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Breakups: business and professional
Areas of Practice> Breakups: Business and Professional
Breakups are complicated, emotionally trying and not easy to resolve.
Contemplating a break-up?
Representative litigated cases
Sybil Shainwald v. Benedict P. Morelli & Associates, P.C. Hotly contested dispute between lawyer and law firm that spawned proceedings in arbitration and both state and federal courts. After a nine-day hearing in 2006, obtained an arbitration award in favor of lawyer (i) finding that law firm had breached the contract between them by wrongfully terminating her and awarded her substantial fees in pending cases, an accounting, an audit by an outside auditor at the law firm’s expense and all of the costs of the arbitration, and (ii) rejecting all of the law firm’s claims. Award was confirmed by state Supreme Court (Index No. 604172/2004) and Appellate Division (49 A.D.3d 476 (1st Dep't 2008)). Also obtained sanctions in federal court and recommendation of contempt in state court against law firm for failure to comply with court orders.
Seruya and Israeli v. Torres, Index. No. 1490KCV002 (Appellate Term, 2d Dep't 2008) Obtained reversal on appeal of $4 million verdict entered against clients represented by prior counsel below in business divorce and breach of fiduciary duty case.
Morrison v. Board of Law Examiners of State of N.C., 453 F.3d 190 (4th Cir. 2006). Amicus brief addressing unconstitutionality of restrictive Bar Admissions requirement on behalf of Association of Corporate Counsel defendants.
Storey v. Cello Holdings, L.L.C., 347 F.3d 370 (2d Cir. 2003). Obtained dismissal of Rule 11 sanctions against law firm.
Clapp v. LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, 286 A.D.2d 643, 730 N.Y.S.2d 429 (1st Dep't 2001). Obtained injunction against any further litigation by a former partner against a law firm.
Honzawa v. Honzawa, 268 A.D.2d 327, 701 N.Y.S.2d 411 (1st Dep't 2000). Obtained, by motion, dismissal of malicious prosecution claim against a law firm.
Graubard Mollen v. Moskovitz, 86 N.Y.2d 112, 653 N.E.2d 1179, 629 N.Y.S.2d 1009 (1995). Case defined the standards that now govern the rights and obligations of law partners who leave their law firms.