A Reputation
Built On Success

A highly respected criminal and civil appellate lawyer.

Delivering Results In Criminal And Civil Appellate Law For Clients Throughout New Jersey And New York

Your Success Is The Cornerstone Of My Success

With nearly 40 years of experience, I have established a record of successfully protecting my client’s rights in both state and federal courts. I have secured positive resolutions in many high profile cases. My career began with a case that would conclude after a two-year federal trial in the acquittal of 20 alleged members of the “Lucchese Family.” This case was so notorious, it inspired the movie “Find Me Guilty” and the books “The Boys From New Jersey” (hardcover) and “Mafia Wiseguys” (paperback).

Other notable cases include the reversed murder conviction of Lawrence Simmons after Mr. Simons unjustly spent 23 years in prison. I have also had victories in the New Jersey Supreme Court, including State of New Jersey vs. Kuropchak and the civil case of Lyons v. Township of Wayne. These, and many other cases I have been involved with, have garnered national attention and have been featured on Court TV. I have successfully represented clients in appeals ranging from convictions of drunk driving and armed robbery to murder and sexual assault. My efforts have overturned life sentences and allowed wrongfully convicted individuals to return to their families after decades of unjust imprisonment.

Practice Areas

Appeals And Post-Conviction Relief

Criminal Post-Conviction Relief

Civil Appeals


Let My Experience Work For You

If you have been convicted of a crime or have lost a civil suit, your case is not over. I can help you determine if you have grounds for an appeal. My cases include civil appeals as well as post-conviction relief for criminal cases on the state and federal levels. Having served as the Passaic City Prosecutor from 1991 to 1994, I understand both sides of the law. I leverage my prosecutorial background to protect your best interests through each step of the legal process.

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United States v. Teresa and Joe Giudice

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Mr Saykanic with Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.

Meet Mr. Saykanic

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John Vincent Saykanic

A Skilled Appellate Attorney Can Make All The Difference

By the time you come to me, you have already faced the immense struggle and stress of fighting a legal battle that left you on the wrong side of the verdict. I understand the strain and emotional exhaustion you have endured. You deserve a legal advocate who will aggressively intercede on your behalf — one with the knowledge and skills to help you overcome this legal hurdle. Clients turn to me because I have a record of success. I will do everything within the letter of the law to protect your rights.