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Lauren E. Scardella, Esq.

2653 Nottingham Way, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619
(609) 587-1144
(609) 482-4433 – fax
lauren@njladylawyers.com

Lauren E. Scardella, Esq. has been dedicated to defending the rights of those accused of criminal, DWI, and traffic offenses since 2009. She focuses her practice on these areas, as well as municipal court defense. Lauren is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, and she has taught and co-taught numerous Continuing Legal Education courses on Municipal Court Practice and the Alcotest® 7110 MK-IIIC, the latter being the breath testing instrument utilized by all police departments in the State of New Jersey. She is the co-editor of the 2012 and 2014 editions of Municipal Court Practice, published by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

Lauren is a native of Mercer County, New Jersey. In 2003, she graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice. In 2008, she earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ. As a law student, Lauren was an Articles Editor for the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, a legal journal founded by United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a third-year law student, Lauren was selected to be a Teaching Associate for the first-year Legal Research & Writing course, a required component of the first-year program for all law students. During the summers, Lauren found her passion for criminal law as a legal intern in the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, where she was assigned to the Gang Unit in her first summer and the Grand Jury Unit in her second summer.

Following her graduation from Rutgers Law School, Lauren spent a year as the judicial law clerk to the Hon. Ira E. Kreizman, J.S.C. (Ret.), who was then assigned to the Criminal Part of the New Jersey Superior Court for Monmouth County in Freehold, NJ.

Following Lauren’s clerkship, she began her career in criminal defense as an associate at the Law Offices of Samuel Louis Sachs. In that position, Lauren defended hundreds of DWI, serious traffic, and serious criminal cases. After remaining in that position for nearly eight (8) years, Lauren now brings all of her experience to her own practice. Lauren covers all of New Jersey, and she vigorously defends and protects the rights of the accused.

Summary Of Qualifications

  • Criminal and municipal court defense attorney with well over a decade of experience defending clients charged with diverse indictable, disorderly persons and serious traffic offenses in the State of New Jersey, including Driving While Intoxicated. 

Bar Admissions:  

  • Licensed to practice before all New Jersey Courts and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Experience

  • Founding Partner, The Scardella Law Firm, LLC, Hamilton & Audubon, NJ (2020-present)
  • Owner, Law Offices of Lauren E. Scardella, Hamilton, NJ (2017-2020)
  • Partner, Sachs & Scardella LLC, East Windsor, NJ (2016-2017)
  • Associate, Law Offices of Samuel Louis Sachs, East Windsor, NJ (2009-2016)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Ira E. Kreizman, J.S.C. (Ret.), Monmouth Vicinage, NJ (2008-2009)

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Rutgers Law School, Newark, NJ (2008)
  • Bachelor of Arts, American University, Washington, DC (2003)

Publications

  • Co-Editor, Municipal Court, Practical Skills Series, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2012 and 2014 Editions.

Memberships

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Mercer County Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Trustees, 2018-present
    • Co-Chair, Women Lawyers Committee, 2016–present
    • Chair, Municipal Bench Bar Committee, 2016–present
    • Member, Criminal Bench Bar Committee

Professional Organizations 

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association, Member (2017-2018)
  • Mercer County Bar Association, Member
    • Board of Trustees, Member (2018-present)
    • Co-Chair, Criminal Bench Bar Committee (2020-present)
    • Co-Chair, Municipal Bench Bar Committee (2016-present)
    • Co-Chair, Women Lawyers Committee (2015-2021)
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member (2013-2022)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
    • Municipal Court Section CLE Planning Sub-Committee, Member

Special Skills and Courses Taken

  • Mediation and Conciliation Skills, 2008
  • Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc. Operator Training Course for the Draeger Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C Version NJ 3.11, 2011
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DRE) Overview Course, 2013
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Student Course (2015 Curriculum), 2016

Awards & Accolades

  • National College for DUI Defense, Scholarship Recipient, 2015
  • Mercer County Bar Association, 2017 Young Lawyer of the Year
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Stars List (2018-2021)
  • New Jersey Family Magazine, Best Lawyers for Families List (2019)

Teaching Experience

  • Guest Lecturer, Rutgers Law School, Spring Semester 2012 through 2016
    • Course: Solo and Small Firm Practice
    • Professor: Bertram Okpokwasili
    • Topic: Municipal Court Practice
  • Co-Instructor, Garden State CLE, Spring 2012
    • Course: The Science Behind the Alcotest
  • Co-Instructor, Garden State CLE, Spring 2012
    • Course: Alcotest Roundtable Discussion
  • Co-Instructor, Garden State CLE, Winter 2014
    • Course: The Complete Alcotest
  • Co-Instructor, Garden State CLE, Spring 2015
    • Course: Confronting and Defeating Alcotest Evidence at Trial
  • Co-Instructor, New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminar, Fall 2016
    • Course: DWI, Alcotest and Interlock Devices
  • Co-Instructor, New York City Bar Association, Winter 2016
    • Course: New Jersey Municipal Court Practice
  • Co-Instructor, New York City Bar Association, Spring 2018
    • Course: New Jersey Municipal Court Practice 
  • Co-Instructor, New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar, Spring 2018
    • Course: DWI and Alcotest Updates
  • Co-Instructor, New York City Bar Association, Spring 2019
    • Course: New Jersey Municipal Court Practice
  • Co-Instructor, New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar, Spring 2019
    • Course: DWI Updates
  • Co-Instructor, New York City Bar Association, Winter 2019
    • Course: New Jersey Municipal Court Practice
  • Co-Instructor, New York City Bar Association, Winter 2020
    • Course: New Jersey Municipal Court Practice
  • Panelist, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Winter 2021
    • Course: New Attorney Day – Municipal Court 
  • Panelist, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Summer 2021
    • Course: 2021 DWI Institute
  • Panelist, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Spring 2022
    • Course: Winning Strategies in Municipal Court

Client Reviews

“I just wanted to take out the time to say that’s I couldn’t be more satisfied with my entire experience with Lauren and her whole team!!! She one of the best lawyers I’ve had I highly recommend her and her whole team!!! They definitely get the job done no questions asked !!I was treat with some much respect and kindness!!! Thanks you so much for giving me my life back.”

-Christina R.

“Following a recent auto accident, my interaction with The Scardella Law Firm, LLC during the process of addressing traffic violation and court-related matters has left me completely satisfied. Their depth of knowledge and extensive experience, their rapid responses to my queries, and their ability to articulate various scenarios with corresponding risks and benefits in a transparent manner are commendable. Their warmth and care towards clients are evident from all members of their firm, notably Lauren and Sarah.

Looking ahead, The Scardella Law Firm, LLC will be my first choice for legal counsel, whether within their areas of expertise or through their trusted referrals to other law firms. I wholeheartedly endorse Lauren for legal advice or representation and would not hesitate to recommend her services to friends in the future.”

-Lee K.

Client reviews

“I felt very comfortable & confident that Lauren was able to get the job done.”

“Lauren kept me informed from the beginning to the end. She responded to emails and texts quickly. She was great to work with.”

“Lauren is so friendly. She clearly explained the process and answered all my questions. She is on time and quickly closes my matter in court. Glad that I chose her as my attorney luckily.”

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