Joseph F. Defino

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Freehold, NJ

LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Crupi LLC
 | 83 South Street, Suite 302
Freehold, NJ 07728
Phone: 732-409-1144
Fax: 732-409-0350
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)


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Attorney Profile

Joseph F. Defino is an attorney at LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Crupi, LLC in Freehold, New Jersey. Mr. Defino practices in the areas of family law and real estate, serving clients in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.

Mr. Defino has several decades of litigation experience and has been honored for his accomplishments in the legal profession. He has attained the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell and been listed as one of New Jersey’s top lawyers by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

In addition to being licensed to practice in New Jersey, Mr. Defino is admitted to practice in the state of Florida. He is licensed to appear before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Outside of running his law practice, Mr. Defino is active in organizations such as the Monmouth Bar Association. He previously served as a trustee and chairperson for the organization’s family law committee. He has also held several other roles, including chairperson of the Monmouth County Superior Court’s early settlement panel. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and The Florida Bar.

Mr. Defino holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors. He earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. Thomas F. Shebell, Jr., AJSC and spent many years as a partner at a private New Jersey-based firm.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.In 2016 he was honored for being selected to the list of SuperLawyers for five consecutive years.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (90%)

Real Estate (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020

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About Joseph Defino

Admitted: 1977, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:


  • Top Legal Mind - NJ, Inside NJ Magazine
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2011 and 2012
  • Super Lawyer, 2007 - 2017
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Top Lawyer (top 5% of legal ability of attorneys in NJ) NJ Monthly Magazine

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Qualified Family Law Mediator

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • District of Columbia, 1981
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1977
  • U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Early Settlement Panel of the Superior Court in Monmouth County, Former Chairperson
  • Monmouth Bar Association, 1977 - Present
  • Florida, 1979
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Monmouth Bar Association, Family Law Committee, Former Chairperson
  • NJ State Bar Association, 1977 - Present
  • New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1983
  • Monmouth Bar Association, Former Trustee
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Rotary Club of Tinton Falls, 1989 - 1992

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Written and published a chapter in Family Law Practice in New Jersey (Law Practice Handbooks, Inc., 1997)
  • Guest Lecturer, Brookdale Community College, 1992


  • McCarthy v McCarthy, 319 NJ Super 138 (App Division 1999)
  • Farley v. Ocean Tp. Bd. of Ed., 416 A.2d 969 (N.J.Super.A.D. 1980)

Representative Clients:

  • Marina Bay Club Condominium Association
  • Tinton Woods Homeowners Association
  • Bayview Condominium Association
  • Beaver Brook Run Condominium Association

Educational Background:

  • Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Honors: cum laude, Honors: Honors in English, 1974

Industry Groups

  • Condominium Associations
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Office Location for Joseph F. Defino

83 South Street
Suite 302
Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone: 732-409-1144

Fax: 732-409-0350

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Last Updated: 2/19/2019

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