John A. Musacchio

John A. Musacchio

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Albany, NY

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
 | 450 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518-452-1800
Fax: 518-452-6435
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2009
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    John A. Musacchio represents both individuals and businesses in many diverse practice areas across New York State and Vermont.

    Individual Clients

    Mr. Musacchio aids individuals with their estate planning needs, labor & employment matters, personal injury and product liability litigation, criminal and DWI defense, and real estate transactions.  Additionally, he proudly represents nurses in defense of their professional licenses.

    Business Clients

    Mr. Musacchio provides a wide range of services to businesses across many industries.  His understanding of the legal issues affecting day-to-day business operations, sources of potential liability, the employer/employee relationship, recordkeeping requirements, product liability issues, and discovery in litigation, enables him to assist his clients in managing risk and remaining compliant with relevant Federal and State laws and regulations.  With a focus on maximizing benefits to his clients, he has the ability to draft transactional documents, facilitate finance agreements, handle employment/human resource management issues, guide clients through commercial real estate transactions, and defend the business if litigation arises.

    Mr. Musacchio joined Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. after practicing with the litigation team at another prominent Capital District law firm, where he performed trial work in both New York State and Federal Courts.  He has also previously practiced with a large, national law firm engaged in complex corporate litigation and the defense of corporations against anti-trust investigations by the United States Department of Justice.

    Mr. Musacchio is honored to serve on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Disability Rights.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Italian American Bar Association and as Co-Chair of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Committee, Capital Region division.  An active member of the local community, he also sings with and serves as President of the Mendelssohn Club of Albany, a 60-member male choir and the oldest continuously active performing arts group in the Capital Region.

    About John Musacchio

    Admitted: 2009, New York

    Professional Webpage: http://www.townelaw.com/about-us/john-a-musacchio/

    Honors/Awards:

    • 10.0 "Superb" rating, Avvo.com, 2019
    • 10.0 "Superb" rating

      , Avvo.com, 2018
    • 10.0  "Superb" Avvo Rating, gaining the distinction of "Top Attorney - Litigation", Avvo.com, 2016
    • 10.0 "Superb" rating

      , Avvo.com, 2017
    • 10.0  "Superb" Avvo Rating, gaining the distinction of "Top Attorney - Medical Malpractice", Avvo.com, 2014
    • 10.0  "Superb" Avvo Rating, gaining the distinction of "Top Attorney - Medical Malpractice", Avvo.com, 2015

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member - Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, 2013 - present
    • Member - American Bar Association, 2009 - present
    • Secretary - Capital District Italian American Bar Association, 2017 - present
    • Committee Member - Committee on Disability Rights, New York State Bar Association, 2014 - present
    • Member - Albany County Bar Association, 2013 - 2017
    • Member - Saratoga County Bar Association, 2015 - present
    • National Association of Dealer Counsel, 2017
    • Co-Chair - New York State Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Committee, Capital Region, 2014 - present
    • Member - New York State Bar Association, 2009 - present
    • Member - Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association, 2010 - 2015
    • Member - New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2016 - present
    • Committee Member - Committee on Character and Fitness, State of New York Supreme Court Appellate Division Third Judicial Department, 2017-Present, 2017
    • Board of Directors - Capital District Italian American Bar Association, 2014 - 2017
    • Committee Member - New York State Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Committee, Capital Region, 2013

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro bono representation of a not-for-profit charitable organization in connection with meeting corporate filing requirements and purchase of two (2) real properties, 2019
    • Board of Directors and Past President, Mendelssohn Club of Albany, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, 2019
    • Provided pro bono representation at Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board hearings, 2014
    • Organized multiple shipments to Fajardo, Puerto Rico to provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid through my firm, Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C., October - December 2017., 2017
    • Board of Directors - The Mendelssohn Club of Albany, male chorus, 2011 - 2014
    • President, The Mendelssohn Club of Albany, male chorus, 2016 - present
    • Vice President, The Mendelssohn Club of Albany, male chorus, 2014 - 2016

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Article outlining HIPAA requirements applied to the nursing field and ways to follow HIPAA and avoid legal and licensure problems from the unauthorized use of patients' protected information., Author, HIPAA Violations: A Great Way to Dsetroy Your Nursing Career, American Nurses Association – New York Newsletter July 2019, Nurses, 2019
    • Panelist and presenter for the Career and Professional Development Center at Albany Law School., Presenter , Career Connections - Pathways to Success, Albany Law School, Law Students, 2020
    • Third apperance on The Schenectady Today Show with Ann Parillo discusing a variety of legal issues that people commonly encounter, Television Guest, The Schenectady Today Show with Ann Parillo, August 6, 2019, The Schenectady Today Show , 2019
    • Sixth annual presentation as panelist at Albany Law School to more than forty (40) students regarding the legal practice, different careers in the law and business fields, job application and interviewing techniques and tips, and related discussions. , Panelist, Career Panel, Albany Law School, Capital District Italian American Bar Association, Law Students, 2019
    • Article discussing nurses losing their licenses and facing criminal charges for nursing mistakes., Author , Criminal Charges for Medical Mistakes? A Tough Pill to Swallow , American Nurses Association – New York Newsletter April 2019, 2019
    • Article discussing substnace use and protecting nursing licenses, Author, Substance Use, Drug Diversion, and Your Nursing License, American Nurses Association – New York Newsletter January 2019, Nurses, 2019
    • Presented on a variety of estate planning devices, tequniques, and options to help ensure aging individuals' wishes are carred out as they age and after they pass away, Presenter, Estate Planning Techniques , Bishop's Commons at St. Luke's Healthcare, Oswego, NY, The Aging Population And Their Families, 2019
    • Fourth apperance on The Schenectady Today Show with Ann Parillo discusing safety tips for homeowners and trick-or-treaters on Halloween, as well as estate planning ideas, Television Guest, The Schenectady Today Show with Ann Parillo, October 29, 2019, The Schenectady Today Show , 2019
    • Second appearance on The Schenectady Today Show with Ann Parillo discussing a variety of legal issues, including estate and Medicaid planning, Television Guest , The Schenectady Today Show with Ann Parillo, April 9, 2019, The Schenectady Today Show , 2019
    • Author, Social Media in Nursing: The Good and The Bad, American Nurses Association – New York Newsletter May 2018, 2018
    • Presentation on the new and evolving laws surrounding marijuana in the workplace, as well as employers' drug testing rights and prohibitions throughout New York State, New York City, and other states, Presenter, Marijuna in the Workplace: Are Employers' Rights Going Up In Smoke?, American Society of Safety Professionals, Building, Construction, Manufacturing Industries, 2019
    • Held a two-hour, free question and answer session to confidentially provide information, discuss legal areas of interest, and identify solutions to common problems.  , Presenter , Legal Q&A, The Summit at Saratoga , Consumer Protection, Elder Law, Estate Planning, 2019
    • Guest on The Schenectady Today Show with Ann Parillo television program, January 8, 2019, in which I discussed new laws and legal developments affecting access to health care, estate planning issues, New York's new sexual harassment laws, pro bono representation, and related topics, Television Show Guest, New Laws in 2019 - Estate Planning and Employment Law, January 8, 2019, The Schenectady Today Show with Ann Parillo, Asset Preservation, Business Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning, 2019
    • October 2018 Issue of the American Nurses Association New York Nurse Newsletter, pp. 13-15

      , Author, How To Protect Your Nursing License in Multiple States, American Nurses Association New York Newsletter, Nurses, 2018
    • Panelist for a five-member career panel held at Albany Law School on November 14, 2018, presented by the Capital Region Italian American Bar Association and the Italian American Law Student Association

      , Panelist, Career Panel, Albany Law School, Law Students, 2018
    • Author, Sexual Harassment: The New Laws in New York, American Nurses Association – New York August 2018 Newsletter, 2018
    • Co-Author, Sexual Harassment: The New Laws in New York, Eastern New York Coalition of Automobile Retailers July Newsletter, 2018
    • Co-Author, Protect Your Dealership Against Sexual Harassment Claims, Eastern New York Coalition of Automobile Retailers, January Newsletter, 2018
    • Presenter, Labor and Employment Law Update, Eastern New York Coalition of Automobile Retailers, Managers' Breakfast, April 2018, 2018
    • Author, Patient's "Do Not Resuscitate" Tattoo Sparks Debate, The Washington Nurse (republished from the ANA New York Nurse February Newsletter) (pages 32-33 of magazine, pages 36-37 of PDF), 2018
    • Author, How to Protect Your Nursing License in Mulitple States, American Nurses Association New York Newsletter, 2018
    • Career panel held at Albany Law School; one of six panelists discussing career options, areas of practice and interviewing tips.  Specifically, I spoke about the practice from the viewpoint of a trial attorney representing Plaintiffs in a variety of areas, including medical malpractice, brain injury, products liability and personal injury matters.  I also discussed the importance of marketing a legal practice and offered tips and suggestions that young lawyers can employ to develop business.  Additionally, I highlighted the importance for trial attorneys to remain accessible to their clients on a 24/7 basis, which is an essential aspect of my practice.  The career panel also included a Federal Court judge, an Assistant Attorney General, a managing partner of a leading law firm, a private sector defense attorney and a public defender.  Hon. Victoria Graffeo of the New York State Court of Appeals gave opening and closing remarks. , Panelist, Buonasera Consigliere: Career Panel and Networking Reception, Albany Law School, Greater Capital District Italian American Bar Association, 2014
    • Panelist for the second annual career panel at Albany Law School presented by the Italian American Bar Association and Italian American Law Student Association; discussed topics including honesty in interviewing, areas of practice, the aspects of a busy civil practice and the importance of maintaining cordial relationships with fellow attorneys regardless of the adversarial nature of litigation. , Panelist, Buonasera Consigliere, Parte Due: Career Panel and Networking Reception, Albany Law School, Greater Capital District Italian American Bar Association, 2015
    • Presenter at NYSBA Torts CLE on the topic of Auto Insurance Claims and Coverage, Albany, New York, CLE Presenter, Intro to Civil Practice Skills: Torts and Insurance Law, New York State Bar Association, NYSBA, 2015
    • Moderator for the third annual career panel at Albany Law School sponsored by the Capital Region Italian American Bar Association.  I led the discussion on a variety of topics with our six panelists aimed at helping students choose the right area(s) of practice and job setting, identifying proper interviewing techniques, and providing guidance to help young lawyers achieve success in their first jobs and throughout their careers. , Moderator, Buonasera Avvocati: Career Panel and Networking Reception, Albany Law School / Italian American Bar Association, 2016
    • New Rules for Wellness Programs, Overtime for Service Advisors, and Guns in the Workplace, Author, Labor & Employment Law Update, Labor & Employment Law, 2017
    • Author, Protect Your Nursing License, American Nurses Association - New York August 2017 Newsletter, 2017
    • Author, Controversial Health Care Directives: To Follow or Not To Follow?, American Nurses Association - New York November 2017 Newsletter, 2017
    • Author, Patient's "Do Not Resuscitate" Tattoo Sparks Debate, American Nurses Association - New York February 2018 Newsletter, 2018
    • Author, Legal Strategies to Protect Your Safety and Dignity, The Summit at Saratoga Live Well, Age Well Blog, 2018
    • Panelist at class discussing best practices to strengthen a company’s financial profile, support and assess growth, and remain legally compliant, July 17, 2018, Panelist, Albany Emerging Leaders, 2018

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Brought successful will contest proceeding, securing client's 20% interest in sister's estate, 2019
    • Successfully defended corporate client against complaint alleging race and disability discrimination and obtained a finding of "No Probable Cause" from NYS Division of Human Rights., 2020
    • Successfully defended campground against five (5) separate actions alleging discrimination, 2019
    • Successfully defended Trust with more than $2,400,000.00 in assets, 2019
    • Obtained settlement of $225,000.00 for client who suffered a fractured arm when she slipped and fell at a nail salon.

      , 2018
    • Obtained a $170,000.00 settlement for repetitive stress injuries suffered by a client at the workplace, 2014
    • Instrumental in securing a combined settlement of $207,500.00 in an auto / trucking collision matter, 2014
    • Instrumental in bringing about a $450,000.00 settlement in a medical malpractice action for the contraindicated prescription of a medication which caused client's neurological damage, 2016
    • Instrumental in securing a $160,000.00 medical malpractice settlement involving a misdiagnosis by emergency room physicians, 2014
    • Instrumental in obtaining a $1,350,000.00 settlement in a medical and nursing malpractice action for failure to diagnose client's infection, 2014
    • Instrumental in securing a $750,000.00 settlement for client's injuries which resulted from a failed spinal fusion procedure, 2015
    • Instrumental in securing a $185,000.00 settlement where our client sustained serious injuries when the defendant driver ran a stop sign and struck client's car, 2013
    • Instrumental in obtaining a $275,000.00 settlement for the wrongful death of a young man who was struck and killed by a car while he was walking on the shoulder of a road, 2014
    • Aided in obtaining a $250,000.00 pre-suit settlement in a medical malpractice matter for injuries sustained by an elderly client which resulted from the Defendant Ophthalmologist's failure to diagnose her glaucoma, 2015
    • Obtained full liability insurance policy limits of $100,000.00 (not including additional No Fault insurance and related benefits) for the wrongful death of an 89-year-old woman killed in an automobile collision, 2018
    • Instrumental in bringing about a $625,000.00 settlement in a medical malpractice action when a physician failed to diagnose client's cancer, 2013

    Transactions:

    • $3,000,000.00+ refinance and assignment of client's commercial mortgage, 2019
    • Successfully defended of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Registered Nurse (RN) in connection with investigations by the NYS Office of the Professions, 2019
    • Acquisition of homeless residential facility between charitable organizations with assets in excess of $1,000,000.00, 2019
    • Defense of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) relative to an investigation by the NYS Office of Professional Licensure, 2014
    • $1.8 million transaction involving client's purchase of ice arena, 2018
    • Defense of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) relative to investigations by the NYS Office of Professional Licensure, 2016
    • Defense of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) relative to investigations by the NYS Office of Professional Licensure, 2015

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Appointed to the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department's Committee on Character and Fitness for a five (5) year term beginning December 28, 2017., 2017

    Educational Background:

    • Albany Law School, Juris Doctor, 2008
    • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Bachelor of Science, 2005

    Industry Groups

    • Animal Bites
    • Birth Defects
    • Brain Injury
    • Business Formation And Planning
    • Business Organizations
    • Construction Accidents
    • Contracts
    • Corporate
    • Criminal Defense
    • Delayed Or Incorrect Diagnosis
    • DWI Defense
    • Employment Law
    • Estate Administration
    • Estate Litigation
    • Estate Planning
    • Fiduciary Abuse
    • General Business Matters
    • Informed Consent
    • Labor Law
    • Land Use & Environmental Concerns
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Limited Liability Companies
    • Living Wills
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Motor Vehicle Collisions
    • Motorcycle Collisions
    • Nursing Licensure Defense
    • Partnership Law
    • Pedestrian Injuries
    • Personal Injury Law
    • Powers Of Attorney
    • Premises Liability
    • Professional Discipline
    • Professional Licensure
    • Real Estate Transactions - Corporate
    • Real Estate Transactions - Residential
    • Slip And Fall Injuries
    • Trip And Fall Injuries
    • Trucking Collisions
    • Trusts
    • UNIONS
    • Wage & Hour Laws
    • Wills
    • Wrongful Death
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    Office Location for John A. Musacchio

    450 New Karner Road
    Albany, NY 12205

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