Costello, Cooney & Fearon announce the Honorable Anthony J. Paris, retired Justice of the New York State Supreme Court has joined the firm as Special Counsel. “It is an honor to have such a distinguished member of the legal community join our firm,” says Bob Smith, chief executive officer, and managing partner of Costello, Cooney & Fearon. “The firm is excited to have Tony. He will be an integral part of the team, which welcomes his finely-honed expertise and proficient legal judgment.” Tony will be offering his skill in the form of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services at the firm. He brings his efficacy, experience, and attention to detail to his service as a neutral. Tony knows every case is unique and tailors his approach to each situation brought before him. He looks forward to helping parties reach mutually acceptable outcomes while avoiding the stress, difficulty, and expense he well knows litigation can entail.
It is an honor to have such a distinguished member of the legal community join our firm. The firm is excited to have Tony. He will be an integral part of the team, which welcomes his finely-honed expertise and proficient legal judgment.Robert Smith Partner, Chief Executive Officer
Tony has a depth of experience in a broad range of matters and is able to offer his services as a neutral to all parties who seek his guidance. His Alternative Dispute Resolution practice will primarily focus on commercial litigation, including contract and employment disputes, as well as personal injury, malpractice, and professional liability matters.
Prior to joining Costello, Cooney & Fearon, Tony had a distinguished career as a jurist for 28 years. In 1992, he was elected to a 10-year term as Onondaga County Family Court Judge. In 1997, Tony was designated an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, where he presided over matrimonial actions, as well as other matters throughout the Fifth Judicial District. In 1999, he won election as a New York State Supreme Court Justice and was re-elected in 2013. Tony was also part of the Statewide Mortgage Foreclosure Group and presided over cases in the Commercial Division. While on the Bench, he was appointed to the Judicial Advisory Council and the Access to Justice Subcommittee.
Prior to his years on the Bench, Tony served as an Assistant District Attorney for the County of Onondaga and was engaged in the general practice of law. As such, in addition to his services as a neutral, Tony will have a general litigation practice, handling such diverse matters as Business Formations and Transactions; Commercial and Residential Real Estate; Foreclosures; Insurance Coverage Disputes; Personal Injury; Professional Liability; DWI, and Traffic Matters; and matters involving Domestic Relations, including Divorce and Family Court Proceedings.