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Frank Mascagni III

Criminal defense Attorney at Louisville, KY

4.8   9 reviews

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Education: J.D., University of Louisville Law School,Louisville, Kentucky, 1976. State prosecutor 1977-1979. Entered into private practice concentrating on criminal law defense in state and federal courts, from DUI to death penalty jury trials. Nationally : Martindale-Hubbell AV RATING, 1984. Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, (..." just 5% of all law firms in America..." are selected to be included in this annual publication.)1990. Speaker: criminal law, procedure and professional responsibility. 2005 Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Haddad Award: "Old school in the best sense -- a fearless advocate for his clients who always places their interests first and never wavers in their defense no matter the odds." Recognized for his "complete knowledge of the law, keen sense of strategy, effective negotiating skills, thorough and exhaustive trial preparation, excellent trial skills and unique style and persuasive way with juries." Selected as a TOP LAWYER in 2008, 2009,2010 and 2011 in The Louisville Magazine, Louisville, KY in the CRIMINAL LAW and CONSTITUTIONAL LAW  sections; Selected to be included in KENTUCKY SUPERLAWYERS publication 2008 [only 22/15,000 lawyers selected statewide in the area of CRIMINAL DEFENSE] and 2009, 2010 and 2011 in the area of CRIMINAL LAW from over 16,000 member attorneys with the Kentucky Bar Association. 2008-2009-2010-2011 KENTUCKY SUPER LAWYERS featured in the KENTUCKY MONTHLY magazine in August 2008-09-10-11 editions.

Selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA  in the speciality of Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar.[ Only 6 Louisville, KY  trial lawyers selected to receive this honor in this practice area.] Book to be available in November, 2009. 8-8-2010 notified of selection for inclusion in the 2011 edition of THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA in the practice area of CRIMINAL DEFENSE. Nationwide 41,452 attorneys in 82 legal specialties listed from a pool of 1.1 million lawyers (less than 4% selected in the nation). Books to be available in November 2010.

Selected for inclusion in the PREMIER EDITION KENTUCKY'S BEST LAWYERS MAGAZINE 2011. To be printed February 25,2011. Attorney Frank Mascagni selected for the cover and an article on one of his exceptional cases to be featured in the magazine. Magazine to be inserted in The Louisville Courier-Journal, The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Wall Street Journal, Kentucky subscribers; and other legal subscribers of publications of ALM: Corporate Counsel Magazine, The American Lawyer. The National Law Journal and on LAW.COM.

Selected for inclusion in the GREATER LOUISVILLE METRO PREMIER EDITION 2011 OF ATTORNEY AT LAW MAGAZINE. To be published May, 2011 by Target Market Media,LLC. Attorney Mascagni to be featured in a 4 page feature article as "Solo Practioner of the Month".The digital edition  is viewable on the home page of the website:

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Author of an article titled " A Real Oxymoron: The Honest Lawyer" published in the July/August 2011 publication of Attorney At Law Magazine, Greater Louisville Metro.www.targetmarketmediallc.com

 

 COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY VS. DANTE D. WATTS SR.

 FOUR DAY JURY TRIAL JUNE 27-30, 2011
 JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT, DIVISION 6
 JUDGE OLU STEVENS
 LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
 FRANK MASCAGNI, III, DEFENSE COUNSEL
 FRANK DAHL, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
 
 COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY VS. DANTE WATTS, SR: Cases numbered 09-CR-03708 and 11-CR-1696. Judge: Olu Stevens, Prosecutor : Frank Dahl. Client charged with complicity to traffic in cocaine with a  handgun, complicity to traffic in cocaine with a handgun within 1000 yards of a school and complicity to traffic in marijuana under 5 pounds with a handgun. Second indictment charging status offender as PFO-I (Persistent Felony Offender):  client's exposure :20 years to Life. Opening by prosecutor claims approx. 7 pounds of powder cocaine, crack cocaine [over 1888 grams total] and marijuana, handgun, baggies, and ammo and over $40,000.00 in cash, scales, etc., seized. 4 day scheduled jury trial. Voir dire on 6-27-2011; openings 6-28-2011 and 4-5 witnesses called by the government. Total of 12 witnesses called by the prosecutor. 7 year offer rejected by client. More government proof scheduled 6-29-2011, the defense offered no proof during it's case in chief. Closings set for 6-30-2011. Attorney Mascagni lead counsel for the defense. Jury out 3.8 hours and returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY ON ALL SIX VERDICT FORMS , substantive, enhanced and as an alleged complicitor. It was a good defense verdict. June 30, 2011.
 
JURY INSTRUCTIONS READ BY THE COURT AND DEFENSE COUNSEL'S CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN 6 PARTS  POSTED ON YOU TUBE 8-11-2011:

 PART 1: http://youtu.be/mgeYo5tkadQ
 PART 2: http://youtu.be/IRlvivW_VYQ 
 PART 3: http://youtu.be/fyP42C0L3OI 
 PART 4: http://youtu.be/IPIVpKhofu4
 PART 5: http://youtu.be/VX7Fle2i1qo
 PART 6: http://youtu.be/hZmQ-oC20nE

goodlife430 has made a comment on Closing Argument Part 6:

Great series of closing arguments to listen to. A great orator and advocate, a great lawyer.

 Notified on 9-1-2011 of selection for inclusion in the 2012 edition of THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA in the area of CRIMINAL DEFENSE: Non-White collar. 8-23-12 selected for THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA 2013 IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE.

 

 
 
 
Best Lawyers - Kentucky's Best Lawyers
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Photos and videos

Geraldo at Large aired February 2006: National coverage of Kentucky's largest criminal syndication case (105 co-defendants) charged with syndication: massage parlor/prostitution. Attorney Mascagni was lead counsel and all charges were dismissed or amended
Louisville Magazine March 2008 featuring Louisville's "Top Lawyers;" Frank Mascagni and his son, Christian Mascagni pictured above.
2010 Mascagni Law Office sponsored a Christmas party for the Wayside Christian Mission Women and Children's Shelter. Pictured above is Frank Mascagni as Santa and his office staff and their family members as elves.
Prof. Jonathan Turley with Frank Mascagni, III in 2008 when Jonathan accepted my invitation to speak at the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers annual convention in Elizabeth, IN.
Licensed for 45 years
State KY
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1977
Updated 09/20/2022

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

Contact Frank

Frank Mascagni III
MASCAGNI LAW OFFICE
228 South Seventh Street
Louisville, KY, 40202-2706

Reviews

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Posted by Aaron M. Avera | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best possible outcome
Frank may be hard to get a hold of however he is the best layer money can buy for criminal defense in the city of Louisville so that's something that one would suspect. He is pretty much a magician when it comes to the court system and I would have him represent myself again(heaven forgid I find myself there again) and any one of my friends or family. I was facing multiple felonies and prison time, although frank may be very rough around the edges he expertly managed to get me a 3 for 3 diversion sentence upon pleading guilty to a class d felony. If you want my opinion the guy is a bamf'in lawyer and worth every single penny!
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Posted by Terry A. Driskell | April 7, 2015
Excellent advise and service
I had some questions for Mr. Mascagni. He took the time to listen to my questions and answered them fully. Though, Mr Mascagni will not be the attorney of record, he still allotted me time and effort that can only come from an honorable, well respected and outstanding attorney. Thank you so very much.
Posted by Teresa | March 5, 2013
Criminal Defense Attorney
Mr. Frank Mascagni managed a case for my Son, for me. Mr. Mascagni is straightword, honest, direct, and long suffering while managing the grief, hysteria, panic, and fear a parent is in when their child in in the middle of a horrible situation. He will provide guidance and honesty in a direct straight forward mannerr. Frank provides extraordinary experience and wisdom in dealing with our Criminal Judicial system. He is well respected by peers, officiers, and the court.
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Posted by Nick | November 21, 2012
An Excellent Lawyer
Frank has an excellent reputation with both the bench and bar as a hard-working and competent criminal defense attorney in Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding areas. I would recommend him to you if you need a top of the line litigator.
Posted by Chas | August 4, 2011
Old School Lawyer Still Upholding the Letter of the Law
I have known Frank both personally and professionally for over five years now. I can tell you, without hesitation, there is no better advocate for clients in need than Frank Mascagni. He is, as many would say, "old school" and combines his solid moral character with an intense desire for what is fair. Frank will fight endlessly for his clients and will not back down. I would highly recommend Mr. Mascagni for any of your legal needs. While knowledgeable in all areas of the law, he is honest and straightforward; if he is unable to competently assist, he will direct you to a competent attorney equivalent to one of his caliber in his area of expertise - criminal defense law. On a professional level, he is responsive and understanding while providing an honest assessment of your situation. I consulted him most recently in July 2011 regarding a potential criminal matter involving a family member. His guidance eased the anxiety and confusion felt by both myself and my family that was associated with the complicated bureaucracy of the legal system.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2011
A Good Lawyer
Frank has represented me for many years on several matters. He is very professional and honest. He gave me great advice and represented me every step of the way. He is well respected by the other lawyers and judges. He's always given me 100%. I recommend him without reservation to my friends and associates.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2011
Outstanding lawyer
Very dynamic and thorough. Always answered my questions. As I watched him in the courthouse, it was apparent that other attorneys respected his experience and expertise. I have recommended Mr. Mascagni to friends and none have complained about his representation.
Posted by Yolanda | July 14, 2011
I was and am a Client of Frank Mascagni III
I consulted Mr. Mascagni to assist me in a legal matter regarding my granddaughter. I was very satisfied with the advice he gave me. He was professional and showed a genuine concern for me. I have known Mr. Mascagni for six years. He is one the best lawyers in this area and his services are highly sought after. I am more than pleased with his advice and direction and would reccomend him to anyone who needed a competent lawyer in Louisville, KY.
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Posted by mindhunterxp | April 28, 2015
manipulated traffic signals designed to intrap drivers into running red lights or being rear ended
frank responded very fast and was very courteous
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • founder/owner
  • Mascagni Law Office
  • 1979 - Present
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney: State Prosecutor
  • Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Louisville, KY
  • 1976 - 1979
  • law clerk
  • Pretrial Services, Jefferson County
  • 1975 - 1975
  • law clerk
  • Weber and Rose
  • 1975 - 1976
  • law clerk
  • Ewen McKenzie & Peden
  • 1975 - 1976
  • law clerk
  • Jefferson County Consumer Protection
  • 1974 - 1975
  • law school library
  • University Of Louisville, Brandeis School Of Law
  • 1974 - 1975
  • Science Teacher & Varsity Coach
  • Sacred Heart High School Biloxi, MS
  • 1972 - 1973
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Education

  • University of Louisville
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Christian Brothers University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1972
  • St. Joseph's High School, Greenville, MS
  • diploma
  • 1967

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth of KY v. Troy Gray
  • NOT GUILTY OF DUI
  • LITIGATION TIPS
  • Published in ATTORNEY AT LAW MAGAZINE, JAN.-FEB.2014
  • www.superlawyers.com
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Associations

  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • October 7, 2013 : Recognized by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC (NAFDD) as one of the top 50 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) attorneys in the state of Kentucky.
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Past Chairman Criminal Practice Committee
  • 1977 - Present
  • KENTUCKY ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
  • Board of Directors 2012
  • N/A
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President-Elect
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • VICE PRESIDENT
  • 2010 - 2010
  • KENTUCKY JUSTICE & PUBLIC SAFETY CABINET
  • MEMBER OF THE GOVERNOR'S COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE DRUG LAWS IN KY
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Past member of Board of Directors
  • 1981 - 1981
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Professional Responsibility Committee Member
  • 1980 - 1990
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Judicial Evaluation Committee Member
  • 1979 - 1979
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • TOP LAWYER 2015
  • Louisville Magazine
  • 2015
  • District Vice President
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Board of Directors 2015
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in 2015
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • SuperLawyer 2015-Criminal defense
  • Kentucky Superlawyer
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America-Criminal defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • KENTUCKY SUPER LAWYER 2013-2014
  • KENTUCKY SUPER LAWYERS
  • 2014
  • "TOP LAWYER"
  • Louisville Magazine
  • 2014
  • CLE AWARD
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Law Firm of the monthhttp://bit.ly/1dpGerX
  • Attorney At Law Magazine
  • 2014
  • Criminal Defense & White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • best lawyer Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • KENTUCKY SUPER LAWYER
  • SUPERLAWYERS.COM
  • 2013
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer’
  • ‘Kentucky’s Legal Leaders
  • 2013
  • Top 50 DUI lawyers in KY
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC (NAFDD)
  • 2013
  • LAWYER OF THE YEAR 2013
  • BEST LAWYERS 2012
  • 2013
  • U.S. News ‒ Best Lawyers
  • Congratulations again on receiving a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News ‒ Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”
  • 2013
  • KENTUCKY SUPER LAWYERS: 2008,2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012
  • Super Lawyers: CRIMINAL DEFENSE
  • 2012
  • "TOP LAWYER" in 3 practice areas
  • LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE TOP LAWYER AWARD 2012
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyers in Criminal Defense, White Collar & DUI
  • Louisville Magazine, Louisville Kentucky
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono and CLE Awards
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2012
  • CRIMINAL DEFENSE ; FEBRUARY, 2011
  • KENTUCKY'S BEST LAWYERS 2011
  • 2012
  • THE BAR REGISTER OF PREEMINENT LAWYERS
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Criminal Defense-Non-White Collar
  • THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA
  • 2012
  • TOP LAWYER in: Criminal defense and DWI/DUI
  • Louisville Magazine March 2012
  • 2012
  • CRIMINAL DEFENSE; Non-White Collar
  • THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA 2010 EDITION
  • 2011
  • CRIMINAL DEFENSE
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD
  • DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADVOCACY & LOUISVILLE-JEFFESRON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER CORP.
  • 2009
  • Provider of Free Legal Services for Expungements
  • Legal Aid Society of Louisville, KY
  • 2009
  • Frank Haddad Award
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Haddad Award
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2005
  • LOCAL RECOGINITION AWARD
  • THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF LOUISVILLE, INC.
  • 2003
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • 2001
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Publications

  • ATTORNEY AT LAW MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2014
  • WHAT EVERY LAWYER SHOULD KNOW PRIOR TO ADVISING THEIR CLIENT TO ENTER A PLEA OF GUILTY IN A CRIMINAL CASE:
  • 2014
  • Attorney At Law Magazine, October 2011
  • Attorney-Client Sexual Relations-Ethical Article
  • 2011
  • ATTORNEY AT LAW MAGAZINE
  • A Real Oxymoron: The Honest Lawyer July/August 2011
  • 2011
  • Attorney At Law Magazine, Greater Metro Louisville
  • Take Care of Your Reputation September 2011
  • 2011
  • Chas Allen, author; Attorney Mascagni represented one of the 4 co-defendants,US District Court, ED of KY
  • MR. PINK, The Inside Story of The Transylvania Book Heist
  • 2010
  • PREFACE to Judge Stan Billingsley's (Ret.) book
  • PROSECUTORIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Professional Responsibility
  • Ethics, 3 hour seminar
  • 2012
  • All day seminar in Louisville, KY
  • EVIDENCE
  • 2012
  • KACDL JUNE 2011 SUMMER SERIES
  • THE PRACTICE OF CRIMINAL LAW IN FEDERAL COURT
  • 2011
  • KACDL JUNE 2010 SUMMER SERIES
  • STATE AND FEDERAL FIREARMS LAW
  • 2010
  • NEW LAWYERS PROGRAM, COVINGTON, KY
  • ETHICS FROM THE PROSECUTORS & DEFENSE PERSPECTIVES
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (63)
Given (16)
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A legend. One of my mentors and a master of criminal law. I call Frank when I have questions in my own cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"You dont become a living legend without results. Frank is a tireless worker, a fully connected, and zealous advocate, and born winner. Federal court is already a terrifying place to be. If you're looking for the best results from a living legend, look no further than Frank Mascagni"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this excellent lawyer. He is capable, tough and knows the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank is a fine attorney who is dedicated to his clients and works tirelessly for successful results. I have no hesitation when endorsing him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you have been accused of a crime, you will definitely want to speak with Frank Mascagni. He is a highly respected and very capable attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Mascagni's advice is always spot on and informative."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Other
"When it comes to ethics and concern for clients, this attorney goes above and beyond, I highly endorse this attorney for legal representation. Not only are they a well respected member of their community but a respected member in the legal field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mascagni is the best criminal defense attorney in this town. If you're in trouble, call him. He is a fearless advocate. And he is feared by his opponents. If you hire him, you will be treated fairly and with great respect. I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank must be, without a doubt, one of the best criminal defense lawyers I have ever seen. I had the pleasure of meeting this man in person and, I must say, watching him work is a phenomenal experience. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mascagni is a skilled and knowledgeable attorney and a strong advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. His insights are always well grounded in law."
Civil rights Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Frank. Talented and aggressive litigator. In a bind, call Frank."
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a dedicated and passionate advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Frank. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mascagni is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
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