Joseph A. Camillo, Jr.

Partner and Managing Attorney

jcamillo@shslawfirm.com
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Co-Chair – Foreclosure and Default Servicing Practice Group

Mr. Camillo is a partner and managing attorney of SHS’s Foreclosure and Default Servicing Practice Groups. Mr. Camillo has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Banking, Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Real Estate, Litigation, Regulatory Compliance and Condominium Law. Mr. Camillo also has extensive experience in representing public sector/quasi governmental agencies such as Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency; Rhode Island Housing; Fannie Mae; Freddie Mac; HUD, USDA and the Veterans Association. He is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, US District Court for the District of Vermont and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. Camillo earned his J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law in 1994, and his B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in 1989. Mr. Camillo lectures extensively throughout the country on topics such as foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction, condominium law and litigation. Mr. Camillo serves as corporate counsel for the New England Adjustment Managers Association (NEAMA); a Conference Faculty member of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) as well as a faculty member of the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA).  Memberships include the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Real Estate Bar Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Bar Associations, and the American Liver Foundation/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for which he has raised funds and awareness by participating and completing several Ironman and marathon endurance races. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Fort Point Place Condominium Association.

Education

  • 1994 Massachusetts School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • 1988 Oxford University, Somerville College, Visiting Student
  • 1989 St. Bonaventure University, B.A.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court
  • US District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • US District Court for the District of Vermont
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Conference Faculty member of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • Conference Faculty member of Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (REBA)
  • Member of American Bankruptcy Institute, Real Estate Bar Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Bar Associations
  • Serves as general counsel for the New England Adjustment Managers Association (NEAMA)

Community and Civic Activity

  • Member of the American Liver Foundation, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for which he has raised funds and awareness by participating and completing several IRONMAN endurance races and New York/Boston Marathons.

Representative Cases

Bank of N.Y. Mellon v. Cataldo, No. 2009-930, SUPREME COURT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, 161 N.H. 135, 13 A. 3d 134, 2010 N.H. LEXIS 131, September 8, 2010, Submitted, November 10, 2010, Affirmed, Opinion Issued, Rec. Den. Joseph Camillo, Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP on the brief for the plaintiff.

Successfully litigated whether a Plea of Title precluded the District Court from acting further in the case when it had already ordered the Defendant to transfer the case to Superior Court.

The Supreme Court found that the filing of the Plea of Title does not immediately halt the possessory proceedings in the District Court. Instead, the District Court proceedings stop only when the Defendant files the recognizance pursuant to RSA 540:17. The Defendant must then enter his action in the Superior Court for the county at the next return day pursuant to RSA 540:18. If the Defendant then fails to enter his action in the Superior Court, however, the Supreme Court held that the possessory proceedings in the District Court may resume.

Martins v. United States Bank, N.A., CIVIL ACTION NO. 11-11349-RGS, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109433, September 26, 2011, Decided

Ambrosini v. Cawley, 06 MISC 334126, MASSACHUSETTS LAND COURT, 18 LCR 511; 2010 Mass. LCR LEXIS 129, October 7, 2010, Decided

Mikesell v. Bennett, 08 MISC 378596, MASSACHUSETTS LAND COURT, 18 LCR 129; 2010 Mass. LCR LEXIS 33, February 26, 2010, Decided