Partner Joseph Trotti is the head of Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP’s Matrimonial and Family Law Practice and founding partner of the VMM Family InstituteSM. He is also a leader of the firm’s LGBTQ Representation and COVID-19 Legal Assistance Practices.
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 the LI Herald and a 2020 Super Lawyers "Top Rated Family Law Attorney."
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 producer of 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 the LI Herald “2019 Top Lawyers of Long Island” in two categories, Civil Rights and Pro Bono, and a New York Law Journal "Top Rated Lawyers 2020."
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.