By JW Law
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C., one of New Jersey’s leading law firms, is pleased to announce that Joseph S. Conte, former Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the firm’s newly opened Hackensack office.
Judge Conte brings 20 years of experience as a Superior Court Judge to his current practice focusing on mediation, land use cases, and commercial real estate matters.
“I am excited to be a member of the firm. I am looking forward to many years of helping the clients and resolving cases as a mediator,” said Judge Conte.
During his tenure on the bench, Judge Conte served both in the civil and criminal divisions. He presided over a range of civil jury trials and cases including personal injury, medical malpractice, professional malpractice and employment discrimination. He also managed and presided over a large number of criminal cases including four death penalty cases and over 25 murder cases. When new legislation was passed for Sexually Violent Predator cases, Judge Conte was the first and only Judge assigned for the entire state of New Jersey.
“We are honored to have Judge Conte join our firm,” said Eric Kahn, Managing Partner at Javerbaum Wurgaft. “His extensive experience and deep legal knowledge will be a tremendous asset to both our clients and our attorneys.”
Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Conte was engaged in the practice of law in Paramus, NJ. He served as a municipal court judge for the municipalities of Ringwood, Upper Saddle River, Wallington and Rochelle Park. He also served as a Public Defender for the Borough of Paramus, attorney for the Paramus library board and Special Borough Attorney for the Borough of Ringwood.
Most recently he was appointed as an advisor to the Instituto de Seguridad y Proteccion of the Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez. He provided services including guidance, discipline or supervision, educational programs to improve the current training and future sufficient or appropriate training of the Puerto Rican Police Department, to eliminate civil rights violations that were identified in a report of the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division dated September 5, 2011 (investigation of the Puerto Rico Police Department) and other counseling to improve the department.
Judge Conte is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Accounting and a graduate of Cleveland University Marshall Law School.