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Thomas A. Zelante, Jr. focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, appellate litigation, and business disputes. Tom represents clients from various industries in all facets of litigation in both federal and state court throughout the country, with a particular focus on litigation in New Jersey and New York federal and state courts.

In addition, Tom has counseled clients in virtually all aspects of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, domestic arbitration, and international arbitration, before tribunals both within and beyond the United States. 

Tom maintains an active pro bono practice and serves as an attorney-mentor with the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP).

Capabilities

Experience

  • Representation of international manufacturer of building materials and housing equipment in post-merger dispute.°
  • Representation of global personal care and cosmetics company against product manufacturers.°
  • Representation of global and local religious organizations in multi-state disputes concerning federal and state constitutional protections.°
  • Representation of global developer of aerospace structural materials in workplace safety dispute.°
  • Representation of national provider of PPO, HMO, and PDP Plans against Business Process as a Service servicers.°
  • Representation of shareholders of closely held corporation in ownership dispute.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Zelante prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Patty Shwartz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2016-2017
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Stephanie A. Mitterhoff, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Civil Part, 2015-2016

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Benchmark Litigation’s “New Jersey Law Firm of the Year,” Shortlisted, 2022
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  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Essex County Bar Association
  • Mentor, New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP)

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Seton Hall University School of Law, 2018
    • Senior Editor, Seton Hall Law Review
  • B.A., Loyola University Maryland, 2015
Clerkships
  • Hon. Anne M. Patterson, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2018-2019
Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey