Our firm offers the combined legal expertise of our attorneys to provide our clients with effective, results-oriented legal services in several practice areas:
Lending, Foreclosure & Loan Enforcement
White Collar Criminal Defense
Business Reorganization & Creditor’s Rights
Nonprofit, Religious & Charitable Organizations
Corporate, Business & Real Estate
Trusts & Estates
Our Tax practice represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of tax issues, including:
- Tax audits
- Tax protests
- Filing “Offers in Compromise” and negotiating installment agreements
- Tax Court litigation
- Tax-exempt organizations and charities
- Voluntary compliance and amnesty
In addition, we advise individuals and companies with regard to the tax consequences relating to business transactions.
In a landmark decision, we prevailed in an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, where the Court held that an insolvent S Corporation’s discharge of indebtedness income is an item of income permitting the shareholders to adjust their basis in their S Corporation’s stock. Read more…
Matrimonial and Family
Our Matrimonial and Family practice represents prominent and high net worth clients in all aspects of their marital and family law needs. We take pride in our demonstrated ability to successfully manage the myriad of complex circumstances raised in our clients’ matters, including:
- Prenuptial agreements
- Child-related issues
- Complex separate property claims
- Public and private equity entitlements
- Business and financial issues
Our firm has an outstanding reputation and successful track record in litigated matrimonial cases, at trial and on appeal. Mr. Mantel, who heads our Matrimonial Practice, was elected President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter, and is recognized by New York’s Bar as a preeminent leader in this complex and specialized field.
Due to our firm’s reputation and our financial and analytical skills, we have been successful in reaching favorable settlements for the vast majority of our matrimonial clients. Quite often, as a result of our successful representation of a matrimonial client, we are asked to remain as a trusted counselor and advisor in our clients’ business, financial, and personal affairs. Earning our clients’ respect and trust is the greatest testament to our Matrimonial Practice.
In a case widely cited and adopted as leading case law authority, we successfully won the dismissal of our client’s wife’s attempt to remain in New York with custody of three young children, and in the related Federal Hague Convention action, we were successful in having the father retain custody and return with the children to their home in Italy. Read more…
Our Litigation practice represents clients in such diverse matters as:
- Tax litigation
- Commercial matters
- Loan enforcement
- Construction matters
- Tax disputes
- Business disputes
- Employment disputes
- Surrogate’s Court
- Religious institutions
- Mortgage foreclosures
- Corporate shareholder derivative actions
- Real estate matters
- Corporate dissolutions
- Copyright matters
- Securities brokerage
We represent clients in all forums, including State and Federal trial and appellate courts, arbitration panels, and administrative agencies.
Our firm represented a Russian television production company, and we were successful in securing the dismissal of copyright infringement and related claims. Read more…
In a decision of great significance, our firm successfully defeated a foreign government’s claim of immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). Read more…
Lending, Foreclosure, and Loan Enforcement
Our Lending, Foreclosure and Loan Enforcement practice includes the representation of middle-market lenders in a variety of financing transactions, including working capital lines of credit, term-loans, asset-based loans and real estate loans. We also represent borrowers in loan transactions.
Our representation of lenders also extends to serving as counsel in connection with the purchase or sale of debt, restructuring, work-out transactions, and the enforcement of the rights of lenders, including commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings and bankruptcy lift-stay proceedings.
We successfully represented a commercial mortgage lender in two related foreclosure lawsuits, securing both the dismissal of fraud claims and summary judgment, awarding our client a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Read more…
White Collar Criminal Defense
Our White Collar Criminal Defense practice provides counsel to individuals charged with federal or state crimes. We have considerable expertise in defending a wide-array of charges, including:
- Income tax and sales tax evasion
- Extortion and embezzlement
- Fraud and forgery
- Bid rigging
- Securities fraud
- Bank fraud
We were able to set aside criminal sales tax convictions and won an acquittal for our client charged with commercial bribery, scheming to defraud, and anti-trust crimes.
Our firm set aside the conviction of ticket brokers charged with failing to collect and pay sales tax on the resale of tickets to sporting events. Read more…
Our Business Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights practice handles sophisticated creditor claims. We have extensive litigation experience in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings.
As creditors’ counsel, we represent clients in corporate and small business cases. On behalf of our lender clients, we have been successful in obtaining in rem orders, depriving debtors of further obstructionist tactics, and permitting the lenders to proceed expeditiously with mortgage foreclosure proceedings.
In a bankruptcy hearing in bankruptcy court in Rhode Island, our firm successfully challenged $6,500,000 of tax claims filed by the IRS and won an award sanctioning the government and requiring the government to pay our client’s legal fees. Read more…
Nonprofit, Religious and Charitable Organizations
We provide a wide-variety of legal services to religious organizations, charities, and not-for-profit entities. In addition to formation and organization, we counsel such entities with regard to corporate governance, tax compliance, tax audits, internal investigations, and legal reporting requirements.
Our litigation expertise includes proceedings seeking the judicial approval or confirmation of mortgages on properties owned by religious organizations. For instance, we recently won an appeal reinstating a temple’s complaint to void certain mortgages as illegally recorded by the bank in violation of the Religious Corporations Law and staying the bank’s related foreclosure proceeding.
We were also successful in defending a church against claims by a bankruptcy trustee seeking to void certain charitable contributions made by the debtor. The case involved insolvency issues and novel issues under the Religious Liberty and Charitable Donation Protection Act of 1998.
Our firm prevailed on appeal and won the reinstatement of our client’s complaint to void certain mortgages as having been recorded by the bank in violation of the Religious Corporations Law. Read more…
Corporate, Business and Real Estate
Our Corporate, Business and Real Estate practice handles the structuring, formation, financing, sale, merger, restructuring, dissolution and other commercial requirements of medium and small businesses and not-for-profit entities.
We provide counsel to our corporate clients on a full spectrum of business-related matters, such as:
- Structuring ownership and governance arrangements
- Shareholders’ and directors’ meetings
- Hiring and discharge of employees and consultants
- Business dispute resolution counseling
- Loan, security, pledge and guaranty agreements
- Employment, independent contractor, management services and consultant agreements
- Real estate lending, leasing and acquisition
- Financing through debt and equity placements
- Manufacturing, supply, terms of sale, distribution and licensing agreements
- Non-compete and confidentiality agreements
- Stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures
- Stockholder, limited liability company operating and partnership agreements
- Joint-venture arrangements