Thomas R. Ashley of Orange Named Among Ten Leading
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Northern New Jersey

FORT LEE, N.J. - Newark attorney Thomas R. Ashley has been named to “The Ten Leaders of Criminal Defense Law of Northern New Jersey” for 2004-05, based on a three-month survey by Digital Press International of Fort Lee.

Ashley is a former partner in the law firm of Ashley & Charles, located on Park Place in Newark. His former partner, Joseph Charles, was appointed to the post of Superior Court Judge, Hudson County, in August 2003. Mr. Ashley is now a sole practitioner. He has been practicing criminal defense law for more than 35 years.

Ashley received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College and his law degree from Rutgers University Law School where he was Associate Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.

Tom Ashley was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, the Essex County Ethics Committee and the Select Committee to recommend the Federal Public Defender and a Select Committee to recommend federal judges. In 1998, he was selected as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer’s association in the United States and Canada. He received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law in 2002. He has twice been selected by New Jersey Monthly as one of New Jersey’s Top Lawyers, among numerous awards for excellence as a trial attorney.

A profile of Thomas R. Ashley appears at, where you can find all profiles of the Ten Leaders of Northern New Jersey, as well as other regions.

The Northern New Jersey region includes Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Morris, and Middlesex counties.

The selection process of the “The Ten Leaders of Criminal Defense Law” was based on more than 185 interviews and referrals over a three-month period, and was conducted by DPI staff.

The Ten Leaders of Criminal Defense Law of Northern New Jersey are:

Thomas R. Ashley of Newark; Michael D’Alessio, Jr. of West Orange; Gerard Hanlon of Morristown; Gerald Krovatin of Newark; Richard S. Lehrich of Cranford; John P. McDonald of Somerville; Brian J. Neary of Hackensack and Hoboken; Jack Venturi of New Brunswick; Alan L. Zegas of Chatham and Blair Zwillman of Woodbridge, New Jersey.
The Ten Leaders Program has featured attorneys in criminal defense, environmental, personal injury and trial law, matrimonial, and employment/ discrimination law. Groups from Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York and Central, Southern and Northern New Jersey have been featured.

The Northern New Jersey “Ten Leaders” will be announced in The New York Times Sunday New Jersey Section on April 25, 2004.

Digital Press International, based in Fort Lee, provides special sections, news features and other content to the 550 weekly newspapers of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.