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About Mackenzie

Mackenzie C. Monaco maintains an active litigation practice representing a wide range of clients, from individuals and local businesses to national corporations, in state and federal courts throughout New York. She delivers counseling, risk management, and tort defense services to the hospitality and retail, construction, insurance, and health care industries. She also maintains an active trusts and estates practice.

Why Mackenzie

Mackenzie grew up with a birdseye view of the legal system, watching her father, a part-time town justice, arraign cases from their home. She knew from a young age that she would become an attorney, and that she would treat her clients, peers, and the judiciary with the same respect and fairness that she witnessed being delivered in her living room.

When Mackenzie represents you, you will feel the difference. She does so with impeccable skill, intellect, and confidence. She is not simply present but is a presence. Whether it is on a worksite, at the negotiation table, or in the courtroom, Mackenzie is a tough negotiator, relatable communicator, and a staunch client advocate.   

Qualifications

Affiliations

  • ALFA International
  • ALFA International Hospitality & Retail Practice Group, Program Chair; Steering Committee
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, immediate President
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Capital District Women’s Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Justinian Society
  • Committee on Character and Fitness, Third Judicial District, Member
  • Albany Law School Moot Court, Judge
  • Albany Law School Alumni Initiative in Mentoring (AIM) Program, Mentor
  • Albany Law Review, Research and Writing, Past-Executive Editor

Recognition

  • SuperLawyers®, “SuperLawyers Rising Star” (2013-present)
  • Albany Law School Sponsor Fellowship, Fellow
  • Justinian Society, Scholar
  • “Who’s Who” in American Law Schools, Honoree

Noteworthy

  • Bennett v. Logan, 2015 NY Slip Op 30000(u) (Wyoming County)
  • Mogan v. Dame Russell Physical Therapy, PLLC, 128 AD3d 1209 (3rd Dept 2015)

Education

  • J.D., Albany Law School of Union University, summa cum laude (2004)
  • B.A., St. Lawrence University, Government and History, cum laude (2001)

Admissions

  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

Leadership

Speaking

  • Speaker: “Hamilton – A Hip Hop Lesson in Old School Communication”, ALFA International Client Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ (2018)
  • Speaker: “Handling Hospitality Claims: Retail and Restaurants”, New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY (2018) 
  • Speaker: “Ethics in Action”, Federation of Bar Associations for the 4th Judicial District, Lake Placid, NY (2017)
  • Speaker: “The Chicago Law Association Law Symposium by ASAE University®, Chicago, IL (2016)
  • Speaker: “Medical Malpractice Litigation: Disclosure”, New York State Association, Albany, NY (2016)
  • Speaker: “All You Ever Wanted to Know About Powers of Attorney and Why You Need to Know”, New York State Funeral Directors Association, Albany, NY (2016)
  • Speaker: “The Power of Authenticity and the Consequences of Window Dressing”, ALFA International Annual Business Meeting, Women’s Initiative Group, Chicago, IL (2016)
  • Speaker: “The Whys and Wherefores of Business Succession and Estate Planning”, New York State Funeral Directors Association Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY (2016)
  • Speaker: “Who’s the Boss? How the NLRB Decisions in Browning and McDonalds Impact the Future of Franchisor-Franchisee Relationships”, ALFA International Hospital & Retail Practice Group seminar, Santa Barbara, CA (2016)
  • Speaker: “Talking Copyright Issues in Funeral Service”, New York State Funeral Directors Association, Albany, NY (2016)
  • Speaker: “Charming Snakes and Vanquishing Varmints: a Wild West Duel on the Reptile Theory”, ALFA International ICS Seminar, Palm Springs, CA (2016)
  • Speaker: “Joint Employment and Independent Contractors in 2016 and Beyond: Who’s the Boss?”, New York State Funeral Directors Association, Albany, NY (2016)
  • Speaker: “Serious Injury Threshold Update”, Federation of Bar Associations for the 4th Judicial District (2014)         
  • Speaker: “Practical Skills: Basics of a Civil Trial – Direct Examination”, New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY (2013)