Our practice is divided into the following four areas:
Securities and Regulatory Matters
The securities and regulatory matters group, which includes a former attorney from the Securities and Exchange Commission, appears in all litigation forums and before both Federal and State securities regulatory agencies. We represent brokerage firms, brokers, investment advisers and customers in investigations and proceedings by the Securities and Exchange Commission, state securities regulators and self-regulatory organizations, such as the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. and the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.
The Firm regularly represents brokerage firms, customers and brokers in a variety of actions, including cases involving fraud, breach of contract, suitability, churning, discrimination, employment and raiding. We also advise brokerage firms, brokers and investment advisers in complying with their regulatory obligations, and in preparing investment advisory agreements, customer agreements, compliance and supervisory manuals and employment agreements for brokerage firm personnel.
Representative brokerage and investment advisory firms for whom we have provided services include Apple Financial Corp., Atlantic General Financial Corp., Biltmore Securities, Inc., Dreyfus Service Corporation, Emerson Bennett Associates, Inc., Kirlin Securities, Inc., Legg Mason, Inc., Red Cloud Investments, Inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Venture Highway.com, Inc.
The members of the litigation group, many of whom were trained at large firms or governmental agencies to handle complex litigation, appear regularly in the Federal and State Courts in New York, before arbitration panels, and in administrative agency proceedings and investigations. The litigators work closely with clients at all stages of litigation to develop cost effective strategies designed to expeditiously realize favorable solutions to contested matters.
The Firm's litigation practice is active in protecting and enforcing rights under corporate, partnership and commercial agreements of all types, and in disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, federal and state securities laws, lender liability, unfair competition, intellectual property, banking, bankruptcy, ERISA, EEOC compliance, sexual harassment, employment, discrimination, post-employment restrictive covenants, partnership and shareholder rights, mortgage foreclosure claims, and in other commercial and personal disputes.
The corporate clients we have represented in litigation, both public and private companies, include those previously identified, as well as Bobover Yeshiva, Cross Country Bank, Computer Associates, Dynamex, Inc., Dreyfus Service Corp., The Esplanade Hotel, IG Holdings, Log On America, Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., Milestone Scientitic, Inc., Montefiore Medical Center, Production Products Company, Publicis USA Holdings, Inc., Savage Records, Ltd., Sodexho Marriott Services, Inc., and Taragon Realty Investors, Inc. The Firm also represents persons individually in all types of legal proceedings.
We have also represented substantial numbers of professionals including the law firms of Sage, Gray, Todd & Sims, Wechsler, Harwood, Halebian & Feffer, L.L.P., Westreich & Feldman, members of the firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, members of the firm of McDermott, Will & Emery, members of the firm of Baer Marks & Upham, the firm of Goodkind, Labaton, Rudoff & Sucharow, the accounting firm of Marks Paneth & Shron, LLP, the environmental and consulting firm of AKRF, Inc. and the architectural firm of Stephen B. Jacobs and Associates. The Firm is also on the National Title Insurance Co. panel.
Corporate, Commercial, and Real Estate Law
The corporate, commercial and real estate group provides general business advice for all of our clients' business needs. The Firm represents individuals, closely held and public corporations, partnerships, including real estate owners and developers, in connection with a wide range of commercial agreements, including leases, financing transactions, operating agreements and other entity formation documentation, and purchases and sales of businesses. The Firm is also involved in representing both developers and building owners in the conversion of their properties to cooperative or condominium ownership before the New York State Attorney General's Office and tenants groups in the conversion process. We also advise clients as to employment law matters, such as the preparation of employment agreements and on ERISA matters. Members of the Firm have participated as lecturers in programs presented by various Bar Associations and the New York State Attorney General's Office.
The attorneys forming this group regularly structure, negotiate and document all types of financial transactions, including secured and unsecured loans, equipment leases, commercial and consumer credit transactions and structuring workouts for both lenders and borrowers. We have also been involved in representing developers, cooperatives, condominiums and individuals in both complex and simple real estate transactions and apartment closings.
Our clients seeking corporate and commercial legal advice include Advertising Display Company, AKRF, Inc., Allied Brass, American Pipe & Tank Lining Co, Inc., Atlantic Track & Turnout Co., Forman's of Orchard Street, Geoffrey Greener, The Gotham Bar & Grill Restaurant, HDS (Hachette) Retail North America L.P., John Jenkins & Sons, Ltd., KBL Healthcare Ventures, Kirlin Securities, Inc., Le Pain Quotidien, Mesa Grill, Marks Paneth & Shron, LLP, World Currency Exchange and Young Woo & Associates.
The Firm's real estate clients include Alayne Real Estate, Inc., Anderson Associates, David Beit, Gary Barnett, Willie Beer, Chelsea Village Realty, Arthur Cornfeld, David Frankel Realty, Robert Gershon, Ronald Glazer, Alexander Goldin, Larry Hirschfield, Intell Management & Investment Company, Berl Jacobowitz, Jerome Kretchmer & Co., Neil Joffee, Arthur Leeds, Abraham Magid, Robert Mahler, Jack Rosenthal, Asher Scharf, David Scharf, Leon Scharf, Solomon T. Scharf, Tarragon Realty Investors, Inc., The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Wilson's Leather and Heung Young Woo Realty International, Ltd.
Cooperative and Condominium Housing Law
The Firm represents in excess of 100 cooperatives and condominiums in the New York Metropolitan area. We advise the Boards and their managing agents in all aspects involving cooperative and condominium living, and attend Board and Shareholder meetings as needed and appropriate. When repairs or alterations to the buildings are required, the Firm advises Boards with respect to housing code compliance and assists in the coordination of activities by their managing agents, engineers and architects. We also advise cooperative Boards concerning amendments to shareholder proprietary leases and periodically issue reports on current developments in the law affecting cooperatives and condominiums. The Firm represents cooperatives and condominiums in all forms of litigation, including those by and against contractors, cooperative shareholders, sponsors and mortgagees. The attorneys in this group also represent construction contractors, engineers, architects, brokers and managing agents.
Representative clients of the Firm's cooperative housing practice include 43 Tenants Corp., One West 64th Street, Inc., 600 West End Avenue Owners Corp., 1050 Fifth Avenue Owners Corp., 357 East 57th Street Realty Corp., 360 East 72nd Street Owners, Inc., 243 West 98th Street Condominium, 262 Central Park West, Inc., Pomander Walk Housing Corporation, The Bromley Condominium, The Level Club Condominium, and the Westmore Condominium.