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Ballato Returns to Massapequa


Wednesday, November 05, 1997

Date Published:  November 5th, 1997

Long time Massapequa resident, Anthony T. Ballato, recently relocated his general practice, personal injury and litigation law firm from Manhasset to 5476 Merrick Road, Massapequa (tel. 541-9080).

Mr. Ballato is an advocate for the underdog and is not afraid of taking the difficult or unusual case. His career started in law school as a volunteer for Nassau-Suffolk Law Services and he continues to take cases from the Volunteer Lawyers Project. He also serves as an adjunct professor to New York Tech’s paralegal program where he taught litigation courses.

The first case undertaken by Anthony Ballato in his solo law practice following his years as an associate attorney with a prestigious Manhasset firm was to represent (without charge) two elderly Massapequa residents to restore their electricity in the winter and procure other much need needed emergency assistance. He has handled a number of other pro bono” (meaning for the public good) clients free of charge and fondly recalls the personal satisfaction of rendering professional counsel and service to those who need it most.

The New York State designation as Attorney and Counselor at Law is considered most befitting to Ballato, who had entered his undergraduate studies as a psychology major and has since represented and counseled many clients in family law matters. Mr. Ballato is proud of his passing five separate bar exams, all on the first sitting, and is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey. Georgia, various federal courts and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Ballato has a long list of unusual cases that he personally handled. Including, among others, a lawsuit to compel the U.S. Tennis Association to furnish specific choice season tickets to not-for-profit tennis association, an action to obtain for a client at odds with another auto collector the first Dodge Viper delivered to Long Island, the forfeiture of a $100,000.00 down payment to the seller upon a house purchase, contested estates involving “five last wills” of one deceased and “two surviving spouses” of another, right-to-die cases, two new cars for buyer of same make “lemons”, and a multimillion dollar lawsuit against a social worker for filing false allegations against a parent pending a divorce.

The local attorney also has a number of interesting hobbies, including a vast collection of vintage records, antique phonographs, radios and jukeboxes, and even a famed 1957 Chevy. His small yet beautiful law office contains some of those interesting and entertaining collectibles.

Ballato is also a very active member of his church, where he serves on various committees, a’ member of several local civic associations, the Chamber of Commerce of the Massapequa’s, Sons of Italy, etc. and he is a dedicated husband and father. He looks forward to a long and rewarding career representing individuals and businesses all over Long Island, and perhaps finding another Victrola or Wurlitzer along the way.

Extending welcoming hands to Anthony T. Ballato, attorney and Counselor at Law are (left to right): Legislator Peter Schmidt, County Executive Tom Gulotta and Oyster Bay Town Councilman Angelo Delligatti. Ballato, second from left, recently opened his office at 5476 Merrick Road in Massapequa.