Construction Programs

I-GLOBAL FORUM (New York, New York)
 Speaker (October 2008)
 This conference concerned legal issues affecting private equity real estate  funds.

CELESQ (CLE Conference Call)
 Instructor (March-May 2007)
 This three-part series concerned ethics, litigation and other advanced issues in  construction law. 

CELESQ (CLE Conference Call)
 Instructor (September 2006)
 This program concerned legal issues in construction contracting. 
CHINA INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTORS ASSOC. (New York, New York)
 Conference Host (January 2006)
 This conference concerned U.S./China investment in construction and real estate.

International Programs

THE SEDONA CONFERENCE (Barcelona, Spain)
Conference Co-Host (June 2009)
This program concerned international data management best practices.
LORMAN SEMINARS (CLE Conference Call)
 Speaker (June 2009)
 This program concerned internet-based commerce. 

INTERNATIONAL ASSOC. OF PRIVACY PROFESSIONALS (Israel)
Speaker (May 2009)
This address concerned conflicts between U.S. and international privacy law.
UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA (Israel)
Speaker (May 2009)
This address to the Law and Information Society concerned internet-based commerce.
BEN GURION UNIVERSITY (Israel)
Speaker (May 2009)
This address to the Information Science department concerned development of the internet, search techniques and privacy.
TELDAN INFORMATION CONFERENCE (Israel)
Speaker (May 2009)
This program concerned international protection of copyright. 
STRUCTURED PRODUCTS CONFERENCE (Geneva, Switzerland)
 Speaker (September 2008)
 This program concerned international financial litigation.

NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER (CLE Conference Call)
 Speaker (August 2008)
 This program concerned international records management practices.

VICTORIAN SOCIETY FOR COMPUTERS & LAW (Melbourne, Australia)
 Key-Note Speaker (July 2008)
 This program concerned conflicts in international privacy and discovery rules, as  well as legal implications of new developments in search technology. 

NATIONAL COMM. ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS (New York, New York)
 Panelist (May 2008)
 This program concerned commercial dispute resolution in China.

WEST LEGAL EDUCATION/CELESQ (CLE Conference Call)
 Instructor (March 2008)
 This program concerned conflicting international privacy and e-discovery
 regulations.

THE SEDONA CONFERENCE (Hamilton, Bermuda)
Conference Co-Host (December 2007)
This program concerned international data management best practices.
PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE (New York, New York)
 Speaker (October 2007)
 This program concerned international e-discovery and privacy protection.
AMERICAN CONFERENCE INSTITUTE (New York, New York)
 Speaker (September 2007)
 This program concerned international aspects of data management. 

THE SEDONA CONFERENCE (Madrid, Spain)
 Conference Co-Host (September 2006)
 This conference concerned international issues in electronic data management,  privacy and disclosure.

UNITED STATES/CHINA BUSINESS INSTITUTE (New York, New York)
 Conference Host (June 2006)
 This program concerned international dispute resolution.

JUDICIAL COLLEGE OF CHINA (New York, New York)
Conference Host (June 2006)
This program concerned cross-cultural approaches to law.
Ethics and Management Programs

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION (New York, New York)
Speaker (June 2009)
This program concerned the ethics of legal outsourcing. 
PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE (New York, New York)
 Program Chair (April 2009)
 This program concerned attorneys changing practice focus. 

WEST LEGAL EDUCATION/CELESQ (CLE Conference Call)
 Instructor (February 2009)
 This program concerned new New York professionalism rules.

LAW TECHNOLOGY NEWS (CLE Conference Call)
 Instructor (November 2008)
 This program concerned the effects of technology on ethics obligations. 

WEST LEGAL EDUCATION/CELESQ (CLE Conference Call)
 Instructor (October 2008)
 This program concerned ethics in out-sourcing legal services. 

DEFENSE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (New York, New York)
 Speaker (April 2008)
 This program concerned ethics in discovery.

WEST LEGAL EDUCATION/CELESQ (CLE Conference Call)
 Instructor (February 2008)
 This program concerned ethics in alternative dispute resolution.

AMERICAN LAWYER (CLE Conference Call)
 Speaker (April 2007)
 This program concerned business development and publishing. 

AMERICAN LAWYER (New York, New York)
 Speaker (March 2006)
 This conference concerned recruitment and training issues.

Litigation Skills Programs

NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER (CLE Conference Call)
Speaker (October 2008)
This program concerned strategies in discovery.
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION (New York, New York)
Speaker (October 2008)
This program concerned developments in the law regarding alter-ego liability.
ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
Speaker (October 2008)
This workshop concerned litigation in New York State courts.
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
Instructor (September 2008)
This NITA-affiliated program concerned examination and cross-examination of witnesses. 
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY
Instructor (1999 – Present)
More than a dozen programs concerning experts, evidence, depositions, oral argument, trial practice, and other topics.
FOUNDATION FOR ACCOUNTING EDUCATION (New York, New York)
 Speaker (July 2002)
 This program concerned the investigation of fraud.

NEW YORK STATE CPA SOCIETY (New York, New York)
Speaker (January 2002)
This program concerned the CPA as expert witness.
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION (Tarrytown, New York)
 Speaker (April 2000)
 This program concerned federal discovery procedures.

ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
Instructor (December 1999)
This workshop concerned trial advocacy skills.
 

SIGNIFICANT RECENT REPRESENTATIONS
In re Proliance Int’l, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.) (cash collateral motion).
[U.S. Distributor] v. [Foreign Manufacturer] (A.A.A. Arb.) (service as arbitrator).
[Restaurant] v. [Service Supplier] (A.A.A. Arb.) (service as arbitrator).
In re  Chrysler, LLC (2d Cir. 2009) (affirming bankruptcy court order authorizing Section 363 sale of assets).
Simon Property Group of Texas, LP v. GTrends, Inc. (Dallas Cty. Dist. Ct.) (request for arbitration of third-party dispute with dealer).
In re  Bi-Lo, LLC (Bankr. S. Carol.) (motion for adequate protection of lender security).
In re Lyondell Chemical Co. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (opposition to request for preliminary injunction).
Premier Election Solutions v. SysTest Labs (S.D.N.Y.) (claim for breach of services contract).
Tippit/Phone Booth, Inc. v. Sprint Solutions, Inc. (Hunt Cty. Tex. Dist. Ct.) (breach of franchise agreement, fraud).
Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc. v. Flagstone Island Gardens, LLC (Miami-Dade Cir. Ct.) (claim for breach of construction architect’s agreement).
Plymouth Yongle Tape (Shanghai) Co. v. Plymouth Rubber Co. (D. Mass.) (breach of distribution agreement).
Financial Guar. Ins. Corp. v. IKB Bank (N.Y. Sup. Ct.) (fraud action).
In re Interep Nat’l Radio Sales, Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (corporate management issues).
[Dealer] v. [Telecommunications Company] (AAA Arb.) (claim for breach of dealer  contract).
In re Davis Petroleum Co. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.), unreported (granting summary judgment  dismissing action for rescission of plan confirmation). 
New Newark Foundation, Inc. v. Orbit Newark Development LLC (N.J. Chancery)
 (unreported)  (denying motion to dismiss fraud counterclaims in action for rescission of
 $20 million real estate contract).
The Prudential Ins. Co. v. Orbit Newark Development LLC (N.J. Chancery) (action for  foreclosure on mortgage).
Dana Corp. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (representing debtor on environmental, tax and  employment issues).
Tractebel Energy Marketing, Inc. v. American Electric Power Co.  (S.D.N.Y.) ( $255  million settlement after trial for breach of energy supply contract).
Dunoyer v. Frere Independent (N.Y. Sup. Ct.) (breach of investment agreement).
Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Marlin (Ringwood) Ltd. (Ottawa Cty. Mich.) (lien foreclosure).
Tee Vee Toons, Inc. v. Gerhard Schubert GmbH, unreported (S.D.N.Y.) (granting partial summary judgment in suit for breach of international machinery supply contract).
[Dealer] v. [Telecommunications Company], unreported (A.A.A. Arb.) (denying claim for breach of dealership agreement).
Weston Funding, LLC v. Consorcio Grupo Dina, S.A. de C.V., unreported (S.D.N.Y.) (dismissing claim for breach of Mexican indenture).
Loral Space & Comm. Holdings Corp. v. Rainbow DBS Holdings, Inc. (N.Y. Sup. Ct.) (action for breach of buy-out agreement).
In re Tower Automotive, Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (representation of retiree committee). 
In re Levitz Home Furnishings, Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (response to opposed asset sales motion). 
Hellex Car Rental Sys., Inc. v. Dollar Rent A Car, unreported (E.D.N.Y.) (granting  motion to transfer venue in suit for breach of dealership agreement).
In re Global Crossing Ltd. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (preference action).
Roth v. Jennings, unreported (S.D.N.Y.) (dismissing securities law claims).
In re  IDI Construction Co. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (claims for breach of construction management contract).
[U.S. Investor] v. [Asian Company] (Singapore Int'l Arb. Ctr.) (cross-claims for breach of investment contract).
[Financing Agent] v. [European Oil Company], unreported (Zurich Chamber of Commerce Arb.) (dismissing claim for breach of contract).
Cellular Group, Inc. v. Nextel of Texas, Inc., unreported (El Paso, Texas, Dist. Ct. 2005) (dismissing action for contract breach, on grounds of arbitration agreement).
Cablevision Systems Corp. v. Northrop Grumman Corp., unreported (Nassau Sup. Ct.) (granting partial summary judgment dismissing defenses in action for contract breach).
Mafco Consolid. Grp. Inc. v. Cooper Indus., LLC (N.Y. Sup. Ct.) (action to enforce arbitration award).
Mafco Consol. Grp. Inc. v. Cooper Indus., LLC (S.D.N.Y.) (petition to enforce arbitration award dismissed, after motion).
In re 360 Networks (USA) Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (preference action).
In re WHX Corp. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (valuation proceedings related to plan confirmation).
Abrams v. SNCF, 2004 WL 2525864 (2d Cir. 2004) (affirming order dismissing claim against French National Railway). 
In re Leap Wireless Int'l, Inc., unreported (Bankr. S.D. Cal. 2004) (dismissing adversary proceeding on grounds of international abstention).
Schaffer v. CC Investments, LLC,  2003 WL 22480052 (S.D.N.Y. 2003) (granting summary judgment on securities law claims); 115 F. Supp.2d 440 (S.D.N.Y. 2000) (granting motion to dismiss securities law claims, with leave to amend).
[Dealer] v. [Telecommunications Company] (A.A.A. Arb.) (claim for breach of dealership agreement).
In re Inacom, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.) (preference action).
In re Euro (Delaware) Inc. (Bankr. W.D.N.Y.) (representing interim receiver in cross-border insolvency proceedings).
Cooperative Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A. v. Royal Bank of Canada (N.Y. Co. Sup. Ct.) (discovery proceedings involving financing agreement).
In re James River Coal Co., unreported (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2003) (denying motion to transfer venue). 
Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. v. IBM Credit Corp. (N.D. Fla.) (action for breach of financing agreement).
Karaha Bodas Co. v. Pertamina, 313 F.3d 70 (2d Cir. 2002) (affirming order granting turnover of funds in enforcement of arbitration award).
New York Times v. Lehrer McGovern Bovis, Inc., 2002 WL 31867878 (2d Dep't 2002) (reversing trial court ruling on privilege of document in construction litigation).
IBM Corp. v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., 2002 WL 31002299 (2d Cir. 2002) (affirming order granting summary judgment on insurance coverage claims).
Guandong Enterprises v. Hennessey, 2002 WL 1000953 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) (denying defendants' motion for summary judgment on fraud claim).
In re Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (motion for examiner).
Continental Airlines, Inc. v. J.A. Jones Constr. Co. (D.N.J.) (action for recovery of misappropriated records on construction project).
Leap Wireless Int’l, Inc. v. Endesa, S.A., unreported (San Diego, Cal. Super. Ct. 2001)(contract action against Spanish company dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction), aff'd, (Cal. App. 2003).
Lifewise Corp. v. Telebank, Inc. (D. Utah) (suit for breach of funding agreement).
Netwolves Corp. v. Sullivan, 2001 WL 492463 (S.D.N.Y. 2001) (derivative claims dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction).
In re At Home Corp. (Bankr. N.D. Cal.) (claim for preferred debt).
A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital v. American Tobacco Co., unreported (Nassau Co. Sup. Ct. 2001) (dismissing reimbursement action), aff'd, (2d Dep't 2003).
Connecticut Pipe Trades Health Fund v. Philip Morris, Inc., 153 F. Supp.2d 101 (D. Conn. 2001) (dismissing reimbursement claims).
B.F. Goodrich Co. v. U.S. Filter Corp., 245 F.3d 587 (6th Cir. 2001) (reversing summary judgment order on contract claim).
Questrom v. Federated Dep’t Stores, Inc., 2001 WL 40768 (2d Cir. 2001) (affirming summary judgment order on employment contract claim).
Prison Acquisition Co. v. Prison Realty Trust, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) (suit for breach of financing agreement).
National Asbestos Workers Medical Fund v. Philip Morris, Inc., 2000 WL 1364358 (E.D.N.Y. 2000) (denying class certification on reimbursement claims).
Dillon v. U-A Columbia Cablevision of Westchester, Inc., unreported (Westchester Co. Sup. Ct. 2000) (granting motion to dismiss consumer claims).
Eastern States Health & Welfare Fund v. Philip Morris, Inc., 729 N.Y.S.2d 240 (N.Y. Co. Sup. Ct. 2000) (granting motion to dismiss reimbursement claim).
Photobition New York Inc. v. Fanno (N.Y. Co. Sup. Ct.) (suit for breach of confidentiality agreement).
[Former Employee] v. [Financial Services Company] (A.A.A. Arb.) (claim for breach of employment contract).
Amroc Investments, Inc. v. Deloro, 1999 WL 799642 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (granting summary judgment on third-party contract claim).
Dynex Capital, Inc. v. AutoBond Acceptance Corp., unreported (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (granting motion to transfer action to Texas for trial on lender liability claims).
Worldstar Comm. Corp. v. Lindemann Capital Partners, L.P., unreported (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (fraud and contract claims dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction).
Clark-Fitzpatrick, Inc. v. State, 682 N.Y.S.2d 916 (2d Dep’t) (affirming judgment on construction contract claim, after trial), aff’d, 691 N.Y.S.2d 1 (N.Y. Ct. App. 1999).
Elcom, Inc. v. MFP Technology Services, Inc. (D. Mass.) (action for breach of sales contract).
Kelly v. Mentor, Inc. (E.D.N.Y.) (product liability action).
Botz v. Bermuda Commercial Bank, unreported (N.D. Ga. 1998) (granting motion to dismiss “churning” claims for fraud on the court).
Cambridge Investment Corp. v. MFP Technology Services, Inc., unreported (E.D.N.Y. 1998) (granting motion to dismiss contract claim).
In re Estate of Winston, unreported (Westchester Co. Surr. Ct. 1998) (denying motion for appointment of receiver).
In re First American Corp., 988 F. Supp. 353 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (granting motion to compel accounting partnership to comply with subpoena), aff’d, 154 F.2d 16 (2d Cir. 1998).
[U.K. Retailer] v. [U.S. Manufacturer] (L.C.I.A. Arb.) (claim for breach of stock purchase agreement).
[Japanese Importer] v. [Brazilian Manufacturer] (I.C.C. Arb.) (claim for breach of supply contract, and counterclaim for fraud).
In re Twin County Grocers, Inc. (Bankr. D.N.J.) (adversary proceeding for breach of fiduciary duties by former directors).
In re Microwarehouse Securities Lit. (D. Conn.) (class action involving restated financial disclosures).
Laidlaw Holdings, Inc. v. MHI Group, Inc. (N.Y. Co. Sup. Ct.) (action for breach of alleged broker's agreement).
Hamilton-Beach/Proctor-Silex, Inc. v. Marvelle Enterprises of Am., Inc. (Wisc. Sup. Ct.) (appeal on claim for breach of supply agreement).
Kraus v. National Processing Co. (D.N.J.) (suit for breach of stock purchase agreement).
Hyosung, Inc. v. Sumagh Ltd. (S.D.N.Y.) (suit for breach of importation contract).
Thomson-CSF, S.A. v. AAA, 64 F.3d 773 (2d Cir. 1995) (reversing district court order compelling arbitration).
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