Tony has experience assisting clients and colleagues with a wide range of issues relating to education law. For example, Tony has revised and drafted school board policies, negotiated and drafted Superintendent and administrator contracts, drafted and revised several intergovernmental agreements and IESA cooperative team agreements, prosecuted student residency and student discipline cases, negotiated architect and construction manager contracts governing multi-million dollar school construction, addition, and renovation projects, investigated employee misconduct, and assisted clients with negotiating teachers’ and support staff collective bargaining agreements.
Tony also has experience assisting clients with navigating Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act, including drafting responses to Open Meetings Act Requests for Review from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and litigating issues related to the Freedom of Information Act. Most recently, Tony assisted with drafting briefs before the Illinois Appellate Court, and a Petition for Leave to Appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, in a lawsuit involving the Freedom of Information Act.
Although one of the firm’s main goals is to prevent its clients from litigation at all costs, Tony concentrates most of his practice on assisting clients and colleagues with litigation before state and federal courts. Tony has defended state and federal lawsuits involving discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as breach of contract, personal injury, intentional tort, and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act claims to name a few. Tony has also assisted with seeking Administrative Review of an Illinois Labor Relations Board – State Panel decision before the Illinois Appellate Court. Additionally, Tony has appeared before, and drafted documents for submittal to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights and has been successful in defending claims of discrimination submitted to both of those agencies.
Tony’s prior legal experience includes working as a law clerk for a Chicago attorney with over 30 years of experience representing title insurance companies, banks, business organizations, and individuals. During law school, Tony worked closely with his father, the late Anthony G. Scariano, as well as other partners and associates at Scariano, Himes and Petrarca, Chtd. as a law clerk. Tony briefly gained experience in criminal defense while in law school, serving as a pro bono law clerk for the Lake County, Indiana Public Defender’s Office – Felony Conflicts Division.
Also during law school, Tony was a teaching assistant to professors of Contract Drafting, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, and Legal Writing classes. Tony was voted by his law school’s faculty as a recipient of the American Society of Legal Writers’ National Order of Scribes Award for his outstanding legal writing during law school.
Tony earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Iowa, majoring in communication studies and receiving a minor in Spanish. Tony was also a recipient of The Certificate in Entrepreneurship from The University of Iowa’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Tony received his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Supreme Court of Illinois
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois