Partner Joseph Trotti is the head of the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group and founding partner of the VMM Family InstituteSM. He's also a leader of the firm’s LGBT Representation Practice Group.
He established the VMM Family Institute as a way 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.
In 2019, Mr. Trotti was named a New York Law Journal Trailblazer, a prestigious recognition given for his “pioneer spirit” and work.
In addition to the conventional matters handled by a matrimonial and family law attorney, Mr. Trotti has extensive experience working with LGBT individuals and partners on matters unique to members of that community. He was the executive producer of the documentary, Left Out in America: Legislating Life, Love and LGBT, a film accepted to the New York International Film Festival in 2011, for which he was awarded “Best Directorial Debut of a Documentary.”
When litigation becomes necessary – in only the most disputed matrimonial and family law matters -- Mr. Trotti has an established record of successful settlements and judgments for his clients. As a litigator, his work also includes commercial real estate litigation and estate litigation. Litigating estates calls upon Mr. Trotti’s well-honed communication skills when a dispute arises over a will, trust or other estate planning element, including will challenges, trust mismanagement and guardianship contests.
Mr. Trotti is the partner-in-charge of the VMM's marketing initiatives, working closely with the chief marketing officer and all attorneys in establishing business development goals and outcomes. He is a member of Long Island City Partnership; New York State Bar Association Family Law Section; Queens County Bar Association, serving on its Family Law Committee; Nassau County Bar Association, actively participating in its Matrimonial Law Committee; Latino Lawyers Bar Association; Nassau County Columbian Lawyers Association; and Queens County Women’s Bar Association. Mr. Trotti also is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
A firm believer in pro bono activities and giving back to the communities in which we live and work, Mr. Trotti is a member of the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Pro Bono Panel and the Queens County Civil and Supreme Court Pro Bono panel. His support for charitable organizations has included New York Families for Autistic Children, the Multiple Sclerosis Fundraising Committee and Child Abuse Prevention Services Fundraising Committee. Mr. Trotti’s longstanding dedication to the Forest Hills Youth Activities Association includes appointment in 2018 as co-chair of the organization, where he also is a member of the soccer committee. He is a former member of the Forest Hills Gardens board of directors and previously served as legal chair for the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation.
Dedicated to educational reform, from 2006-2011 Mr. Trotti served as president of the board of the Community Education Council, an organization that seeks to expand opportunities for parents to take a leadership role in the reform of New York City’s public schools. In that role he oversaw school curriculum, budget concerns, special education and safety issues. In 2017, he was appointed to the Legal Outreach Attorney Mentoring Program, where he has been paired with an urban high school student, serving as a role model and collaborating on the preparation for a constitutional law debate.
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. Mr. Trotti is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.