José Luis Ongay, Attorney at Law

                   527 Cooper Street, Camden, N.J. 08102

                                 Tel. 484 681-1117  Fax 888 519-3449

                Civil Rights

. . . the cause of persons accused of crime however much protection it may receive in legal theory, is inherently one that is unattractive to the popular mind, and the rights they receive are in constant danger of erosion . . . I think there are few who would deny that an impeccably fair process of criminal Justice is one of the values that lies closest to the core of any free society, simply because the power asserted by government against a convicted criminal is so great as to dwarf any others it exercises. . .

Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Justice, Speeches and Writings (J. Clay Smith, Jr. ed) 168 (2003) citing Note, The Supreme Court 1962 Term, 77 Harv. L. Rev. 62, 140 (1963)

The Law Office of José Luis Ongay concentrates in the areas of Criminal Defense, Federal Sector Employment Law, Consumer Bankruptcy Law, and Immigration Law in the States of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Ongay is admitted to these jurisdictions. 

José Luis Ongay graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1986.  After graduation, he worked at the Office of Counsel of the Minority Business Development Agency in the United States Department of Commerce in Washington D.C.  Thereafter, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.  After 1991, he went into private practice in Philadelphia, Pa., where he concentrates in: State and Federal Criminal Defense, in both trial and appellate levels; in Federal Sector Employment Law, at Administrative, Trial, and Appellate levels; in Consumer Bankruptcy; and in Immigration Law.  Mr. Ongay also counsels small business on business formation and transfer issues.  Mr. Ongay has also served as local counsel in criminal and civil matters in State and Federal Courts.


José Luis Ongay is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the District of N.J., and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of N.Y.

Professional Associations

Philadelphia Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

Community Activities

President, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Legal Education Fund, 1993-1994

Board Member, Philadelphia, Parking Authority, 1996-1998

Board Member, Volunteer Indigent Program, 1993-1997

Board Member, Aspira of Pennsylvania, Inc. 1993-1999

Master, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, 1999-2000

Board Member, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, 1989-1992