David V. Calviello
Prior Experience

Over the past twenty-five years, David has thrived in the courtroom, trying nearly 60 criminal jury trials spanning from juvenile offenses to complex homicides. For over ten years, David litigated Special Victims Unit cases, successfully completing over twenty-five SVU trials, mostly centering on child sexual assaults. Most recently, David successfully tried to verdict a complex homicide case involving abusive head trauma of an infant, recently upheld by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

From 2012-2017, the New Jersey Attorney General designated David as the Human Trafficking Liaison to the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. In that capacity, he was the primary assistant prosecutor investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases in Bergen County. David is also a Certified Police Instructor and has trained hundreds of police recruits and in-service personnel.

David began his legal career as a judicial clerk for Judges Ronald Marmo and Joseph Riva of the Superior Court of New Jersey (Criminal Part) in Passaic County.

Prior to attending Seton Hall University School of Law, David held positions in our nation’s capital with the U.S. Department of Justice-Office of Immigration Appeals and on Capitol Hill for a member of the United States Congress. Following his service in Washington, D.C., David worked as a grassroots lobbyist for a prominent public relations firm.

  • Tried nearly 60 criminal jury trials in cases, spanning from juvenile offenses, theft, and fraud matters to violent crimes and homicides.
  • Successfully tried to verdict a Major Crimes Unit homicide case involving a complex medical defense.
  • Tried over 25 high-stakes sex crimes matters arising out of the Special Victims Unit.
  • Successfully represents several professionals and corporate employees subject to grand jury subpoenas on both the state and federal level.
  • Successfully tried and oversaw investigations involving public officials, police officers, public employees, and licensed professionals including, physicians, attorneys, teachers, dentists, nurses, and counselors.
  • Oversaw complex multi-jurisdictional investigations involving organized criminal enterprises, wiretaps, and asset seizure/forfeiture, leading to successful outcomes in both federal and state court.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office awarded David its highest distinction, the Meritorious Service Award, recognizing his service as an accomplished trial advocate, leader, and mentor.

David was a founding member and President of the Bergen County Assistant Prosecutors’ Association (the chief bargaining unit for Bergen County assistant prosecutors) for ten years. He successfully negotiated three contracts on behalf of his fellow assistant prosecutors.

In 2018, David was elected and later re-elected President of the statewide Assistant Prosecutors’ Association of New Jersey (APANJ), serving more than 1,000 New Jersey assistant prosecutors. In this capacity, David served as the driving force for the organization’s successful effort to re-enact legislation restoring the prosecutor’s part pension for all New Jersey assistant prosecutors. Governor Murphy signed this legislation into law in September of 2021.

For over twenty years David has been a leader in the legal profession, serving as an emeritus member of Seton Hall Law School’s Alumni Council and as the former Alumni Council President. In 2023, David was appointed Secretary of the Executive Board of the Criminal Law Section – New Jersey State Bar Association. David’s leadership has led to his being a frequent speaker on various legal topics and a regular panelist at CLEs, Inns of Court, law schools, and bar associations.