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Litigation is  one of the best-known practice areas at Phillips Nizer.  We appear in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals, at the trial and appellate levels, in New York and around the country. We also have extensive experience in all types of arbitration proceedings and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Our Litigation Tradition
Our former senior partner, Louis Nizer, achieved prominence by approaching each of his cases with the same basic practice principles: he combined relentless and indefatigable attention to detail with rigorous preparation, innovative problem solving, zealous advocacy and solid team work. The approach Mr. Nizer practiced for over 50 years became an ingrained and proud tradition at our firm. Our litigators are reared in this demanding tradition and our result-oriented client service evidences our deep commitment to it.

Big, Medium and Small
We look at all cases from both a professional and business-oriented approach. What's best for this particular case? An aggressive and creative settlement approach? An alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration? Or vigorous litigation in state or federal court?

To provide the most effective service to our clients, our litigation group routinely draws upon the skills of other practice groups at the firm such as corporate, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights, labor, matrimonial, real estate and trusts and estates.

Appropriate staffing of cases is another critical element to achieving optimal results for our clients at the least cost to them. We assemble teams of lawyers for major cases, and staff medium-sized cases with one or two partners working with one or two associates. Smaller cases are typically handled by a partner or an associate under a partner's supervision. This overall approach and flexibility translates into efficiencies such as speedier and less costly results.

Practice Areas
We believe few firms of any size can match the depth of experience or the breadth of practice of our Litigation Department, which has included matters in the following areas:

accountants' liability
administrative law
bankruptcy adversary claims
broker-dealer claims
business dissolution
civil rights
commercial arbitration
computer and high technology
employment and other discrimination claims
environmental (inc. Superfund)
estate litigation
fashion industry litigation
foreign government claims
freedom of information

garment/textile arbitration
intellectual property, trademarks
Internet law
pension liability claims
personal injury
product liability
professional discipline and
real estate, including foreclosures and landlord/tenant matters
restrictive covenants
tax-advantaged investments
travel law
UCC litigation
unfair competition


Attorneys practicing in this area:

Elizabeth A. Adinolfi
Rachel M. Bandli
Jared R. Clark
Mark M. Elliott
Regina E. Faul
George R. Fearon
Michael S. Fischman
Helene M. Freeman
Perry S. Galler
Edward G. Imperatore
Thomas G. Jackson
Donald L. Kreindler
Laura E. Longobardi
Monica P. McCabe
Eileen D. Millett
Craig E. Penn
Julian D. Perlman
Jeffrey L. Shore
Jeffrey Q. Smith
Stuart A. Summit
Sean W. Vallancourt
Lauren J. Wachtler
Martin B. Wasser