Joseph A. Giordano

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Mr. Giordano is an experienced litigator, having spent over nine years as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. During his Tenure at the Prosecutor's Office, he supervised the Special Prosecutions Unit, responsible for investigating and prosecuting carjackings, organized crime, and gun violence. He also provided round-the-clock counsel to over 25 law enforcement agencies within Essex County, New Jersey, as well as neighboring jurisdictions at the State and Federal Levels.

He has significant litigation and trial experience, focusing on investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of criminal incidents. He maintained a docket of complex litigation and high-profile cases and litigated matters involving weapons trafficking, network intrusions, unauthorized access, carjackings, elaborate fraud, cryptocurrency, gun violence, and homicides. He also developed a prosecution strategy relying primarily on digital evidence and forensics to prove his cases, including computer and cell phone analytics, cell tower and GPS location information, and the use of social media.

Mr. Giordano also acted as a liaison for all threats to critical infrastructure, including Newark-Liberty International Airport, Newark-Penn Station, Rutgers-Newark, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and schools, corporate, and religious institutions within the county. In this role, he provided emergent legal advice identifying and evaluating threats as they arose and provided guidance on best practices and protocols in preventing future incidents.

Prior Relevant Experience
  • Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Newark, New Jersey, Supervising Attorney - Special Prosecutions Bureau, 2018-2020
  • Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Newark, New Jersey, Assistant Prosecutor - Special Prosecutions Bureau, 2017 – 2018
  • Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Newark, New Jersey, Assistant Prosecutor - Adult Trial Division, 2013 – 2017
  • Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Newark, New Jersey, Assistant Prosecutor - Cyber and Financial Crimes, 2011 – 2013
Publications
  • “Clouded Computing: The Foggy Application of the Fourth Amendment in Technology.” 39 Rutgers Computer & Tech. L.J. 141.

Presentations
  • "Digital Evidence & Discovery" CLE Presentation for the Essex County Bar Association, February 2020.
  • “Promises and Perils of Technology in Law.” IJIS Executive Leadership Symposium, 2019
  • “Freedom of Speech in Criminal Prosecutions.” CLE Presentation for Attorneys 2019.
  • “Institutionalization of Social Network Analysis.” SNA Symposium, Naval Post-Graduate School CORE Lab, 2018-19.
  • “Social Network Analysis Through NIBIN Data.” Naval Post-Graduate School CORE Lab Community of Interest Meeting, 2017-18.
  • “Modern Investigations: Using Technology to Enhance Your Case.” Essex County PoliceAcademy/Newark Police Academy, 2016-19.
  • “Social Media and You: An Overview.” CLE Presentation for Attorneys, 2017-19.

Practice

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey 
  • New York 
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Education

  • Seton Hall School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • Rutgers University - New Brunswick, B.A., 2006