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Our Media & Speaking Engagements highlight attorneys quoted or profiled in the media and those invited to be panelists at local, national and international programs. Our attorneys are frequent participants within bar association conferences, industry seminars and roundtables. If you are a member of the media and would like to interview any of our attorneys and learn more about our practice areas or industry teams, please contact us.

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When Malls Were The Disruptors of Retail,” an article by Fashion Law chair, Alan Behr, was published by Chain Store Age, a leading source for retail news and industry analysis, including retail store operations, retail technology, store design and more. Alan reflects on the change in retail from the early 1900s at a period of time when stand-alone department stores still existed, including Krauss Company in New Orleans, Louisiana run by his family, but were soon made obsolete over time by the development of malls.


The Real Deal quotes Marc Landis in "Fine print hints at an even broader US crackdown on luxe real estate deals: Treasury is looking to close loopholes in LLC disclosure law" regarding the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) tracking of luxury residential real estate deals in places like Manhattan (New York County, New York). FinCEN has begun to close loopholes, such as 'all-cash' deals involving wire transfers used by residential purchasers that can be linked to money laundering. Individuals involved in the purchase of luxury residential real estate using an LLC or corporate entity are required to be disclosed by certain title insurance companies according to FinCEN's new rule. Commercial real estate deals may be next on FinCEN's radar.

Says Marc: "While the focus remains on luxury real estate, they’re foreshadowing [a focus on] commercial real estate...They’re continuing to broaden the things that they’re going to look at."




The firm filed an application seeking leave to intervene in two election law disputes on behalf of White Plains voters whose rights to free speech, due process and equal protection under the law were violated by the Westchester County Board of Elections (the “BOE”). The class representatives are Alexis Greer Heidenberg, a lifelong White Plains resident, and Mark Elliott, the chairman of the City of White Plains Board of Ethics and partner at Phillips Nizer.

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Trusts & Estates and International partner, Michael Galligan, co-moderates the 2017 STEP Israel Annual Meeting conference session, "International Trust & Succession Planning," on Wednesday, June 21. The conference will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 20 - 21, 2017. | Conference Program


Partner Alan Behr presents, "f/8 and See You in Court: Legal Issues in Photography," at Adorama on Wednesday, June 21st. Along with chairing Phillips Nizer's Fashion Law Practice, Alan is also a member of the Art Law and Intellectual Property Law Practices. He is a working photojournalist and art photographer. | YouTube Video Replay: here

About Adorama: One of the largest retailers of photography, video, electronics and imaging equipment, Adorama events attracts professionals, aspiring professionals and hobbyists.


Managing Partner, Marc Landis, will be a featured speaker at the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) Managing Partners' Conference on “The Orderly Succession of Firm Governance and the Transition of Clients From Senior Partners to Other Members of the Firm” on Tuesday, June 20th from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | For details regarding this program or to register for the conference, click here.


On the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling siding with the Asian-American rock band, The Slants, to register the band's name with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alan Behr was quoted by the San Diego Tribune and Law360 about the significance of the court's decision.

The band's lead singer, Simon Tam, filed a lawsuit after the USPTO refused to register the band's name citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits any trademark that could be cited as disparaging against "persons living or dead." The band's leader disagreed saying the band was reclaiming the historically disparaging word as a point of pride. With the Supreme Court's unanimous decision agreeing with the band that the trademark registration refusal was unconstitutional, it is speculated that this could impact how the First Amendment is applied in other trademark cases. (On a related note: The NFL Washington Redskins has been involved in a long-running dispute with the USPTO over allegations that the team's nickname is disparaging to Native Americans.)

For more about the ruling, see here: San Diego Tribune; Law360


Michael Galligan, Trusts & Estates and International partner, presents at the Israel Bar Association Tel Aviv County International Private Law and Succession Committees seminar.  Michael's remarks will address "The European Union (EU) Succession Directive from a U.S. Perspective" on Monday, June 19 (9:45 - 11:15 a.m.). 


Alan Behr, Chair of the Fashion Law Practice and member of the Intellectual Property and Corporate & Business Law Practices, will co-present at the 2017 Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) Conference being held in Chicago, Illinois (June 6 - 9, 2017).  Alan and his co-presenter, Zach Toczynski, Director, Anti-Counterfeiting at Levi Strauss & Co., will highlight "Knock It Off! Tactics to Combat Counterfeits" on Wednesday, June 7th (1:15 - 1:45 p.m.).  


Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law partner Helene Freeman will be a featured presenter at the 2017 Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Annual Meeting (June 4 - 6) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Helene's panel on Monday, June 5th is entitled, "Sound + Vision: Challenges in Evaluating Substantial Similarity of Musical Works."  More info here.


Regina Faul, Labor & Employment Law partner, was quoted by the Associated Press (AP) in the article, “What’s your past salary? Lawmakers want to ban the question.” In April, the New York City Council overwhelmingly approved a bill to prohibit employers from inquiring about or relying on, a prospective employee’s salary history. The bill was signed into law by Mayor Bill De Blasio on May 4, 2017. [Note: The AP has since been republished by several news sites including, The New York Times, The Washington Post and ABC News.]


Entertainment and Intellectual Property litigator, Helene Freeman, will be a featured speaker at the Defense Research Institute's 2017 Intellectual Property Litigation Section 2-day seminar in Chicago, Illinois. Helene will highlight the reasons for the differences in outcomes between the "Blurred Lines" and Led Zeppelin copyright infringement cases. Helene successfully defended Led Zeppelin in June 2016.


Marc Landis, our managing partner, was quoted by regarding President Trump's tax proposal. There will be lower income tax rates for some; potential interest rate increases for all. | Read the article here (subcribe or login via LinkedIn)


Law Firm Succession Planning,” an article authored by Marc Landis, Managing Partner, and Mark Elliott, Chair, Litigation Practice, has been published in the April 24th Partnership Special Report of the New York Law Journal. Julian Perlman, a partner in our Litigation Department, assisted in the preparation of this article.


Monica McCabe, partner in the Intellectual Property Practice, serves as program co-chair of the 32nd Annual Intellectual Program Law Conference (IPL) of the American Bar Association (ABA). The IPL, which is a two-day conference being held in Arlington, Virginia, attracts attorneys representing all areas of intellectual property law.  Monica is also a 2016-2017 ABA-IPL CLE Board Member.


Steven Thal, International Counsel in the German and Business Law Practices, will participate in a panel discussion with German law professors from Berlin and Osnabrueck sponsored by the German American Lawyers Association in Berlin.  The program, “Terms and conditions of sale in B2B transactions- a comparison between the US and German legal systems.” („Die Anwendung von AGBs auf B2B Verkaufstransaktionen—ein Vergleich zwischen den US und deutsche Rechtssysteme“).


International Tax and Trusts & Estates partner Michael Galligan responds to this week's tax and real estate-related question published by Mansion Global, a digital platform for affluent residential real estate buyers and investors. The question: "Should I Buy or Rent When Moving to Shanghai for Just Two Years?


Legendary recording artist Sir Paul McCartney filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against music publisher Sony/ATV over ownership of some of the Beatles’ most famous songs. Partners Helene Freeman and Alan Behr members of our Intellectual Property Law practice, were quoted in articles published by Forbes magazine and Digital Music News.  Forbes included quotes by Helene, and Digital Music News published quotes by both Helene and Alan. 

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The January/February 2017 online issue of includes the article, “Questions Abound: FTC Antitrust Actions Under the New Administration” authored by litigation and antitrust partner Julian Perlman.

Excerpt: "...President-elect Trump will have the opportunity to appoint (with Senate confirmation) three out of the five FTC commissioners, including a new chair, for seven-year terms...It appears likely that Maureen Ohlhausen will be appointed the new chair of the FTC—she is the only Republican currently on the Commission (in addition to Chairwoman Ramirez, Commissioner McSweeny is also a Democrat). Irrespective of who ends up chairing the FTC, the President-elect will almost certainly have to nominate at least one Democrat to the Commission, as no more than three commissioners may be from the same political party. These commissioners will not only set antitrust enforcement and consumer protection priorities and policies, but also review potential mergers..." provides practical guidance on legal issues involving public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and restructurings.


The successful representation on behalf of our client, the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin (Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin), in one of the most high-profile copyright cases in recent years, lands on Law360’s list of the “Top 10 Copyright Rulings Of 2016” published on December 21, 2016.  The case is number 5 on the list.  We were extremely pleased – and so was the band – with our victory this year thanks to our litigation and entertainment law partner Helene Freeman. Through our entertainment law partner, George Fearon, we have proudly represented Led Zeppelin for over 40 years. | View the "Top 10" here.


Litigation partner Julian Perlman addresses the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rejection of a trademark registration in an article published in iP Frontline, and comments to Law360 and IP Pro The Internet regarding the Office's decision.

On December 7, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied the registration of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, of a trademark associated with their name – the “Vegas Golden Knights”.  The USPTO determinted there would be a likelihood of confusion with a previously registered mark – the “Golden Knights” – associated with the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.  The NHL team attempted to register a standard word mark with no logo or stylized design.  In addition, the USPTO examined the channels of trade and determined that the sale of clothing and apparel by both entities would cause confusion.  Based on these two issues, the Vegas Golden Knights’ application was rejected.  Julian addresses a few of the finer points of the Trademark Office’s decision and cautions entities about the window of opportunity associated with trademark registrations and the importance of identifying any already-registered marks that may be confusingly similar.


Trusts & Estates and International Law partner Michael Galligan will address members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) India in a discussion of cross border succession planning considerations for individuals and families having residence status or family members in India and the U.S., or having cross-border assets in India / the U.S. The event takes place in Mumbai. | More here. and watch the video here.


Regina Faul, partner in the Labor & Employment Law Practice, has been quoted by Nation’s Restaurant News. Regina comments on the injunction last week Tuesday halting the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rules appears in the article, "Overtime rule freeze likely too late for restaurants." She cautions restaurant owners and managers against holding off on compliance during the freeze of the federal overtime regulations.


Employee Benefit Advisor quotes Regina Faul, Labor & Employment Law partner, in the article, "Should employers continue to prepare for overtime regulations?" regarding last week's nationwide injunction by a Texas court blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule, which was scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016.


Private Air Luxury Homes magazine quotes Marc Landis, Real Estate Law Practice chair, exclusively in its November/December issue highlighting the US Treasury Department’s announcement that all-cash purchases in parts of California and Texas – like New York County (Manhattan) and Miami-Dade County (Florida) – would be tracked by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The article, “Perspective on US Treasury Department Regulations on Purchases of Luxury Real Estate” appears in the issue’s Investments section (pg 100). | See issue here: 


Litigator, Helene Freeman, partner in our Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Practices joins the 28th Annual North American Law Summit for Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property as a panelist.  The panel, "Winning Strategies & Ethical Boundaries for Persuading Judges and Juries in Entertainment Cases," will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016.  The Summit convenes in Riviera Maya, Mexico, November 9 - 13th. 


Fashion Law practice chairman, Alan Behr comments to Luxury Daily and Logistics Management on the potential impact of the country’s new President-elect, Donald Trump, on the fashion and textiles industries, the luxury goods market, and U.S. trade agreements, including the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).  

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Law360 quotes Julian Perlman on his arrival to Phillips Nizer. Julian joined the litigation, antitrust and fashion practices as a partner on November 1.  The feature also mentioned Monica McCabe who joined the firm as a partner in March in the intellectual property, ligitation and entertainment practices.


Managing Partner and Real Estate Law Practice chairman, Marc Landis, and Real Estate Law associate, Karen Schwimmer, will be speakers at the Monday, October 31, 2016 New York Residential Specialist (NYRS) Procedures for Investing in Commercial Real Estate Education Series. Marc and Karen's topic is entitled, "De-mystifying the Spooky Stuff:  Due Diligence and Legal Issues Across Different Property Types".  


Trusts & Estates partner, Michael Galligan, co-chairs "The Challenge of Administering US-European Estates and Successions" panel on Friday, October 21st at the 2016 Seasonal Meeting of the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) International Section in Paris, France (October 15 - 21, 2016).  Also on Friday, Michael will be a panel presenter on "CRS (Common Reporting Standards) and Automatic Exchange of Information: Issues for the Wealth Management Industry". 


Managing Partner and Real Estate Law practice chair, Marc Landis, will be a featured panelist on the Strafford CLE webinar, "Title Insurance Coverage: What Real Estate Counsel Must Know," on Thursday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. EST.  The 90-minute webinar will provide real estate counsel with an overview of the latest developments in title insurance coverage and explain best practices for evaluating and negotiating coverage, exclusions and endorsements under American Land Title Association (ALTA) policies.  For further details regarding the webinar and to register, click here


Entertainment and Litigation partner, Helene Freeman, joins fellow entertainment law industry veterans on the "Plenary Session: Litigation Roundup" panel at the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries 2016 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada (October 6 - 8, 2016).  The panel discussion will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th.  For registration and further details, click here.


Intellectual Property Watch quotes Alan Behr in “USPTO Refusal To Register Trademarks Breaches Free Speech”.  The article highlights the US Supreme Court’s recent decision to review the case of Lee v. Tam (a.k.a. "The Slants" case), to assess the constitutionality of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s refusal to register disparaging marks under the Lanham Act.  


Corporate & Business Law associate, Florian von Eyb, addresses an audience of German lawyers, business owners and executives, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, on “Forming and running a company in the United States – tips and practical examples on how to avoid the pitfalls of the legal and cultural differences between Germany and the United States”.  Organized by the German American Lawyers Association (Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung e.V.), the presentation will be held at the law firm of Klein Offenhausen Wolf in Hannover, Germany.  Florian is also a member of our firm's German and International Practices.


Adweek quotes Intellectual Property and Corporate Law partner, Alan Behr, on the use of Olympic mascots in the article, “Why Official Olympic Mascots Are So Damn Weird: When a committee makes decisions, confusion is what you get.”  Unfortunately, in an effort not to offend anyone during such a large, global event like the Olympic Games, what is sometimes created by the host nation is a mascot that does not resonate well with others outside the country -- and even sometimes within the country.   

According to Alan, “You have to come up with a character that works everywhere, and it can’t have a name that means the wrong thing in some language...You need a mascot that will work in both North and South Korea—and in Albania, Cuba and the People’s Republic of China.”


Monica McCabe, partner in our Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law practices will moderate the American Bar Association (ABA) CLE panel program, "No "Blurred Lines" in the Judgment for the Marvin Gaye Family", on Wednesday, June 22nd from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. examining the jury verdict and subsequent proceedings, including the denial of attorneys' fees, in Pharrell Williams v. Bridgeport Music et al, 2015 Copr.L.Dec.P30, 791.  Topics covered will include strategy in bringing a declaratory judgment action, substantial similarity and sound recording issues, use of experts, use of impeaching deposition testimony, damage analysis and jury instructions.


Partner Michael Galligan participates as a panelist at the 2016 STEP Israel Annual Conference in Tel Aviv. The conference hosted on June 15th and 16th welcomes trusts, estates, taxation and other practitioners from around the world. Michael and his panel will address the topic of international inheritance. Michael, who is a member of our Trusts & Estates, Tax and International Practices is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).


Corporate & Business Law Practice Chairman, Monte Engler, was interviewed by American Lawyer Media senior reporter Sue Reisinger for Corporate Counsel magazine regarding the focus required of corporate counsel in the midst of highly contentious succession struggles much like what we are now witnessing as the battle rages on in the Viacom/Sumner Redstone family feud. Monte, who served as general counsel for Radio Common Carriers of New York, Inc. states in "In Viacom Fight, GC Is in "Unenviable" Spot", "...the goal of counsel is to try to inject rationality into a situation that is, in essence, irrational." 


Investment News quotes Neil Kleinhandler, senior partner in our Tax, Trusts & Estates and ERISA Law Practices, in "Lawsuit could force delay to DOL fiduciary rule implementation: Experts weigh plaintiffs' likely arguments versus Labor Department's legal standing and odds in court".  | Read article here


The Hollywood Reporter (May 25, 2016) quotes Litigation and Matrimonial & Family Law counsel Elizabeth Adinolfi about the legal batte involving entertainment and media magnate Sumner Redstone, his removal of trustees from the Redstone Trust, including Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, amidst his failing health and questions about his mental acuity, and the widely-reported rift between Dauman and Redstone's daughter, Shari Redstone. | Read the article here.


International Trusts & Estates and Tax partner, Michael Galligan, contributed to the fourth edition of Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions (ed. Alon Kaplan) produced by Globe Law and Business. The release of this edition was made in association with the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP), of which Michael is a member. Michael contributes an article addressing the Hague Convention on Trusts and the Uniform Trust Code.  Orders for the full edition via the publisher’s website are being accepted. For more information, please visit their website here.


Habitat Magazine (online) quotes Managing Partner and Real Estate Law Practice chair, Marc Landis in its "Beyond Board Talk" section of its May 2016 issue.  A residential co-op building shareholder questions whether all shareholders are being treated equitably when opportunities arise to offer their apartments for film and television shoots, which is "tradition" in their building. One upper floor co-operative shareholder was denied by the board's president the ability to offer their apartment to a location scout. Instead, the board president relayed the offer to an apartment shareholder on the first floor.  Read the article here.


As seen on online music magazine publishes interview of Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law partner Monica McCabe, a former attorney for Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Prince, who she represented in a dispute involving his famous symbol-shaped guitar. The article asks the question: "What Will Happen to Prince's Estate?" Read the interview here.

Monica represents financial sector service providers, manufacturers of industrial and commercial products; consumer goods; fashion, apparel and jewelry manufacturers and distributors; actors, musicians, authors, publishers, illustrator, photographers; and non-profit entities.  She supervises the prosecution and maintenance of trademarks, represents clients in the protection, assignment and licensing of intellectual property portfolios and domain names, and counsels clients on rights of privacy and publicity, infringement, unfair competition, trade dress and trade secret issues. 


International Trusts & Estates and Tax partner, Michael W. Galligan to chair New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) panel on Friday, April 8, at the International Section's European Regional Meeting being held in Krakow, Poland on April 7 – 9, 2016


On March 16, 2016, Law360 published reactions from attorneys nationwide about the announcement by President Barack Obama of his nomination of D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Law360 sought to learn what kind of justice attorneys believed Judge Gardland could be and the challenges he faces from the Senate. 

Litigation partner, Mark Elliott, shared his point of view with the publication:
By nominating someone who is both well-qualified and perceived as a centrist, the President has put clear political pressure on the Senate to act timely and fairly with respect to this nominee. Indeed, the Senate should give Judge Garland a hearing and vote on the same timetable that they would any other Supreme Court nominee.  In this very polarized, politicized atmosphere, it is critical that the legal community speak up on the importance of filling the vacancy in a timely manner.
Law360 is a subscription based, legal news service operated by the Portfolio Media company, a subsidiary of LexisNexis. 


The New York Law Journal quotes Entertainment Law partner, Helene M. Freeman, on the recent decision of Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich’s to deny recording artist Kesha's bid to nullify her contract with record producer Dr. Luke, who she claims assaulted her. The consensus among entertainment lawyers is the Court made the right decision.  

In the article, “Attorneys Say Judge Made Right Call in Rebuffing Kesha,” Helene comments, "It's not unheard of for artists to claim they cannot work with a particular producer who has an exclusive contract to record them…But that is not grounds for the artist being excused from the financial obligations. Kesha could refuse to record with Dr. Luke; she cannot then refuse to furnish those recordings to Sony, and Sony cannot refuse to pay Dr. Luke royalties generated by Kesha's albums that she agreed to make for them."

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3/14/16 quotes senior litigator Stuart Summit on what a potential U.S. Supreme Court nominee could expect during the confirmation process. In the story, "How Bad Will Confirmation Process Get? Ask These Would-be Judges," the news outlet interviewed several attorneys who have had the experience of being circuit court of appeals nominees. Stuart provided a unique view of his nomination in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

New York Magazine quotes Marc Landis in the article, “Chinese Multimillionaires Helped Fuel NYC’s Ultra-Luxury Condo Boom.  Are They Now About to Make It All Go Bust?”  
The article highlights the apparent cooling of wealthy Chinese on Manhattan’s luxury residential market, which may be a result of the enforcement of a law in China forbidding the transfer abroad of more than $50,000 per person annually and oversupply at the top of the market.  Another concern could be FinCEN’s recent announcement of new rules regarding the collection of names and other identifiable information of luxury residential buyers in Manhattan, which begins on March 1st.  Says Marc, “People who have legitimate needs for privacy but are concerned that their information may not be secure may back away from investing…”  
Read the article here.
Ref: Legal Alert


In this month’s issue of Private Asset Management, managing partner and chairman of the Real Estate Practice Marc Landis and International Trusts & Estates and Tax partner Michael Galligan comment on the U.S. government’s attempt to combat money laundering through high-end, luxury residential real estate purchases. [article]

In January, the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN)’s announced new rules for purchasers of luxury residential real estate in excess of $3 million in New York County (Manhattan) and in excess of $1 million in Miami-Dade County. FinCEN's new mandatory disclosure requirements of certain title insurance companies representing these purchasers go into effect on March 1, 2016.

Ref: Legal Alert


On February 12, Private Asset Management hosted the breakfast presentation, “Post-liquidity event planning: A guide for family office advisors’’ on which International Trusts & Estates and Tax partner Michael Galligan was a panelist. The program centered on the options for advisors and their affluent clients before and after they experience a liquidity event.  Michael addressed common mistakes affluent individuals make prior to their liquidity event, and provided considerations before and after the event. 


Law360 quotes Real Estate Practice chairman, Marc Landis, in an article highlighting the use of anonymous shell companies to purchase luxury assets, including residential real estate, in the United States using questionable funds. The article, "Attorney-CLient Privilege At Stake In Real Estate Bill," follows the Sunday, January 31, 2016 CBS Television "60 Minutes" report, "Anonymous Inc.," of hidden camera footage made by a British "watchdog" group highlighting loopholes in the US system and the ease for unscrupulous transactions to take place, often with the help of professional service providers.

Ref: Legal Alert

Marc A. Landis, Phillips Nizer's managing partner and chairman of the firm's Real Estate Practice will be a featured speaker at the 2016 New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) Annual Meeting to be held on January 25 - 29, in New York City.  
Mr. Landis will participate on the panel, "Tips for Structuring the Leadership Role of Managing Partner Implementing a Leadership Structure in Law Firms", during in the Law Practice Management (LPM) Day Leadership Development Conference on January 28.  The panel will address several topics, including the "Necessity for Defining Management Philosophy and Position of Managing Partner within Firm Structure -- Firm Size; Single/Multiple Offices, etc." and "Danger Areas that Managing Partners Should Avoid."
The LPM Day is co-sponsored by the NYSBA Committee on Law Practice Management, the Committee on Attorney Professionalism and the Lawyer Assistance Committee.

1/27/16, the online edition of the The Cooperator newspaper, a monthly publication providing news and articles related to topical issues related to management, finance and law, targeted to co-operatives and condominium owners, managers and board members in New York, quoted partner and Real Estate Practice chair, Marc Landis, in the article, "Feds Go After NYC's Foreign Luxury Condo Buyers: What the New Regulations Mean for Boards" on January 27, 2016. The article highlights recent mandatory disclosure requirements imposed by FinCEN, a division of the US Treasury Department, of certain title insurance companies representing purchasers of luxury residential real estate in Manhattan.

Ref: Legal Alert


Marc Landis, Phillips Nizer's Real Estate Practice chairman and the firm's managing partner, was quoted by The Real Deal about new requirements by The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a unit of the US Treasury Department, of certain title insurance companies who engage with buyers paying all cash of high-end residential real estate in Manhattan and Miami. Purchasers can no longer remain anonymous. FinCEN will now collect their names and other identifiable information of buyers in a database.

Marc expects that the order by FinCEN of title insurance companies will be extended beyond the 180 days of the current mandate. He also believes that there is the potential for this request to expand to other locales where high-end residential markets exist, including Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Boston.

Ref: Legal Alert


The Wall Street Journal quotes Marc Landis in its lead story of The Morning Risk Report regarding the new US Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN") requirements of identification and disclosure of names of "all cash" buyers of luxury residential real estate in New York County, New York (Manhattan) and Miami-Dade County. No longer will buyers, including individuals and limited liability companies, be anonymous. 

According to Marc, he expects FinCEN will extend the requirement to other cities and in suburbs, and he believes places such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle are prime targets -- as well Hawaii.  "If they're [FinCEN] looking for places where high-end investors are looking to spend their money, that's going to be on the list as well."

Ref: Legal Alert


Marc Landis is mentioned in Law360 article, "FinCEN Shines Light On Desk Money Real Estate Deals", published on January 14, 2016 regarding new requirements by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN"), a unit of the US Department of the Treasury, of full identification and disclosure by certain title insurance companies of purchasers of multi-million dollar residential real estate in New York County, New York (Manhattan) and Miami-Dade County, Florida.  

According to Law360 reporter, Evan Weinberger, these new requirements are a result of FinCEN's suspicions of "illicit funds being used in high-end real estate" and a "New York Times investigation last year that found wealthy individuals from abroad were using expensive real estate in those two locales to evade local taxes."  Marc believes compliance by title insurance companies to provide this information should be simple.

Ref: Legal Alert


Managing Partner, Marc Landis, was quoted by Forbes magazine on January 14 regarding new US Treasury Department identification and disclosure requirements for certain title insurance companies of all cash buyers of luxury residential real estate in New York County, New York (Manhattan) and Miami-Dade County, Florida. The new regulations apply to properties in excess of $3 million in Manhattan and in excess of $1 million in Miami.  This requirement by FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a unit of the Treasury Department, takes effect on March 1, 2016 and will remain in effect for 180 days, through August 27, 2016.

Ref: Legal Alert


Mark M. Elliott, partner in the Litigation and Bankruptcy & Restructuring practices will chair the New York City Bar Association panel, "The Supreme Court's Wellness Decision and Other Significant Developments Impacting Recoveries and Procedure in Bankruptcy Litigation," on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are available for this program. For full details, including cost of attendance and to register, please click here.


The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) welcomes partner, Michael W. Galligan, as a panelist during the STEP Israel Annual Conference (June 23 - 24, 2015) in Tel Aviv.  Mr. Galligan, who is a member of Phillips Nizer's Trusts and Estates, Tax and International Practices, will address the interplay of proposed Israeli estate tax and U.S. estate tax for U.S. citizens residing in Israel. 

In addition to being a member of STEP, Mr. Galligan is Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.  He is a past chairman of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section, and currently serves as a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the Association. 


International counsel and head of the German Desk, Steven H. Thal, will be a panelist addressing German businesses and entrepreneurs doing business in the United States during a seminar sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.  Mr. Thal's presentation is entitled, “Doing Business in the USA - Erwartung und Realität. Praktische Hinweise zur Unterstützung Ihres US-Geschäfts in den Bereichen Finanzierung, Recht und Steuern anhand von Beispielen“.  (Trans. “Doing Business in The USA- Expectation and Reality. Practical Advice to Support Your US Business Activities in The Areas of Finance, Legal and Tax, Based on Actual Experiences.”)

The seminar, which will be held in Munich, will feature financial holding company, Landesbank Baden Württemberg and international audit, accounting, tax and business advisory firm, Rödl & Partner. 


Michael W. Galligan, partner and member of the Trusts & Estates, Tax, Immigration and International practice groups, and former chairman of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), will be a featured presenter during the association's biennial Global Law Week, May 12 - 15, 2015.  The panel, "New Frontiers for 2015 in Trusts, Estates, Tax and Immigration" will be held at Phillips Nizer on May 13.  Fellow practice group colleagues, Ira C. Olshin (counsel, Trusts & Estates, Tax and International) and Rachel E. Small (counsel, Trusts & Estates and International) have also joined the panel.

For more information about the NYSBA Global Law Week 2015, please follow this link:


Partner Michael W. Galligan joins a roster of professional service practitioners representing law, finance and insurance as a presenter during the Estate Planning Council's "Estate Planners Day 2015" seminar on April 30 in New York City. As a member of Phillips Nizer's Trusts & Estates, Tax, Immigration and International practices, Michael will outline ten specialties within international estate planning, discussing two important principles of each, during his presentation. Michael is a past chairman of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). He currently serves as a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA. Michael is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  Click for the agenda.


In an interview highlighting issues relating to German expats in the United States, international counsel Steven H. Thal, addresses the need for German companies to understand, with the help of U.S. counsel, the complexities of U.S. federal and state laws when placing employees abroad, as well as related issues such as visas and insurance. 

The interview appears in the February 2015 issue of the German-language business journal, Aussenhandel & Investitionen [Entsandtkräfte in den USA]*

*Translation: Foreign Trade and Investments - Sending employees to the USA


Marc A. Landis, managing partner and chairman of the Real Estate practice appears in the November 2014 issue of HABITAT Magazine, the "32 Stories of Legal Intrigue" issue. 

Marc presents a story involving an apartment owner (our client), involved in a real estate transaction within their current co-operative apartment building.  Although the board of the directors wished to allow the client to purchase a second apartment in the building, the building's proprietary lease contained a requirement mandating that apartments must be occupied as a "primary residence".  With Marc counsel, the client (the owner) and the board were able to come to an agreement allowing the purchase of the second apartment to go through -- but with conditions thanks to some "out of the box" solutions.


Michael W. Galligan, Trusts & Estates, Tax and International partner, will co-chair a panel, “U.S. Expatriates in Europe”, at the 2014 Annual Seasonal Meeting of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), being held in Vienna, Austria on October 15 - 17.

The panel will focus particularly on issues affecting U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who are assigned or move to Austria, Germany and Italy.  Mr. Galligan will be also speaking on another panel, “Trusts in Europe.”  This topic is very important because trusts are essential to U.S. estate planning but not recognized (and often discriminated against) in many European countries.  
For more details, visit the NYSBA website:


Intellectual Property litigation partner Helene M. Freeman was a featured presenter on the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) webinar, “Copyrights, Ransom and (Bet the Company) Lawsuits: Avoiding the Troll Under The Next Bridge”.  The webinar highlighted the seriousness of copyright infringement and the now lucrative business of infringement actions by copyright owners against vendors.

To watch the replay of the webinar, please follow this link >>

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About the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA):
AAFA is the national trade association for the apparel and footwear industries and their suppliers. They are best known for their advocacy and educational efforts on behalf of their members and the industry at large. (


Intellectual Property partner, Alan Behr, was quoted in the Women's Wear Daily (WWD) article, “ITC Patent Case Reflects Tech's New Role.”  The article highlights a case filed this week with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging that goods imported for sale under 17 American and European brands infringe on laser technology owned by two American firms.  The allegedly infringed technology is used to give jeans a distressed look by a process that is said to be safer and quicker than the traditional sandblasting method.

In addition to the Intellectual Property Practice, Mr. Behr chairs the firm's Fashion Law Practice and is a member of of the Corporate & Business Law Department.

About Women's Wear Daily (WWD):
Women's Wear Daily is the authority for breaking news, comprehensive business coverage and trends in the worlds of fashion, beauty and retail.


Partner Helene M. Freeman will speak at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Brand Protection Council 2014 Spring Meeting in New York City where they will address the topic of "Patent & Copyright Trolls".  The session will provide an overview of the threat of copyright trolls and strategies to protect against and minimize the enormous losses from infringement lawsuits. 

Ms. Freeman is a member of Phillips Nizer's Litigation Department and Intellectual Property Law and Fashion Law Practices.  



Michael W. Galligan, partner in the Trusts & Estates, Tax, Immigration and International Practices, join legal practitioners covering corporate finance, securities, immigration and international tax, estates and trusts from around the world at "Threading The Needle In U.S. India Deals: Safe Passage Through Formidable Legal Risk," a 3-day conference being held in New Delhi, India (February 13 - 15, 2014).  

Mr. Galligan acts as co-chair and as a speaker on the panel, "Rules for a Two-Way Highway: Moving Wealth Between India and the United States and Back".  The panel will address key property, trust, tax and immigration law considerations regarding (1) investments and property holdings in the USA by Indian Citizens and Residents; (2)  investments and property holdings in India by USA Citizens and Residents; (3) cross-border USA-India lifetime and testamentary wealth transfer opportunities; (4) USA tax and asset disclosure obligations of USA citizens and permanent residents living in India; and (5) USA and India expatriation issues.


Donald L. Kreindler, senior litigator and Fashion Law partner, joins fellow industry legal service providers at a one-day Federal Bar Association CLE seminar entitled, "Behind the Scenes of Fashion & Style" on Friday, February 7.  Mr. Kreindler's presentation will cover contract formation in the apparel and textiles industries, specifically contracts with vendors (retailers, suppliers), as well as chargebacks. 


Partner Michael W. Galligan, a member of the Trusts & Estates, Tax and International Practices, will co-present on the “Rule of Law” Plenary Session at the 2013 New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section Season Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.  The meeting takes place from October 23 – 26, 2013.  He also co-chairs the General track session, “Global Private Wealth Transfer Systems – A Comparative Analysis”.  Mr. Galligan is a member of the New York Steering Committee of this year’s meeting.


Labor & Employment Law partner Regina Faul, is quoted in the October 2013 issue of Workforce, “Clothes Encounters of the Supreme Kind: Supreme Court’s latest session to hear key employment law cases, including union activity, the NLRB, statute of limitations on benefits and – dressing at work?”  The publication takes an annual look at select Supreme Court cases prior to convening of the new term. 

Regina comments on Unite Here Local 355 v. Mulhall, a case involving an employer’s promise to a union that it will remain neutral in the face of a union organizing campaign in exchange for the union’s promise to the employer not to disturb the company’s labor peace during the organizing process.  The Court will decide whether by its promise of neutrality, the company violated federal labor law (Section 302 of the Labor Management Relations Act), which makes it illegal for an employer to give a thing of value to a union and for a union to receive a thing of value from an employer.

About Workforce Magazine:

Workforce covers the intersection of people management and business strategy. Their readers and subscribers are senior-level human resources executives and C-level officers who are key decision-makers on talent management matters in the 2,500 largest corporations in America.


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press quotes partner, Alan Behr, in the Summer 2013 article, “A closer look at the "Bag Men" defamation lawsuit: In the claim against the controversial New York Post, false implication will be hard to prove.”  The lawsuit was filed by two young men featured in a front-page photo of the Post’s April 18, 2013 issue.  It implied in the accompanying article that the two—one of them a minor—were suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.  The Post drew considerable condemnation by the general public and even journalists after it was learned that they were not suspects in the case. 

“Many media lawyers and law professors who have represented plaintiffs and publications have said that the Post’s work was undoubtedly “poor journalism.”” 
“Libel has been slowly leaving our jurisprudence since before the American Revolution with the Zenger trial of 1735,” said Behr. “The internet and other technologies just make so much information available to so many people that courts are stepping back, letting the marketplace sort itself out.”  “These two young men, I’m sure they’ll recover and go on and lead good lives and The Post will go on to do other things, and this will be rather transitory,” said Behr. “The more consequential issue is what does reputation mean today, and how should the legal system evolve to protect it? That’s a big question mark.”


Alan Behr, Intellectual Property and Fashion Law partner, will be a featured speaker at the Meissner Bolte IP Days 2013 seminar | September 25 - 27, 2013 ~ Munich, Germany. Mr. Behr's presentation asks the question: "Will the US Adopt European Standards for the Protection of Fashion Designs?" The annual gathering attracts patent, trademark and design attorneys from around the world.


Intellectual Property and Corporate Partner, Alan Behr, was quoted by iMediaEthics regarding a defamation lawsuit filed by two male individuals -- one a teenager, another an adult, against the New York Post who featured a full page photograph of both on the cover of the paper's April 18 issue with the headline, "BAG MEN: Feds seek this duo pictured at Boston Marathon".  Although they were spectators on the day of the tragic event, the suggestion by the paper that they were being pursued by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) were disputed by the law enforcement agency.  Mr. Behr's comments in the iMediaEthics article, "Boston Marathon 'Bag Men' Photo NOT Released by FBI, Contradicts Murdoch's Tweet" hinged on the possible challenges faced by the pair against the publication with their defamation suit.


Trusts & Estates Law partner, Tiberio Schwartz, joined legal and financial practitioners at the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP USA) program, "Estate Planning Through An Asset Protection Lens" held in New York.  Mr. Schwartz was a featured panelist during the program's question and answer portion entitled, "Exploring recent developments in asset protection, wealth preservation and action-ready estate planning strategies."  Mr. Schwartz, who also practices in International and Domestic Tax Law, is a member of STEP USA.


Law360 quotes Intellectual Property Law partner, Alan Behr, on the issue of “fair use” in an article by reporter Ryan Davis. “2nd Circ.’s Fair Use Ruling Gives Artists Wide Protection” visits the recent case involving a copyright infringement claim by the photographer Patrick Cariou against the artist Richard Prince.  At issue is the use of Cariou’s photography in thirty of Prince’s works, twenty-five of which the appellate court concluded were protected by the fair use doctrine; it remanded to the district court for further proceedings concerning the remaining five works.  Although Alan believes that the appellate court was correct in rejecting the relatively high bar for the proof of fair use imposed by the district court, he agrees with the dissenting judge on the appellate panel that the majority should have allowed the case to proceed forward, on remand, as to all of the works. 

The district court decision was one of the cases Alan commented on in his Law360 article last year (see Part 2).  To read Alan's 2012 article, visit:  Part 1 and Part 2.


Intellectual Property Law partner, Alan Behr, was quoted by iMediaEthics regarding “fair use” in the article, “82 percent of NY Post Anthony Weiner Front-page Story Stolen from New York Times Magazine” (April 19, 2013).  “Fair use” is the right to use the copyright-protected content of others without permission, such as excerpts quoted by critics and scholars in their works. 

iMediaEthics reporters Rhonda Roland Shearer and Sydney Smith note that over 1,500 words in the New York Post in its front-page article about the former U.S. Congressman and his wife were quotations of Weiner lifted from the New York Times Magazine article, “Huma & Anthony: The private life of a former power couple.”  “Instead of hours of interviews,” states iMediaEthics, “it took…only minutes to copy, paste and score the byline.”  Which leads to the issue of copyright – who owns what?  According to Alan, because Weiner spoke the words copied by the Post, they are not property of the Times and it would be interesting to consider whether the appearance of the Post’s story helped or hurt the commercial potential of the Times piece (which is one of the factors to consider in any fair use analysis).


International Counsel, Steven H. Thal's, full length feature on his life, legal career and thoughts on international business law appears on LawCrossing.comA copy of the article is available for download here.  Mr. Thal, who leads Phillips Nizer's German Practice, advises German, Swiss and Austrian companies and individuals on cross-border transactions and United States legal issues.


Trusts & Estates partner, Michael W. Galligan, along with a panel of distinguished practitioners, addresses the topic of "Tax Compliance and Tax Optimization" at the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section European Regional Meeting in Milan, Italy.  The 2-day meeting from March 7 - 8, 2013 focuses on diverse issues in international commercial transactions.  Mr. Galligan is a past chair of the International Section.


Michael W. Galligan, partner in the Trusts & Estates and Tax Departments, and former chair of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) joins members and distinguished panelists at the Section's Seasonal Pre-Meeting and general Meeting in Casablanca, Morocco and Lisbon, Portugal, respectively. Mr. Galligan co-chairs and is a speaker on the panel, "Choice of New York Law and Forum in International Agreements" on Mon., October 8 in Casablanca, and co-chairs and participates as a speaker on, "International Harmonization of Inheritance, Trust and Family Law” in Lisbon on Fri., October 12.  For details and to register:


Michael W. Galligan, Partner in the Trusts & Estates and Tax Departments to be a featured panelist at a roundtable on "International Planning" sponsored by Wells Fargo The Private Bank in New York City.  The discussion, which will address highlights on a number of issues related to international trusts, estates and tax planning will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at The Yale Club.  This is a complimentary program and breakfast will be served.  Reservations are required to:


Marc A. Landis, Partner and Chair of the Real Estate Practice, comments on mistakes of co-op and condo boards when certifying elections and the "confidentiality/confidence dilemma" on Habitat magazine's podcast "Crisis of Confidence". Mr. Landis, who sits on the executive board of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums (CNYC), served as the podcast's co-panelist and was interviewed by Habitat publisher and editor-in-chief Carol Ott. Podcast:


Michael W. Galligan, partner in the Trusts & Estates and Tax Departments will join other members of the American Bar Association Section of International Law faculty as a featured presenter at the ABA's Spring Meeting 2012 in New York City.  Mr. Galligan, a member of the International Law Planning Committee, is a join other members of the faculty on the panel, "The Framework of International Legal Practice" on Tuesday, April 17.  He co-moderates the Friday, April 20 presentation, "New York Law in the International Competition for Governing Law", with the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

The Spring Meeting 2012 will take place April 17 - 21.  For more information about this upcoming event, including registration, please click here.

3/26/12 Thomas G. Jackson, partner, chair of the firm’s Technology Practice and member of the Litigation Department, contributed to the American National Standards Institute report, The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security. The report was published on March 26, 2012.  For more information and a free copy, please click here


Real Estate Department chair, Marc A. Landis, was quoted by Law360 in the article, "BofA Tests Foreclosure Rental Program", which highlights Bank of America Corp.'s newly launched pilot program offering homeowners facing foreclosure the option to remain in their homes, transferring title to the bank and becoming a tenant of the bank for up to three years at or below market rate. Although this may be attractive to homeowners, Marc believes the option of restructuring could be more of an advantage...

"If the borrower can afford to pay rent at lesser amount than the mortgage, then the borrower can afford to pay under the terms of a restructured mortgage, with principal balances reduced to reflect current property values, and interest rates reduced to reflect Bank of America's current cost of funds."


Andrew E. Goldstein, Senior Counsel in the Securities Practice provides commentary to mLex, a subscription-based provider of market intelligence, analysis and commentary to finance, investment and legal professionals, regarding the JOBS Act.  Mr. Goldstein addresses the potential for fraudulent mail or online stock offerings, which could result in increased investor complaints to the SEC.

"The investing audience for the securities to be sold are not going to be among the most sophisticated people in the world...They're the ones that are not going to understand the implications of investing in private companies."

Mr. Goldstein has practiced securities law in the private and public sectors for more than 30 years.  He is a former SEC enforcement attorney, and served as an SEC official handling significant matters during the 1970's and 1980's.


Trusts & Estates partner, Michael W. Galligan will make the opening presentation at the Eighth Annual International Estate Planning Institute programme on Thursday, March 22 in New York City.  Mr. Galligan will present on the topic, "Estate and Income Taxation of Non-Resident Aliens, with New York Developments".  He will also join other members of the faculty on a panel discussion on "Forced Heirship Laws for Residents and Nonresidents, and Their Recognition by Other Jurisdictions: U.K., France, Germany, U.S."

Co-sponsored in part by the New York State Bar Assocation (NYSBA) and the Society of Trusts & Estate Practitioners (STEP), this 2-day seminar will feature a distinguished international faculty who will discuss developments regarding cross-border planning with a U.S. component.  For registration instructions, please click here.  


Real Estate Department chair, Marc A. Landis quoted in Law360 regarding President Barack Obama's proposal, shared during his State of the Union address, allowing homeowners deemed to be "responsible" to refinance mortgages and the creation of a task force of prosecutors charged to broaden investigations into the real estate crisis.  A continuing issue between the federal government, states and lenders is how to compensate homeowners who have suffered as a result of alleged "deceptive lending practices". 

“Negotiating a compensated solution on these things is very difficult because the institutional players, the financial institutions, have not only lawyers, but lobbyists to promote their interests," said Marc.  "When a proper investigation is going on with subpoena power...I think the investigators have the opportunity to make sure historic abuses are brought to light and rectified.”

Published by Portfolio Media, Law360 is an daily online subscriber-based news source providing analyses of legal issues across a wide variety of practice areas.


Thomas G. Jackson, partner and chair of Phillips Nizer’s Technology Practice, will be participating in a panel presentation on December 2 on the subject of “Assessing the True Financial Impact of Cyber Risks” at the three-day Legal IQ Cyber Risk and Data Breach Management Summit in New York City.

The presentation will include an interactive program on the roles of the chief financial officer and the legal, human resources, communications and information technology departments in enterprise-wide cyber risk management and a discussion of the American National Standards Institute and the Internet Security Alliance publication, The Financial Management of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs.


Partner Michael W. Galligan contribute to a Q&A feature on U.S. immigration requirements in the November 25, 2011 issue of Italian daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera.  The Q&A originally published in Italian, "Ecco come lavorare negli Usa," and translated into English by Phillips Nizer ("Here are the Steps to Work in the United States") discusses different rules for immigration to the United States, with questions about the requirements for obtaining different types of U.S. visas, the procedures and costs. The answers are directed to Italian graduates who are not aware of the U.S. immigration laws, which are very different than those in Europe. 

Corriere della Sera is an Italian daily newspaper published in Milan.  Corriere della Sera is regarded as an authoritative newspaper on several topics, especially in politics, law and economics.  Its primary readers are Italian professionals and intellectuals.

11/13/11 Marc A. Landis, partner and chair of the Real Estate Department to speak at the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums (CNYC) 31st Annual Housing Conference in New York City on Sunday, November 13, 2011. Mr. Landis will conduct two workshops, "(P) Evaluating Board Performance" (12:30 - 1:30 pm) and "(Y) Legislation Affecting Coops and Condos" (3:00 - 4:30 pm). Mr. Landis is a member of the executive board of CNYC. For complete details, visit: . To register, visit:


Stacey B. Weinberg, counsel in the Trusts & Estates Department joins fellow law practitioners on the panel "Transfers on Death" during the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) program, "Intro to Estate Planning" on October 24 in New York City.  The panel will cover forms and execution of wills and issues related to revocable trust agreements. 

9/01/11 Thomas G.  Jackson, Litigation partner and head of the Technology Practice was profiled in the September 2011 issue of SC Magazine, a publication targeted to internet security professionals.  Mr. Jackson was featured in the column, "Me and my job" where he shares information about his practice and thoughts about the techology industry including its challenges, particularly in the area of information security.


Partner and chair of the Real Estate Department, Marc A. Landis, moderated a real estate industry panel at the Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) Real Estate Investment Summit 2011.  The panel, which featured several notable developers and investors, were posted questions about recent deals and current trends.  They also provided best practices to young brokers in the beginning of their careers.  For more information about the event, please read this feature published in The Real Deal.

6/21/11 Thomas G. Jackson, partner and chair of the Technology practice at Phillips Nizer was quoted on, a cloud computing website published by, in a featured article, "Cloud computing contracts and security’s role," highlighting key terms to be negotiated in contracts with cloud service providers dealing with specific security concerns in cloud deployment models.

5/26/11 Marc A. Landis, chair of the Real Estate Department was a co-panelist on the Habitat magazine podcast, "A Financial Mess After Death".  Habitat, a monthly print and online publication targeted to condominium and cooperative board members and managers, interviews real estate attorneys twice monthly posing a legal question for them to address.  In this podcast, a condo board president faced with several challenging financial issues, including foreclosure, left by a deceased condo owner, asks the three-person panel how the board can recoup thousands of dollars of common charges that have gone unpaid by the decedent's estate.


Trusts & Estates partner, Michael W. Galligan, former chair of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), will be a featured speaker at the NYSBA's 3rd Annual Fundamentals of International Practice and "Global Law Week" program.  Mr. Galligan who will co-present "The Framwork of International Legal Practice," on Tuesday, May 10, will also join Phillips Nizer Trusts & Estates counsels, Ira C. Olshin and Rachel E. Small on a Wednesday, May 11 panel, "Ten U.S. Cross-Border Tax Traps to Avoid."

2/16/11 Thomas G. Jackson was quoted by in a report published during the annual RSA Conference 2011 being held in San Francisco, California.  Mr. Jackson was a featured panelist during the February 15 session, "Cloud Computing Privacy and Security - The Legal, Ethical, Regulatory Framework."

2/15/11 Thomas G. Jackson, partner and chair of Phillips Nizer’s Technology Practice, will be a featured panelist at the RSA Conference 2011, a week-long event in San Francisco, CA, participating in two panel presentations at the conference on February 15 and 16. The first, “Cloud Computing Privacy and Security,” will explore the legal, ethical and regulatory issues of cloud computing and discuss a framework for addressing them. The second, “How to Assess the Financial Impact of Cyber Risks” will discuss the results of a study by the Internet Security Alliance and  the American National Standards Institute on why investments in cyber security are not keeping pace with the growing enterprise-wide threats.

12/10/10 Elliot J. Wiener, chair and partner of the Matrimonial & Family Law Department, will be a featured panel presenter for the New York State Bar Association's "Matrimonial Law: New Legislation, Counsel Fees, Relocation and Ethics" Continuing Legal Education program on Friday, December 10.  The program, which will be held at the New York Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, will address issues such as, the recently signed "no fault" divorce legislation, child support modification and custodial relocation. 


Partner, Michael W. Galligan, a member of the New York State Bar Association's International Section, welcomed members of the association and the Union Internationale des Avocats Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Law and Foreign Investment Commissions for a two-day seminar in New York City on September 13 - 14. Mr. Galligan, the Immediate-Past Chair of the International Section, served on the seminar's Organizing Committee. 

9/15/10 The "Nexus Between Non-Competition Agreements and Trade Secrets," authored by partner Leonard N. Budow, appears in the September 2010 issue of LegalEra (India).  Mr. Budow is a member of the Corporate & Business Law Department and the International Practice.  According to Mr. Budow, "The more unique the employee is, the greater his exposure should be to the employer's confidential information.  This nexus is the bridge to laying a firm foundation for the enforceability of a covenant against competition."


On Wednesday, August 25, Kevin McGrath and Jeffrey L. Shore secured a victory in New York State Supreme Court of a temporary restraining order in an ongoing case on behalf of a group of vendor artists in New York City.  The temporary restraining order prevents the City and the parks department from enforcing limitations on the number of vendors who display and offer their works for sale in four public parks, including Central Park, as well as in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  On Thursday, August 26, the City attempted to have the TRO "stayed," but the effort was rejected by the Appellate Division.  As a result of these rulings, the visual artists are free to disregard the artificial restrictions on their numbers that the City's Parks Department rules imposed.  The wins were reported on in the New York Times.  Phillips Nizer is providing representation to the artists pro bono.


Real Estate Department chair, Marc A. Landis, was quoted on, which provides "practical advice for condominium and homeowner association leadership," in response a subscriber's question on the Web site.  Mr. Landis' quotes were featured in the Tip of the Week, "When Your Board's Actions Can Be Undone."

7/13/10 Partners Richard J. Duffy and Tiberio Schwartz of our Trusts & Estates and Tax Departments, respectively, will be featured speakers at the Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) Estate Planning Conference in New York City on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.  Mssrs. Duffy and Schwartz's presentation, "Estate Planning with Business Interests," will address allocation of non-business assets and business interests among intended beneficiaries and loss of control of business during a lifetime due to transfers of interests, among other issues.  The conference will be held at the New York Helmsley Hotel and will be available via live Webcast. 


In a First Amendment case involving the infringement of the constitutional rights of vendor artists positioned in and around four New York City parks, partner Kevin B. McGrath and counsel Jeffrey L. Shore, appeared in federal court seeking to enjoin New York City's recently adopted regulations of artists in Central Park (and in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Battery Park, Union Square Park and The High Line.  The regulations, which were adopted on June 18 by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will become effective on July 19 unless an injunction is issued.  The Phillips Nizer team is representing the artists pro bono.  Litigator Jon Brooks was quoted in an article appearing in the July 8 New York Times' "City Room" blog.

6/17/10 Michael W. Galligan, partner in the Trusts & Estates Department, will address members of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP USA) on "International Estate Planning for U.S. Citizens: An Integrated Approach."  In October 2009, Mr. Galligan's article of the same name appeared in Estate Planning, a Thomson Reuters publication.  The joint NYSBA-STEP USA program will be hosted at the Phillips Nizer LLP office in New York City. 

5/10/10 International Counsel, Steven H. Thal, will conduct a seminar on international contract negotiations at the University of Munich Law School (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) in Germany.

5/07/10 Thomas G. Jackson, Litigation partner and chair of the Technology Practice, will join other members of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in Washington D.C. to brief members of Congress and their staff on the groups' recently released publication, The Financial Management of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs. The briefing will begin with a video presentation and role play depicting the dynamics of typical executive reaction to a cybersecurity attack. Mr. Jackson will portray General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.  Members of ISA and ANSI will also present how the new publication offers a framework for preventing attacks by developing an enterprise-wide system of risk management.


Thomas G. Jackson is an editor and contributor to the chapter "A Framework for Managing Legal and Compliance Issues" in the publication The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs. It will be released on March 31 as part of the American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel and Internet Security Alliance joint initiative on the Financial Impact of Cyber Risk. The publication focuses on the tools that corporate executives need to analyze the financial risks associated with cyber security and to make mitigation decisions based upon the needs of their businesses. Mr. Jackson is a leader of the Chief Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer task group of the cyber risk project. He is counsel to the Internet Security Alliance and a litigation partner and chair of the Firm's Technology Practice Group.

3/23/10 Marc A. Landis, chair and partner of the Real Estate Law Department, spoke on the topic "The Proposed Residential Cooperative Loan Tax" at the annual meeting of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums ("CNYC") on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.  Mr. Landis was re-elected for a two-year term as a director of CNYC, which is a not-for-profit membership organization for housing cooperatives and condominiums in the New York area.

3/18/10 Donald L. Kreindler, partner and member of the Fashion Practice, was a featured panelist at the program, "Fashion and The Law: A guide to the laws affecting fashion companies", featuring co-authors of the recently released book, Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys.  Mr. Kreindler authored a chapter on Commercial Agreements in the Fashion Sector.


Thomas G. Jackson was a featured panelist at the RSA Conference 2010 "Security Decoded," a week-long conference held in San Francisco, CA, which concluded on March 5. The panel, "Legal and Privacy Considerations in the Cloud," explored the differences among the various cloud computing platforms and the security and privacy concerns associated with the online delivery of services, storage of customer-owned data, the sharing of common resources and other aspects of cloud computing. The RSA Conference is the world’s largest information security industry conference with over 10,000 attendees. Mr. Jackson is a litigation partner and chair of the Firm's Technology Practice Group. 


Donald L. Kreindler, partner and member of the Firm's Fashion and Intellectual Property Practices, contributes as a chapter author in a new book, Fashion Law -- A Guide For Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys, published and available through Fairchild Books, a Division of Condé Nast Publications, Inc.  Mr. Kreindler's chapter, "Selling and Buying:  Commercial Agreements in the Fashion Sector," appears on page 160.  Fashion Law is not intended to be a legal textbook, but a guide to the various legal areas which affect the fashion industry, written for fashion executives and designers, as well as lawyers practicing in the field.  Edited by Professor Guillermo C. Jimenez of the Fashion Institute of Technology and Barbara Kolsun, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Stuart Weitzman LLC, the various chapters are written by lawyers with expertise in particular legal subjects.

1/06/10 Real Estate Department chair, Marc A. Landis, was mentioned in the article, "Gentrification Hangover: How New York could create affordable housing from its empty glass condo buildings and failed takeover projects," which appeared in the January 6 issue of The American Prospect.  Mr. Landis' mention was made in the context of his role as a court-appointed receiver for three properties in the New York City Borough of the Bronx who, in 2009, entered into litigation against Fannie Mae for non-payment of repair work made to the delapidated and occupied buildings.

1/04/10 Marc A. Landis was quoted in the article, "Limiting Board Power: No Exit," appearing in the January issue of Habitat magazine, a publication geared to owners, managers and board members of New York City cooperatives and condominiums.  The article highlights a judicial ruling in June 2009 and the actions of a co-op board against one of their shareholders.  The article refers to the Business Judgment Rule, otherwise known as the "Pullman decision" which in effect makes clear that cooperative boards do not have the right to do whatever they wish against shareholders without affording due process.  Marc commented on the effective use of guardians in cases where individuals may be deemed incapable of defending themselves when issues like these arise.  The court ruled that boards must provide timely notifications directly to shareholders of alleged grievances, shareholders must have an opportunity to respond to complaints, and landlord notices cannot "hang like the sword of Damocles over the head of the tenant, to be used at some future date."

11/23/09 Marc A. Landis was quoted in a Washington Post story, "Renters becoming latest victims as foreclosure crisis widens: Multifamily defaults rising - Some tenants left in dilapidated buildings."  Mr. Landis, partner and chair of Phillips Nizer's Real Estate Department, the court-appointed receiver for three foreclosed tenanted buildings in the New York City Borough of the Bronx, is currently locked in intense court proceedings with the holder of the loans, Fannie Mae.  Mr. Landis is attempting to collect funds promised by Fannie Mae to make critical repairs and address other expenses.  "My responsibilities are clear: collect rents, maintain the property and when it's dangerous, address it."


Marc A. Landis, partner and chair of the Real Estate Law Department will present, "The Troubled Commercial Real Estate Loan: Workout and Bankruptcy-Related Issues," a CLE breakfast program hosted by Herald National Bank on November 10 in New York City.

11/06/09 Marc A. Landis, currently serving as a court-appointed receiver in a real estate foreclosure matter involving three residential rental buildings in the New York City Borough of the Bronx, was quoted on in the story, "Court pulls Fannie Mae deeper into housing fracas."  The buildings, which have been widely reported as being in a state of "neglect" are in need of capital improvements, which Mr. Landis is attempting to obtain.  Fannie Mae is the holder of the loans on the buildings and are being challenged by Mr. Landis to provide the funds necessary to make the extensive repairs.


Marc A. Landis, chair and partner of Phillips Nizer's Real Estate Law Department, appears in the November 2009 issue of Habitat magazine.  In the issue, Mr. Landis, along with several prominent New York real estate attorneys, recounts for readers a real-life scenario involving a client, the board of directors of a cooperative corporation.  The scenario appears within the magazine's Rules Bylaw Revisions section.  

At issue with the client:  "How can a cooperative corporation amend its overly restrictive bylaws to provide for greater flexibility in operating the corporation and the building?"  Mr. Landis admits condominium and cooperative board of directors and managers are often faced with challenging issues relating to change that consequently affect shareholders and unit-holders.  In that regard, he provides a few important steps for property representatives.  Says Landis, "Serving as counsel to a board means more than being able to interpret the meaning of legal documents, or advising whether a board proposal is legal or permissable.  Time and time again, I find that our most important role is that of a counselor, providing the strategic advice and direction to ensure that a building can solve a problem or achieve its goals."


Phillips Nizer Managing Partner, Perry S. Galler, was quoted in the New York Law Journal Law Firm Management special section in the article, "Dinosaurs No More: Mid-sized firms thrive despite predictions to the contrary."  The article written by reporter Vesselin (Vess) Mitev includes commentary from several prominent mid-sized New York law firms on issues such as staffing, diversity of practices, flexibility regarding billing, "the true meaning of partnership" and opportunities. 

Mr. Galler highlights Phillips Nizer's own commitment to flexibility during the economic downturn by having instituted alternative billing arrangements and paying closer attention to the needs of every client.  Having a strong firm culture and the sense of teamwork is also important.  States Mr. Galler, "We don't have an aura of an institution, it's far more of a partnership...People understand that when something doesn't go exactly according to plan and things need to be changed or altered, we are all accommodating."

7/23/09 Henry Condell was quoted by Women's Wear Daily (WWD) in the article, "CIT Clients Told: Seek Alternatives," by associate financial editor, Vicki M. Young.  The Bankruptcy & Restructuring partner was quoted on the potential impact that CIT's precarious financial situation may have on advice given by counsel to clients in future negotiations of factoring agreements.  CIT Group Inc., a commercial lender for small to midsized businesses, including many in the fashion and apparel industries, received $3 billion in financing from bondholders on July 19 allowing them to avoid a bankruptcy filing. 

6/17/09 Steven H. Thal will conduct a three-day seminar at the University of Munich Law School (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) on International Contract Negotiations on June 22 - 24. 

6/05/09 Michael W. Galligan, partner, Trusts & Estates Department and International Section Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) addressed attendees at the First Meeting of the NYSBA International India Chapter in New Delhi (June 4 - 6, 2009).  To read Mr. Galligan's address, please click here.  Mr. Galligan began his tenure as Chair of the the International Section in the spring of 2009.  To learn more about the NYSBA International Section, please click here.


Marc A. Landis was quoted by the in an article entitled, "HOA Finances: Payment Plan Dos and Don'ts".  In it, the Real Estate Law Department chair and partner, and executive board member of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, comments on home owner associations who are willing to work with deliquent homeowners.

His first suggestion on an association's "To Do" list?  File a lien and "move toward prompt collection activity."  Another To Do -- secure documentation and "determine the homeowner's ability to pay and get the assurance that they're not going to take other steps, like taking out a credit line, to prejudice your position.  He suggests associations "see the status of (the homeowner's) mortgage, a credit report, and a pay stub."

2/25/09 Thomas G. Jackson, partner and member of the Litigation Department and the Technology Group will be a featured speaker at the 2nd Annual e-Discovery for Financial Services IQPC conference hosted in New York City, February 25 - 27, 2009.  Mr. Jackson's presentation: "U.S. regulation vs. local privacy laws," will be held the second day of the conference, Friday, February 27.  He will be joined by three additional thought leaders on the panel entitled, "International e-Discovery Management," at 10:00 a.m.  For more information regarding the conference, please visit click here

2/18/09 Sandra J. DuBoff and Henry Condell were guest speakers of the Chinese American Bankers Association (CABA) on February 18.  Ms. DuBoff, who is a partner and chairs the Banking & Finance practice, and Mr. Condell who is a partner in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice, conducted a presentation entitled, "Workouts and Bankruptcies In Turbulent Times: Be Prepared."  For more information about the program and CABA, please click here.

2/12/09 Real Estate partner and department chair, Marc A. Landis, was quoted in The Cooperator - The Co-op and Condo Monthly regarding the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in tenant-tenant, tenant-board conflicts.  In the article, "Avoiding Court, Limiting Costs," Marc cites common examples of disagreements where it may not be necessary to pursue litigation.  Aside from being a real estate attorney, as president of his co-op board, Marc has had the need to referee situations -- some significant, others not so.  It's important for the parties involved to find the underlying problems and initiate realistic solutions.  If the internal dialogue does not provide a satisfactory outcome, ADR may be considered as an alternative before filing a lawsuit.  The Cooperator is a monthly newspaper serving the New York co-op and condominium community.  To read the article, please follow this link:


Rooftop leases -- the subject of the article, "Avoid a Cave-in on a Rooftop Goldmine," authored by Real Estate Department counsel Robert "Bob" L. Bachner was published in the January/February 2009 issue of Real Estate New York.  Building owners, lured by what may appear to be easy income, are increasingly willing to allow antennae and related equipment installed on their roofs.  As our authors point out, this commitment often comes with problems.  Many building owners may not be aware of the costs and consequences surrounding such installations.  Mr. Bachner and Mr. Beller provide several questions building owners should ask before embarking on capitalizing on their "goldmine" -- their roof.

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Michael W. Galligan, will be a featured speaker at the 20th Annual International Trust and Tax Planning Summit, being held on November 12 - 14, 2008 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.  Mr. Galligan's presentation, "Estate Planning with a Focus on China: Inheritance, Trusts and Estates," will be held on Friday, November 14.

9/18/08 Marc Landis, chair and partner of the Real Estate Department was quoted in "Apply Yourself" seen in the New York Post.  Reporter Katherine Dykstra addresses the issue of affordable housing options and the problem of potential residents having little idea of how to apply for available units because programs are often not advertised.  Mr. Landis' assessment is that programs have no incentive to advertise (other than the required small-print legal notices) because they get enough applicants without having to do so.  Mr. Landis, along with Real Estate partner, Kevin McGrath, provided the reporter with details of the affordable housing programs and the list of online resources.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a goal of 165,000 new affordable homes by 2013. 


Trusts and Estates partner and Chair-Elect of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association, Michael W. Galligan, will join other members of the association, including law firm representatives, educators and corporate executives from across the globe for the 2008 Seasonal Meeting being held in Stockholm, Sweden from September 17 - 20


Elliot J. Wiener, partner and chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Department, was featured on the 6:00 and 11:00 Univision evening news broadcasts in a piece on high-profile celebrity divorce cases.  Mr. Wiener highlighted the use of prenuptial agreements, which are not only common for celebrities, but also non-celebrities.  Also highlighted were issues of asset protection, child and spousal support/maintenance and custody. 

Univision is the largest Spanish language network in the United States and Puerto Rico.  Mr. Wiener was interviewed by Univision correspondent, Mariela Salgado.


Real Estate law partner, Kevin B. McGrath, was quoted in The New York Times Richard Sandomir April 8 article, "Honor for Shea at Shea: He Brought Mets Here," and The American Lawyer's April 9 article, "'Shea' It Ain't So: Final Season for Stadium Named After N.Y. Lawyer" by Brian Baxter.  The stories chronicle the remarkable "political gamesmanship" of trial lawyer and "one of the city's best connected lawyers, and adviser to several mayors and confidant of Gov. Hugh L. Carey," notes Sandomir, of William A. Shea.  It was Shea, an avid sports fan, who was instrumental in bringing the Mets baseball team to New York after the departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Shea was a named partner of the former New York law firm, Shea & Gould.  McGrath worked with Shea at Shea & Gould for 25 years.

In 1960, Shea was instrumental according to Baxter, in persuading several clients of the firm to provide financing for the team's stadium, and later, found the team's first owner, Joan Payson. The naming of the stadium after Shea "came from several sources," said McGrath.  "Shea's success in getting a team earned him the support of the media -- a poll conducted by The New York Times showed overwhelming public support for naming the stadium in his honor -- and that in turn enhanced Shea's already abundant political capital."

On Tuesday, April 8, 2008, the New York Mets honored William A. Shea by having his son, William (Bill) Jr. throw out the first pitch during the team's home opener. 

Monte Engler, Chair of the Corporate Law Department, was quoted in the March 18 Women's Wear Daily cover story, "Crisis on Wall Street: Industry Gauges Impact On Retailing and M&A."  The article came on the heels of the previous day's announcement by the Federal Reserve Board's approval regarding the takeover of investment banking powerhouse Bear Stearns to JPMorgan Chase.  
Provided within it were analyses and commentary by several noted industry representatives, including Mr. Engler, of the impact Bear Stearns and other financial institutions will have on pending and future M&A deals within the fashion industry.  "In the luxury field," said Engler, "I am seeing the people with the money, the investors, still wanting the deals but perhaps thinking that the sellers or the companies seeking money are more anxious to get it." 

12/17/07 Corporate and business law partner, Monte Engler, was quoted in "Starting Up: Bracing for Angry Customers," an article by Diana Ransom featured on  'Starting Up' follows entrepreneurs through the early stages of launching a business and is a weekly column for  The article provides several important suggestions for entrepreneurs before they open their doors, what to do to protect their assets and "remedies when the inevitable happens" involving customers.  Mr. Engler's suggestions included: steering clear of anything out of the ordinary regarding terms and conditions clauses, encouraging entrepreneurs to incorporate themselves or become a limited liability company in order to protect their assets, although he was quick to point out that "incorporating is not a panacea"--it would not protect personal assets from certain liabilities.  Mr. Engler is the chair of the Corporate Department at Phillips Nizer.  He has been engaged in the practice of corporate and business law for over 30 years. is a joint venture between Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and Hearst SM Partnership.

12/13/07 George Fearon, chair of the Entertainment Law Department was mentioned in the Karen Donovan article, "The Unexpected Perks of Some White-Shoe Lawyers," featured in Portfolio, a publication of Conde Nast.  The article reported, in part, on the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which will offer needs-based music scholarships to students in the U.S., Britain and Ertegun's native Turkey.  Ahmet Ertegun, who passed away in 2006, was the founder of Atlantic Records.  One of the many bands Ertegen signed was legendary rock group, Led Zeppelin, who held a reunion tribute concert in London to benefit Ertegen's charity.

11/23/07 Litigation partner, Donald L. Kreindler, was quoted by the Wall Street Journal in the article, "Saks Settles Vendor Lawsuits," after a favorable settlement in a highly publicized case against the giant retailer involving the industry practices of markdowns and chargebacks was reached on behalf of one of the Firm's fashion clients, a former licensee of Oscar de la Renta Ltd. 

11/19/07 New Jersey Law Journal senior writer Henry Gottlieb quotes Managing Partner, Perry S. Galler, in the Corporate Counsel special supplement What they earn and where they send the work.  In the article, "When Legal Advice Is Only Part of the Job: Outside counsel keep the work by asking questions GC's don't and by spotting opportunities," Phillips Nizer's lengthy history servicing the apparel and fashion industries is credited as an asset by one of the Firm's apparel clients who was also interviewed for the piece, and praised the Managing Partner's "responsiveness," which has weighed heavily on their decision to remain with the Firm as one its outside counsel for years.  "It takes a fortune in terms of marketing, in terms of effort, in terms of sheer luck to get new clients," comments Mr. Galler.  "The existing clients are the ones you have to work hard at servicing."


Perry S. Galler, Phillips Nizer's Managing Partner, was quoted in the 2007-2008 Edition of the Of Counsel 700 Survey of the Nation's Largest Law Firms.  The article, "A Collective Look at Nation's Top 700 Firms...Second Year of Steady but Significant Growth Reflects Profession's Good Health," highlights comments from several managing partners and law firm chairs regarding the state of the industry and their own firm's ability to thrive in an increasingly competitive legal marketplace.  In the section, "A New York Rarity," Mr. Galler comments on Phillips Nizer's ability as a New York City-headquartered midsize firm to flourish, attracting seasoned professionals, including associates who have had several years of experience, and maintaining a Firm culture that promotes a healthy quality of life.  The Firm was recognized as successfully remaining independent even in the face of industry mergers.  The Edition, released in September 2007, is published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.


"Investoren unter Generalverdacht: Die USA verscharfen ab morgen ihre Kontrolle von Auslandsinvestitionen und beschleunigen den gefahrlichen Wettlauf hin zue einem neuen Protektionismus," authored by International Counsel, Steven H. Thal and visiting German law intern, Florian Von Eyb, was published in the October 23, 2007 issue of Handelsblatt.  Handelsblatt is widely considered the leading business and economist daily newspaper in Germany.  For an English translation, "Foreign investors in the USA under suspicion: More political control for more national security | The USA heightens the scrutiny for foreign investments and thereby accelerates the dangerous race for a new protectionism," please visit this link.

9/24/07 Trusts and Estates partner Michael W. Galligan will be a featured speaker at the New York State Bar Association's 2007 Seasonal Meeting of the International Law & Practice Section (ILPS) taking place in Lima and Cuzco, Peru, from September 24 - 29, 2007.  Mr. Galligan was elected Executive Vice-Chair of the ILPS in 2007.

9/06/07 Donald L. Kreindler was quoted both in the New York Times and Women's Wear Daily after The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) announced on Wednesday, September 5, that major retailer, Saks Fifth Avenue, agreed to settle federal charges that they improperly recorded markdowns, thus inflating their earnings, and understated earnings to some vendors.  The common practice of receiving payments from suppliers for unsold and discounted merchandise allowed the luxury retailer, according to the SEC, to collect roughly $30 million over a seven-year period from a dozen suppliers.  Mr. Kreindler, who is a litigator and a member of Phillips Nizer's Fashion practice organized two panel seminars on chargebacks and accounting practices in 2005 and 2006 after the disclosure of the alleged financial reporting violations.

7/30/07 "Court-Ordered Psychotherapy In Custody Disputes: Do parties benefit when they are forced to participate?" an article co-authored by Elliot J. Wiener, chair and partner of the Matrimonial & Family Law Department, was published in the New York Law Journal's Matrimonial Law special section.

7/02/07 Elliot J. Wiener was quoted by the several media outlets, including the Associated Press, in response to a high-profile matrimonial proceeding.


Elliot J. Wiener, chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law practice will moderate four sessions of the 2007 Summer Judicial Seminars by the New York State Judicial Institute on "Parental Alienation".  The sessions will be held on June 27 and July 13 on Long Island (New York), and July 25 and July 30 in White Plains, New York.  Mr. Wiener, who is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of the New York State Bar Association's Family Law Section, is certified in Collaborative Law.  The seminars are specificfally targeted to Family Court and Supreme Court (Matrimonial) Judges.

6/11/07 Steven H. Thal, international counsel at Phillips Nizer, will host a three-day seminar at the University of Munich law school (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) on international M & A on June 11, 12 and 13.  The seminar will cover all M & A themes on a multinational level regarding Common Law, Civil Law and Asia.


Michael W. Galligan's article, "Buying USA: Ways of minimizing US transfer taxes on US property interests of non-US persons," was published in the June issue of STEPUSA (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).  The article addresses several important consequential tax and inheritance issues arising from non-US persons who do not reside in the United States but invest in equity markets or make significant purchases of real property in the United States.  STEP, headquartered in London, England, provides education, training, representation and networking to members who are professionals specializing in trusts and estates, executorship, administration and related taxes.

5/30/07 Trusts & Estates partner Michael W. Galligan will speak at the New York State Bar Association's program, "Trust Your Planning", on May 30.  The program focuses on "the uses of trusts as vehicles for achieving financial planning goals" for clients.  Mr. Galligan will address ethical issues.  The program will be held at The New Yorker Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.


Jonathan R. Tillem was a featured speaker at the May SURTEX 2007 International Fair/Tradeshow being held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. 

Mr. Tillem is a partner in the Corporate, Fashion and Intellectual Property, Licensing & Franching practices at Phillips Nizer.  Mr. Tillem's presentation "The Licensing Agreement" was held on Sunday, May 20.

The Surtex show attracts art buyers and licensees from the home furnishings, domestics, apparel, housewares, toy, publishing among other industries, private label retailers, licensing executives, interior designers, advertising agencies and stock houses.

5/03/07 Michael W. Galligan will join other members of the New York State Bar Association and The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners at the 3rd Annual International Estate Planning Institute Conference sponsored by the NYSBA and STEP-USA in May in New York City.  Mr. Galligan's presentation, "U.S. Estate, Gift and GST Taxation of Non-U.S. Persons and Property," will be featured on the first day of the conference on May 3.  Mr. Galligan is a member of the Trusts & Estates, International, Taxation and Immigration, among other practices.


Trusts & Estates partner, Michael W. Galligan, will be a featured speaker at the 7th Annual Spring Forum of the Financial Planning Association. The forum, which will be held in New York City on April 26 at Baruch College, will include professionals from the financial, insurance and legal fields. Mr. Galligan will address issues relating to estate and trust planning for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

4/04/07 Marc A. Landis was featured and quoted in the April 4 - 10 issue of The Villager.  The article, "Salvation Army residents pray homes will be saved," by Jefferson Siegel, reported on the Salvation Army's decision to evict tenants who remained in two of their buildings in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.  The Salvation Army is preparing for the sale of the buildings.  At issue, however, is the City's shrinking affordable housing units.  Mr. Landis, who chairs Phillips Nizer's Real Estate practice, is providing pro bono services to the remaining tenants.

3/28/07 Steven H. Thal, international counsel, conducted a three-day seminar on international contract negotiations at the University of Heidelberg (Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg) in Germany on March 28 - 30.  Thirty doctoral candidates from various European countries were in attendance.  Mr. Thal is a frequent visiting lecturer on cross-border transactions and U.S. legal issues in Germany.


Sandra DuBoff was quoted in "More Than Just Talk: Law firms seek to equip women with tools for career advancement," which appeared in the New York Law Journal's Women In The Law special section. Ms. DuBoff comments on the issue of today's female lawyers, and the increasing importance of business development, rainmaking and networking.


The opening of Phillips Nizer's Hackensack office was mentioned in the Bergen Record article, "After a busy '06, lawyers expect more of the same," which highlighted the resilience of law firms even during a slow economy. Both Perry Galler and Ed Imperatore were quoted.


Steven Thal was quoted on U.S. securities law requirements by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, regarding a major investment bank and U.S. motor vehicle manufacturer in, "Die Deutsche Handels-AG | Handelsgeschäfte der Banken und neue Meldepflichten sorgen für Verwirrung."

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