Richard T. Cordano graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1995, as a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, and earned a J.D., from Syracuse University College of Law in 1998. In 2003, Richard completed professional studies at New York University and was awarded a Certificate in Finance. Richard's emphasis is in the areas of commercial, business, and employment litigation, as well as corporate transactional work, including mergers and acquisitions.

Richard heads the firm's civil litigation department, and in this capacity, he regularly litigates commercial and business disputes in the state and federal courts. He has successfully represented corporate and individual clients in federal jury trials, appellate practice, arbitrations before the Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association, as well as matters before the EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights. Recent significant accomplishments have included the successful litigation of a post-acquisition dispute against a Fortune 500 company, and the successful reversal of Section XI's suspension of a prominent high-school athlete in a matter that was followed by Newsday. Richard also litigates the complex legal challenges facing the firm's not-for-profit supported housing clients in landlord-tenant court. Richard's broad based litigation experience has served to strengthen the firm's corporate department as well. The unique combination of significant litigation and corporate transactional experience has proven to be a distinct advantage in steering our clients clear of potential pitfalls. The firm's large base of corporate clients have entrusted him with solving their day-to-day legal and business challenges.

Richard also leads the firm's mergers and acquisition practice, where he has successfully completed sophisticated business purchases and sales for clients in the health care, construction, manufacturing, retail, restaurant and catering, sports and entertainment, and financial services industries. Richard recently completed the complex sale of one of Long Island's most historic restaurant, hotel, and catering facilities.

Richard is admitted to practice law in the New York State courts as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and Suffolk County Bar Association.

Richard T. Cordano

Richard T. Cordano

State University of New York at Stony Brook

B.A. 1995

Syracuse University College of Law

J.D. 1998