Thomas J. Cirone
Tom began his career in 1990 as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office under Robert M. Morgenthau. Assigned to a trial bureau, Tom conducted grand jury presentations and hearings and tried numerous cases before a jury.
After leaving the DA's Office, Tom joined a prominent insurance defense firm where he tried general liability cases in state and federal courts. In 1996, Tom joined the litigation department of a general practice firm where his practice focused on products liability and lawyers' professional malpractice defense. There, Tom became skilled in appellate advocacy arguing cases before the Appellate Division and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Between 2001 and 2016, Tom practiced with Goodman & Jacobs LLP focusing on insurance coverage litigation and insurance defense. Tom represented insurers as both plaintiffs and defendants in declaratory judgment actions in state and federal courts in New York. He has litigated cases in coverage disputes involving late-notice/late-disclaimer issues, priority of coverage and the enforceability of various exclusions. Tom's practice at Goodman & Jacobs LLP also included defense of insureds under their commercial general liability policies in cases involving construction accidents and Labor Law violations, property damage, premises liability, lead-based paint exposure and general negligence. This practice also involved litigating breach of contract, contractual indemnification and failure to procure insurance claims. Because of his trial experience, the firm's insurer clients sought his advice and insights on high exposure trial matters.