Law Offices Of Thomas Sciacca, PLLC

Our Team

Thomas Sciacca, Esq.

Tom Sciacca is a highly experienced Trusts and Estates attorney. After starting his legal career as an associate in a boutique midtown firm focusing on trusts and estates and elder law, Tom founded Sciacca Law in 2007.

Tom is a frequent lecturer and panelist on trusts and estates matters. He also teaches as an adjunct assistant professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS).

Education

New York University School of Law, LL.M. (taxation) May 2010

Pace University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude) May 2003

  • Distinction: Julian Hyman Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Trusts & Estates
  • Executive Productions Editor, Pace Law Review (note published)

University at Albany, State University of New York, B.A. August 1999

Bar Admissions

New York

New Jersey

Florida

United States Tax Court

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Professional Associations

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)

  • Member: Trusts & Estates Section, Elder Law Section

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)

Brooklyn Bar Association

  • Member: Surrogate’s Court Committee

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCC NY)

  • Certified LGBT Business Enterprise

Pro Bono Activities

SAGE (Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders)

  • Volunteer attorney for SAGE’s monthly legal clinic, providing one-on-one counseling to LGBT seniors on a variety of issues
  • Member of the SAGE National Leadership Council

Awards

2018: Cited as a “Super Lawyer”

2013, 2016 and 2017: Recipient of Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and “Excellence in Practice”

2015 and 2017: Recipient of American Society of Legal Advocates’ “Top 40 Trust and Estate Lawyers Under 40 in New York State”

2013 Recipient of Top Attorneys’ “New York Metro Area Outstanding Young Lawyers in Estate Planning and Probate Law”

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Seminars

Tom has participated in a variety of seminars dealing with issues including:

  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates,
  • Health Care Proxies and Living Wills,
  • Sophisticated tax planning,
  • Planning for parents with disabled minor and adult children,
  • Planning for members of the LGBT community,
  • Planning for incapacity using a Durable General Power of Attorney,
  • Guardianship for disabled children and adults,
  • Various Elder Law topics, including Medicaid and sheltering one’s assets against long-term care costs.

Tom is available to participate in seminars upon request.

Languages

  • In addition to English, Tom is conversant in American Sign Language (ASL), and has conducted individual client interactions and group seminars in ASL.

Melissa Lee – Associate Attorney, is a graduate of the University at Buffalo (BS, Accounting) and New York Law School (JD). Prior to joining the firm as a Law Clerk in October 2020, Melissa was a full-time law student and worked part-time on foreclosure defense and bankruptcy. She currently assists clients with Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, and Guardianship matters.

Education

  • University at Buffalo, B.S. (accounting)
  • New York Law School, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • New York

David Cano – Associate Attorney, is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida. He assists with estate planning, probate and estate administration, and Surrogate’s Court litigation, and is licensed to practice law in New York. During law school, David served as Senior Articles Editor for the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and interned at the Bet Tzedek Civil Litigation Clinic, representing clients in a range of civil cases.

Education

  • University of Florida, B.A.
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Norman Piasecki – Norman Piasecki joined the firm in 2009. Norman schedules client appointments, performs paralegal services, and keeps the firm humming.

Norman is a 2001 graduate of the University of Massachusetts—Amherst with a Degree in Geography and minor in Asian Studies.