Victoria Esposito, Esq. is an Of Counsel at our firm.
Since August 2022, Victoria Esposito has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Albany Law School, where she teaches Introduction to Lawyering and Client Interviewing and Counseling. Before that, she was the first Advocacy Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY), working with staff to identify and address systemic issues affecting low-income individuals. Some representative issues included improperly withheld SSP payments; housing issues such as persistent conditions issues and improper evictions; and improperly denied public assistance applications. She continues to represent some of the pensioners of the former St. Clare’s Hospital. Ms. Esposito first joined LASNNY in May 2011 as a staff attorney in the Canton office and became a senior attorney in January 2014. She has handled a variety of cases, including disability, eviction, family law, and foreclosure proceedings, and has filed numerous federal appeals in disability cases.
Before coming to LASNNY, Ms. Esposito was an Assistant District Attorney for St. Lawrence County, where she served as the appellate prosecutor in addition to prosecuting misdemeanors and felonies. She also taught aspiring law enforcement officers and helped train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.s) at the David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.
From 2001-2006, Ms. Esposito taught subjects ranging from English to Constitutional Law at SUNY Canton, to national and international students. She also taught political science in partnership with the Xi’an International Studies University, located in Xi’an, China, and wrote SUNY-Canton’s Legal Studies program, the first four-year paralegal program within the SUNY system.
Since 2021, Ms. Esposito has co-authored the Social Security and Medicare Answer Book with Professor David Pratt. Her article “A Systemic Reimagining of Poverty Law,” which argues that poverty law scholarship can only be effective if it takes a systemic view of the ways in which various laws and legal structures interlock to create and perpetuate poverty, is forthcoming in the Fall 2023 volume of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.
Ms. Esposito is the recipient of LASNNY’s 2023 Ruth Miner Leadership Award, which recognizes a trailblazer in civil legal services who has also worked towards diversity and inclusion in the field. She continues to perform pro bono work for LASNNY. She serves on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Legal Aid (COLA) and also sits on the board of the Capital Region Italian American Bar Association and on the newly formed Advisory Board of The Legal Project; she is a past board member of the Pride Center of the Capital Region.
Ms. Esposito received her B.A. and law degree from the University of Notre Dame; her B.A. in English, Russian, and Soviet Studies was awarded, with honors, in 1991, and her law degree was awarded, cum laude, in 1997.