Law Offices of James A. Abate

Law Offices of James A. Abate

When the police are at your door, we've got your back - aggressive, personal attention during troubled times. At the Law Offices of James A. Abate, you will see that your problems are our purpose.

Firm Overview

Qualified legal assistance is essential if you have been accused of committing a crime. When hiring the right attorney can mean the difference between going to jail or having the charges against you dismissed, you must take quick action to find the right lawyer for your case. The attorneys at our firm have the experience, knowledge, and passion you need to fight by your side.

With offices in Somerville, Cranford, Piscataway, and Flemington, The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC is well-positioned to represent individuals, families and businesses from Somerset, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Warren, Union, and Essex counties.

Attorney James Abate has been practicing law for nearly twenty years, and regularly puts his understanding of New Jersey criminal laws to use for clients, and Attorney John Portanova has been practicing for nearly ten years. Our attorneys know the challenges residents of the Garden State face when charged with offenses, and treats clients as individuals - not as cases that will eventually result in a paycheck. We have strong ties to the community and are active in the local and state bar associations.

Mr. Abate is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

What to expect
Clients who come to The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC can expect to receive:

Prompt responses to phone calls or emails.
Real-time updates concerning the status of their cases.
Clear explanations of what comes next in a case, no complex legal jargon to understand.
Frank, realistic assessments of the best course of action based on the client's needs.
Legally sound, compelling arguments tailored to the specifics of each case.
Aggressive representation before a judge or jury.
Personal attention from Mr. Abate and Mr. Portanova, the attorneys of the firm.

Mr. Abate and Mr. Portanova are tireless advocates who do not rest until they have secured the best possible result for their clients. Our firm's attention to detail ensures every angle of a case has been examined and taken into consideration.

Contact The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC for a no-obligation consultation.

Call on The Law Offices of James A. Abate, LLC for assistance if you need an attorney who takes prompt action when the circumstances are dire. We are not afraid to take tough cases and face seemingly insurmountable problems. We are available 24 hours a day should an emergency arise that requires a defense lawyer by your side as soon as possible. Reach out to the firm's Somerville, Cranford, Piscataway and Flemington offices online at or at (908) 210-9755 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Main Office

Main Office
82 East Main Street
Somerville, NJ 08876


(908) 210-9755


(732) 626-6165


Office Information

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Office Manager

Megan Brault

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken


Other Offices

Cranford Location
20 Commerce Drive, Suite 135,
Cranford, NJ 07016

Piscataway Location
30 Knightsbridge Road
Suite 525
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Flemington Location
70 Church Street
1st Floor
Flemington, NJ 08822

Criminal Defense


James Abate

Law Offices of James A. Abate

I focus on Criminal Defense & DUI Cases for several reasons, but most importantly because many people arrested for crimes have no previous experience with the law. They need two things: They need to be educated and they need a good advocate.

They come from all walks of life, all ages, all professions, and are both male and female. What they need from me is to know that everything is going to be okay, and the way I tell them that is by giving them the information that they need to make decisions. I can make a difference in someone's life, I can educate them and then ultimately be the best advocate possible for their case.


Brooklyn College
B.F.A., 1996

Brooklyn Law School
J.D., 1999

John Portanova

Law Offices of James A. Abate


Rutgers University
B.A. in History and Political Science, 2009

Rutgers School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2012

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