A Strong Team Of Legal Advocates

Jose I. Bastarrika

  • Partner / Head of Family Law Department


Woodland Park, NJ





Jose I. Bastarrika concentrates his practice in the area of Family Law.  Jose served as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Family Division in Passaic County.  He has been a Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem in complex child custody, child abuse and neglect actions.  A Rule 1:40 Qualified Matrimonial Mediator, Mr. Bastarrika is a panel chair of the Passaic County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel, a Trustee in the Justice Clifford American Inns of Court and a member of the Northern New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court.  He has been appointed to the Child Custody and Parenting Committee of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a former member of the New Jersey State Bar Family Law Executive Committee.  He was selected by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve as Section Chair of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and is a former member of the District XI Fee Arbitration Committee. Most recently, he served on the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on domestic violence. 

Mr. Bastarrika sat on the Executive Committee of the Hispanic Bar Association for over 6 years and has lectured regularly at the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education on the issue of Professional Responsibility.  He has appeared as a Legal Commentator on Court TV, Univision and Telemundo and was selected to the Rising Stars list by the Super Lawyers publication and was included in the Super Lawyers list by the same publication from 2012 through the present day. Mr. Bastarrika is fluent in Spanish and routinely volunteers his services to the Passaic County Battered Women’s Shelter and various other charitable organizations.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law 100%
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Alimony
  • Relocation
  • Annulments
  • Modifications and Enforcement of Agreements
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Arbitration

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1996


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 1996
  • Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • Passaic County Bar Association, Member
  • Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Lifetime Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Family Law Executive Committee
  • Passaic County Best Practices Committee
  • Passaic County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel, Panel Chair
  • Bergen, Passaic, Morris County Roster of Economic Mediators
  • NJ Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Section Chair
  • Justice Clifford and Northern New Jersey Family Inns of Court


  • Spanish


  • Sigma Phi Epsilon