Joe DiBenedetto is a litigation partner in the firm’s New York office who concentrates his practice on federal and state litigation, including bank, securities, environmental, product liability, municipal, and fidelity and surety bond matters.
Mr. DiBenedetto has a broad range of litigation experience. Over the course of his legal career, Mr. DiBenedetto has dealt with virtually every conceivable type of case, ranging from those involving steel mills in India, to the worldwide sale of Olympic coins, to securities fraud cases arising throughout the country.
He has defended multinational and U.S. companies in securities litigation, including class actions arising under federal and state securities laws; litigated consumer class actions in state and federal court; represented banks and surety companies in a variety of matters, including commercial fraud investigations and lender liability cases; litigated major toxic tort and product liability suits, including DES and asbestos claims; conducted internal investigations and fraud audits; handled various cases arising under the Uniform Commercial Code, including Article 2 disputes between merchants, bank litigation under Articles 3 and 4, bulk sales matters under Article 7, and security issues under Article 9; and defended professionals, including accountants and attorneys, in malpractice actions.
Honors and Awards
Mr. DiBenedetto has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer in the 2011 edition of New York Super Lawyers Magazine for business litigation.
Mr. DiBenedetto is a member of the American and New York State Bar Associations and their Environmental and Federal Court committees. He is a former vice-chairman of the ABA Committee on Toxic and Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law and former co-chairman of the ABA Litigation Section, Publications Committee. Mr. DiBenedetto is a court-appointed mediator for the ADR program of the New York County Supreme Court’s Commercial Division, and is frequently retained outside of the ADR program as an independent neutral to mediate disputes between adverse parties.
His prior professional and community memberships include: President, Saint John’s Law Review Alumni Association, 1983-1993; Board of Trustees, Saint John’s University School of Law, 1984-1997; Director, Port Washington Youth Soccer Club, Inc.; Director and Counsel, Manhasset Bay Estates Civic Association, Inc.; and Director, President, and Counsel, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, Inc.
Mr. DiBenedetto received a B.A., with honors, from St. John’s University in 1967 and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 1970, where he was managing editor of the St. John’s Law Review.
Mr. DiBenedetto is a frequent lecturer on such matters as commercial fraud, lender liability, budgeting for litigation, recent developments in environmental law, and summary judgment and preliminary injunction motions under New York’s Civil Practice Law & Rules. Since 2001, he has been the author of the chapter on Arbitration in the New York Lawyers’ Form Book and the chapter on Arbitration in the New York Lawyers’ Desk Book, both of which are published annually. Mr. DiBenedetto also is the author of: “Arbitration Under New York Law,” New York Lawyers’ Quarterly, Winter 1984; “The Bifurcation of Remedy and Liability Issues for the Purposes of Both Discovery and Trial,” Chemical & Radiation Waste Litigation Reporter, July 1984; “Common Law Theories of Liabilities for Environmental Injuries,” Hazardous Materials & Waste Management, June 1984; “An Outline for Arbitration Under the Civil Practice Law and Rules,” Albany Law Review, Spring 1984; “Generator Liability Under the Common Law and Federal and State Statutes,” The Business Lawyer, February 1984; “Law and the Demise of the Urban Ghetto,” 15 Catholic Lawyer 39, Winter 1969; “Law and the Demise of the Urban Ghetto, Part II,” 15 Catholic Lawyer 143, Spring 1969; “Bruton v. United States: A Belated Look at the Warren Court Concept of Criminal Justice,” 44 St. John’s L.Rev. 54, July 1969; “Corporate Spinoffs,” 43 St. John’s L.Rev. 287, October 1968; and “Conglomerate Mergers and Acquisitions: Opinion and Analysis,” 44 St. John’s L.Rev. Special Edition, Spring 1970 (co-editor).
Speeches and Publications