Thomas A. Gentile Partner




Thomas Gentile concentrates his practice in civil litigation, arbitration, appeals and internal investigations. His significant litigation achievements include securing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims an $18 million judgment against the federal government on behalf of a taxpayer; winning in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division a case on behalf of an ambulatory surgical center that defined the parameters of New Jersey insurance fraud law; and winning a trial verdict on behalf of a manufacturer of plastic bags against a supplier of printing plates, which involved proceedings in New Jersey and Israel.

In addition a previous partnership in a New Jersey law firm specializing in securities and financial fraud cases, insurance and medical practice law, and investor class actions, Thomas worked at a major law firm in New York City where he represented large international corporations in litigation matters, including companies in the beverage, gaming and fashion industries. In this capacity, Thomas served for two years on a transitional in-house legal team for a major manufacturer following the resignations of several high-ranking company officials alleged to have engaged in illegal conduct. For four years Thomas served pro bono as the general counsel of the Italian-American public service organization FIERI International. He now serves as an Area Coordinator of the National Italian-American Foundation (NIAF) and a member of NIAF’s Italian-American Leadership Council.

In 1996 and 1997, Thomas served as a law clerk to the Honorable Samuel A. Alito Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Thomas later worked closely with the White House during the confirmation process through which Judge Alito became the 110th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1997, Thomas served as the coordinator of New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s reelection campaign headquarters in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Areas of Focus

Alternative dispute resolution often resolves disputes quickly and efficiently because the parties can have more involvement and control over the process and outcome. ADR generally involves negotiation, mediation or arbitration. Thomas is skilled in the art of representing clients at arbitration, which involves a third-party decision maker who can render a binding decision. 

Appellate advocacy is a unique litigation practice requiring mastery of highly technical procedural rules and the ability to give matters the kind of review they will invariably receive from appellate panels. Thomas is a member of Wilson Elser’s talented and dedicated group of appellate attorneys throughout its office network who can step in and bring the litigation cycle to a satisfactory conclusion.

Internal Investigations
Given the growing number of industry and governmental regulations and guidelines, Thomas helps clients proactively self-monitor to ascertain if employees are complying with the law and internal policies. Should an incident occur, he conducts a thorough investigation to determine whether a violation has occurred. 

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