Theresa C. Villani

Theresa C. Villani

Offices: New York
Of Counsel

Terre handles all aspects of personal injury, commercial and property damage litigation from initial case evaluation, to settlement, trial, arbitration, mediations and appeals.

She has broad experience defending matters on behalf of insurance carriers including areas of labor law, construction site accidents, construction defect, premises liability, products liability, dram shop, insurance coverage, negligent hiring and security, commercial property damage and automobile liability.

Terre is also a mediator in the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division, a Special Master at Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division 2nd Department and a mediator for the Supreme Court, Bronx County. She serves on the pro bono advocate panel of the United States District Court for the EDNY Mediation Advocacy Panel (in claims involving employment discrimination and Section 1983 matters).

Prior to joining the firm, Terre served as in house counsel for a major liability and casualty insurance company rising from associate attorney to attorney of record, senior trial attorney and managing partner of the firm.

John's University School of Law, J.D., 1980
Stony Brook University, B.A., Political Science, 1977
Attorney of record for major liability and casualty insurance company with over 25 years of experience as in-house counsel, co-managing attorney and senior trial attorney.
Served as a court appointed arbitrator for the United States Eastern District Court.
Has tried over 25 cases to verdict.
Served as counsel to the Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division First Department
Graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
United States District Court Southern District of New York
United States District Court Eastern District of New York
State of New York
New York State Bar
New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance Compensation Section
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
Defense Association of New York
Mediator New York Supreme Court Commercial Division Panel of Mediators/Neutrals

News Insights

June 9, 2019

Terre Villani Sworn in As Mediator for The New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division

Russo & Toner, LLP is pleased to announce that Terre Villani Esq., residing in the Firm's New York City office, has been certified and appointed to the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division Panel of Mediators/Neutrals.

January 27, 2019

Theresa Villani Obtains Summary Judgment and Wins Appeal

Theresa Villani successfully argued the appeal in Salinas v. World Housewares, et al. before the Appellate Division First Department which unanimously affirmed the Supreme Court New York County decision granting summary judgment and dismissing the plaintiff's complaint in its entirety.

January 24, 2023

Marie Castronuovo Wins Summary Judgement - Laura Marks v. Lessings, Inc.

On January 9, 2023, Marie Castronuovo''s motion for summary judgment was granted on behalf of our client in the case of Laura Marks v. Lessings, Inc. This case involved a plaintiff who fell down exterior steps at Whitby Castle, claiming the steps were visually confusing. To establish that the steps were not visually confusing Ms Castronuovo presented the Court with the photos of the steps marked at plaintiff''s deposition which depicted various shades of gray on each step, and a darker landing as well as a white framed threshold. She also argued that plaintiff''s expert failed to identify a Building Code violation and admitted that the steps were well lit. Plaintiff opposed the motion, arguing that the steps were an optical illusion and required a mid-handrail. This was rebutted by Ms. Castronuovo who argued that plaintiff''s expert''s opinion only provided suggestions for making the steps safer and did not identify any Building Code requiring a mid-handrail. She further cited to plaintiff''s testimony that she was looking straight ahead as she exited the building, instead of down at the staircase.