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Joseph Anthony Muscato

Divorce and separation Attorney at Buffalo, NY

4.1   15 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2000
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, Property Settlement Agreements

  2. Family
    Child Custody, Child Support, Familly Offense

  3. Criminal defense
    DWI and DUI, Drug Possession, Gun Possession

  4. Personal injury
    Automobile Accidents, Slip and Fall, Negligence



Muscato & Shatkin, LLP


4.1 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Muscato handled my case with great capacity. He made me feel safe and took action to protect my interest when the opposing counsel was not acting professionally. Mr Muscato knew the law and explained the process to me- he made sure to maximize my retainer and closed the case in a timely fashion, which was critical for my situation. I would hire him again and expect nothing but the best from him. When you can throw a rock and hit an attorney for hire in Buffalo but you’re looking for excellence then look for Attorney Joseph Muscato!
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Response from Joseph Muscato April 15, 2022
Thank you for the wonderful feedback! We're always happy to help others however we can. We appreciate your recommendation to others and the support!
Posted by Sara | April 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Culturally Competent & Ethical
Mr. Muscato is extremely professional and would recommend to anyone for representation. He is consistent and empathetic. You can hire any attorney but his quality in performance is unmatched. He is understands the importance of being Just. God bless
Response from Joseph Muscato April 15, 2022
Sara, thank you for your delightful recommendation and review. We are devoted to providing efficient communication and service to our clients; we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us! If you ever need anything, we're here for you!
Posted by Brianne | July 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, intelligent & gets results
Mr. Muscato successfully helped & supported me through a very difficult situation. Because of him, he cleaned up the messes of my 2 prior attorneys and achieved incredible results. He is a class act and the most supportive, kind lawyer around. I highly recommend him!!!
Posted by B. | June 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joseph Muscato
Mr. Muscato and a friend got me through a very horrible time, and really helped me through a nightmare. I would recommend Mr. Muscato to anyone going through a troubled time. He is warm, funny, and very calming and helpful.
Posted by Megan | June 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law and Divorce Attorney
I recently hired Mr. Muscato as a family law and divorce attorney. After speaking with him via phone, we scheduled an office meeting where we immediately began the custody process. He has always been upfront and polite about all matters concerning my case. It was a lengthy custody and divorce process and Mr. Muscato never missed a meeting or court appearance. I was able to contact him via his office phone and email at any time of day. He is very knowledgeable in his profession. He is respected by his peers and he is always calm and collective in the courtroom. I will hands down use him again if I ever need legal representation.
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Posted by Giselle | June 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ethical & Integrous
I hired Attorney Muscato for multiple legal matters. In each case he brought a level of authenticity and commitment to a just outcome. Mr. Muscato used his expertise in family law and business law to assist me. I often refer Attorney Muscato to friends and family! His candor is professional and respectful. He demonstrates the ability to meet with people from diverse cultures and within multiple areas of law. At the initial meeting of each matter for which I retained Mr. Muscato, we discussed my desired outcomes, the cost of attorney and court fees, time commitments, and the judicial process. I felt informed and confident in Attorney Muscato's capacity to represent my best interests as an accomplished legal expert. I have retained other lawyers from Buffalo and would set Mr Muscato in a class above them. His attention to detail and personalized attention is remarkable! He took my phone call, responded to email, and always made sure that I knew the status of my case. If you are looking for a lawyer, contact and retain Attorney Joseph Anthony Muscato!
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Posted by Julia | February 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I hired Mr Muscato back in April for a DWI. He returned my phone call right away and met up with me the following day to discuss my legal matter. I was able to keep driving during the course of my arrest, which allowed me to keep my job and pay my bills. You can tell Mr Muscato is well respected in the court room by judges and other attorneys. Very smart and knowledgeable attorney and I will be using him for any further legal matters in the future.
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Posted by CYNTHIA | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional with Results
I hired Mr. Muscato at first for a criminal defense For a DWI, for which he represented me . Not only was this a horrible time in my life it was the worst time of my life and I was scared and didn't know what to do not only did he make me feel more comfortable and take away some of the stress he educated me gave me lots of information and explain things to me and he treated me like a person not a criminal . I was very happy with my outcome and he has always treated me like a human being throughout the process never spoke down to me. To me I felt as if he went out of his way to make sure everything was taken care of and I've always appreciated That. Since Mr. must Gato was absolutely amazing in my opinion the first time I've been hired him several times after for Family Court matters. He represented me for custody and also child-support matters which both ended in my favor . In the sky was very intelligent and was always on the ball he came to every appearance with everything that was needed never was missing information he was like a ball of fire . I have since then referred Mr. Muscato to several of my family members and friends who now use him and are also very happy with his results . He is and will always be my go to guy .
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Posted by Jennine | November 19, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Guiding Light when I was Lost
Mr. Muscato was instrumental in guiding me in a case. I was lost on how to proceed and didn't know what to do. He took the time to listen to my case and to make the recommendations necessary to guide me to success. His patience, knowledge and professionalism is to be commended and I would definitely recommend him!
Posted by Devon | May 19, 2015
Outstanding Professional Attorney
Mr. Muscato is an intelligent, trustworthy and professional attorney. This was my first time ever needing an attorney and I was skeptical on how I would feel to have a stranger helping me with a personal/emotional issue. After meeting for the first time I immediately felt at ease and I knew he would be the perfect fit to help me with my legal matters. Through my legal proceedings Mr. Muscato was nothing but considerate and attentive to all of my needs. He was always there to talk to me when I had a question and if he was busy he always returned my call in a timely matter. I knew when I saw his office calling me on my caller id that it would be him on the other end, not some other attorney because he was unavailable. I would recommended him to anyone looking for an attorney who is trustworthy and who will fight hard for their rights.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2011
Very Professional
Mr. Muscato has assisted me with several issues . I am only allowed to select one below, but he has advised me on a wide variety. I have always found him to be professional, competent, extremely approachable and willing to go the extra mile.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2011
Very Competent
Mr. Muscato was highly recommended by a friend. He took on my case when most other lawyers turned it down. He always retured my phone calls and gave me honest and realistic expectations. I would use Mr. Muscato's services in the future and have recommended him to others.
Posted by Debbie | April 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
LOST A ROCK SOLID CASE BECAUSE HE DIDN'T RESPOND. Cost me 30k+, MY RIGHTS TO REASONABLE SEARCH were violated and the terms of my binding contract were changed to benefit the Defendant. Run.
Posted by Darlene | June 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Joe Muscato back in 2106 to get me a QDRO, and finalize my divorce, When I first met with him and talked professional and willing to finalize my divorce. He didn’t have much to finalize , I already had my separation paper work done. I paid him in full right way to start the process . He is very difficult to work with, he does not return phone calls , make excuses for why things are not being done. It is 3 years later and he still has not finalized everything I hired him to do. I have lost thousands of dollars because of 1 piece paper he hasn’t finalized.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2011
Joe Muscato worked on my case for 7 months without success. He instilled much confidence which is why I trusted his abitities. He appeared to be very knowledgable and spent a lot of time with me. He knew my case inside and out due to the many hours we spent on the telephone. He always returned my phone calls even if it were after business hours. After withdrawing from my case Joe Muscato sent me a letter asking me to give him until July 1st to return the remainder of my retainer fee. Two months later I haven't received a final bill or any monies. He hasn't returned phone calls or letters pertaining to this matter. And now the Attorney Grievence Committee is looking into resolving this situation.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Muscato & Shatkin, LLP
  • 2005 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Erie County District Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2003


  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999


  • New York State Defenders Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Joseph
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Muscato for over 15 years. He is an excellent attorney who works hard to get his clients the best results possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Muscato is well respected in the community and I would recommend him to handle your legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a dedicated lawyer who will work relentlessly on your behalf. He is knowledgable and skilled in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. If you need to retain a great criminal defense attorney, look no further than Joseph Muscato. Joe will work tirelessly to protect your rights!"
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Buffalo Divorce and separation Lawyer Joseph Anthony Muscato
Joseph Anthony Muscato
Divorce and separation Attorney
Buffalo, NY
Licensed for 23 years
Virtual consultation available