Harvey Weissbard, J.A.D. (ret.), Of Counsel in the Firm's Newark, NJ office, is Chair of the Criminal Defense, Investigations & Compliance Group and a member of the Appellate and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Judge Weissbard served on the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division for eight years. Before this, he was a trial judge in the Criminal Division. He has numerous published decisions in multiple areas, including criminal, employment, land use, privacy and tort law. Many of his decisions have been affirmed by the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Judge Weissbard was appointed by the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court as Chairman of its Committee on the Rules of Evidence. While no longer Chairman, he still is an active Committee member. He is co-editor of the New Jersey Rules of Evidence (Gann). Judge Weissbard served as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Recordation of Custodial Interrogations, which led to a landmark report adopted by the Supreme Court requiring recordation of law enforcement questioning of criminal suspects.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Weissbard had a prolific trial and appellate practice which spanned 35 years and during which he tried many civil and criminal cases and argued appeals in state and federal court. Judge Weissbard is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
After law school, he served two years on active duty as a U.S. Army officer.