Robert Stahl

Stahl Criminal Defense Lawyers
53 Cardinal Drive
3rd Floor
Westfield, NJ 07090

Robert G. Stahl has been an attorney since 1989 and founded the firm in 1997. Since that time, he has represented clients in complex criminal matters, both at trial and on appeal, and matters before the NASD and SEC. Mr. Stahl has defended numerous clients and corporations charged with health care fraud and securities fraud. Mr. Stahl spends approximately ninety percent of his time defending individuals and corporations charged with federal and state violations. Mr. Stahl’s list of clients includes individuals, government officials and corporations located in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and the former U.S.S.R.

Mr. Stahl has an extensive background in criminal investigations and trials. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of New Jersey for over six years and specialized in complex white-collar crime, tax investigations and organized crime investigations. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Stahl successfully prosecuted multi-defendant, complex fraud cases that lasted as long as nine months, including the largest excise tax fraud case in the history of the United States. During his tenure, Mr. Stahl received two of the highest national awards given by the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney General for his outstanding trial skills. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Stahl was a law clerk for Federal District Court Judge John W. Bissell for two years. Mr. Stahl graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall Law School.

Mr. Stahl regularly appears in federal and state courts throughout New Jersey and federal courts in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Massachusetts. Mr. Stahl is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, the District of New Jersey, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Stahl belongs to the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Federal Bar Association, the Union County Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

From 2007-present, Mr. Stahl was selected as a Super Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense. Mr. Stahl is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney. The Certified Trial Lawyer designation by the New Jersey Supreme Court is limited to lawyers who have demonstrated 1) substantial involvement in trial matter in Superior Court; 2) an unblemished reputation as attested to by judges and lawyers; and 3) substantial knowledge and continuing legal education shown by passing a special written examination on trial practice. Mr. Stahl also appears as a legal commentator on Fox News and Fox Business News.

Areas of Practice

Complex Criminal Law Litigation

Litigation Percentage

90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1989
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1989
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1998
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1997
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New JerseyJ.D. magna cum laude – 1989
Honors: Winner, 1988 Appellate Moot Court Competition and Best Brief
Honors: 1988 National Moot Court Team Member

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USAB.A. – 1979
Honors: With Honors
Honors: Dean’s List

Representative Clients

White-Collar Criminal Defense in Federal Court –
– Individuals and Corporations
Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industry Employees

Honors and Awards

Director’s Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996
John Marshall Award, U. S. Department of Justice, 1999
Selected as Super Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense, 2007 – present
Certified Criminal Trial Attorney – New Jersey Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Federal Bar Association
Union County Bar Association
American Association for Justice

Past Employment Positions

Stahl & Horblit, LLC, Summit, N.J., Private Practice, 1997 – 1999
United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Strike Force Division, 1991 – 1997
Hon. John W. Bissell, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Law Clerk, 1989 – 1991
United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, Paralegal Specialist & Law Enforcement Committee Coordinator, 1986 – 1989
Somerset County Prosecutor, Detective-Sergeant, Narcotics Task Force & Homicide Division, 1980 – 1985