Carl D. Poplar has more than 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer and is known as one of the leading trial attorneys in the State of New Jersey.
Mr. Poplar is known for his representation of the accused in complex and high profile criminal cases. He is also a skillful civil litigator handling a wide range of complex matters. The cases that he has handled include white-collar crimes, health care fraud, class actions, anti-trust matters, business disputes as well as medical malpractice, product liability and personal injury. In addition, Mr. Poplar actively represents attorneys in ethics proceedings as well as physicians and other healthcare professionals in licensure matters before the professional boards of the State of New Jersey.
Mr. Poplar has appeared before the courts at every level in New Jersey, from the municipal courts to the New Jersey Supreme Court and has appeared before the United States Federal District Courts and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Mr. Poplar has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney for nearly 25 years. This designation is granted to attorneys who have been able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in trial practice. Mr. Poplar has served as the Chairperson of the Trial Attorney Certification Board.
Mr. Poplar has numerous membership and elected positions in various professional organizations. He has been inducted into prestigious trial organizations whose membership is limited to only those trial attorneys who are invited to membership by their peers because of their reputation, experience and skill. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization which is made up of the best respected civil and criminal trial litigators in the country. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers which is an organization that consists of less than 300 of the most experienced and respected criminal defense attorneys in this country. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to a total of 500 attorneys within the United States. He is an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocacy whose membership is limited to only those attorneys who have had a substantial amount of actual in court trial experience.
He is a co-founder of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, and was elected President of this organization in 1991. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, as President of the Federal Bar Association of New Jersey, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New Jersey and as Chairperson for the Criminal Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar. He has been a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee, Civil Practice Committee, Criminal Charge Committee and District Ethics Committee.
Throughout his career Mr. Poplar has received numerous awards of recognition. In 1993 he received the “Trial Bar Award”, from the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey honoring the most distinguished trial attorneys within the State of New Jersey. In 2000 he received the Rutgers School of Law-Camden, New Jersey Armitage Award which is in recognition of outstanding alumni.
Mr. Poplar has been listed in various professional directories, including the book The Best Lawyers in America. He has been listed in every one of the editions since its initial publication in 1983.
Mr. Poplar is regularly a speaker at continuing legal education seminars throughout the state and region on various topics including civil and criminal law, professional ethics, and trial techniques. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the Rutgers School of Law and has been a guest lecturer on numerous occasions at law schools. He has also appeared as a legal commentator on television.
Mr. Poplar graduated from Syracuse University in 1964. He then attended Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, graduating in 1967.
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