John P. Lacey


John P. Lacey, a former federal prosecutor and former president of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, concentrates his practice in complex federal and state litigation matters, internal and external corporate investigations, the defense of individuals in governmental investigations, and white collar criminal defense.  Admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey, Mr. Lacey has made a career of handling and investigating tough cases. In his former position as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Lacey oversaw and handled many dozens of prosecutions and argued more than 20 successful appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has been a partner at Connell Foley LLP for more than 20 years, representing and advising domestic and multi-national corporations in connection with civil, criminal and administrative matters.

As part of his practice, Mr. Lacey conducts investigations and defends corporations and individuals in high-profile civil, criminal and administrative matters at the state and federal levels. His work often involves the handling of highly sensitive information and corporate investigations where complete discretion is required. He regularly advises corporate boards on internal corporate investigations, defense of federal and state criminal and administrative investigations, and other business crisis situations where crisis management is required. Mr. Lacey’s clients include small, medium and multi-national corporations and law firms, corporate executives, universities, school systems, politicians and political organizations, professional athletes, religious organizations, attorneys and accountants. The breadth of his practice ranges from allegations of employee and/or corporate misconduct, to highly complex environmental and financial matters, breaches of fiduciary obligations, breach of contract actions, allegations of mail or wire fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, cyber crimes, intellectual property issues, claims under the Federal False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, bank fraud, income tax offenses and health care fraud.

Mr. Lacey began his esteemed legal career as Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles L Brieant, the former Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York. He received his trial and appellate training at the prestigious U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lacey’s career was launched when he successfully prosecuted an international terrorist who had entered the United States with a counterfeit passport and was later apprehended along the New Jersey Turnpike while carrying three powerful time bombs in his vehicle. The case was the first in the nation to recognize a “terrorist exception” to federal sentencing guidelines. Building on that experience, Mr. Lacey investigated and prosecuted high profile cases involving bank and armored car robberies, multinational drug distribution and international money laundering. During his time with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Lacey served under now-Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and Michael Chertoff, former judge of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Lacey has appeared as a legal analyst and commentator for MSNBC and Court TV. He was awarded the Essex County Bar Association’s Trial Attorney of the Year Award in 2002. Mr. Lacey has also received numerous other honors, including Martindale Hubbell’s “AV® Preeminent” peer review rating, the highest rating given by that organization.

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America (2017)
    • ​Commercial Litigation
  • "Top Attorneys in New Jersey" as seen in New Jersey Monthly Magazine (2013)
  • “New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers” by Martindale-Hubbell, as seen in New York Magazine (2012)
  • "New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers" as seen in Inside Jersey magazine (2012)
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers (2005-2006, 2008-2017)
  • Trial Attorney of the Year, Essex County Bar Association (2002)


  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • President, The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • Member, U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Electronic Filing; New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner asked the committee to prepare a comprehensive set of recommendations on how to make e-filing broadly available in New Jersey’s court system (October 2008)
  • Trustee, The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Speaker, "Negotiating Labor Agreements," Continuing Education Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School; Cambridge, MA (December 2003)
  • Member, New Jersey Supreme Court, Committee on Model Jury Instructions−Criminal (2002)


  • Moderator, "Foreign Corrupt Practices and the British Bribery Act," USLAW Network Employment Law Conference, Jersey City, New Jersey (June 2014)
  • Speaker, "Preparing the Direct and Cross for Expert Witnesses," Connell Foley Continuing Legal Education Program (January 2014)


One Newark Center, 1085 Raymond Blvd., 19th Floor
  • Seton Hall University (J.D., 1984)
  • Arizona State University (B.S.,  Business, 1981)


  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court of Appeals, Third Circuit