Former Morris County Prosecutor, Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Partner at the Bianchi Law Group
On May 10, 2007, Robert A. Bianchi, Esq., was nominated by the Governor of the State of New Jersey to serve as the Morris County Prosecutor. Mr. Bianchi was unanimously confirmed by the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee. He was thereafter unanimously confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate on June 18, 2007. Prosecutor Bianchi was sworn in as Morris County Prosecutor on June 22, 2007. As one of the state’s 21 county prosecutors, Robert Bianchi also served as one of the Vice Presidents of the County Prosecutor’s Association of New Jersey, as well as having served on many of the Association’s committees. Mr. Bianchi served as Morris County Prosecutor from June 22, 2007 through February 8, 2013.
As Morris County Prosecutor, Prosecutor Bianchi was, pursuant to the New Jersey State Constitution, the chief law enforcement officer of Morris County and had supervisory responsibility over every police department and municipal prosecutor in the county. In addition, he was responsible for the entire staff of county attorneys (assistant prosecutors) and detectives at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. As such, Mr. Bianchi was responsible for every prosecution of indictable matters in Morris county, ranging from all murder cases, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Drug matters, Rape cases, to name a few. Robert Bianchi managed a budget of over 11 million dollars and managed a staff of approximately 170 people.
In 1997, Robert Bianchi applied for and passed his examination to become certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. This is a major accomplishment and distinction in the legal community, with less than 1% of the attorneys (approximately 250 attorneys) in this State who are so qualified. The certification process is rigorous and requires extensive and successful criminal trial experience, numerous hours of continuing legal education, and vetting by judges and adversaries with whom Mr. Bianchi appeared before and tried cases with. Mr. Bianchi was also required to pass an extensive written and practical examination to become certified.
He was re-certified in 2004, 2009 and 2014, after having again demonstrated his continuing expertise and excellence in the area of criminal trial practice. He is the only attorney in the State of New Jersey who is a former Governor appointed County Prosecutor that is a certified criminal trial attorney that currently handles criminal defense cases. This is an impressive, singular distinction that no other attorney in the State of New Jersey can boast of.
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In Addition, Mr. Bianchi is also rated as an A.V. Trial Attorney in the distinguished Martindale Hubble, an independent rating system of attorneys throughout the country. Additionally, this rating system judges the legal ability and ethics of an attorney and the A.V. rating is the highest mark that an attorney can receive for both areas.
Robert A. Bianchi has, and continues to be, a lecturer on the art of trial practice. He has been asked to lecture to well over a thousand lawyers throughout his career. His reputation of being a teacher to other trial lawyers stems from his natural courtroom skills that other attorneys wish to emulate, as well as a demonstrable record of success that has distinguished himself among his peers.
Robert A. Bianchi is a regular national TV Legal Analyst and has appeared on numerous television shows, legal education programs, and has extensive media relations knowledge. He has appeared in his capacity as an attorney on every major news network in the United States such as CNN, ABC, Fox News, NBC, CBS and MSNBC to name a few . He has also appeared in numerous documentary television programs such as Good Morning America, The Geraldo Rivera Show, Due Process, and NJ Capitol Report.
It is vital in today’s media age to have an attorney that knows how to handle complex media matters, so that the clients are properly represented in this very important environment. There is no question that Mr. Bianchi is a very skilled and very engaging speaker and has had the repeated media exposure as prosecutor with all sorts of media issues that require deft and skill in addressing. These media skills are an art-form. Learning the media environment, or only having limited exposure to the media, is a place (much like a courtroom) where you do not want an attorney that is learning along the way with your case/life. With Mr. Bianchi, neither the courtroom or media platform is “academic” for him. He has been well tested and seasoned in these very complex and challenging environments.
As Morris County Prosecutor, Mr. Bianchi created an Intelligence Crime Task Force and a Community Affairs Unit. These units won numerous awards and now serve as statewide models for law enforcement. Significant investigations and trial prosecutions led to significant crime decreases in Morris County, with a heavy emphasis of trying cases before juries.
Mr. Bianchi began his legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in 1989. He remained in that office for 7 years.
During his tenure at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, he served in numerous divisions within the office and ultimately as Senior Trial Attorney. Mr. Bianchi tried numerous felony cases, including many high-profile murder cases. He was assigned the responsibility of training other Assistant Prosecutors in the art of trial advocacy due to his many successes in the courtroom and his reputation for being a tenacious, but fair, Assistant Prosecutor. He was also a frequent lecturer at various police academies, training cadets on the methods and practices of courtroom testimony.
In 1996, Robert Bianchi left the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office to become a law partner with his father Angelo (Buddy) Bianchi in the firm Bianchi & Bianchi. For the next 11 years, Mr. Bianchi gained invaluable experience in other areas of law, including the handling of complex criminal defense cases, municipal court matters, police practice cases, civil rights cases, complex personal injury cases, and employment litigation matters. He also litigated many business litigation disputes.
While at Bianchi & Bianchi, Robert A. Bianchi was responsible for the successful defense of a multitude of clients who were charged with complex criminal matters, as well as, clients who sustained serious injuries due to negligence committed by others. Mr. Bianchi has won millions of dollars in money awards on behalf of his injured clients he represented in personal injury cases. His tenacious and aggressive style in all types of legal matters is well-known. In one case alone, Robert Bianchi was responsible for one of the largest jury awards in the State of New Jersey after an insurance carrier took a no-pay position and took a construction accident case to trial. In that case, the jury returned a verdict of 10.9 million dollars for Mr. Bianchi’s client.
Mr. Bianchi is a member of the Morris County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Association for Justice, the National Italian American Bar Association, and is the President and founder of the Italian American Bar Association of New Jersey.
Robert Bianchi has been honored by the Morris County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, and many other civil and community organizations. He was also recognized by the NJ School Resource Officers Association for his leadership in the area of school violence prevention.
Robert Bianchi received the Community Service Award from the NY/NJ Asian-American Law Enforcement Advisory Board, The Columbian Foundation man of the year, the District Attorney of the Year Award from the National Council of Columbia Associations in Civil Service, Prosecutor of the Year Award from the NJ Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association, and the Man of the Year from the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey. He was also honored to serve as the Grand Marshall at the Morris County Columbus Day Parade.
Robert A. Bianchi, Esq., graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in 1981. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, in American Studies/History from Providence College in 1985.
He continued his education and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1988 and was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar Association as an Attorney at Law. He also was admitted to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. In 1997, he was admitted to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Court of New Jersey.