Thomas S. D

Thomas S. D'Antonio

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Mr. D’Antonio has handled bench and jury trials in various state and federal courts, as well as an array of government investigations, internal investigations and administrative proceedings. He has argued more than 75 appeals, in all four of New York’s judicial departments, at the New York State Court of Appeals, and at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. D’Antonio’s focus is on healthcare investigations and litigation, higher education matters and the defense of institutional clients in varied litigation settings. His healthcare work includes the representation of hospitals, nursing homes, academic medical centers and individual providers and provider networks in connection with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, the creation and implementation of internal compliance programs, various fraud and abuse matters, governmental and third-party payor investigations, False Claims Act and qui tam litigation, payor disputes, staff privilege and credentialing matters, licensure proceedings and employment-related claims in the healthcare setting. He has represented large groups of New York hospitals, numbering in excess of 170 different institutions across the State, in various reimbursement-related lawsuits that implicated a variety of legal and payment issues.

 Mr. D’Antonio’s higher education work includes the defense of many and varied employment and discrimination matters. Discrimination cases he has handled include age, gender, race, disability, national origin, sexual harassment, sexual orientation and religious affiliation claims, in diverse forums including the New York state courts in various downstate and upstate venues, all four federal districts in New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the EEOC, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the Justice Department’s Office for Civil Rights and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. His experience also includes formal and informal dispute resolution of employment disputes, with an emphasis on neutral evaluation and mediation. Additional experience in higher education includes matters involving faculty tenure review and denial, tenure revocation, academic freedom and related issues, scientific and academic misconduct investigations and litigation, governance matters, general not-for-profit issues, student discipline claims and serious general liability cases for colleges and universities located throughout New York State and beyond, as well as private and parochial secondary schools. He acts as Select Counsel in New York for United Educators, and is approved counsel for education matters for several other Employment Practices Liability and Educators Legal Liability insurers.

Mr. D’Antonio also handles the defense of varied toxic tort, unfair competition and commercial claims, and has successfully tried to verdict cases in courts throughout New York State and in other jurisdictions. He represents institutional clients in connection with various internal and governmental reviews, and in selected white collar criminal matters as well.

Union CollegeBA 1979College of William and Mary School of LawJ.D. 1982

Client Comments

"Tom D'Antonio excels in providing strategic advice and is an outstanding litigator."

"Tom D'Antonio offers professionalism and a genuine concern for his clients. He is able to guide us (the client) through issues so that we thoroughly understand some complex issues related to Medicaid."

-Candice Sheffer
Westside Health Services

"Very simply, Tom D'Antonio is my "go-to" attorney for healthcare compliance questions and issues. "

"Tom D'Antonio is truly outstanding lawyer: always knowledgeable, well prepared, thoughtful, creative, and willing to give clients all the time they need. He will defend his clients to the utmost and yet remains civil and respectful to all participants in the legal process. He has unquestioned integrity and is widely respected for his legal talents, his integrity, and his decency. With respect to the field of education law, Tom is a recognized leader in the field and knows the law from top to bottom."

-Nelson E. Roth
Cornell University

"Tom is very responsive. He is very knowledgeable about the inner-workings and unique culture of educational institutions."

"Thomas D'Antonio is very knowledgeable. He always gives practical advice. He doesn't make mountains out of mole hills. He appreciates our cost constraints."

"Tom D'Antonio is an excellent attorney, who provides us with timely and practical legal advice. He understands the College's culture and operations and eases our stress during tense situations with his wit and humor."

"Tom D'Antonio is an outstanding attorney. He has been a joy to work with. He is "go-to" advisor. I feel I can talk to him about any labor related issue and get great advice."

Office Location

1800 Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY 14604
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law of the Rochester-NY Metro Area
Thomas S. D'Antonio has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Education Law (Disability, Higher Education, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Religion, Student Discipline, Tenure Denial, Tenure Revocation)
Health Care Law (Compliance, False Claims Act Litigation, Hospitals, Litigation, Long-Term Care, Physicians, Regulatory, Reimbursement)