Barry H. Evenchick



Barry Evenchick focuses his practice in litigation, particularly in the areas of trial and appellate litigation, criminal law, business law, commercial law, employment law, administrative law, real estate, and zoning and planning. He is also an American Arbitration Association panel member. 

He served as chief of the appellate section of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and subsequently as administrative assistant to the president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utility Commissioners. He also served as deputy attorney general and the first chief of the appellate section of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Barry served for 12 years as the municipal attorney of the Township of Livingston and for six years as a commissioner of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation.

As an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers Law School in Newark, he has taught a number of courses, including municipal law and appellate advocacy. He serves as vice-chair of the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal. In addition, he has served on a variety of state, local, and national advisory boards relating to law and criminal justice, and served in the New Jersey Army National Guard as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. 

From 2009 to 2010, Barry was the New Jersey Commisioner of the Waterfront Commision of New York Harbor. 

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a State of New Jersey employee in a CEPA (Conscientious Employee Protection Act) case in the Superior Court of Essex County. The plaintiff had been terminated, and the jury found in his favor and awarded damages. The judge awarded a substantial counsel fee and ordered the employee to be re-employed by the State.
  • Assisted law partner in the successful representation of the members of the New Jersey judiciary who challenged a threatened reduction in their pension on the ground that the New Jersey Constitution did not permit a diminution of the salary of a judge.
  • Successfully represented adjacent residential property owners who urged the Livingston Zoning Board to deny a use variance to an applicant wanting to construct a medical office building on the ground that the statutory criteria for a use variance had not been met.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • The Study Committee on Public Health Emergency Authorities, Uniform Law Commission (ULC), 2020
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Law Institute, elected member 1998
  • American Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, past member
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activities, 2007-2017
  • Motor Vehicle Study Commission for the State of New Jersey, Chairman,1974-1986
  • Counsel for the National Advisory Committee on Criminal Justice, Standards and Goals
  • Governor’s Advisory Committee for Implementation of the Penal Code
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Task Force on Speedy Trials
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Criminal Appeals
  • New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, member 1987-1993.
  • New Jersey member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws,1981-present; chair of the New Jersey delegation
  • New Jersey Law Journal, vice-chair, editorial board
  • New Jersey Commissioner, Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, 2009-2010
  • American Arbitration Association Panel Member

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeal, Third, Eighth and Federal Circuits
  • United States District Courts, New Jersey, Eastern District and Southern District of New York


  • A.B., Rutgers University, 1960
  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 1963