Joseph Anthony Materna, Esq. Aus Prince’s Bay, a well-known Staten Island attorney known for both his love for family and legal expertise, died on Wednesday January 27th after a brief and aggressive battle with Covid-19. He was 73 years old and died in the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
He was surrounded by his wife Dolores, daughters Jodi Marie (son-in-law Tad Davis), Jennifer and Janine. He and his wife just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on December 14th.
Mr. Materna achieved many achievements in life but beamed when he was recognized by Columbia University as the first Columbia College graduate in history, who had three daughters who also graduated from Columbia College.
His family remembered how much he loved being a lawyer and lecturing for the Archdiocese of New York in his spare time – and how much he loved spending time with his family, especially while on vacation in nearly 50 countries.
Most recently, Mr. Materna was named New York State Lawyer of the Year 2020 by the Top 100 Registry.
His family remembered how well known he was for his speeches and toasts, whether it was profound eulogies or toasts to graduation parties or weddings. His toast to daughter Jodi Marie’s wedding in November 2019 still talks about what it was like the best wedding toast they have ever heard, the family said.
He loved telling “jokes” whether it be when signing a will, at family gatherings, or when meeting new people. He was definitely a “girl daddy,” they said in affectionate gossip, “history,” shopping, and “getting a deal”.
Mr. Materna was born in Garfield, New Jersey, in June to Peggy and Anthony Materna. 13, 1947. He received his BA from Columbia College and his JD from Columbia Law School, both from Columbia University. He served his country in the military and will receive a military funeral.
He began his career with an established law firm and later founded his own law firm: the Law Firm of Joseph A. Materna, Esq., Focusing on Trusts & Estates Planning. He was a lecturer in the field and an expert on litigation before trusts and estates. He also did pro bono work for the needy.
He has served in a number of professional associations – the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Estate and Trust Management Committee of the Richmond County Bar Association, Queens County Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, and New Jersey Bar Association.
Also includes the New York Civil Court Arbitrator, the American Arbitration Association, the New York City Lawyers Association, the American Judges Association, the New York City Estate Planning Council, the Arthritis Foundation’s Planned Giving Board, Legacies and Planned Gifts Committee the Archdiocese of New York, the National Association of the Estate Planning Council, the National Association of Trusts and Estates of Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the Columbia College Alumni Association Alumni Class President, the Columbia Law School Alumni Association, and the Richmond Town Historical Society.
He was a member of the New York, New Jersey, and Florida Bar and admitted to all local state and federal courts, the US District Court of New York, the US District Court of New York, and the US District Court for District New Jersey. US Federal Circuit, US Tax Court, US Supreme Court, and probate courts in all Florida counties.
In particular, he held the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Rating for over 25 years. Since 2010, it has also had the highest possible peer review rating for legal capacity and ethical standards.
He was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who. International Who’s Who; Who is who in the world Who is who in america? Who’s Who in American Law; Who is who in the east? Continental Who’s Who; Strathmore is who is who.
He was named New York City’s Top Trusts & Estates Attorney by Avenue Magazine. Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement; Named Top 100 Trusts & Estates Attorney in New York State by the American Society of Legal Advocates since 2014; Named the Top 10 Best Estate Planning Lawyers in New York in 2019 by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for Exceptional and Excellent Customer Service; and honored attorneys who recognize excellence in legal practice.
He has been featured in The Arthritis Reporter and writes on wills and tax law.
“Our hearts are heavy for the sudden loss of my extraordinarily loving husband,” said his wife Dolores. “He should be remembered as a loving father and honored for his gifts of love, inspiration, patience, kindness and immeasurable warmth.”
“He has had numerous professional achievements in his life, but what he found his deepest accomplishment was his marriage to his beloved wife, Dolores. . . and the accomplishments of his three daughters Jodi Marie, Jennifer and Janine ”read a tribute.
In addition to his wife Dolores and daughters Jodi Marie (son-in-law Tad Davis), Jennifer and Janine, two brothers, Dr. Thomas Materna and Kevin Materna.
The colonial funeral home at 2819 Hylan Boulevard in New Dorp takes care of the organization. A wake-up call will take place on Sunday, January 31, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Clare’s RC Church, 110 Nelson Ave., Great Kills.
All Covid-19 face mask and social distancing restrictions are in place.