About the Maressas

February 26, 2020

Joseph A. Maressa Sr., Esq., born October 1923 in Camden, New Jersey, was a well-known local businessman, family man, community advocate, public servant, and philanthropist. Prominent lawyer and Democratic Party politician, he founded his Camden-based law firm in 1953. In 1971, he moved to Berlin, N.J., where he also founded Lower County Realty Abstract Company (now Title America).

Shortly after, Maressa Sr. was elected to his first term as a New Jersey State Senator. He served for 10 years – a driving force in the legislation and establishment of then-University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine).

Maressa Sr. also sat on the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors for Jefferson Health in New Jersey, then-Kennedy Health System, for more than 35 years. During many years serving as chairman, his passion and charitable efforts for public healthcare grew. He played a pivotal role in the expansion of the Cherry Hill, Washington Township Hospital, and Stratford Hospital campuses.

Maressa Sr.’s four children, Anthony, JoLynne, Julian, and Joseph Jr., have followed in their father’s footsteps, working diligently to uphold his legacy. Shortly after he passed away in October 2012, they set up the Joseph A. Maressa Foundation to facilitate the family’s philanthropy in Southern New Jersey.

Joseph A. Maressa Jr., Esq., along with his siblings, helped develop the Maressa Center for MS Wellness. He currently sits on the Hospital Systems Board of Directors, as well as the Hospital Systems Board of Trustees, as Vice Chairman. Maressa Jr. attended the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., before earning his B.A. in business and pre-law at Rowan University in 1982. After graduating, he joined his father’s business, where he maintained his duties while obtaining his law degree at Widener University School of Law. In addition to continuing his work at Title America, he proceeded to join his father’s law firm, Maressa Patterson, LLC, to practice commercial and residential real estate transactions.  

In 1996, Maressa Jr. was named President and CEO of Title America. Moving the company into the 21st century, he expanded its products, services, and market share. At a rapid pace, the client base grew, and Title America successfully transformed into a regional player.

The obligation to serve his community was instilled in him by his father. In addition to his service to Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University, he serves as a Director of the South Jersey Port Corporation and sits on the loan committee for the Bank of Delmarva and real estate committee for the Diocese of Camden. Maressa Jr. is also an avid member of the Dean’s Development Council of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Among various other awards, he was recently recognized in Jersey Man|Philly Man Magazine for his generous support of The Community Foundation of NJ.