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Benjamin J. Forrest

Benjamin Forrest joined Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski in August 2020 and focuses primarily on Criminal Defense, Complex Civil Litigation, and Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Defense.

Prior to joining Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, Mr. Forrest worked for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.  In his first year with the office, Mr. Forrest worked in the Juvenile Trial Division where he handled over 200 cases from initial detention hearing to sentencing.  He aided all 22 municipalities in Essex County with the charging of juvenile offenders.  In his second year with the office, Mr. Forrest was promoted to the Adult Trial Division where he worked on over 190 cases.  Mr. Forrest handled these cases from arraignment to sentencing.

As an Assistant Prosecutor, he has worked on numerous investigations and various cases that span the entire New Jersey Criminal Code from Petty Disorderly Persons Simple Assault to First Degree Attempted Murder.  He has experience with search warrants, communication data warrants, Juvenile Jurisdictional Waiver Proceedings, suppression motions, violations of probation, bench trials, and jury trials.

Prior to working for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, he was the law clerk to the Essex County Criminal Division Presiding Judge: the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, P.J. Cr.

Mr. Forrest graduated from Seton Hall Law.  While in law school, he was a student-attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic where he represented juvenile offenders at their detention hearings.  Mr. Forrest was also the Legislative Editor of the Seton Hall Law Legislative Journal.

Prior to law school, Mr. Forrest worked for the New Jersey Assembly Minority Office as a Research Assistant for the Regulatory Oversight, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Human Services Committees.

Mr. Forrest is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he was a member and President of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and was an active participant in the Penn State Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, which has raised over $168 million since 1977 for the Four Diamonds Fund to combat pediatric cancer.

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