Joseph S. Maniscalco

Joseph S. Maniscalco

JOSEPH S. MANISCALCO is a partner and co-founder of LH&M. With over 20 years of experience, Joseph has acted as lead counsel to businesses, creditors, landlords, debtors, trustees and others in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy cases. Joseph regularly litigates commercial issues, including actions involving shareholder disputes, real estate, claims for breach of contract and other business litigation matters. He is a seasoned trail lawyer and has a keen understanding of litigation practice and procedure. Joseph has been engaged as a bankruptcy expert many times, including on behalf of the Office of the Inspector General. He is a mediator, has served as a plan administrator and is approved to act as a receiver and/or counsel in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Joseph earned his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 1995, where he served as a legal advocate for the Unemployment Action Center representing indigent clients in actions seeking unemployment benefits. During law school, Joseph interned for the United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee, Eastern District of New York. Joseph was also awarded First Place in the 1995 New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Essay Contest.


  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., Fordham University, 1992
  • Chaminade High School, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Courts of the State of New York
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Honors & Affiliations

  • Former Chairman of the Nassau County Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee
  • Director of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) program
  • Certified mediator/member of the panel of mediators for the Eastern & Southern District of New York
  • Frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and events
  • First Place in the 1995 New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Essay Contest

Athletic Honors & Affiliations

  • Third Degree Brown Belt in the Martial Arts and instructor
  • Baseball pitching instructor and clinical director
  • Pre-Season Baseball All American Fordham University, 1992
  • Nominated to the 1992 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team
  • Recipient of Full Athletic Scholarship at Fordham University

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Turnaround Management Association, Long Island Chapter
  • Columbian Lawyers of Nassau County
  • American Trial Lawyers’ Association
  • First Degree Knight, Bellmore Knights of Columbus


Joseph has served as a receiver and plan administrator in numerous cases in the Eastern District of New York.

Joseph has been retained as an expert many times in bankruptcy related cases and for the Office of the Inspector General, State of New York on bankruptcy crimes.

Joseph was awarded an AV Rating, the highest for attorneys, for his professionalism and the quality of his legal work from Martindale Hubbell, the premier directory of legal professionals.

The Long Island Pulse named Joseph as one of the Top Legal Eagles on Long Island.

AV Preeminent

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Key Legal Accomplishments

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated (2007 – 2015)
  • Represented the Chapter 7 Trustee of Periscope Sportswear, and recovered over $6.5 million dollars for the creditors, resulting in a 70% distribution to creditors.
  • Represented the Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the estate of Elias Tacher and recovered in excess of $7 million dollars for the benefit of the estate. The case involved complex security litigation with stock brokers who peddled bad stocks. Assisted the United States Attorney in the successful prosecution of over 12 stock brokers.
  • Represented the Chapter 7 Trustee of the estate of Tradewell, Inc. and recovered over $6 million dollars for the creditors pursuing claims against the former principals for corporate waste, greed, and defalcation.
  • Lead counsel to East Harlem Property Holdings, LP in the restructuring of over 1,200 residential apartment units in the City of New York through 47 buildings and over $250MM in debt.
  • Appointed Distributing Agent for numerous entities including Allied Devices, Precision Mechanical, Technique Contracting and Integrated Construction (2004 – 2011).
  • Appointed Plan Administrator of Alrose King David, LLC and negotiated a $2 million dollar settlement for the subcontractors (Allegria Hotel, Long Beach, New York – 2012).

Publications & Activities

  • At the Crossroads of Environmental Laws and the Bankruptcy Code: Abandonment and Trustee Personal Liability, Hofstra Law Review, Volume 23:4 (1995) (author)
  • Speaker, Practical Skills – Collections and Enforcement of Money Judgments, Nassau County Bar Association (2005)
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, New York State Bar Association (2005), Suffolk County Bar Association (2006)
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Judges’ Roundtable, Nassau County Bar Association (2005, 2006)
  • Speaker, Insider’s Perspective to Bankruptcy, Suffolk County Bar Association (2006)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Pro Bono Service, Eastern District of New York (2006-2008)
  • Lecturer and co-adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law LLM program about Bankruptcy Rules and Procedures (2007-2013)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project assisting homeowners in foreclosure, Nassau County Bar Association (2010-2013)
  • Recent Amendments to New York’s Exemption Laws, Nassau Lawyer (April, 2011) (author)
  • At the Crossroads of Bankruptcy Discharge and Homeowner Association Fees: The Intended Consequences Jeopardize a Discharge, Nassau Lawyer (February, 2013) (author)
  • Speaker and Director, Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE). Lecturer and director of CARE program educating high school students about credit card abuse.
  • LH&M is considered a debt relief agency.
    LH&M helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

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