Joseph A. Canepa
Car Accident Attorney
Attorney Joseph Canepa was born in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2009. Joe went on to study law at the University at Buffalo School of Law, with a concentration in criminal law. He received his Juris Doctor in 2012.
Admitted to practice law in New York State and the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, he currently serves as the Alumni Advisor for the local chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. As their Alumni Advisor, Joe acts as a liaison between law students and local practicing members. Joe is frequently involved with helping the law students navigate their way through law school, and he provides guidance to students who are searching for legal work or making the transition from school to the work force. Joe has also volunteered for Compeer, Inc., a nonprofit that helps people who are living with mental health issues.
We asked Joe what motivated him to become a lawyer in the first place. He told us about his first experience with law: when he was 10 years old, his elementary school class conducted a mock trial (for a hypothetical personal injury matter). Joe was one of the attorneys for the mock trial and he loved it so much that he has wanted to become a trial lawyer ever since. Today he fulfills that dream by fighting for his clients in court and taking cases to verdict.
When asked what he likes most about his job, Joe said “The most meaningful and rewarding part of our work is playing a role in our clients’ healing processes. We all know how important it is to have an attorney who will fight for you to get you the financial compensation you deserve. But working at William Mattar, P.C. gives me the chance to help people on deeper levels too. When someone has suffered a traumatic injury, there is nothing more rewarding than helping that person return to wholeness on all levels. That means helping them navigate the legal process and receive compensation, while making sure they are healing from the physical and emotional trauma they have been dealing with.”
Joe’s prior legal experience has thoroughly prepared him to be an effective advocate for his clients. Most significantly, Joe worked as an insurance defense attorney for two and a half years before joining our firm. In this role, Joe worked closely with a number of insurance companies and has direct personal insight into the way the other side approaches the claims we make on behalf of our clients. In law school, Joe worked in legal internships with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, the Monroe County Public Defenders, and the New York State Liquor Authority, researching and enforcing New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Control laws. He has also worked in business litigation and general practice law firms.
Joe joined our firm in August of 2015. While his past experiences have given him a well-rounded background of legal knowledge, he tells us he cannot imagine practicing in any other field of law after this. The connections he has developed with his clients – celebrating their victories with them, mourning their losses with them, and helping them on their path to recovery – are irreplaceable experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in law.
In his spare time, Joe enjoys weight training, playing guitar, reading, boxing, practicing yoga, and hiking.
- State University of New York at Binghamton (B.A.), 2009
- SUNY Buffalo Law School (J.D.), 2013
- New York State, 2013
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2013
Professional Associations & Memberships
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Bar Association of Erie County
- Phi Alpha Delta, Alden Chapter, Alumni Advisor
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association (Western New York Chapter)