Joseph Benedict


Benedict & Altman

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New Brunswick




Joseph Benedict is a partner and founding member of Benedict and Altman. After graduating from law school during the height of the Vietnam War, he became an Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army. In Vietnam, he served in the JAG unit, where he prosecuted and defended hundreds of criminal cases.

Upon returning home to New Jersey, he joined the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, where he rose to become the Chief of the Trial Section. He left the Prosecutor’s Office to enter private practice, forming a partnership with Steven Altman in 1978.

Ever since, Mr. Benedict has handled innumerable criminal cases of all magnitudes. He has represented defendants in trials for murder, aggravated sexual assault, public corruption, and more.

He is co-chair of the Middlesex County Bar Association’s Criminal Practice Committee. As a result of his experience, he is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney. He has also been named in New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2005. He has been listed in ìBest Lawyers in Americaî every year since 1995. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him an AV rating every year for over 25 years. New York Magazine annually rates him as one of the top criminal lawyers in the metropolitan area. The Middlesex County Bar Association has named him the Criminal Trial Practitioner of the year for 2009. He regularly lectures on criminal law issues for attorney’s seeking certification as Criminal Trial Lawyers, or other lawyers seeking to improve their litigation skills.

Practice areas:

Criminal law

Criminal appeals


Drug crimes

White-collar crime

Juvenile criminal law

Traffic violations

Parole and probation

Peer Review Rating: AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings


Rutgers University, J.D., 1968

Fordham University, B.S., 1965


New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1970

U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1984


Member, Criminal Practice Committee, (1987-present and Co-Chair, 1994-present), New Brunswick, Middlesex County

Judicial and Prosecutors Appointments Review Committee, member (1990ñ1997) and trustee (1993ñ1996)

New Jersey State Bar Associations

Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association

National District Attorneys Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey

Trial Attorneys of New Jersey


Born in Newark, New Jersey, January 1, 1944

U.S. Army, 1969ñ1971

Named as a Top Lawyer in the field of Criminal Defense, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, listed, Best Lawyers in America, 1995ñ2009

Named Super Lawyer, Criminal Law, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2005-2009

Assistant Prosecutor, Chief of Trial Section, Middlesex County, 1971ñ1975

Municipal Prosecutor, Borough of Spotswood, 1976ñ1987

Township Attorney, South Brunswick Township, 1977ñ1979, 1983ñ1990, 1993ñ1996

Lecturer, Criminal Law Topics for Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Assignment Judge’s Criminal Law Committee member, 1986ñpresent

Speedy Trial Coordinating Committee (Criminal Division) member, 1991ñpresent

Middlesex County Ethics Committee member (1981ñ1985) and Chairman (1984ñ1985)

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Attorney Certification