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Mr. Villanueva is a founding partner and lead trial attorney of Villanueva and Sanchala, PLLC.  He received his Juris Doctor from Hofstra
University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University.


From his first day in law school Mr. Villanueva knew he wanted to try
cases.  His passion for trial advocacy ultimately
resulted in him being chosen as a member of Hofstra University’s prestigious national trial


As a law student, he worked through school assisting in criminal prosecutions for
the Town of North Hempstead.


After receiving his Juris Doctor, Mr. Villanueva returned to his home in NYC
and served as prosecutor.  After a few
years of prosecuting serious felonies and misdemeanors, he was recruited
by a Fortune 50 company to serve as Senior Trial Counsel.  In this capacity, he gained significant daily civil
litigation experience and he quickly rose to try many multi-million dollar
cases to verdict.  He remained in that position for
several years until fate had united with him with highly-regarded employment lawyer,
Tejash V. Sanchala.  The two men quickly
realized the importance of merging their practices to form one of the
Westchester County’s highly sought after law firms.


Mr. Villanueva is admitted to practice law in front of the United States
Supreme Court, Supreme Court of the New York State, and the United States Federal District Courts
for the Southern District of New York.


Mr. Villanueva has served as:

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Westchester County Bar Association.

  • Member of the Paralegal Advisory Board, Berkeley College in White Plains.

  • Member of the Paralegal Advisory Board, Rockland County Community College.

  • Den Leader for Cub Scouts

  • General Counsel to the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce.

  • Member of Rotary Club International.

  • Member of Lions Club International.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
  3. Child Abuse: 10%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 10%



Hourly ($300-375/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Scott Leroy Barnhart

    Joseph is a thoughtful and drivento fight for his clients.


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  • Scott A Russell

    I endorse this lawyer. Very good lawyer. Diligent and will always go above and beyond to do the best for his clients. Extremely knowledgeable about the law and the Courts he practices in.


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Contact info

Villanueva & Sanchala, PLLC

700 White Plains Road Suite 255
Scarsdale, NY, 10583


NYCurrently registered 199807/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Melvin Jones FellowLions Club International2005
Leadership Award (Emeritus)Westchester County Bar Association2004
Leadership Award (Emeritus)Westchester County Bar Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Trial AttorneyIn House Counsel to a Fortune 100 Company2000 - 2004
Attorney At LawCity of New York1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary InternationalMember2006 - Present
Westchester County Bar AssociationChair, Law Day Committee2005 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Westchester Bar AssociationNominating Committee2006 - 2008
Westchester County Bar AssociationChair, Outreach Committee2006 - 2008
Westchester County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2003 - 2006
Westchester County Bar AssociationChair, New Lawyers' Section2002 - 2004
Rockland County Community CollegeBoard of Directors, Paralegal Advisory Board2001 - 2003
Westchester County Bar AssociationChair, CLE Committee2001 - 2002
Berkeley College of White PlainsBoard of Directors, Paralegal Advisory Board2001 - 2003
Westchester County Bar AssociationChair, Diversity Committee2001 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People of the State of NY v ConfidentialNot Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Institute of Trial AdvocacyTrial AdvocacyN/A2000
Hofstra University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
State University of New York, Stony BrookN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DWI SeminarWhat to do if you are charged with DWI2009
DWI SeminarWhat to do if you are charged with DWI2008