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Elie Honig

Elie Honig

Special Counsel

Lowenstein Sandler LLP
New Jersey, U.S.A.

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A former New Jersey and federal prosecutor with extensive experience leading and managing criminal trials and appeals, Elie provides strategic advice to individuals and businesses in government-facing investigations as well as counsel on internal investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Elie served as Director of the Department of Law and Public Safety, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, where he directed major criminal cases against street gangs, drug trafficking organizations, illegal firearms traffickers, corrupt public officials, child predators, and white collar offenders. Under Elie’s leadership, statewide law enforcement introduced several important new initiatives aimed at emerging criminal threats, including post-Sandy fraud, cybercrime, human trafficking, and prescription opioid abuse.

Before joining the Division of Criminal Justice, Elie worked for eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he successfully prosecuted more than 100 members and associates of La Cosa Nostra, including bosses and other high-ranking members of the Gambino and Genovese organized crime families. Elie has tried 15 cases to jury verdict and has argued over 20 cases in the federal appellate courts and the New Jersey Supreme Court.

At Lowenstein Sandler, Elie works with partners in the White Collar Criminal Defense practice as a key advisor on investigations and trial strategy. He brings experience trying criminal cases in a wide range of industries, from the financial sector to life sciences and entertainment. With firsthand knowledge of how prosecutors think, Elie applies that perspective to help clients targeted by government agencies limit their risk, protect their reputations, and achieve positive outcomes.

In addition to his role as special counsel at Lowenstein Sandler, Elie serves as Executive Director of the Rutgers Institute for Secure Communities at Rutgers University. Launched in 2018, the institute develops data-driven analytics for law enforcement; works with at-risk populations in Europe and the U.S. to pilot community policing; and educates undergraduate students in a new course of study that combines intelligence, cybersecurity, ethics, and criminal justice.

Elie is a CNN Legal Analyst and leverages his prosecutorial and trial experience to offer informed commentary on timely legal and government issues.

Bar Admissions

    New Jersey

Education

Harvard Law School (J.D. 2000), cum laude
Rutgers University (B.A. 1997), with highest honors
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Speaking Engagements

Elie Honig joins a panel discussing legal issues surrounding the President and his administration. Discussion topics include the Mueller investigation, the Stormy Daniels case, the firing of James Comey and others in the Administration, and Michael Cohen's legal issues.

Moderator: Michael Smerconish, SiriusXM and CNN host; Of Counsel, Kline & Specter, PC

Panelists:

  • Elie Honig, Special Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Daniel L. Cevallos, Co-founder, Cevallos & Wong LLP
  • Charles W. Dent, Senior Policy Advisor, DLA Piper LLP US
  • Professor Theodore W. Ruger, Dean, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Elie Honig speaks at the National Forensic Science Symposium regarding police forensics lab issues, with particular emphasis on how to address large-scale breakdowns.

The symposium is an intensive 3.5-day forensics "boot camp" for prosecutors. The training will:

  • Explain the science behind forensic science disciplines including DNA, latent prints, and firearms/toolmarks;
  • Explore emerging forensic tools, including the use of statistics in assessing the weight of the evidence;
  • Discuss potential models for interagency communication among prosecutors, law enforcement, and crime laboratories;
  • Address proposed legislation, rules, and USDOJ standards that may impact forensic science disciplines; and
  • Provide guidance about ethical issues that may arise in cases including forensic science—from considering your Brady and Giglio obligations during discovery to avoiding errors in your closing arguments at trial.

The D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences will also provide hands-on demonstrations of certain forensic science disciplines and laboratory management practices.

Elie Honig joins Jim Johnson, former Treasury Undersecretary under President Clinton and 2016 candidate for N.J. Governor, to discuss community policing at this month's Trenton Civic Trust program. The event takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Thomas Edison University.

In recognition of his collaborative work with the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA), Elie Honig is honored at the September Celebrations of Champions for being an instrumental player in NJCASA's success over the last five years.

The event takes place 6-9:00 p.m. at The Hamilton Manor.

Elie Honig joins ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams and a panel of legal professionals as he moderates a discussion on the constitutional issues surrounding the presidency and the courts, the Mueller investigation, the extent and limits of presidential powers and up-to-the-minute breaking legal news. This program will provide 3.3 CLE credits for NJ participants and 3.0 professional practice credits for NY participants.

Moderator/Speaker: Elie Honig, Special Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Panelists:

  • Dan Abrams, Chief Legal Affairs Anchor, ABC News
  • Kimberly A. Yonta, NJSBA First Vice President, Yonta Law LLC
  • Jim Johnson, Senior Fellow Brennan, Center for Justice
  • Alexander Shalom, Senior Supervising Attorney, ACLU-NJ

Location: Pines Manor, 2085 NJ-27, Edison, NJ 08817



Professional Activities and Experience

Accolades
  • NJCASA's September Celebrations of Champions Honoree (Honig)

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Many Americans spend too much time in jail simply because they aren't wealthy enough to afford bail while, at the same time, wealthy violent offenders are able to buy their way out. Not only is this an unfair and broken system, it destroys lives and costs taxpayers ridiculous billions. It's a lose-lose-lose situation made worse by an obvious fix too few other states want to pursue: Bail reform.

Four years ago, New Jersey became the first state to change what had been a patently unfair system. Since then, our new bail system has withstood various legal challenges. Most recently, earlier this week, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that key provisions of the new law are constitutional. The state's new approach works; other states must now follow New Jersey's example.

In 2014, New Jersey's political leaders reached across party and ideological lines to develop and pass bail reform legislation. Under the leadership of Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic-appointed Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, a committee comprised of judges, prosecutors, public and private defense attorneys and advocacy groups created a policy blueprint for bail reform. The Democratic-controlled state Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly passed bail reform legislation, and Christie signed the bill into law. Shortly after, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution enabling bail reform.

Taken together, the legislation and constitutional amendment all but abolished cash bail. Instead, the legislation adopted an objective, data-driven algorithm to assess the risk of flight and the danger posed by each individual arrestee. Using that algorithm combined with traditional courtroom advocacy by prosecutors and defense lawyers, New Jersey judges now assess risk—not wealth—to determine whether an arrestee should be held without bail or released regardless of ability to post cash bail.

New Jersey's new system went into effect last year. We now have enough data to declare unequivocally that bail reform in New Jersey is a sweeping success. In 2017—the first year when judges could consider danger in denying cash bail to arrestees—New Jersey's violent crime index fell by 5.7 percent, including a 14.3 percent drop in murders and significant decreases in robbery, assault and burglary rates. At the same time—with indigent, low-risk arrestees eligible for release without having to post cash bail—New Jersey's pretrial county jail population fell by a staggering 20.3 percent. Given the conservative estimate that incarceration of pre-trial inmates costs $100 per person, per day, that reduction equates to over $53 million per year in taxpayer savings. And, statistics show, those low-risk defendants who spend less time in jail are less likely to commit future crimes. In other words, lose-lose-lose became win-win-win.

Now, the only question is what is the rest of the country waiting for? 

New York should be next. In his 2018 State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that "(t)he blunt ugly reality is that too often, if you can make bail you are set free and if you are too poor to make bail you are punished. We must reform our bail system so a person is only held if a judge finds either a significant flight risk or a real threat to public safety."

New York is not alone. At least 20 states have formed task forces to study bail reform, and many others are considering the issue. To all of those states, we say this: If you want to see what meaningful and successful bail reform looks like, not only in theory but also in practice, then look to New Jersey.

In 1964, Attorney General Robert Kennedy testified that the "problem, simply stated, is: the rich man and the poor man do not receive equal justice in our courts. And in no area is this more evident than in the matter of bail. ... (B)ail has become a vehicle for systematic injustice."

We collectively have known this truth for over 50 years. Now, finally, New Jersey has shown that bail reform truly can work. The road map is available for everyone else to follow. We call on all other states to join us in creating the more fair and just bail system that Kennedy envisioned so many decades ago.

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Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Leveraging his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience, Elie Honig authors insights for the Daily Beast:

Too many people across the United States spend too long in jail before they’ve ever been convicted of a crime, simply because they are too poor to post cash bail. At the same time, some dangerous offenders are able to buy their way out of jail by posting cash bail, regardless of the risk they pose to the community.

For far too long, the criminal justice system in New Jersey — and many other states — suffered from these dual fundamental failures. Recently, however, New Jersey instituted sweeping reforms to its bail system. The lesson we offer from the front lines of the New Jersey bail reform effort is this: It is not easy, but it works.

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

Elie Honig applies his SDNY trial and prosecutorial experience to author timely analyses for CNN:

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