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.
Areas of Focus
In commercial litigation and transactions, Tony represents a wide range of clients, including consulting organizations in the technology, environmental and market research sectors; general and trade contractors; insurance companies and brokers; and software developers.
Tony has handled branding/identity projects, franchise matters involving petroleum dealers (PMPA) and automobile dealers, and transfers of environmentally impaired properties. He has litigated commercial disputes involving trademark, copyright, trade dress and patent infringement claims. As counsel to automobile leasing companies, manufacturers, banks, software developers and consulting organizations, Tony also has managed numerous transactions involving licensing, executive employment, spin-offs, mergers, buy-backs, technology transfers and real estate.
His recent technology engagements included assisting a new gaming company with its strategic agreements, copyright and licensing work. He also recently assisted a market research company after hackers accessed and posted proprietary product development information. Leading a team of Wilson Elser attorneys, the offending posts were taken down, the source of the leak was eliminated, and an effective presentation was made to assure content owners of security going forward.
Tonys recent commercial engagements also included a copyright dispute involving a housewares designer, trade secret matters between competitors, insurance coverage issues related to the 2010 catastrophic snowstorms in the Northeast, and sports liability matters involving football and cheerleading events.
Tony has successfully defended property rights claims brought by developers and landowners, wrongful arrest claims brought by detainees, defective road claims, drainage and sewer claims, employment claims, and claims under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. He has secured defense verdicts, summary judgments and other favorable outcomes for a number of towns and villages. In addition to his litigation work for municipal clients, Tony consults and works on insurance coverage disputes.
Awards & Distinctions
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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.
April 2009 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)