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 investigations.

Patti provides comprehensive counsel to companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to small businesses, looking to manage risk or facing claims from employees, running the gamut of allegations including discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, retaliation, equal pay, FLSA claims and class actions, and alleged worker misclassification.  She is well experienced in issues relating to restrictive covenants, as well as government or administrative agency investigations. In addition to defending employment lawsuits and claims, she provides and supports her clients on in-house investigations, responding to government subpoenas, environmental claims, and criminal allegations.

Patti's experience in the public sector has provided her with unique investigative and prosecutorial insight that she applies to her client's defense. Before entering the private sector, Patti 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. Patti also served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where she was both a designated homicide assistant and a member of the Sex Crimes Unit.

Patti 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.

Patti 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)
  • NJ District VB Ethics Committee (Completed service in 2016)
  • NJ Supreme Court Committee on Women and the Courts (2002-2006)
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2007-Present)
Honors and Awards
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation, 2018 - 2020.
  • 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
  • "The Business Case For Prioritizing Evidence Collection," Porzio's Fourth Annual WIN Ethics & Eggs Virtual CLE Seminar, December 17, 2020. 
  • "Practical Concerns and Managing Risk Relating to Termination, Layoffs, Furloughs, and Recalls," Porzio Employment Law Forum, October 27, 2020.
  • "The Secret in the Suitcase," 20/20, September 29, 2020. 
  • "New Jersey Employer Action Guide," Morris County Chamber Of Commerce Webinar, April 14, 2020.
  • "Human Sawdust," Forensic Files, March 10, 2020.
  • “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


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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania 


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

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