Attorney Profile

Professional Representation

Bergen County, New Jersey, attorney John Schettino has successfully represented hundreds of clients dealing with a wide range of legal issues. He has experience handling legal matters for insurance companies, businesses, municipalities, and individuals as plaintiffs, as well as defendants, which gives him insight into the tactics used by the opposition.

Attorney John Schettino has extensive education in property tax administration for government services, and he has represented homeowners as well as the cities defending against the homeowners claims. He uses this unique knowledge to build an effective legal strategy against the opposition. His experience as a lawyer is broad, his background is diverse and his approach is down to earth.

Attorney John L. Schettino has extensive experience in workers’ compensation, estate planning and probate, education law, land use, zoning and planning, real estate law and development, real estate property tax appeals, and a variety of other areas. Mr. Schettino has earned a diplomate in municipal law through the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys and Rutgers University and has completed advanced legal courses in property tax administration. In 2005, Mr. Schettino was recognized by New Jersey Monthly as a New Jersey Super Lawyer.

John L. Schettino pledges to give each one of his clients the personalized attention they deserve. He is always available to his clients to explain the legal process and the progress of their cases. When you retain the John L. Schettino as your attorney, he personally handles your case from beginning to end.

Workers Compensation

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law, Civil Litigation and Appeals
  • Real Estate Development, Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate
  • Real Estate Property Tax Appeals

Attorney Schettino helps clients throughout Bergen County including the towns of Fairview, Palisades Park, Bergenfield and has done extensive work with Bergen County Board of Social Services. Additionally, clients in Essex and Hudson County, such as those in Guttenberg, can depend on Mr. Schettino for experienced legal defense.

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Diplomate in Municipal Law, New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys and Rutgers University, 1991
  • Completion of Property Tax Administration Parts 1 & 2, Rutgers University Center for Government Services, 2008
Estate Planning and Probate

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1985


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D.
  • Fordham University, Bronx, New York
    • B.A. cum laude

Representative Clients

  • Fairview Borough Attorney, 1989-1991, 1995-present
  • Guttenberg Board of Education, 1990-present
  • Emerson Board of Education, 2000-present
  • Waldwick Board of Education, Special Counsel, 2007
  • Ridgefield Planning Board, 2005-present
  • Harrington Park Board of Adjustment, 2008
  • Palisades Park Board of Adjustment, 1997-present
  • Cliffside Park Planning Board, 2007-present
  • Bergenfield Tax Attorney, 2007-present
  • Northvale Tax Attorney, 2007-present
  • Bergen Risk Insurance, 2007-present
  • Borough of Paramus, 2007-present
Representative Clients

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized by New Jersey Monthly as a New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Herrington Park Board of Education, Trustee, Board Member, 1998 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Giblin & Giblin, Attorney, 1985 – 2003
  • Borough of Fairview, Recreation, 1978 – 1982

Contact the Law Office of John L. Schettino for a free initial consultation. We will evaluate your case and explain your options, so you can make an informed decision about important next steps.

Every day, we help good people in bad situations. We can help you, too.

Real Estate Property