We focus our practice on the following substantive areas:
For companies of various sizes, we have litigated and arbitrated legal issues arising from employment relationships, including wrongful termination, age discrimination, racial discrimination, sex discrimination, religious discrimination, sexual harassment, disabilities, wages, overtime, and compensation issues (including bonuses and stock plans). We regularly appear before the EEOC and the New York Division of Human Rights to defend companies who have claims filed against them by current or former employees. We have represented many employers in class actions brought by employees seeking wage and hour and other terms and conditions of employment relief.
We also litigate and advise companies and individuals concerning restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, garden leave and non-competition disputes. We have appeared in federal and state courts and arbitrations across the country to litigate such matters that concern numerous industries.
We have substantial experience in litigating disputes between and among securities firms and registered representatives regarding employment issues, including so-called “raiding” cases. In the latter context, we regularly represent member firms and registered representatives in injunction hearings in federal and state courts throughout the country. We are recognized nationally as leading experts in this field.
We also routinely counsel clients on issues of hiring, termination, the protection of intellectual property and trade secrets, and company policies concerning restrictive covenants, confidentiality and garden leave.
We have prosecuted and defended a broad variety of cases arising out of disputes concerning contracts, shareholder agreements, intellectual property (including copyright and trade secrets), partnerships and close corporations, and product liability matters, for clients ranging from some of the largest global corporations to sole proprietorships. For example, we have successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar actions to recover sums owed pursuant to notes, guarantees and other debt instruments. We also have represented manufacturers and distributors in product liability matters. Our cases have taken us before federal and state courts and arbitration panels throughout the United States, and in the United Kingdom and Brazil.
FINANCIAL SERVICES LITIGATION AND REGULATORY MATTERS
We represent broker-dealers, RIAs, and individual financial advisors in customer disputes, product failures and regulatory matters. We have developed particular expertise representing securities firms and individual financial advisors in retail and institutional customer disputes before FINRA and the American Arbitration Association. We have, throughout the country, represented broker-dealers, financial advisors and other entities in litigations and arbitrations concerning alleged sales practices violations. We routinely appear before federal and state regulatory agencies and the national self-regulatory organizations in compliance and disciplinary matters, on behalf of both individuals and member firms. We have selectively represented institutional and other substantial investors regarding financial product failures.
We regularly have defended law firms in New York, New Jersey and other states when they have been sued by clients for legal malpractice.
We have extensive experience in all aspects of class-action and shareholder derivative cases brought under the federal securities laws, state investor protection laws, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and the corporate laws of the various states. We have represented issuers, investment banks, accounting firms and individual corporate directors and officers in such cases.
We have handled numerous matters in arbitration, and before state and federal courts, on behalf of both insurers and corporate insureds involving scope and denial of coverage, failure to defend and failure to disclose.