Jennifer Mara

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Newark, NJ

Baldassare & Mara, LLC
 | 570 Broad Street, Suite 900
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 888-490-9902
Fax: 973-556-1071
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Business Litigation (60%)


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    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Jennifer Mara is the managing partner and majority shareholder of Baldassare & Mara, LLC, which has law offices in Newark, New Jersey, and New York, New York. Nationally recognized as among the top trial attorneys in her region as well as the entire country, Ms. Mara provides exceptional counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the greater metropolitan areas of New York and New Jersey and beyond who stand accused of serious federal criminal charges or complicated business-related disputes.

    Through her civil practice, Ms. Mara has handled numerous trials and negotiated favorable settlements for businesses dealing with breaches of contract, shareholder and partnership disputes, intellectual property matters, and other issues. In addition, she has handled criminal matters involving antitrust and RICO claims, kickbacks and bribery, and other white collar crimes.

    From her efforts, Ms. Mara has achieved a long record of securing successful results for her clients at trial, during negotiations and at appeal. She has also advocated on behalf of a broad range of clients during investigations into serious wrongdoing, fraud, false claims and other issues. No matter whether her clients need defense from a civil or criminal matter, Ms. Mara uses the full extent of her more than 18 years of legal experience to provide the highest level of representation, and she maintains an unwavering focus on protecting her clients' rights and interests at all turns.

    Honored for her success, Ms. Mara has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers, including a Top 25 Women in the Law designation from the New Jersey Law Journal, and she has received the Criminal Trial Attorney Award from the Essex County Bar Association.

    Ms. Mara earned her bachelor's degree with honors from Rutgers University in 1994 and her master's degree from the school in 1995. She also attended the graduate program in political science at Yale University in 1997. Upon deciding to pursue her legal career, Ms. Mara attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where she served as articles editor of the Seton Hall Law Review.

    She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Easter District of Michigan. She also holds her admission to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

    A leader in her field, Ms. Mara has several publications and reported decisions to her credit, and the has served as secretary of the Women's White Collar Defense Association and chair of the Essex County Bar Association's federal practice committee. She has also served as trustee of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, and she is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and former member of the District Ethics Committee, District VI for Hudson County.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Criminal Defense
    • 60%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Criminal Fraud


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011

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    About Jennifer Mara

    Admitted: 2001, New Jersey

    Professional Webpage:


    • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Criminal Defense, 2009 - 2011
    • Top 25 Women in the Law, New Jersey Law Journal, 2016
    • Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense, 2012 - 2018
    • Criminal Trial Attorney Award, Essex County Bar Association, 2017
    • Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2013 - 2014, 2017 - 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
    • State of New York
    • State of New Jersey
    • Member, District Ethics Committee, District VI (Hudson County), 2011 - 2015
    • Member and Co-Chair of Criminal Bench-Bar Committee, Essex County Bar Association
    • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Secretary, Women's White Collar Defense Association (New Jersey Chapter)
    • Vice President, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Contributor, "William S. Greenberg, Trial Handbook for New Jersey Lawyers (4th ed. 1998)"
    • Articles Editor, Seton Hall Law Review, Seton Hall University School of Law
    • "Solid Waste Agency of N. Cook County v. United States Army Corps of Engineers," 31 Seton Hall L. Rev. 546, (2001)
    • "Living with Consequences: The New Jersey Supreme Court Finds Cohabitation Provisions Enforceable," 30 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1255, (2000)


    • In re New Jersey Attorney General Investigation
    • In re Home Health Care Executives
    • In re Music Industry Manager
    • In re Hedge Fund
    • In re Federal Grand Jury Subpoena
    • In re Real Estate Developer
    • In re Charitable Organization
    • In re Luxury Car Dealerships
    • In re Packaged Ice Industry Executive
    • In re Mortgage Company
    • In re Pharmaceutical Company Executive
    • State v. Mauti, 416 N.J. Super. 178 (2010)
    • N.J. Attorney General v. Client
    • State v. Nyhammer, 197 N.J 383 (2009)
    • In re State Grand Jury Investigation, 200 N.J. 481 (2009)
    • McNulty v. Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc., 271 F.R.D. 569 (E.D. Mich. 2011)
    • State v. Rivera, 205 N.J. 472 (2011)
    • State v. Mauti, 208 N.J. 519 (2012)
    • United States v. Kouevi, 698 F.3d 126 (3d Cir. 2012)
    • United States v. Bergrin, 650 F.3d 257 (3d Cir. 2011)

    Educational Background:

    • Rutgers University (B.A., with honors, 1994)
    • Yale University (Graduate Program in Political Science, 1996 - 1997)
    • Rutgers University (M.A., 1995)
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    Office Location for Jennifer Mara

    570 Broad Street
    Suite 900
    Newark, NJ 07102

    Phone: 888-490-9902

    Fax: 973-556-1071

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