Veteran North Bergen-based attorney Louis Zayas dies suddenly at 52 years old


A veteran Hudson County attorney that primarily operated out of his office in North Bergen has died suddenly at the age of 52, friend and family revealed this evening. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you that our dear friend and member of our SHCCNJ #familia, Louis A. Zayas, Esq., has passed away,” the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey posted on Facebook.

“Graduated with a JD Law from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a former New York prosecutor and trial lawyer with over 100 trials in New York, New Jersey and Florida, Louis Zayas, founded ”Zayas Law Firm” in 1996, and dedicated his career to helping individuals in a wide variety of complicated civil and criminal litigation.”

Zayas had been extremely successful in going head-to-head with local municipalities and elected officials, in recent years netting $1.2 million for 15 clients suing West New York Mayor Felix Roque’s administration and scoring a $700,000 settlement for former Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.

“Today we lost a great man! My good friend Louis Zayas was not only one of the area’s top lawyers and a warrior in the courtroom where he fought to help the helpless, protect the victimized, bring justice to the abused,” wrote Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado.

“He was a gentlemen’s gentleman. A true friend. But most of all he was a caring husband, a dedicated son and a truly loving father! He will be deeply missed! My sincerest and heartfelt condolences to his entire family! May he rest in eternal peace at the side of our Good Lord!!”

Zayas, a former New York prosecutor, had been battling cancer for months, and despite undergoing a rigorous chemotherapy treatment schedule, continued to work until his final days.

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  1. I can’t believe someone would hide behind a fake name and post something so stupid about a man who past away . This man has a family and has fought for the ones that couldn’t defend themselves against Government abuse so your crass statement might bite you in the ass one day.
    Rest In Peace Louis 🙏🏻 You will be missed .

  2. NB ONE
    How can someone suggest what someone passed always from? Does the mans family have no right to privacy and dignity?Mr Heinis how could you let that comment on this forum?
    At the very least for the family and children we should not be making comments on ones passing. There are certain deaths you never hear how they died.There are reasons for that , so there are no copy cat deaths. Let this FAMILY MAN, THIS FATHER REST IN PEACE . If anyone has nothing nice to say just be thankful your able to take one more breath and live another day . And NB ONE when someone has an illness or is hit by a motor vehicle and they are recovering from there treatment and “suddenly “ pass away that’s what that means !!!! Also be a HUMAN don’t HIDE BEHIND CHILDISH NAMES .

  3. Zayas was a thoughtful attorney. If he believed in your case he go to any lengths to defend it. There are a lot of good lawyers in Hudson County, Louis was a great one.