John W. Bartlett, Esq.

John Bartlett, Esq., of Murphy Orlando LLC
  • Trial attorney with experience in a broad range of litigation areas.
  • Recognized as “AV-Preeminent,” Martindale-Hubbell’s highest professional rating, based on peer reviews.
  • Recognized as one of New Jersey Law Journal’s “Forty Under 40” promising young attorneys in 2010.
  • New Jersey counsel for multinational corporations, working with lead counsel from around the world.
  • Public servant now in his 3rd term on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
  • Trustee and past president of the Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2001
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1996
  • Brown University, B.A., 1995


  • New Jersey, 2001
  • District of Columbia, 2004
  • U.S. Third Circuit, 2008

John W. Bartlett is a Partner in Murphy Orlando LLC. His practice includes complex commercial litigation, appellate litigation, election and campaign finance law, and litigation and counseling for non-profit and tax exempt organizations. His work has been recognized, including in 2010, when the New Jersey Law Journal’s selected him among its “Forty Under 40” promising young attorneys, and in 2018, when the New Jersey Globe named him Campaign Lawyer Of The Year for his successes in voting rights litigation.

Mr. Bartlett’s experience as trial attorney touches a broad range of litigation areas, including corporate governance and fiduciary duties, redevelopment law and public bidding practices, tort claims, business divorce, and estate litigation. He advises numerous non-profit boards and executives, including in the fields of higher education, health care, and international charitable giving, on governance and institutional asset management. He has assisted diverse faith communities, including temples, mosques, and religious schools, in governance disputes, internal investigations, and disputes with employees and donors.

Mr. Bartlett is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brown University. Prior to law school, he was a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, wrote for The Associated Press in Israel, and served as communications director for the national anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids in Washington, D.C. His prior legal experience includes litigation roles at Lowenstein Sandler PC and Genova Burns LLC, as well as a year as Legal & Policy Counsel at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Now in his third term, John Bartlett was first elected to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in November 2012. In that capacity, he jointly oversees an annual budget in excess of $450 million, providing a wide range of government services to the county’s 510,000+ residents. He is also a trustee and past president of the Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey, and a Fellow of LeadNJ (formerly Leadership New Jersey), class of 2007. From 2009 through 2012, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Friends of Passaic County Parks, a non-profit foundation that raises funds to benefit the park system of Passaic County, New Jersey.

His pro bono practice includes on-going work to assist individuals whose driver’s licenses have been suspended for economic reasons restore their privileges. Mr. Bartlett shares his experience in this area by training other attorneys to help suspended drivers and as co-author of, “Getting Back on the Road: A Manual for Addressing Driver’s License Suspension in New Jersey” (N.J. Institute for Social Justice, first ed. 2003, second ed. 2008).