PRACTICE

Civil Litigation & Appeals

Representing our clients in major litigations is the bread and butter of our civil litigation practice. These cases often involve hotly-contested fights to control or dissolve companies, protecting clients’ valuable intellectual property or contractual rights, or disputes over valuable real estate. Just as often, they begin with a request for emergency relief that may have a significant impact on the business right at the outset. Our seasoned lawyers are adept at litigating such high-stakes issues quickly.

We provide our clients with skilled, aggressive representation even before litigation begins, continuing all the way through trial and appeal. But whenever possible, we use the litigation process to achieve our clients’ business objectives by obtaining victory on the merits or a favorable settlement without ever having to go to trial. We view success through our clients’ eyes and understand that our clients approach litigation as a means to an end and not as an end in itself, which is why our clients keep coming back to us to meet their litigation needs.

We litigate across the country, but our focus is on litigation and appeals in the state and federal courts located in New York City. Most of our cases are litigated in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Commercial Divisions of New York’s state courts, which are a global venue of choice for litigating challenging and complex business disputes. We also litigate in New York’s bankruptcy courts.

We have deep roots in the Southern and Eastern Districts. Many of our lawyers have served in the U.S. Attorney’s offices or clerked for federal judges in those districts or in the federal Courts of Appeals. For over twenty-four years, our lawyers have published a regular column for the New York Law Journal that analyzes recent Eastern District cases of doctrinal or practical interest and we blog on noteworthy developments in the Eastern District.

We also appear regularly in front of the specialized and experienced judges who serve in the Commercial Divisions of New York’s state courts, sit with them on court and bar committees, and are often invited to serve as court-appointed mediators, special masters, and receivers. To capitalize on our familiarity with the Commercial Division judges, large firms from both inside and outside New York often engage us as co-counsel in important commercial cases. We also blog on noteworthy developments in the Commercial Division.