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  • One client describes him as “extremely knowledgeable, organized and incredibly efficient.” adding: “He's very impressive in court and always prepared.” - Chambers USA 2019

    With complimentary client comments consistently repeated year after year, in 2018 sources said he is “an incredible lawyer,” and also note that “he's the go-to in the state for banking-related bankruptcy work.” - Chambers USA 2018

    “He is a very candid, straightforward litigator and is well respected within the legal community.”
    - Chambers USA 2016


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated


  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, cum laude, 1983
  • B.A., Seton Hall University, 1980

    Law Clerk, Hon. Vincent J. Commisa, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, 1983-1984

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Second and Third Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

CRE Finance Council

New Jersey State Bar Association

Joseph Lubertazzi, Jr.

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  • T: 973.639.2082
    F: 973.297.3940
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Joseph Lubertazzi, Jr., is Chairman of McCarter & English’s Executive Committee and a partner in McCarter’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice Group, focusing his practice on creditor rights. He is skilled in handling commercial litigation, representing financial institutions, secured creditors, special servicers, lessors and indenture trustees in real and personal property foreclosures, bankruptcy, health care insolvencies, telecommunications insolvencies and out of court loan work-outs. He has more than 30 years of experience representing every type of real property and business, invaluable experience that allows him to maximize recoveries for his clients.

Joe is experienced in prosecuting and defending lender liability claims. In the Bankruptcy Court, he has provided representation to, among others, trustees, creditors committees, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, indenture trustees and plan proponents in all aspects of negotiation and litigation. Significant matters include defaulted loans involving casinos in New Jersey and Mississippi;three hospital bankruptcies; Trump Entertainment, Atlantic City, New Jersey, bankruptcies; the Dreier LLP bankruptcy and cases related to Madoff and Stanford. He has also represented numerous trustees of IRBs in the New Jersey State rehabilitation of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company and the subsequent pre-packaged bankruptcies of Mutual Benefit’s real estate subsidiaries.

Joe gained his workout/foreclosure experience representing plaintiff mortgagees and defendant mortgagors in workouts and uncontested and contested foreclosures aggregating in excess of one billion dollars, including many that involved rent receiverships. He has had significant involvement in matters from Massachusetts south to Delaware.

Building on his debtor/creditor work, Joe has deep experience in many aspects of commercial litigation, including construction litigation, actions under commercial leases, collection of book accounts and minority shareholder disputes.

Awards & Accolades

  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • Ranked in Band 1 of Chambers USA’s "Leaders in their Field." He is described by market commentators in Chambers USA as simply “a great lawyer” and receives high praise from sources for his “excellent lending practice.”

No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Awards Methodology.