Joseph T. Rivera Jr. is an Associate in the New York office of Gordon & Rees and is a member of the Product & General Liability practice group. He has extensive experience handling complex litigation in the areas of product liability, special education and criminal litigation. Mr. Rivera serves as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at his alma mater, Fordham Law, where he draws upon his experiences conducting jury selection, opening statements, direct/cross examination and closing arguments to prepare students for intercollegiate trial advocacy competitions. As a litigator, Mr. Rivera has negotiated favorable outcomes on behalf of his clients prior to and during litigation and has achieved favorable verdicts through bench and jury trials.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rivera worked for the New York City Department of Education, Office of the General Counsel, in the special education unit, where he defended the Department at numerous Carter/Connor administrative hearings regarding alleged violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In this role, Mr. Rivera successfully negotiated hundreds of favorable outcomes for the Department. Before that, he served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office where he was specially selected to be a member of the office’s Bias, Gun and Hate Crimes Units. Here, he successfully prosecuted hundreds of major felony cases including attempted murders, burglaries and robberies.
In law school, Mr. Rivera gained experience in federal litigation through an internship with Judge Marilyn D. Go in the Eastern District of New York and participation in Fordham Law’s Federal Litigation Clinic. Through these roles, Mr. Rivera represented a cooperating witness in a political corruption case, argued before the Second Circuit and drafted multiple decisions on behalf of Judge Go. During law school, Mr. Rivera was elected as Co-President of the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) where he was able to meet Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and organize numerous programs and events aimed at preparing his fellow law students for legal practice. He also founded a legal networking group while in law school, the La Unidad Latina Law Guild, for which he still currently serves as Co-Chair.
New Jersey (Inactive)
La Unidad Latina Law Guild, Co-Chair
New York City Bar Association, Member
Fordham Law Alumni Attorneys of Color Committee, Member
Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Mentor
Regis High School Bar Association