Practice Areas and Expertise

We say “our specialty is you,” and that’s the way we work. Everything we do is guided by an understanding and sensitivity to what’s best for our clients

  • Business
  • Corporate finance
  • Intellectual property
  • Acquisition of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Alcoholic Beverage Distribution and Control Issues
  • Antitrust
  • Article 9 Foreclosures
  • Asset Acquisitions and Sales
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Asset-Based Lending
  • Bad Faith Claims
  • Brand Development and Maintenance
  • Breweries, Wineries and Vineyards Alcohol Beverage Control Act Compliance
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Capital Transactions
  • Charitable and Philanthropic Planning
  • Commercial Real Estate, Finance and Project Development
  • Company Policy, Public Records, Employee Discipline
  • Compliance Programs, Policies and Procedure
  • Construction and Surety
  • Contracts and Licensing
  • Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and Trade Secret Protection
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance
  • Corporate Planning and Tax Advice
  • Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, and Not-For-Profit Entities
  • Creditor’s and Debtor’s Rights
  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • Data Privacy and Identity Theft
  • Debt or Equity Financing
  • Defense against Union Organizing
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Discrimination Issues
  • Due Diligence
  • Economic Development Incentives and Transactions
  • ERISA and Employee Benefits
  • Employment Wage and Hour Advice and Litigation Claim Defense
  • Energy and Utility Matters
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Entity Selection
  • Environmental Issues
  • Equipment Purchasing Transactions
  • Equity Owner Disputes
  • Estate and Trust Planning
  • Evictions
  • Executive Compensation
  • False Advertising
  • Family Owned Businesses
  • Federal and State Tax Matters
  • Finance and Bond Transactions
  • Franchise and Licensing
  • Fraud Audits and Investigations
  • Government Compliance and Investigation
  • Health Care Compliance
  • Health Care Facilities, Physicians and Other Health Care Providers
  • Housing Projects
  • Information Technology
  • Intellectual Property Creation, Maintenance, Licensing and Enforcement
  • Intellectual Property Infringement
  • Internet and Electronic Commerce Matters
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Labor and Employment Matters
  • Labor Audits and Disputes
  • Leasing and Licensing
  • Letters of Credit
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Libel, Slander and Defamation
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Mechanics’ Liens
  • Medical Staff and Professional Licensure and Discipline Matters
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures
  • Misappropriation
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Reorganizations and Dispositions,
  • Mortgage Transactions
  • Municipal Finance and Economic Development
  • Municipal Law
  • Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Certification and Contracts
  • New York State Medical Marijuana Law (Compassionate Care Act) Representation
  • NLRB, PERB, OSHA, EEOC, and SDHR Matters
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations and Charitable Status
  • Privacy Issues
  • Public and Private Financing
  • Private Placements and Initial Public Offerings
  • Retirement Planning
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance and SEC Matters
  • Securities Law, Including Private Placements, IPOs, Reporting, and Compliance
  • Severance and Separation Agreements
  • Small Business Financing
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Start-Up and Family-Owned Business Representation and Entrepreneurial Business Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax and Estate Planning
  • Tax Disputes and Certiorari Proceedings
  • Tax Planning
  • Taxes, Pensions, and Benefits
  • Technology Commercialization, Transfer and Licensing
  • Trade Secret and Unfair Competition
  • Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
  • UCC and Contract Rights
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utility Restructuring
  • Venture Capital Transactions
  • Water, Steam, Electrical and Sewer Facilities
  • Wealth Strategies Planning
  • Age, Gender, & Sexual Harassment
  • Americans with Disabilities Matters
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Administrative Audits, including Department of Labor
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Service Law Issues
  • Commissioner of Education Appeals
  • Communications and Crisis Management Services
  • Compliance Policies and Procedure
  • Contractual Review for Diversity Compliance
  • Crisis Communications
  • CSE Issues
  • Data Privacy and Identity Theft
  • Defense against Collective Bargaining
  • Developing Compliance Programs
  • Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Matters
  • Disablity Matters
  • Diversity Compliance Strategies
  • EEOC and Human Rights Division Representation
  • Electronic Employment Verification Issues
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Employee Benefits Matters and Litigation
  • Employment Disability Issues
  • Employment Discipline and Discharge
  • Employment Due Diligence Matters
  • Employment Misclassification Disputes
  • Employment Contracts and Employee Benefits
  • ERISA and Tax Matters
  • Executive Compensation and Severance Arrangements
  • Family Medical Leave Act Matters
  • Human Rights Law Violations and Proceedings
  • Immigration Law
  • Independent Contractor Status
  • Job-Related Injuries and Claims
  • Labor and Employment Matters
  • National Origin, Race, & Religion Matters
  • Negoitiating Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Policy Drafting and Review
  • Regulatory Compliance and Oversight
  • Sexual Harassment Matters
  • Social Media Policies and Procedures
  • Substance Abuse and Testing
  • Student Issues
  • Succession Planning
  • Taxes, Pensions, and Benefits
  • Tax-Qualified Plans
  • Teacher Certification and Tenure Issues
  • Title IX
  • Title IX Issues
  • Wage and Hour Law Disputes
  • WARN Act proceedings
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Whistleblower and non-compete claims
  • Commercial and Contract Disputes
  • Shareholder and Partner Disputes
  • Labor & Employment
  • Intellectual property disputes
    • Trade secret
  • Trademarks, Copyrights, & Patents
  • Unfair competition
  • Antitrust Matters
    • Price fixing
    • Sherman act disputes
  • Surrogate Court Proceedings
    • Will contests
    • Termination of trusts
    • Disputes among beneficiaries
  • Personal injury
  • Internet and domain name disputes
  • Declatory judgement actions
  • Libel, Slander, & defemation actions
  • Labor & Employment
    • Union organizing defense
    • Employment discrimination
    • Wage & hour litigation
    • Missclassification of employee litigation
    • Wrongful discharge claims
  • Product liability litigation
  • Tax & ERISA litigation
  • Collection litigation
  • Real property tax assessment litigation
  • Arbistration & Mediation Proceedings
  • Commercial Buy/Sell
    • 1031 Exchanges
    • Sale/Leaseback
    • Sale of REO (Real Estate Owned)
  • Residential Buy/Sell
  • Commercial Lending
  • Mortgages
  • Asset based lending (non-real estate)
  • Collections
  • Representing borrowers in financing transactions
  • Residential Lending
  • Project Finance (assistance seeking public funding)
    • IDA Lease/Leaseback
    • PILOT Negotiations
    • Bond Financing
  • Easements
  • Leasing
    • Negotiation
      • Ground Lease
      • Lease/Leaseback
      • Commercial
      • Shopping Center
      • Industrial
      • Residential
      • Multi-Use Properties
      • Oil & Gas
      • Wind
      • Solar
      • Conservation easements
    • Drafting
    • Enforcement
  • Municipal Easements
  • Right of Way Dedications
  • State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)
  • Title Issues
  • Zoning/Land Use
    • Applications
    • Planning Boards
    • Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)
    • Village/Town Board
    • Accountability Review Board (ARB)
    • Subdivision and Development Approvals
    • Special Use Permits
    • Variances
    • Certificates of Appropriateness
    • Water Rights Disputes
    • Boundary Lines
    • Uniform Docking & Mooring Law
      • DEC approvals
    • Article 78 proceedings
  • Collection Litigation
  • Debtor Assets Search
  • Debt Collection
  • Large and Complex Collections
  • Unsecured Debt
  • Municipal Tax Foreclosures
  • Article 9 Foreclosures
  • Bankruptcies and Assignments for Benefit of Creditors
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Creditor’s Rights
  • Foreclosure
  • UCC and Contract Rights
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable and Philanthropic Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning Services
  • Estate Planning for LGBT clients
  • Snowbird Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Retirement Planning
  • Personal Tax Planning
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Board representation, including Town, Planning, Zoning, Conservation and Ethics
  • Code Enforcement
  • Cutting Edge Issues, such as Wind Energy and Hydrofracturing
  • Day-to-day Operations
  • Drafting and Enacting Resolutions and Legislation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment Law
  • Enviromental Law, including SEQR
  • Establishment and Operation of Special Districts and Authorities
  • FOIL
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Land Use Planning & Zoning
  • Municipal Litigation, Including Environmental Claims
  • Open Meetings Law
  • Property Tax Assessment Challenges
  • Public Finance, including Municipal Bonds
  • Real Estate, Including Easements
  • Waste Management
  • Civil Litigation
  • Elder Abuse
  • Tax Matters
  • DWI & Traffic Offenses
  • Mortgage Refinancing
  • Real Estate Controversies
  • Purchase and Sale of Residential Real Estate
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Trusts, Estates, & Wills
  • Medicare & Longterm planning
  • Elder Law and Long-Term Care Planning
  • Elder Abuse
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Corporate structure
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Venture capital and equity financing
  • Compliance with Sec. 280E of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Women and minority-owned business enterprises
  • Hemp cultivation and processing application assistance
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Purchasing or leasing of commercial real estate
  • Zoning restrictions
  • Business succession planning
  • Labor and employment
  • Drafting and Amending School Policies and Procedures
  • Cutting Edge issues such as 3020-a Education Law compliance, school safety and transgender issues
  • Compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the new IDEA
  • “Preventative counseling” with regard to special education issues including assistance drafting Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) and 504 Plans, attendance at Committee on Special Education meetings and advising on the rights of students with disabilities
  • Counsel on day-to-day school issues including transportation, student residency, health and safety, attendance and truancy (including PINS)
  • Counsel and representation related to student discipline
  • Litigation
  • Compliance with Open Meetings Law
  • Freedom of Information Law
  • Protection and release of student records (FERPA)
  • Counsel and advice related to discipline and termination of tenured teachers pursuant to section 3020-a of the Education Law
  • Counsel and representation in connection with the prevention and defense of claims of employment discrimination under the New York State Human Rights Law, federal civil rights laws and federal laws mandating equal employment opportunities, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Counsel and representation with respect to other proceedings related to discipline and dismissal of teaching and non-teaching employees, including termination of probationary employees and related grievance and arbitration hearings
  • Advice and counsel regarding the recruitment, appointment, duties, responsibilities and termination of instructional and non-instructional employees
  • Counsel and representation relative to the legal qualifications, teaching certificates, and other required licenses of teaching staff; proposed reductions in force and related seniority and tenure area questions; transfer and/or assignment of teaching duties; various forms of leaves of absence, workers’ compensation and Family Medical Leave Act implications, the powers, duties and appointments of substitute and part-time teachers; and issues concerning unemployment compensation
  • Tax Certiorari proceedings
  • Real Estate matters (acquisition, disposition of real property, leasing and construction)
  • School Board Governance

Charter School Law:

  • Charter applications, charter renewal applications and dissolution proceedings
  • Real Estate matters (acquisition, disposition of real property, leasing and construction)
  • Employee discipline and termination (for instructional and non-instructional employees), staffing, recruitment, retention and hiring
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Board governance
  • Fundraising and budgeting concerns
  • Counsel and advice regarding relations with districts of residency and districts of location
  • Special Education compliance