Company: Courts of Common Pleas
Location: Duryea, Pennsylvania, United States
Hon. Joseph J. Musto, Esq., Lawyer at the Courts of Common Pleas, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in arbitration, mediation, soliciting and judicial legal processes.
Hon. Judge Musto attributes his success to his mentors. The first was his father, and the second was his brother, Raphael, who followed in his father’s footsteps and became a state legislator, state representative, state senator, and congressman for a short time. His third mentor was his first real partner, John Aponic, Jr., who was a trial lawyer and got him involved in trial work. Growing up and observing the legal process was inspirational to Hon. Judge Musto. From 2008 to 2010, he served as a judge with the Courts of Common Pleas, bringing more than four decades of experience and oversight to his courtroom. He still remains active as an arbitrator and mediator but much of his time is spent enjoying his family.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts from King’s College in 1965, Hon. Judge Musto continued his education at the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University. He received a JD in 1968 and was admitted to practice in the State of Pennsylvania the very same year. He was also admitted to the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1968 and the Middle District of the US District Court with the State of Pennsylvania in 1971. Early in his career, he served as an assistant district attorney for the city of Philadelphia and brought his skills to work as an associate for Bedford, Waller, Griffith, Darling & Mitchell. From 1973 to 1975, he served as a partner with Griffith, Darling, Mitchell, Aponick & Musto, and then as a principal for Griffith, Aponick & Musto from 1975 to 1990. From 1990 to 1993, he joined Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald. In 1993, he left the firm to start his service as a judge, which he deems as his highest career achievement. He served as a judge of the Courts of Commons Pleas for Luzerne County in Pennsylvania from 1993 to 1995 while serving as a partner at Hourigan, Kluger, Spohrer & Quinn from 1994 to 1997. From 1997 to 2007, he was the principal at Musto & Saunders, and then principal of the Law Offices of Joseph J. Musto from 2007 to 2008 before returning to the courtroom.
On a civic level, Hon. Judge Musto has been involved with the Prison Christian Growth Group since 1998. He has also worked with the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee with the Federal District Court of Pennsylvania. Hon. Judge Musto has contributed his experiences and expertise as President of the Health Systems Agency Northeast from 1980 to 1986, chairman of Northern Luzerne Health Advisory Council from 1976 to 1980 and the Luzerne County Governor Study Committee from 1973 to 1974. In his career, he has maintained professional affiliation with the Wilkes-Barre Law and Liberty Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.
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