Joseph A. DeMarco is a partner at Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLC. He is a 1997 graduate of Wake Forest University, cum laude, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Joe received his Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School in 2001, where he was an editor for the Journal of International and Comparative Law.
Prior to joining the firm, Joe was a summer intern for the Honorable Peter B. Skelos. He joined the firm in August, 2001 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in February, 2002. Since that time, Joe has practiced exclusively in matrimonial and family law, and his experience includes the handling of matters involving complex equitable distribution, child custody, support, and appellate work. Joe assisted the firm in the matter of Prichep v. Prichep, 52 A.D.3d 61, 858 N.Y.S.2d 667 (2d Dept. 2008), a significant decision that further solidified the rights of non-monied spouses to receive counsel fee awards.
In 2015 Joe was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”).
Joe was inducted to the Ten Leaders of Matrimonial & Divorce Law of Long Island, Age 45 & Under in 2015, and he has been selected by Super Lawyers as a New York Rising Star since 2011.
Joe attended the AAML Institute for Training New Associates Advanced Program in 2004 and 2006, and the Houston Family Law Trial Institute in 2009. He has lectured on matrimonial law topics for the Nassau County Bar Association, National Business Institute, and the Practicing Law Institute. Since 2007, he has been an adjunct instructor in the Legal Studies Department at Nassau Community College, teaching courses in business law, legal writing, and law office management.
In January, 2013 Joe was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Month by the Nassau County Bar Association for his support and pro bono legal representation to help battered and abused women through the Pro Bono Project of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Joe also provides pro bono legal services through the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Nassau County, which helps Nassau County’s neediest residents.
Joe is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Academy of Law since 2013, and was appointed to the Nassau County Bar Association’s Grievance Committee in 2014. Joe is also an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Matrimonial Committee, and has contributed to its monthly case-law update.