Attorney Profile

COLLEEN M. DOLCY, ESQ.

Colleen M. Dolcy, Esq. grew up in Ocean County and graduated in 1994 from Toms River High School North. She went on to attend Loyola University in Maryland and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. During her Junior year of college, Ms. Dolcy studied at the University of Newcastle in New Castle upon Tyne, England.

After her first year of law school, Ms. Dolcy attended a Summer abroad program studying the International Courts in Europe, during which she was instructed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Separation of Powers. During her third year of law school, Ms. Dolcy completed a law clinic with the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District New York, Brooklyn, in which she prosecuted federal criminal misdemeanors. At this time, Ms. Dolcy was also a law clerk at the Law Office of Jan V. Farensbach, New York, New York. In May of 2002, Ms. Dolcy graduated from Brooklyn Law School with her Doctorate of Jurisprudence.

In 2003, Ms. Dolcy was licensed and admitted to the New Jersey and New York State Bars. Ms. Dolcy is a member in Good Standing of both Bars.

PROFESSIONAL LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Citta, Holzapfel & Zabarsky, Toms River, New Jersey
Associate - 2008 to 2012
Prosecuted disorderly person offenses and traffic violations in multiple municipalities throughout Ocean and Monmouth Counties. Advised municipal zoning boards on variance applications. Filed suit and collected on judgments in Collections matters. Represented Ocean County Board of Social Services in Competency proceedings.

The Fuggi Law Firm, Toms River, New Jersey
Associate - 2006 to 2008
Retained clients, investigated and assessed viability of cases, prepared and argued motion briefs, drafted complaints, answered and prepared discovery requests, negotiated settlements, and arbitrated cases involving workers' compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice, and general litigation law. Defended clients in Criminal and Municipal courts from arrest through sentencing.

Essex County Prosecutor's Office, Newark, New Jersey
Assistant Prosecutor - 2003 to 2006
Prosecuted adult and juvenile felony and disorderly person criminal offenses. Also, prosecuted in drug court and plea disposition court.

VOLUNTEERING

Lakewood Economic Action Program, Inc. (L.E.A.P.)/Headstart, Inc. - Board of Trustees

Ocean Community Economic Action Now, Inc. (O.C.E.A.N.)/Headstart,Inc. - Board of Trustees

Island Heights United Methodist Church - Youth Fellowship Leader 2006 - 2011

ADDITIONAL LEGAL TRAINING

New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Convention - 2010, 2011, & 2012

New Jersey Prosecutor's Convention - 2004 & 2005

National District Attorney's Association Trial Advocacy I Seminar
Columbia, South Carolina - 2005

Fundamentals in Investigative Techniques for Assistant Prosecutors
Newark/Trenton, New Jersey - 2003 & 2004

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Lakewood Economic Action Program, Inc. Employee Training - 2009
Led training seminar on confidentiality and the release of private information in medical, legal, and educational settings.

East Dover Elementary School Career Day
Toms River, New Jersey - 2005
Spoke about the educational requirements, ethical obligations, and daily aspects of being an Assistant Prosecutor. Discussed the New Jersey Criminal Courts and the juvenile justice system.