This approach to legal work has enabled attorney Joseph C. Vozza to create and sustain long-lasting relationships with his clients and build his practice on their referrals.
“I’ve seen a lot of attorneys try to impress their clients by speaking in complicated legal terms or unnecessarily making an issue out of something,” Joe says. “That’s not my style. Whatever type of matter it is, I want my clients to understand the process.”
In the real estate arena, Joe accomplishes this goal by preparing and reviewing all the details of the transaction before the closing to ensure a smooth and successful experience for the client. This process sets Joe apart from those attorneys who sometimes wait until they’re at the closing table to get up to speed on the file.
While Joe focuses on simplifying things for his clients, the matters he delves into are often complex. His commercial and residential real estate practice spans lending, acquisitions, sales, and leasing for private clients, national institutional clients, and investors. Joe also has substantial experience working with lenders in connection with loan workouts and also assists clients in entity selection for real estate investments. In addition to his real estate work, Joe is an experienced litigator with a particular focus on commercial litigation. He handles a variety of business disputes including shareholder/member breakups, breaches of contract, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and employment matters. As comfortable in the courtroom as at the closing table, Joe also defends clients in criminal matters in state court.
Joe had his sights on law school since a criminal justice class and a mock trial his junior year in high school introduced him to the legal system. But rather than heading straight to full-time law school after graduating from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Joe worked in the IT industry as a business analyst and project administrator during the day and attended classes at Brooklyn Law School at night. His experience in the business world, working directly with clients in a deadline-driven environment, helped shape the type of attorney he would become.
After law school, Joe worked at a small firm concentrating in residential real estate at a time when the market was booming. He gained significant experience in a short time based on the volume of refinances and purchases. He then expanded his capabilities by moving to a commercial real estate and litigation firm. Joe eventually opened his own Melville-based practice, where he spent a decade as a solo practitioner focusing on real estate acquisitions, financing, and commercial litigation. During this time he also served as a Special Prosecutor for the Incorporated Village of Hempstead and a hearing officer for the MTA’s Transit Adjudication Bureau, conducting hearings and related proceedings in civil matters.
Joe joined Campolo Middleton in the summer of 2016. Although operating his solo practice was extremely rewarding, Joe is enjoying having the resources of a multi-practice firm behind him. “Being able to walk down the hall and bounce ideas off people is a major asset,” Joe says.
A lifelong Long Islander, Joe resides with his family in East Northport, where he bumps into clients around town. Joe adds, “Whether it’s a real estate transaction, civil litigation, or a criminal matter, clients want to know that you have their back and won’t be adding to the stress they already feel. If I can help a client through their matter with as little drama as possible – that’s the goal.”