Goshen, N.Y. – May 17, 2012 – The law firm Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone is pleased to announce that Albany Law School graduate Michael Frascarelli has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Mr. Frascarelli will focus on commercial litigation matters, municipal law, land use, and zoning issues.
“We’re pleased to have Mr. Frascarelli as a member of our legal team; he’s a very intelligent attorney with a real knack for research and writing,” said Michael Blustein, the managing partner of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone. “We’re confident that his background will only benefit our growing client base.”
Before joining Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, Mr. Frascarelli sharpened his legal skills as an intern for the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, among others. He was an associate editor for the Albany Law Review and a contributor and editor for the New York Environmental Lawyer.
Mr. Frascarelli graduated summa cum laude (among the top 5% of his class) from Albany Law School last year, after earning his B.A. from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in February.
“I couldn’t be happier to have this opportunity to learn from – and grow with – such a superior group of attorneys,” said Mr. Frascarelli, who lives in New City, N.Y. “I’m looking forward to making a meaningful contribution, and to carve out a niche here that will allow me to support this firm’s continued growth.”
Mr. Frascarelli joins several other recent hires carefully selected to enter the ranks of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone. Some of those associates include Austin F. DuBois, Raymond Raiche, Victoria Tran, and Jamie Ferrara. With the exception of Mr. DuBois, who joined the firm’s Estate Planning & Asset Protection Department, the staff expansion has been primarily to the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department.
“Since we built our new office on Matthews Street in Goshen, we have seen a significant growth in our client base, most of which has been centered around established businesses and professionals whose commercial and private interests we help to protect,” said Blustein. “With these new associates, we’ve not only been able to address the needs of our business-related clients, we’ve also been able to expand our service offerings to include matrimonial, bankruptcy, and criminal law.”