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Todd M. Gardella is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. Todd is an experienced litigator who represents businesses, financial institutions and individuals on a wide range of commercial issues in state and federal courts and in forums for alternative dispute resolution. Todd has broad experience in all phases of litigation from inception through conclusion, including trials, complex motion practice and appellate advocacy.
Todd’s practice spans many areas of commercial disputes and litigation. He has represented banks and financial institutions in litigation in state and federal courts on a wide array of issues, including matters involving commercial loan agreements, depositary and trust accounts, negotiable instruments, fraudulent activity, check kiting, bank fraud, safe deposit boxes, secured transactions, lien priority, judgment enforcement and subpoena compliance. He handles commercial loan defaults, workouts and foreclosures, and represents creditors in bankruptcy. He has represented businesses in the technology and Fintech sectors in connection with litigation and also with transactional matters, such as software agreements. He has litigated a wide variety of other matters involving breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate and partnership disputes, landlord-tenant and other commercial real estate disputes, construction and a host of business torts.
Todd graduated from St. John’s University School of Law (J.D., 2006, Dean’s List), where he served as Executive Publications Editor of the St. John’s Law Review. He is the author of “Beyond Terrorism: The Potential Chilling Effect on the Internet of Broad Law Enforcement Legislation,” published in the St. John’s Law Review, Volume 80:2, 2006. Mr. Gardella was the recipient of the William J. Manning Scholarship, several merit awards, and the CALI Award for Excellence for his judicial internship with the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court. Todd received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in 1997.
Todd was named to the Super Lawyers New York Rising Stars Metro Edition list for five consecutive years. He has served as a mock trial team coach for high school students, has regularly judged high school mock trial tournaments and the Long Island High School Ethics Bowl tournaments, and has coached little league baseball teams.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Gardella spent six years as a technical writer, web developer and computer programmer, attending Polytechnic University’s Master’s Program in Computer Science. He was also a freelance journalist, an owner and operator of an incorporated record label, and a recorded musician.