Tenacious Advocacy for Complex Business Matters

The uncertainty of major litigation always has a profound effect on your business. The best way to help you manage these risks is to identify potential triggers and provide sound advice on how to avoid them. When litigation is inevitable, we offer dedicated, tenacious and efficient advocacy.

Our litigators are fully prepared to prosecute and defend our clients’ interests in court, both in New York and throughout the United States. We think of litigation as a potential tool for use by parties to a dispute, which must be deployed thoughtfully, effectively and efficiently to bring about the desired results.

We represent a wide array of businesses, organizations, governmental agencies and individual clients in commercial and business litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts and in arbitration and mediation proceedings throughout the country.

Our litigation practice covers the full range of complex and cutting-edge issues, which challenge our clients today, including:

  • Contracts and other business disputes
  • Fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts
  • Securities fraud and financial services matters
  • Trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Labor and Employment
  • Business dissolutions and shareholder disputes
  • Intellectual property matters
  • Defamation and libel claims
  • Commercial and residential real estate disputes
  • Licensing claims
  • Creditors’ rights
  • Claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
  • Antitrust claims
  • Enforcement of restrictive covenants and non-competition agreements
  • Asset recovery
  • Looted art recovery
  • Dealer, representative, franchisee and distributor terminations

Our litigation clients include real estate developers and owners; charitable organizations; religious orders; service providers, including accountants, architects, engineers and brokers of all types; artists; major retailers; luxury goods and fashion designers; restauranteurs; vineyards; financial institutions of all sizes; heirs of owners of stolen art; manufacturing companies; theater operators; and insurance companies, among others.

Name Title Direct Dial Vcard
Baglin, Cathi Counsel Counsel 212.216.8083 VCard
Bernstein, Debra Bodian Counsel Counsel 212.216.8027 VCard
Dougherty, Anthony D. Partner, Head of Corporate Investigations Practice Partner, Head of Corporate Investigations Practice 212.216.8099 VCard
Gipson, Lissa C. Partner Partner 212.216.1161 VCard
Grudberg, Michael J. Partner Partner 212.216.8035 VCard
Kilduff, Patrick J. Partner Partner 212.216.8019 VCard
Krinsky, Andrew N. Partner Partner 212.216.8080 VCard
Lazzaro, Brittany K. Associate Associate 212.216.1130 VCard
McDevitt, Tara D. Associate Associate 212.216.8071 VCard
Miller, Charles M. Partner, Co-Head of Securities and Financial Services Litigation Group Partner, Co-Head of Securities and Financial Services Litigation Group 212.216.8085 VCard
Nachimson, Beverly Paralegal Paralegal 212.216.8087 VCard
O'Connor, Elizabeth A. Partner Partner 212.216.1104 VCard
Rosner, Joel H. Associate Associate 212.216.1187 VCard
Roth, Linda Singer Partner Partner 212.216.8026 VCard
Sabbidine, Karim Associate* Associate* 212.216.8032 VCard
Schoenstein, Richard C. Partner, Co-Head of Securities and Financial Services Litigation Group Partner, Co-Head of Securities and Financial Services Litigation Group 212.216.1120 VCard
Serrant, Toni A. Paralegal Paralegal 212.216.1174 VCard
Stanislaus, Darnell Associate Associate 212.216.1197 VCard
Temchin, Jonathan E. Associate Associate 212.216.1139 VCard
Troup, Steven Partner Partner 212.216.8020 VCard
Tumulty, Christopher Counsel Counsel 212.216.8096 VCard
Williamson, Richard A. Partner Partner 212.216.8006 VCard
Wolf, Robert A. Partner Partner 212.216.1159 VCard
  • apple seeds LLC

    apple seeds LLC is a growing organization that provides indoor playground facilities, classes, birthday parties and other activities. As an emerging and growing business, apple seeds needed a business-minded legal partner who understood the challenges of being a middle market business. They needed help building the company from the ground floor up, and providing a solid foundation for future growth.  

  • Richard Schoenstein Authors New York Law Journal Article on the Workforce Mobility Act: The Wrong Solution For Non-Compete Litigation
    July 16, 2018

    Litigation partner Rich Schoenstein authored an article for the New York Law Journal’s special Litigation report titled, "The Workforce Mobility Act: The Wrong Solution For Non-Compete Litigation.”

  • Laurent Drogin, David Kleinmann and Rich Schoenstein Author Article on the Enforcement of New York Non-Compete Agreements
    May 1, 2018

    Non-compete agreements generally are disfavored in New York, but courts will enforce them if they are reasonable in time, geographic scope and are intended to protect a company's "legitimate protectable interest(s)" as opposed to being simply anti-competitive. One question that has never been clearly answered is whether an employer's termination of an employee "without cause" will render a non-compete agreement unenforceable. In this article, Labor & Employment Chair Laurent Drogin and partner David Kleinmann, who are the co-chairs of the firm’s Restrictive Covenant practice, and Litigation partner Rich Schoenstein explore a significant decision handed down by the appellate court covering Manhattan and the Bronx impacting the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

  • Laurent Drogin Publishes Article for the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) on Developments in the Settlement of Wage & Hour Litigation
    October 17, 2017

    Labor & Employment Chair Laurent Drogin published an article for the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) New York City fall newsletter titled, “Unsettling Developments in the Settlement of Wage & Hour Litigations.” In the article, Laurent notes that in recent years, corporate counsel have been dealing with a massive increase in wage and hour issues, often in the form of a lawsuit, a Department of Labor investigation or an in-house compliance audit. He notes that the vast majority of lawsuits settle before trial, and from a company’s perspective, early resolution limits legal expenses, business distraction and, of course, liability. 

  • College and University Employee Payroll Scam
    November 15, 2015

    College and university employees are a new target of phishing attacks. Employees are receiving fraudulent e-mails alerting them to a change in their human resource status.

  • E-mail Account Compromise and Wire Fraud
    October 16, 2015

    E-mail Account Compromise (EAC) is a sophisticated scam that targets individuals.

  • New Mandatory Cooling Tower Registration Adopted By NYC For Building Owners
    August 25, 2015

    In the wake of the recent Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Bronx, the City of New York has adopted amendments to the Administrative Code requiring the registration of all cooling towers with the Department of Buildings (DOB).

  • Employee Social Media Accounts: Do's and Dont's for Employers
    June 16, 2014

    For members of the American workforce, the use of social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter is no longer a new phenomenon – it’s simply a way of life.  Sometimes information posted on these sites is publicly available.  But access to social media accounts can also be restricted – most often through the use of usernames and passwords.

  • Employee Social Media Accounts: Do's and Dont's for Employers
    June 16, 2014

    For members of the American workforce, the use of social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter is no longer a new phenomenon – it’s simply a way of life.  Sometimes information posted on these sites is publicly available.  But access to social media accounts can also be restricted – most often through the use of usernames and passwords.

  • Expanded Personal Jurisdiction: The Hidden Cost of Interactive Online Sales Sites
    September 1, 2010

    The Internet allows businesses from around the world to tap into New York’s marketplace, with relatively few upfront costs. A recent federal appeals court decision, Chloé v. Queen Beeof Beverly Hills, LLC, paved the way for courts in New York to hold accountable businesses that sell goods or services to New York consumers online but have no physical presence in this state. 

  • The NJSA: SPAM: What you need to know before you press ‘Send’
    April 1, 2010

    Fax and email broadcasts can be an easy way to reach large numbers of potential customers and candidates with minimal financial investment. Such transmissions, however, are governed by a variety of laws and are regulated and enforced by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. Accordingly, you need to be aware of and comply with a variety of rules before you hit the send button.

  • The Mortgage Market Crisis, Part I: Mortgage Foreclosure ‘Rescue’ Scams
    September 1, 2009

    Mortgage fraud and related scams have been around for years. Recently, though, the implosion of the mortgage market and decline in the economy has led to a sharp increase in mortgage fraud litigation. 

  • Sorting Out the Law on Homicide Prosecutions Against Corporations
    June 1, 2009

    The recent rise in construction accidents in New York City over the past two years has spurred an increase in criminal investigations and/or prosecutions in connection with these incidents. From the most recent prosecutions in the Bronx in connection with the fire at 236 E. 178th St. that claimed the lives of two firefighters, to the indictments in the Deutsche Bank fire and the 51st Street crane collapse, courts and juries are being asked to determine whether corporations, acting through high managerial agents, are guilty of criminal negligence or ordinary negligence.

  • Sometimes You Can Pick Your Poison: Mediation, Arbitration or Litigation?
    June 1, 2009

    Over the last decade, the use of alternative dispute resolution procedures has increased dramatically. More and more, parties are opting to turn to mediation and arbitration as a means of resolving disputes more quickly, and at less cost, than is typically associated with fullscale litigation. This article will briefly describe and compare these different approaches to resolving disputes.

  • Being First is Not Enough: Courts Reject Recruiters’ Fee Claims
    September 1, 2008

    In Mark Bruce International, Inc. v. Blank Rome, LLP, it was undisputed that in October 2005 Mark Bruce first proposed a merger between Blank Rome and Healy & Baillie, a 28-lawyer firm specializing in maritime law. 

  • The Most Important Piece of Pending Legislation Nobody has Heard of Yet
    April 1, 2008

    Does your business use mandatory arbitration clauses in any of its contracts with its clients or employees? Chances are, if your business enters into contracts, there are probably mandatory arbitration clauses in at least some of them. Legislation currently pending before Congress may eventually put an end to the widespread use of such mandatory arbitration clauses, which have proliferated in employment contracts, credit card agreements, HMO contracts, securities broker contracts and other contexts in recent years.

  • In Some Cases, The Real Battle is Enforcing, Rather than Obtaining, the Judgment
    December 1, 2007

    You’ve won a quick and relatively inexpensive victory and obtained a money judgment against the defendant as a result of a default or an early dispositive motion. Often in this context, the chief battle is just beginning, especially if the judgment debtor is a small company or an individual.

  • E-Discovery: Plan Now to Prevent Problems Later
    December 1, 2007

    New federal rules regarding electronic discovery are changing the way we all think about preserving documents when the possibility of litigation arises – or at least they should be. While there has always been an obligation to search electronic systems for documents and data responsive to discovery requests, the new rules strengthen and clarify that obligation.

  • It's About People: Common Sense Advice for Resolving Disputes
    June 1, 2007

    The broad sword and shield are often the primary tools used by litigation attorneys in protecting a client’s rights. However, there are times when a client will be best served by tact, diplomacy and understanding, which can go a long way toward resolving disputes before they turn into lawsuits.

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