About the Firm

Who are we?

Sciocchetti & Abbott PLLC is a full service real estate and commercial transaction law firm located in Albany, New York.

Sciocchetti & Abbott, PLLC provides legal services in all facets of real estate law; representing residential and commercial purchasers, and sellers, private and commercial landlords, large and small developers, builders, and investors. Aside from the hundreds of private purchases and sales the Albany, New York real estate firm handles each year, we also represent most major banks, lenders and mortgage companies that do business in the Capital Region.

The legal practice at Sciocchetti & Abbott, PLLC focuses on the legal needs of our real estate clients. Our team of real estate attorneys in Latham, New York are dedicated to provide comprehensive service in all facets of real estate law.

At Sciocchetti & Abbott, PLLC, we have been serving clients in the Albany, New York area for over 20 years. We are a privately owned, small firm, that can take real estate cases for any size client. Our long-standing reputation among the Capital Region and Tech Valley legal and real estate community has made us a popular choice for referrals. We consistently employ a strategy that will best serve our client’s real estate interests.

What do we do?

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Our Attorneys


Paul V. Sciocchetti, Esq.

Paul V. Sciocchetti is a principal of the Albany, NY real estate law firm.  He practices in the area of Real Estate, Business and Commercial Transactional Law and Land Development.  He represents numerous builders, developers and lenders, as well as handling thousands of transactions for purchasers and sellers, both commercial and residential.

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Mr. Sciocchetti is a graduate of Pace University School of Law and Siena College.  He is a member of the New York State and Schenectady County Bar Association.  He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, and the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Department.

Mr. Sciocchetti has lectured widely on issues concerning Real Estate Law and has remained an active and strong sponsor to and member of affiliated organizations such as the National Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors, Young Real Estate Professionals of New York, Mortgage Bankers Association, and the Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association.

Mr. Sciocchetti has served as chair, board member, and major benefactor to numerous philanthropic, cultural and community organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Club of America, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald’s House charities of the Capital Region area, just to name a few.

Lighter notes: 

Favorite past time: food & wine
Favorite season: autumn
Favorite vacation spot: Rome, Italy
Favorite subject in school: metaphysics
Favorite part of being an attorney: “the art of the deal.”


Marnie M. Abbott, Esq.

Marnie M. Abbott is a principal of the Latham, NY real estate law firm. She specializes in all areas of real estate law.  She represents purchasers, sellers, builders, lenders, and title companies.  Ms. Abbott is best known for her thorough, “leave no stone-unturned” approach to her real estate transactions.

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Ms. Abbott is a graduate of Vermont Law School and Union College.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association.  Ms. Abbott was born in Saratoga, New York and currently resides in South Glens Falls, New York.

Lighter notes:  

Favorite past time: snowboarding
Favorite color: green
Favorite vacation spot: Aspen, Colorado
Favorite food: anything with chocolate
Favorite subject in school: history
Why Real Estate Law: “buying a home is something we all dream of doing and it is very satisfying for me to help people achieve that goal everyday.”


Lisa Newkirk, Esq.

Lisa T. Newkirk is an associate attorney at Sciocchetti and Abbott, PLLC. Ms. Newkirk concentrates her practice in residential and commercial real estate.

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Prior to joining Sciocchetti and Abbott, PLLC, Ms. Newkirk was employed at an Albany-area litigation firm. In that role, she represented clients in real estate transactions, matrimonial proceedings, and employment/general litigation. She has also counseled multiple municipalities in matters ranging from local law drafting and implementation to zoning and land use matters.

Ms. Newkirk is a graduate of Western New England University School of Law. While in law school, she was a merit scholarship recipient and a member of the Appellate Moot Court Board. Ms. Newkirk competed in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and was awarded Best Brief in Appellate Advocacy. Ms. Newkirk also had a clerkship in Massachusetts Family Court where she assisted the bench in drafting decisions and orders.

Ms. Newkirk is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the Albany County Bar Association.

She is an active volunteer at the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, where she provides pro bono representation to local residents as a member of the Legal Project.

In 2016, Ms. Newkirk was named one of Super Lawyers’ New York Rising Stars in the area of Real Estate Law.

Meet the rest of our team!


Jill Arnold

Office Manager


Karen Bielinski

Paralegal/Title Examiner

Becca web

Becca Barringer



Christopher Semerad

Paralegal/Title Examiner


Melissa Torres



Darcy Basett



Jacob Koch



 “Whenever they are involved in my transactions, I am always confident that Sciocchetti & Abbott will handle the closing effectively, no matter how tough the deal is. Paul Sciocchetti has worked miracles on deals I never thought would happen.”

TONY SABATINO, Associate Broker; Realty USA; Commercial Broker of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008; President’s Council 10+ years.

“In order to run a real estate company that handles over a hundred million dollars in transactions a year, it is very important to have a closing attorney that is responsive, operates efficiently and communicates effectively. The staff at Sciocchetti & Abbott returns all phone calls promptly, and provides my clients with exceptional service.”

ANTHONY M. GUCCIARDO, President & CEO Gucciardo Real Estate Group; Top Upstate New York Sales Agent seven consecutive years; Capital Region Top 100 Real Estate Agent.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of having a quality real estate attorney working for you on your transaction.  That is why Sciocchetti & Abbott is the firm I refer to all my clients, WITHOUT HESITATION!!!”

STEVEN J. SBARDELLA, Broker/ Owner 518 Realty; National Association of Realtors “30 under 30” national award recipient; Chairman’s Club award recipient; Capital Region Top 100 Real Estate Agent. 

“I have worked with many closing agents from Maine to Miami.  The Sciocchetti & Abbott firm always does an outstanding job, and continues to raise customer satisfaction ratings to unprecedented levels.”

JOHN PALMIOTTO, Tri-State Divisional President for Homebridge Financial Services.

“We are SOLD on Sciocchetti & Abbott. They are definitely at the top of our referral list.”

LORRAINE THORNE, The Thorne Team, CRS, Associate Broker; Keller Williams Realty Capital District; Capital Region Top 100 Real Estate Agent.

“The Law Office of Sciocchetti & Abbott, PLLC is by far the most exceptional real estate law firm that I have had the pleasure of working with. The professionalism is by far second to none and I have referred my clients to Sciocchetti & Abbott for many years. The staff is very friendly, efficient and dedicated, and in many cases they have gone above and beyond their normal requirements to accommodate all parties throughout the closing process. I encourage anyone in the real estate industry or personally going through a real estate transaction to work with Sciocchetti & Abbott. They’re simply the best!”

MELISSA WOODCOCK, Broker/Owner Staged Nest Realty; Capital Region Top 100 Real Estate Agent.

“In the years that we have been in the housing business, from land development, new residential construction and sales, we have had our share of encounters with many of the Capital District Attorney’s and their staff. It is the firm’s enthusiasm, ambition, dedication and overall professional demeanor that makes Sciocchetti & Abbott PLLC and their staff superior to the rest. “

JOSEPH J. BORDEAU, Bordeau Builders, Perennial CRBA Parade of Homes Award Winner; 30+ years in the business.

“Investors from around the Country always ask me what type of attorney they should choose for their power team. I tell them to choose someone who deals primarily with real estate, offers professionalism, quick closings and cares about you, the client. I am fortunate to have Sciocchetti & Abbott on my team. Without hesitation, they are number one in client service.”

JAMES AVIZA, Nationally Renowned Tigrent Real Estate – Instructor; NYS Real Estate Broker; Northeast Management Realty.

“For almost 30 years, I have been fortunate to have Sciocchetti & Abbott handle all of my legal transactions. With Sciocchetti & Abbott, you can expect professional and courteous assistance with any aspect of today’s complicated real estate matters.”

ZELINDO F. VISCUSI, Viscusi Builders, Ltd. and Signature Custom Homes, Award Winning Premier Custom Home Builder.

Contact Our Firm


  • 12 Century Hill Drive, Latham, NY 12110
  • (518) 867-3001
  • (518) 867-3017 fax
  • info@theclosersny.com