Joshua E. Mackey

Managing Partner
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Practice Areas

Litigation

Land Use and Zoning Law
Commercial Real Estate
Municipal Law

Insurance Coverage and Defense

Liquor Licensing and Compliance
Construction Law
Labor and Employment
Residential Real Estate
Navigation Law
Hospitality Law
Creditor’s Rights
Not-For-Profit Law

Joshua’s active practice includes commercial litigation, complex real estate, construction law, municipal law, insurance law, zoning law, and land use. His results-oriented approach is highly valued by his clients, who include developers, insurers, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, corporations and professionals.

While Joshua is an experienced trial lawyer who has achieved favorable outcomes for his clients in front of juries in both New York City and Dutchess County, he knows that not all cases are best resolved in a courtroom. Joshua invests heavily in alternative dispute resolutions to deliver the best possible results to his clients. 

Joshua has served as board attorney for a variety of municipal planning and zoning boards, and his passion for the law extends beyond client representation—he seeks to improve overall client outcomes by providing legal training for insurance industry professionals.

Active in his native Dutchess County, Joshua currently serves as Chairman with the Foundation for Abilities First New York.

In the recent past, Joshua has served as a Chairman of the Town of Washington Planning Board and Town of Washington Comprehensive Plan Committee. He was also a member of the Town of Washington Wetlands Ordinance Committee, where he helped draft a wetlands law. 

In 2009, Joshua was a recipient of the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce “Forty Under 40” award. Joshua also holds a certificate in Litigation Management from the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

 

Recent Work

  • Won a jury trial on behalf of a not-for-profit community center against nightclub owners in a dispute over a commercial lease and purchase option
  • Won a bench trial defending a senior housing corporation against a personal injury claim by a resident
  • Successfully handled numerous no-fault trials and arbitrations on behalf of insurance carriers in matters involving fraudulent claims by individuals and medical providers
  • Achieved a court decision on a motion for a summary judgment enforcing deed restrictions on behalf of a residential property owner against a school district
  • Obtained a court order vacating a six-figure default judgement against a client whose former attorneys mishandled the case over many years
  • Successfully argued an appeal on behalf of a municipality in an Article 78 proceeding brought by a fire district that challenged a planning board State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) determination
  • Obtained a dismissal of a constructive trust claim brought by an aggrieved domestic partner seeking compensation for alleged improvements to real property
  • Defeated defamation claims against an author on appeal before the New York Appellate Division First Department where actual malice was not demonstrated by plaintiff
  • Obtained approvals from planning and zoning boards for a multi-million dollar hospitality project

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Affiliations

Member

New York State Bar Association
Dutchess County Bar Association
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

In The Community

  • Foundation for Abilities First New York, Board Chairman
  • Millbrook Business Association, Past Board Member
  • Town of Washington, Planning Board, Past Chairman
  • Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency, Past Board Member
  • Abilities First, Inc., Past Board Member
  • Lorman Educational Services, Past Lecturer
  • 2022 Abilities First Volunteer of the Year

Education

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
Assumption College, B.S.
Harvard Business School, Certificate in    Management Essentials

Admissions

New York
Connecticut
Northern District of New York
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Supreme Court of the United States

Distinctions

Certified Litigation Management Professional
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

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