Derek Nececkas joined the Union County Prosecutor’s Office (UCPO) in 2011 and has been assigned to numerous departments during his tenure, including the Special Prosecutions Unit, the Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Trial Team, Plea Disposition Conference, Juvenile Unit, and Appellate Unit. Most recently, he held the role of cybercrimes prosecutor, within the Special Prosecutions Unit, investigating and prosecuting crime committed through the use of modern computing and communications systems.
As a member of the Office, Nececkas has prosecuted hundreds of cases, including violent crime, narcotics offenses, complex financial crime, and misconduct by public officials. He has tried twelve matters to jury verdict and litigated fifteen cases before the Appellate Division.
Before joining UCPO, Nececkas practiced as an intellectual property attorney at both Kenyon & Kenyon LLP and K&L Gates LLP and in his own practice. As an intellectual property attorney, Nececkas represented clients in the preparation of new patent applications, in the prosecution of pending patent applications, in the drafting of agreements on intellectual property rights, and in rendering opinions on patent infringement and validity issues.
Nececkas received his law degree from Seton Hall University, and clerked for the Honorable Justice Virginia A. Long of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Nececkas holds computer science and philosophy degrees from the University Pennsylvania and, prior to entering the practice of law, he was employed as a data network engineer. In that role, he designed and managed secure, large-scale computer networks for several global companies.
Now in his role as Deputy First Assistant, Nececkas oversees the Office’s new Major Crimes Division, home to the Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Unit, the Opioid Taskforce, and the Cybercrimes Taskforce. He is also tasked with modernizing and ensuring the security of the Office.