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I am an experienced civil and bankruptcy litigator specializing in the representation of secured lenders and other creditors in complex suits and bankruptcies. My court appearances take me throughout the State and Federal courts in the metropolitan area, focusing in particular on the Bankruptcy Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 


My clients include both national and regional banks, other lending institutions, and major corporations. In addition, my reputation in the Bankruptcy Courts has led to my appointment as counsel for Chapter 11 trustees in substantial bankruptcy proceedings. 


I am active in the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). I have been named to the "New Jersey Super Lawyers" list continuously since 2007. The list, published by Super Lawyers Magazine in conjunction with New Jersey Monthly Magazine, is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 60 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 75%
  2. Litigation: 25%

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  • James Sanford Friedman

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Joel since 1991. He is excellent at what he does. Clients who retain Joel can be confident that their bankruptcy matters will be handled thoroughly and meticulously, and with the highest level of expertise.


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  • Judd S Nemiro

    Such a remarkable attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Scarinci & Hollenbeck, LLC

1100 Valleybrook Ave
Po Box 790
Lyndhurst, NJ, 070710790


NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 198407/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers2012
New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers2011
New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers2010
New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers2009
New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers2008
New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner, Chair Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights GroupScarinci & Hollenbecj, LLC2000 - Present
Partner, Chair of Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights GroupFriedman Siegelbaum LLP1981 - 2000
Associate AttorneyCarpenter, Bennett & Morrissey1978 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1998 - Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionMemberN/A
U.S. Virgin Islands Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City of Hoboken v. Tarragon Corp.Settled on mutually agreeable terms.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cracking the CodeCommittee of Unsecured Creditors of Cybergenics v. Chinery - Third Circuit Turns Aside Hen House and Affirms Practice of Derivative Standing2003
Cracking the CodeCybergenics v. Cinery - Or, the World According to Hen House: The Bar Awaits the Third Circuit's En Banc Ruling2003
Cracking the CodeThird Circuit Upholds Primacy of Internal Revenue Code Statute of Limitations in Bankruptcy Proceedings2003
Cracking the CodeCrazy Little Thing Called...Due Process: How Not to Conduct a §363 Sale2001
Cracking the CodeFederal Tax Injunction Act Prevents Buyer in 363 Sale From Using Bankruptcy Court to Enjoin Collection of Prepetition Personalty Taxes2001
Cracking the CodeSovereign Immunity in Bankruptcy Court - A Seminole Matter Involving a Debtor’s Driver’s License2000
The New Jersey Law JournalPre-empting the Uniform Commercial Code - How to Protect Security Interests in Copyrights and Copyrighted Material2000
Cracking the CodeThird Circuit Recognizes Possibility of Break-up Fees on Sale of Substantially All of Debtor’s Assets - In re O’Brien Environmental Energy, Inc1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Columbia UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2011 NJ Bench-Bar ConferenceReal Estate Tax Treatment under Princeton Office Park2011