Brandon Minde | Cranford Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Brandon Minde

Certified by NJ Supreme Court as criminal-trial attorney; former prosecutor; federal & state cases

Criminal, Government, Business, Litigation, DUI-DWI

www.dughihewit.com

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Mr. Minde is a trial partner with Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski who joined the firm in 2014, bringing with him legal experience in both government and private sectors. His practice focuses on representing individuals and businesses charged with criminal offenses or undergoing criminal investigations, defending physicians and hospitals charged with medical malpractice, and professional board investigations, and handling complex civil-litigation matters. Representing a vast array of businesses and individuals in high-stakes civil matters, as well as those investigated and charged with federal and state crimes, Mr. Minde uses the techniques and strategies he learned as a former prosecutor to swiftly resolve his clients’ cases. Mr. Minde is often able get the charges against his clients dropped without the need to move through the litigation process. However, when this is not possible, Mr. Minde works quickly and tirelessly to achieve the most advantageous outcomes possible for those he represents. Though he endeavors to help his clients avoid the expense of going to trial, Mr. Minde is an aggressive courtroom litigator who is relentlessly focused on winning favorable verdicts. Mr. Minde is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a criminal-trial attorney, a designation less than 3% of New Jersey attorneys obtain. To achieve this certification, an attorney must have taken a large number of cases to trial, be a member of the state bar in good standing for at least five years, engage in regular continuing education, demonstrate substantial involvement in preparation of litigated matters, prove he has an unblemished reputation through a substantial compilation of character references, and pass a comprehensive written exam. Mr. Minde is an appointed member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the District of New Jersey, which is a group of qualified and court-approved attorneys who are eligible for appointment by the federal court to represent individuals in federal criminal cases. Since 2018, Mr. Minde has served as the appointed public defender for Wall Township. As a former assistant prosecutor in Essex County from 2006 to 2010, Mr. Minde handled many criminal prosecutions and jury trials. While serving in the Corruption Unit, Mr. Minde managed investigations and conducted prosecutions of corruption, fraud, government misconduct, and other white-collar crimes. He received training in economic crimes and financial investigations from the National White-Collar Crime Center and in cyber-crime and computer forensics from the National Computer Forensics Institute. During his tenure as assistant prosecutor, Mr. Minde was also appointed as a special-deputy attorney general to lead a joint investigation into widespread election fraud through absentee voter ballots. The investigation culminated in several convictions, including some high-level government officials, and at the time was the largest voter fraud case in the history of New Jersey. Mr. Minde served as assistant counsel to Governor Chris Christie from 2010 to 2013, where he provided advice and counsel to Governor Christie and the Chief Counsel to the Governor on a wide array of legislative, legal, regulatory, and policy initiatives. During this time, Mr. Minde also served as assistant counsel in the Governor’s Authorities Unit, as an executive-branch representative on the NJ Sales and Use Tax Review Commission, and as the governor’s representative on the board of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. In 2013, Mr. Minde worked as the executive director of the New Jersey Government Records Council, the state agency that adjudicates complaints filed under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) concerning denials of access to government records. Prior to his time in public service, Mr. Minde worked from 2004 to 2006 as an associate in the securities litigation, government relations, and white-collar defense group of New Jersey’s largest law firm. In 2016, Mr. Minde was selected for the “Forty Under 40” list developed by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premier business news publication. Mr. Minde has been named as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2015. The designation, which is given to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys, recognizes the best attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. In 2015, Mr. Minde was one of 50 lawyers to be named a “New Leader of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal publication. The year prior, Mr. Minde was given the NJSBA (New Jersey State Bar Association) Young Lawyers Division Professional Achievement Award. A sought-after speaker and active member of the legal community, Mr. Minde is a regular lecturer at the Practising Law Institute as well as at various law conventions and seminars. Mr. Minde is also the chair-elect of the NJSBA Criminal Law Section, served as the chair of the NJSBA White-Collar Crime Subcommittee from 2015 to 2018, sat on the board of the NJSBA from 2012 to 2014, chaired the NJSBA Business and Commercial Litigation Committee from 2016 to 2017, and has been a member of the Association of Criminal-Defense Lawyers of New Jersey since 2015. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

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Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
After a five month complex federal trial involving 5 defendants and over 100 government witnesses, I secured a mistrial for my client charged with federal criminal racketeering RICO conspiracy and other criminal charges. Through vigorous cross-examination of the government’s witnesses and presentation of the defense case, I discredited the government’s case and evidence, preventing the government from establishing the required burden of proof and leading to a divided jury. As a result, I forced a mistrial and my client was not convicted.

How did you build a successful practice?
I built a successful practice by being efficient, effective and responsive to my client’s needs. I am accessible 24/7 and treat each case as if it is my own. Many of my cases are returning clients satisfied from their previous experience or people they have referred.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Someone who gives an honest assessment of their case. Someone who is a hard worker. Someone who has been there before and knows what he is doing.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I am a certified by the NJ Supreme Court as a criminal trial attorney, a designation that less than 3% of lawyers can obtain. I have actually tried several cases, as opposed to many attorneys who always settle and never conduct trials.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
For criminal cases it is correcting an injustice and helping someone move on with their life.

Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerDughi Hewit & Domalewski, P.C.Cranford, NJPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D. Law School2004  
Muhlenberg CollegeBachelors2001
State / Court Date
New York2005
New Jersey2004
  • New Jersey State Bar Association | Election Committee | Chair | 2014 - Present
    New Jersey State Bar Association | Election Law Committee | Member | 2014 - Present
    New Jersey State Bar Association | Business and Commercial Litigation Committee | Member | 2014 - Present
    New Jersey State Bar Association | Board of Trustees | 2012 - 2014
    New Jersey Sales and Use Tax Review Commission | Governor-appointed | Member | 2012 - 2013
    New Jersey State Bar Association | Young Lawyers Division | Chair | 2011 - 2012
    New Jersey State Bar Association | Young Lawyers Division | Chair-Elect | 2010 - 2011
    New Jersey State Bar Association | Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee | Member | 2009 - 2014
    New Jersey State Bar Association | Young Lawyers Division | Treasurer | 2009 - 2010
    New Jersey State Bar Association | Young Lawyers Division | Secretary | 2008 - 2009
    New Jersey State Bar Association | Young Lawyers Division | Government Representative | 2006 - 2008
  • Appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Working Group on the Duty of Confidentiality and Wrongful Convictions | Designee of the New Jersey State Bar Association | 2019
    New Jersey Rising Starts | Super Lawyers Magazine | 2015-2019
    “Forty Under 40” | NJ BIZ Magazine | 2016
    Professional Achievement Award | New Jersey State Bar Association | Young Lawyers Division | 2014
    Commendation | Essex County Prosecutor's Office | 2009
    The George H. Hambrecht Law School Award | Muhlenberg College | 2001
  • Fraud Client charged in federal court with $30 million “pump and dump” stock fraud scheme Client charged in state court with check fraud. All charges dismissed. Client charged in state court with credit card fraud. All charges dismissed. Client investigated in federal court for financial fraud related to credit card activity. Investigation terminated without charges. Corruption & Election Crimes Client investigated by State for violations of the Local Government Ethics Law. Investigation terminated without charges. Client charged in federal court with election fraud. RICO Client charged in federal court with RICO conspiracy, among other offenses. Hung jury resulting in a mistrial after six-month trial with over 100 witnesses. Client charged in federal court with murder in aid of racketeering. Theft Client nurse charged in state court with destruction, falsification or alteration of records and theft by unlawful taking. All charges dismissed. Murder Client charged in state court with attempted murder. All charges dismissed after defense motion for misrepresentation during grand jury presentation. Weapons Client charged in state court with possessing a handgun in a vehicle. All charges dismissed. Doctors & Hospitals Clients charged by state with insurance fraud. Clients charged with unlawful involuntary commitment to psychiatric facility in action brought by former school teacher. No cause defense verdict. Professional board investigations resulting in dismissals or favorable settlements.

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(2005) Licensed as Attorney in New York. Verified with New York State Unified Court System.April 16, 2020
(2004) Licensed as Attorney in New Jersey. Verified with New Jersey State Bar Association.April 16, 2020

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Mr. Minde’s practice focuses on representing individuals and businesses charged with criminal offenses or undergoing criminal investigations. Representing a vast array of businesses and individuals investigated and charged with federal and state crimes, Mr. Minde uses the techniques and strategies he learned as a former prosecutor to swiftly resolve his clients’ cases. Mr. Minde is often able get the charges against his clients dropped without the need to move through the litigation process. However, when this is not possible, Mr. Minde works quickly and tirelessly to achieve the most advantageous outcomes possible for those he represents. Though he endeavors to help his clients avoid the expense of going to trial, Mr. Minde is an aggressive courtroom litigator who is relentlessly focused on winning favorable verdicts. Mr. Minde is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a criminal-trial attorney, a designation less than 3% of New Jersey attorneys obtain. To achieve this certification, an attorney must have taken a large number of cases to trial, be a member of the state bar in good standing for at least five years, engage in regular continuing education, demonstrate substantial involvement in preparation of litigated matters, prove he has an unblemished reputation through a substantial compilation of character references, and pass a comprehensive written exam. Mr. Minde is the Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Criminal Law Section. He previously served as the chair of the NJSBA White-Collar Crime Subcommittee. Mr. Minde was appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Working Group on the Duty of Confidentiality and Wrongful Convictions, as the designee of the New Jersey State Bar Association in 2019. A sought-after speaker and active member of the legal community, Mr. Minde is a regular lecturer on criminal law topics at the Practising Law Institute as well as at various law conventions and seminars.

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Update Date: 2018-02-01

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