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Shane Magnetti is a litigator in the estate litigation and commercial litigation groups. His practice on the estate litigation side includes Article 81 guardianship proceedings and removal proceedings. On the commercial litigation side, Shane represents clients in state and federal courts, focusing on complex commercial disputes in areas including real estate, general business torts, and contract disputes.

Before joining Farrell Fritz, Shane worked at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. As an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau, he litigated direct appeals in the Appellate Division, First Department and New York State Court of Appeals.

While in law school, Shane interned with the Queens District Attorney’s Office and served as Notes and Comments Editor on the St. John’s Law Review.

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