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E. Michael Garrett, Jr.

E. Michael Garrett, Jr.

Maywood, New Jersey

Mr. Garrett graduated with High Honors from Trenton State College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Law and Justice.  He then graduated With Honors in 1996 from the University Of Maryland School Of Law where he was a member of the Moot Court Board.  From 1996 through 1997, Mr. Garrett was the law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Hamer, Judge of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey in Bergen County. 

Mr. Garrett has extensive litigation experience in general, premises, product and auto liability defense, as well as major asbestos litigation.  He also has considerable experience handling first-party property cases including conducting Examinations Under Oath, fraud investigation, appraisals and fact investigations.  His practice also includes property and casualty insurance coverage work involving policy interpretation and coverage opinions. In April of 2015, Mr. Garrett was sworn in as the Municipal Prosecutor for the Township of River Vale, New Jersey after having served nearly 7 ½ years as the Public Defender.

He is admitted to both the state and federal bars of New Jersey and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Defense Association and the Bergen County Bar Association. In 2019, Mr. Garrett was appointed as the Alternate Borough Prosecutor for the Borough of Westwood.

Areas of Practice

  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Auto Liability
  • Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. with Honors - 1996
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Board
  • College of New Jersey
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Law and Justice

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Bergen County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Robert E. Hamer, Judge of the Superior Court, Bergen County, New Jersey, Law Clerk, 1996 - 1997
  • River Vale, New Jersey, Municipal Prosecutor, 2015
  • River Vale, New Jersey, Public Defender

With offices in New York and New Jersey, Barrett Lazar, LLC serves clients throughout New Jersey including the cities of Maywood, Hackensack, New Brunswick, Newark, Elizabeth, Trenton, Forest Hills, Camden and the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Middlesex, Passaic, Morris, Essex, Union, Hudson, Somerset, Hunterdon, Ocean, Monmouth, and Atlantic. We also serve the following New York cities, boroughs and counties: New York City, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Rockland, Ulster, Rochester, Westchester County and Rockland County.