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Clarence Barry-Austin, PC

Clarence Barry-Austin, Esq.

Clarence Barry-Austin, Esq.
5 Star Reviews

"I would just like to compliment you on your excellent litigation knowledge and plus you have touched me and my family in an unexplainable way. I express myself with words that don’t seem enough to let you know how grateful we are.”

– Shirley K.


“Bob and I wish to thank you for all your efforts on our behalf. Your professionalism, expertise, and calming demeanor provided wise counsel for us during a difficult and emotionally painful circumstance. You were the perfect lawyer for us!”

Catherine M.


“Excellent attorney. Personally handled a compensation case for me several years ago. Very positive outcome. Congratulations Attorney Barry on your outstanding working relationships in assisting others. God Bless You.”

– Chaplain Dawn B.

5 Star Reviews

“Men of your quality are in short supply…”

- Clairmont Chung, Esq.

5 Star Reviews

Professional Accomplishments

  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney
  • "AV® Preeminent™" rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Arbitrator - United States District Court - New Jersey
  • Former Arbitrator - Automobile Negligence Arbitration pursuant to New Jersey Court Rules.
  • Former Arbitrator - American Arbitration Association
  • Certified Mediator
  • 1998 - Civil Trial Attorney Achievement Award presented by the Essex County Bar Association.
  • 2019 Recipient of the "Gerald B. O'Connor, Esq. Award" by the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ)
  • New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification; Civil Certification Committee (Former committee member)

What Makes Clarence Barry-Austin Uniquely Qualified To Represent You?

A trial lawyer since 1977 Clarence Barry-Austin has tried more than 250 jury cases to conclusion. His areas of expertise include personal injury matters of all kinds, i.e., auto accidents, slip/trip and fall cases, medical malpractice, products liability; police brutality and other civil rights violations. He has handled these cases both on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. He has handled cases on behalf of insurance companies (i.e., Allstate, Palisades), and New Jersey public entities (i.e., State of New Jersey, County of Essex, City of Orange, City of East Orange and City of Irvington).

Barry-Austin has been granted designation as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. That designation has been provided to less than 5 percent of the attorneys admitted to practice in New Jersey. He has also been awarded the highest rating (AV Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s premier legal rating publication. In addition, he has taught litigation practice at Seton Hall Law School and Montclair State University. He is also a qualified mediator pursuant to New Jersey court rules.

Clarence Barry-Austin has been named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list every year since its inception. Each year, no more that five (5) percent of the lawyers in New Jersey are selected. The selection for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, Minn. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

Barry-Austin is also active in the New Jersey legal community. He is a member and past president of the Garden State Bar Association, the oldest and largest African-American bar association in New Jersey. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association, the New Jersey Association for Justice.

Born in Georgetown, Guyana, Barry-Austin is active in Guyanese and Caribbean affairs in the New Jersey/New York area. He is a member of the Caribbean Bar Association and is legal counsel to the Caribbean American Business Association, a New Jersey organization of Caribbean professionals and businesspeople. On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the independence of the nation of Guyana, he was presented with a proclamation from the city of New York recognizing his accomplishments as a trial attorney, and his contributions to the Guyanese community.

Education

  • JD 1976 Rutgers University School of Law Newark, New Jersey

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey – 1977
  • New York – 1983

Employment

  • Solo Practice limited to litigated matters on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. (1984 – Present)
  • Township of South Orange Municipal Court Chief Judge (1994 – Present)
  • Seton Hall Law School Adjunct Professor Civil Trial Practice Seminar – Course limited to third year students. 1993 – 2000 (Approximate end date)
  • Montclair State College Adjunct Professor. Taught Civil Litigation in Paralegal Studies program. (1979 -1982)
  • Robert J. Casulli, Esq. Trial lawyer on behalf of Allstate Insurance Company. (1976-1984)

Service To The Bar

  • Brennan-Vanderbilt American Inn Of Court (Master)
  • Supreme Court Task Force On Minority Concerns
  • Essex-Newark Legal Services (former Board member)
  • Essex-Newark Legal Services – Volunteer Lawyer Project
  • Fee Arbitration Committee – Essex County (former member)

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Garden State Bar Association (former President and Board member)
  • National Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

"I would just like to compliment you on your excellent litigation knowledge and plus you have touched me and my family in an unexplainable way. I express myself with words that don’t seem enough to let you know how grateful we are.”

– Shirley K.


“Bob and I wish to thank you for all your efforts on our behalf. Your professionalism, expertise, and calming demeanor provided wise counsel for us during a difficult and emotionally painful circumstance. You were the perfect lawyer for us!”

Catherine M.


“Excellent attorney. Personally handled a compensation case for me several years ago. Very positive outcome. Congratulations Attorney Barry on your outstanding working relationships in assisting others. God Bless You.”

– Chaplain Dawn B.

5 Star Reviews

“Men of your quality are in short supply…”

- Clairmont Chung, Esq.

5 Star Reviews

Professional Accomplishments

  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney
  • "AV® Preeminent™" rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Arbitrator - United States District Court - New Jersey
  • Former Arbitrator - Automobile Negligence Arbitration pursuant to New Jersey Court Rules.
  • Former Arbitrator - American Arbitration Association
  • Certified Mediator
  • 1998 - Civil Trial Attorney Achievement Award presented by the Essex County Bar Association.
  • 2019 Recipient of the "Gerald B. O'Connor, Esq. Award" by the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ)
  • New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification; Civil Certification Committee (Former committee member)