When you experience the need for legal advice, everything can seem overwhelming and complicated – at Gavan Criscuoli Lenar – Law Group, LLC. that feeling is understood. With more than twenty years serving the legal needs of people in Sussex and Warren Counties and the surrounding counties I am part of your community and understand the stress and anxiety that is associated with legal issues and dealing with lawyers. You will be part of a small and attentive team when you use our services.

I am currently serving as the Municipal Court Judge for Wantage, Stillwater, Sussex, Branchville and Ogdensburg. I am also the assigned Judge to handle all Sussex County Mental Health inpatient and outpatient commitment hearings.

I have long tried to answer the call to serve. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in my teens and after a few years of service, I earned the opportunity to attend Villanova University on an N.R.O.T.C. scholarship. After earning my degree in Business Administration, I was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy. I served on a surface combat ship in the Atlantic Ocean until my separation. Upon leaving Naval service I attended law school graduating with honors. After a year clerking in the Superior Court in Hudson County, I moved to Sussex County in private practice and have been here ever since.

While living and raising a family here, I continued to serve in various volunteer positions in youth sports, charitable organizations, business development activities and higher education. I also have volunteered my time to serve on District X Ethics Committee as well as the District Fee Arbitration Committee.

I look forward to helping you with your legal needs.


1993, New Jersey

1993, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended

New York Law School, Class of 1993

University Attended

Villanova University, Class of 1986

Associations & Memberships

Sussex County and New Jersey State Bar Associations


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    1001 County Rd. 517
    Suite 1
    Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840



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    35 Sparta Ave.
    Sparta, New Jersey 07871