Lawrence S. Lustberg

Lawrence S. Lustberg chairs the Gibbons Criminal Defense Department and is a long-time Director of the firm’s John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law, which litigates historic, cutting-edge civil rights and civil liberties cases.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1979) and cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (1983), as well as recipient of the International Graduate School Fellowship at the University of Stockholm (1980), Larry clerked for the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, United States District Judge, following which he served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey for five years.

He is the former President of both the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, the latter of which recently awarded him with their highest honor - the Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple Memorial Award.

Mr. Lustberg is also former Co-Chair of the Criminal Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association. He has served on, and chaired, numerous court and government committees, non-profit and philanthropic boards, and has been a member of the faculties of Seton Hall, Rutgers, and New York University Law Schools. Currently, he is the Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Fund for New Jersey and a Member of the New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, for which he recently chaired a Subcommittee on Immigration.

He is a recognized authority in constitutional and criminal law and procedure, responsible for many seminal federal and state court decisions in a broad range of cases, and is a Fellow of both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a Lifetime Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Lustberg is the recipient of numerous honors from organizations such as the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, ACLU of New Jersey, Legal Services of New Jersey, Garden State Equality, Partners for Women and Justice, and Essex County Bar Association, among others. He has long been recognized by America’s Best Lawyers, which this year named him White Collar Lawyer of the Year; by Super Lawyers, which again this year named him a Top Ten and Top 100 lawyer in New Jersey, and who awarded him its New Jersey Appellate Lawyer of the Year award in 2009; and by U.S. Lawyer Ranking as a Top 10 Lawyer in the Field of Criminal Defense. Chambers USA has listed Larry as one of the “leading individuals in the area of White Collar Crime & Government Investigations for many years, this year describing him as having “a wealth of experience in criminal defense and appellate litigation before state and federal courts … sources describe him as “a great guy and a very gifted attorney.”

Education
Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1983)

Harvard University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1979)

International Graduate School, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, 1980

Professional Admissions
State of New Jersey 1984

State of New York 1984

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 2009

United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma 2007

United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois 2003

United States District Court for the Northern District of New York 2006

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York 2002

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York 2002

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 1984

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 2012

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 1985

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 2005

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 2003

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 2001

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 1996

United States Supreme Court 1992

Professional Activities
President, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey

Member, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Member, Sentencing/Corrections Task Force, New Jersey Commission on Government Efficiency and Reform
Chairman, Subcommittee on Corrections, Probation and Parole Practices
(2007 - present)

Member, Third Circuit Bar Association Steering Committee (2006 - present)

Member of Board of Advisors, New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate (2004 to present)

Governor's Council on HIV/AIDS and Related Bloodborne Pathogens (2003 to present)

Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Criminal Litigation Committee (2003 - 2006)

Trustee, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey (2003 - 2004)

Chair, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Committee to Review Reappointment of Federal Public Defender in the District of New Jersey (2000-2001, 2004-2005)

Vice President, Historical Society of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1999-present)

Member, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Task Force on Counsel for Indigent Litigants New Jersey Steering Committee (1998-1999)

Co-Chair, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts  Commission on Race and Ethnicity (1994-1997)

Member, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Merit Selection Committee for the Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey (1996-1997)

Member, United States District Court, District of New Jersey Lawyers Advisory Committee (1999-present)

Member, United States District Court, District of New Jersey Merit Selection Committee for United States Magistrate Judge Chairman (1998), Member (2003)

Member, United States District Court, District of New Jersey Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee (1994-1999)

Member, Supreme Court of New Jersey, District Fee Arbitration Committee for Essex County (1993-1997), Chair (1996-1997), Vice Chair (1995-1996)

Member, Common Cause New Jersey (1999-present)

Member, The Fund for New Jersey (1997-present)

Member, Essex - Newark Legal Services, Inc. (1987-1998), President (1992-1998)

Member, Education Law Center, Inc. (1994-present), Vice Chair (1995-2000)

Member, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (1988-present), President(2000-present), Vice President (1998-2000), Secretary/Treasurer (1997-1998)

Member, New Jersey Association on Corrections (1993-1996)

Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. (1991-present), Advisory Board (1992-present)

Member, United States District Court, District of New Jersey - Criminal Justice Act Panel Selection and Management Committee (2002 - present)

Member, Legal Services Foundation of Essex County (1995 - present)

New Jersey State Bar Association

Essex County Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Chairman, Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey,  Public Interest Fellowship Committee (1996-1998)

Harvard Fellowship in Public Interest Law (1983-1984)

Trustee, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Publications
"Federal Sentencing: U.S. Supreme Court Continues to Expand Opportunities for Zealous Advocacy," New Jersey Law Journal, August 31, 2009 (Lawrence S. Lustberg, Michael A. Baldassare)

"Third Circuit Appellate Practice Manual," The Heart of the Matter: Scope and Standards of Review, April 2007

"Campaign Reform," The Fund for New Jersey Issue Report, January 1, 2001

"The Importance of Saving the Universe: Keeping Proportionality Review Meaningful," 26 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1423, January 1, 1996

"New Jersey Supreme Court Year in Review 1995-1996: Constitutional Law," 145 N.J.L.J. 1014 , January 1, 1996

"New Jersey Supreme Court Year in Review 1994-1995: Constitutional Law," 141 N.J.L.J. 1014 , January 1, 1995

"New Jersey Supreme Court Year in Review 1993-1994: Constitutional Law," 138 N.J.L.J. 1014 , January 1, 1994

"New Jersey Supreme Court Year in Review 1992-1993: Constitutional Law," 135 N.J.L.J. 13 , January 1, 1993

"Limiting Individual Choice in Education: The QEA and Inter-District Regionalization," 154 N.J. Lawyer 20 , January 1, 1993

"Striking Two Blows for the Right to Remain a Parent," 134 N.J.L.J. 738 , January 1, 1993

"The Battered Woman as Reasonable Person: A Critique of the Appellate Division Decision in State v. McClain," 22 Seton Hall L. Rev. 365, January 1, 1992

"New Jersey Supreme Court Year in Review 1991-1992: Constitutional Law," 131 N.J.L.J. 1558, January 1, 1992

"Sentencing the Sick: Compulsive Gambling as the Basis for a Downward Departure Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," 2 Seton Hall J. Sport L. 51, January 1, 1992

"New Jersey Supreme Court Year in Review 1990-1991: Constitutional Law," 129 N.J.L.J. 117, January 1, 1991

"The Importance of Purposes in Choosing Between Prison and Probation," 3 Fed. Sent. R. 334, January 1, 1991

"Judicially Conferred Defense Immunity in the Third Circuit: Help or Hindrance to Criminal Defendants?," 19 Seton Hall L. Rev. 643, January 1, 1989

Quotes/Interviews
Quoted in "New Jersey Powerhouse: Gibbons," Law360, June 23, 2014 (Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Frank T. Cannone, Lawrence S. Lustberg)

Quoted in "Ex-Celgene Exec Gets 16 Months For Insider Trading Plot," Law360, April 22, 2014

Quoted in "Roche Ducks FCA Suit Over Nonexistent Lab Tests," Law360, January 2, 2014

Quoted in "BigLaw Attys Praise High Court's Gay Marriage Rulings," Law360, Law360, June 26, 2013

Interviewed in Q&A With Gibbons' Lawrence Lustberg, Law360, April 17, 2013

Quoted in "Protecting rights is non-stop vigilance for Chatham's Lustberg," Chatham Courier, June 25, 2010

Quoted in "Attorneys Fear Return Of Outside Compliance Monitors," Law 360, March 4, 2010

Quoted in "Giving back, this time in civil rights post," The Star-Ledger, July 20, 2008

Quoted in "Gay Rights Law Faces Legal, Religious Challenges," NPR, June 16, 2008

Quoted in "Let's Get Some Justice," New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2008

Quoted in "NY Lawyers Aid Guantanamo Detainees," Crain's New York Business, July 12-18, 2004

Speaking Engagements
Speaker, Gibbons P.C., "Big Brother Is Watching – So What?," Whippany, NJ. October 30, 2013

Panelist, Seton Hall Law School, "A Critical Analysis of Deferred Prosecution Agreements & Federal Monitors in the Healthcare Industry: Are They Working?," Newark, NJ. May 14, 2008

Moderator, 31st Annual U.S.D.C. Judicial Conference, "Litigation in an Age of Terrorism - The Guantanamo Cases and Your Rights in Time of War" West Orange, NJ. March 22, 2007

Moderator, Live TeleConference and Live Video and Audio Webcast, "The Supreme Court's Decision in Booker and Fanfan: The Present and Future of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines" presented by The American Bar Association Section of Litigation, January 27, 2005

Honors/Awards*
Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Law Firms, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2014

Recipient, The Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple Memorial Award from the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, May, 2013

Listed as a "Local Litigation Star," Appellate and General Criminal Litigation, by Benchmark Litigation, 2010

Listed, United States Lawyer Rankings Nation's Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013

Listed in Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2014
Top 10 Attorneys in New Jersey, 2014
Top 100 attorney in New Jersey, 2014

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar

AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Recipient, The Roger N. Baldwin Award from The American Civil Liberties Union, October, 2003

Recipient, Legal Services of New Jersey Outstanding Board Service Award, November, 1997

News
Lawrence Lustberg Named to The Star Ledger's 100+ Club

Lawrence Lustberg Named 2013 New Jersey "Lawyer of the Year"

Lawrence S. Lustberg Awarded With The Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple Memorial Award By The Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers Of New Jersey

Two Gibbons Attorneys Ranked Among Top 10 Lawyers in Their Fields by United States Lawyer Rankings

Two Gibbons Attorneys Ranked Among Top 10 Lawyers in Their Fields by United States Lawyer Rankings

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Honors Gibbons Director

Larry Lustberg Elected to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Lawrence Lustberg Named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Legal Employment Background
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Seton Hall University Law School, 1992-present

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Rutgers University Law School, 1991-present

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, New York University Law School, 1988-1991

Adjunct Instructor, Legal Writing, Seton Hall University Law School, 1986-1987

Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of New Jersey, 1985-1990


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Lawrence S. Lustberg Attorney at Law
Lawrence S. Lustberg
Chair
Criminal Defense

Practice Areas
Appellate Practice
Criminal Defense
Gibbons Fellowship
Internal and Audit Committee Investigations

Contact Information
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Newark, NJ 07102-5310

Direct: 973-596-4731
Fax:      973-639-6285
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