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Joseph F. Lagrotteria

Of Counsel
Fax +1.973.848.4001
Joseph Lagrotteria is an of counsel at the firm’s Newark office. He is a member of the environment, land, and natural resources practice group.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lagrotteria practiced at an entrepreneurial law firm where he chaired the Environmental Practice Group. He focused his practice on environmental, litigation and regulatory matters, as well as products liability by litigation.

Mr. Lagrotteria has represented both publicly and privately held corporations and financial institutions in numerous environmental and regulatory matters throughout the United States. He has extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts in New Jersey and many other states. He has argued appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits as well as the New Jersey Supreme Court. Mr. Lagrotteria has also acted frequently as an arbitrator and mediator appointed by New Jersey state and federal courts. He is also experienced in defending class actions in both the environmental and mass tort areas.

In the environmental area, since 1985, Mr. Lagrotteria has represented a large international chemical company in litigation and regulatory matters related to certain of its legacy sites. In addition, he represents a large manufacturing company in its environmental matters throughout the United States. Mr. Lagrotteria also defends and tries cases on behalf of clients in toxic tort cases, including asbestos matters.


  • AV-Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Name a New Jersey “Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers and New Jersey Monthly, 2005-2006, 2011-2014, and 2017-2018
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental, 2012-2016, 2018-2019

Professional/Civic Activities

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • American Bar Association

Additional Information

After graduating law school, Mr. Lagrotteria served as a law clerk for then Chief Judge Clarkson S, Fisher of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.