Joseph M. Marabondo
Joseph M. Marabondo is an experienced trial lawyer who is certified by our Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, an achievement only 2% of lawyers have obtained. Joe’s trial practice is focused on the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and products liability. Joe’s clients are very important to him and he works tirelessly to obtain optimal recoveries for them, unequivocally trying cases to give them the best results if need be.
Since 2020, Joe has been identified by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in New Jersey and has been named one of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families by New Jersey Family in the field of personal injury over the same timeframe. Since 2019, he has been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, a distinction given to no more than 2.5 % of lawyers in the State.
Prior to joining Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP, Joe started his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Jeffrey R. Jablonski, Superior Court, Civil Part, Hudson County. Joe then worked at prominent defense firms gaining invaluable experience, which he now utilizes to anticipate and counter defense arguments during discovery and trial.
Joe received his B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University where he graduated with magna cum laude distinction, and was awarded membership into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. He obtained his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he also graduated with magna cum laude distinction. While in law school, Joe served as a law clerk for Hon. Rosemarie E. Aquilina – 30th Circuit Court Judge of the State of Michigan, and was also the Assistant Editor of the school’s Law Review. Joe was mentored by the Hon. Richard F. Suhhrheinrich, a United States Senior Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Joe is an active member of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, New Jersey State Bar Association, and Middlesex County Bar Association. Joe has given lectures on topics concerning personal injury.
Aside from work, Joe volunteers his time to helping college students strengthen their public speaking skills by serving as a judge for the annual Scarlett Knight Mock Trial Invitational, a two-day tournament where teams from across the country argue fictional criminal case patterns, representing both the prosecution and defense. When Joe is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
Joe has obtained a number of great results for his clients including:
- $2,500,000 confidential settlement on a Products Liability case involving a 33-year old who was injured while utilizing an exercise ball. The client presented to the subject facility to rehabilitate a prior spinal surgery that implanted hardware in his spine. When using the exercise ball as instructed, it burst, causing the client to fall to the ground, sustain a fracture to one of his vertebrae, and ultimately undergo an additional spinal surgery. The facility and manufacturer were sued for product defect and negligence claims
- $960,000 confidential settlement for a client injured in the scope of his employment when he tripped and fell on a roof, causing him to undergo a two-level cervical fusion. The case was complicated due to the client’s extensive neck history predating this incident.
- $675,000 settlement for a man struck by a vehicle as he was crossing the street causing him to undergo surgery to repair a fractured tibia.
- $625,000 settlement for a client injured after a metal pipe was dropped on his foot causing him to sustain fractures to the first, third, and fifth toes on his right foot.
- $485,760 for a man injured in a motor vehicle crash resulting in surgery.
- $412,000 confidential settlement for an injured client who underwent surgery to her left elbow following a fall at a banquet hall.
- $400,000 settlement for a woman who underwent a cervical fusion approximately two years after the crash. The case is further noteworthy due to the fact that the client had a cervical MRI three months before the crash as well as a cervical MRI three months after the crash. Defense argued the client’s injuries were all preexisting and that the post-crash MRI was the same as the pre-crash MRI.
- $300,000 for a fractured ankle with surgery for a woman who fell at a restaurant.
- $260,000 settlement for a client who underwent a knee replacement despite the client having knee pain ongoing for about 25 years from a prior ATV accident and a prior recommendation for knee replacement surgery. The client ultimately underwent a right knee replacement approximately three-and-a-half years after this trip and fall. Our experts opined this trip and fall aggravated and exacerbated the client's knee injuries, causing the client to prematurely undergo the knee replacement surgery that she did not want to undergo.
- $215,000 confidential settlement for a woman who was not given a proper fall risk assessment and subsequently fell in the same medical facility, fracturing her ankle.
- $200,000 settlement for an 85-year old man for non-surgical injuries sustained to his neck and ribs following a motor vehicle crash.
- $185,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on untreated ice outside of a strip mall causing her to fracture her humerus.
- $175,000 settlement for a client who underwent arthroscopic surgery to her left ankle following a dog bite.
- $162,500 settlement for a 43 year-old woman who sustained one cervical herniation and had one cervical epidural injection
- Dozens of additional six-figure settlements.
Areas of Practice
- New Jersey
- District Court of New Jersey
Certified Legal Specialties
- Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey
Professional Associations & Memberships
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Middlesex County Bar Association
- Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
Honors & Awards
- New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019-2021
- New Jersey Association for Justice
- New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families,2020-present
- Lectured on Scope of Employment, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2019