Louis M. Barbone, Partner of Jacobs & Barbone Law Firm

Louis M. Barbone, (Member-Partner) born Camden, New Jersey, February 8, 1961; admitted to bar, 1986, New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. Education: Widener University (B.A., 1983); American University; Temple Law Center (J.D., 1986). Pi Gamma Mu. Author: “The Corporation’s Liability in Criminal Law; Systematic and Procedural Policy Choices Constituting a Reckless Disregard for Human Life,” Criminal Justice Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 1, Fall 1985; Reprint, Journal National District Attorneys Association, Vol. 20, No. 1, Summer 1986. Law Clerk: Hon. Paul R. Porreca, P.J.Cr.; Hon Arthur V. Guerrera, J.S.C.; Hon. Steven P. Perskie, P.J.CR., New Jersey Superior Court Law Division, Criminal Part, Atlantic County, New Jersey, 1986-1987.

Voted:  New Jersey Superlawyer* in Criminal Law 2006-2007; 2009-Present.

  • Top Attorneys in South Jersey and New Jersey, 2007-present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012, 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Philadelphia’s Top Attorneys, 2012
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Pier Review
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • National Trial Lawyer Recognition
  • Inducted into the Million Dollar Attorney Club

Member:  Atlantic County, New Jersey State and American Bar Associations; Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.

Headliner Cases:

  • State of New Jersey v. Sammons
    • After working as the assistant principal of Cunningham Alternative School in Vineland, NJ for eleven years, John Sammons was indicted on 33 charges for official misconduct, forgery, and conspiracy. Sammons was accused of fraudulently billing the Vineland public school system an extra $10,000 a year, which ultimately contributed to a yearly salary of over $129k, for home tutoring services. Defense attorney Lou Barbone argued that the Vineland school district’s rulebook for home tutoring was unclear about the proper way to claim compensation for this specific occurrence. Had Sammons been convicted of the official misconduct charges, which would have been the most significant potential prison sentence, he would have faced 5-10 years in prison. The jury ruled all 33 of the charges against assistant principal Sammons not guilty.
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  • State of New Jersey v. DiBounaventura
    • In July of 2012, Washington Township Police Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura stopped assemblyman Paul Moriarty for the suspicion of drunk driving and methodically had him partake in numerous field sobriety tests. After completing most of the field tests, Moriarty refused to take a breath test, forcing Officer DiBuonaventura to charge him with a DUI, refusal to submit the test, and failure to maintain a lane. The prosecution deemed DiBuonaventura’s actions an illegitimate arrest saying DiBuonaventura targeted Moriarty for unknown reasons, indicting him on 14 counts of criminal charges such as official misconduct and falsifying a police report. Attorney Mr. Barbone argued that the officer had a duty to follow up on the alert from a Washington Twp. detective that Moriarty may have been intoxicated at a car dealership moments earlier. The 12 member jury cleared the officer of all 14 charges.
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  • Arthur Monto and William Karasik v. Township of Sparta
    • After police officers Arthur Monto and William Karasik witnessed Sgt. Casteel sexually groping and massaging the breasts of records clerk Beth Prol during department hours, they executed their whistleblower duties to supervising officials. Both officers were initially transferred to another dept. after reporting the incident, where they also lost their seniority and dealt with harassment until they were terminated in March of 2004. Attorney Louis Barbone filed a suit against the township police department under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act in which the jury awarded $2.1 million in total, $633k to each plaintiff and to Barbone’s firm; reinstatement of the officers for a day that would permit them to file for pensions, also paying a $200k share of the officers’ contributions to the pension system.
  • Ronald Farabella v. Millville Police Department
    • After informing supervising officials of the Millville Police Department about illegal drug activity taking place between other officers in the department, Officer Ronald Farabella was terminated for his whistle blowing duty subsequent to the harassment and retaliation from the department. A jury awarded the 16-year police veteran Farabella a total of $726k, $426k for damages and $300k for emotional distress.
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  • Dorothy Phillips v. Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc.
  • State v. Jeffrey Andrews
    • Superior Court, Gloucester County – 4 Counts of Sexual Assault- Jury Verdict 09/01/16- Not Guilty All Counts
  • Bailey v. Pleasantville Board of Education
    • New Jersey Conscientious Employment Complaint (Whistle-blower) – Amicably Settled at $250,000.00 – 2016

Reported Cases:

State v. Badessa, 185 N.J. 303 (2005); 885 A.2d 430 (N.J. 2005)
U.S. v. Delaurentis, 230 F.3d 659 (3’d Cir. 2000)
Orsatti v. N.J. State Police, 71 F.3d 480 (3’d Cir. 1995)
Fuentes v. Perskie, 32 F.3d 759 (3’d Cir. 1994);
Alfano v. Shaud, 429 N.J.Super. 469 (App. Div. 2013), 60 A.3d 501, (N.J. App. Div. 2013)
State v. Velasquez, 391 N.J. Super. 291 (App. Div. 2007); 918 A.2d 45 (N.J.
App. Div. 2007); State v. Ray, 372 N.J. Super. 496 (App. Div. 2004); 859 A.2d 738 (N.J. App. Div. 2004)
State v. Badessa, 373 N.J. Super. 84 (App. Div. 2004); 860 A.2d 962 (N.J. App. Div. 2004)
Estate of Strumph v. Ventura, 369 N.J. Super. 516 (App. Div. 2004); 849 A.2d 1095 (N.J. App. Div. 2004)
State v. Marchiani, 336 N.J. Super. 541 (App. Div. 2001); 765 A.2d 765 (N.J. App. Div. 2001)
Petitto v. Sands, 288 N.J. Super. 304 (App. Div. 1996); 672 A.2d 253 (N.J. App. Div. 1996)
Siligato v. State, 268 N.J. Super. 21 (App. Div. 1993); 632 A.2d 837 (N.J. App. Div. 1993)
State v. Stelzner, 257 N.J. Super. 219 (App. Div. 1992); 608 A.2d 386 (N.J. App. Div. 1992)
Bruno v. City of Atlantic City, 239 N.J. Super. 469 (App. Div. 1990); 571 A.2d 1003 (N.J. App. Div. 1990)
State v. Poon, 244 N.J. Super. 86 (App. Div. 1990); 581 A.2d 883 (N.J. App. Div. 1990);
Lyles v. Flagship Resort Development Corporation, 371 F. Supp. 2d 597 (D.N.J. 2005)
U.S. v. Delaurentis, 83 F. Supp. 2d 455 (D.N.J. 2001)
McCullough v. City of Atlantic City, 137 F. Supp. 2d 557 (D.N.J. 2001)
Van de Pol v. Ceasar’s, 979 F. Supp. 318 (D.N.J. 1997
McCusker v. City of Atlantic City, 959 F. Supp. 669 (D.N.J. 1996).

Practice Areas:  Civil Trial Practice; Criminal Law; Criminal Trial Practice; Employment Law; Civil Rights Law. BV Peer Review Rated..

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