Joseph H. Cerame

Joseph H. Cerame, Attorney, Mediator & Arbitrator

Paterson, New Jersey 07544


Bi-Lingual, Commercial, Construction, Contract, Employment, Investment, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Probate, Product Liability, Securities, Workplace


Presiding Judge of the Central Municipal Court of Bergen County (1997-2005)

Cresskill Borough Attorney (1987-1989, 1991-1996)

Dumont Special Litigation Counsel (1992)

Member "Cresskill Zoning Board of Adjustment" (1981-1983)

Cresskill Borough Prosecutor (1981-1984)

Successfully prosecuted before the New Jersey Supreme Court the case of State vs. Mulcahy.

Woodcliff Lake Zoning Board of Adjustment, Counsel (1993-2005)

Cresskill Zoning Board of Adjustment, Counsel (1997-1999)

Counsel for Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless of Bergen County, Inc. (1992-2001)

Arbitrator for FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) for more than ten years


Leadership New Jersey (1998)

Member, Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution (1999 - present)

American Bar Association (1969 - 2000)

New Jersey State Bar Association (1969 - present)

Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (1982 - 1992)

Supreme Court Committee Task Force on Special Civil Part (1986 - 1988)

Bergen County Legal Services, Board of Trustees, Member (1984 - 1997) Chairman (1988 - 1995) Member and Chairman Client-Eligible Search Committee (1988 - 1996)

Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court (NJ, SDNY and EDNY), Tax Court of the United States and the Courts of the State of New Jersey.

Formerly certified as a Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court Board of Trial Attorney Certification.


  • Bergen County Mandatory Settlement Conference Panel (1982 to 1997).
  • Arbitrator and Mediator under Court Rule 4:21a.
  • Member Court Rule 4:21 Medical Malpractice Sub Panel.
  • Investigator Ethics Committee Bergen County North.
  • Equitable Receiver (to close) law office of Richard A. Kurland, Esq., deceased.
  • N.J. Supreme Court Fee Arbitration Committee Bergen County South (1984-1988) Chairman 1988.  Reappointed 2007 to 2011.


  • B.S. Fordham University, School of Business (1961)
  • J.D. St. John’s University, School of Law (1968).
  • United States Marine Corps (1957 to 1960).

45 Essex Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: 201-343-8811

Fax:    201-343-2929

Email: [email protected]