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  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, cum laude, 1995
  • B.A., Fordham University, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

Connecticut Superior Court, Arbitrator/Fact Finder/ Attorney Trial Referee

Connecticut Superior Court, Magistrate

Connecticut Superior Court, Special Master

Connecticut Bar Association

Fairfield County Bar Association, Board Member

Fairfield County Bar Foundation, Board Member

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Joseph J. Cherico

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  • T: 203.399.5940
    F: 203.399.5840
Mr. Cherico is a litigation Partner and the Office Managing Partner in the Firm's Stamford office. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation, including matters related to mortgage underwriting and lending, insurance coverage and other contractual disputes, and financial services and other business-related litigation. He regularly appears in state and federal courts of Connecticut and New York, and has significant courtroom and arbitration experience. Prior to joining McCarter, Mr. Cherico practiced in the litigation departments of Shearman & Sterling in New York and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Stamford.

Representative Matters

Representation of lenders, special servicers/trustees for securitized mortgage pools, and investors in commercial and complex residential foreclosure actions, including judicial foreclosures and foreclosure sales, and all related proceedings, such as:
    • Applications for prejudgment remedies;
    • Motions to appoint receivers;
    • Defending against counterclaims for alleged breaches of contract, bad faith, tortious interference, violations of unfair trade practices acts and similar defenses; 
    • A hearing on the validity and legal effect of an unrecorded partial release raised for the first time after bids were received at a foreclosure sale;
    • Objecting to discovery regarding the scope and validity of an endorsement on a note sought from out-of-state employees of our bank client;
    • The appeal of an order denying our bank client access to mortgaged property for purposes of conducting environmental inspections; 
    • Seeking to void a tax lien sale and reinstate our bank client’s collateral on the ground that the bank was deprived of its constitutional due process rights where notice of the tax lien sale was deficient;
    • Advising clients on landlord/tenant, insurance and other property management issues after taking title to foreclosed property; and
    • Domesticating and enforcing money judgments. 
Defended mortgage insurance company in arbitration proceeding commenced by insured lending institution seeking coverage on portfolio of defaulted loans, including loans obtained with falsified appraisals.
Defended mortgage insurance company in litigation and arbitration involving various subprime and Alt-A lenders following rescission of insurance coverage on loan portfolios with excessive early term delinquencies.
Representation of corporate policyholders seeking insurance coverage for damage to commercial property, business interruption losses, and indemnification and defense costs incurred in asbestos and D&O litigation.
Representation of corporate policyholders in litigation and arbitration seeking the return of collateral securing self-funded retentions.