Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Mr. Willis has practiced criminal litigation for over 50 years and is one of the most recognized criminal defense attorneys in New Jersey. He successfully defended or was involved in the defense of several of the State's most celebrated criminal cases, including an astonishing acquittal of the former Deputy Mayor of Jersey City on corruption charges in federal court. This represented the first acquittal of a public official in a corruption case brought by the Department of Justice in over ten years. Mr. Willis also defended the first female Hudson County Freeholder, the former Deputy Director of the Hudson County Jail, as well as numerous other public officials, attorneys, judges, doctors, businessmen and law enforcement officials in local, state and federal criminal matters. In addition, Mr. Willis has served as counsel to the former Speaker to the New Jersey State Assembly.


Mr. Willis has also represented a large number of high-profile clients in the federal system, providing his skills in more than 20 states throughout the country. Mr. Willis has been annually recognized in Super Lawyers' advertising section of New Jersey Monthly Magazine and the New Jersey edition of Super Lawyers magazine from 2008 until present.


In addition to his active practice, Mr. Willis has lectured on criminal procedure for the New Jersey State Bar's ICLE Skills and Method course and previously published a monthly column in New Jersey Cops Magazine. Mr. Willis has been featured in the New York Times, Start Ledger, Bergen Record, Jersey Journal and numerous other notable publications for his successful defense of clients in the criminal justice system.


Suffolk University School of Law, J.D.


State of New Jersey

United States District Court - New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals - Third Circuit


Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey

(Former Trustee)


Super Lawyers, 2008-Present