MATTHEW J. BAIONE dedicates his practice solely to compensation claims before the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Prior to founding Pitta & Baione LLP, Mr. Baione was an associate at a law firm practicing complex real estate, construction, and commercial litigation. Mr. Baione simultaneously served of counsel to a personal injury and employment litigation firm. While honing his skills as a litigator, Mr. Baione apprenticed alongside his brother and partner, Christopher, for over two years as an understudy, analyzing the complexities and intricacies of all aspects of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
As a civil litigator, Mr. Baione earned a reputation for understanding, assessing, and developing the quality of evidence. Mr. Baione second-chaired multiple trials, and prepared arguments for a precedent setting decision in the Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State of New York. In addition to practicing in the civil sector, Mr. Baione worked on both sides of the criminal bar. Mr. Baione started his legal career as an intern with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, assessing preliminary evidence and drafting criminal complaints in the Early Case Assessment Bureau. Mr. Baione also interned, and worked as a volunteer attorney, under Vanessa Potkin at the Innocence Project, where he helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted client using DNA evidence.
Driven by a will to practice law, Mr. Baione graduated St. John’s University cum laude in cursu honorum in less than two and a half years, with a B.A. in Social Studies, Philosophy minor, in 2010. In 2014, Mr. Baione received his J.D., Constitutional Law concentration, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law as a Dean’s Scholar and the youngest member of his graduating class. While in law school, Mr. Baione served as staff editor of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal where he researched First Amendment issues.
- New York
- New Jersey
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York
- United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2014
- St. John’s University, B.A., 2011
- Innocence Project Volunteer
- New York State Bar Association (Member)
- New York City Bar Association (Member)