- 1997 New Jersey
- 1997 United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- 2005 District of Columbia
- 2005 New York
- 2006 United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- 2006 United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- 1990 Pace University, BA
- 1994 St. John’s University School of Law, JD
I was inspired to become a lawyer by my grandfather, the late Honorable Frank Composto, who after years of private practice served as Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, State of New York. He also served as a New York State Assemblyman and New York State Senator for many years. Grandpa, as I knew him, was a gracious, loving and honorable man who treated people in all walks of life with courtesy and respect. I have adopted these traits which have guided me through my life and career endeavors. A portrait of my grandfather has hung in every office where I have had the privilege to practice law.
The most enjoyable aspect of my job is meeting and counseling clients. Some of my clients have never been involved in litigation. They have many questions and concerns. I believe they appreciate the personal attention they receive from me when answering their questions and addressing their concerns with courtesy and respect. This is personally and professionally rewarding for me.
One of the most challenging experiences I have had as a lawyer was when I volunteered to represent two families of victims of the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001. I met with these families who told me about their loved ones and described the impact this tragedy had on their lives. I prepared and presented the cases for these aggrieved families seeking relief from the Victims’ Compensation Fund. While I was successful in obtaining significant recoveries for these families, no amount of money or heartfelt compassion they received could quell the pain of their losses.
I am and have been a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Catholic Lawyers Guild and the Columbian Lawyers Association. I have also served as a lector, Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Parish Council of St. Patrick’s Church in Highland Mills, New York. These organizations are important to me because they have enriched the morals and values I have developed through my professional, religious and cultural upbringing, all of which have shaped me into the person and lawyer that I am today.
I have been practicing law for over 22 years. I am experienced in all aspects of personal injury litigation from inception through trial in matters involving construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, product liability and professional negligence, I have litigated cases in the State and Federal Courts of New York and New Jersey. I have also represented clients in real estate transactions, wills and probate proceedings.
Every client is important to me. Every case I handle is analyzed to create a plan of action designed to provide each client with zealous representation to achieve the best results.