lead trial attorney Ralph G. Cretella, Esq.

Ralph G. Cretella, IV is lead trial attorney with Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. with the firm’s Personal Injury department.

Ralph specializes in all aspects of personal injury law. Ralph is a litigator who is committed to exceeding client expectations and providing the highest level of representation in every matter he handles. Every client that walks through his office door becomes an immediate part of his family here at GGL. He prides himself on his professionalism and strong courtroom presence.

After graduating summa cum laude from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Ralph earned his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List.

Upon graduation from law school, Ralph served as a judicial law clerk in the Family Division of the Superior Court, Middlesex County, New Jersey. At that time, he also served as a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Trained Mediator handling landlord/tenant and small claims actions.

Ralph began practicing plaintiff’s personal injury and civil rights law in Ocean County, New Jersey where he litigated cases in both state and federal court. Ralph has handled employment law actions including advocating for victims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. He has protected the rights of whistleblowers as well as victims of sexual abuse.

Prior to joining GGL, he worked in Monmouth County, New Jersey practicing insurance defense litigation specializing in automobile and general liability accidents. His experience working in insurance defense made him realize the side of the law in which he wanted to be on. With tort reform and insurance companies attempting to change the laws of the civil justice system so that tort litigation and damages are reduced, making it harder for injured people to file a lawsuit or receive as compensation for their injuries in a lawsuit, Ralph has pledged his advocacy solely to victims who have been injured due to the negligence of others.

Ralph dedicates 100% of his practice to representing individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions, commercial truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death actions, premises liability actions, slip and falls, construction accidents, and products liability cases. Ralph prepares each and every case with the expectation of proceeding to a jury trial. As a trial lawyer, Ralph has successfully handled and won multiple jury trials ending with favorable verdicts for his clients and obtained multimillion dollar settlements.


Selected and named as a Top 100 National Trial Lawyer in the State of New Jersey

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only professional organization composed of premier trial lawyers from each state or region meeting precise qualifications as civil plaintiff trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations as well as third-party research, and membership is extended only to a select attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile. This is measured by equitable and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and model rule.

Named to the Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trials Lawyers Association

The Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trials Lawyers Association is an invitation-only professional organization composed of and limited to the Top 25 attorneys from each state or region who serve individuals and families who need attorneys to represent them regarding Motor Vehicle claims.

Member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

This is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law.

Ralph is also an active member and has lectured at the New Jersey Association of Justice Seminar, an organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of the injured.

What Others Say About Ralph

I give Attorney Ralph Cretella 10 stars. Didn’t play around, was very patient and got us the results we wanted in the end for my personal injury. I would recommend 10 out 10
– Jeremy Riddick

I am writing this review to express my most sincere Thanks for the most professional and knowledgeable lawyer I’ve ever met; RALPH CRETELLA. I admire his work ethic, confidence and most of all the excellent representation. Ralph cares about his clients and fight for you, he was communicating every single information, and I appreciated the time and attention he gave me every time when I was at his office, since I speak French and not English well. He took all his time to explain to me little by little, and then he solved my problem efficiently and quickly. I would highly recommend RALPH to anyone who’s looking for a trusted, professional and a competent lawyer. In general, this firm is OUTSTANDING!
– Hanane El Jaouhari

After my mother and I were involved in a serious car accident in New Jersey, we sought the help of Garces Grabler Lebrocq. Led by Attorney Ralph Cretella, the team provided us with exceptional service, consistently demonstrating dedication and support throughout the entire process. Attorney Cretella was particularly impressive with his negotiation skills. He worked tirelessly to secure a settlement that exceeded our expectations, all while keeping us informed and comfortable with the process. We are truly grateful for his hard work and dedication to our case. Overall, we could not be happier with the service that we received from Garces, Grabler Lebrocq. They went above and beyond to ensure that we received the justice and compensation we deserved, and they did so with the utmost professionalism and dedication. We would not hesitate to recommend Attorney Cretella and his team to anyone who is in need of an injury attorney, and we are so grateful for everything that they did for us.
– Luis Herrera

Past Settlement Results

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Amount Recovered

Ralph has recovered in excess of
$XX,000,000 for her clients in workers’
compensation cases.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury


  • J.D. Rutgers University School of Law
  • 2016 Dean’s List
  • President of the Labor and Employment Society
  • Student Bar Association Representative
  • Rutgers University – New Brunswick 2013
  • School of Arts and Science Honors Program
  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • Degrees in History & Political Science as well as Labor Studies and Employment Relations

Professional Associations and Membership

  • New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ)
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Young Lawyer’s Division

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey (2017)
  • New York (2020)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey