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Phillips Nizer Press Release

October 4, 2005

Vikki Grodner
(212) 841-0703

Phillips Nizer LLP Partners Featured Speakers at New York State Bar Association International Law and Practice Section 2005 Fall Meeting in London, England

NEW YORK – Michael W. Galligan, Helen Davis Chaitman and Donald L. Kreindler, partners at the New York-based law firm of Phillips Nizer LLP, will join a distinguished list of speakers at the New York State Bar Association’s International Law and Practice Section’s 2005 Fall Meeting being held in London, England October 18 – 25.  Mr. Galligan, a member of Phillips Nizer’s trusts and estates department, serves as co-Chair on the meeting’s Steering Committee.  He also serves as co-chair on the program topic, “Can the Trust Become a Trans-Atlantic Institution After 9/11?”  Joining Mr. Galligan will be Helen Davis Chaitman and Donald L. Kreindler of Phillips Nizer’s litigation department.  Ms. Chaitman, who is a nationally recognized expert in bank litigation, co-chairs the program topic, “Transatlantic Litigation II: Enforcement of Judgments”, while Mr. Kreindler, an accomplished arbitrator will participate in the program topic, “Transatlantic Arbitration I: Choice of Forum: London or New York?”

Mr. Galligan practices primarily in the areas of estate planning and estate and trust administration.  Since the beginning of his career in trusts and estates, Mr. Galligan has had a special interest in matters that cross national boundaries.  He advises and represents fiduciaries in complex transnational estates involving conflicts between the tax regimes, property laws, and inheritance rules of different countries.  He regularly advises foreign clients who contemplate becoming U.S. residents or domiciliaries about appropriate estate and income tax planning steps that should be taken before they become U.S. persons.  He also advises clients about the use of offshore trusts and the complex rules regarding the use of foreign trusts by U.S. persons and non-U.S. persons with significant U.S. assets.

Ms. Chaitman is a nationally recognized expert in lender liability and bank litigation.  She has a diverse litigation practice including RICO litigation, professional  malpractice litigation, New York City statutory residency litigation, bankruptcy litigation, bank fraud litigation, and white collar defense.  Ms. Chaitman is the author of The Law of Lender Liability (Warren, Gorham & Lamont 1990) and the author of a monthly newsletter, The Lender Liability Law Report.  She was named one of the nation’s top ten litigators in 1995 by the National Law Journal.

Mr. Kreindler specializes in the resolution of business disputes - by negotiation where possible, and otherwise through trial in arbitration or in court.  His trial experience encompasses a wide variety of industries including textile and apparel, securities and commodities.  For five years, Mr. Kreindler served as chairman of the Committee on Arbitration within the New York State Bar Association.  He has lectured and written extensively on arbitration, trial practice, copyright and trademark law, and the Uniform Commercial Code.

Phillips Nizer LLP has been engaged in a wide-ranging practice of domestic and international law for over 75 years.  Established by world-renowned trial attorney Louis Nizer, the firm today consists of lawyers who are well-respected and recognized in their fields.  The firm’s principal office is in New York City, with additional offices in Garden City, Long Island and Hackensack, New Jersey.


About the NYSBA International Law and Practice Section 2005 Fall Meeting:
The 2005 Fall Meeting  of the New York State Bar Association's International Law and Practice Section will be held in London, England  from Tuesday, October 18 through Sunday, October 23, 2005.  The theme will be, "Cross Atlantic Legal Practice in a Time of Global Change", and MCLE credit will be available. The meeting will address practice issues across a wide spectrum of legal disciplines and specialties, with a view to strengthening the quality of legal practice among the United States, United Kingdom, the countries of the European Union and the Americas.

The educational programs will be held in cooperation with, and at the Headquarters of the Law Society of England and Wales on Chancery Lane in the heart of "Legal London". The meeting will also be sponsored by The Bar Council of England and Wales.

Planned social events include dinner at Middle Temple and a gala dinner at Somerset House, home of the Courtauld Gallery and the Gilbert Collection.

To access the updated program and registration form for the meeting, please click on the link provided: