About JOSEPH TROTTI, ESQ.
Telephone: 516.437.4385 x140
Partner Joseph Trotti is the head of the firm’s
Matrimonial and Family Law Practice and founding partner of the VMM Family InstituteSM. He's also a leader of the firm’s
LGBTQ Representation Practice.
Mr. Trotti created the VMM Family Institute to foster effective communication
and cooperation in matrimonial and family law matters. Recognizing that
emotional and various other issues cannot be addressed by the legal system,
he has pioneered the use of Collaborative Law principles, an approach
used in corporate dispute resolution, in domestic cases. His practice
empowers families to make informed decisions regarding their future while
avoiding the steep legal fees associated with courtroom battles, and more
importantly—the accompanying emotional harm.
For his pioneering work, the
New York Law Journal
named him a “2019 Trailblazer,” one of a handful of attorneys statewide
selected for the prestigious recognition. He was also
named the “2019 Top Lawyer of Long Island” in the Family Law category by theLI Herald.
Mr. Trotti possesses over 35 years of trial experience in custody, divorce,
and support matters, including several landmark cases. He has carved out
a reputation as an innovative litigator and compassionate counsel, with
a strong record of successful judgments and settlements for his clients.
His work also includes estate and commercial real estate litigation, involving
will challenges, trust mismanagement, guardianship contests, and other
estate plan disputes.
Mr. Trotti additionally has extensive experience representing LGBTQ individuals
in matters unique to the community, including marriage and domestic partnership,
divorce and separation, and adoption and custody. He is the executive
Left Out in America: Legislating Life, Love and LGBT, which won “Best Directorial Debut of a Documentary” in the
2011 New York International Film Festival. The LGBTQ Representation Practice
which he helps lead was named a
LI Herald “2019 Top Lawyers of Long Island” in both the Civil Rights
and Pro Bono categories.
Mr. Trotti is the partner-in-charge overseeing the firm’s marketing
and business development initiatives, working closely with the department’s
director and all attorneys. He is a member of the Long Island City Partnership;
New York State Bar Association Family Law Section; Queens County Bar Association
Family Law Committee; Nassau County Bar Association Matrimonial Law Committee;
Latino Lawyers Bar Association; Nassau County Columbian Lawyers Association;
Queens County Women’s Bar Association; and New York State Society
of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Trotti is heavily involved in pro bono and nonprofit community work,
including as a member of the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Pro
Bono Panel; Queens County Civil and Supreme Court Pro Bono panel; former
president of the board of the Community Education Council; co-chair of
the Forest Hills Youth Activities Association; and the Forest Hills Gardens
board of directors, where he served as legal chair. His support for charitable
organizations has included New York Families for Autistic Children; the
Multiple Sclerosis Fundraising Committee; and the Child Abuse Prevention
Services Fundraising Committee.
Passionate about educational reform, in 2006–2011 he served as president
of the board of the Community Education Council, collaborating with parents
in reforming New York City’s public schools. In 2017, he was appointed
to the Legal Outreach Attorney Mentoring Program.
Mr. Trotti received his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School
of Law. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from
Queens College. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.