Linda D. Biancardi
Linda completed twenty-five years of service for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender on September 1, 2013, becoming of counsel to Baron Samson shortly thereafter.
Linda commenced her legal career as law clerk to Bergen County Superior Court Presiding Judge Charles R. DiGisi, J.S.C. in 1988. Upon the completion of her clerkship, she became Assistant Deputy Public Defender in the Bergen County Office of the Public Defender. In such capacity she represented over one thousand criminal defendants including those she defended in more than 40 jury trials. In 1999, Linda was promoted to the position of Deputy Public Defender in the Sussex County Office of the Public Defender, where she was the supervisor of the criminal and Law Guardian trial offices and over 50 pool attorneys.
In 2001, Linda was promoted to the position of Assistant Public Defender, a position which she held until her departure from public service in 2013. In that capacity, Linda managed the appellate office which handled appeals filed by all of the criminal trial regions in the Office of the Public Defender, as well as the appeals filed by the Office of Parental Representation in abuse and neglect cases throughout the State. She also supervised the agency’s post-conviction relief unit. As Assistant Public Defender, Linda reported directly to three Public Defenders appointed by the Governor. She advised each of the Public Defenders on matters of policy and procedures regarding the efficient management of the agency, which included overseeing, updating and enforcing various state regulations, formulating, reviewing and implementing numerous plans to ensure the efficiency of the daily functions of the office and superior representation of the clients. She also supervised the agency’s Department of Personnel and Mental Health, more than ten of its regional offices, and the Office of the Law Guardian.
In 2010, the Public Defender appointed Linda to the position of ADA Coordinator. In that capacity, Linda was responsible for the agency’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also served as Workplace Violence Coordinator. In 2011, she was appointed as Civil Litigation Liaison, which involved supervision of all civil litigation against the Office of the Public Defender, including allegations of legal malpractice, Conscientious Employee Protection Act violations and employment discrimination.
Linda graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor of arts in philosophy and psychology from Manhattan College in 1985. She graduated from Seton Hall University Law School in 1988.