Joseph H. Hobika Sr., Esq.

Joseph H. Hobika Sr., Esq.

Utica, New York

Since graduating from the Syracuse College of Law, Joseph H. Hobika, Sr. has practiced law in the Utica area, with the exception of two tours with the United States Army.

After his discharge from active duty as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corp., he returned to private practice, and formed a partnership with Anthony Fernicola, Esq., and Richard Abend, Esq.

Following the death of Mr. Fernicola, he entered into partnership with Gardner A. Callanen, Esq., and Arthur J. Foley, Jr., Esq., and together they founded the Callanen Foley & Hobika Law Firm which continues to this day.

Mr. Hobika practices with his sons, Andrew J. Hobika, Esq., and Joseph H. Hobika, Jr., Esq. Following an extensive career in which the defense of negligence based litigation was its highlight, his areas of interest are currently the handling of estate planning, probate and real estate matters, serving as chairman of the Utica Industrial Development Agency and acting as general counsel of the City of Utica's Urban Renewal Agency; in both latter positions he is involved with all facets of economic redevelopment legal issues.

Throughout his legal career, he has held a number of responsible civic and professional functions including, among others, service as Corporation Counsel for the City of Utica, and a multiyear membership on the City of Utica Board of Education. Furthermore, he is a trustee emeritus of the Community Foundation which serves both Oneida and Herkimer Counties.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Real Estate Matters


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Utica Industrial Development Agency, Chairman
  • City of Utica Board of Education, Multiyear Membership

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge Advocate General's Corp., Officer

Pro Bono Activities

  • Trustee Emeritus of the Community Foundation