Joseph Cerra has been with Forman Holt Eliades & Ravin since its inception, and is widely known as one of the firm's top litigators. He focuses on complex commercial litigation, cases under the Uniform Commercial Code, Federal WARN Act Litigation, appellate practice and various adversary proceedings under the Bankruptcy Code. Mr. Cerra regularly appears in courts throughout the United States on behalf of firm clients.
Mr. Cerra is a skilled brief writer with numerous reported decisions to his credit. He believes that a thoughtful written presentation to the court is a culmination of a carefully conceived litigation strategy. "A timely and well executed dispositive motion can be instrumental in getting the result that your client wants," Mr. Cerra says. "You should be planning that motion from the first day you have the case."
Mr. Cerra began his career at one of New Jersey's largest and most respected law firms, where he spent eight years as a commercial litigator. While an associate at that firm, Mr. Cerra handled day-to-day supervision of a major commercial litigation which ultimately resulted in the largest verdict ever in favor of a client of that firm.
Since 1997, Mr. Cerra has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Seton Hall University School of Law. He formerly served as a Master in the John J. Gibbons American Inn of Court, which specializes in the study of federal practice and intellectual property law.
Mr. Cerra served as a law clerk for the Honorable James H. Coleman, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of the New Jersey Appellate Division during the 1988-89 Court Term. Justice Coleman was subsequently elevated to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
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Gary Didieo, Litigation Attorney
Mr. Cerra taught my Drafting Litigation Documents class at Seton Hall University School of Law. He is incredibly knowlegeable in the areas of federal civil and bankruptcy litigation. I recommend Mr. Cerra for all of your Bankruptcy matters!
Robert Malone, Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
Prior to joining his current firm, Joe worked for me several years ago as an associate. Joe has a very comprehensive understanding of the Federal and State rules of practice. He is very passionate in the representation of his client's cause in a matter.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Thomas Reuters||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Thomas Reuters||2012|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2011|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer 2010||Key Professional Media, Inc,||2010|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer 2009||Key Professional Media, Inc.||2009|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer 2008||Key Professional Media, Inc.||2008|
|Member Attorney||Forman Holt Eliades & Youngman LLC||1997 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Seton Hall University School of Law||1997 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Shanley & Fisher||1989 - 1997|
|Law Clerk||Honorable James H. Coleman, Jr.||1988 - 1989|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Tufaro v. Schindler Elevator Corporation,2013 WL 845080 (NJ App. Div. 2013)||Judgment vacated and the matter remanded for new trial.|
|Professional Solutions Financial Services v. Cregar, 2013 WL 709099 (NJ App Div. 2013)||Affirmed|
|Mayer v. Once Upon A Rose, Inc., 429 N.J.Super. 365, 58 A.3d 1221 (NJ App. Div. 2013)||Reversed, with Appellate Division agreeing that plaintiff's proofs adequately triggered an inference of negligence under the "res ipsa loquitur" doctrine|
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|Mealey’s Emerging Insurance Battles. (Mealey’s Publications Feb. 1997).||Employment Practice Liability Insurance Policies: A New Cost of Doing Business||1997|
|White Collar Criminal Reporter, Vol. 5, No. 6, June 1991||Criminal Enforcement Under the OSH Act: A Belated Rush to be King of the Hill||1991|
|Fordham University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|The World Is Changing: Business, Finance and Life||Panel Moderator Rubin Museum NYC||2011|
|Yale Law School Mock Trial Association||Trial Advocacy||2010|
|Managing for Performance: Lessons for Business (Moderator) (July 7, 2010)||Managing for Performance: Lessons for Business||2010|
|Investing in Real Estate (June 29, 2010)||Investing in Real Estate||2010|
|Rutgers University Graduate School of Business (October 28, 2009)||Managing A Business In Troubled Times||2009|
|Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration Alumni (July 1, 2009)||Managing a Business in Troubled Times||2009|
|11TH ANNUAL HON. WILLIAM H. GINDIN BANKRUPTCY BENCH-BAR CONFERENCE||Individual Chapter 11 Cases||2009|