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About me

I am an attorney, dual admitted to practice law, in Italy and in New York.

Due to my qualifications and diverse background, I successfully assist clients (individuals, small businesses and corporations) in Europe and in the U.S., on legal and tax matters relevant to business and international trade. 

Passion, commitment and professionalism are the means I use in my cases to aim at the best possible result.


I am also a dedicated professional who gives back to the community by contributing monthly hours for pro-bono legal representation.



Languages spoken: Italian, English

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 34%
    14 years
  2. Tax: 33%
    14 years
  3. International Law: 33%
    14 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • James J. D'Esposito

    Massimo and I were on a corporate committee together at the New York City Bar Association. I am impressed with his knowledge and experience, especially in international business matters. I endorse Massimo as an excellent attorney.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Contact info

420 5th Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY, 10018


NYCurrently registered 201103/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalMassimo Paternoster, Esq.2011 - Present
Manager Global Indirect TaxExpedia, Inc.2013 - 2014
CounselMediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc.2010 - 2013
AssociatePricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP2007 - 2009
Visiting AttorneyMediterranean Shipping Co. (USA)2006 - 2007
AssociateStudio Tributario & Societario, Milan2004 - 2006
VAT ConsultantStudio Portale, Lecco2003 - 2004
AssociateKLegal, Milan2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Small Claims Courtcase dismissed
Federal Maritime Commissioncase dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawCorporateLL.M - Master of Laws2010
InforTaxationMaster of Laws2001
La SapienzaBankruptcyLaw1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
International VAT ConferenceValue Added Tax2004
International VAT ConferenceValue Added Tax2003