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  • Experience
  • Distinctions
  • News & Media
  • Events
  • Affiliations

Overview

Tom Sansone is a litigator representing individuals and companies in a wide variety of business-related and personal disputes. He practices in various fields of civil litigation, including commercial, construction and insolvency litigation.

He has tried more than 90 cases to conclusion in Connecticut Superior Court, United States District Court and United States Bankruptcy Court and has argued before both the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts. Much of his trial work involves complex banking issues, including lender liability cases, contested foreclosure/collection matters and representation of creditors in adversary bankruptcy proceedings. Tom’s skill at cross-examining adverse witnesses has often turned the tide in hotly-contested commercial cases, especially those involving complex financial documents.

Clients appreciate Tom’s responsiveness and creativity in devising solutions to seemingly intractable issues. He takes the time to learn about his clients’ businesses, and in approaching their legal challenges, adopts an approach that is both cost-effective and practical.

Tom has long been engaged in the community in which he works, playing a leading role in promoting the mental health and well-being of children and families with the Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, the oldest continuously-operated mental health clinic in the country, on whose board he has served for the past 11 years. In 2009, he created a non-profit, WIKS-USA, that raised funds to build, equip and operate a residential school for children orphaned by AIDS in rural Western Kenya. Today, that school provides a high quality education to more than 400 students in one of the most impoverished areas in sub-Saharan Africa. Tom continues to support this all-volunteer organization, serving as its Vice President for Resource Development & Donor Engagement. From 1998 – 2011, Tom served as a director of the United Way of Greater New Haven, chairing that organization from 2006 – 2008, during which time he was instrumental in transforming the organization from a federated fundraiser into an active agent for positive community impact.

Experience

  • Successfully negotiated a six-figure settlement in a mediation in which he represented a homeowner asserting a faulty construction claim against the general contractor
  • Obtained dismissal of a federal court RICO action on behalf of an individual who had been sued by a Bankruptcy Trustee who had claimed that the client was a fraudulent transferee of assets formerly held by a party engaged in a Ponzi Scheme
  • Successfully defended a commercial tenant in an eviction proceeding, by demonstrating that the landlord had failed to establish the tenant’s liability for unpaid rent
  • Negotiated a seven-figure settlement on behalf of union members whose employer-nursing home had gone into bankruptcy and whose administrator had absconded with the members’ pension funds and health insurance premiums
  • Successfully litigated utility company’s request for security deposit against commercial debtor in contested bankruptcy court proceeding in one of the first test cases under the revised Bankruptcy Code
  • Represented a utility company that was victimized by a customer’s theft of natural gas services, ultimately negotiating a six-figure settlement for the company as part of the customer’s criminal plea agreement
  • Successfully argued a case of first impression before the Connecticut Supreme Court, which held that a right of first refusal was not applicable in the context of an involuntary foreclosure sale

Before Carmody

While in law school, Tom completed an internship with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, working on behalf of victims of employment discrimination. He also volunteered for Greater Boston Legal Services as a student attorney, representing indigent persons in a variety of matters, including landlord/tenant disputes and Social Security Administration appeals.

Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, in the area of Commercial Litigation, 2022-2023
  • Honored by the New Haven County Bar Association with its annual Yale Sappern Civility Award, 2021
  • Selected as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation, 2021
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights and Utilities, 2008-2016, 2018-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation, 2008, 2010 and 2012, 2016
  • Honored by the Connecticut Boy Scouts Council with Good Scout Award, 2019
  • Honored by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce with annual Community Leadership Award, 2016
  • Honored by United Way of Greater New Haven with annual Alexis de Tocqueville Award for service to the community, 2014
  • Honored as the Business New Haven 2013 “Citizen of the Year” for his outstanding contributions to both the Greater New Haven community and abroad

Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Waterbury Bar Association

Community

  • Chairman, Bylaws Revision Committee, New Haven County Bar Association, 2021 – present
  • Treasurer, Board of Directors, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc., 2021 – present
  • Vice President of Resource Development & Donor Engagement and Director, WIKS-USA, Inc., Connecticut non-profit supporting the operation of a residential school for children orphaned by AIDS in rural Western Kenya, 2017 – present
  • Chairman, Alexis de Tocqueville Society, United Way of Greater New Haven, 2012 – present
  • Member, Executive Committee, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, 1994 – present
  • Member, Board of Governors, The Graduate Club Association
  • Immediate past Chairman, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, 2018 – 2020
  • Vice Chairman, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, 2016 – 2018
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, 2014 – 2016
  • President of the Board of Directors, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, 2016 – 2020
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, 2013 – 2016
  • Member, Board of Directors, Clifford w. Beers, 2011 – present
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, United Way of Greater New Haven, 2006 – 2008
  • Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, United Way of Greater New Haven, 2002 – 2006
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, United Way of Greater New Haven, 1999 – 2002
  • Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Greater New Haven, 1998 – 2011
  • Member, Statewide Grievance Committee, 2012 – 2018
  • Lector, eucharistic minister, prayer leader, preacher, Christ Episcopal Church of Bethany
  • Member, Nominations Committee, New Haven County Bar Association, 2009 – 2011
  • Horse show announcer Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association
  • Annual road race announcer, Town of Bethany Parks & Recreation Department
  • Announcer, Town of Bethany Harvest Festival
  • National Anthem Soloist, New Haven County Cutters, New Britain Rockcats and Cooperstown Hawkeyes baseball clubs
  • Trustee, Bethany Library Association, 1997 – 2006
  • Member, Board of Directors, Bethany Library Association, 1997 – 2006
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, 1991 – 1992
  • President, Waterbury Young Lawyers Bar Association, 1991 – 1992
  • President, Southington Historical Society, 1990 – 1992

Testimonials

Thank you for representing us in our litigation. You were able to quickly resolve an intractable problem that was a long time in the making. I appreciate your pragmatic and forceful approach to the litigation and the resulting negotiations.

Individual Client

I wish to express my positive experience working with Tom. First, he was a pleasure to work with. Second, and more importantly, he provided excellent legal services. He was knowledgeable and responsive to the complicated legal and factual issues raised.

Corporation Counsel

All successful entrepreneurs/businessmen need two things: a good legal guide on the right side and a good banker on the left side. I can say unequivocally that we have found that legal support with Tom by our side.

Chief Executive Officer, Computer Consulting Services

Events

Time to Turn Out the Lights? Lawyers’ Ethical Path to Retirement or Closing a Law Firm

12:00pm The Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

What You Need To Know About Cannabis & Ethics in Connecticut

12:30pm Fairfield County Bar Association