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Joseph R. DeMatteo

Joseph DeMatteo has more than 20 years of experience practicing criminal and civil law with an emphasis on trial practice. While a high-ranking prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office, he tried more than 30 cases before juries, conducted several long-term investigations, presented hundreds of cases to the grand jury and conducted several hearings. As a criminal defense practitioner for the past 12 years, he has represented hundreds of clients facing criminal investigation and prosecution and has tried several cases in both federal and state court.

Practice areas

  • Criminal law
  • Criminal appeals
  • White collar crime
  • Professional discipline
  • Professional licensing
  • Forfeiture
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Drug crimes
  • Assault and battery
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • Employment litigation
  • Civil rights litigation
  • Business litigation
  • Administrative law

Bar admissions

  • New York, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court 1997


Professional associations

  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Criminal Courts Committee, 1997–2000; Criminal Advocacy Committee, 2003–2006
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Columbian Lawyers Association of the First Department (Chairman of the Board)
  • Assistant District Attorney, New York County, 1986–1990
  • Rackets Bureau, 1992–1994
  • Chief, Asian Gang Unit, 1994–1997
  • Of Counsel, Tanner Propp LLP, 1997–2000