Mr. Graves obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. He then attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Michigan. After graduating from law school, Mr. Graves had the privilege of serving a judicial clerkship in Passaic County with the Honorable Joseph A. Falcone, J.S.C., who Chief Justice Stuart Rabner described as a “giant in the legal community.” This allowed Mr. Graves to begin his legal career under the mentorship of one of the most experienced and respected judges in the state.
Following his clerkship, Mr. Graves served as an assistant prosecutor with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for approximately four-and-a-half years. As an assistant prosecutor, Mr. Graves handled numerous criminal matters at the indictable level and was responsible for handling expungement petitions, name change applications, search warrant applications, civil forfeiture hearings for firearms and weapons, as well as firearm appeals in matters where individuals applied for and were denied a firearm identification card, a carry permit, or a permit to purchase a handgun.
While serving as an assistant prosecutor, in addition to appearing in court on an almost daily basis, Law Office of John P. Graves, Mr. Graves honed his writing and legal research skills by doing appellate work representing the State of New Jersey on appeals to the Appellate Division, appeals from Municipal Courts to the Superior Court, and petitions for post-conviction relief. He has also argued cases before the New Jersey Appellate Division in Trenton on various occasions, and he served as an assistant prosecutor assigned to the Juvenile Unit and the Firearms Return Unit.
In 2012, Mr. Graves left the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office to join the prestigious Law Firm of Paris P. Eliades LLC, where he focused his practice on matrimonial and family law, and criminal defense.
In January 2014, Mr. Graves opened his own law firm located in the heart of downtown Morristown. Mr. Graves’ office is located within walking distance of the square in Morristown and is a five-minute walk from the Morris County Courthouse.
Mr. Graves volunteers his time with Project Self-Sufficiency in Sussex County assisting low-income families with various family law issues. He also volunteers with Legal Services of Northwest Jersey providing legal services to victims of domestic violence and individuals who could not otherwise afford legal representation.
In his spare time, Mr. Graves is an avid skier and enjoys hiking and the outdoors.
- New Jersey, 2007
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Sussex County Bar Association
- Morris County Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Court Practice Section
- Young Lawyers Division of the NJSB, Executive Committee Member