McDermott Law, Attorney

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Your Lawyer For Life 

Joseph J. Asterita

Joseph J. Asterita

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Practice Areas:

  • Real estate
  • Estate Planning and Settlement
  • Business Law


Mr. Asterita is a partner at the law firm of Bonfiglio & Asterita, LLC, with offices located in both Red Bank, New Jersey, and Staten Island, New York. He is admitted to practice law in both New Jersey and New York as well as in the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Asterita focuses on providing clients with his expertise in three primary practice areas; Real Estate, Estate Planning and Settlement, and Business Law.

Mr. Asterita provides excellent representation to his individual and corporate clients in various real estate matters, including residential and commercial purchases and sales, short sales, refinances and leases. He has successfully handled numerous related real estate litigation matters and disputes ranging from the enforcement of easements and property lines to the partition and sale of residential and commercial properties. Mr. Asterita further supervises the firm’s mortgage loan closing department and represents mortgage lenders in connection with the closing and settlement of mortgage loans, whether in connection with a purchase or refinance, and even reverse mortgages. Mr. Asterita is experienced in closing refinances that incorporate a CEMA designed to help borrowers avoid the costs of the substantial mortgage recording tax in New York, especially involving properties throughout the five boroughs of New York City where the mortgage recording tax is especially high.

Mr. Asterita also provides wealth preservation services through his estate planning expertise, which includes the preparation of wills and trusts and the skillful incorporation of these instruments into comprehensive estate plans. He has written several articles on the subject (available on his firm’s home page and further provides representation to clients who have an interest in the settlement of an estate, whether by way of probate or administration, as well as handling estate litigation matters involving various disputes including distribution of an estate’s assets, enforcement of a spouse or child’s right to inheritance, enforcing or defending creditor’s claims, or involving the failure of an executor or administrator to properly carry out their fiduciary duties.

As an experienced business attorney, Mr. Asterita serves as a trusted advisor to a wide variety of clients ranging in type from individual entrepreneurs, restaurants and contractors, to public relations, media and information technology firms. He effectively handles their business formation and structuring needs, as well as handling commercial contracts, leases, business purchases and sales, and has handled and resolved numerous shareholder disputes and commercial litigation matters for his diverse clientele.

Mr. Asterita earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs at The George Washington University in 1996 and his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1999. While attending Brooklyn Law School Mr. Asterita studied abroad at the University of Bologna, Italy, where he focused on Business Law. He is a member of the New Jersey and New York State Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, the Monmouth and Richmond County Bar Associations, the Eastern Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce and the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce.


  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • Juris Doctor - 1999
    • Honors: Studied abroad at the University of Bologna, Italy
  • The George Washington University
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1996
    • Major: International Affairs

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

Professional Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Monmouth County Bar Association, Member
  • Richmond County Bar Association, Member
  • Eastern Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, Member

Current Employment Position

  • Partner