Litigation

Meltzer Lippe litigators work under the precept that litigation must be rationally related to a client’s risk or reward. To turn this principle into a reality, our litigators provide results-oriented advice drawn from their proven track record of handling complex cases to resolution. Matters are staffed with litigators who know all facets of the case, who keep the client informed as the matter progresses, and who are responsive to any client inquiry or concerns.

Our clients, large or small, turn to our litigators for guidance with their most difficult issues. Though success is defined differently by each of our clients, achieving that success starts with our commitment to thoroughly understand our clients’ business and identifying their specific needs and desired goals. To accomplish those objectives, we often devise a customized pre-litigation strategy designed to maximize the sought after result and to efficiently prepare, manage and win cases, whether by early resolution or through trial and appeal.

Each of our litigators have seen matters through trial, though they understand that effective legal counsel also includes the ability to negotiate and resolve a dispute while staying out of court or doing so short of trial. When possible, Meltzer Lippe’s litigators have been able to employ their vast legal and practical business experiences to avoid the cost of litigation, without compromising our clients’ goals. Our clients have the added benefit of the firm’s ability to pool knowledge and insight from its multidisciplinary practice areas to assist our litigators when needed, rendering the firm uniquely positioned to handle a broad range of disputes.

Our litigators – former clerks to Federal, State and administrative judges and former practitioners at New York national firms – – are experienced advocates in both Federal and State trial and appellate courts, arbitration and mediation panels, and administrative tribunals who have appeared locally, nationally and internationally. Meltzer Lippe’s litigators also hold leadership roles within the local professional community and are extremely active in area bar associations. In recognition of their professional knowledge, Meltzer Lippe’s attorneys have been asked to serve as court-appointed referees, arbitrators, mediators, professors, lecturers, board members and village justices and many have been honored by local and national legal organizations. Our practical experiences provide us with advantages that many other counsel lack.

We have handled countless litigations and served as lead counsel to established corporations, start-ups and individuals in virtually every area of the law, including Bankruptcy, Contract, Construction, Corporate Governance, Defamation, Entertainment, False Advertising, Trademark, Copyright and other areas involving Intellectual Property, Fiduciary Liability, Financial Services, Technology and Digital Media, Labor and Employment, Employment Benefits, Discrimination, Non-Compete and Trade Secrets, Partnership and Shareholder Disputes, Professional Liability and Malpractice, Insurance, Real Estate, Securities, Tax, Trusts & Estates, Indian Gaming Law and Zoning and Land Use.

The Litigation practice group is complimented by our Trusts and Estates litigation practice. The Trusts and Estates Litigation practice group represents corporate and individual clients in matters such as: will contests, compulsory accounting proceedings, contested accounting proceedings, claims against an estate or trust, will and trust construction cases, discovery and turnover proceedings, conservatorships and guardianship matters and other miscellaneous proceedings.

Our litigators have successfully advised and represented clients in diverse industries, including manufacturing, financial services, technology and software, marketing, advertising, e-commerce, education, media, insurance, consumer, retail and real estate.

Recent representations/victories include:

  • Obtaining a dismissal of a federal “qui tam” whistleblower claims brought pursuant to various provisions of the federal False Claims Act and the False Claims Acts of four states by former employees of a large corporate client with potential exposure of hundreds of millions. Through aggressive and efficient motion practice, we obtained a full dismissal of the case at the pleading stage in a nationally reported decision;
  • Winning an appeal on behalf of a large landowner in the New York Appellate Division, Second Department relating to conservation easements;
  • Litigating issues of first impression under New York’s Estate Powers and Trust Law relating to fiduciary account reporting on behalf of a fiduciary of a $40 million estate;
  • Successfully representing and recovering funds for a real estate investment trust that managed over $2 billion in real estate assets in connection with a failed condominium conversion project;
  • Repeatedly establishing that a party’s use of social media can constitute theft of trade secret, unfair competition and/or violation of fiduciary duty and other matters of first impression;
  • Successfully represented a casino developer in its litigation with a Native American tribe; and
  • Successfully represented a broker in enforcing an oral special agreement relating to a multi-million real estate development through trial and appeal; among many others.

Department Chair(s)
Thomas J. McGowan / tmcgowan@meltzerlippe.com



ATTORNEYS 

Thomas J. McGowan

Thomas J. McGowan
Partner

Practice Groups: Litigation and Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights Group

Areas of Focus: Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights/Litigation

Overview: Tom is a Partner and Chair of the Meltzer Lippe Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Tom has successfully represented major lending institutions, creditor’s committees, the FDIC and RTC, corporations, partnerships, officers, shareholders, contractors, owners, sponsors, professionals and bankruptcy trustees. In a complex fraudulent conveyance and alter ego action case in Bankruptcy Court, Tom’s client received 100% of compensatory damages, attorneys’ fees and a multi-million dollar punitive damage award.

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Thomas J. Bianco
Thomas J. Bianco

Partner

 

Practice Group: Labor & Employment 

Areas of Focus: Union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations and contract administration, grievances and arbitrations, and unfair labor practices and representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board(NLRB); Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections

Overview:  An experienced labor and employment attorney with over 18 years of experience, Tom represents management in employment and labor law matters including: union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations and contract administration, grievances and arbitrations.

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Jason K. Blasberg
Jason K. Blasberg

Counsel

Practice Group: Litigation 

Areas of Focus: Complex Commercial Litigation, Estate Litigation, Real Estate Brokerage Litigation, Construction Litigation, Tax Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Employment Litigation, General Corporate and Intellectual Property

Overview: Jason brings a diverse range of complex litigation experience to the Firm.  Jason’s complex commercial litigation representations include, among others, prosecuting the rights of commercial real estate brokers, defending shareholder and partnership disputes, royalty fee sharing disputes, breach of contract, fraudulent inducement and conversion actions.

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Jonathan D. Farrell
Jonathan D. Farrell

Partner

 Practice Groups: Labor & Employment, Benefits and Litigation Areas of Focus: Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Benefits (ERISA), Litigation Overview:  ”An employ­ment and labor relations specialist, Jonathan regularly practices before the National Labor Relations Board, federal and state courts, and federal and state human rights’ agencies. He counsels employers on a variety of labor and employment-related laws including the NLRA, OSHA, EEOC, ADA, FMLA and ERISA. He also litigates in these areas.” 

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Steven E. Frankel
Steven E. Frankel

Counsel

 Practice Groups: Litigation  Overview: Steven E. Frankel has broad experience in all phases of dispute resolution and commercial litigation and has represented corporations, hedge funds, partnerships and individuals as plaintiffs and defendants in both federal and state courts in a wide variety of matters. Steve’s experience includes cases involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, trademark infringement, antitrust, partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duties, and labor and employment-related disputes. 

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Loretta M. Gastwirth
Loretta M. Gastwirth

Partner

 Practice Groups: Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration Area of Focus: Commercial Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution 

Overview: She is a seasoned litigator primarily involved in commercial, intellectual property, Indian gaming law, trade secrets, construction, securities and employment litigation and arbitration.  She serves as an arbitrator on the prestigious Commercial Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association, determining complex commercial matters involving oil and gas, brokerage, software and manufacturing industries. Loretta has been appointed by various courts as a Mediator to resolve commercial disputes.

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Ana Getiashvili
Ana Getiashvili

Associate

Practice Groups: Litigation and Labor & Employment

Areas of Focus: Labor Law, Employment Law, and Commercial Litigation

Overview: Ana assists employers on issues such as discrimination and sexual harassment investigations, employee leave, worker classification and compensation practices, Form I-9 compliance and background checks. She drafts and prepares employment contracts and employer policies and handbooks. Ana also assists in commercial litigation matters.

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Richard A. Lippe
Richard A. Lippe

Counsel

 Practice Groups: Corporate Law, Securities Law, Municipal and Zoning Law, Art Law, Non-Profit Law Areas of Focus: Public Offerings, Private and Venture Financings, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation Internet, Technology and E-Commerce Overview: Richard Lippe was cited by Long Island Business News as one of the top twenty technology leaders and also one of the top 36 lawyers on Long Island. He was appointed by Governor Pataki to the New York State Science, Technology and Academic Research Advisory Council. 

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Michael H. Masri
Michael H. Masri

Partner

Practice Groups: Labor & Employment Law

Areas of Focus:  Litigation

Overview: Michael has represented employers in connection with investigations, charges, hearings, complaints and appeals before Federal and State Administrative Agencies including but not limited to the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

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Sigmund S. Semon
Sigmund S. Semon

Counsel

 Practice Groups: Litigation and Real Estate Areas of Focus: Corporate Law, Construction Industry Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Banking, Real Estate Overview: For over thirty years Sig Semon’s practice has been concentrated in the areas of Construction Industry Law where he has represented major construction companies and contractors involved in the areas of general construction, road building, mechanical contractors, excavation, asphalt and concrete, manufacturing and all phases of heavy construction. 

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Stephanie Suarez
Stephanie Suarez

Associate

 Stephanie Suarez is an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Labor & Employment Practice Groups. She represents clients in a wide array of complex commercial litigation matters, and has experience with discovery disputes, motions, oral arguments, depositions, hearings, and trials in local, state, and federal courts. From 2012 to 2013, Stephanie was a law clerk […] 

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Joshua D. Sussman

Joshua D. Sussman

Associate

 Josh works with clients to understand their needs and resolve their business disputes practically and efficiently, both inside the courtroom and out.  As a certified mediator, Josh knows that most disputes do not result in litigation. When litigation does occur, and because of the direct mentoring he has received from senior members of the practice […] 

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Pedram Tabibi
Pedram Tabibi

Partner

 Practice Group: Corporate Area of Focus: Social Media Law Overview: Pedram’s experience in the fields of social media law, intellectual property law and internet law includes privacy and publicity rights in Facebook advertising, formation of social media sweepstakes rules, social media authorization requests to Facebook, website terms of use and privacy policies, search engine keywords disputes on Google AdWords, Bing, Yahoo and AOL, domain name disputes, cyber-squatting, online trademark and copyright infringement, violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, website notice and take-down letters, website provider immunity under the Communications Decency Act, violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and violations of a non-compete agreements through Facebook and LinkedIn. 

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