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Anthony John Colleluori

also known as Tony Colleluori

About Me

My career allows me to come to the aid of good people during the hardest, often saddest & most stressful times of their lives. I am there for them 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I am a Crisis Trial Lawyer. I work on Criminal Defense, Family Law, Catastrophic Injury, and Whistleblower-Qui Tam cases. If your life has been touched by a crime, serious accident or an violent/messy family situation, please call on me, 24/7/365. I am here to help you.


Anthony J. Colleluori, a well respected New York and Long Island trial and appellate lawyer, has practiced for over 25 years, focusing his practice on Criminal Law; First Amendment & Obscenity; Constitutional Law & Civil Rights; Civil RICO and Federal False Claims Act cases.

With a reputation as a tough and aggressive trial lawyer, Mr. Colleluori represents clients in the various areas of criminal law in the District, Town, Village Criminal, Civil, Family, County and Supreme courts. His cases have also included civil rights actions, Federal False Claims Act (Qui Tam or Whistle Blower) cases and civil RICO cases. He has handled all level of criminal matters including white collar crimes, homicides, arson and racketeering. Mr. Colleluori has represented clients in both the New York State and Federal courts (mostly in the courthouses of the Second Department of the New York State Courts and in the Second Circuit, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York in the federal courts) but has also appeared pro hoc vice in other East coast states.

Mr. Colleluori’s recognitions include the Master Advocate designation by NITA and was named one of NY State's top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2007 conferred by the American Association of Trial Lawyers. He has  of an "AV" Peer Review rating and listing in Martindale- Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.He holds a perfect rating of 10.0. Tony was awarded a prestigious Outstanding Service Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Tony has been tapped to serve as a Special Prosecutor in Nassau County, New York and has served the New York Supreme Court as a Fiduciary Referee in Foreclosure actions. He has appeared in Who's Who in American Law; and he has been previously listed as An Outstanding Young Man in America.

A frequent lecturer, moderator, and author, Tony has lectured at and/or chaired Continuing Legal Education courses for the American Bar Association; the New York State Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; the NYS Bar Association CLE and Criminal Justice Section (both Practical Skills Courses as well as Advance Skills Courses); the Nassau County (New York) Bar Association s Academy of Law; the Suffolk County (New York) Bar Association’s Academy of Law; The Hofstra University Trial Techniques Program; the Weidner University (Delaware) Trial Techniques Program; The National Institute of Trial Advocacy Basic Trial Course; and the Practicing Law Institute (PLI); as well as for numerous civic and religious organizations.

Author of over twenty (20) trial skill and criminal law related articles and lecture notes, Mr. Colleluori regularly lectures at high schools and colleges on Long Island and in the outer Boroughs of New York City. He has presented on diverse legal topics including DWI/ DUI and criminal law issues, legal ethics and representation of civil rights and Whistle Blower (Qui Tam) Plaintiffs/Relators. He has testified before the New York State Assembly Rules Committee and has submitted testimony to the United States House of Representatives.

In addition, Mr. Colleluori is the author of the “In Your Face Defense” series. He has taught a generation of young lawyers how to stand up to the government and courts and not be pushed around regarding alleged deadlines, guidelines, and other "official" bars to a fair defense. He authored the seminal six-part series “Handling a DWI Case” for the Nassau Lawyer. He also published the article "How to Write a Pre-Sentence Report" for the ABA-ALI publication the Practical Lawyer. He has written a featured Letter published in the Sunday edition of Long Island's Newsday entitled “A Strong Defense of Liberty.”

Tony has been featured on numerous talk radio stations including WOR, WALK, WCBS, AP Radio, WGGB (Labor Lines) among others. Frequently sought out for his legal opinions he has appeared on various international, national and New York metropolitan area television shows including CNN (Lou Dobbs Money Line); Fox (Good Day New York); Court TV ABC; NBC; CNBC, MSNBC, CBS; PBS; News 12 Long Island; News 55 Long Island; and News 1 New York. He has been heard and seen on international TV and radio stations run by the BBC (Great Britain), RAI (Italy) RIA (Ireland).

A dedicated trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Colleluori has made a name for himself as a concerned advocate who puts the client before the case. He devotes over 25 percent of his time to working on pro bono or reduced fee cases. He is a member of the 18b Panel (Major Felony Offense panel) of the Nassau County (New York) Bar Association (and is assigned the most serious of criminal cases) the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York (Long Island Branch) which handles Federal criminal cases and the Eastern District's Pro Bono Panel which handles Federal civil cases (mostly in the area of Civil Rights and general business cases as well as employee discrimination and Whistle Blower [Qui Tam] protection cases).

A lifelong member of his Long Island community, Mr. Colleluori served on numerous philanthropic and civic efforts, including being a past alumni advisor to the Syosset HS (NY) radio station (WKWZ-88.5 FM) and alumni chair and District Justice to the J.F. Kennedy Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. He has twice served on the local Soccer Board of Directors (once on its Executive Committee). He also served as a member of the Committee to Save Syosset Hospital and as a volunteer counsel for Children of the Night. He is a former assistant to a New York state assemblyman.

Tony has put his money where his mouth is philanthropically, raising money for the Leukemia Society, Cystic Fibrosis, and UNICEF and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Presently he is on the National Board of Directors of the Scleroderma Foundation where he chairs the Development Committee.


Tony's peers have elected or selected him to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association (where he also chaired both the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee and the Construction Law Committee) the Board of Directors of the NYSACDL, President of the Nassau County (NY) Criminal Court's Bar Association, Past Secretary of the NYS Bar Associations Criminal Justice Section (where he also served as CLE chair) and He serves the ABA Criminal Law Section as Chair of the Criminal Practice Management/Small and Solo Firm Committee.

Mr. Colleluori has defended the civil rights of hundreds, if not thousands of New Yorkers, Long Islanders and Americans in the various courts he serves. Whether defending a DWI, a homicide, victims of police brutality or whistle blowers who just cannot sit by and watch others rip off America's treasury, Tony has stood by their side, lighting their legal path and helping to carry, if not completely shouldering their legal burdens.

Mr. Colleluori is a father of two boys and has been married to his wife, Mary Rose, for Twenty Eight  years.


Languages Spoken: German, Tagalog, Mandarin, Italian

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Practice Areas


  1. Violent Crime: 20%
    30 years
  2. Federal Crime: 20%
    25 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 15%
    30 years
  4. Consumer Protection: 12%
    30 years
  5. Other: 13%
  6. More 



Hourly ($400-650/hour), Contingent (20-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

26 total 

  • Victor Fusco

    I've known Tony for over 20 years. Tony is a tough, down to earth criminal lawyer, who handles interesting, difficult and complex cases. He has defended many high profile clients in criminal matters, as well as lesser known defendants. He knows how to handle the media, and is frequently cited in our local daily newspaper Newsday and on television.I've referred many matters to him, he gets results.. Tony is an excellent teacher and many new lawyers got their start working with him and learning the ropes. He participated with me in several continuing legal education seminars. In addition to Criminal Defense Tony and his firm handle numerous other matters including Civil Rights violations. Tony is a very hard worker and has been know to toil through the night to prepare his cases - and his clients - for trial. If you want a seasoned tough criminal lawyer call Tony.


    Victor Fusco Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Craig Dennison Robins

    I have known Anthony for several years. Anthony is an expert criminal defense attorney who has represented a wide range of clients in matters ranging from highly-publicized cases, to capital cases, to the typical DWI or petty larceny case. I have seen him work very aggressively to help his clients, with a high degree of success. Among other attorneys, Anthony enjoys a great amount of respect. I have seen him work tirelessly at all hours of the day and night until he gets his job done. He is also very helpful to members of the bar in addressing questions that they have regarding their clients and cases. You can count on Anthony to obtain a successful outcome for his clients.


    Craig Robins Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Raiser & Kenniff, PC

300 Old Country Rd.
Suite 351
Minola, NY, 11502

Raiser & Kenniff, PC

300 Old Country Rd.
Ste 351
Mineola, NY, 11501



NYCurrently registered 198503/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law EducationNYS Bar Association Criminal Justice Section2014
Best Lawyers Civil Rights LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyers Civil RightsBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York StateThe American Trial Lawyers Association2013
Inclusion in The Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Long Island Legal EaglePulse Magazine2012
Top 10 Criminal Trial Lawyers in the NortheastArrive Magazine2011
Master AdvocateNational Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)2008
Who's Who in American LawN/A1993
Outstanding Service AwardNACDL1993
Outstanding AlumnusPhi Alpha Delta, Kennedy Chapter-Hofstra Univ. 1991
Outstanding Young Men in AmericaN/A1987
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerRaiser & Kenniff, PC2014 - Present
Senior PartnerLaw Offices of Anthony J. Colleluori & Associates PLLC2002 - 2014
Senior PartnerKirk Medina, Lipton, Ketover and Colleluori1993 - 2001
N/ALaw Offices of Anthony J. Colleluori 1985 - 1992
N/ANassau County (NY) Legal Aid Society1984 - 1985
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionCo-chair Criminal Practice Management Committee2009 - 2011
The National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Criminal Litigation Committee, White Collar Sentencing SubcommitteeChairman2005 - 2007
Scleroderma Foundation Bd. of Dir. Development Comm.Committee Chairman2001 - 2007
NYS Bar AssociationSecretary, Criminal Justice Section1997 - 1998
Nassau County (NY) Criminal Court's Bar AssociationPresident1996 - 1997
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember Board of Directors1992 - 1996
NYS Bar Association Crim Just. Sec. CLE Comm.Chairman1991 - 1996
NYS Bar AssociationMember, Criminal Justice Section Executive Comm1991 - 1998
Nassau County Bar AssociationInaugural Chair Constuction Law Committee1991 - 1993
Nassau County Bar AssociationMember of the Board of Directors1990 - 1993
Nassau County Bar AssociationChairman Criminal Law and Procedure Committee1988 - 1990
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member1987 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaDistrict Justice1987 - 1991
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysLife Member1987 - Present
Columbian Lawyers AssociationMember1985 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaChapter Justice1982 - 1983
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. Joshua BastienPlea of Guilty to a lesser charge
People v. J. GriecoNO TRUE BILL
USA v. Doug AlfieriClient sentenced to Home Detention
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Publication NameTitleDate
GPSolo Magazine (ABA)Defending the Internet Sex Sting Case2010
NYSACDL-Weapons for the FirefightIn Your Face Defense1993
The Practical LawyerWhat to Put in A Pre-Sentence Report1987
Unknown“Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury” A Beginner's Guide to Opening and Closing ArgumentN/A
NYSBA Practical Skills CourseDeveloping a Case TheoryN/A
Wiki-howHow to Help a Friend Who Gets Arrested in the Middle of the Night`N/A
The Nassau LawyerHandling a DWI CaseN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJuris Doctor (J.D.)1984
Tufts UniversityHistory and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Young Lawyers Section Trial AcademyTrial Advocacy2013
NYS Bar AssociationBridging the Gap- Criminal Discovery & Motion Practice2009
Bridging the GapAmong the Experts: Online Marketing for Lawyers2009
American Bar Association Annual MeetingMourning the Death of the Billable Hour2008
Handling the Worker's Compensation Fraud CaseDefending the Worker in Criminal Court2007
St Dominick's High School Senior Lecture SeriesSex crimes on College Campus'2006
NACDL Winter MeetingLegal Marketing for Criminal Lawyers2006
Trial AdvocacyTrial Advocacy2005
NYSBA Practical Skills ProgramMotion and Discovery Practice1996
Handling a Criminal Drug CaseHandling a Criminal Drug Prosecution1995
Trademark Litigation Trial TechniquesTrial Advocacy1992