Joseph J. Riva, Esq. 

SUMMARY RESUME

Professional / Legal Experience
Attorney -  Joseph J. Riva - 1970 - 1990
Judge - Superior Court of New Jersey - 1990 - 2010
Family Division - 1990 - 1994
Family Division, Presiding Judge - 1994 - 1995
Criminal Division - 1995 - 2001
Civil Division - 2001 - 2010
Civil Division, Acting Presiding Judge - 2004 - 2010
General Equity Disqualification Judge - 2004 - 2010
Appellate Division, Temporarily Assigned - 2005
Judge -  Municipal Court of the City of Paterson - 1981 - 1988
Judge -  Municipal Court of the City of Paterson, Presiding Judge - 1988 - 1990
Deputy Director, City of Paterson Legal Department - 1979 - 1981
Legal Assistant/City Prosecutor/Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Paterson - 1974 - 1979
Counsel to Paterson Municipal Council - 1978 - 1981
Prosecutor for the Township of Fairfield - 1974 - 1979
Law Clerk for the Honorable Peter J. Ciolino and the Honorable Joseph M. Harrison - 1970 - 1971

Substantial professional experience in all case types in every division
Arbitration / ADR Experience
Forthright Arbitrator
National Arbitration Forum Arbitrator

Almost twenty years of settlement conferences with the Superior Court of New Jersey

Education / Professional Training
State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1970
Seton Hall University, Bachelor of Arts, 1967
New Jersey Judicial College, attended courses annually from 1990 to the present
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, attended numerous courses

Completed required or recommended continuing legal education courses

Professional Admissions / Associations / Achievements
Admitted to Practice in New Jersey, 1971
Admitted to Practice in United States District Court, District of New Jersey
Admitted to Practice in United States Supreme Court
Member - Passaic County Bar Association
Member - Statewide Domestic Violence Working Group
Member - Family Court Practice Committee
Member - Judicial Salaries and Pensions Committee
Member - Model Criminal Charge Committee
Member - Blue Ribbon Judicial Ethics Committee
Member - Passaic County Review Committee of the Supreme Court Task Force on Dispute Resolution
Member - Municipal Court Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court Task Force as to Municipal Courts
Member - Passaic County Review Committee of the Special Civil Task Force
M.A. v. Estate of A.C., 274 N.J. Super. 245 (Ch. Div. 1993)
State v. Oliver, 298 N.J. Super. 538 (Law Div. 1996)
Valley Hosp. v. Kroll, 368 N.J. Super. 601 (Law Div. 1996)
Hedges v. Bd. of Educ. of the Manchester High Sch. Dist., 399 N.J. Super. 279 (Law Div. 2007)
In re Estate of Balgar, 399 N.J. Super. 426 (Ch. Div. 2007)
Algarin v. Haledon Bd. of Educ., 408 N.J. Super. 266 (Law Div. 2009)
Wrote twenty opinions while sitting in the Appellate Division 

Maintains high legal ethical standards and complies with professional responsibility rules


The above referenced Independent Arbitrator may have decided previous National Arbitration Forum or Forthright arbitration cases involving one or more of the parties in this assigned arbitration case. This is a summary resume of the Arbitrator’s qualifications. 


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