Robert J. Brass, Esq. is a Of Counsel in the law firm of Goodgold Feinberg & Bennett LLC, a multi-practice law firm located in Millburn, New Jersey, which is capable of assisting clients in most areas of the law.
Mr. Brass is an “AV Preeminent” attorney. This is the highest peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating signifies that a large number of Mr. Brass’ peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.
On September 12, 2022, Mr. Brass was honored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education of the State Bar Association, when he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for Excellent in Continuing Legal Education. This award is presented to attorneys and judges, who volunteer their time and expertise to teach their colleagues in the profession.
Mr. Brass is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New Jersey, before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Brass concentrates his practice in the area of federal and state white collar criminal defense litigation, as well as other criminal and civil litigation in federal, state superior and municipal courts. His white collar criminal defense practice includes all aspects of fraud allegations and official misconduct/corruption allegations.
Mr. Brass represents clients in all aspects of insurance fraud litigation, including Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor criminal investigations/litigation, Department of Banking and Insurance Civil Penalty investigations/litigation, Professional Board hearings, and insurance fraud civil actions brought by insurance carriers.
In addition, he has represented clients in all types of non-white collar criminal matters, including homicide, robbery, other theft related offenses, and drug related offenses.
Mr. Brass has represented police officers from state, county and local law enforcement agencies in Federal Court (under 42 USC 1983 litigation), Superior Court, Municipal Court, as well as in departmental hearings.
He is a former Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, where he prosecuted insurance fraud, official corruption, public contract fraud, environmental crimes, organized crime racketeering/homicide, computer fraud and threats to the judiciary. As a Deputy Attorney General, he was a faculty member of the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute; and, was a team supervisor for the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team, heading a team of investigative staff from the New Jersey State Police Major Crimes Bureau and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.
Mr. Brass previously served as a Supervising Assistant Prosecutor in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and an Assistant Prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. His prosecutorial experience included homicide, arson, sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery, computer fraud, burglary, white collar crimes, theft and drug related offenses.
Mr. Brass served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Fee Arbitration Committee for District VC for three terms, from 2016 through 2022.
Mr. Brass has served as a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and as the Trustee Liaison to the Criminal Law Section and the Anti-Trust Section, from 2008 to 2014; and, is a Past Chair of the State Bar Association Criminal Law Section. He served as the New Jersey State Bar Association’s representative on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Criminal Jury Charges; a member of the New Jersey State Bar Judicial Administration Committee; a member of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Advisory Committee; and, as the Chair of the State Bar Association Senior Lawyers Special Committee. Mr. Brass presently serves as a mentor to young lawyers with the State Bar Association’s Mentoring Program; and, serves on the State Bar Association’s Meetings and Planning Committee.
Mr. Brass has testified on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association before the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee, relative to proposed legislation concerning bail reform and speedy trial issues. He has served as the Chair of the State Bar Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Prosecutors Study Commission, and as a member of the State Bar Association’s Mandatory CLE Advisory Committee.
From 1996 through 2022, Mr. Brass has been a moderator and speaker at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual meeting, which is held in Atlantic City, on topics covering White Collar Crime, Insurance Fraud Defense, General Criminal Practice and the Annual Criminal Bench-Bar Conference.
In 2019, Mr. Brass spoke on the topic of “Hot Tips for Litigators”, at a legal conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2018, Mr. Brass moderated a Criminal Law Panel, at a legal conference in Rome, Italy, where he spoke on the topic of “Insurance Fraud, as Relating to the Medical Professional”. In 2017, Mr. Brass moderated and lectured at a legal conference in Madrid, Spain on “Criminal Law Practice”. In 2015, he served as the moderator and speaker in New Orleans, Louisiana, on the topic of “Prosecuting and Defending Police Officers”. In 2014, Mr. Brass moderated and lectured at a legal conference in Paris, France on the topic of “Bail Reform and Speedy Trial Issues”. Mr. Brass has lectured at legal conferences in Rome, Italy on the topic of “Forfeiture and Debarment”; in Dublin, Ireland on the topic of “White-Collar Crime and Money Laundering”; and in 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada on the topic of “Prosecutorial Misconduct”.
Mr. Brass has been on the faculty of the National Association of Attorneys General “White Collar Crime Trial Program”, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; and, from 1999 thru 2008, taught trial advocacy courses to Deputy Attorneys General from Criminal, Civil and Gaming Enforcement Division of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Assistant New Jersey County Prosecutors for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Trial Advocacy Institute. In 2019, Mr. Brass moderated and spoke on a panel on “Criminal Motion Practice” from the defense perspective, at the Annual New Jersey Prosecutor’s Association College, in Atlantic City.
Mr. Brass has been qualified in the Superior Court of New Jersey as an expert in the field of polygraph examinations and was a former supervisor of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Polygraph Unit. He has lectured on the use of polygraph in law enforcement at Seton Hall and Rutgers Law Schools, as well as at national polygraph seminars, continuing legal education seminars and at training seminars to law enforcement officers.
Prior to and while attending law school, he was a Lieutenant and Investigator in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, assigned to the Economic Crime and Official Corruption Section and the Polygraph Unit.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.