Prominent Cases

Maria Noto's proven track record of success at both the Federal and the State level includes the following cases:

  • Maria was one of the 21 defense attorneys featured in The Boys From New Jersey: How the Mob Beat the Feds, by Robert Rudolph. The Boys From New Jersey is the true story of the longest criminal trial in the history of New Jersey, U.S. v. Accetturo, in which all 21 defendants were acquitted. The government's chief prosecuting attorney had never before lost a case, but Maria's representation helped assure his first defeat.
  • After winning acquittal in a criminal trial, Maria obtained a huge monetary award including punitive damages for a client who was negligently shot by a police officer in violation of his civil rights stemming from false arrest, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution.
  • Maria's clients include those accused of Federal criminal offenses and also State offenses such as murder, sexual assault, drug offenses, robbery, conspiracy and many other crimes. Maria routinely takes and wins the toughest cases.
  • Maria's diligent representation helped clear an Essex County Corrections officer of conspiracy, hindering prosecution, official misconduct and contempt, for allegedly hiding a fugitive and former inmate who was hiding in her apartment.
  • After deliberating only one hour, a jury cleared Maria's client, a Newark Special Police Officer, of charges including manslaughter and tampering with evidence.
  • Maria helped win an acquittal for a man accused of murder, robbery and weapons charges in connection with the early-morning shooting of a Newark cab company owner.
  • A jury deliberated only 10 minutes before acquitting Maria's client accused of sexual contact with a teenage boy.
  • Maria represented three defendants accused of resisting arrest and aggravated assault on four police officers after an altercation at a wedding. All three were acquitted.