Kevin H. Marino, the firm’s founder, received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in English literature and political science from Drew University and his law degree cum laude from Seton Hall Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He is today a member of the Board of Trustees of Drew University and the Board of Visitors of Seton Hall Law School, which in 2010 honored him with its Distinguished Graduate Award.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Marino served as law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, then a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and today a senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Following his clerkship, he spent ten years at a prominent federal litigation boutique, interrupted by a one-year leave of absence to serve as Counsel to the Commissioner and Director of Litigation at the Department of the Public Advocate for the State of New Jersey. Mr. Marino has successfully tried and argued appeals in civil and criminal cases in federal and state court and in various administrative forums throughout the country, and has advised a host of corporations and individuals in a wide variety of matters. He has also taught criminal procedure, professional responsibility and legal writing as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School and has published in the areas of constitutional law and professional ethics.
Mr. Marino is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; a Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey; a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation of New Jersey; a member and former Trustee of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, which in 2015 honored him with its Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple Memorial Award; a Director of the United States District Court Historical Society; and an annual Honorary Chair of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund dinner committee, which in 2014 honored him with its Award of Excellence. He is also a past member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee; served as a member of the New Jersey Steering Committee of the Third Circuit Task Force on Counsel for Indigent Litigants in Civil Cases; and has served as a member of court-appointed Merit Selection Panels for both the appointment and the reappointment of United States Magistrate Judges for the District of New Jersey. He is a past recipient of the Essex County Bar Association’s Criminal Trial Attorney Achievement Award and a lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is the former Head of the Williams College Baseball Hit and Run Club and the Baseball Boosters at Delbarton School, a former member of the Westfield Baseball Board of Directors, and a former coach of numerous Westfield baseball and basketball travel teams.