John F. Latoracca joined the firm in April, 2012 bringing with him over 25 years of indictable (felony) criminal trial experience. Upon graduating Seton Hall Law School in 1986, John served a one-year clerkship with the Hon. William J. Marchese in the Passaic County Superior Court, Criminal Part. He then began a seven-year tenure as a defense attorney with the Office of the Public Defender, Passaic Region representing both adults and juveniles charged with a wide array of offenses, including narcotics distribution, robbery, sexual assault and murder. John’s experience there included over 40 jury trials and another 20 bench (judge only) trials. In addition to the trial advocacy, he became well-versed in pretrial motion practice, bail matters, violations of probation and post-conviction relief applications.
In 1994 Mr. Latoracca accepted a position with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. Over the next 18 years, he served as a Chief Assistant Prosecutor in both the Adult Trial Section (1998-2002) and the Major Crimes Unit (2002-2012). In addition to conducting a substantial number of jury trials, John gained valuable experience and insight into the investigation, documentation and prosecution of virtually every type of criminal matter charged within this state. During his tenure with Major Crimes, he supervised the investigation and prosecution of over 200 murder cases, and has tried approximately 25 homicide cases personally. Mr. Latoracca retired from the Prosecutor’s Office in March, 2012, and as an associate at Bruno & Ferraro now focuses on indictable (felony) criminal matters in the Superior Courts as well as both criminal and motor vehicle violations in the Municipal Courts.
Seton Hall University School of Law – Juris Doctor, 1986
Seton Hall University – B.A. 1983
United States District Court of New Jersey