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Richard Pompelio began practicing law in New Jersey in 1972. For over half of his career, his work has been devoted to assisting crime victims in the criminal justice system. On February 12, 1989 Richard’s 17 year old son, Tony was murdered. As he and his family suffered one indignity after another at the hands of the County Prosecutor’s office, he was confronted with the reality that the criminal justice system did little more than re-victimize innocent crime victims.

In 1992, Richard established the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center, which is dedicated to the pro bono representation of crime victims in the criminal justice system. The Victims’ Law Center is presently in its fifteenth year of serving crime victims throughout the State of New Jersey. The Victims’ Law Center was the first of its kind in the United States, and there are now eight other pro bono law clinics throughout the nation that provide similar services.

Richard has also served as Chairman of the New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Board, and he has been involved in the drafting of much victims’ rights legislation in New Jersey, including the Victim’s Rights Constitutional Amendment in 1991. He has represented many crime victims before the courts throughout the State of New Jersey, and has served as special counsel to many organizations in the area of victims’ rights including the Office of the Attorney General.
Richard is married to Ann Pompelio, also a lawyer, and he is the father of five children, Tony, Nicholas, Stevyn, Katherine and Connor.

The New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center is dedicated to the life and memory of Tony Pompelio.


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