- Commercial & Business Litigation
- Commercial Contracts & Agreements
- Corporate Governance & Compliance
- General Liability & Casualty
- Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
- Intellectual Property
- Land Use & Zoning
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Municipal/Local Government
- Real Estate & Development
- Real Property
|Contact Info||Telephone: 203.388.2404|
|University ||College of Insurance, B.B.A., 1983|
|Law School||Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1989|
|Admitted||Connecticut, New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut|
Tony Corleto focuses on commercial litigation, transactions and municipal liability. His experience covers intellectual property, corporate, construction, insurance coverage and bad faith, environmental, and employment practice liability issues. He regularly tries cases and argues appeals in the state and federal courts of Connecticut and New York, including complex matters involving banking and lease finance, software disputes, development rights and insurance coverage.
Before his legal career, Tony worked as a commercial casualty underwriter and risk management consultant. He also has served as general counsel for a software company where he handled copyright, trademark, trade secret and licensing matters.
Whether Tony is managing a data breach for a gaming company or litigating construction defect issues, he looks beyond the issue of immediate concern to better understand how it originated. This allows him to help clients avoid similar problems in the future.
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•Connecticut Appellate Court Rules Reinstatement of Coverage After Lapse for Nonpayment Is Prospective Only
CT Court Articulates Rule for Prospective Coverage
June 12, 2014
In a case of first impression, the Connecticut Appellate Court found that reinstatement of a homeowner’s policy after a lapse for nonpayment only restores coverage prospectively. Although the Appellate Court was clear in its articulation of a rule for prospective coverage, insurers may want to take steps to ensure that policy language and cancellation notice clauses clearly state the intent to reinstate coverage only prospectively.
•Business Interests Outside Law Practice May Preclude Duty to Defend
ABA Section of Litigation: Professional Liability Newsletter
February 4, 2013
•Bloomberg Law Publishes Article by Corleto
January 3, 2012
Corleto writes article for September 13, 2011 issue of the Bloomberg Law Report - Technology Law.
This California Employment newsletter discusses the broadened ADA expands 504 and employee accommodation exposure. A recent change in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will expand school district obligations to accommodate students and employees. Addressing case law that narrowly interpreted disability, effective January 1, 2009, the ADA has been broadened (Public Law, 110-32s, September 25, 2008) to enlarge the universe of disabled individuals.
Second Circuit Decision in Barclays v. Theflyonthewall.com Sheds Light on Conflict over 'Hot News', Bloomberg Law Reports: Technology Law, September 13, 2011
•Connecticut Subrogation Recovery Practice
November 20, 2014
Insurance Company Presentation
•To me, or not to me? Performing artists and the Right of Publicity
July 17, 2014
New York Intellectual Property Association: Hot Topics in Trademark, Advertising, & Copyright CLE Seminar
•Preparing a Defense for Sports Medicine Practitioners
May 10, 2013
The 7th Annual National Summit on Sports Concussion
•Tony Corleto Named General Counsel for National Sports Concussion Coalition
•Corleto and Antoci Prevail in Defamation Case
April 16, 2013
•Corleto and Jean-Pierre Win Summary Judgment in Sexual Discrimination/Zoning Case
October 19, 2012
•Corleto and Antoci Win Summary Judgment in “Rough Coaching” Case
October 9, 2012
•Municipal Practice Wins Motion to Dismiss in RLUIPA Case
May 19, 2011
Anthony B. Corleto obtained dismissal of a Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) case on behalf of his defendant clients, an international groundwater and environmental engineering services firm and one of its consultants.
•Corleto Wins Defense Verdict for School Bullying Case
April 20, 2010
Anthony B. Corleto (Partner-Connecticut) obtained a defense verdict for a Connecticut municipal Board of Education and its officials in a student “bullying” case. Michaelle Jean-Pierre (Associate-Connecticut) assisted in preparation of the case.
•Wilson Elser goes 3-0 on Injunctions Filed by Youth Football Teams
November 13, 2009
On behalf of their client, a national nonprofit youth football organization, Wilson Elser attorneys Anthony Corleto and Valerie N. Kloecker defeated injunctions brought by three disqualified teams seeking to gain post-season berths in regional championships. Winners at the regional level advance to the Super Bowl.
•Corleto Wins Defense Verdict for Builder
September 4, 2009
Anthony Corleto obtained a defense verdict in a trespass/property damage claim brought by the owner of a Greenwich, Connecticut estate home against the owner of the adjacent property and his builder. The case was venued in Connecticut Superior Court, Stamford.
•Corleto Resolves Tenant’s Debt through Writ of Attachment
June 2, 2009
Anthony B. Corleto resolved a commercial dispute between Wilson Elser’s client, a landlord, and his tenant, a printing/graphics design business, whose owner was chronically delinquent in paying his rent and was preparing to vacate the premises prior to the expiration of his lease.
•Corleto Wins Summary Judgment and Counter Claims for Insurance Company
March 27, 2009
Anthony B. Corleto won summary judgment dismissal of tortious interference, unfair trade practice and breach of an exclusive dealing contract claim in Connecticut Federal Court on behalf of the defendant, an insurance company. (Also at White Plains, New York Office)
|Reported Cases||Representative Matters; Commercial; Won summary judgment dismissal of tortious interference, unfair trade practice and breach of contract claims in federal court in the District of Connecticut on behalf of an insurance company client. Plaintiff, an independent adjuster, commenced this action to recover payment of unpaid invoices and for breach of an alleged agreement to use the adjuster's services exclusively in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Defendant withheld payment and ended the relationship when an internal audit revealed a pattern of fraudulent billing by plaintiff, and brought a counterclaim for affirmative relief. Court dismissed plaintiff's breach of contract claims; defendant's counterclaims and plaintiff's claim for unpaid invoices also were resolved favorably for the client. Resolved a commercial dispute between a landlord client and a tenant that was chronically delinquent in paying rent and was preparing to vacate the premises prior to the expiration of the lease. In a rare move, the court granted the Writ of Attachment in an amount $240,000, which covered both back rent and the remaining balance of the lease. Obtained a defense verdict in a trespass/property damage claim brought in Connecticut Superior Court by the owner of a Greenwich, CT, estate home against the owner and builder of the adjacent property. Plaintiff claimed that the construction company, while doing work on the adjacent property owned by the co-defendant, trespassed on her property, damaging a vintage rock wall and disrupting the grade. Successfully argued that plaintiff failed to meet her burden of proof. Represent a national nonprofit youth football organization as a defendant in a variety of matters arising from league operations across the country, including defeating injunctions brought by three disqualified teams seeking to gain post-season berths in regional championships. Municipal; Obtained dismissal of a Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) case in the Eastern District of New York against an environmental engineering consulting firm. Plaintiff, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, acquired a 97-acre parcel of land in the Village of Old Westbury to develop a cemetery. After the Village denied a permit because cemeteries were not within the building code, the diocese sued, claiming the cemetery would be used for religious purposes and therefore would be allowed under RLUIPA. The diocese prevailed on appeal, with the stipulation that the project be subject to State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process. Our client, the environmental consulting firm, was hired by the Village to establish ground water monitoring and management criteria under which a cemetery could be developed, if feasible. The firm recommended stringent criteria to avoid contamination of the main source of water on Long Island. The diocese claimed the firm violated RLUIPA and the first and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution because its criteria for the cemetery were more stringent than regional criteria for similar non-religious uses (e.g., golf courses). We successfully argued that plaintiff failed to articulate facts demonstrating religious animus or an interference with the exercise of religious beliefs. Won defense verdict for a Connecticut municipal Board of Education and its officials in a student bullying case. Complainant initially leveled claims of common law negligence and violations of the Connecticut bullying statute. Court granted defendants' initial motion to strike the bullying claim on the grounds that the statute did not create a private cause of action. Motions for summary judgment based on governmental and qualified immunity were denied for questions of fact.|
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