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lawyer , investment company executive

Joseph Alphonse Di Palma, American investment company executive, lawyer. Bar: New York 1959. Recipient Distinguished Service and Valuable Counsel commendation award, Air Transport Association, 1974, special commendation, New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, 1997, University Nevada, Las Vegas, 1999, Tiffany Smithsonian Benefactors Circle award, 2001, W National Educational Television/Thirteen Public Spirit award, 2002.


Palma, Joseph Alphonse Di was born on January 17, 1931 in New York City. Son of Gaetano and Michela May (Ambrosio) Di Palma.


Bachelor, Columbia University, 1952. Juris Doctor, Fordham University, 1958. Master of Laws in Taxation, New York University, 1959.


Tax attorney Columbia Broadcasting System, New York City, 1960-1964. Vice president tax department Trans World Airlines, 1964-1974. Private practice law, 1974-1987.

Investor, executive director Di Palma Family Holdings, Las Vegas and New York City, since 1987. Consultant in field; head study group Comprehensive Gaming Study, New York City and Washington, since 1990. Think tank executive director Di Palma Position Papers.

Founder Di Palma Forum, University Nevada, Las Vegas. Established The Di Palma Center for Study of Jewelry and Precious Metals at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York City. Executive producer Feature Film Shannon's Rainbow 2009.


  • Bar: New York 1959.


  • Other Work

    • Executive producer: (films) Shannon's Rainbow, 2009. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board of directors Friends of the Henry St. Settlement, New York City, 1961-1963, Outdoor Cleanliness Association, New York City, 1961-1965. Chairman Air Transport Association Taxation Committee, 1974. With United States Army, 1953-1954.

Member International Platform assosiation, New York State Bar assosiation, New York Athletic Club.


Married Joycelyn Ann Engle, April 18, 1970. Children: Joycelyn Joan, Julianne Michelle.

Gaetano Palma

Michela May (Ambrosio) Di Palma

Joycelyn Ann Engle

Joycelyn Joan Palma

Julianne Michelle Palma