Judge Joseph P. Testa (Ret.)

Joseph P. Testa J.S.C.(Ret.)

Of Counsel

Divorce – Child Custody • Arbitration • Mediation • High Conflict Case Management

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Judge Testa’s 40-year career has centered on the effective management and resolution of thousands of family law cases beginning with his family law practice and continuing through his highly regarded tenure on the bench in Cumberland County.

As a well-respected Family Law attorney and judge, he has been asked to speak at many different venues over his career, including the Judicial College and the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He was an Associate Professor at Rutgers University School of Law.

Judge Testa, a retired Colonel in the United States Army, was also a professor and legal instructor at the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and sits on the Family Law Section Executive Committee of the NJ State Bar Association. Judge Testa is also responsible for the groundbreaking Kids Count program established in Cumberland County to help kids deal with separation and divorce.

Because of the complexity and emotionally charged issues involving family law, Judge Testa’s insight and experience on both sides of the bench uniquely suit him for the role of mediator and arbitrator. Judge Testa (Ret) joins Adinolfi and Lieberman in an Of Counsel role. He is able to prepare and negotiate all aspects of divorce and custody matters, as well as act as a mediator or arbitrator in family law cases.

Education
  • The University of Mississippi – School of Law, University, MSJuris Doctor, May 1971
  • Villanova University, Villanova, PABachelor of Arts,Sociology, May 1967
  • Vineland, High School
Judicial Appointments
  • State of New Jersey Judiciary-Judge,Superior Court (Cumberland County) Bridgeton, NJ, May 18, 1995 – July 30, 2010. Served in all three divisions, Family, Criminal & Civil with 14 years served in Family Division.
  • Estell Manor Township Inter-Municipal Court, Corbin City, Estell Manor & Weymouth Twp.Judge, Inter-Municipal Court, 1982 – November 1984
  • Galloway Township Municipal Court, Atlantic County, NJ Judge, Municipal Court,November 1978 – November 1984
  • Franklin Township Municipal Court, Gloucester County, NJ Judge, Municipal Court, May 1978 – November 1984
  • Buena Vista Township Municipal Court, Atlantic County, NJ Judge, Municipal Court, July 1977 – 1980
Legal Experience
  • Basile, Testa & Testa, Vineland, NJ Managing Partner,January 1983 – May 1995
  • Landis Sewage Authority, Vineland, NJ Solicitor, January 1989 – 1994
  • Township of Deerfield, Cumberland County, NJ Solicitor, January 1985 – May 1995
  • Township of Buena Vista Municipal Court, Atlantic County, NJ  Prosecutor, January 1975 – July 1977
  • Township of Lawrence Municipal Court, Cumberland County, NJ Prosecutor, January 1975 – December 1975
  • Law Firm of Tuso & Gruccio Partner, May 1974 – March 1976
  • Northern District of Mississippi Assistant Prosecutor (Internship), November 1970 – May 1971
  • Frank J. Testa, Esquire Law Clerk, June 1969 – August 1970

Presentations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Speaker, Family Law Forum, October 15, 1999

Speaker, Evidence for Family Lawyers, March 1998; September 1998 & September 1998; June 1999

Speaker, Hot Tips in Family Law, October 1993

  • New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) Matrimonial Section

Speaker, Atlantic City Boardwalk Seminar, April 1989 – 1993; 1995; 1998-2000; 2004; 2006; 2008-2010

Speaker, Meadowlands Seminar, November 2009

  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Speaker, Boot Camp for Family Law Clerks, August 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000; 2003; 2004

Speaker, Alimony Basics, April 3, 2004

Speaker, First Annual Criminal Law Institute, June 15, 2002

Speaker, Matrimonial Experts of the Roundtable: Business Valuation Issues, February 26, 2000

Speaker, The New Limited Duration Alimony Law, December 11, 1999

Speaker, Drafting & Negotiating Financial Aspects of Property Settlement Agreements, January 9, 1999

Speaker, Top 40: The Greatest Hits of Matrimonial Law, December 4, 1999 & November 4, 1995

Speaker, Family Law Paralegals, July 16, 1998

Speaker, New Jersey Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference II, June 5, 1998

Speaker, Legal Education Seminar, January 17, 1998

Speaker, Family Law Summer Institute, July 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000

Speaker, Domestic Torts-May 7, 1997

Speaker, Complete Guide to Family Law Practice, December 14, 1996

Speaker, Jury Trials in Marital Court Cases, November 23, 1996

Speaker, Use of Experts in Complex Divorce Cases, May 30, 1996

Speaker, Critiques & Judicial Opinions on Client Interviewing Techniques, July 23, 1996

Speaker, Pendente Lite Motions; Expert Fees and Pendente Lite Counsel Fees, July 23, 1996

Speaker, Domestic Torts Seminar, May 17, 1996

Speaker, Family Law Forum-September 22, 1995

Speaker, Bankruptcy Aspect of Divorce, May 9, 1995

Speaker, Family Law Workshop, October 24, 1992

Speaker, Hot Tips in Family Law, September 1990-1991; October 1992; 1993

  • Administrative Office of the Courts – Judicial College

Speaker, Co-Occurring Mental & Substance Abuse Disorders, April 2005

Speaker, Orientation Seminar for Newly Appointment Judges, 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2006; 2007

Speaker, Faculty Development Workshop, November 1998; 2000; 2005; 2007; April 2002

Speaker, Conference on Child Access and Visitation, June 11, 1999

Speaker, Kids Count Program, November 25, 1998

  • National Council of Juvenile/Family Court Judges, Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education

Speaker & Mentor, Reno, Nevada, April 1999; September 1999.

  • Rutgers University School of Law – Camden

Guest Speaker, Family Law Class, March 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000; 2002

  • Widener Law School

Guest Speaker, Family Law Class, March 1998

  • Cumberland County College

Guest Speaker, Family Law Class, March 1997; 1998

  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Speaker, Military Law &Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Legal Assistance Officers in NJ, March 22, 1997

Speaker, Paralegal Committee Program, May 15, 1998

  • Georgia State Bar Association

Guest Speaker, Family Law Section, August 1997; May 2000

Guest Speaker, Fourteenth Annual Family Law Institute, May 1996

  • Mississippi Bar Annual Meeting

Guest Speaker, Family Law Section, June1997

  • Garden State Alliance of Paralegal Associations

Keynote Speaker, Sixth Annual Statewide Paralegal Convention, March 19, 1999

Keynote Speaker, October 23, 1993

  • New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants

Guest Speaker, MatrimonialSeminar, September 14, 1998

Special Courses Attended
  • National Council of Juvenile/Family Court Judges, Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education      Attendee, Reno, Nevada, April 1998; October 1998
Appointments
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey Judicial Education Committee-January 2005
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey Family Division Practice Committee- August 24, 1994
Publications:
  • Testa, Joseph P. “Where do we go from here?-The Future of Equitable Distribution in Mississippi“Mississippi State Bar, Family Law Section, June 20, 1997
  • Testa, Joseph P. “Impressions of Family Court by a New Judge“Georgia State Bar – Family Law Quarterly, 1996
  • Testa, Joseph P. “Alimony Guidelines -The Wave of the Future“New Jersey Trial Lawyer Magazine, March 1993
  • Testa, Joseph P. “The Matrimonial Practitioner’s Worst Nightmare-Bankruptcy” National Trial Lawyer Magazine, March 1992
  • Testa, Joseph P. “The Effective Handling of Tevis Claims by the Matrimonial Practitioner” New Jersey Trial Lawyer Magazine, July 1991

Teaching Experience

  • Rutgers University School of Law – Camden

Adjunct Professor, Child Custody, Care & Supervision, Spring Semesters 2004 – 2007

  • National Academy for Paralegal Studies

Professor, 1990-1991

Publications

  • Kids Count

Co-Founder, 1997 – 2000

Developed a program that helped children express their feelings about divorce through art and writing.

  • Mid-Atlantic States Intercollegiate Mock Trial-Regional Tournament, Princeton University

Judge, Mock Trial Competition, February 1999

  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Judge, Mock Trial Competition, February 1997; March 1997; February 1998; March 1999; March 2000

  • Eagles Civic Service

Community Service Award, April 4, 1992

  • Vineland Italian Relief Organization

Co-Chairman, Raised funds and traveled to help earthquake victims of Naples, Italy, February 1981

  • Cumberland County Welfare Board

Social Worker (part time), February 1970-August 1970

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of United States of America, June 10, 1974
  • United States Court of Claims, September 25, 1973
  • United States Tax Court, September 21, 1973
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, November 28, 1972
  • State of New Jersey, November 28, 1972
  • United States Court of Military Appeals, October 8, 1971
  • State of Mississippi, Supreme Court, May 31, 1971
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, May 28, 1971
  • State of Mississippi, May 28, 1971

Affiliations

  • Fellow,American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National and New Jersey Chapters, (Recert. 1992)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Committee Member
  • Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Supreme Court Family Division Practice Committee (past member)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Committee on Military Law & Veterans’ Rights
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Reserve Officers Association
  • Mississippi State Bar Association

Military Career

  • United States Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Colonel, December 7, 1991 – Present (Retired)

Private, 1st Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, May 1971 – December 7, 1991

  • United States Army, Military Claims Section; Trial Counsel

Fort Benning, GAStaff, Judge Advocate General’s Corp May 1972-June 1973

Teaching Experience

  • United States Army Reserves, West Point, NYProfessor, USMA, December 1991-1995
  • United States Army Military Academy, West Point, NYLaw Instructor, June 1973 – May 1974

Honors

  • Meritorious Service Medal – First Oak Leaf Cluster, December 1995
  • Meritorious Service Medal, May 22, 1992
  • U.S. Army Commendation Medal – Second Oak Leaf Cluster, October 4, 1987
  • U.S. Army Commendation Medal – First Oak Leaf Cluster, September 9, 1982
  • U.S. Army Commendation Medal, June 1973