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Joseph P. Villanueva

Lead Trial Attorney
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Phone: (800) 893-9645
Fax: (914) 873-4827

700 White Plains Rd #237
Scarsdale, New York 10583

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Mr. Villanueva is a founding partner and lead trial attorney of Joseph P. Villanueva, Attorneys At Law. He received his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University.

From his first day in law school Mr. Villanueva knew he wanted to try cases. His passion for trial advocacy ultimately resulted in him being chosen as a member of Hofstra University’s prestigious national trial team. As a law student, he worked through school assisting in criminal prosecutions for the Town of North Hempstead.

After receiving his Juris Doctor, Mr. Villanueva returned to his home in NYC and served as prosecutor. After a few years of prosecuting serious felonies and misdemeanors, he was recruited by a Fortune 50 company to serve as Senior Trial Counsel. In this capacity, he gained significant daily civil litigation experience and he quickly rose to try many multi-million dollar cases to verdict.

Mr. Villanueva is admitted to practice law in front of the United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court of the New York State, and the United States Federal District Courts for the Southern District of New York.


J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

National Institute for Trial Advocacy

B.A., Stony Brook University

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice State of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States Supreme Court
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Westchester County Bar Association
Former Member, Board of Directors. Former Chair CLE Committee, New Lawyers Committee, Law Day Committee, Outreach Committee, and Diversity Committee.

Bronxville Chamber of Commerce
Member Since: 2006-2011
General Counsel

Eastchester Rotary Club
Member Since: 2004-2010
Former Events Chair

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Washington Center Tri-State Alumni Advisory Board
Member, Board of Directors

Honors, Awards, & Distinguished Service
Listed as 10.0/10.0 by for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Former Village Prosecutor, Village of Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County, New York 2015-2016

Former Town Prosecutor, Town of Tuxedo, Orange County, New York 2014-2015

Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones Fellow (For Humanitarian Services)

Lions Clubs International, Young Professional of the Year

Westchester County Bar Association, Emeritus Leadership Award

Named "Dynamic Executive of Westchester County" in 2010 by the Westchester Business Journal

Named Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the Northeast by Arrive Magazine. 

Westchester County Bar Association, Awarded 2012 "Liberty Award" for outstanding service.


Client Reviews
“I was extremely pleased with the friendly yet professional service that I received in resolving my legal issue.” Karen K.
“Joseph Villanueva and staff made the whole process so easy and gave me the peace of mind that I didn't receive points against my license. Well worth the money!” Linda P.
“Best attorney I’ve worked with. Stayed in contact throughout the whole process. Gave me frequent updates and always replied back to me within an hour. Definitely recommend.” Nikki C.