Success as a litigator is not just a factor of talent and skill; it also requires a passion for advocacy and a commitment to obtaining the best possible result in every case. Vito John Marzano brings all of those qualities to the table as a trial attorney representing insurers in general liability, premises liability, labor law, and automobile accident matters.

An associate in the firm’s New York office, Vito believes that meticulous preparation and a complete, holistic understanding of the facts and law are the foundations of well-reasoned and persuasive arguments. Before joining the firm, he served a term as an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department. In this role, Vito authored confidential memoranda for the Justices regarding appeals pending before the Court with dispositional recommendations and edited proposed decisions for substantive accuracy, clarity, and stylistic precision.

Vito graduated, cum laude, from CUNY Hunter College before earning his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where he completed its accelerated degree program. While in law school, Vito externed for a semester in the Chambers of the Honorable Lois Bloom, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York and was a research assistant for two professors. He also served as President of the Lambda Law Society and Executive Productions Editor for the Pace International Law Review, in which his student submission, Oliari and the European Court of Human Rights: Where the Court Failed, was published in 2017.

An active member of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (“LeGaL”), Vito contributes to its monthly publication, LGBT Law Notes, covering international and domestic legal developments concerning the LGBTQ+ community. 

Education

  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • CUNY Hunter College, B.A., cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Capital District Women’s Bar Association

Publications

  • European Court of Human Rights Holds Russia Violated the Rights of LGBT Persons-AGAIN! But Does the Decision Also Limit Which LGBT People are Entitled to Protections?, LGBT L. Notes 19 (August 2019)
  • Court of Appeal in England Confronts Latest Round of “Homosexuality v. Christianity”, LGBT L. Notes 15 (August 2019)
  • High Court of Botswana Strikes Down Anti-Sodomy Laws, LGBT L. Notes 2 (July 2019)
  • Another District Court Concludes that the Critical Inquiry in a Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim is the Same as one for Gender Stereotyping, LGBT L. Notes 10 (May 2019)
  • Maine Federal Court Partially Finds in Favor of Three Lesbian Plaintiffs in Gender/Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suits, LGBT L. Notes 15 (April 2019)
  • Zero-Sum: If a Public University Desires to Prohibit Certain Conduct, It Must Do So Even-Handedly, LGBT L. Notes 23 (March 2019)
  • Distinction Without a Difference? Federal District Court Judge Frustrated by Arbitrary Pleading Requirements for Sexual Orientation and Gender Stereotype Discrimination Claims, LGBT L. Notes 12 (February 2019)
  • Caribbean Court of Justice Strikes Down Guyana’s Colonial Era Law Against Cross-Dressing, LGBT L. Notes 616 (December 2018).
  • European Court Rules Against Russia for Human Rights Violations by Refusing to Allow LGBT Public Events, But Fails to Put Any Teeth in Its Decision, LGBT L. Notes 615 (December 2018).
  • North Carolina District Court Issues Mixed Decision in Bathroom Bill Case, LGBT L. Notes 573 (November 2018)
  • UK Supreme Court Holds that a Bakery Did Not Discriminate Against a Gay Man When It Refused to Supply a Cake with a Pro-Equal Marriage Message, LGBT L. Notes 568 (November 2018)
  • Indian Supreme Court Strikes Down its Colonial Era Ban on Homosexual Conduct by Holding that the Constitution Protects an Individual’s Sexual Orientation, LGBT L. Notes508(October 2018) (lead article)
  • Hong Kong’s Top Court Puts the Government on Notice that Differential Treatment for LGBTQ People in Administrative Determinations on Dependent Visas Requires Adequate Justification, LGBT L. Notes 444 (September 2018)
  • The First Circuit Claps Back at Scott Lively, LGBT L. Notes 417 (September 2018)
  • Canadian Supreme Court Rejects Religious Exceptionalism as a Basis to Discriminate against LGBTQ Law Students, LGBT L. Notes 372 (Summer 2018)
  • Oliari and the European Court of Human Rights: Where the Court Failed, 29 Pace Int’l L. Rev. 250 (2017)