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  • Sources say:

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

    "Excellent lending practice." - Chambers USA 2015

    "A well-respected and astute bankruptcy and litigation lawyer" who is "praised for his experience in working with major financial institutions."  - Chambers USA 2014

  • 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 is 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.

Mr. Lubertazzi 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. 

Mr. Lubertazzi 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, Mr. Lubertazzi has deep experience in many aspects of commercial litigation, including construction litigation, actions under commercial leases, collection of book accounts and minority shareholder disputes.

Mr. Lubertazzi is listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers and is 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." He receives high praise from sources for his "excellent lending practice." Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Martindale-Hubbellis published by Internet Brands, Inc. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.