Joseph J. Discenza

Joseph J. Discenza

Senior Counsel

Joseph Discenza is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney (as certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court) with extensive trial experience in both the civil and criminal arenas. He is the head of the Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation practice group and specializes in all areas of plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, with a special emphasis on motor vehicle and slip-and-fall accidents. He also specializes in work-related accidents and workplace accidents and has been representing individuals injured as a result of the negligence of others for over 40 years. He has also won a number of settlements in excess of one million dollars.

Joseph has again been recognized by Super Lawyers for Personal Injury in 2016*.

Joseph is Chair of the Criminal and Municipal Court Defense practice group and has over 40 years of experience in representing those accused of crime in both the state and municipal courts of New Jersey. He specializes in all types of criminal prosecutions in the state courts, as well as the defense of DWI/DUI and other serious offenses in municipal courts.

In addition, Joseph is the co-chair of the Domestic Violence Practice group, and has been prosecuting and defending domestic violence matters for over fifteen years. Due to his over 30 years of experience representing those accused of crimes in state and municipal courts, Joseph brings a unique perspective to domestic violence matters, many of which have a criminal component.


*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the American Bar Association. A description of the standard or methodology used by Super Lawyers can be found here.

  • Essex County Bar Association Member
  • Middlesex County Bar Association Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Member
  • American Bar Association Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Member

  • State of New Jersey 1975
  • U.S. District Court of NJ 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, B.A., 1967

Personal Injury Newsletter – August 2023 Edition

August 25, 2023

We’re excited to share this month’s Personal Injury Newsletter. With back-to-school approaching, this edition is dedicated to prioritizing safety and preventing common injuries, so we’ve got you covered with essential tips for a worry-free school year. You will also find additional valuable content, such as insurance and safety concerns with electric scooters, insights into some […]

Navigating Back-to-School Safety: Preventing the Most Common Injuries

August 13, 2023

As the school season kicks into gear, safety should be at the forefront of everyone's minds. At Mandelbaum Barrett PC, we are committed to ensuring your children have a safe and joyful academic year. While schools are expected to provide a secure learning environment, the reality is that unintentional injuries can occur on school grounds, around buses, and even in the neighborhood. It's a collective responsibility of parents, students, school staff, and the community to take proactive measures to safeguard our children.

The Subpoena Process for a Personal Injury Case

July 10, 2023

Dealing with a personal injury case can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when you encounter complex aspects like the subpoena process. By gaining a clear understanding of the role and function of subpoenas, you can feel more confident as you progress through each stage of your case. In this article, we’re going to take a closer […]

How to Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

June 21, 2023

Personal injury claims can arise from a variety of situations, from motor vehicle accidents to medical malpractice. In these cases, it’s essential to determine who is legally responsible for the harm caused to the victim. This is where determining and, ultimately, proving negligence becomes important.  What is Negligence? Negligence is a legal term that refers […]

Debunking Common Myths About Personal Injury Lawsuits

June 7, 2023

Personal injury cases can be complex and there are many misconceptions surrounding the process. As a New Jersey personal injury law firm, we want to educate potential clients about common myths and misconceptions regarding personal injury lawsuits. With a better understanding of the facts, you’ll be better equipped to make informed decisions about your legal […]

Golf Cart Accidents: More Dangerous Than You Think

February 3, 2023

The Dangers of Golf Carts Golf carts may seem like a harmless mode of transportation, but they can be quite dangerous. Recently, our Personal Injury team assisted a client who was a victim of a golf cart accident in reaching a settlement of $500,000. The client was run over by the golf cart and suffered […]

13 Mandelbaum Barrett PC Attorneys Named to the 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers List and 3 to Rising Stars

March 12, 2019

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is pleased to announce that thirteen of our attorneys have been selected by their peers as New Jersey Super Lawyers* for 2019. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state of New Jersey are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. In addition, the Firm is excited to announce that three of our attorneys were named to the Rising Stars list for 2019, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys age 40 or under or who are in practice for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. This year's Mandelbaum Barrett PC Super Lawyers include: