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Phillips Nizer Press Release

August 25, 2014

Stacy Salmon
(212) 977-9700

Alan Behr, Donald P. Perry, Michael W. Galligan, Elliot J. Wiener and Howard Bindelglass honored as the nation’s Best Lawyers®

New York, NY -- Phillips Nizer is pleased to announce that partners Alan Behr, Donald P. Perry, Michael W. Galligan, Elliot J. Wiener and senior counsel Howard Bindelglass have been recognized in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest publications in the legal profession highlighting the most outstanding attorneys.  Attorneys who are recognized are selected based on an exhaustive and confidential peer review process.

Marc A. Landis, Phillips Nizer's managing partner, said, "We are pleased that Best Lawyers® has recognized again what our clients already know -- that Alan, Donald, Michael, Elliot, Howard and our colleagues at Phillips Nizer provide top-caliber, Resourceful Representation®.  We extend our congratulations to them on this recognition."

Alan Behr
, Chairman of the Fashion Law Practice, was selected for the areas of Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark Law.  Mr. Behr concentrates his practice on international intellectual property, fashion and entertainment law, representing established and up-and-coming businesses in the fields of electronic entertainment, publishing, fashion design and retail sales, emerging technologies, and consumer products.  He also has an active ADR practice, serving as both an advocate in mediations and arbitrations and as a mediator for intellectual property disputes.

Donald P. Perry, Chairman of the Trusts & Estates Department, was recognized for Trusts & Estates Law.  Mr. Perry’s practice includes lifetime giving and estate planning and the drafting of both simple and complex wills and trusts.  He also represents individual and corporate executors and trustees in the administration of estates and trusts.  In addition to preparing estate and gift tax returns, he has handled numerous Federal estate tax audits both at the agent and appellate level.  Mr. Perry is a member of the Estate Planning Council for the City of New York.

Michael W. Galligan is a partner in the Trusts & Estates Department and was recognized in Trust & Estates Law.  Mr. Galligan is a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association and a Past-Chair of the organization’s International Section.  He practices primarily in the areas of domestic and international estates and trusts, U.S. and cross-border estate and income tax planning, private international law and immigration.  He focuses on complex estate planning and the administration of U.S. and non-U.S. trusts, estates and other wealth transfer and wealth preservation vehicles. Mr. Galligan is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Elliot J. Wiener, recognized for Family Law, chairs the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice.  Mr. Wiener represents clients in matters of divorce, custody, visitation, support, pre- and post-nuptials, and related matters.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a faculty member of the New York College of Matrimonial Trial Lawyers.  He served as Co-Chair of the Matrimonial Law Section of the New York County Lawyers’ Association for three years, is a past Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law, and was a member of the Legislation Subcommittee of the Matrimonial Committee of New York City Bar Association.

Senior Counsel, Howard Bindelglass, was recognized for Trusts & Estates Law.  Mr. Bindelglass’ trusts and estates practice includes an emphasis on estate planning.  For twenty years, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He is a former law assistant in the New York Surrogate's Court, Queens County, and a former Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

About The Best Lawyers in America©:
Published by Woodward/White, The Best Lawyers in America© is an annual listing based on the reviews of thousands of attorneys across a wide variety of practice areas and geographic regions.  Those selected by the publisher as one of the nation’s Best Lawyers® must be in good standing with the ethics committee of their state bar association.  

About Phillips Nizer LLP:
Phillips Nizer, founded in 1926, represents domestic and international clients in business, finance and real estate transactions, intellectual property matters, commercial litigation and tax and estate planning, with a particular focus on the entertainment, fashion, real estate and technology industries.

Established by world-renowned trial attorney Louis Nizer, Phillips Nizer’s principal office is in Manhattan, with additional offices in Garden City and East Hampton, Long Island, and Hackensack, New Jersey.  To learn more about Phillips Nizer LLP, visit: