Experience

Joseph A. Garcia practices in all areas of civil litigation, with a special focus on governmental, labor and employment, land use and election law.  He represents individuals, municipalities, counties, authorities, and boards in a variety of litigation and compliance matters, and joined Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC in 2009.  Joseph was named a “New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star” by Law & Politics, published by New Jersey Monthly Magazine in 2015 and 2017.

Joseph's experience in representing the firm's government entity clients includes redevelopment issues, personnel issues, government contracting, third-party liability claims under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, regulatory enforcement litigation, and administrative law matters.  He has also represented many of the firm's clients in labor and employment matters involving topics such as collective bargaining, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, political discrimination, disability claims, whistle blowing, family-leave issues and non-competition/restrictive covenants.

Joseph currently serves as General Counsel to the Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority, the Jersey City Housing Authority and the Hoboken South Waterfront Operating and Maintenance Corporation.  He serves as Assistant General Counsel to the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Department.  He is also Special Counsel to numerous public entities, and Special Election Counsel to several municipalities and Clerks' offices.  Joseph has significant experience representing both public and private clients on zoning matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Joseph worked as an associate for an AmLaw top 50 firm based in Manhattan.  His practice there focused on general commercial litigation with a special emphasis on labor and employment law, real estate and land issues, and government and regulatory matters.  While working in Manhattan, Joseph drafted and negotiated collective bargaining agreements; represented a professional sports league in collective bargaining negotiations and various professional sports leagues and teams in arbitration disputes; and guided clients through government investigations and regulatory reviews conducted by the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commission on Foreign Investment in the United States, and the attorney general offices in several states.

Joseph earned his juris doctorate degree in 2003 from the Columbia University School of Law, where his academic achievement earned him distinction as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  In addition to his active practice, Joseph served as a Councilman, and as a member of the Planning Board, in the Borough of Paramus for several years.