputation for his fierce advocacy and unwavering commitment to helping his clients achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

A 2004 graduate of Rutgers University, Mr. Surman obtained his Juris Doctor in 2007 from Rutgers University School of Law. While there, he served on the executive board of the Hunter Moot Court Program, and immediately after graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Frederick P. DeVesa, P.J. with the Criminal Division in Middlesex County.

A leader in his field, Mr. Surman has facilitated classes with the Middlesex County New Police Officer Training Course as well as for the New Jersey State Bar Association. He also graduated from the intensive Top Gun Undercover Narcotics Officer Training Course and the Finding Words Child Abuse Forensic Interview Protocol, and he has conducted lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Administrative law

Focus areas

Assault & battery, Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, Felony, Juvenile delinquency, Motor vehicle offenses, Sex offenses, Criminal domestic violence, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Trucking accidents

  • 40% Criminal defense
  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Administrative law

First Admitted: 2007, New Jersey

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • NJ State PBA Legal Protection Plan and State Trooper Fraternal Association Legal Protection Plan, Member
Educational Background:
  • Rutgers University, 2004
  • Top Gun Undercover Narcotics Officer Training Course, Graduate
  • , Municipal Court Practice Attorney of the Year, Middlesex County Bar Association, 2021
  • Mr. Surman was selected to the 2022 Superlawyers Rising Stars list., Superlawyers Rising Stars List, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2021
  • Executive Board Member for the Hunter Moot Court Program
  • Mr. Surman took over a case from a prior attorney. The client was charged with 2 counts of carjacking, one count of robbery and related offenses. His plea offer had been for 15-18 years in New Jersey State Prison. Mr. Surman was able to negotiate a plea offer and sentence of 10 years for the client., 2021
  • Client was a 23 year old female involved in a car accident which was the fault of another driver. She underwent two shoulder surgeries and still has weakness and crepitation in her scapular spine and shoulder. Mr. Surman negotiated a partial settlement with the tortfeasor for the full policy amount of $100k without depositions being taken. Mr. Surman is continuing to pursue a claim for an additional $200k against her own insurance company for UM/UIM coverage., 2021
  • Client was charged in a domestic violence incident with 2nd degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and related charges. He was accused of placing a knife to his partner's neck and causing her to suffer defense wounds to her hands in the course of an argument. He was a first time offender facing up to 10 years in state prison with an 85% parole disqualifier. Mr. Surman was able to resolve the case for Pre-Trial Intervention - meaning the client can receive a dismissal of this case after completing a 3 year period of adjustment and supervision., 2022
  • Client's vehicle was struck by a driver making a left hand turn in Metuchen in July 2021. Client suffered lumbar and cervical herniations which required surgical intervention - a lumbar discectomy. Mr. Surman was able to recover the full policy amount from the tortfeasor ($15k) plus the maximum underinsured motorist policy from the client's own insurance company ($85k). This was accomplished without depositions, discovery, etc., 2022
  • Client was charged with 1st degree Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, and related charges. He was facing 15 to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison and was detained in jail pending trial. Mr. Surman was able to not only get the defendant released pending sentencing but also secured a period of probation with no further jail time via plea negotiations., 2021
Industry Groups:
  • New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association
  • State Trooper Fraternal Association

Office location for Joseph Surman

247 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 732-242-7870


1 Year Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2021 - 2022

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