An Interview with Joe Campolo Managing Partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP
Located in the heart of Long Island, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP is a full-service law firm with the expertise and experience to represent clients in a wide variety of legal matters, including business transaction matters, litigation and appeals, insurance, corporate and private equity, technology and intellectual property, government relations, employment, real estate, healthcare, and bankruptcy law. The firm has an established record of results for it’s clients, who range from individuals to global companies, and approach each matter with a unique understanding of the issues and the highest level of integrity. The firm is a past recipient of the prestigious HIA-LI Business Achievement Award and their attorneys are consistently included in the LIBN “Who’s Who” of Long Island lawyers in several categories.
Tell us about how you started.
My Partners and I have all worked in larger law firms on Long Island, primarily located in Nassau County and New York City. We recognized there was an opportunity to start a full-service business law firm here in Suffolk County and because of the lower overhead, we saw an opportunity to really drive value in terms of legal services here. We got together and seized that opportunity – bringing that big-firm quality out here to Suffolk County, where we could offer to add a better value. That was the idea we had – we didn’t know if it was going to work or not back then, but luckily it has all worked out.
What was a turning point for you?
For this firm, a turning point was when we were able to start attracting large international companies as clients. When we started, we were primarily representing small to mid-sized businesses here on Long Island and what helped foster our growth has been attracting international, multi-billion dollar companies as clients.
What is your philosophy at CM&M?
I believe everybody from the mail clerk to the Managing Partner should have an equal say as to what the firm culture and philosophy should be. We spent a lot of time over the years, and every year we have a big annual retreat – all hands on board – to discuss that exact issue. What it comes down to is every client is treated absolutely equally. We represent small businesses and very large businesses and I’m proud that we’ve established a reputation that no matter how big or small the matter is, our clients get the full weight of the firm behind them. Through annual firm retreats, we’ve worked hard to establish our philosophy, our vision and our mission.
Tell us about CM&M’s profile today.
We are a full-service business law firm. We represent small to mid-sized businesses as well as high net worth individuals; handling any and all of their legal matters. We currently have 45 employees working out of two offices. Our main office is in Ronkonkoma and our east end office is in Bridgehampton.
What opportunities do you see in the future?
We strategically chose our location in Ronkonkoma – right at the entrance to the airport. We chose that as our headquarters because we believe that the largest economic growth and development that's going to happen in the entire state is going to happen here in Suffolk County over the next ten years. With the Ronkonkoma Hub project, and the Long Island MacArthur Airport being redeveloped and reenergized to bring another national carrier in here, we feel like this is going to be an incredible economic zone and hot spot. This is why I’m so committed to working with the HIA-LI; We believe that the Hauppauge Industrial Park is going to be one of the hottest incubators for businesses over the next 10 years.
For more information, visit www.cmmllp.com or call 631-738-9100