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Anthony N. Gaeta, Esq. has represented clients in significant litigation matters in New Jersey and New York for nearly two decades. Mr. Gaeta has appeared before both the trial courts and appellate courts, and in federal court including the District Courts of New Jersey and New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Gaeta was formerly a partner at a boutique NJ/NY trust and estate firm where he chaired the litigation department for over ten years. Mr. Gaeta has been consistently recognized as New Jersey SuperLawyers Rising Star & Top Attorney in both Trust and Estate Litigation and Business Litigation. Mr. Gaeta has lectured before the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) on issuers relating to Trust and Estate Litigation and Planning, including seminars entitled, “My Client is Dead, Now What?” (2013) and “Using Trusts in Estate Planning” (2014).
Mr. Gaeta has extensive experience in the Trial Courts, Chancery Courts, and Surrogate’s Courts of both New Jersey and New York. Mr. Gaeta has tried cases to verdict, including a victory in Morris County where he attained a money judgment in excess of $100,000 while defending counterclaims exceeding $750,000. Mr. Gaeta also successfully attained a judgment under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud of approximately $1,000,000 for a client that was defrauded by home improvement contractors. In an estate litigation matter, he successfully removed the Administrator of two New York Estates and appointing his client as the Estates’ fiduciary following that Administrator’s removal. Mr. Gaeta has also successfully resolved cases at various stages of the litigation process such as on motions to dismiss or motions for summary judgment. For example, in a matrimonial action, Mr. Gaeta was able to attain a $50,000 judgment – without the need for a trial – against a client’s former spouse for alimony payments that were fraudulently induced from his client because of the former spouse’s fraudulent concealment of her civil union. Similarly, in a complex commercial litigation case, Mr. Gaeta was able to convince the plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss his client from the case prior to his client having to engage in costly discovery. In a trust litigation matter, Mr. Gaeta successfully reformed an irrevocable life insurance trust which was the subject of a published opinion by the New York Courts: I/M/O Irrevocable Trust of John Leondis, 2011 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4427 (Sup. Ct. Nassau Co.).