I was born in New York City. I earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the State University of New York at Albany and a Law degree with honors from Syracuse University. While in law school, I also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University. I have been licensed to practice law since 1987. Click here for a list of my bar admissions.
Before entering private practice in 1990, I worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department (1986-1988) and as an attorney for the United States Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC (1988-1990).
What I do for Clients
I have been in private practice for more than 30 years. I handle labor and employment (including whistleblower), civil rights, disability benefit (including Social Security Disability and New York State Retirement System Disability Pension), workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. I also serve in an impartial capacity (arbitrator, mediator, hearing officer, referee, special master and guardian ad litem) in legal matters within my experience. Click here for a list of my work as a neutral .
I have represented clients in state and federal court proceedings (trial and appeal), labor arbitration hearings and in proceedings before governmental agencies, including the Social Security Administration, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Retirement System and the New York Public Employment Relations Board. Click here for a list of reported cases that I have handled.
I am a member of many professional organizations. They help me stay current and better serve our clients. Click here for a list of these professional organizations.
We are generous and community oriented. We give back in many ways, including donating our time (e.g., handling cases pro bono), talent (e.g., speaking to community groups) and treasure (e.g., giving and raising funds for worthy organizations). Click here for more information about our community involvement.
I have served in the leadership of various professional and community agencies. From July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2015, I served as the 119th President of the Monroe County Bar Association. My term as Immediate Past President ended on June 30, 2017.
I currently serve as the Chairperson of the Seventh Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee. I write regular columns on legal issues for the Rochester Labor News (entitled Do You Know?) and The Daily Record (entitled Your Counsel).
I serve as a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation which recognizes my distinguished achievement, dedication to the legal profession, commitment to the organized bar and service to the public.
I previously served on the Board of Directors, including a two year term as President, of the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
We have won multiple awards for our legal and community work. I am AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell which indicates that my work and ethics are of the highest quality as determined from peer review of judges and lawyers. I am a “Top Rated” Labor & Employment Lawyer (Fortune Magazine), a “Super” Lawyer in Workers’ Compensation and a “Best Lawyer in America” in Employment Law–Individuals. I was recognized as the Lawyer of the Year in Rochester, New York for 2019 in Employment Law–Individuals.
I earned Client Champion and Client Distinction Awards from Martindale Hubbell. The latter is for outstanding communication ability, responsiveness, quality of service and “value for the money.” Click here for more information.
I have been married to the love of my life (Lorrie Walsh Modica) for more than 33 years. She is also my trusted business partner. We live in Greece with our dog. Our daughter, Anne Modica, is the center of our world and also is an attorney.
My non-law passions include golf and rooting for the New York Mets and the New York Rangers. Despite the fact that I am the least creative guy on the planet, I have a co-executive producer credit on a great short film (Dedicated to Justice: Hon. Michael A. Telesca, 2015).
Steven V. Modica, Esq.
Modica Law Firm
2430 Ridgeway Avenue
Rochester, New York 14626
Phone: (585) 368-1111
Fax: (585) 368-1100