Hon. Joseph J. Musto

Hon. Joseph J. Musto served as a judge in a court of common pleas. Judge Musto has mediated approximately 900 cases over a 15-year span. He has served as an administrative law judge and has served as a neutral or sole arbitrator in 125 cases. He brings over 40 years of legal experience, was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, and received the “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Judicial Experience

Mediated about 900 cases over a 15-year span

Neutral or sole arbitrator in 125 cases

Keystone Hearings and Appeals, LLC
Carlisle and Pittson, PA
July 2010 – Present
Administrative Law Judge, Arbitrator, and Mediator

May 2010
Mediator: mediated Hazleton toxic tort cases resulting in settlements

Pennsylvania Medicaid program
July 2010 – June 2011
Administrative Law Judge

Federal Medicare and Pennsylvania Medicaid programs
1997 – 2007
Administrative Law Judge and Hearing Officer

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas
1993 – 1994; and October 2008 – January 2010
Trial Judge

Legal Experience

Tried cases to jury verdict in both civil and criminal, in the courts of Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Schuylkill, and Wyoming Counties and the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Argued cases in the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Law Offices of Joseph J. Musto
2007 – 2008

Musto & Saunders
1997 – 2007

Hourigan, Klugar & Quinn
1994 – 1997

Griffith, Aponick and Musto
1975 – 1989
Partner: merger with Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald and became partner

Bedford, Waller, Griffith, Darling and Mitchell
1969 – 1975
Associate and Partner

District Attorney’s Office
Philadelphia County, PA
1968 – 1969
Assistant District Attorney

Other Experience

Pittston Area School District

Borough of Duryea

Borough of Yatesville

Luzerne County
Assistant Solicitor


Dickinson School of Law
Carlisle, PA
J.D., 1968

King’s College
Wilkes-Barre, PA
B.A., 1965
Honors: cum laude


  • Pennsylvania Bar

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Appointed by the President of Association to co-chair a committee studying the recently adopted Evidence Code

  • Luzerne County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Member and former President of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter

  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee

         Appointed to study and make recommendations for the expeditious handling of civil cases in the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Member Advocate

Additional Qualifications

  • Named as Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by the Philadelphia Magazine
  • Received “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell