Thomas Roughneen, Esq.
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
Corrie Ten Boom (Dutch Holocaust Survivor Whose Family Sheltered Jewish Families)
Thomas Roughneen served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Union and Essex Counties for nine years. He opened his own law practice in 2013 to serve the unique interests of military members and Veterans and served on active duty and with other law firms through the years. His general practice is in Morris Plans, New Jersey, where his firm conducts a wide range of civil and criminal litigation, especially for Veterans, Reservists and Active Duty of all branches. (Testimony and Gameplan for Citizen Soldier Law)
He enlisted in 1988 and attended Army Basic Training as a Private in the New Jersey Army National Guard. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1990 from Rutgers University Reserve Officer Training Corps. After 30 years of service, he retired as a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). He previously served in Civil Affairs and Field Artillery. He Commanded a National Guard field artillery firing battery in Morristown, NJ. Following other assignments in the field artillery, he led a team of Soldiers conducting civil-military operations in Kirkuk and the Sunni Triangle in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. He later served as defense counsel to Salim Hamdan, a Guantanamo Bay detainee, before mobilizing again as a military prosecutor at Fort Dix, followed by a tour as a Brigade Judge Advocate in Germany. His last active duty mobilization was as an adjudicator at the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) in Arlington, Virginia, where he reviewed Army Soldiers’ claims for disability retirement after doctors completed the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Narrative Summary (NARSUM).
He graduated from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies with a Masters in 2007, received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1995 and earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College in 1991. He earned a Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Germany in 2011 and two Bronze Star Medals during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is married and is blessed with two daughters and a son. His three brothers are all military pilots, retired and active, and served countless tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East.
Formerly, he served as Chairman of the Military Law and Veterans Affairs Section when the New Jersey State Bar Association lobbied for the Criminal Diversion Program legislation.
- NJ State Bar Association
- Distinguished Legislative Service Award in 2018 (for Veterans Criminal Diversion)
- Colonel Sandy Rader Military and Veterans Section Service award in 2019
- 2023 Board of Trustees Service Award
- Sheepdog Academy
- Lecturer on Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) since 2018
- Military Law and Veterans Affairs Section, NJ State Bar Association
- National Organization of Veterans Advocates
- National Guard Association of New Jersey
New Jersey Law Journal Articles
- Honoring Our War Dead This Memorial Day
- Abraham Lincoln, Justice-Involved Veterans and Thanksgiving
- Three Years Later: NJ’s Veteran Criminal Diversion Law and Why Vets Need It
- Giving Vets a Second Chance for Success in NJ
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