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Joseph J. Tock

  • Managing Partner

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Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury/Negligence
  • Criminal Defense
  • Real Estate
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates
  • Small Business Law
  • Landlord/Tenant Law


Joseph was one of the youngest attorneys ever hired in the Bronx County District Attorney's Office. During his seven-year tenure there he handled hundreds of criminal cases, specializing in child sex crimes and homicides. Joe has tried more than 75 felony cases to verdict, including 17 homicides. In 1992, he opened his own firm in Putnam County handling criminal defense, personal injury, real estate transactions, business law, and Wills, trusts & estates. Joe is the preeminent trial attorney in Putnam, Dutchess, & Northern Westchester Counties. In business more than 30 years in Mahopac, NY, his experience with the legal system is unmatched. Joe has litigated more than 500 personal injury automobile accident cases and drafted more than 1300 Wills for our clients. In his 40 years practicing law Joe has satisfied thousands of clients' legal needs. 

Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, Joe is a St. John's University graduate, obtaining both his B.S. and J.D. degrees there. A lifelong Mets fan, Joe enjoys catching a game at Shea Stadium CitiField, tending an impressive vegetable garden at home, and traveling the world to experience other cultures and look for wildlife. He is extremely involved in the local community as a longtime member of the Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees, Director and past President of the Putnam County Bar Association, and a past Vice-President, Counsel, and Board member of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. Joe is also a member of the Bronx County Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers' Association, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York State Bar Association, and American Bar Association. He also serves on the Putnam County Grievance Committee.

Bar Admissions:

New York, 1984
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1985
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1985
U.S. Supreme Court, 2008

Professional Associations & Memberships:

American Association of Justice
American Bar Association
Bronx County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New York State Trial Lawyers' Association
Putnam County Bar Association
Director 2000-Present
President 2005-2006
Trial Lawyers Care
St. John's University of Law Criminal Law Institute Board of Governors (Founding Member)

Honors & Awards:

Business Person of the Year, The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce, 2006


St. John's University School of Law
Jamaica, New York, J.D. 1983
Honors: Accelerated Two and One-Half Year Program
Honors: St. Thomas More Scholarship for Legal Research
Honors: President, Student Bar Association

St. John's University

Jamaica, New York
B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) 1981
Major: Criminal Justice
Honors: Dean's List, 1977-1981
Honors: Gold Key for Outstanding Achievement in Criminal Justice

Community Involvement / Pro Bono:

Holy Cross High School
Board of Directors 1993-1999
Inducted into Hall Of Fame 2002

Mahopac Chamber of Commerce 1994-Present
Member of the Board of Directors 1999-2005
Vice President: 2004-2005
Secretary: 2002-2003

Mahopac Public Library
Vice President and Member of Board of Trustees 2006-Present
Chairman of Major Gifts Campaign 2003-2004

Mahopac National Bank
Board of Business Development 1999-Present

Mahopac Sports Association
Baseball/Softball Coach: 1997-2006

March of Dimes
Putnam County Corporate Sponsor

Northern Westchester-Putnam Women's Resource Center
Corporate Sponsor

Putnam Family Support & Advocacy
Board of Directors 1999-2002

Town of Carmel
Real Property Board of Assessment Review 1997-2013

Past Employment:

Finkelstein, Levine; Associate
Newburgh, NY 1989-1992

National Paralegal Institute; Instructor
Mahwah, NJ 1989-1990

Bronx District Attorney's Office; Assistant District Attorney
Bronx, NY 1983-1989