Anthony C. Musto
Associate Professor of Professional Skills
B.G.S., University of Miami
J.D., Catholic University of America
Anthony C. Musto is board certified by The Florida Bar in the field of appellate practice and is a two-term member of the Bar’s Appellate Practice Certification Committee. He has handled well over 1,000 appellate proceedings, including more than 80 on the merits in the Supreme Court of Florida.
Over the years, his practice has focused primarily on appeals, civil and criminal litigation, children’s law, and local government and administrative matters. During his career, he has served as a City Commissioner for the City of Hallandale Beach, the Chief Counsel of the Florida Attorney General’s Miami Office, the Chief Appellate Counsel of the Broward County Attorney’s Office, an Assistant State Attorney, an Assistant Public Defender, a special master for code enforcement matters, an arbitrator for Lemon Law disputes, and a hearing officer for both traffic infraction and school expulsion proceedings. Prof. Musto is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the ABA Youth at Risk Advisory Commission, the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council, and The Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children and Continuing Legal Education Committees. He is a past-chair of the Appellate Practice, Criminal Law, Government Lawyer, and Public Interest Law Sections of The Florida Bar, the Bar’s Council of Sections, the Florida Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, and the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee.
He has been a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, as well as the Supreme Court of Florida Commission on Professionalism, and he is a recipient of The Florida Bar Claude Pepper Award, which is presented “for exemplifying the highest ideals of dedication, professionalism and ethics in serving the public as a government lawyer.” He has also received the Florida Association of County Attorneys President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor, and recognition by Law & Politics magazine as one of Florida’s top lawyers. In addition, the South Florida Daily Business Review has repeatedly named him as one of the area’s most effective appellate lawyers.
His achievements include organizing the first national conference on professionalism for government lawyers, establishing statewide pro bono programs to provide representation for children aging out of foster care and human trafficking victims seeking sealing or expunction of criminal records, as well as authoring, submitting and successfully arguing in favor of the rule adopted by the Supreme Court of Florida requiring the use of recycled paper for documents filed in the state court system, a rule that has resulted in the saving of an estimated 850,000 trees annually.
In addition, he developed and coordinated the Broward County Attorney’s Office’s pro bono program, a program that became a model for public agencies throughout the nation, as reflected by its receipt of the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award and the Supreme Court of Florida Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation. Professor Musto’s civic involvement includes service as the President of the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra and as chair of Hallandale Beach’s Community Relations, Parking, and Charter Review Committees.
As the result of his years of volunteer service to the community, he has been inducted into the Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame.
He has taught at St. Thomas University School of Law since 2000, initially as an adjunct Instructor and becoming a Professor in 2005. He teaches Criminal Law, Advanced Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I & II, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Advanced Evidence, and Appellate Practice.