Anthony R. Caruso, Chair of the firm’s Sports, Media & Entertainment (SME) Group, is an accomplished business attorney and sports agent. He has a broad range of significant experience in the negotiation and drafting of all types of legal transactions in the areas of business, sports, entertainment, music and literary, intellectual property, franchise and licensing, and technology. His notable projects include establishing a revolutionary technology services company; representing professional sports teams and leagues; negotiating music, film, and television deals; structuring multi-year licensing and sponsorship agreements; and supervising private equity/capital transactions for the acquisition or establishment of various ventures.
A noted entertainment lawyer, Tony represents producers, artists, songwriters, actors, authors and film/television performers, from up-and-coming hopefuls to established celebrities. He also counsels clients concerning media crisis matters and internal investigations of companies facing scrutiny. He has several clients appearing in current television shows.
As an established sports attorney, Tony represents professional and amateur coaches and athletes, as well as sports marketers, sports leagues, and investment groups involved in both sports and entertainment. He formerly owned a professional minor league basketball team, was a founding member and counsel to a pro sports league, and represented celebrity athletes in endorsement deals and related business planning.
Tony gained international attention when he represented Amy Polumbo, Miss New Jersey 2007, concerning an anonymous blackmail threat over Internet photos. He provided all legal counseling and exclusively handled all negotiations, strategy, media supervision, and crisis management to a successful conclusion. He appeared in all major television and media outlets including FOX, People Magazine, and NBC’s Today Show. Currently, he is routinely called upon by various syndicated television, news, and print media outlets for his advice and commentary on current legal issues, including Fox Business Network, MSNBC, E! Entertainment, Pix11, NBC, FOX 5, and others.
Tony served as counsel to former New Jersey Governor James Florio and has represented several governmental agencies. He is also a founding executive of an internet-based services company that revolutionized the way real estate was sold online and continues to have a major presence in the startup/venture communities. He has served on the boards of charitable organizations and banking institutions and has published extensively in various law journals and other publications. He has lectured at Princeton University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall School of Law, and Monmouth University, and serves on the adjunct faculty at NYU.