Edwin Jacobs, Partner of Jacobs & Barbone Law Firm

Edwin J. Jacobs, Jr., (Member-Partner) born Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, March 2, 1947; admitted to bar, 1971, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1985, U.S. Supreme Court.

Education:  Rutgers University (B.A., 1968; J.D., 1971). Law Clerk to Hon. George B. Francis, Superior Court of New Jersey, 1971-1972. Associate Editor, New Jersey Law Journal, 1980-1986.

Voted:  New Jersey Superlawyer* in Criminal Law 2005-Present.

Listed:  The Best Lawyers in America 1991-2009, 2014, 2015; The National Directory of Criminal Lawyers. The Best Lawyers in NJ 2005-present. AV-RATED by Martindale-Hubbell Pier Review

Member: Atlantic County (President, 1981-1982) and New Jersey Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (President, 1988-1989).

Headliner Cases:

  • U.S. v. Merlino, 349 F.3d 144 (3’d Cir. 2003)
    • In June of 1999, Philadelphia Mob Boss Joey “Skinny” Merlino was indicted on 36 counts involving murder and conspiracy to murder, violent crime in aid of racketeering, extortion and conspiracy to extort, the operation of illegal sports bookmaking businesses, and thefts of good in interstate commerce. With the defense of Ed Jacobs, Merlino was acquitted of the murder, attempt to murder, and drug charges, but found guilty on the racketeering charges. Although sentenced to 12 years for his racketeering engagement, Merlino is quoted “Ain’t bad, better than the death penalty.” As Philly.com summarized post-trial, Jacobs “was the alpha lawyer, the first chair in the power house group who dominated the defense.”
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  • U.S. v. Salvatore Avena
    • In March of 1994, long-time Camden criminal defense attorney Salvatore Avena was indicted on racketeering charges after over 2 years of the FBI recording conversations between Avena and well-known mobsters that took place in his law office. Law enforcement officials conceded that the conversations they tapped into between Avena and co-defendants such as John Stanfa, Anthony Piccolo, and Angelo Bruno, tied him to the Stanfa organized crime family and made him responsible for the attempted murder of Stanfa’s rival Joey Merlino. The Assistant U.S. Attorney of the prosecution summed Avena up as a “lawyer gone bad,” using the FBI tapes to make it seem like he was a lawyer who got too greedy and crossed over the line to the mob. If convicted, Avena could have faced up to 40 years in prison, but after a 10 week trial the Philadelphia jury acquitted him of all charges, the most important being the attempted murder of rival Merlino.
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  • U.S. v. Ligambi (Criminal Action No. 09-00496-01)
    • After the Justice Department pursued Joseph Ligambi’s mob operation for nearly 14 years, he was released from prison after 2 and a half years when 10 of 12 jurors decided he was not running a racketeering conspiracy. Ligambi was originally indicted on loansharking and illegal gambling operations charges, those of which were described as an attempt to control illegal poker machines in numerous bars in South Philadelphia and also collecting sports bets in nearby neighborhoods. After beating the first 2 racketeering trials, the Justice Department chose not pursue a third retrial against defendant Ligambi.
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  • City of Atlantic City v. Bill Cosby

Reported Cases:

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control v. Maynards, Inc., 192 N.J. 158 (2007); 927 A.2d 525 (N.J. 2007)
State v. Garron, 177 N.J. 147 (2003); 827 A.2d 243 (N.J. 2003)
Karins v. City of Atlantic City, 152 N.J. 532 (1998); 706 A.2d 706 (N.J. 1998)
Greenberg v. Kimmelman, 99 N.J. 552 (1985); 494 A.2d 294 (N.J. 1985)
Matter of Suchanoff, 93 N.J. 226 (1983); 460 A.2d 642 (N.J. 1983)
State v. Hunt, 91 N.J. 338 (1982); 450 A.2d 952 (N.J. 1982)
Knight v. City of Margate, 86 N.J. 374 (1981); 431 A.2d 833 (N.J. 1981)
U.S. v. Merlino, 349 F.3d 144 (3’d Cir. 2003)
U.S. v. Pungitore, 910 F.2d 1084 (3’d Cir. 1990)
Kaye v.Rosefield, 432 N.J.Super. 421 (App. Div. 2013); 75 A.3d 1168 (N.J. App. Div. 2013)
State v. Collette, 257 N.J. Super. 557 (App. Div. 1992); 608 A.2d 990 (N.J. App. Div. 1992)
State of New Jersey Division of Gambling Enforcement v. Merlino, 109 N.J. 134 (1988); 535 A.2d 968 (N.J. 1988)
State v. Hunt, 91 NJ 338 (450 A.2d 952 (N.J. 1982)
Commerce Bancorp, Inc. v. lnterArch, Inc., 417 N.J.Super. 329 (App. Div. 2010); 9 A.3d 1056 (N.J. App. Div. 2010)
State of New Jersey Division of Gambling Enforcement v. Merlino, 216 N.J. Super. 579 (App. Div. 1987); 524 A.2d 821 (N.J. App. Div. 1987)
Matthews v. Dean, 206 N.J. Super. 608 (App. Div. 1986); 482 A.2d 530 (N.J. App. Div. 1986); State v. Lutz, 165 N.J. Super. 278 (App. Div. 1979); 398 A.2d 115 (N.J. App. Div. 1979)
Margate Tavern Owners Association v. Brown, 144 N.J. Super. 435 (App. Div. 1976); 365 A.2d 1378 (N.J. App. Div. 1976)
United States v. Reeves, 891 F.Supp.2d 690 (D.N.J. 2012)
Hornstine v. Township of Moorestown, 263 F. Supp. 2d 887 (D.N.J. 2003)
Mathews v. Deane, 201 N.J. Super. 441 (Ch. Div. 1984); 483 A.2d 232 (N.J. Ch. Div. 1984)
Matthews v. Deane, 196 N.J. Super. 428 (Ch. Div. 1984); 483 A.2d 224 (N.J. Ch. Div. 1984)
Matthews v. City of Atlantic City, 196 N.J. Super. 145 (Law Div. 1984); 481 A.2d 842 (N.J. Law Div. 1984)
Baker v. Deane, 192 N.J. Super. 153 (Law Div. 1983); 469 A.2d 52 (N.J. Law Div. 1983)
First Mutual Corporation v. Grammercy Pharmacy, 176 N.J. Super. 428 (Law Div. 1980); 423 A.2d 680 (N.J. Law Div. 1980).

Practice Areas:  Criminal; Matrimonial; Civil; Casino Control Commission; Other Administrative Agency Practice. AV Peer Review Rated.

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