Contact Information
Olga Forte
80 Bloomfield Ave. Suite 101
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: 973-226-1691
Fax: 973-226-1693
Email: oaforte@pptlawfirm.com
 
Attorneys:
Anthony R. Mautone
Patrick P. Toscano Jr.
Since leaving the position of First Assistant Essex County Prosecutor, where he forged strong relationships with several law enforcement officers and agencies, Mr. Toscano has earned the reputation of being a fierce advocate for all of his clients, including all law enforcement officers he represents. While he specializes in four different areas, he has the ability to handle almost any type of contested matter.
Areas of Practice:

Serious Personal Injury
Criminal Defense
Federal Court Litigation
Municipal Court Matters (specializing in DWI cases)
Law Enforcement Defense Work

Certification/Specialties:

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, N.J. Supreme Court, 1997-2007

Certified Civil Trial Attorney, N.J. Supreme Court, 1994-2006

Bar Admissions:
New Jersey, 1986
New York, 1994
District of Columbia, 1993
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1986
U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
Education:

Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
J.D.

Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, with Honors
Major: Criminal Justice, B.A

Honors and Awards:

Certificate of Commendation, United States Secret Service, 1999

Certificate of Recognition, Essex County PBA Local 153, 1998

Criminal Trial Attorney of the Year (Achievement Award), Essex County Bar Association, 2005

Joint Legislative Resolution Proclamation Achievement, New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly, 2000 - Present

Executive Department Proclamation, The State of New Jersey, Office of the Governor
2000 - Present

Member, Governor Elect Chris Christie's Transition Team, Law and Public Safety, 2009

Appointed by Governor Chris Christie, 2011, as a member of the New Jersey State Prisoner Reentry Commission

2014, confirmed for/to a five (5) year term by Governor Chris Christie and NJ Senate, Commissioner, New Jersey State Lottery Commission

2012 - Member, Finance Committee, State Senator Joe Kyrillos, Joe Kyrillos for US Senate

Voted Best Attorney by the Italian American Police Society, 2012

Voted Best of New Jersey, Distinguished American of Italian Descent, Italian Tribune Publications, 2013

Selected, 2014 - The National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Member, New Jersey Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards (October, 2017 to present)

Professional Associations, Memberships and Representative Clients:

Essex County Utility Authority, 1993 - 1996
Commissioner

N.J. State Police Training Commission
Certified Instructor

Archdiocese of Newark, 2002
Investigator, Archdiocesan Sexual Assault Response Team

Hearing Officer, New Jersey Transit Police, 2005

Counsel, National Police Defense Foundation

Counsel, New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association, Legal Defense Plan

Counsel, West Essex, PBA Local #81

Counsel, Newark PBA, Local #3

Counsel, East Orange PBA, Local #16

Beau Dietl & Associates, Inc., New Jersey Counsel

Vice Chair District VC Fee Arbitration Committee (2008-2012)
(Appointed by the NJ State Supreme Court)

Instructor, NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education

General Counsel, Bronze Shields (Newark Police Department)

Colliers International

Mews at Allwood

Current Educational Teaching Positions Held:

Member, Advisory Committee, Seton Hall University, Pre-Law/Criminal Justice Program (2015 – present)

Seton Hall University
Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice

Past Employment Positions:

Essex County Prosecutor, First Assistant Essex County Prosecutor, 1998 - 1999

Essex County Counsel, First Assistant Essex County Counsel, 1999 - 2000

Law Clerk - Honorable Paul T. Murphy, J.S.C. - 1986

Trustee

Oratory Preparatory School
Summit, New Jersey

Anthony R. Mautone is a graduate of Villanova University and Seton Hall University School of Law.  He has been practicing attorney in this State since 1969.  He was employed by the office of Essex County Prosecutor from 1968 to 1978.  He was Chief of the Homicide Division from 1972 to 1978.  As such, he successfully tried most of Essex County’s major murder cases against many formidable adversaries.  From 1976 to 1978 he also served as the First Assistant Prosecutor of Essex County.

Mr. Mautone has served on the Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee which is largely comprised of Judges from various Counties throughout the State.  He has lectured at Seton Hall Law School.

From 1978 Mr. Mautone has been engaged predominantly in insurance defense trial work, although he still handles criminal cases of significant and public interest.  He has been selected to be an arbitrator by the Assignment Judges of Essex and Hudson Counties.

In September 1978 Mr. Mautone formed a partnership with the late Frank P. Minichino (Minichino & Mautone from 1978 to 1996), predominantly engaged in insurance defense trial work.  The firm then became known as Mautone & Horan, P.A. until December 1, 2015 when he became Of Counsel to The Toscano Law Firm, LLC.

Mr. Mautone has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil cases from 1978 to December 2015.  In addition to his cases and trials as a Prosecutor he has tried many criminal cases of local and national significance as a defense attorney.

Mr. Mautone continues to serve as a District Court appointed part-time United States Magistrate Judge.  This position enables continued practice of law in the State courts and civil practice in the Federal courts because the magistrate responsibilities involve the disposition of Federal criminal and quasi-criminal cases.

Education:

St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, 520 High Street, Newark, New Jersey – 1956-1960
Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, B.S. – Psychology – 1960-1964
Seton Hall University School of Law – L.L.B., (now J.D.) – 1964-1967

Professional History:

Admitted to the New Jersey Bar
Admitted to the New York Bar
Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and Southern District New York
Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court
1967-1968 – Legal Secretary (Law Clerk) to Judge Joseph G. Lyons – Superior Court – Law Divison (Criminal)
1968 – Investigator – Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
1969 – Assistant Essex County Prosecutor
1970-1971 – Senior Trial Assistant in charge of several courts
1972-1978 – Chief of Homicide Squad – Arson
In charge of homicide from investigatory stages through judicial processes (included Grand Jury) to trial and ultimate disposition.
Responsible for the investigation, presentations, and trial of arson cases in Essex County and for the investigation and disposition of all cases involving traffic fatalities.
1977-1978 – First Assistant Prosecutor
Responsible for the operation of the 275 member (75 lawyers, 125 detectives, 75 clerical) Essex County Prosecutors’ Office.
Mr. Mautone has both investigated and tried cases of significance in the areas of fraud, police corruption, organized crime, common law felonies, murder, and every area of the criminal law.  In these capacities, have been involved with every police department in Essex County (as well as many others) in a supervisory and advisory role.  He has maintained a working relation with many law enforcement agents including the F.B.I., State Police, Division of Criminal Justice, and Division of Gaming Enforcement.
1978-December 2015
General practice of law with Minichino & Mautone (1978 to 1996), and then Mautone & Horan, P.A., (1996 to December 2015), 500 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey 07052 – (973) 736-7755.
2000-Present
Appointed as a District Court part-time United States Magistrate Judge.  This position enables the continued practice of law in the State courts and civil practice in the Federal courts because the magistrate responsibilities involve the disposition of Federal and quasi-criminal cases.

Other Areas of specific professional involvement:

  • For several years conducted monthly moot court sessions as part of the New Jersey State Police Organized Crime Seminar at Sea Girt.
  • Lectured in all of the Prosecutor conducted seminars since their inception, both within and without the office and for police and law enforcement agencies as well as for other prosecutors.
  • Lectured periodically at the Essex County Police Academy as a member of its faculty in areas such as arson, homicide investigation, presentation and handling of evidence and methods of testifying, etc.
  • Represented the Prosecutor’s Office on various occasions before civil and professional groups on a wide range of topics – groups such as law schools – Chiefs of Police meetings – Probation and Correctional Seminars – Municipal Police Department.
  • Guest lecturer in child abuse, homicide, evidence and criminal law and procedure at Seton Hall University School of Law and served several years as a judge at both the Appellate and trial moot court programs at Seton Hall Law School.
  • Taught at the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Seton Hall Law School.
  • Taught as a member of the faculty of the Criminal Investigation Development Program of the State Attorney General’s Office which was coordinated by the Supervisory Section of the Division of Criminal Justice.
  • Faculty member and lecturer at the Arson and Fire Investigation Development Program of the State Attorney General’s Office which was coordinated by the Supervisory Section of the Division of Criminal Justice.
  • Testified before Senate committees investigating such areas as organized crime, capital punishment, and penal reform.
  • Periodically lectured to both the Newark Police Department (on various topics) and the Newark Fire Department Arson Squad on legal aspects of arson.
  • Lectured the Society of Investigators of Greater Newark (S.I.G.N.) on organization of investigators employed by corporate and private industry.
  • Lectured at Rutgers’s Law School to members of the Peter W. Rodino Criminal Justice Program (now nationally funded and headquarters at Jersey City State College).
  • Participant in California District Attorneys Assoc. National Symposium on Homicide.
  • Represented the Prosecutor’s Office in addressing numerous civic groups, the Kiwanis, Elks, Knights of Columbus, High Twelve Club, National Council of Jewish Women, B’nai Brith, Holy Name Societies, Rosary Societies, senior citizen groups, and various schools and colleges throughout this area.
  • Lectured (at the request of New Jersey State Police) the Harvard Associates in Police Science on the topic of investigation and presentation of homicide cases.
  • Participated in the supervision and assignment of personal to the various Municipal Courts and Police Departments throughout the county and serviced in an advisory and supervisory capacity.
  • Former Member of Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee.
  • Arbitrator selected by Assignment Judges of Essex and Hudson Counties.
  • Mediator appointed by various federal District Court and Magistrate Judges.