Robert P. Mascali, Esq.
Bob Mascali has over 35 years of experience and concentrates in the areas of Special Needs Planning for persons with disabilities, Long-Term Care Planning, and Estate Planning. Before joining Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC in 2012, Mr. Mascali served as the Associate General Counsel at NYSARC, INC. and served as Counsel to NYSARC Trust Services which operates a nationally renowned special needs trust program, including one of the largest pooled trusts in the nation. Prior to that position, Mr. Mascali was appointed and served as Deputy Counsel and Managing Attorney for the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (now the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities) and was primarily responsible for providing legal advice to senior state officials on guardianship matters and special needs trusts.
Mr. Mascali is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Elder Law and Trusts and Estates sections. He serves on the Executive Committee and is Co-Chair of the Special Needs Planning Committee of the Elder Law Section. In 2013, Mr. Mascali was elected as the Third District Representative for the Elder Law Section to the NYSBA House of Delegates. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and current serves as 2015 President-elect of the New York Chapter. Prior to his governmental service, Mr. Mascali was a founding partner of Cohen, Jason and Mascali in Scarsdale, New York and was engaged for over 20 years in private practice in metropolitan New York concentrating on real property and estate and trust matters.
Mr. Mascali currently serves on the Board and Directors of Northern Rivers Family Services, Inc. which provides services and supports to vulnerable children and their families in upstate New York and is a member of the Executive Committee and chair of its Audit and Compliance Committee. He also serves on the Foundation Board of Directors for the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA). Mr. Mascali is a graduate of St. John’s University (1973) and its law school (1976).
Mr. Mascali has lectured at a number of NYSBA and NAELA sessions dealing with planning issues for the elderly and for individuals with special needs and their families and care givers and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on these and related issues. In 2014, Mr. Mascali was honored with the New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 3rd Judicial District and the Albany Law School Pro Bono Program's Service Award. He was recognized for his work spearheading the first Albany Law School Special Needs Planning Day and his involvement with Senior Citizens Law Day and Veterans Law Day.