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Thomas Stagg
CorporateINT Global Award
Martindale Distinguished Award 2018
Martindale Preeminent Award 2020
Military Pro Bono Project
Premier Banking Lawyers
Most Honored Lawyers
New York City Bar Member

Thomas E. Stagg

Managing Partner

Direct Line - (516) 812-4501

Direct Fax - (516) 812-4601

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Banking Litigation

  • Environmental Law

  • General Liability Defense

  • Trust and Estates Litigation/Administration


Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1991

  • New Jersey, 1991

  • District of Columbia, 1991

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1992

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1992

  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2006

  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1991

  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 2002

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2002

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2010

  • United States Supreme Court, 2007



  • St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York, 1990 - J.D.

  • State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, 1984 - B.A.


Published Works

  • Contractual Protection: An Existing Remedy for Bondholder Distress, 4 St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary 2, 1989


Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Environmental Lender Liability

  • Safe Deposit Box Litigation

  • Trust Administration


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • L.I. Sound Nonpoint Source Pollution Committee

Thomas Stagg, the managing partner at Stagg Wabnik Law Group, LLP, focuses his practice on commercial, general, and appellate litigation. He represents clients in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey, as well as in Connecticut federal court. In addition, he has argued before New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals, on behalf of international banking clients. Since 2003 Thomas has achieved an "AV" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, which is assigned to lawyers who have reached the height of professional excellence and are recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. He has also been selected annually as a New York Metro Super Lawyer since 2012. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to Super Lawyers, which is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement made after a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews. In 2012, Thomas was named by the New York State Bar Association as an Empire State Counsel® for providing more than 50 hours of free legal services to low-income individuals, and in 2016 was awarded Top Legal Eagle in Litigation for Nassau and Suffolk Counties, which is assigned annually to only ten attorneys.

Thomas has represented the firm's banking and credit clients in connection with Uniform Commercial Code matters and federal and state consumer credit statutes, including the Truth in Lending Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and Electronic Fund Transfer Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. In addition, on behalf of corporate, municipal, and private clients, he has successfully litigated numerous actions involving federal and state environmental laws, class action constitutional, and land use issues. Thomas has also counseled a large municipality in its negotiations with New York State for a multimillion-dollar grant. He regularly represents clients in trust and estate litigation and administration matters.

Thomas completed advanced commercial mediation training and is an active member of the Southern District of New York Mediation Panel and the New York State Commercial Division Mediation Panel in New York, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties. He has also been certified as a guardian ad litem by New York State. In addition, Thomas is registered with and has volunteered hundreds of hours to the American Bar Association's Military Pro Bono Project. This nationwide program connects junior-enlisted service members needing pro bono legal help with volunteer attorneys nationwide. He is a 2015 recipient of the ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award.

After graduating from the State University of New York at Binghamton and St. John's University School of Law, where he was Associate Notes and Comments Editor of St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary, Thomas began his legal career with the Washington, D.C. based firm of Beveridge & Diamond. His publications include, as co-author, "Contractual Protection: An Existing Remedy for Bondholder Distress." 4 St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary 2. In addition, he lectures on environmental lender liability and has served on the Long Island Sound Nonpoint Source Pollution Committee.

Thomas is a member of the bars of New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. 

Thomas Stagg is an active participant in the New York State Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP), a remarkable initiative that collaborates with over 65 host organizations across New York to offer complimentary civil legal services. With a strong commitment to leveraging legal expertise for community welfare, Thomas contributes to the program’s mission of providing essential legal assistance to those in need, embodying the spirit of community service and professional generosity. For more information about the AEP and its impactful work, visit their website:

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