James H. Maynard

James H. Maynard

Managing Partner
Morristown, New Jersey
888-668-4845 (Toll Free)

Criminal Defense Lawyer Morristown, NJ

James H. Maynard is the founder and managing member of the law firm. The firm has been providing high quality legal council and aggressive representation since 1994. Established as one of the first criminal defense “boutique” firms in the State of New Jersey, the firm later diversified to encompass other practices areas to accommodate clients’ various needs.

Mr. Maynard has actively volunteered and provided free services for the surrounding community. In 2002, James joined Trial Lawyers Care (TLC), an organization that provided "pro bono" (free) legal representation for 9/11 victims. He represented the only living "Lead Case" of the September 11th Victims before the Victims’ Compensation Fund, and litigated significant precedential issues to a successful conclusion.

Among Mr. Maynard's many accomplishments, he successfully appealed a portion of Megan's Law to the Supreme Court of New Jersey, leading to a dismissal of his client’s charges and a revision of Megan's Law by the New Jersey Legislature.

Mr. Maynard's practice areas include criminal defense and commercial law (including non-profit and mediation of complex commercial disputes), as outlined below:


• Megan's Law
• Megan's Law tier-modification
• Megan's Law and CSL / PSL termination
• Child Sexual Abuse
• Child Endangerment
• Domestic Violence
• TRO / FRO (Temporary Restraining Order and Final Restraining Order)
• Drug Charges
• Drug Possession
• Drug Trafficking
• Prescription Drugs
• Manslaughter
• Murder
• Assault and Violent Crimes
• Juvenile crimes
• Weapons charges
• Terroristic Threats
• Internet crimes
• Child Pornography (possession and distribution)
• Armed Robbery
• Theft and Shoplifting
• Solicitation of a minor
• Rape
• Sex Crimes

• Mediation
• Non-profit corporations
• Manufacturing
• International trade
• Contracts

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Commercial / Corporate

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1992
  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey
    • B.A. summa cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha
    • Honors: With Highest Honors
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: English
  • Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
    • International Economics
    • Honors: Government of Japan, "Monbusho Scholarship"

Published Works

  • James Maynard successfully argues for sex offender’s rights (Video)
  • Megan’s Law overturned for the first time: Supreme Court Opinion

Representative Cases

  • State v. Gyori, 185 N.J. 422 (2005)
  • State v. Perez, 177 N.J. 540 (2003)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Morris County Bar Association, 1995 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011 - Present
  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, 2011 - Present
  • New Jersey Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, 2011 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Certificate of Rehabilitation Assistance – Co-founder and volunteer attorney
  • North American Falconers Association (NAFA) – General Council
  • New Jersey Falconry Association – Legal Advisor and Member
  • Trial Lawyers Care (TLC): Pro Bono Legal Help for 9/11 Victims – Volunteer Attorney
  • Hispanic Affairs – Morris County [New Jersey]


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  • Spanish
  • Japanese