Mr. Romanello has represented clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, and has significant experience litigating insurance, class action, and bankruptcy disputes in courts around the country, as well as coordinating complex commercial arbitration proceedings. Mr. Romanello also has successfully represented many firm clients in post-closing adjustment disputes, including a recent matter where he represented a client as plaintiff in the third-ever arbitration action filed in Delaware Chancery Court. Notable representative clients include AIG, Farmers Insurance, General Growth Properties, Penn Treaty, Tyco Electronics, and UnitedHealth Group.
Mr. Romanello also has developed an extensive practice representing clients in high-profile matters involving New York City and State governmental entities, including disputes concerning the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, the World Trade Center Memorial, plans to develop a stadium on the west side of Manhattan, New York State’s $1 billion contract to develop a Statewide Wireless Network, and most recently, Mayor Bloomberg’s sugary drink ban.
Mr. Romanello is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. He serves as Pro Bono General Counsel to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the world’s largest non-governmental provider of funding for childhood cancer research, and is a member of the Rockville Centre Zoning Board of Appeals.
Mr. Romanello was recognized as a leader in Business Litigation and International for 2014 by SuperLawyers Magazine.
Mr. Romanello received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review, and his B.A. from Yale University. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Richard M. Berman, S.D.N.Y.
- New York Statewide Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, et al. v. New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County) – On behalf of The National Restaurant Association, obtained a judgment invalidating New York City’s Sugary Drink Container Ban.
- Purtell v. Nuance (AAA Arbitration) – Obtained a complete defense arbitration ruling, with no damages awarded, in a $30 million earnout dispute arising out of an M&A transaction.
- Tyco Electronics v. State of New York (N.Y. Court of Claims) – Co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in breach of contract action against New York State arising from the largest contract ever entered into by the State of New York. Obtained one of the largest settlements ever against the State in the Court of Claims.
- Delaware Chancery Court Arbitration (Arbitration – Del. Ch. Ct.) – Successfully represented plaintiff as lead counsel in third-ever arbitration action filed in Delaware Chancery Court in action involving post-closing adjustment dispute.
- Hoeksema v. Asprey International (S.D.N.Y.) – Successful representation of designer Bruce Hoeksema in federal and state court litigation against Asprey International and related entities.
- Manifold Capital Corp v. ACA FG (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County) – Obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of Manifold in post-closing adjustment dispute. Case ultimately settled favorably for Manifold.
- Ivanov v. Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon, et al. (Oregon Multnomah County) – Co-lead defense counsel in putative class action involving classwide claims of fraud and breach of contract claims related to medical necessity coverage.
- In re International Aluminum Corp. (D. Del. Bankr.) – Successfully served as lead trial counsel for International Aluminum Corporation in valuation dispute challenge to chapter 11 confirmation plan.
- McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch & Co. (N.D. Ill.) – Successfully obtained order denying class certification for Merrill Lynch in purported nationwide class action by sixteen financial advisors alleging race discrimination in hiring, promotion, compensation, and maintaining an allegedly hostile work environment.
- Malchow v. Oxford Health Plans (D.N.J.) – Successfully obtained stay of all proceedings as lead counsel in putative class action arising from claims concerning failure to pay reasonable and customary amounts set forth in underlying insurance policies.
- Miller v. Farmers Insurance Exchange (Bristow County, Oklahoma) – Co-lead defense counsel in putative class action seeking to certify class of automobile policy holders. Action currently pending.
- Cantor Fitzgerald v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County) – Co-lead defense counsel in action seeking substantial business interruption damages arising from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Case dismissed after successful appeal.
- Hernandez v. Texas Farmers Insurance Company (Travis County, Texas) – Following filing of motion to dismiss, obtained voluntary dismissal with prejudice of Texas state class action involving insurance coverage dispute.
- Hozinsky v. Penn Treaty Network America Insurance Company (C.D. Cal.) – Achieved favorable settlement of insurance coverage claim after conclusion of discovery.
- Flagler Automotive, Inc., et al. v. ExxonMobil Corp. (E.D.N.Y.) – Counsel for ExxonMobil in a putative nationwide class action brought by dealers alleging violations of the Uniform Commercial Code and breach of contract with respect to gasoline pricing. The Weil defense team was successful in having the Flagler class action suit thrown out at summary judgment. The plaintiffs had asked for over $1 billion in damages.
- Puth v. Penn Treaty Network America Insurance Company (Sup. Ct. California) – Achieved favorable settlement of insurance coverage claim shortly after filing of motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint.
- Darling International f/k/a Darling-Delaware Inc. v. Newark Bay Cogeneration Partnership, L.P. (AAA Arbitration) – Obtained complete victory for Darling as lead arbitration counsel; panel awarded Darling full damages of $7.4 million.
- American Airlines/Amadeus IT Group (S.D.N.Y. and ICC Arbitration) – Achieved a significant victory on behalf of American Airlines on a motion for a preliminary injunction filed in connection with an arbitration proceeding by Amadeus IT Group that threatened to shut down a major new program American planned to launch within weeks of the injunction hearing.
- Levy v. American Airlines; Frazer v. American Airlines, Inc. (D. Del.) – Obtained summary judgment victory on behalf of American Airlines dismissing two class action lawsuits arising from American’s acquisition of the assets of Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 2001.
- McLaughlin v. Penn Treaty Network American – (SOX Admin. Proceeding) – Co-lead defense counsel in purported whistle-blower action under Sarbanes-Oxley. Reached favorable settlement.
- In the Matter of Madison Square Garden, L.P. v. New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Jets Development LLC (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County) – On behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, defeated a challenge by Madison Square Garden and a number of community groups to the MTA’s Board’s decision to proceed with negotiations with the New York Jets to allow the team to build a new football stadium on Manhattan’s West Side.
- NY1 v. Empire State Development Corporation (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County) – Successfully defended the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) in an Article 78 proceeding before the New York Supreme Court. New York City television station NY1 News sought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) access to videotaped discussions between New York Governor George Pataki, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the LMDC World Trade Center Memorial Jury.
- Charles Upchurch v. Lower Manhattan Development Corp. (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County) – Defeated motion for a TRO prohibiting announcing the finalists for the World Trade Center Memorial. After hearing argument on the Motion, the judge denied the preliminary injunction, and dismissed the Petition outright, holding that Petitioner had no chance of success on the merits.
- ExxonMobil v. SABIC (Super. Ct. Del.) – Represented Exxon Mobil in breach-of-contract suit against Saudi Basic Industries Corporation. Jury awarded ExxonMobil $416.8 million.