NJ Lawyer Jonathan E. Diego

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Jonathan E. Diego has been a litigator in New Jersey since 1994. He is Special Counsel to The Dwyer Law Firm, LLC. His practice focuses primarily on workers compensation, personal injury, and employment law. Jon’s practice also includes representing persons in criminal, municipal court and domestic violence matters.

Jon graduated cum laude from Mars Hill College, North Carolina, in 1989, and graduated from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, in 1993. While attending both schools he received several academic scholarships. Also, Jon graduated in the Top 10 of his class from Pleasantville High School in 1985.

After law school, Jon was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. Arthur Guerrera, J.S.C. and the Hon. Robert Neustadter, J.S.C., both Judges of the Superior Court of New Jersey. From 1994 to 1999, Jon worked as a civil rights attorney, representing employees and other victims of discrimination. He handled cases in both federal and state courts, as well as proceedings before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. From 1999 to 2003, Jon held several positions as a government attorney, working in the Office of the City Solicitor, Atlantic City, NJ (Internal Affairs Prosecutor and Police Legal Liaison); the Office of the Municipal Prosecutor, Camden, NJ (Chief Prosecutor); and the Office of the City Attorney, Camden, NJ.

From 2003 to 2010, Jon worked at Miksis & Diego, where he continued to represent employees in discrimination and retaliation claims. He also handled workers compensation claims, personal injury claims, criminal defense, municipal court and domestic violence matters.

From February 2010 through February 2013, Jon served as the Chief Prosecutor for the City of Atlantic City. In his years of private and government practice, Jon has handled hundreds of trials and/or hearings involving workers compensation, employment law, civil rights, criminal, municipal court and domestic violence matters. Jon also knows from personal experience what it means to stand up for civil rights. As an attorney, he was a whistleblower who sued the City of Atlantic City, taking the government to trial, and winning a jury judgment of over $180,000.

In addition to his legal work, Jon has also devoted himself to serving his community. He has served as the pro bono legal adviser to the President of the N.J. Police Administrators Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Atlantic City branch of the NAACP. He also has coached young people in various sports including, but not limited to, football, basketball and weight training. Jon continues to mentor at risk youth, and serves/served on the Board of Directors for the Spanish Community Center and the Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Foundation.

Jon is admitted to practice before the trial and appellate courts in the State of New Jersey. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Jonathan E. Diego has a record of compassion, toughness, and going the extra mile. When you need quality legal counsel, call Jonathan E. Diego, Esq. directly on his cell phone (609/432-4651) or at one of his three office locations (Newark, Atlantic City, Vineland, and Landisville).

Bar Admissions:
New Jersey, 1994
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Education:
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey, 1993 J.D.
Honors: C. Clyde Ferguson Scholarship 1990-1993
Honors: Atlantic County Bar Association Haneman-Perskie Scholarship 1991-1993
Honors: Camden County Bar Foundation Plum Scholarship 1992-1993
Honors: Camden County Bar Foundation Daniel B. Toll Scholarship 1991-1992
Honors: Howard A. Massler Scholarship, 1991-1992

Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North Carolina, 1989 B.A.
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Grayson Academic Scholarship 1985-1989
Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha-National Political Science Honor Society, Director of Prog.
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta-National History Honor Society
Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Justice James A. Coleman Worker's Compensation American Inn of Court
Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court
Vincent S. Haneman American Inn of Court
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Hispanic Bar Association-NJ
Camden County Hispanic Bar Association
Camden County Bar Association
Atlantic County Bar Association

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Legal Experience

THE DWYER LAW FIRM, LLC
Special Counsel
2010 To Present

Represent plaintiffs in employment discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, labor matters, Workers' Compensation, and personal injury litigation. Defend individuals in indictable criminal, domestic violence, municipal court disorderly person offenses, and motor vehicle matters.

OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTOR
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
2010 to 2013 - Chief Prosecutor

Chief Prosecutor for Atlantic City (only full time and highest case volume municipal court in south eastern New Jersey). Administrator/supervisor for cases handled by four Assistant Prosecutors, two Paralegals, two Legal Secretaries, and liaison police officer. Work closely with members of the Atlantic City Police Department, New Jersey State Police, and New Jersey Transit Police, among others, in the enforcement/prosecution of State and local laws. Interact with the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office regarding DUIs and other related matters, including indictable charges. Responsible for the prosecution of disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses; other non-indictable offenses not within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Superior Court; violations of motor vehicle, traffic, fish and game, and boating laws; proceedings to collect penalties where jurisdiction is granted by statute; violations of county and municipal ordinances; and all other proceedings in which jurisdiction is granted by statute. Partnered with various other Federal and State law enforcement agencies and community businesses/groups including, but not limited to, the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, New Jersey Attorney General's Office, Division of Gaming Enforcement, New Jersey State Police, Security Directors at all Atlantic City Casino properties, and the Anti Trafficking Task Force of Atlantic County to address gun violence, human trafficking, prostitution, and various health, safety welfare and quality of life issues in the greater Atlantic City metropolitan area. Initiated and spearheaded a County wide gun surrender program in 2010. Served as the Municipal Prosecutor Coordinator during the Statewide Fugitive Safe Surrender Program, hosted in Atlantic City in 2011.

LAW OFFICES OF MIKSIS & DIEGO
ATLANTIC CITY and LINWOOD, NEW JERSEY
2003 to 2010 - Partner (2009/2010)

Represented plaintiffs in employment discrimination/retaliation, labor matters, Workers' Compensation, and personal injury litigation. Defended individuals in indictable criminal, domestic violence, municipal court disorderly person offenses, and motor vehicle matters.

OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY
CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
2002/2003 - Assistant City Attorney/Tort Litigation Unit

Trial attorney in the Tort Litigation Unit. Supervised law student intern, paralegal, paralegal-intern, and legal secretary in the preparation of cases for trial. Successfully represent Camden City in Federal District Court (FDC), Superior Court-Law and Appellate Divisions, Division on Civil Rights, and OAL. Areas of successful representation include defending the City and Police Department during Civil Rights actions in FDC regarding allegations of police misconduct, employment discrimination defense, and defending Camden in Title 59 actions in Superior Court. Prosecuted employees during disciplinary hearings.

OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTOR
CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
2001/2002 - Chief Prosecutor

Prosecutor for Camden City (highest case volume municipal court in southern New Jersey). Administrator/supervisor for cases handled by the Assistant Prosecutor, Special Prosecutor, Paralegal, and liaison police officers from the State Police, Camden City Police Department (CCPD) and Delaware River Port Authority Police. Worked closely with members of the PATCO Police, Camden County Parks Police, Rutgers University Police, UMDNJ police, and New Jersey Transit Police, among others, in the enforcement/prosecution of State and local laws. Interacted closely with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office regarding DUIs and other related matters which included indictable charges. Responsible for the prosecution of disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses; other non-indictable offenses not within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Superior Court; violations of motor vehicle, traffic, fish and game, and boating laws; proceedings to collect penalties where jurisdiction is granted by statute; violations of county and municipal ordinances; and all other proceedings in which jurisdiction is granted by statute. Presided over in service training sessions for members of the CCPD addressing all areas of law the officers are charged with enforcing. Assisted in the successful development/organization/implementation of night court sessions to address legal violations in and around the Camden waterfront entertainment centers.

LAW OFFICE OF JONATHAN E. DIEGO, LLC
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
2000 to 2003

Conflict Public Defender for Pleasantville Municipal Court (2000-2001). Pool attorney for New Jersey Public Defender's Office (Atlantic County). Areas of practice included criminal, juvenile, family and landlord/tenant matters in Superior Court, municipal court cases, private and public sector administrative disciplinary hearings. Provided pro bono and reduced fee representation to the working poor in various civil and criminal matters.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF BLACK LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES
SOUTH JERSEY CHAPTER
1999 to Date-Pro Bono Legal Advisor to Past President

Provide legal advice to past President regarding issues including, but not limited to, use of force, administrative disciplinary hearing due process and various personnel matters.

NEW JERSEY POLICE ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION
1999 to Date - Pro Bono Legal Advisor to Past President

Offer legal counsel to past President of Association on various issues. Provide legal advice regarding numerous matters related to due process administrative disciplinary hearings, personnel issues and use of force questions.

OFFICE OF THE CITY SOLICITOR
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
1999/2000- Police Internal Affairs Prosecutor/Police Legal Liaison (Assistant City Solicitor)

Successfully represented Atlantic City before Appellate Division, Law Division, Municipal Court and administrative tribunals in matters that refer, regard and/or relate to the Atlantic City Police Division (Division). Drafted ordinance that legally created the Division, as per N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118. Duties included providing legal counsel and supervision to the Division Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) regarding the investigation and charging of officers with violations of Division Rules/Regulations and N.J.A.C. Represented City during Division disciplinary hearings by investigating and prosecuting administrative charges against officers charged with various forms of misconduct. Duties also included providing legal advice to the Director-Department of Public Safety, Chief of Police and other management on the day-to-day operations of the Division. Legal counsel to panel of Division management during the drafting of updated Rules and Regulations. Member of Division Review Board for Police Candidates; work on which included the review, discussion and vote on the offering of employment to prospective police candidates. Provided legal counsel to Division management at their command center during week of Local 54 strike of 14,000 members, including advice on responses to court Orders, casino and union attorneys, and union members' actions and statements toward each other and police officers. Initiated changes in Atlantic City municipal court to ensure that citizens whom file criminal complaints against police officers are advised of their rights to file a complaint with the IAU. Implemented procedure for closer scrutiny of attorney fee reimbursement, under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-155, to Division officers involved in litigation and/or disciplinary matters saving City tens of thousands of dollars over one year. Also, enacted course of action that saved City thousands of dollars in copying costs, related to disciplinary matters.

LAW OFFICE OF ARLENE GILBERT GROCH
SOMERS POINT, NEW JERSEY
1998/1999-Associate

Represented plaintiffs in employment discrimination litigation pursuant to federal and state law. Represented parties in family court hearings, including those related to the division of assets following a divorce. Also, represented Plaintiffs during final restraining Order hearings related to allegations of domestic violence.

SPEVACK & CANNAN, P.C.
ISELIN, NEW JERSEY
1998-Associate

Represented employees in discrimination suits pursuant to state and federal law. Responsibilities also included drafting and filing EEOC Charges and representing employees during subsequent EEOC investigations.

REINHARDT & SCHACHTER, P.C.
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
1996 to 1998-Associate

Represented plaintiffs in employment discrimination suits in FDC and Superior Court. Work included representing private and public employees before various State boards and agencies, including the Department of Education, and Board of Respiratory Care. Also, represented Federal employees during EEO proceedings through EEOC appeals. Various experience included work on summary proceeding to enforce a DCR Agreement/Order; enforcement of a foreign judgment; filing a construction lien; and expungement of criminal records. Labor work included representing union members during termination arbitrations.

NEW JERSEY PROTECTION & ADVOCACY, INC.
TRENTON, NEW JERSEY
1994 to 1996-Staff Attorney

Represented individuals with disabilities in Superior Court, Municipal Court and administrative proceedings. Enjoined State Developmental Center from arbitrarily transferring low functioning residents from their long term living quarters. Successfully represented individual with partial quadriplegia in Municipal and Superior Courts to force shore municipality to allow him to use a tricycle instead of a wheelchair as an ambulating device. Successfully represented client with total quadriplegia by convincing the Director of the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services to reverse an ALJ decision, which denied his application for entry into a community based residential program and forced him to remain in a nursing home. Advised various courts and law enforcement agencies regarding their responsibilities pursuant to Title II of the ADA. Duties also included investigating alleged violations of state and federal civil rights laws in the community and institutions, and addressing community groups regarding their rights and responsibilities under the LAD and ADA.

HON. ARTHUR GUERRERA, J.S.C.
HON. ROBERT NEUSTADTER, J.S.C.
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY-CRIMINAL PART
MAYS LANDING, NEW JERSEY
1993/1994-Judicial Law Clerk

Researched and drafted opinions and legal memoranda in response to defense counsel and prosecutors' motions; mediated small claim matters.

OFFICE OF THE CAMDEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR-HOMICIDE UNIT
CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
1992/1993-Legal Intern

Represented State in criminal court suppression hearings and juvenile court trials; researched and drafted briefs related to sentencing, merger, suppression motions and general office memoranda.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. FELLOWSHIP
INSTITUTIONAL LAW PROJECT
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Summer 1992-Summer Associate

Successfully represented indigent client in deportation hearing before INS Judge. Responsibilities also included drafting and responding to interrogatories and interviewing clients.

GOLDENBERG, MACKLER & SAYEGH
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
Summer 1991-Summer Associate

Duties included research and drafting legal memoranda, interviewing clients and serving subpoenas.

CONGRESSMAN WILLIAM HUGHES
2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
LINWOOD, NEW JERSEY
1990-Congressional Intern

Addressed constituents' concerns and queries regarding federal, state and local matters.

Education

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
Juris Doctorate, May 1993

C. Clyde Ferguson Scholarship 1990-1993
Atlantic County Bar Association Haneman-Perskie Scholarship 1991-1993
Camden County Bar Foundation Plum Scholarship 1992-1993
Camden County Bar Foundation Daniel B. Toll Scholarship 1991-1992
Howard A. Massler Scholarship 1991-1992
Teaching Assistant/Advisor 1991-1993
ALIANZA-Hispanic Law Students Association, Liaison to SBA 1992-1993
New Jersey State Student Assistance Board of the Department of Higher Education
Student Advisory Committee 1991-1993
Who's Who Among American Law Students 1991-1992
Student Bar Association Representative (SBA) 1990-1991
SBA Minority Recruitment/Retention Committee 1990-1991
SBA Group Guidelines Committee 1990-1991
Moot Court 1991

MARS HILL COLLEGE
MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
Bachelor of Arts in History-Cum Laude, May 1989 (GPA 3.55)

Grayson Academic Scholarship 1985-1989
Student Advisor/Mentor to Freshman Scholars 1986-1989
Student Body Senator 1988-1989
Chairman of Legislative Review Committee 1988-1989
President-College Kiwanians, Circle K 1988-1989
Outstanding Young Man of America 1987-1988
Student Justice 1985-1987
Sophomore Class President 1986-1987
Outstanding College Student of America 1985-1986
Pi Sigma Alpha-National Political Science Honor Society, Director of Programs
Phi Alpha Theta-National History Honor Society

CLE/Professional Organizations/Community Service


President/Founder-Hispanic Lawyers' Organization of South Jersey, LLC (HiLO)-2011 to date
President-Pleasantville High School Alumni Association 2006
Board of Directors - Spanish Community Center 2004-to date
Spanish Community Center-Atlantic City & Landisville, New Jersey 1994-to date
Justice James A. Coleman Workers' Compensation American Inn of Court 2005-to date
Muscular Dystrophy Association-Jail for Bail fundraising 2005-2006
Head Varsity Basketball Coach (Historians)-Pleasantville Recreation Center 2006
Assistant Varsity Football Coach-Pleasantville Jokers 2005-to date
NAACP-Atlantic City Chapter Legal Redress Committee 2003-2004
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey 2000-2003
Camden County Hispanic Bar Association 2002-2003
Vincent S. Haneman American Inn of Court 2002
Special Deputy Sheriff of Atlantic County, N.J. 2000-2003
Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County 2003
Legal Counsel to Atlantic City area Fathers Really do Count Progam-2001
Camden County Bar Association 2002-2003
Pleasantville High School PTA-Outstanding Achievements Award 2000
Youth Advocate-Atlantic County Youth Advocate Program 2000-2001
Founder/Attorney-Coach for Pleasantville, N.J. High School Mock Trial Team 1999-2000
A.B.L.E. Law Enforcement Seminar-Managing Police Discipline 1999
Georgetown Univ. Law Center-Litigating Employment Cases/Views From the Bench 1998
National Employment Lawyers Association-Third Circuit Conference 1998
ALI-ABA Employment and Labor Law Seminar 1998
Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court 1997-1998
National Institute for Trial Advocacy-Trial Advocacy Skills-1996
Alumni Corps-Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North Carolina 1994
Community Outreach Program, Camden, New Jersey 1990-1991
Founder/Coordinator of Mars Hill College Big Brother/Big Sister Program 1985-1989
Mars Hill College-Food Drives; Chopped Firewood For The Elderly 1985-1989
Weatherizing Low Income Housing-Cincinnati, Ohio 1987-1988
Alcohol Drop In Shelter Volunteer-Cincinnati, Ohio 1987-1988
Soup Kitchen Volunteer, Cincinnati, Ohio 1987-1988
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