622 Eagle Rock Ave.
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 736-8660 (973) 736-1712

Frank P. Arleo

Frank P. Arleo

T: (973) 736-8660
F: (973) 736-1712

Practice Areas

Professional Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1982
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1982
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1990
  • United States Supreme Court, 2005
  • Pennsylvania, 1982 (Inactive)


  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1982)
  • Villanova University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1979)

Judicial Clerkship

  • Leonard D. Ronco, J.S.C. (Criminal Assignment Judge—Essex County)

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Member

Frank Arleo has tried scores of criminal and civil cases in courts throughout the State of New Jersey.  Indeed, he has more trial experience than most of the lawyers at the largest firms in the State.  Since he began practicing law in 1982, Frank has built an impressive track record as a litigator who can quickly get to the essence of the case.  He is skilled at identifying the crucial issues in each case and marshalling the facts and law to his clients’ advantage, which has led him to obtain numerous favorable verdicts at jury trials.

Frank has earned impressive victories in both the criminal and civil areas.  He has represented countless criminal defendants in federal, state, and municipal court. Frank’s zealous advocacy has often led to dismissal of charges against his clients.  Frank has achieved similar success in the civil arena.  He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial disputes and has developed an expertise in insurance coverage actions.  He also has a substantial personal injury practice, representing plaintiffs in a wide variety of matters.  Frank is frequently able to obtain positive outcomes for his clients prior to trial, such as summary judgment or fair settlement awards.  However, he is always prepared to litigate a case in order to achieve the best results for his clients and has obtained favorable trial verdicts in several civil cases.

Frank’s clients appreciate his practicality.  He recognizes that his clients benefit by early intervention, and he frequently is able to save his clients’ time and expense through mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.  In-house counsel supervising litigation have been especially responsive to Frank’s result-oriented approach.  Consequently, a number of institutional clients have retained Frank to handle their New Jersey litigation.

Frank is married to Madeline Cox Arleo, who is a United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.  They live in Essex County and are involved in a number of charitable and civic organizations.  In their spare time, they both enjoy traveling with friends and family.

Representative Experience

  • Won an acquittal for a Florida woman charged with money laundering after a six week federal trial where all remaining defendants were convicted
  • Persuaded federal prosecutors to abandon a tax evasion prosecution against a New Jersey businessman
  • Successfully defended a municipal police officer in a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force and false arrest
  • Won a breach of contract case demonstrating that his client did not wrongfully exclude the plaintiff from a commercial building investment
  • Obtained summary judgment in an insurance coverage action for a bar owner where the insurer disclaimed coverage claiming an intentional tort exclusion
  • Won an insurance coverage case after a jury trial for an auto insurer that alleged false statements on a policy application
  • Obtained dismissal of a disability insurance claim for an insurer sued in an ERISA action
  • Won a trespass to land case after a week-long jury trial where his client’s home was flooded with raw sewage
  • Negotiated numerous six figure settlements in personal injury and civil rights matters

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in the areas of Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, and Personal Injury, 2011 – present
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers in the areas of Criminal Defense, Insurance Coverage, and Personal Injury, 2008 – present
  • New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers (Law.com): Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Insurance Law
  • New York Area’s Top Attorneys, New York Magazine: Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Insurance Law
  • AV Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest level of professional excellence as determined by peers)
  • Recognized in New York Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, and Corporate Counsel