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WILSON DAVID ANTOINE

Managing Partner

With over a decade of experience, Mr. Antoine is dedicated to utilizing all of his expertise to help you resolve your legal issues.  Mr. Antoine graduated from the Ivy League Institution of Cornell Law School, and clerked for the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the highest court in New Jersey.  Mr. Antoine has experience working in the private and public sector and was formerly assistant corporation counsel for Newark, the largest city in New Jersey.

BAR ADMISSIONS

ADMITTED TO STATE AND FEDERAL BARS IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK

Admitted to the Bar of New Jersey          
Admitted to the Bar of New York             
Admitted to U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey 
Admitted to Southern District for the District of New York 
Admitted to Eastern District for the District of New York 
Admitted to Third Circuit for the United States Court of Appeals    
Admitted to the United States Supreme Court

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

ENGAGED IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH VARIOUS AFFINITY ORGANIZATIONS

Co-founder and former President of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New Jersey                       
Current Chairman for the Board of Directors of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New Jersey     
Member of the Garden State Bar Association     
Member of the Caribbean Bar Association of New Jersey  
Member of the Essex County Bar Association of New Jersey  
Former Member of District XII Fee Arbitration Committee

COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

COMMITTED TO SERVING THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

Member of Board of Directors for the Urban League of Union County
Member of Board of Directors for the Afro-Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey

LEGAL EDUCATION

CORNELL LAW SCHOOL, Ithaca, NY

Juris Doctor, May 2008 

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY, Bethlehem, PA

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Honors, May 2005
Minor:    Economics, Psychology, and French  
Honors:  Dean’s List, Phi Beta Kappa

HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

SETON HALL PREPARATORY SCHOOL, West Orange, NJ

Diploma, 2001

FOREIGN LANGUAGE SKILLS

ALL ARE WELCOME

Limited Working Proficiency in written and spoken French.

Professional Working Proficiency in spoken Haitian Creole.                                                              

PUBLICATIONS

WRITTEN ADVOCACY SKILLS AT CLIENTS' SERVICE

Preserving Copayments and Deductibles to Contain Healthcare Costs, Business Torts Journal, Volume 18, Number 2, Winter 2011 (02/04/2011)    
New Fee-Shifting Regime Under ERISA in Wake of 'Hardt', New York Law Journal (07/22/2010)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND APPEARANCES

ORAL ADVOCACY SKILLS AT CLIENTS' SERVICE

Panelist at Conference by Global Outsourcing Association of Lawyers, entitled “The Global Litigation Conference and Exhibition” in New York, October 1-2, 2014.

Commended on oral argument presentation on September 16, 2016, by then-Presiding Civil Judge for the Law Division in the Essex Vicinage of the Superior Court of New Jersey:  "THE COURT: I've got to tell you that's one of the best presentations I've ever heard. . . .  It was unbelievable. . . .  Really. Really, super."

Commended on oral argument presentation on November 22, 2019, by then-Presiding Civil Judge for the Law Division in the Essex Vicinage of the Superior Court of New Jersey:  "Mr. Wilson Antoine distinguished himself in the presentation of this motion. The motion was thoughtful. Was well argued . . . .  And I commend him for his argument, which was persuasive."

ACCOLADES AND DISTINCTIONS

AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey

Recognized as a Rising Star in the 2014 and 2015 Issues of the Super Lawyers Magazine.  Click here for ranking methodology. 

Clerked for the Supreme Court of New Jersey from 2008-2009.

DISCLAIMER

PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE A SIMILAR OUTCOME

The above awards, certifications, commendations, recognitions, and/or achievements are not recognized by any governmental authority within the State of New York. Certification is not a requirement for the practice of law in the State of New York and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law in New York.

Moreover, in both New Jersey and New York, even the most superb legal skills cannot guarantee a favorable outcome in every case. 

WHY SHOULD YOU USE A NEW JERSEY BOARD-CERTIFIED CIVIL TRIAL ATTORNEY?

It’s confusing trying to choose an attorney. You might have never needed an attorney before, so you ask a friend to refer you to someone, or Google an attorney, where hundreds, or even thousands of attorneys are listed. But how do you choose one attorney over another and how can you be sure that you will choose the right attorney to handle your particular legal problem?


As concerns New Jersey attorneys, the New Jersey Supreme Court has created a certification program to assist you in choosing a qualified and highly trained attorney with expertise in the area of law relating to your special problem.


Finding the right attorney is to your benefit. That is why the Supreme Court of New Jersey has directed its Board on Attorney Certification to carry out the certification program in an effort to raise the level of competence of attorneys in New Jersey. This program is designed to help you make an informed decision. 

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY BOARD-CERTIFIED CIVIL TRIAL ATTORNEY?

Certified civil trial attorney is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge, and skill in civil trial practice in New Jersey.


The Supreme Court, through its Board on Attorney Certification, designates only those lawyers who apply for certification and who are able to meet the standards set by the board and approved by the court.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN AN ATTORNEY IS CERTIFIED?

A certified attorney is more than just an attorney who specializes in a particular
area of law. A New Jersey attorney who is certified by the Supreme Court as a civil
trial attorney must have:

  • Been a member in good standing of the New Jersey bar for more than 5 years;

  • Fulfilled ongoing continuing legal education requirements;

  • Demonstrated a substantial level of experience in civil trial law;

  • Been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with his work; and

  • Taken and passed a written examination in civil trial law.

WHY DOES NEW JERSEY HAVE A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM?

The certification program helps the public find attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in specialized fields of law.
Certification helps lawyers by giving them a way to make their experience known to the public and to other lawyers.
Certification also encourages the maintenance and improvement of attorney competence in specialized fields of law.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF AN ATTORNEY IS BOARD CERTIFIED?

Although many practicing trial attorneys now advertise in newspapers, on television, on the internet, and in the Yellow Pages, only attorneys certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court are entitled to use the designation “Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney” on their letterhead, business cards, or in their advertisements.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT CERTIFICATION?

For more information regarding the certification program, contact the Board on Attorney Certification:

DISCLAIMER

The above-referenced New Jersey Supreme Court board-certification program is not recognized by any governmental authority within the State of New York. Certification is not a requirement for the practice of law in the State of New York and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law in New York.