Managing Partner Alan Tarter was quoted in a Law360 article titled, “Agile But Vulnerable, Small Firms Fight to Weather Virus.” The article explains how small and midsize firms were better poised than BigLaw to prepare their offices to work remotely and stay connected to their clients in the early stages of the pandemic.
Construction Partner and Chair David Pfeffer was quoted in Engineering News-Record (ENR) New York article, “Owner of the Year: NYC School Construction Authority, CEO Lorraine Grillo Driven by Speed, Efficiency.” The article delves into the New York City School Authority’s recent projects that pursue an alternative real estate initiative for building new schools under New York City School Construction Authority President and CEO Lorraine Grillo.
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International and Retail Practice Groups chair and Italy Practice co-chair Giuliano Iannaccone and Associate Federica Rigato represented acclaimed wine producer Masi Agricola in the negotiation of a distribution agreement with Santa Margherita USA.
Litigation and Corporate & Securities partner Robert Heim was featured in Law360 article, “Ex-AIG Legal Worker Settles SEC's Insider Trading Claim,” regarding his successful resolution of allegations of insider trading against his clients by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
On March 26, Labor and Employment partner and Employment Practice Liability Insurance chair Rich Steer will present “Implementing the New Legislative Changes & Trends” at the New York Staffing Association’s Long Island Law Day.
Mark Rosenberg, Intellectual Property partner and co-chair of the firm’s Reputation Management practice, was quoted in the Bloomberg Law article, “Amazon’s Judging of IP Claims Questioned in Seller Lawsuits.”
Scott Markowitz, co-chair of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring Group, and Rich Schoenstein, host and Litigation partner, talk Bankruptcy Basics and Recent Developments on the latest episode of Law Brief.
Immigration partner Roxanne Levine joined Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein to discuss H-1B Visas – New Process and New (Upcoming) Deadlines in the latest episode of Law Brief, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s podcast series. They chat about the new filing process for H-1B visas, which provide a nonimmigrant temporary visa category for certain foreign nationals that will be working in the United States. Roxanne and Rich also explain how the H-1B process has changed and the new preregistration period coming up in March.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, a full-service, mid-size law firm, has expanded its Litigation practice with the addition of Justin Y.K. Chu as General Counsel and Partner, continuing its strategic growth and strengthening its client offerings.
In the latest episode of Law Brief, “Do Gift Cards Keep on Giving? How the Law Affects the Consumer, the Retailer and the State,” International and Retail partner Gina Piazza sat down with Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein to delve into all things gift cards. Gina and Rich discuss whether and when gift cards expire, the related obligations of retailers and how unused balances might constitute “abandoned property” that must be turned over to the state.
Litigation and Corporate & Securities partner Robert Heim has been retained as counsel for Generex Biotechnology Corporation as part of Generex’s review of recent irregular trading activity in its stock. Robert has been retained to evaluate the company’s claims and legal remedies that stem from Generex’s asset acquisition from Veneto Holdings LLC.
Labor and Employment chair Laurent Drogin was quoted in the ENR article, “High Court Takes on LGBTQ Anti-Bias Gaps in US Law.” The article delves into the three consolidated sexual orientation and gender identity workplace bias cases that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the new term. These cases will determine banning explicit discrimination against LGBTQ employees in the workplace by adding gender identity and sexual orientation to sex bias already banned under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This decision may include changing federal law and extending protections nationwide.
Labor and Employment chair Laurent Drogin was quoted in the CNN Business article, “What to do if you're asked to sign a non-compete agreement,” which discusses non-compete agreements and how they may affect employees across sectors.
Giuliano Iannaccone, chair of the International and Retail Groups and Rich Schoenstein, Litigation partner and podcast host, discuss The Concession Model in Department Stores on the latest episode of Law Brief. Giuliano and Rich talk about how retail brands and department stores are utilizing a concession model to attract shoppers, the benefits for both the brands and the stores entering into concession agreements and the legal challenges associated with such a model.
On this week’s episode of Law Brief, “Here Comes the SEC,” Litigation and Corporate & Securities partner Robert Heim joins Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein to discuss the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). With his experience as a former Assistant Regional Director for the SEC, Robert Heim offers unique insight into the financial regulatory agency. Robert and Rich explain how an SEC investigation works and how a person involved as a witness or target might respond to such an investigation.
Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring co-chair Scott Markowitz was featured in the Reuters and New York Times articles, “OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to pay states' lawyers, urged to help victims.” The articles discuss the OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP recent court approval to reimburse millions of dollars in legal fees for states that back its proposed $10 billion settlement of opioid lawsuits, under the condition to help victims of the addiction crisis.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring co-chair Scott Markowitz has been retained as bankruptcy counsel to the Ad Hoc Committee of NAS Babies in the Purdue Pharma Chapter 11 case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Since 2012, more than 300,000 babies have been born in the United States with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which stems from opioid-dependent mothers. NAS is a group of conditions caused when a baby withdraws from opioids when exposed in the womb before birth, and have numerous developmental issues and have to be weaned off of opioids after birth.
Construction partner Laurie Stanziale and Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein discuss Construction and the Neighbors in the latest episode of Law Brief, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s podcast series. Laurie and Rich talk about what to do when construction projects require access to neighboring property, negotiating agreements in that regard or, if necessary, resolving related disputes in court.
Cooperative and Condominium counsel Chris Tumulty was featured in a Habitat Magazine interview in which he discusses alteration agreements in self-managed buildings. When asked about the challenges of self-managed buildings, Chris highlights, “in a self-managed buildings, it’s the board’s responsibility to make sure alterations are done properly, safely, and in conformance with any requirement the building may have.”
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, a full-service, mid-size law firm announced today that it has expanded its Trusts & Estates practice, continuing its strategic growth and strengthening its client offerings by adding three lawyers. The group handles all aspects of estate and tax planning, as well as estate administration. With the addition of the new lawyers, the capabilities of the Trusts & Estates practice have expanded to include expertise in the representation of the elderly, individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness and their families.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction, Labor & Employment and Real Estate practices have once again been recognized by U.S. News in the 2020 Best Law Firms rankings, and the Litigation practice has been newly named to the list. The U.S. News Best Law Firms rankings are based on an extensive evaluation process, which includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review and review of information submitted by law firms.
In this special episode of Law Brief, Non-Competes Are Not So Bad! The Current Law and Why Proposed Legislation in Congress is an Overreaction, Restrictive Covenant co-chair and Labor & Employment partner David Kleinman and Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein discuss the Workforce Mobility Act, a new bill introduced in Congress that would ban the use of non-competes to restrain workers from taking new jobs. Rich and David survey the existing judicial landscape in this area and argue that the overreaching bill fails to make important distinctions that should be considered in evaluating restrictive covenants.
Managing Partner Alan Tarter has been named one of the New York Law Journal’s 2019 Distinguished Leaders, an award recognizing extraordinary lawyers demonstrating clear leadership skills who achieved impressive results in the past year.
In the latest episode of Law Brief, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s podcast series, Charles Miller, Litigation partner and Securities and Financial Services Litigation Group co-chair sat down with Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein to discuss Unveiling the Corporate Veil. In this episode, Charles and Rich talk about holding owners of corporations responsible for the corporate wrongs of the corporation, focusing on the essential elements of a successful claim to pierce the corporate veil.
White Collar and Government Investigations partner Michael Grudberg is featured in Law 360’s article “Investors Denied Cert. Rethink In Twitter Stock Fraudster Suit.” The article discusses the court’s denial of reconsideration regarding plaintiffs’ rejected bid for class certification in a suit against Gregory W. Gray, a convicted promoter of limited partnership offerings of pre-IPO Twitter securities, who was sued by the SEC and served a prison sentence after pleading guilty to securities fraud and lying to the regulator.
Intellectual Property co-chair Amy Goldsmith joined Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein to discuss trade secrets and disclosing confidential information during a two-episode discussion on Law Brief, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s new podcast series. In the first of the two-part discussion, The Secrets of Trade Secrets, Amy and Rich talk about identifying and protecting trade secrets and confidential information. This part is focused on statutorily protected trade secrets – what they are and how to keep them private. The second episode of the discussion, Confidential Information Disclosed, delves into defining and protecting trade secrets and confidential information, with an emphasis in this part on the latter, broader category, and what steps a company must take to protect its confidential information.
In a recent episode of Law Brief, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s new podcast series, Labor and Employment chair Laurent Drogin joins Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein to talk about Deflating the Union Rat. Laurent and Rich discuss “Scabby” the Union Rat, the use of such protests by unions over the past 30 years and the current implications on labor disputes, picketing and the First Amendment.
Litigation and Corporate & Securities partner Robert Heim was quoted in Bloomberg Law’s article, “Fidelity Workers’ 401(k) Class Action Takes Rare Turn.” The article explores the class action targeting the affiliated mutual funds in Fidelity Investments’ 401(k) plan that will be tried before a federal judge with assistance from an advisory jury, which is an unusual decision.
In the latest episode of Law Brief, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s recently released podcast series, Intellectual Property partner Mark Rosenberg joins Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein to discuss Amazon’s Pilot Program for Patent Disputes. Mark and Rich talk about Amazon’s new pilot program to arbitrate patent disputes involving sellers on its platform, and the potential impact on the sellers, the patent owners and Amazon itself.
Bloomberg Law Big Law Business reported on Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s recently released podcast series, “Law Brief.” The series, hosted by Litigation partner and Securities and Financial Services Litigation co-chair Rich Schoenstein, features firm lawyers discussing how current issues in their practice areas affect business.
Labor & Employment paralegal Wolf Schuchert recently rode their bike across the country to raise money and awareness for the affordable housing cause with a nonprofit organization called Bike & Build as part of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s GOAL Program, which stands for Go Out And Learn/Lead. The firm encourages all lawyers and staff to identify a professional goal or learning objective each year, and then supports their plan through providing marketing and human resources support, covering expenses for courses, certifications, registrations and more.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce the launch of a podcast that will cover cutting-edge and ever-changing legal issues and how they affect our businesses in a practical way. The podcast, called “Law Brief,” is hosted by Litigation partner Rich Schoenstein, and features other Tarter Krinsky & Drogin lawyers who will highlight current issues in their practice areas. Law Brief provides short discussions of current legal issues of interest, designed for non-experts on the go. The conversations are informal but informative, short but deep, and intended to expose all sides of the issues.
As reported in New York State Division of Human Rights Releases Drafts of Long-Awaited Sexual Harassment Training Requirements, Policy and Complaint Form and The Other Shoe Drops: New York City Commission on Human Rights Publishes FAQs on Sexual Harassment Training, employers must provide sexual harassment training to all of their employees. The deadline for training is October 9, 2019.
Mark Rosenberg, Intellectual Property partner and co-chair of the firm’s Reputation Management practice, was featured in the Forbes article, “Amazon’s New ‘Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation’ Process Stops Bogus IP Claims.” The article noted that Mark has represented several parties in Amazon’s new Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation program, which seeks to resolve the issue whereby a utility patent owner and accused seller on Amazon can have their case investigated by a neutral third-party evaluator with expertise in law and utility patents. Mark noted that “not only is the current litigation option expensive, there is a high likelihood that the patent owner will file a counterclaim for infringement and damages based on the sales of the accused product.”
Mark Rosenberg, Intellectual Property partner and co-chair of the firm’s Reputation Management practice, was quoted in Law360’s article, “Judge Sanctions Atty For Disrupting Deposition In TM Case.” The article details U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang’s decision awarding sanctions against The Fashion Exchange LLP and its attorney based on the attorney’s interference with the taking of the Rule 30(b)(6) deposition of The Fashion Exchange in a trademark infringement case that it brought. The court ordered that The Fashion Exchange and its attorney jointly and severally pay half the costs and fees that Tarter Krinsky & Drogin client Hybrid Promotions LLC incurred in connection with taking the Rule 30(b)(6) deposition and the motion for sanctions.
Thirty-two lawyers from Tarter Krinsky & Drogin have been named to the 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, a rise in Tarter Krinsky & Drogin attorneys awarded as top lawyers in New York. The annual Super Lawyers list recognizes the top five percent of lawyers in New York for their professional achievements. Lawyers are selected through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Stefanie Marrone, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Director of Business Development and Marketing, was featured on The Thought Leadership Project Podcast hosted by Jay Harrington. In the podcast, Stefanie delves into what "content paralysis" is and why it stops lawyers from creating content. She notes that content paralysis is “the process of endlessly tinkering with content and not being actually able to say it’s done.” This “perfectionist and procrastination” phenomenon prevents many lawyers from turning their expertise into thought leadership.
White Collar and Government Investigations partner Michael Grudberg is quoted in Law 360’s article, “Investors Denied Cert. In Suit Against Twitter Stock Fraudster,” which discusses a suit against Gregory W. Gray, a convicted promoter of limited partnership offerings of pre-IPO Twitter securities, who was sued by the SEC and served a prison sentence after pleading guilty to securities fraud and lying to the regulator. The article summarizes the court’s rejection of an effort by plaintiffs to certify a class action against Michael’s client.
Managing Partner Alan Tarter was featured in ALM's Mid-Market Report article, “Midsize Firms Strike a Balance Between Work and Life.” The article highlights firm leaders of mid-size firms that ensure that their attorneys find a work-life balance that works for them.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce that four of its lawyers have been named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list: Managing partner Alan Tarter (Real Estate Law), Partner Richard Steer (Litigation - Labor and Employment), Partner William Weisner (Real Estate Law) and Partner Richard A. Williamson (Commercial Litigation). Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
International, Retail and Corporate & Securities associate Serena Checchinato was recently named to the New York City Bar Association’s 2019 Art Law Committee, which addresses developments and issues impacting the not-for-profit and commercial art worlds, including the authenticity of art, copyright, moral rights, title, business transactions, insurance and nonprofit law.
Managing partner Alan Tarter was quoted in a Law 360 article, "What Young Lawyers Are Getting Wrong.” Alan discussed that young lawyers often do not ask enough questions and should embrace having the opportunity to learn new things every day.
Robert Heim is a partner in the Litigation, White Collar and Government Investigations, Securities & Financial Services Litigation and Corporate and Securities Groups. Robert’s practice includes corporate formation and capital raising, hedge fund formation, registration of new broker-dealers and investment advisers, securities regulatory work, SEC defense, securities and commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and FINRA arbitrations. He was formerly an Assistant Regional Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New York City. In this profile, learn more about him.
Intellectual Property co-chair Amy Goldsmith was quoted in the Creative Business Inc. article, "Does Your Company Take Confidentiality and Trade Secrets Seriously?” The article discusses the importance of implementing protections for confidential information or trade secrets for all companies, no matter the size or industry.
This summer, we are thrilled to have four legal interns with us – Ingrid Cardona, Max Duval, Amanda Glenz (who has rejoined us from last summer's intern program) and Maxwell Margulies. We sat down with them to find out more about their summer experiences and why they chose Tarter Krinsky & Drogin.