As Suffolk County Team Leader, Tony has a wealth of knowledge and experience managing cases in the county. His role includes advising attorneys at the firm regarding the best tactics and strategies for handling litigation in the county. He believes that being a good lawyer is not just about knowing the legal principles, but understanding how the particular court system works to ensure matters are resolved as successfully as possible. Being team leader is a natural fit for a “people person.” Among Tony’s strengths are his ability to communicate with and show respect for clients and adversaries alike. He maintains strong relationships with judges, administrative personnel and other attorneys and builds a level of trust that is an asset to the firm and to clients.
Tony is a successful trial attorney with numerous significant defense verdicts. His practice focuses on automobile, premises and general liability cases. Prior to joining the firm, he was staff associate at GEICO, Aetna and Travelers and brings that in-house perspective to managing his cases.
An almost-native New Yorker, Tony was born in Japan to a father serving in the Air Force. He moved to New York at a young age. He is an avid tennis player competing for his club in US Tennis Association doubles matches. His family includes a wife, 2 step-daughters, 3 rescued dogs and 2 African parrots.
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, JD 1983
State University of New York at Binghamton, BA 1978
US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association
State University of New York at Binghamton Alumni Association
Firm committees/leadership roles
Suffolk County Team Leader
Smith vs Browne, NY Supreme Court, Westchester County, 2012.