No one fights harder for clients or for Long Island than Joe Campolo.
A “Long Island Icon” and member of the prestigious Long Island Business Hall of Fame, Joe advises business owners, executives, and board members on legal and business strategies. Recognized as a leading authority on negotiation, he is particularly adept at negotiating creative resolutions to business divorce matters. Joe is described by the press as “a fearless lawyer willing to tackle big and complex cases.” His deep knowledge of the inner workings of the corporate universe gives him a unique advantage in both complex transactions and litigation, and as a result he is routinely retained in “bet the company” legal matters by companies large and small.
Highlights of Joe’s work include negotiating complex issues to a successful resolution with the SEC, achieving settlements for international corporations and not-for-profits under investigation by state agencies, steering complicated M&A deals to close on both buy-side and sell-side, guiding business owners and executives through business breakups to maximize the value of their investment, and successfully negotiating multimillion dollar projects for real estate developers.
Understanding also that litigation is sometimes a necessary negotiating tool, Joe is also an accomplished litigator whose work has been widely reported in the media. He obtained a verdict against sub-brokers on RICO claims in a major Ponzi scheme litigation, spearheaded several actions finding the MTA payroll tax unconstitutional, defended a medical device company in the prestigious Delaware Chancery Court in a patent infringement lawsuit and, as national trial counsel for a major retailer, successfully tried jury trials in other states. He has also argued critical appeals in the Appellate Division, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Delaware Supreme Court, and has co-authored several petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to starting the firm, Joe served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He has practiced law at some of New York’s largest law firms and served as in-house General Counsel to a national technology company, where he was ultimately promoted to President. In those roles, he was responsible for the company’s international growth and gained invaluable experience negotiating and closing all types of business agreements and transactions, raising private equity, and managing complex litigation.
In addition to running his own business and advising the who’s-who of Long Island about theirs, Joe has kept an unyielding focus on growing the Long Island economy and investing in the community, because he knows that good business is good for everyone. His insight and no-fear attitude have led to some of the most significant economic initiatives on Long Island today. Joe hosts a weekly webinar, “Business Unusual,” focused on the challenges businesses are facing due to the economic fallout of the COVID pandemic and strategies to move forward.
Joe is a member of St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Stony Brook, and is an Executive Producer of Tribute, an award-winning short film. Joe is also a published author on negotiation and business development and pens a popular blog, Off the Record, where he connects with the business community by sharing his refreshingly honest views on current events, important social issues, and deeply personal topics. Learn more at www.joecampolo.com.
Stony Brook University, B.A.
Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, Executive Business Program
Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Negotiation and Leadership Program
Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Essentials for Lawyers and Working Professionals Program
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Trial Advocacy Skills Program
Certified Faculty Member, National Academy of Continuing Legal Education
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Boards, Associations, and Leadership
Chairman, HIA-LI Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge Task Force
Immediate Past Chairman, Board of Directors, HIA-LI
Advisory Board Chairman, Protegrity Advisors
Advisory Board, Energeia Partnership; Member, Class of 2016
Board of Directors; Executive Committee, Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs
Board of Governors, St. George’s Golf and Country Club
Advisory Board, Long Island MacArthur Airport
Advisory Board, Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University
Board of Directors, Tesla Science Center
St. George’s Golf & Country Club, Long Range Planning Committee
Bank of America Student Leaders® Local Market Selection Committee
Brookhaven Business Advisory Council
Faculty, Stony Brook University – M.B.A. Program
Past President, Stony Brook University Alumni Association
Past National Board of Directors, Tourette Association of America
Past Board of Directors, American Red Cross on Long Island
Past Board of Directors, United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island (UCP)
Past President and Board of Directors, Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS)
Past Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County
Past Board of Directors, Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI)
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating ®
Super Lawyers (2020, 2021)
Power 25 Lawyer List, Long Island Business News (2021)
Long Island Business Hall of Fame (2019)
Best Lawyer on Long Island, Bethpage Best of Long Island Awards (2015, 2016, 2017)
New York Icon Award, Long Island Business News (2017)
Kings of Long Island Award, Star Network (2016)
Annual honoree, UCP of Suffolk (2016)
Annual honoree, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County (2015)
Leadership in Law Award, Long Island Business News (2013)
Annual honoree, Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) (2012)
Who’s Who in Corporate Law, Long Island Business News (2011)
Who’s Who in IP and Labor Law, Long Island Business News (2010)
John S. Davis Memorial Award (CAPS) (2010)
Stony Brook University Rising Star Award (2001)