Patricia M. Prezioso

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Patricia Prezioso is a Principal in the firm's Litigation Group and focuses her practice in the areas of employment defense, white collar criminal defense, and environmental litigation.

Ms. Prezioso brings significant trial and employment law experience to Porzio. Ms. Prezioso has had  considerable success representing businesses and Fortune 500 companies in the private sector in both employment and non-employment matters. She provides comprehensive counsel to companies facing claims from employees, running the gamut of allegations including discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, retaliation, equal pay, or FLSA to  government investigations or alleged violations of the law.  In addition to defending employment law suits and claims, she provides and supports her clients on in-house investigations, responding to government subpoenas, environmental claims, criminal allegations, and contract disputes.

Her experience in the public sector has provided Ms. Prezioso with unique investigative and prosecutorial insight that she applies to her client's defense.

Before entering the private sector, Ms. Prezioso worked for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office – Division of Criminal Justice, serving as Chief of Law Enforcement Services, Deputy Director and Executive Assistant Attorney General. She was the lead prosecutor in State V. McGuire, one of New Jersey's most infamous murder trials. Ms. Prezioso also served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Sex Crimes Unit.

Ms. Prezioso has been named to the New Jersey Law Journal's 2016 list of "Top 20 Women in Law", honored by the state of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety with "Professional Achievement" awards and received the "Innovation in Government" award from the National Council of State Governments.

Ms. Prezioso frequently speaks on trial advocacy, trial preparation, discovery, and investigations and has been featured in news specials on ABC, NBC, CBS, and the Discovery Channel.

Prior Relevant Experience
  • New Jersey Attorney General's Office - Division of Criminal Justice, Executive Assistant Attorney General (2006-2007); Deputy Director (2006); Chief of Law Enforcement Service (2002-2006
  • Manhattan District Attorney’s Office - Designated Homicide Assistant and Member of Sex Crimes Unit (1994-2002); Director of Legal Staff Training (1999-2002); Criminal Court Supervisor (1998-1999)
Organizations/Memberships
  • NJ District VB Ethics Committee (Completed service in 2016)
  • NJ Supreme Court Committee on Women and the Courts (2002-2006)
  • Permanent Hiring Committee, NY County’s District Attorney’s Office (1996-2002)
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2007-Present)
Honors and Awards
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation, 2018
  • Named to the New Jersey Law Journal’s “List of Top Women in the Law,” 2016
  • “Innovation in Government Award,” National Council of State Governments, 2005
  • “Professional Achievement Award,” New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, 2004
  • “Professional Achievement Award,” The State of New Jersey, 2004
Speaking Engagements
  • “Ethics & Professionalism,” NJAJ Educational Foundation, Hilton Meadowlands, November 2017
  • “Ethical Concerns in the Criminal Justice System,” Brooklyn Law School, October 2016
  • “Cross-Examination Strategies,” April 2016
  • “Investigating A Circumstantial Case,” Rutgers University, December 2014
  • “Trial Advocacy Course,” Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, 2014
  • “Conducting Investigations Concerning Employment Claims,” NJLJ Program for GCs, November 2013
  • “Locating Prosecution Errors,” November 2013
  • “Ethics and Professionalism for Criminal Attorneys,” April 2013
  • “Investigating and Prosecuting a Circumstantial Case,” Rutgers University, March 2013
  • “Does the Crime Victims Bill of Rights Impact the Prosecution or Defense?,” November 2012
  • “Cross-Examination Strategies,” November 2013

Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2015
  • New Jersey, 2002
  • New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2002

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1988
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.S., Biology/Chemistry, 1985