Fordham University, B.A., Political Science, 1991
Law School Attended:
Fordham University, J.D., 1995
Year of First Admission:
1996, New York; 1996, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1996, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Westchester County Bar Association.
Yonkers, New York, April 22, 1969
Mr. Bellantoni joins DeCorato Cohen Sheehan & Federico, LLP as Senior Counsel. A former Acting Supreme Court Justice, Mr. Bellantoni adds another dimension to our practice, a practice which provides the highest level of legal advice and representation to municipal corporations, premier medical institutions and leading health care professionals in the Greater New York area. As a Judge, Mr. Bellantoni gained unique and valuable insight into the dynamics of our adversarial legal system; insight that provides him with a rare and unique perspective from which to counsel and advise our clients.Mr. Bellantoni is a highly talented attorney who has had a rich and diverse legal career. He entered the legal profession as an associate attorney at a prominent New York City law firm where he defended hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. He also worked at a firm which defended corporations who were sued for claims based in product liability. Subsequently he joined a local District Attorney's Office where he was soon promoted to the position of Senior Assistant District Attorney. His responsibilities included special investigations, Grand Jury presentations, white collar crime, environmental crime, public corruption and both felony and misdemeanor jury trials.After leaving the District Attorney's Office, Mr. Bellantoni became a law clerk in the Westchester County Family Court and soon thereafter was promoted to the position of Child Support Magistrate. After undergoing a rigorous bi-partisan review, Mr. Bellantoni was found “highly qualified” to fill a judicial vacancy in Westchester County. In the Spring of 2003, Governor George Pataki nominated Mr. Bellantoni for appointment to that judicial vacancy. Mr. Bellantoni took his judicial oath of office in June, 2003, after the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment. Subsequently, Mr. Bellantoni was elected to the judicial position to which he was appointed.Upon his election as a County Court judge, Bellantoni was quickly assigned as an acting judge to the Family Court and as an acting justice to Supreme Court, where he oversaw both criminal and civil matters. He was responsible for presiding over all pretrial proceedings (including discovery) and numerous types of civil and criminal trials, hearings, and special proceedings. He negotiated pleas in the County Court, dispositions in the Family Court and settlements in the Supreme Court; and he presided over post-trial proceedings, including motion practice and sentencings.Prior to becoming Senior Counsel at DeCorato Cohen Sheehan & Federico, LLP, Mr. Bellantoni spent several years litigating matters in state and federal trial courts, as well as in their respective appellate courts. He has handled many matters that involved claims and/or causes of action that arose in an employment setting. In addition to his courtroom experience Mr. Bellantoni has counseled clients, employees as well as employers, with respect to employment matters – including professional disciplinary proceedings.Mr. Bellantoni has represented and/or counseled clients in connection with wrongful termination actions, as well as retaliation lawsuits in both the State and Federal trial courts in the Greater New York area, and in their respective appellate courts. Such actions were bought pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act; the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (Section 1981); the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (Section 1983); the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA); the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); New York State's Executive Law and Labor Law; and New York City's Human Rights Law.Mr. Bellantoni has also handled matters alleging First Amendment Retaliation and Prior Restraint; violations of Fourteenth Amendment Due Process; Fourth Amendment Excessive Use of Force Claims, False Arrest, Malicious Prosecution; Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; Administrative Appeals to the Commissioner of Education, Education Law, Student Bullying; New York Labor Law §740 (“New York Whistleblower Act”); Defamation; Assault and Battery (Security Guards/Bouncer Liability); Breach of Contract actions; Employee Benefits, Employee Severance Agreements and Negotiations; Education Law 3020-a Hearings; Civil Service Law §75 Proceedings; Pistol License Applications, Revocation and Denial Proceedings; Premises Liability, Automobile Defense Litigation; and Professional disciplinary proceedings – including education, legal, medical and judicial.Mr. Bellantoni also has comprehensive experience as a Judge and practitioner with Article 78 Proceedings and Declaratory Judgment Actions. He has argued several appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as New York State's First and Second Judicial Departments.Mr. Bellantoni is a past member of the Grievance Committee, Westchester County Bar Association; the Professional Ethics Committee, Westchester County Bar Association; and the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Board of Westchester County. He has been featured on CBS News, where he shared his judicial experience and knowledge regarding Civil Confinement and Registration proceedings for Sex-Offenders. He has also appeared on CNN and FOX 5 News.Drawing on Mr. Bellantoni's extensive legal experience as an attorney, and as a New York State judge who presided over legal proceedings in our state's highest trial courts, DeCorato Cohen Sheehan & Federico, LLP is able to provide its clients with additional, comprehensive and wide-ranging legal services with the same level of dedication, commitment and excellence that our clients have come to expect.
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