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Carmine LoFaro

Litigation Attorney at Hackensack, NJ

5.0   53 reviews
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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1989
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EXPERIENCE. COMMITMENT. UNPARALLELED SUCCESS.

Carmine LoFaro is the Managing Partner of LoFaro Carver Higgins, LLC. In addition to chairing the firm’s Real Estate Department, Mr. LoFaro’s practice also includes criminal, DWI and traffic defense, business and commercial litigation, estate administration and litigation, and a wide variety of business and corporate matters.

Mr. LoFaro brings with him over 30 years of experience as a litigator in the Federal and State courts of New Jersey, as well the day-to-day representation of a wide range of clients, ranging from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

He graduated magna cum laude from Manhattan College in 1986, majoring in both philosophy and psychology, and earned his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 1989. He served as judicial clerk to the Hon. Alvin Weiss in the New Jersey Superior Court from 1990 to 1991. He was managing partner of Kalebic & LoFaro, P.C., from 1994 to 1997, and Senior Partner of LoFaro & Reiser, LLP, from 1997 to 2021.

Mr. LoFaro was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 1989, and was subsequently admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. LoFaro previously served as Chairperson of the District II-B Fee Arbitration Committee, and is currently a Master in the Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of Court, where he, along with other well-respected members of the Bergen County bench and bar, mentor young attorneys in trial practice and attorney ethics.

For many consecutive years, Mr. LoFaro has been recognized and continues to be recognized as a top attorney by SuperLawyers, US New & World Report’s Best Lawyers in America, 201 Magazine and Bergen Magazine. He is the recipient of the highly coveted AV Preeminent Rating, which is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills and ethical standards by their peers, as well as numerous 5-star ratings by his clients on AVVO and Google. Mr. LoFaro is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. He, his spouse and their two children are proud, lifelong residents of Bergen County.

Awards

Gold Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2016,2014,2013,2012,2010
Client's Choice
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Location

LoFaro Carver LLC
20 Court Street
Suite 4
Hackensack, NJ, 07601

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jeff | November 20, 2010
Carmine LoFaro is an Extraordinary Attorney
In addition to possessing outstanding legal skills and sterling character, Carmine is a consummate professional, smart as a whip, caring, resourceful, extremely honest, explains legal matters in easy to understand terms, and is a tireless advocate for his clients. I recommend him without reservation - especially if you need to prevail.
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Posted by Andrea | December 18, 2014
Fantastic & Ferocious Attorney Who is Worth Every Penny & MORE
My siblings & I retained Carmine to represent us in a very nasty and long drawn out estate matter. We were beneficiaries in an estate where the Executrix absconded with the assets and I knew when I read his reviews here on AVVO & on the American Trial Lawyers Association’s website, that this was just who I needed to represent me. In our initial consultation, he listened carefully to what we had to say and took copious notes. He performed his due diligence and went to work on our motion, which ultimately prevailed and the Judge ruled in our favor. Our adversary & their incompetent counsel had no idea what hit them. As my sister so eloquently puts it, “Carmine cut them a new one and left them confused as to which hole to defecate from.” Carmine is a very honest attorney (another rare find). He forewarned us from the start about the law of diminishing returns. He was very concerned that we might end up spending more money litigating this than we would stand to gain in the end and he absolutely prevented us from spending more money than necessary. I would absolutely hire him again... and if I happen to suddenly amass a war chest or hit the lottery, to hell with the law of diminishing returns…. I would be happy to pay him just to continue to make my adversary’s life more of a living hell and enforce the whopping judgment we won.
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Posted by Melissa | July 26, 2022
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Best around!
Carmine is a very trustworthy and honest lawyer. Compassionate and works fast. I hired him when my father‘s pension was giving me problems. That was something I tried to get done for a year and he got it done in less than two month! Worth every penny.
Posted by Cindy | April 20, 2022
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Great Experience
My experience with Carmine was 5 Stars! I have purchased other homes with other attorney's and never experienced the professionalism and support that I received from this office/attorney. I highly recommend this attorney if you need great pricing, support and prompt response. My name is Cindy and I commit to my recommendation.
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Posted by Amy | November 29, 2021
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Carmine Takes A Thoughtful, Pragmatic, and Action-Oriented Approach
I recently closed on the purchase of an apartment and am delighted to have enlisted Carmine LoFaro as my attorney. As a first time home buyer, I especially appreciated the breadth and depth of Carmine's knowledge and expertise. Carmine helped to educate me about the process, provided guidance throughout the deal, and was very available, organized, and responsive throughout the process. He was a thoughtful advocate, and I trusted his approach and guidance. Carmine also has the ability to translate 'legal matters'' into plain English and takes a very pragmatic, action-oriented approach. In addition, in this deal, there turned out to be a handful of unexpected challenges and new pieces of information introduced over the course of the deal/negotiation. Carmine consistently did an excellent job adjusting course. Carmine was a pleasure to work with and I couldn't more highly recommend him!!
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Posted by Effie | September 13, 2021
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Carmine LoFaro
Intelligent, Intuitive, problem solver adhering to high ethical and moral standards which is truly the way it is supposed to be. Also a friend for life.
Posted by Karey | May 3, 2021
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You won’t find a more considerate attorney than Mr. LoFaro!
I can not say enough about my positive experience in hiring Carmine LoFaro as my lawyer. From the first phone call Mr. LoFaro was professional, kind, attentive, understanding and knowledgable. Throughout the time on retainer, Mr. LoFaro kept me updated as to what was happening in my case, returned messages promptly and had a way of making me always feel at ease. The work I had to do was minimal, as he took the reigns overall but with the ability to still explain what was happening step by step. I was so happy with the outcome of my case and the manner in which I was represented. I would absolutely use Carmine LoFaro and his team again in any legal matter I may come across as no one else could match the level of comfort he provided during a difficult time. He is absolutely the best in the business!
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Posted by Brenda | January 24, 2021
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A Quick and Excellent Result
Mr. LoFaro returned my first call to him right away. He listened to everything that I wanted to say to him and then spoke to me for quite a while as he walked me through what needed to be done in my case. I took his advice and got quick positive results.
Posted by Darrin C.. Wilson | December 23, 2020
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THE MICHAEL JORDAN OF LAWYERS!! A RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME LAWYER!!!!
In August of this year my fiance and I decided that it's time for us to move out of Manhattan and get a place of our own in NJ. I found Carmine LoFaro online with 46 Five-Star reviews which is absolutely INSANE! Not one person gave him a review less than 5-Stars so I read the reviews to see what all the fuss was about and the overwhelming point that I read was "CARMINE TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS! I kid you not, from the first time that I spoke to him, I KNEW in my heart that he was the Lawyer that we needed to hire to oversee the purchase of our new house. It's the same feeling that I've had hundreds of times when the NY Jets had the lead in the 4th Quarter and I just KNEW that they were going to blow it! During our first call, Carmine filled me in on the closing process, discussed everything that's going to happen from this point forward and was upfront with his fee. He dropped so much knowledge on me about the Real Estate closing process, this guy was undoubtedly a STUD! He then said: "if you're interested, I'll send you the document to sign" to which I replied "absolutely"! A few days later we made an offer on the property which was accepted but then entered the dreaded "Attorney Review Period" which lasts 3 days. It was Labor Day Friday (day 3 of Attorney Review) and we were nervous to see if we still had the place and I just figured that we'd hear back from Carmine on Tuesday because he mentioned to me that he was heading out of town for the weekend (a much deserved retreat I might add!). And then my phone rang on Friday evening and it blew my mind because not only was it a Holiday Weekend but he was away with his family and he still called me! Let me say that again: HE WAS ON A WEEKEND GETAWAY with his family on a Holiday Weekend and he called me to discuss our possible future house!! Who does that?! In this day and age of selfishness and Me-Me-Me, he's one of the last honorable men on the planet. I'll never forget what he said to me during that call: "why should the world stop just because I'm away?!". It was right out of the Jerry Maguire Movie as he had us at "Why"! We wanted to purchase a duplex and our goal was to live in the first floor and rent out the 2nd floor. Closing was scheduled for October 27th but was backed up due to an issue between the tenant and the owner. Then it was backed up again and then backed up a 3rd time. Each time Carmine filled us in, replied to our e-mails in an incredibly timely manner and was the ultimate pro. Long story short, we pushed and pushed and finally closed on the duplex last Thursday (4 months later!) with Carmine by our side. Dude was a rock for 4 straight months and there was a point where I literally offered him more money because he was doing SOOOOO MUCH extra work for us and he simply replied: "No, it's my job"! He knew all of the New Jersey Laws and requirements and patiently explained them to us throughout the 4 months. Also, he was SUPER PROTECTIVE of us (his clients) and ensured that we weren't being taken advantage of by the seller and the seller's lawyer WHICH THEY BOTH TRIED TO DO! But our favorite thing about working with Carmine Lofaro was that we never felt like a number. Every time that I called or e-mailed him, he always made us feel like we were his only clients. I kid you not, that's exactly how we felt the entire 4 months working with him! And that IS PRICELESS! At the end of the day, we now own our home and a HUUUUUUGE thank you isn't enough because Carmine LoFaro is truly THE MICHAEL JORDAN OF LAWYERS!! P.S. If anyone does read reviews like me and you're on the fence about which lawyer to hire, I have 4 words for you: CARMINE IS YOUR GUY!! Mic drop...!
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Posted by stephanie | July 13, 2020
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Highly recommend and best we've been worked with
We found Mr. LoFaro online when we were helpless and didn't know what to do for our real estate case. We were surprised to see so many great reviews that his clients shared. He did not disappoint us. Mr. LoFaro is an excellent lawyer, and most importantly, he is a good lawyer that stands by honesty and right. Nevertheless the stress for our case, it was an absolute pleasure to work with him and he is truly the best we've been worked with.
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Posted by Ryan W | June 20, 2020
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Phenomenal Attorney who WINS!
All of the incredible reviews were what initially led me to Carmine LoFaro, hoping to find my way out of a never-ending and messy Estate battle with greedy and estranged family members. I can now fully attest that he lives up to the hype 1000% and THEN some! After our consultation, Carmine sped into action and it became abundantly clear that I had just retained quite possibly the best representation imaginable. Every call, every email, every single question, he kept me updated and explained everything so thoroughly, it felt as if I had an old friend who truly cared (and who was far more intelligent) now fighting in my corner. Finding myself in what appeared to be a ‘no-way-out’ and ‘cut-my-losses’ type of situation, not only did Carmine ensure that I prevailed with zero losses, he went ten steps further and saw to it that I was awarded damages… OVER and ABOVE the amount initially sought against me! Intelligent, witty, professional and honest, coupled with his immense knowledge of the legal system, this is who to retain if you want to come out on top. Seriously. Carmine is an phenomenal Attorney who is worth his weight in gold, and an even more compassionate human. I can’t thank him enough!
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2020
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Rockstar attorney
I have never written a review in my entire life, but I felt compelled to leave a review for Carmine who has done a phenomenal job on my recent real estate transaction. Here's what stood out during the time Carmine was handling the transaction 1) He is honest and fair. He'll make sure you don't get manhandled 2)He knows his stuff as he should, but works with you to come up with creative solutions that are useful when problems arise 3) Detail oriented, also very quantitative as well I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a GOOD attorney who is CAPABLE and RETURNS your messages!
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Response from Carmine LoFaro February 27, 2020
Thank you for your kind and generous words! You made my life easy, as you were an excellent and cooperative client....a true pleasure to work with!
Posted by Nick | August 30, 2019
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He is terrific
Carmine LoFaro, Esq. was truly a godsend. I am 1000% pleased with the outcome. Carmine is truly a gentleman with a big heart and brave as a tiger in the court room. I was a defendant in a criminal trial involving 5 moving violations with a hit and run. I retained the services of attorney Carmine to represent me in NJ, where the incident and offenses escalated to criminal jurisdiction to the point of needing an attorney. Carmine is very knowledgeable in how the N.J. law and jurisdiction works and its uniqueness to almost everywhere else. He was patient in explaining the most minute of details and it was evident he had my best interests at heart. His favorite slogan is “I guarantee my clients only one thing...that they will get first rate, professional representation”. This case would have hamstrung my immigration process had this case been handled by an inexperienced attorney. Carmine was very experienced and such a master tactician in court that he was able to convince the judge to drop all my charges and not only that, he made a request to the judge to issue an expungement so my arrest records would be removed from the system. He is professional, responsible and most of all very passionate. I do recommend Carmine to anyone who needs a legal expertise for civil & criminal cases.
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Posted by Ian | June 30, 2019
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Great support in a complicated property transaction.
Carmine represented me in a complicated property transaction. He and his firm were really helpful throughout, taking time to explain the process, next steps and implications. His consistent clear and calm communication and practical and clear advice was perfect for ensuring what could have been a very stressful process progressed quickly and efficiently. Thank you Carmine!
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2019
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Another Satisfied Client !
I have retained Carmine as my attorney several times throughout a ten year period - all for traffic violations. Every single time he was able to get my charges downgraded, many times resulting in zero points. I am very satisfied with his services and will continue using Carmine as my attorney should I ever require additional legal representation.
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Posted by Michael Hartpence | October 30, 2018
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Phenomenal Attorney Who Fill Fight Hard for You
Very happy to with Carmine's services! Went above and beyond for us when selling our previous home and during the purchase of the new one. Not only did he make sure we weren't being forced to pay fees we didn't owe, he went out of his way to save us money where possible. He fought for us against our buyer's attorney who attempted on several occasions to make us pay fees we weren't responsible for, and each time Carmine refused flat out to budge an inch. Will definitely use him again in the future and can't recommend him and his firm enough.
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Posted by XIMENA | April 18, 2018
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XIMENA CAMUS - NJ PROPERTY OWNER
Full Five Starts from this satisfied client! Carmine was a pleasure to work with. As my real estate attorney, he made the sale of my property what would have been a stressful process go smoothly without difficulty. He is a very knowledgable professional who works diligently and is very responsive. He will go above and beyond to get things right from start to finish. I recommend him without any reservation.
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Posted by GG | February 26, 2018
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Effortless and Smooth
Carmine, was great from the start of the process. He was my attorney for purchase of a new home and sale of my existing property. Both transactions went smoothly. I would recommend him to my family and friends.
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2017
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Out of State Estate
It was very lucky day for us when we found our attorney, Carmine LoFaro, on this website. We chose his firm specifically for its expertise in estate settlement, debt resolution and real estate and are so glad that we did. Our relative died suddenly and without a will leaving us to settle his estate from out of state. In addition to court judgements for debt, the house was in foreclosure, and it turned out, in violation of environmental standards from a leaking fuel storage tank. Carmine guided us through the estate settlement, bonding, income tax, foreclosure and environmental cleanup with the NJDEP. In our ongoing dealings with him by phone and by internet we were never in doubt that our best interests were at the forefront, and we felt that we were being represented not only by an expert advocate but by someone who was truly our friend. Phone calls and emails were returned the same day, even after normal business hours. To say that our expectations were greatly exceeded would be an understatement. We give Carmine our highest recommendation and would definitely use him again.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer !
Carmine LoFaro is very professional and responsible lawyer. I was able to get my first house and I still keep in touch with his firm for any legal advice. Carmine is very professional and most of responsible. I do recommend him for any one who wants a responsible lawyer in NJ.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • LoFaro Carver LLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Senior Partner
  • LoFaro & Reiser, LLP
  • 1997 - 2021
  • Managing Partner
  • Kalebic & LoFaro, P.C.
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Senior Associate
  • Leanza, Agrapidis & Kalebic, P.C.
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Honorable Alvin Weiss, Superior Court of New Jersey
  • 1989 - 1990
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Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Manhattan College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 1990 - Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Bergen County's Best Lawyers
  • 201 Magazine
  • 2024
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • New Jesey Monthly Magazine
  • 2024
  • AV Preeminent® Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2024
  • Best Lawyers in Bergen County
  • Bergen Magazine
  • 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2023
  • Best Law Firms
  • US News & World Report
  • 2023
  • Top 100 Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers-National Business Edition
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers-Corporate Counsel
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyers-National Business Edition
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Best of New Jersey-Award of Excellence
  • The Italian Tribune
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Real Estate Tax Appeals
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Real estate Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As the first time I met Carmine was as opposing counsel on a complex Real Estate litigation matter, I feel my endorsement should count twice. At all times he operated with a high level of professionalism while representing his client as zealously as I did mine. Although our practice areas overlap quite significantly, I have referred one or two clients to him."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Carmine is an excellent advocate who is respected by his colleagues for the great work he does."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. LoFaro. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has great command of legal field he practices and is highly respected in the community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Carmine LoFaro is an extremely knowledgeable attorney, and a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients. He is well respected in the legal field."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Quality representation and exceptional attentiveness to clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is very clear from many years of experience, contributions and reviews that Mr. LoFaro is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. I wouldn't hesitate recommending him."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Other
"Highly skilled and respected in the community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Other
"Great representation. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carmine is an excellent attorney who is highly respected by judges and other attorneys. He is smart, hard-working and a strong advocate for his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. LoFaro is a well respected member of the legal community. He has an outstanding reputation and is highly regarded by his clients and his colleagues. Any prospective client should know that they will be well served by Mr. LoFaro. I strongly endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carmine LoFaro is an excellent attorney with a stellar reputation in the legal community. His clients always get first class representation. Both well-dressed and well-versed in the law, Carmine never fails to make a positive impression on his fellow attorneys, judges and litigants. I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It's always a pleasure to do a closing with Carmine LoFaro and his office. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Mr. LoFaro at action in court on numerous occasions and have always been impressed with his professionalism and advocacy on behalf of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Carmine LoFaro working on both the civil and criminal sides of litigation, and he is a highly knowledgeable and fearsome advocate for his clients. I have had friends who have used him on civil matters and were very satisfied not only on his work product but also on his constant attention to the matters at hand."
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