Joseph Cicala has been an attorney in the State and Federal Courts of the State of New Jersey since 1995. In May of 2007, after many years of practicing law in West New York (Hudson County), New Jersey, he formed his own law practice in Nutley (Essex County), New Jersey. Joseph takes great pride in representing his clients across a diverse practice area, from the courtroom to the real estate closing table.
Prior to forming his practice, Joseph served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John. J Grossi, Jr. in the Superior Court of New Jersey (Hudson County) from 1994-95. Immediately following the clerkship, he joined Solomon Lefkowitz, P.A., where he was an associate until 2002. At that time, Joseph became a partner in the Firm, and the Firm name was changed to Lefkowitz, Murphy, Peluso & Cicala, LLC and, later, to Murphy, Peluso & Cicala, LLC.
Among his accolades, Joseph was named a member of the Hudson County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel Program in 2002, and continues as a panelist in that program today. In 2006, Joseph was appointed to the District VI Ethics Committee, on which he will continue to serve through 2010. Most recently, Joseph was named both Commissioner and Presiding Commissioner on various condemnation matters throughout Essex County.
Joseph is a member of various professional organizations including the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association and the Hudson County Bar Association.
Joseph graduated cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1994, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. Joseph was awarded "Best Brief" in the School's 1993 Moot Court competition. He also was awarded "Best Advocate" in the 1994 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Mock Trial Competition in Chicago, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in History from Rutgers University in 1989, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
His previous experience includes time at Hannoch Weisman, where he worked as a Paralegal. He was also involved in various statewide political campaigns dating back to the mid-1980's.