John J. Bruno, Jr. Esq.


Area of practice: Criminal Defense


John J. Bruno, Jr. is one of the founding partners of Bruno and Ferraro Esqs. since 1980. Since that time John has concentrated and specialized in the area of criminal law. John started his career as an assistant Essex County public defender and then opened up his current practice of law. John has been appointed borough prosecutor in several municipalities as well as public defender. John has taught criminal law at the college level and has lectured in the past on the “defense of drunk driving” as well as other areas of the law such as “white collar crime” and “cameras in the court room”.

John is a highly skilled trial lawyer who specializes in federal and state criminal cases involving white collar and non-white collar defendants accused of crime. John Bruno is considered one of the most prominent criminal defense lawyers in North Jersey and throughout the state. John prides his firms work by offering the best possible defenses in all the areas of criminal cases. “Our success is a direct result of the hard work of our staff, investigators and best experts in the field.” Whether defending a politician, lawyer, doctor, or ordinary citizens, we will make sure we are fully prepared and have the best understanding of the case so we can offer the strongest defense possible.

In his career John has tried hundreds of cases in federal, state and municipal courts. He has handled many high profile murder cases, sex cases, drug cases, political corruption cases; many of which have resulted in complete acquittals. John Bruno has received many honors during his career as one of the finest in the profession, and has been lauded by members of the bench and bar for his unselfish efforts to seek justice.

Seton Hall University School of Law 1979
Farleigh Dickinson University 1976

Bar Admissions
New Jersey
United States District Court for New Jersey
United States Dist. Court for the Southern Dist. of NY
United States District Court for the Eastern Dist. of NY
Third Circuit Court of Appeals

2. Rutherford Chamber of Commerce
3. Association of Trial Lawyers of America
4. New Jersey State Bar Association
5. American Bar Association
6. Pennsylvania Bar Association
7. Bergen County Bar Association
8. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
9. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit
10. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Dist. Court For The Southern Dist.Of NY
11. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Dist. Court For The Eastern Dist. Of NY
12. Admitted to practice before the United States District Court of New Jersey
13. Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey

Notable Cases

2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award – Italian American Police Society of NJ
2003-2006 Official Tournament Coach for Lehigh University
2002 Official Tournament Coach for Lehigh University
2002 Head Coach of the Year “Star Ledger” – Montclair Kimberly Academy
2001 Head Coach of the Year – District 14- Montclair Kimberly Academy
2000 Head Coach of the Year – District 14 – Montclair Kimberly Academy
1999 Assistant Coach of the Year – Montclair Kimberly Academy – District 14
1992 Recipient of the Silver PBA Card – Local 300 – Rutherford PBA
1990 Rutherford PBA Local 300 – Outstanding Borough Prosecutor’s Award
1979 Seton Hall University – Recipient of the Equity Award for the Highest Scholastic Average
1976 Fairleigh Dickinson University – Most Valuable Wrestler
1972 Rutherford High School- Most Valuable Wrestler