PROFESSIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION
I am a business litigator who handles trials, appellate work and mediation.
I help clients with business cases, financial industry issues, real estate matters, professional concerns and a range of other business legal issues. I have defended clients all the way up to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Below are some sample scenarios I helped resolve. Not sure you have a case? Run it by me.
Real Business Cases
Can the seller of a golf business be held liable for oral statements about the company's revenues?
Does an idea for a waste removal business qualify as a trade secret?
Did parties account for billings properly in a television ad campaign?
How do you value a medical practice when there is a dispute between shareholders?
Are promises made in a letter of intent to sell a snack food company binding?
How can I stop a former employee from using my trade secrets?
Does a landlord have control over what a subtenant wishes to do with commercial property?
Financial Industry Issues
Are misstatements about the holdings in a hedge fund actionable under securities laws?
Is a custodian bank liable for losses in a client's account?
How should a public company respond to a securities fraud class action lawsuit?
How does a financial advisor negotiate a U5?
Is an accountant liable to a third party for signing off on false statements made by the accountant's client?
What do you need to do to collect on a promissory note?
Real Property Issues
Does a neighbor have a right to access a beach across your property?
Can a town block a theater owner's right to show midnight movies?
What can a property owner do when a construction project does not meet the specs and goes over-budget?
Can you block a church from building a parking lot in an historic district?
What can a property owner do if a Zoning Board denies a special permit to renovate a house?
What can a land developer do to build affordable housing under M.G.L. c. 40B?
Can a commercial tenant sublease property and then grant the subtenant permission to make alterations that the property owner does not want made?
A van Gogh painting that was in my family was stolen by the Bolsheviks in 1918, is there anything I can do to recover it?
My boss demanded that I sign a non-compete and I did, what are my obligations?
I am a minority shareholder in a closely held business, what rights do I have?
I shared my idea with a group and they subsequently forced me out, can I get the rights to my idea back?
I was denied a license by a state licensing agency, do I have any recourse?
Real Legal Issues
When is the act of state doctrine applicable?
When does a court have personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state corporation or person?
What are a debt collector's obligations under the Fair Debt Collection Act?
How do you force an insurer to provide coverage?
What conduct qualifies as unfair and deceptive?
What obligations does a public entity have to respond to a public records request?
How do you respond to a trial subpoena that asks you to bring documents?
How does a party preserve a right to a jury trial in the Massachusetts Land Court?
Are there any instances when you can recover your attorneys' fees and costs?