About

Naeem Akhtar, Esq. earned his Juris Doctorate degree (J.D) from Widener University Delaware School of Law. He also earned his Master of Business degree (M.B.A.) from Syracuse University Whitman School of Management with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.  He also earned a Master of Science in Taxation degree (M.S.T.) from Thomas Jefferson University.  He recently earned a Master of Law (L.L.M.) degree in Taxation from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Prior to going to law school, Naeem worked in New York city for almost a decade at several financial institutions as a Financial Analyst.  He has significant experience in preparing financial statements, valuations, equity compensation, mergers/acquisitions, earnings per share, financial modeling, and budgeting.

He has represented numerous individuals charged with criminal and quasi-criminal crimes in New Jersey.  He has represented individuals in both State and Federal Courts.

 

Experience

Public Defender – Mercer and Burlington.  Defend indigent persons in the court after being assigned by a Judge.

Coordinator, Superior Court of New Jersey Juvenile Conference Committee.  This committee meets once a month to make recommendations to the Family Court Judge relating to minor, first time criminal offenses committed by juveniles.  The committee meets with the juvenile to develop the factual basis of the incident and to determine whether the juvenile will accept responsibility for the offense.  The Assignment Judge appoints committee members.

Supreme Court of New Jersey Criminal Practice Committee.  Appointed for a two year term by the Acting Administrative Director of the New Jersey Courts. Significant rules reviewed include:  representation of indigent defendants whose highest charge is a DV-Related disorderly persons offense and who have been detained pretrial, eligibility for pretrial intervention, post release revocation discovery, plea forms, waived juvenile defendants, pretrial release conditions for persons charged with homicide, and discovery for release revocation hearings.

New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts.  Prepared legal research and analysis. Assisted in the preparation of cases for litigation. Performed ad hoc research quickly, but accurately to support the office.

New Jersey Municipal Court Mediator.  Discussed issues of cases with parties to explore avenues to resolve disputes without a trial.  Typical cases include, but are not limited to: simple assaults that do not include personal injury, trespass, harassment, creating a disturbance, animal or pet complaints, annoying phone calls, property disputes, non-payment of bills, bad checks, and criminal mischief.  Mediation occurs at least once a month.

Bar Panel Mediator, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Special Civil Section.  Mediated cases in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $15,000.  Generally, at least one party in the matter is represented by an attorney. Mediation occurs once a month.

Attorney, Legal Services of New Jersey.  Provided pro bono assistance.  

Attorney, Pennsylvania Innocence Project.  Reviewed paperwork advocating claims of innocence submitted by individuals convicted of capital criminal offenses in the state of Pennsylvania.  Reviewed police reports, evidence, and court records to identify colorable claims of innocence.  Worked with staff to identify colorable claims of innocence.

Attorney, New Jersey Appellate Division Pro Bono Civil Pilot Program.  Represented low income parties who can not afford representation in the Appellate Division.  Cases limited to domestic violence, child custody / visitation, and special civil cases.

Appointed Member, Municipal Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Treatment – Township of Lawrenceville.  Consult with and advise Township Council on matters pertaining to alcoholism and drug abuse.  Identify alcoholism and drug abuse prevention, education, and community needs in the township.  Seek funds from county and statute authorities to advance substance abuse programs.  Committee members are appointed by the Township Council.

PUBLICATIONS (FORTHCOMING)

Is the smell of burnt marijuana emanating from a vehicle sufficient probable cause for searching an entire vehicle without a warrant?  While the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals does not take a firm position on this issue, the Fifth and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals have concluded that the entire vehicle can be searched. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that the entire vehicle can NOT be searched.