Joseph J. Rodgers

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Wildwood, NJ

Joseph J. Rodgers, Chartered
 | 5901 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Phone: 609-729-6644
Fax: 609-729-4917
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2010 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)


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    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Joseph J. Rodgers is the founder and owner of the Joseph J. Rodgers, Chartered, law office in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney and possessing more than 37 years of legal experience, Mr. Rodgers focuses his practice almost exclusively on criminal defense for all types of felonies and misdemeanors, including federal charges and white collar crimes, as well as traffic violations. He also has extensive experience handling appeals.

    A 1968 graduate of Seton Hall University, Mr. Rodgers returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1973. The New Jersey State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before 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.

    A former prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Rodgers has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system from both sides, making him all the more effective at devising the best defense strategies possible for his clients. Recognized for his professionalism and his outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Rodgers holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned numerous other accolades from his peers along with many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

    Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Rodgers is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and the American Bar Association. He also serves on the Supreme Court's Board on Trial Attorney Certification as well as the Supreme Court's Committee on the Rules of Evidence.

    A fellow with the American Bar Foundation, Mr. Rodgers has also served as trustee and legislative committee chair for the New Jersey State Bar Association and as president of the Cape May County Bar Association. He is also a member of The Vincent S. Haneman American Inn of Court, and he volunteers his legal services as a public defender for the Superior Court of New Jersey Chancery Division's Family Part.

    *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
    • 60%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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    About Joseph Rodgers

    Admitted: 1973, New Jersey

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    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified as a criminal trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1982

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • New Jersey, 1973
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1975
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1973
    • Member, Supreme Court Board on Trial Attorney Certification.  Member, Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Evidence.
    • Member, Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Evidence.  Member, Supreme Court Board on Trial Attorney Certification and Chair of the Municipal Law Practice Section.  Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Member, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.  Member, American Bar Association.  Fellow of the American Bar Association.  Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Past Trustee and Chair of the  Legislative Committee, Past Member Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee.  Member, Cape May County Bar Association, Past President and current Chair of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Committee.  Past Member, Vincent S Haneman American Inn of Court.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part, volunteer public defender for domestic violence and contempt of court cases 
    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • Volunteer court-appointed attorney defending clients charged with criminal contempt regarding violations of restraining orders. Past President, Jewish Federation for Atlantic and Cape May Counties Past President, Congregation Beth Israel, Northfield, New Jersey
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    Office Location for Joseph J. Rodgers

    5901 New Jersey Avenue
    Wildwood, NJ 08260

    Phone: 609-729-6644

    Fax: 609-729-4917

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