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With roots dating back to 1927, Warshaw Burstein, LLP is a full-service law firm with offices in New York City that has distinguished itself through superior and cost-effective legal service and personalized client care and attention.

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9/30/20

Maxwell Breed to Speak on Residential Real Estate Issues During the Pandemic at the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)’s 6th Annual East Meets West Event

Partner Maxwell Breed will be a featured speaker at the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)’s 6th annual East Meets West event. Max’s panel is on September 30 at 1:40pm and is part of the conference’s Residential Day programming. 

09/09/2020

Client Alert: SEC Broadens Accredited Investor Definition Expanding Access to Capital Markets

On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to the “accredited investor” definition in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, that update and improve the accredited investor definition. The purpose of the amendments is to better identify investors that have sufficient knowledge and expertise to participate in investment opportunities that do not have the rigorous disclosure and procedural requirements and related investor protections, provided by registration under the Securities Act. The amendments are substantially as proposed by the SEC on December 18, 2019.

Featured Attorneys
  •  Grant R. Cornehls

    Grant R. Cornehls

    Mr. Cornehls has broad experience representing clients in financial services and other industries in litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations.
     

  •  Thomas Filardo

    Thomas Filardo

    Mr. Filardo represents clients in a wide variety of complex commercial matters as both a seasoned litigator and corporate advisor. He takes a hands-on, creative approach and enjoys developing practical strategies to achieve client objectives.

  •  Kimberly C. Lau

    Kimberly C. Lau

    Ms. Lau concentrates her practice on Title IX actions, college disciplinary matters and commercial litigation.

  •  Murray D. Schwartz

    Murray D. Schwartz

    Mr. Schwartz combines over 20 years’ experience in the corporate area with 15 years’ experience as a chief operating officer of a $700,000,000 media company.
     

  •  Barry Klingman

    Barry Klingman

    Mr. Klingman, the head of the tax department, has had more than 40 years of experience in all areas of taxation, with a particular emphasis on structuring commercial transactions.
     

  •  BoBi Ahn

    BoBi Ahn

    Ms. Ahn specializes in immigration and nationality law and focuses on various corporate and employment related immigration issues and on strategic immigration planning for U.S. and international companies in connection with the international relocation of personnel coming into the U.S.

  •  William R. Samuels

    William R. Samuels

    William “Bill” Samuels is a partner who focuses his practice on intellectual property (“IP”) and solving IP-related problems.  He handles all aspects of domestic and international IP matters, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, IP enforcement and defense, IP licenses and agreements, domain names, software services, counterfeit protection, unfair competition, and IP counseling and due diligence.

  •  Chaya R. Shafran

    Chaya R. Shafran

    Ms. Shafran has been involved in the practice of real estate law for over 25 years.

  •  Eugene J. Callahan

    Eugene J. Callahan

    Mr. Callahan has extensive experience in estate planning and administration, as well as in charitable trusts and foundations.

  •  James E. Figliozzi

    James E. Figliozzi

    Mr. Figliozzi concentrates his practice on Title IX and college disciplinary matters.

  •  Alan M. Pollack

    Alan M. Pollack

    Mr. Pollack is a partner in the firm's litigation department. His practice focuses on federal and state court commercial and civil litigation, including business disputes, partnership dissolutions, class and shareholder derivative actions, stock fraud and manipulation cases, wage and hour and labor and employment matters. Mr. Pollack has represented clients in several industries, including securities, construction, manufacturing and health care.

  •  Stephen W. Semian

    Stephen W. Semian

    Mr. Semian is an experienced corporate and transactional lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on general corporate and business counseling.
     

  •  Bruce H. Wiener

    Bruce H. Wiener

    Mr. Wiener has been a practicing lawyer and litigator for nearly 40 years, and has been actively engaged in all aspects of real estate and general commercial litigation.
     

  •  Kristin G. Garris

    Kristin G. Garris

    Kristin G. Garris is a member of Warshaw Burstein, LLP's Intellectual Property practice group who has a broad range of experience in handling matters related to trademark, copyright, Internet, and domain name enforcement and litigation.

  •  Eric I. Wrubel

    Eric I. Wrubel

    Mr. Wrubel’s legal practice is devoted to handling complex family and matrimonial matters. He is accomplished in negotiating the amicable dissolution of marriages as well as taking these cases to trial if settlement is not possible.
     

  •  Marilyn Selby Okoshi

    Marilyn Selby Okoshi

    Ms. Okoshi is a seasoned corporate, transactional and regulatory counsel who focuses her practice on investment management, finance and international transactions.
     

  •  Kevin M. Hirson

    Kevin M. Hirson

    Mr. Hirson has extensive experience representing developers, owners and investors in a wide variety of real estate transactions throughout the United States. He represents clients in connection with the acquisition, sale, financing, leasing and licensing of real property and remains a corporate advisor to those clients concerning ongoing legal issues affecting their businesses.

  •  Marc A. Lavaia

    Marc A. Lavaia

    Mr. Lavaia represents clients in a broad range of real estate and corporate transactions across industries. He counsels his clients on mergers, acquisitions and corporate formations, and oversees the expansion of established businesses. Mr. Lavaia represents both sellers and purchasers in a variety of real estate transactions and has expertise in commercial leasing. In addition, Mr. Lavaia represents clients in the areas of intellectual property, copyright and trademark, communication, media and technology, and licensing for film, television, music and fashion.

  •  Meryl E. Wiener

    Meryl E. Wiener

    Ms. Wiener advises financial institutions, investment managers and hedge funds on a broad range of regulatory, compliance, securities, registration, inspection, organizational and structural matters.

  •  Maxwell Breed

    Maxwell Breed

    Mr. Breed is a member of the firm’s real estate and litigation groups.  Mr. Breed represents businesses and individuals in real estate and commercial matters, with a focus on guiding strategy for real estate portfolios and interests.  Property owners, operators, and developers, as well as tenants consistently call upon him when confronted by difficult or novel issues—be they control, ownership, business, or lease disputes, rent-regulatory questions, or otherwise.  Mr. Breed is also known for his expertise concerning New York’s Loft Law and represents both loft owners and occupants before the New York City Loft Board and in other forums.

  •  Kyle A. Taylor

    Kyle A. Taylor

    Mr. Taylor practices corporate, banking and securities law. He has represented clients in a variety of industries including investment companies, commercial banks, investment banks, technology, insurance, manufacturing, jewelry and media companies.
     

  •  Peter L. Lese

    Peter L. Lese

    Mr. Lese has focused his practice on trusts and estates law since 1988.
     

  •  Robert P. Wittes

    Robert P. Wittes

    For nearly 40 years, Mr. Wittes has concentrated his practice in estate and trust planning, including the preparation of complex wills and trusts, using a variety of planning devices to reduce estate and gift taxes.

  •  Felicia S. Ennis

    Felicia S. Ennis

    Ms. Ennis is an experienced litigator who concentrates her practice on commercial and employment litigation. Her experience includes state and federal practice, arbitrations, mediations and appeals. Ms. Ennis has represented clients in cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, wage/hour laws, family medical leave laws, wrongful discharge, misappropriation of trades secrets, business/shareholder disputes and partnership dissolutions. Her experience spans a range of industries, including hospitality, apparel, construction, financial services, government contracting, healthcare, and the not-for-profit sector.

  •  Peter Figdor

    Peter Figdor

    Mr. Figdor concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and banking and finance.

  •  Neena Tankha

    Neena Tankha

    Ms. Tankha concentrates her practice on high net worth divorces, child custody, paternity matters and preparing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements in both New York and Florida.

  •  Martin S. Siegel

    Martin S. Siegel

    Mr. Siegel is a partner in our firm’s litigation department. He specializes in complex commercial, business, securities and bankruptcy litigations. 

  •  Slava Hazin

    Slava Hazin

    Mr. Hazin concentrates his practice in commercial and real estate litigation, including trial and appellate practice.

  •  Pankaj Malik

    Pankaj Malik

    Ms. Malik has more than 25 years of experience in matters relating to litigation and disputes covering a broad range of matters including commercial, construction, corporate, bankruptcy, estate and guardianship laws, family law & real estate. She has trial experience in State and Federal courts, Surrogates Court, Bankruptcy Courts and Immigration Courts.

  •  Ally Hack

    Ally Hack

    Mr. Hack is a member of the firm’s real estate and litigation groups.

  •  Harvey I. Krasner

    Harvey I. Krasner

    Mr. Krasner has over 30 years of broad based experience in complex transactional real estate matters advising developers, owners and investors in all aspects of real estate transactions, including purchases, and sales and financing.

  •  Allison Simmons Prouty

    Allison Simmons Prouty

    Ms. Simmons Prouty concentrates her practice in real estate law.

  •  Russell W. Rosen

    Russell W. Rosen

    Mr. Rosen focuses his practice on complex commercial, real estate, partnership and corporate matters, including business litigation.
     

  •  Sophie Jacobi-Parisi

    Sophie Jacobi-Parisi

    Ms. Parisi concentrates her practice in all areas of matrimonial and family law. 

  •  Robert Fryd

    Robert Fryd

    Since joining the firm in 1981, Mr. Fryd has concentrated his practice on complex commercial litigation.
     

  •  Ian Shane

    Ian Shane

    Ian Shane routinely advises clients with respect to U.S. corporate tax planning and structuring for a variety of transactions, including inbound and outbound transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring.

  •  Marvin J. Fortgang

    Marvin J. Fortgang

    For the past 40 years, Mr. Fortgang has practiced real estate law, concentrating his practice in the areas of real estate secured lending and commercial leasing.

  •  Linda Genero Sklaren

    Linda Genero Sklaren

    Ms. Sklaren has more than 35 years of litigation experience, including trials, mediation, arbitration, and voluminous motion and appellate practice, and has handled appeals to the New York State Court of Appeals. She focuses on family law, trusts and estates and general litigation.

  •  Martin R. Lee

    Martin R. Lee

    Mr. Lee has represented numerous public and private entities and individuals in trials and appeals in state and federal courts and in arbitrations, in virtually all areas of commercial litigation.

  •  Avi Lew

    Avi Lew

    Mr. Lew has broad experience in a wide variety of litigation matters and handles all phases of litigation from pre-litigation negotiation and inception of action through trial and appeal.
     

  •  Marshall N. Lester

    Marshall N. Lester

    Mr. Lester has over 40 years experience in the corporate arena, concentrating primarily in the areas of joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and international), corporate finance and securities law matters.
     

  •  Frederick R. Cummings, Jr.

    Frederick R. Cummings, Jr.

    Mr. Cummings has in depth experience in a wide variety of corporate and business matters for individuals and both publicly and privately owned entities, ranging from start ups, to family held, to Fortune 500 clients, involving jurisdictions across the United States and around the world.

  •  Michael Zukerman

    Michael Zukerman

    Mr. Zukerman practices real estate law, concentrating in the areas of real estate secured lending, from both the lender and the borrower side, and real estate development and acquisitions. He has experience in private offerings of securities with emphasis on real estate.

  •  Jack S. Kannry

    Jack S. Kannry

    Mr. Kannry is an attorney and licensed professional engineer with more than 35 years of construction industry experience.

  •  John Laurence

    John Laurence

    Mr. Laurence, as of counsel to the firm, brings more than a decade of IP experience to the firm’s legal practice.