Further demonstrating our relentless pursuit of excellence, CMM is thrilled to announce that Vincent Costa, Senior Associate and member of our Leadership Team, has been recognized by Stony Brook University as a 2019 40 Under Forty honoree. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional Stony Brook alumni under age 40 who have demonstrated both excellence in their chosen professions and outstanding advocacy for their community. Costa will be honored at the awards ceremony on January 15, 2020 at Current at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

This year’s honorees consist of world-class athletes and leaders in law, medicine, education, government, and the arts. Costa’s nomination stood out to the selection committee due to his unique blend of business and legal experience and passion for helping Long Island businesses succeed.

Prior to law school, Costa worked for many years at a busy family-run restaurant, working his way up to General Manager while also attending Stony Brook. This experience deepened his interest in business, so he majored in Business Management, earning the Outstanding Achievement in Finance award at graduation. He then decided to pursue a career as a lawyer, where he could put his business and legal education to work serving and growing the local business community.

At CMM, Costa focuses on corporate and transactional work. Based on his decade of experience running a business, he understands what business owners need from their legal advisors, and he therefore brings a practical approach to each matter. He focuses on being a dealmaker, always asking “How can we make this work?” and “What does the client really need?” His outside-the-box thinking and work ethic have accelerated his growth beyond many of his peers in the legal profession and as a result, he has successfully managed and completed M&A transactions for local and international businesses – a responsibility usually left for senior counsel.

Since joining the firm in 2014, Costa has flourished from a newly minted law school grad to a mentor for his fellow associates. He has been recognized as CMM’s “Attorney of the Year” based on the superior client service he delivers as well as his efforts to mentor and grow his fellow attorneys.

“The extraordinary talent demonstrated by these individuals in their early careers is a testament not only to the high-quality education they received at Stony Brook University, but also to the caliber of our entire student community,” said Interim University President Michael Bernstein of this year’s honoree class. “We applaud the achievements of this year’s 40 Under Forty honorees.”