Richard M. Storto

Richard M. Storto

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Phone: (315) 422-1311
Fax: (315) 479-7612
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Storto represents diverse closely held businesses. He recently structured a joint venture between a closely held corporate client and a Fortune 500 corporation to establish a high tech manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India.

As head of the Melvin & Melvin Trusts and Estates department, he plans and administers estates, performs complementary business, tax, and real estate services, and litigates trust and estate matters, such as will contests, contested fiduciary accountings and abuse of fiduciary powers.

Mr. Storto has formed a trust company in Florida for Irving Bank Corporation, and served as counsel to the Trust Department of The Merchants National Bank & Trust Company of Syracuse and its successor, OnBank & Trust Co., advising it in all matters including litigation. He has also served as general counsel for Cicero Bank.

In 2002, Mr. Storto was elected a Fellow of The American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel.


  • Cornell University Law School (J.D., 1974)
  • Cornell University (B.A., 1971)


1975, New York
1975, United States District Court, Southern District of New York

Professional Organizations

  • New York State Bar Association
    • Trusts & Estates Section
    • Elder Law Section
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
    • Surrogate’s Court Committee
  • Central New York Estate Planning Council

Publications and Seminars

  • Contributing author to Warren’s Heaton on Surrogate’s Court, 6th Edition
  • Contributing author to Probate and Administration of New York Estates, a publication of the New York State Bar Association
  • Program chairman, coursebook author, and lecturer for connection with numerous Continuing Legal Education programs of the New York State Bar Association

Community Organizations

  • Past President, American Heart Association
  • Past Chairman, St. Camillus Foundation
  • Past Secretary, Rescue Mission