Joseph A. Marutollo was appointed as a Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York on September 25, 2023.
Judge Marutollo received his B.A. degree summa cum laude in 2007 from Fordham University, and a J.D. degree cum laude in 2010 from Pace University School of Law, where he was Executive Articles Editor of the Pace Law Review. Upon graduating from law school, Judge Marutollo served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. While at the New York City Law Department, Judge Marutollo handled over 100 federal cases brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, including multiple trials.
Prior to joining the bench, Judge Marutollo served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from March 2015 to September 2023. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Marutollo served as Chief of the Civil Division, where he oversaw all civil litigation involving the federal government in the district. During his tenure as Chief of the Civil Division, Judge Marutollo worked with senior management to help create the Office’s Civil Rights Team, Consumer Protection Team, Environmental Justice Team, and the Civil Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence. Additionally, Judge Marutollo served as Co-Chair of the Legal Issues and Positions Subcommittee for the Department of Justice’s Opioid Epidemic Civil Litigation Task Force and as a member of the Department of Justice’s Civil Chiefs’ Working Group. Judge Marutollo also held other supervisory positions at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Acting Chief of the Civil Division, Principal Deputy Chief of the Civil Division, Deputy Chief of the Civil Division, Chief of the Immigration Litigation Unit, Ethics Advisor, and Professional Responsibility Officer. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Marutollo served as the lead attorney on behalf of the United States in over 150 federal cases, including successful trials in the Eastern District of New York and appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
In 2019, Judge Marutollo received a Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys for his exemplary performance in leading the district’s civil immigration practice. Also in 2019, Pace University School of Law awarded Judge Marutollo its Rising Star Award. In 2022, Judge Marutollo received the Younger Federal Lawyer Award from the Federal Bar Association.
Judge Marutollo has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law, Fordham Law School, and Brooklyn Law School, as well as an Externship Coordinator at Cardozo Law School. Judge Marutollo has served as a member of the EDNY and SDNY Joint Local Rules Committee; the Advisory Committee on Civil Litigation of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; the Board of Editors of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly; and the Board of Advisors at Fordham University’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies.