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William P. Cunningham

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Toms River, NJ

Starkey Kelly Kenneally Cunningham & Turnbach
2 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: 732-240-3600
Fax: 732-840-5901
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2009, 2015 - 2021
Licensed in New Jersey Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar


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A partner at Toms River, New Jersey-based Starkey, Kelly, Kenneally, Cunningham & Turnbach, William P. Cunningham has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney since 1981. Providing representation to clients throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties, his main areas of practice are criminal defense and education law. He devotes 90 percent of his practice to litigation.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey since 1975, Mr. Cunningham is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He served as an instructor on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Master's level program between 1998 and 2001. He is also a lecturer at the Ocean County Police Academy, a position he has held since 1977. Between 1977 and 1979, Mr. Cunningham was an instructor in criminal law at what was then known as Trenton State College.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Cunningham has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and an "Excellent" peer-review rating through Avvo. He was named one of New Jersey's "Top Legal Minds" in 2012 by the Star-Ledger. The previous year, he was given the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. In 2005, the Ocean County Bar Association presented Mr. Cunningham with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Cunningham attended Seton Hall University where he majored in business and marketing and minored in mathematics, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1971. He then went on to attend Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1975. He is a member of a variety of legal organizations, including the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation and the Ocean County Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Criminal Law


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2009, 2015 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About William P. Cunningham

First Admitted: 1975, New Jersey

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Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1981

Educational Background

  • Seton Hall University, South Orange, B.S., Honors: Dean's List, Major: Business/Marketing, Minor: Mathematics

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Masters Program, Instructor, 1998 - 2001
  • Trenton State College, Instructor, Criminal Law, 1977 - 1979
  • Ocean County Police Academy, Instructor, 1977 - Present


  • "Professional Lawyer of the Year Award", NJ Commission on Professionalism and the Law, 2011 
  • Selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list of Top Attorneys of New Jersey as published in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2007-2008
  • Senate & General Assembly Joint Legislative Resolution, 2006
  • AV Preeminent designation from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Ocean County Bar Association, 2005
  • Selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list of Top Attorneys of New Jersey as published in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2008-2009
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • New Jersey "Top Legal Minds", Inside Jersey, New Jersey Star Ledger, 2012 
  • Ocean County Emerald Society "Irishman of the Year", 1995
  • 200 Club of Ocean County New Jersey, Meritorious Service Award, 2006
  • Phi Sigma Alpha

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ocean County Bar Association, Co-Chair Criminal Law Committee, 1995 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Ocean County Delegate, Judicial & Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, 2008 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • Ocean County Bar Association, Co-Chair Municipal Court Law Committee, 2006 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, 1976 - Present
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1975
  • Ocean County Bar Association, Member, 1976 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1976 - 2008
  • New Jersey, 1975
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Office Location for William P. Cunningham

2 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753

Phone: 732-240-3600

Fax: 732-840-5901

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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