Michael J. DeMarco
Union Law/ Labor Law
Civil Rights Defense
William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ
B.A. Economics - 1990
New England School of Law, Boston, MA
- J.D. - 1993
Michael J. DeMarco enjoyed a 26-year career with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. He rose through the ranks to become Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor in 2015, where he supervised all the special investigative units. Prior to that, he was the Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Major Crimes Unit, where he oversaw hundreds of homicide and vehicular homicide investigations. Mr. DeMarco was the legal advisor to the Paterson Police Cease Fire Unit. His duties also included the investigation of all police-involved shootings.
Mr. DeMarco was the former Director of the Passaic County Narcotics Task Force. There he supervised teams of detectives and prosecutors who successfully seized hundreds of kilos of cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth, as well as the seizure of in excess of a million dollars in drug proceeds.
Mr. DeMarco has extensive experience as a trial attorney in complex criminal matters. This experience has allowed him to become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. This designation is held by approximately 3% of all New Jersey Attorneys.
In 2018, Mr. DeMarco was honored by the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey with the Outstanding Advocacy Over A Career Award.
Mr. DeMarco believes in giving back to the profession by teaching younger attorneys criminal trial skills. He is an instructor with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute; is a Certified Police Instructor, and has lectured throughout New Jersey on Strict Liability Drug Induced Death as part of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Heroin and Opiate Task Force Initiative.
Mr. DeMarco has taught at the college level for more than two decades. He is currently an adjunct professor at William Paterson University and a doctoral lecturer at Queensborough Community College/CUNY, both in their respective criminal justice programs.
Mr. DeMarco previously was a participant in the New Jersey State Bar Foundation Speaker’s Bureau. He has lectured at Passaic County Technical High School, Paterson Public Schools, West Milford Schools, Dover High School, Newark Public Schools, and Essex Academy High School.
Michael J. DeMarco is a graduate of William Paterson College and New England School of Law. He has also completed the Civil Trial Litigation Program of the Justice Clifford American Inn of Court. He recently achieved an Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law from the City University of New York.
New Jersey, 1993
Professional Bar Associations
Passaic County Bar Association
Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office
Deputy First Assistant
2015 to 2019
Chief Assistant Major Crimes Unit
2012 to 2015
Director, Narcotics Task Force
2008 to 2012
Senior Assistant Homicide Unit
2003 to 2008
Senior Assistant Trial Unit
1996 to 2003
Assistant Juvenile and DV Unit
1994 to 1996
Hon. Ronald G. Marmo, J.S.C. - Judicial Law Clerk
1993 to 1994
Search Warrant and CDW Update 2011
Drug Monitoring Initiative 2014-2016
U.S. Marshals Service, Cell Site Simulator, 2015
Use of Force and Policing Summit, 2015
Bar Association Criminal Law Symposium, 2016
Investigators Training Seminar, 2017