The son of a nurse and a teacher, Joe credits his family’s work ethic and background more than any formal education in helping him effectively represent his clients.
Joe was born and raised in Southern New Jersey, where he spent time playing and working on his grandparent’s farm. While attending high school and college, Joe worked as a landscaper, a catering server, a grocery clerk, and a construction laborer.
After his first year of law school, Joe journeyed to Alaska, and worked in a salmon smokery, and as a deck hand on a halibut fishing boat back in the days of the 24 hour derby season.
Joe also clerked for a premier Portland, Oregon Plaintiff’s personal injury law firm during law school, and worked as an intern for the National Wildlife Foundation.
Since he graduated from law school over twenty years ago, Joe has focused solely on working with Oregon and Washington families on personal injury, wrongful death, workers compensation, and disability claims. Joe has tried and litigated several cases in state and federal courts throughout Western Oregon and Washington, has represented several hundred Claimants in front of the Social Security Administration and the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board. Joe has also argued cases on appeal before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Joe’s experience includes work on catastrophic injury claims, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, and complex orthopedic fractures. Joe has also worked on major products liability cases, and wrongful death cases involving log truck and auto collisions.
Joe is the author of consumer books, including:
- The Oregon Personal Injury Guide
- Navigating the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Maze
- Social Security Disability Guide
Joe has lectured at continuing legal seminars on topics including trial practice and office management, and has appeared as a guest speaker for injury and disability support groups. Joe has also taught at the college level.
Joe is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, The Washington Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association of Justice, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives. He currently serves as a member of the Oregon State Bar Workers' Compensation Section Executive Committee.
Joe is also certified as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Joe’s most profound professional experience was his pro bono representation of two New Jersey families before the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund. Returning to his home state, Joe represented a volunteer firefighter who was seriously injured while rescuing another victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and a family who lost a father and husband in the World Trade Tower.
The Washington State Bar and the Oregon State Bar Young Lawyers Section have recognized Joe for his pro bono work.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- Oregon State Bar
- Washington State Bar
- US Federal District Court for Oregon
- US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- US Federal District Court for Western Washington
Joe is currently a member of the Astoria Sunday Market Board of Directors, and recently joined the board of the Wildlife Center of the North Coast.
Joe is the former President of the Oregon Wildlife Federation, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Astoria Children’s Museum, and served as a founding board member of the Astoria Schools Foundation. Joe has coached many youth sports teams, including legendary Blue Tiger Squids soccer team, and the Wonder Girls softball team. The Di Bartolomeo Law Office supports local youth activities through sponsorships and donations, including the Clatsop County Fair Livestock Auction, Astoria High School, and the North Coast Merchant Fast Pitch Softball Association.
Joe lives in Astoria, Oregon with his wife Joanie. He is a semi-decent banjo player, and was inspired to learn music from his son, Jordan. Joe and his daughter Libby have recenlty taken up what he hopes to be annual backpacking trips. Joe and Joanie enjoy visits from their grown kids, but also gardening, beach walks, and petting other people's dogs.