John G. Esmerado


Mr. Esmerado graduated from Seton Hall University, Magna Cum Laude, 1989; Seton Hall University Law School, Cum Laude, 1992; New York University Law School (NYU Law), Master of Laws (LL.M.), General Studies/International Human Rights of Children, 2007. From 1991 to 1992, he was a law clerk for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office with a primary focus on Appellate Practice.

From 1993 to 2019, Mr. Esmerado was an Assistant Prosecutor for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. He worked in various units including Trial, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes. He also litigated multiple homicides. From 2003 to 2014, he was the supervisor/director of the Union County Child Advocacy Center. Mr. Esmerado worked with over 2,000 families experiencing sexual abuse. Mr. Esmerado served on the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Metro Child Fatality Review Board for many years.

In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Esmerado was a legal consultant for the Greensboro, North Carolina Truth and Reconciliation Commission and UNICEF.

From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Esmerado was the supervisor of the Special Prosecutions Unit. The Unit investigated and prosecuted government misconduct, internal affairs and white-collar crimes. In addition, he was the Custodian of Open Public Records for the Office.

From 1993 to 2018, Mr. Esmerado litigated seventy-four jury trials to a verdict.

From 2018 to 2019, he was Investigations Supervisor and managed twenty-two assistant prosecutors in all five office investigative units.

He is the co-author of N.J.S.A. 9:6-108-11, providing child advocacy center funding in 21 counties. He is the author of N.J.S.A. 9:17A-4, minor consent to sexual assault medical treatment and N.J.S.A. 9:2-4a, placing children’s best interest as primary in all government action.