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Anthony William Contente-Cuomo

Education Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.9   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2007
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About Anthony

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In my tenure as an education law attorney, I have represented school districts, community colleges, municipalities, CTED's, and charter schools in EEOC, OCR, Attorney General, Auditor General, and internal human resource related investigations. For the same clientele, I drafted intergovernmental agreements, employment contracts, procurement documents, vendor contracts, operating policies, numerous legal alerts, and risk management type advisory documents. I addressed the appropriate governing bodies to give advice concerning Public Records Law, Open Meeting Law, human resource issues, funding issues, litigation strategy, and to address general questions. I engaged in a complex lawsuit concerning protecting public entities from abusive public records requestors, pursuing the cause to the Arizona Court of Appeals. I requested, and received, a formal Arizona Attorney General opinion regarding a education funding matter. I conducted employee termination/disciplinary hearings (including drafting required documents), and addressed FERPA, FMLA, FLSA, ADA (including negotiating reasonable accommodations), Workers' Compensation (including representing entities during hearings), USERRA, and ADEA issues. I also worked with public entities seeking to provide educational courses regarding Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (commonly known as "drones") and interacted with regards to such courses with the FAA. In addition to the above, I drafted meeting agendas, conducted executive sessions with the governing body, drafted procurement documents (including responding to bid protests), responded to public records requestors (including redacting the documents provided), and responded to employee/public grievances.

 

Prior to working as an education law attorney, I worked for the Arizona Attorney General's Office in the Protective Services Section.  I managed a case load of over eighty (80) cases regarding child dependency and termination of parental rights matters. This representation involved drafting of pretrial motions, appearing at numerous hearings, bench trials, interacting with multiple governmental agencies, engaging in mediation, and addressing discovery requests.

 

Location

Sims Murray LTD.
3101 North Central Avenue
Suite 870
Phoenix, AZ, 85012

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Christine Schneider | July 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding adviser!
Mr. Contente-Cuomo has been stellar in being available to meet our needs. I have been able to reach him by phone, letter, or email and have always had immediate responses to our district's needs. I have been able to query legal questions and get any options if choices were available for our board. Anything absolute he has been able to explain to me in layman's terms for clarity. He can site federal regulations as well as ARS laws, knows our district's significant board policies, has been able to come to our meetings when needed, and has solid understanding of policies/regulations recommended by the ASBA. I have seen him give guest lectures at symposiums and he is very articulate in his ability to express himself. Lastly, he is very patient with us when we ask rediculous questions as newer board members. Absolutely excellent attorney for us.
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Posted by Jacob | July 24, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Anthony Contente-Cuomo
Mr. Anthony Contente-Cuomo has always provided exceptional customer service and expert support. He is able to communicate in a meaningful and diplomatic manner even during difficult issues or topics. We highly recommend Mr. Contente-Cuomo.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Education Labor Law
Anthony has done an amazing job for our district. His knowledge related to ARS regulations and labor law far exceeds my expectations. Anthony provides thorough research and provides reference information when providing legal advise. He is well versed in public education and employment labor laws and ensures the information and advise he is providing is relatable to you as an individual but also to the specific and unique situation he is advising you on. His honesty and high ethical standards are what continues bringing me back for continued consultation and services.
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Posted by Dietrich | January 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
Anthony is the strongest education attorney I have worked with. Having come from two fortune 500 organizations prior to my career in Education, I had the pleasure of working with many of the country's top firms. Anthony is at their caliber. He is consistently well pre-pared, well-versed, offers guidance and solutions to all questions asked. I consider him a true business partner that also protects your interests at the same time. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Zeek | March 23, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Open Meeting Laws, Contracts, Legal Liabilities, FOIA etc.
Cartwright School District is utilizing the services of Anthony Cuomo and his firm in a variety of legal matters including but not limited to FOIA Requests, Contract reviews, Open Meeting Laws, Tort, Legal Liabilities, Board Member roles, etc etc. Mr. Cuomo is highly knowledgeable in all areas of education law and has provided great counsel to our Board and leadership team. His services are much sought after and we are very pleased to work with him.
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Posted by Brian | June 24, 2015
Anthony William Contente-Cuomo
Anthony has done an outstanding job for us. I have found Anthony to be extremely attentive to the needs and issues of our school district. He is very thorough when researching an issue for the district and knowledgeable when giving legal advise. His honesty and high ethical standards set the basis for all of the cases he has worked on for us and his His legal advise is always given in a manner that is in the best interest of the district. There have been many incidences where our current documents could have caused us legal problems however, Anthony addressed those issues and corrected them. Also, because he has been so thorough in his research, Anthony has saved us from legal actions that we otherwise would have been detrimental to the district. He is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Amy | June 23, 2015
Mr. Contente-Cuomo was excellent in every way
Mr. Contente-Cuomo was knowledgeable regarding the response I needed. He was available at the times I had questions or soon after. His communication and customer service skills were beyond reproach. He also e-mail me additional information I needed at a timely manner. He earned my trust and respect.
Posted by Wendy | June 22, 2015
Helpful legal advise
Anthony was thorough in his research and gave a thoughtful, analytical summary of issues and concerns that needed to be addressed with an Interagency Governmental Agreement. He was timely in his responsiveness as well as completed follow up on his own accord to ensure the concerns were addressed and resolved. Anthony has a solid handle on contracts. He would be sought after again when needing to ensure language and stipulations within agreements are fair, clear, and safeguard agencies well.
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Posted by Mary | June 22, 2015
Extremely Thorough
Mr. Contente-Cuomo has been of enormous help to our district in many a case. We can rest assured that he will be thorough and diligent when consulting and protecting our district. He is very knowledgeable and he is a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Mike | June 15, 2015
Superintendent of Schools
Anthony has assisted our school district with several issues ranging from personnel to Governing Board procedures. Anthony is knowledgeable, super dependable and very responsive. I have been able to easily get in contact with him on short notice. His support staff is very accommodating, organized and responsive to our needs. In the rare instance when Anthony was unable to assistant with a certain aspect of legal opinion or representation, he has been open and honest and referred me to others with the specific expertise needed to provide the highest level of support. I am very happy with the help and representation that I have received from Anthony. I have found him to be personable, a very good listener and extremely responsive to the needs of our district.
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Posted by Fred | May 9, 2014
Outstanding Attorney
Anthony is quick to respond and always offers options to just about any given situation. I have confidence in his ability to provide current accurate legal information which provides our school district the opportunity to make sound legal decisions. I have worked with Anthony for the last 1-3 years.
Posted by Ernest | September 16, 2014
Excellent and Up & Coming Lawyer
Anthony is bright and responsive. He is a deal maker, not a deal breaker. He listens to his client and will do all he can to achieve his client's goals. Anthony isn't afraid to crack open the books an do the research needed to best serve his client. He works with with co-counsel and is courteous with opposing counsel. He is a gentleman.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cantelme & Brown P.L.C.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Udall Shumway PLC
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Arizona Attorney General's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Congress Elementary School District No. 17 of Yavapai County v. Warren

Associations

  • Tempe Leadership Class 32
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • City of Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tempe Chamber of Commerce - Ambassadors Committee
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tempe Chamber of Commerce - Government Relations Committee
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Arizona Counsel of School Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Arizona School Boards Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • The Arizona Republic
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • AASBO Winter Conference
  • Legal Aspects of Dealing With Affiliate Organizations
  • 2015
  • Sizzlin' Summer Legal Conference
  • Public Records Requests: What To Do When Your Paperwork Has Paperwork
  • 2014
  • Sizzlin' Summer Legal Conference
  • Public Records Requests: What To Do When Your Paperwork Has Paperwork
  • 2014
  • Arizona School Boards Association 2014 Annual Law Conference
  • School Foundations, PTO's and Booster Groups: Legal Aspects of Dealing with Affiliate Organizations
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (25)
Endorse Anthony
Education Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Anthony is a very knowledgeable and experienced Education law attorney. In addition to his understanding of the laws and rules that govern educational entities, his experience in the area allows him to advise clients on the practical implications and real world functions of the law."
Education Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tony is bright, thoughtful and has an excellent understanding of his area of the law. He can be depended upon to do a great job on any project he works on."
Education Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Anthony is a very knowledgeable in broad areas relating to education and school law. His positive attitude and friendly demeanor will make any client feel at ease."
Education Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Anthony is one of my go to attorneys whenever I have questions involving an educational institution. I have no reservations in endorsing him."
Education Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Anthony is an extremely capable and competent attorney who is able to identify a broad range of issues in any situation."
Education Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Anthony is an excellent attorney and is very thorough in his representation of clients. He is skilled in various topics of education law and provides assistance to school districts on a myriad of issues. You will not be disappointed with his services."
Education Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Anthony works hard for his clients and is thoughtful and thorough in his advice."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Anthony is a detail oriented attorney with a unique ability to advise clients on ways they can accomplish their goals while minimizing their liabilities."
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Phoenix Education Lawyer Anthony William Contente-Cuomo
Anthony William Contente-Cuomo
Education Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 16 years