Tony_Coles.jpegTony Coles is co-chair of DLA Piper’s New York Business and Commercial Litigation Group. He has litigated numerous complex matters in the state and federal courts of New York, and nationally.

His litigation practice emphasizes representation in high-stakes disputes of corporations, partnerships and members and managers of LLCs, and those with managerial or ownership interests in other forms of entities, as well as claims arising concerning international law, such as the Alien Tort Statute.

Between 1994 and 2001, Tony served as New York City Deputy Mayor for Planning under Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani, as well as a Counsel to the Mayor. He is a member of the City Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council and the New York State Bar Association. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and has been published in numerous media, and is recognized as one of the city’s leading business litigation lawyers in various professional publications.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Corporate Compliance and Government Regulation
  • International Dispute Resolution

Professional Associations

  • City Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York State Bar Association


  • Tufts University, BA 1977, summa cum laude
  • Columbia Law School, JD 1980
  • London School of Economics, GC 1976

Bar Admissions

  • New York State
  • Southern and Eastern District of New York
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

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