also known as Tony Colleluori
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 AVVO.com 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
Hourly ($400-650/hour), contingent (20-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)
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Anthony Colleluori is the best criminal defense attorney. Period. I have seen Tony in action first hand, and let me tell you, if I had my back against the wall in the criminal justice system, I would call Tony first. Tony is relentless, tireless, compassionate, extraordinarily knowledgeable, and will fight for his clients until the bitter end. With any emergency legal questions, I call Tony. Not once has he let me down. When he says he is available 24/7/365 days a year, he means it. He is a mentor to so many attorneys in the New York legal community, and for good reason. Without hesitation, I wholeheartedly endorse Anthony Colleluori.
Asaf Sarno Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education||NYS Bar Association Criminal Justice Section||2014|
|Best Lawyers Civil Rights Law||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Best Lawyers Civil Rights||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York State||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Inclusion in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Long Island Legal Eagle||Pulse Magazine||2012|
|Top 10 Criminal Trial Lawyers in the Northeast||Arrive Magazine||2011|
|Master Advocate||National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)||2008|
|Who's Who in American Law||N/A||1993|
|Outstanding Service Award||NACDL||1993|
|Outstanding Alumnus||Phi Alpha Delta, Kennedy Chapter-Hofstra Univ.||1991|
|Outstanding Young Men in America||N/A||1987|
|Partner||Raiser & Kenniff, PC||2014 - Present|
|Senior Partner||Law Offices of Anthony J. Colleluori & Associates PLLC||2002 - 2014|
|Senior Partner||Kirk Medina, Lipton, Ketover and Colleluori||1993 - 2001|
|N/A||Law Offices of Anthony J. Colleluori||1985 - 1992|
|N/A||Nassau County (NY) Legal Aid Society||1984 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Life Member||1987 - Present|
|New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Life Member||1987 - Present|
|Columbian Lawyers Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||Co-chair Criminal Practice Management Committee||2009 - 2011|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Criminal Litigation Committee, White Collar Sentencing Subcommittee||Chairman||2005 - 2007|
|Scleroderma Foundation Bd. of Dir. Development Comm.||Committee Chairman||2001 - 2007|
|NYS Bar Association||Secretary, Criminal Justice Section||1997 - 1998|
|Nassau County (NY) Criminal Court's Bar Association||President||1996 - 1997|
|New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member Board of Directors||1992 - 1996|
|NYS Bar Association||Member, Criminal Justice Section Executive Comm||1991 - 1998|
|Nassau County Bar Association||Inaugural Chair Constuction Law Committee||1991 - 1993|
|NYS Bar Association Crim Just. Sec. CLE Comm.||Chairman||1991 - 1996|
|Nassau County Bar Association||Member of the Board of Directors||1990 - 1993|
|Nassau County Bar Association||Chairman Criminal Law and Procedure Committee||1988 - 1990|
|Phi Alpha Delta||District Justice||1987 - 1991|
|Phi Alpha Delta||Chapter Justice||1982 - 1983|
|People v D.S.||Full Acquittal|
|Luz Cardeno v. John Potter (Postmaster General of the United States of America)||Plaintiff verdict for $33,000.00|
|Philip David Schaub v. Olmsted County (MN) et al.||Verdict for Plaintiff in the aggegate sum of $1.5 Million Dollars|
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|GPSolo Magazine (ABA)||Defending the Internet Sex Sting Case||2010|
|NYSACDL-Weapons for the Firefight||In Your Face Defense||1993|
|The Practical Lawyer||What to Put in A Pre-Sentence Report||1987|
|Unknown||“Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury” A Beginner's Guide to Opening and Closing Argument||N/A|
|NYSBA Practical Skills Course||Developing a Case Theory||N/A|
|Wiki-how||How to Help a Friend Who Gets Arrested in the Middle of the Night`||N/A|
|The Nassau Lawyer||Handling a DWI Case||N/A|
|Hofstra University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|Tufts University||History and Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy||Trial Advocacy||2013|
|NYS Bar Association||Bridging the Gap- Criminal Discovery & Motion Practice||2009|
|Bridging the Gap||Among the Experts: Online Marketing for Lawyers||2009|
|American Bar Association Annual Meeting||Mourning the Death of the Billable Hour||2008|
|Handling the Worker's Compensation Fraud Case||Defending the Worker in Criminal Court||2007|
|St Dominick's High School Senior Lecture Series||Sex crimes on College Campus'||2006|
|NACDL Winter Meeting||Legal Marketing for Criminal Lawyers||2006|
|Trial Advocacy||Trial Advocacy||2005|
|NYSBA Practical Skills Program||Motion and Discovery Practice||1996|
|Handling a Criminal Drug Case||Handling a Criminal Drug Prosecution||1995|
|Trademark Litigation Trial Techniques||Trial Advocacy||1992|