Al Gellene has been practicing law for over thirty years. He graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1979. His first three years were spent working for a law firm in East Orange practicing for the most part Environmental and Administrative Law. In 1982, he formed a private law practice in East Orange and began work in the areas of general civil litigation, bankruptcy and criminal law. He moved his practice to Morristown in 1985 and opened a solo law office. In 1988, he was assigned to participate in the case of United States v. Acceturro, et al, a racketeering trial involving 22 alleged members of the Luchese Crime Family. His assignment was as stand by counsel to the defendant Jackie Dinorscio who later became the subject of the film “Find Me Guilty” starring Vin Diesel as Jackie. The trial is the subject of the book “The Boys From New Jersey” by Robert Rudolph, the Star Ledger reporter who covered the trial. All defendants were found not guilty.
In 1989, Mr. Gellene joined the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office. He was assigned to the Morris County Superior Court and then transferred to Essex County. During that time, he handled hundreds of criminal cases and participated in dozens of trials, including but not limited to kidnapping, robbery, drug distribution and possession, sexual assaults and aggravated assaults. Two of the cases that went to trial were alleged homicides. In State v. William Hall, Mr. Gellene achieved the first full acquittal of a defendant in a murder case in Morris County in 25 years. In the other case, State v. Demetrius Diaz, a shooting in broad daylight by the defendant, the jury found the defendant not guilty of homicide and guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Mr. Gellene returned to private practice in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997, he served as Municipal Prosecutor in Randolph Township Municipal Court, and from 1996 to 1998 as Public Defender in the Parsippany Municipal Court. He also was appointed Public Defender in the Rockaway Borough Municipal Court where he served between 1997 and 2000.
He currently practices out of his law office in Denville. His practice consists of criminal law, municipal court proceedings, civil litigation, bankruptcy and matrimonial and family matters. His telephone number is 973-983-6999. His website is Gellenelaw.com. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Gellene served as a member of the Denville Board of Education. He has served in the past as a member of the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Morris County, serving a two year term as president, and the Community Corrections Council.
Mr. Gellene has been a resident of Morris County for most of his life. He lives in Denville with his wife, Jill, and his three children.