On behalf of everyone at TKD, we would like to wish our clients and friends a Happy Thanksgiving. The holiday season is the perfect time to share with you a collection of our own favorite recipes by our lawyers and staff. We hope you enjoy them!
Globest.com noted the arrival of Karen Schwimmer to the firm in its Northeast Middle Market Digest. The article notes that Karen joined the firm as an associate in the Real Estate practice and that she represents owners, operators and developers in the acquisition, financing, leasing, development and disposition of property.
Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring partner Rocco Cavaliere has been selected to serve on the Expert Panel of the Lexis Practice Advisor, a resource for attorneys and in-house counsel. In this role, Rocco will contribute first-hand knowledge and perspectives regarding the current legal environment and trends in the bankruptcy field.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce the arrival of Karen Schwimmer as an associate in the Real Estate practice as we continue to grow to meet client needs. Karen represents owners, operators and developers in the acquisition, financing, leasing, development and disposition of property. She also assists lenders with commercial real estate loan transactions, and cooperative and condominium boards with governance issues.
Construction chair David Pfeffer was recently quoted in a Commercial Observer article, "Putting on Developers’ Hard Hats, Private Equity Managers Break Risky New Ground.” The article discusses the increase in real estate private equity funds that are making ground-up development a prominent part of their business strategy.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction, Real Estate and Labor and Employment practices have been named to the 2018 U.S. News Best Law Firms list. The U.S. News Best Law Firms rankings are based on an evaluation process which includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review and review of information submitted by law firms in the formal submission process.
Several notable Brooklyn development projects have one thing in common – middle-market, full-service law firm Tarter Krinsky & Drogin has helped the principals avoid various legal potholes and set the projects on the road to completion. The firm’s top-ranked Construction practice partners with clients on some of the most significant development projects in New York and elsewhere across the United States.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin continues to strategically grow its practices to meet the growing needs of its clients. Michael E. Camporeale joined the firm as an associate in the Construction and Real Estate practices, and Tara McDevitt and Sean Scuderi joined the firm as associates in the Construction practice.
TKD Managing Partner Alan Tarter was recently featured in an article, “The Cost Variable: How a New York City-Based Law Firm Keeps its Costs Under Control,” which appeared in Disruptive Cost Savings magazine, a guide to forward-thinking frugality for small- and mid-size businesses. In the article, Alan discussed some of the innovative cost-saving strategies implemented by TKD, which speaks to the firm's value proposition.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin announced today that Kevin Groarke has joined the firm as a partner in its Real Estate practice. His arrival bolsters the firm’s core strengths in complex real estate transactions for domestic and international clients.
Lisette Clark has joined the firm as the Director of Human Resources. In her new role, she will oversee the Human Resources Department as well as benefits administration, payroll, employee relations, training, performance management, onboarding and off-boarding, policy implementation, recruitment and retention, and compliance.
White Collar and Government Investigations, Securities & Financial Services Litigation partner Robert Heim was interviewed on air at Bloomberg Radio about the pending criminal case against Senator Robert Menendez.
This year, 28 lawyers from Tarter Krinsky & Drogin have been named to the 2017 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists as top lawyers in the state. The annual Super Lawyers list recognizes the top five percent of lawyers in New York for their professional achievements. Attorneys are selected through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Four Tarter Krinsky & Drogin attorneys were ranked on the Rising Stars list, which recognizes the top 2.5 percent of lawyers who either are under the age of 40 or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
Leaders in the Law recently featured two of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s recent high-profile construction matters in a recent article, "Tarter Krinsky’s Construction Practice Leads Cultural Revivals in Brooklyn and Queens.” The highlighted matters reinforce the firm’s focus on advising the development community behind the latest hotel, residential, retail and arts projects in cutting-edge New York City neighborhoods.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin continues to grow its dynamic and top-ranked Construction practice to serve the needs of our clients. We welcomed senior Construction associate Tara McDevitt, whose practice focuses on construction litigation claims and disputes. She also provides legal assistance with drafting negotiations, contracts and agreements.
Construction chair David Pfeffer, an alumnus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was profiled by his alma mater in an article that highlighted his ability to resolve disputes and help clients achieve their business goals while also doing positive things for the community.
Managing partner Alan Tarter and Labor & Employment partner Richard Steer were named to the Best Lawyers® 2018 list. Alan was recognized in the real estate law category, and Richard Steer was recognized in the labor and employment litigation category.
TKD is proud to be a part of the transformation of the long abandoned RKO Keith Theater in Flushing, Queens. After shuttering its doors in 1984, the building, of which portions of its interior were designated as a landmark, has been through a series of owners, criminal activity, vandalism and general disrepair. Our client, Xin Development, which purchased the property in 2016, is carefully dismantling the landmarked interiors, which will be restored off site and reinstalled in the new building. The dilapidated eyesore will be replaced with a gleaming residential building, bringing new life and vitality to this block and the Flushing, Queens neighborhood.
Reputation Management co-chair Mark Rosenberg was interviewed by Barry Moltz on Business Insanity Talk Radio, a radio show that discusses the complexities and nuances of small businesses. During the segment, Mark differentiates between the various ways in which it is possible to respond to negative and defamatory reviews of one’s company.
TKD Labor & Employment chair Laurent Drogin was quoted in a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) online article about a recent lawsuit where a former NBC employee alleges that NBC’s hiring policies favor “good-looking” people.
Labor & Employment chair Laurent Drogin was quoted in an August 4 WorldatWork.com article, "Contract Worker, Freelancer or Employee? New York's Recent Law Adds Confusion.” In the article, Laurent comments on the implications of the Freelance Isn't Free Act (FIFA), which was recently passed in New York, noting that “this law has the potential to be a fiasco…It doesn't define a freelancer in any way to allow an employer to determine if they're classified as an independent contractor or employee."
Globest.com featured Tarter Krinsky & Drogin and Construction Chair David Pfeffer’s recent lead role in the joint venture behind the Brooklyn Mirage in its acquisition and development of the enormous dance club and entertainment complex in the industrial corridor of East Williamsburg in its Middle Market Digest Northeast column, which includes a roundup of recent deals, leases and executive moves from the past week.
We are representing ScreenBid in the acquisition, lease and reconstruction of the famous 1930 Vogue Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. This is a significant move for Screenbid as it is the web-based company’s first foray to a 'bricks-and-mortar' premises, particularly as retail has moved from the street to the web. The deal will breathe new life to the thriving Hollywood theatre district and restore this iconic theatre back to its original splendor.
White Collar and Government Investigations, Securities & Financial Services Litigation partner Robert Heim was interviewed on air at Bloomberg Radio about how the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonnel v. United States could impact the federal criminal prosecution of Senator Robert Menendez. Robert explained that the 2016 unanimous ruling in McDonnel v. United States may affect Menendez’s criminal prosecution for bribery, which was elaborated and explained in the previous ruling.
Construction Practice Chair David Pfeffer and his team represented the joint venture behind the Brooklyn Mirage in its acquisition and development of the enormous dance club and entertainment complex in the industrial corridor of East Williamsburg.
The July 19 edition of The New York Law Journal featured an article on Charles M. Miller’s arrival to Tarter Krinsky & Drogin and the creation of the firm’s Securities and Financial Services Litigation Group, which Charles will lead.
Restrictive Covenant practice co-chair David Kleinmann was quoted in the July 7 Baltimore Sun article, “Employers Use Non-Compete Agreements Even for Low-Wage Workers.” The article addresses that although employers have traditionally used non-compete agreements to keep highly skilled and highly paid workers from jumping to competitors and stealing trade secrets, they are now using them in the broader workplace among low-wage workers.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin announced today that Charles M. Miller has joined the firm as a partner in its Litigation practice where he will lead the newly formed Securities and Financial Services Litigation Group.
Construction chair David Pfeffer was quoted in an ENR New York article, "Revenue on the Rise for Regional Firms," which highlighted the surge in construction activity and spending in New York in 2017. David said that "the pace of new construction, while adding to the employment numbers, has actually caused a shortage of experienced, skilled laborers." But he also pointed out that "lenders have begun tightening the spigot for financing of new projects as vacancy rates in both the office and residential sector level off."
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin and Reputation Management co-chair Mark Rosenberg were noted in a Law360 article, “NY Post Tells Judge It Stands By 'Biggest Loser' Exposé,” for representing Robert Huizenga as co-counsel with Los Angeles firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP.
Commentary from Construction Chair David Pfeffer was featured in a Law360 article, “Real Estate Construction Labor Shortage Making Banks Wary.” The article discusses the strain that the frenetic pace of real estate construction has put on core U.S. markets – particularly in New York – on the labor workforce, which in turn is causing banks to be wary about providing construction loans.
Reputation Management co-chair Mark Rosenberg spoke with Inside Counsel for the article, “Dealing with Negative or Defamatory Reviews on Social Media.” The article raises the point that since social media posts can be easily shared, negative or false reviews can go viral and quickly damage an individual’s or business’ reputation. Mark discusses various methods for mitigating the damage of negative reviews and handling those that are defamatory.
On May 15, Corporate and Securities partner Alan Gaynor was quoted in the Financial Times’ AgendaWeek article, “Companies With the Highest Legal Bills.” The article discusses how companies often do not disclose litigation costs or other fees and expenses paid to lawyers unless they are material.
Construction partner Laurie Stanziale was named one of the 2017 Women in Professional Services by the New York Real Estate Journal. In the accompanying interview about her, Laurie discussed how she has navigated obstacles to achieve success in her career, and how she has used her strengths to her advantage in her career.
Bankruptcy partner Rocco Cavaliere has been appointed to the Mediator Panel for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Rocco has handled several successful formal mediations of multi-million dollar disputes on behalf of litigants in adversary proceedings in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere.
On May 3, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin managing partner Alan Tarter partner Gina Piazza were featured in a SHRM Online (Society for Human Resource Management) article discussing how on-the-job language training leads to improved business results.
On April 30, Labor and Employment chair Laurent Drogin was a featured guest on Lorne Epstein’s You’re Hired radio show where he discussed the salary secrecy laws in New York City, Massachusetts and Philadelphia.
Cooperative and Condominium practice chair Steve Troup was quoted in The Cooperator article, "Soundclash: When Residential Condos and Commercial Tenants Can’t Hear Ear-to-Ear." Steve points out that courts generally hesitate to evict commercial tenants over residents’ noise complaints, but prefer instead to use mediation for dispute resolution.
An article by Labor & Employment chair Laurent Drogin on the New York City Council’s recent legislation to prohibit NYC employers to inquire about applicants’ salary history in an effort to close the “gender gap” on wages was featured on HR.com.
On April 13, 2017, the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed the August 2016 decision of the New York County Supreme Court in which TKD secured a victory on behalf of our client, 152 W. 58th Owners Corp., where our client was awarded license fees for access by the petitioner, as well as reimbursement of our client’s engineering and legal fees and a per diem penalty of $500 if the work was not completed during the court-ordered license term.
Construction Group chair David Pfeffer was featured in a Commercial Observer article that highlighted the speakers at the April 5 Commercial Observer’s Development University Conference on higher education. The event featured speakers from top construction and engineering firms, as well as universities in the New York metropolitan region.