Todd M. Galante

Todd M. Galante

Nutley, New Jersey

TODD M. GALANTE is a Principal/Partner who heads the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights team. Mr. Galante also practices in the areas of complex business litigation, business breakups and franchise litigation, business restructuring/loan workouts, employment litigation, consumer fraud, other fraud/embezzlement matters, real estate litigation, commercial foreclosure litigation, lender liability defense, restrictive covenant enforcement, TRO, injunctive relief and general equity litigation. He also represents several auto dealerships, banks and credit unions, and served as "Special Counsel" to Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ and certain insurance companies.

Mr. Galante is a seasoned certified arbitrator, mediator and mediator mentor.  He serves in both private and court-appointed disputes/cases, including referrals from state and federal courts, the United States Bankruptcy Court and others. Mr. Galante has been recognized as among America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1%, selected as among the Best Lawyers in America (2009 thru 2019), Top Lawyers (for the years 2008 thru 2019), and NJ Super Lawyers (for the years 2009 thru 2019). He also enjoys an "AV" Peer Review Rating (highest rating) as published in Martindale Hubbell for more than 10 years.

Mr. Galante serves as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University - Newark (NCAS) for several years and also taught bankruptcy law as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law (SHLS). Todd has been a frequent lecturer for National Business Institute (NBI), NJICLE, certain Superior Court of New Jersey Committees and other legal organizations. He has published many articles and other materials on various legal topics.  He has also served as a legal expert in certain legal matters.

Todd and his wife have established various endowed scholarships for talented students at the high school, college and graduate degree levels. He has served as a member and/or Chairman of various advisory boards including, but not limited to, Seton Hall University Law School Board of Visitors, Rutgers University – Newark Dean’s Cabinet, The Salvation Army Morristown Corps Advisory Board, CIANJ Financial & Business Strategies Forum. Mr. Galante also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CIANJ.   He has also served for numerous years on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committees on Character and Fitness, Attorney Ethics and Fee Arbitration.

Todd served as Law Clerk to the late Vincent J. Commisa, then Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey (1986-1987), and was also elected to public office as a Councilman-At-Large of the City of Orange Township, NJ in 1988 where he also served as Council President from 1991-1992. Todd also served on the City of Orange Board of School Estimate and Planning Board.

Areas of Practice

  • 20% Creditors' Rights/Business Bankruptcy & Foreclosure and Related Litigation
  • 20% Complex Commercial, Business, Professional Malpractice & Employment Litigation
  • 20% Construction Litigation/Consumer Fraud Litigation
  • 20% Special Litigation Counsel - Municipal/Government Agencies
  • 20% Mediation/Arbitration/Attorney Ethics

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D.
  • Rutgers University
    • B.A. cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating in Martindale Hubbell
  • America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1%
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - 2019
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2009 - 2019
  • Top Lawyers, 2008 - 2019
  • Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Recipient of The Rutgers University – Newark, College of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Alumni Service Award
  • Recipient of SHLS Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Society Humanitarian Achievement Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The American Bar Association
  • The New Jersey State Bar Association
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association (Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Committees)
  • The American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Member Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Financial & Business Strategies Forum
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Board of Visitors
  • Rutgers University – Newark College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Cabinet

Past Employment Positions

  • LeClairRyan, Newark, New Jersey, Shareholder, 2007 - 2017
  • Seiden Wayne, Newark, New Jersey. Merger with LeClairRyan, Member of Firm/Partner, 1995 - 2007
  • McCarter & English, Newark, New Jersey, Senior Associate, 1990 - 1994
  • Clapp & Eisenberg, Newark, New Jersey, Associate, 1987 - 1989
  • Hon. Vincent J. Commisa, Chief Bankruptcy Judge (USDNJ), Law Clerk, 1986 - 1987
  • Hon. John W. Bissell, Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of NJ (Intern, Spring 1986)


  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Phi Alpha Delta