A 1972 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, Leonard Buscemi received a Bachelor in Science from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC in 1976 and his law degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington, DC in 1980.

Antioch Law School was founded in 1972 by Yale law graduates, Edgar S. and Jean Camper Cahn had a unique academic and clinical program committed to training public interest lawyers and it pioneered a comprehensive clinical legal education model adopted now, in small part at least, in nearly every law school in America. This tradition is carried on today by its successor, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

Mr. Buscemi, as second and third year an Antioch law student (1978-1980) represented indigent clients in juvenile, family, immigration, disability law cases through the D.C. Law Student in Court Program. 

In 1979, he was selected by Judge Leonard Braman of the District of Columbia Superior Court to intern in a Felony II rotation. That same year he worked as a criminal investigator in District of Columbia Superior Court under the Criminal Justice Act investigating assault, armed robbery and arson cases for Washington, D.C. criminal defense attorney Richard Stern.

In his third year of law school, September, 1979, Mr. Buscemi was appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia where he prosecuted misdemeanor cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court. In the thirty substantive hearings and five trials he represented the United States, the rulings made by the court and the verdicts returned were all in favor of the government.

In his final semester of law school, Judge Braman, who was then assigned to Superior Court’s most complex civil cases (Civil I Rotation), invited Mr. Buscemi to return for an internship managing cases, writing, researching and participating in all court and chamber proceedings. The value of this legal experience can be appreciated by those who know Judge Braman, a distinguished jurist of great intellect and exacting standards.

By the time Mr. Buscemi graduated from law school in 1980, he had already clocked over 2,000 hours of courtroom experience. Immediately following graduation from law school, he began working for the law firm of Koonz, McKenney & Johnson in Washington, D.C. as a law clerk for the senior partner in the corner of the his private office where like an apprentice he watched, listened, researched, wrote and assisted in the preparation of the firm’s most challenging cases.

In June 1981, Mr. Buscemi was admitted to the District of Columbia bar and from June 19, 1981 to July 2, 1985 was an associate attorney with the Washington, DC firm of Koonz, McKenney & Johnson, managing the caseload as lead counsel for several hundreds clients in injury, malpractice, product liability and disability cases.

On July 2, 1985, Mr. Buscemi established opened his own law offices where he has represented clients in over 1,200 and accumulated a remarkable depth of legal training and experience as lead counsel in civil and criminal cases, administrative hearings, arbitrations and mediations and a broad spectrum of legal services associated with the general practice of law. (see AREAS OF PRACTICE).


Mr. Buscemi’s fellow attorneys and Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s premier peer review attorney rating service have evaluated my experience, skill, integrity and professionalism and have given him the highest rating, “5/5.0 -AV®Preeminent” (see PEER RATING).






Admitted to Practice


·         United States Supreme Court

·         District of Columbia Court of Appeals

·         Supreme Court of Virginia

·         Maryland Court of Appeals

·         United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

·         United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

·         United States District Court of the District of Columbia

·         United States District Courts of Virginia: Eastern & Western Divisions

·         United States District Courts of Maryland: Northern & Southern Divisions

·         United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia



Court Appearances as Lead or Sole Counsel


District of Columbia

District of Colombia Superior Court

District of Colombia Court of Appeals


Federal Courts

United States District Court:  

Alexandria, Virginia

Baltimore, Maryland,

District of Columbia,

Greenbelt, Maryland and

Roanoke, Virginia.


Virginia Circuit Courts

Arlington County

City of Alexandria

City of Richmond

Essex County

Fairfax County

Fauquier County

King George County

Loudon County

Northumberland County

Prince William County

Rockingham County

Williamsburg-James City County


Maryland Circuit Courts

Anne Arundel County

Baltimore City

Montgomery County

Prince George’s County 

Washington County





WUSA Channel 9, April 24, 1987

Television interview and story/passenger injured

WMATA bus door - defective safety device


The Washington Times, July 31, 1987

David Beats Goliath Third Time.


D.C. Legal Times,  August 3, 1987 

Ups and Downs


D.C. Legal Times, October 15,1990

Million-Dollar Verdict


The Washington Times, May 1,1992 

Dental Suit Yields $4 Million


The Montgomery Express, May 5, 1993

Chevy Chase Dentist to Pay $3.2 Million Suit


Virginia Lawyers Weekly, October 12, 1994

Will Contest - Limitations - Unsound Mind 


Daily Washington Law Reporter,  April 19, 1996

Negative Evidence


The Hagerstown Herald-Mail, November 15, 1997

Dentist Sued Over Alleged Nerve Damage


Virginia Lawyers Weekly, June 2, 2003

Medical Trust - Fiduciary Duty -Disabled Adult - Medical vs. Custodial Care


Metro Verdicts Monthly, Volume 5, No. 8, p. 289

Dental Malpractice - Injection - Loss of Speech


Metro Verdicts Monthly, Volume 4, No.7, p. 243

Dental Malpractice - Injection - Nerve Damage


Metro Verdicts Monthly, Volume 6, No. 1, p. 3

Elevator - Sudden Acceleration & Stop Maintenance


Metro Verdicts Monthly, Volume 2, No. 2, p. 41

Premises Liability – Office Plaza - Detached Door - Federal Center Plaza


Metro Verdicts Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, p. 163

Auto/Truck Accident -Rear-End - Stopped at Light


Metro Verdicts Monthly, Volume 2, No. 12, p. 470

Worksite Accident - Maintenance Workers - Burns


Metro Verdicts Monthly, Volume 4, No 6, p. 204

Assault & Battery – Health Spa - Altercation


The Virginia Verdict Reporter, Vol. 6, Issue 2, p. 5-6; Vol. 23 Issue 7, p.26

Ice Cube on Sidewalk Leads to Lawsuit Against Catering Company


The Virginia Verdict Reporter, Volume 22, Issue 11, pg 23

Driver Who Struck Vehicle While Exiting Parking Lot Agrees to Settlement



Worker Compensation      Grayson vs. D.C. Dept. of Employment Services,

516 A.2d 909 (D.C.App. 1986)


Product Liability               Otis Elevator Company vs. Robinson,

                                                U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit,  No. 86-7010


Product Liability               Otis Elevator Company vs. Elsbery,

                                                U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit,  No. 87-7210


Premises Liability            Henderson vs. Charles E. Smith Management Co.,

                                                567 A.2d 462  (D.C.App.1988)


Worker Compensation      Baker & Botts, et al, vs. D.C. Dept. of Employment Services,

                                                D. C. Court of Appeals,  Appeal No: 95-AA-460


Medical Malpractice          Hummer vs. Levin,

                                                673 A.2d 631  (D.C.App.1996)


Vehicular Collision            D'Souza vs. Burns, and Burns vs. WMATA,

                                                114 F.3rd 219 (D.C.Cir.1997)


Wills/Trusts/Estates       Panizza vs. Funkhouser,

                                                Supreme Court of Virginia, Record No. 97-0371


Workplace Accident         Sines vs. The Price Company, et. al.

                                                Supreme Court of Virginia,  Record No. 981596


Worker Compensation      Schafer vs. D.C. Dept. of Employment Services,

                                                D.C. Court of Appeals, Appeal No: 99-AA-376





Panizza vs. Funkhouser,,

Virginia Lawyers Weekly, October 12, 1994  (094-8-336, 3 pp).

Will Contest - Limitations - Unsound Mind 


Beek, et. al. vs. Speakman,

57 VA. Cir. 501 (Fairfax County Circuit Court 2000)

Will Contest -Undue Influence - Testamentary Capacity


Suntrust Bank vs. Children’s Nat. Medical Ctr.,,

Virginia Lawyers Weekly, June 2, 2003 (VLW 003-8-114-115).

Medical Trust - Fiduciary Duty -Disabled Adult - Medical vs. Custodial Care










Leonard Buscemi’s two grandfathers emigrated to the United States from Italy in the early 1900’s. His paternal grandfather, Leonardo first worked as a Pennsylvania coal miner, then as a grocer. His maternal grandfather Antonio worked as a bricklayer. Both eventually settled their families in Niagara Falls, New York.


Leonard’s father was one of seven children, an amateur boxer and for 37 years a crane operator for Union Carbide. Leonard’s mother, in addition to raising three college graduates, over her lifetime worked as a seamstress, poll worker, and in several office clerical and administrative jobs.


Born December 18, 1953, Leonard grew up with his parents, his grandfather, and two sisters, as well as, a very large extended family of twenty-six aunts and uncles, and many cousins who all lived in the City of Niagara Falls.


Leonard and his wife Francesca met at age five and started dating in high school. They were married in 1978 and they have lived in the same home for over 30 years in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia where they raised two children, now adults.


Francesca is a graduate of Niagara University and Pennsylvania State University. She is a former language teacher (Italian/Spanish/English) and ever since the Law Office of Leonard P. Buscemi was established on July 2, 1985, she has been the office’s bookkeeper and its most valuable assistant.







Leonard P. Buscemi possesses the highest rating from (5/5.0 -AV®Preeminent) from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation's premier peer review him rating service for the evaluation of lawyers and law firms in the United States.


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