Norman R. Cerullo
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Admitted to the New York State Bar, Second and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Norm is Of Counsel in the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on business litigation in both federal and state courts, with particular experience handling disputes in New York State Court’s Commercial Division. Norm also has represented clients in mediations and arbitrations, including those administered by the American Arbitration Association, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, JAMS and the International Chamber of Commerce-International Court of Arbitration. He has been named by Super Lawyers, to its list of “Rising Stars” as one of the top up-and-coming litigators in the New York Metropolitan area for 2011 and 2012. Norm was also the recipient of Long Island Business News' Inaugural "Leadership in Law" award recognizing individuals whose dedication to excellence and leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island.
Norm’s clients have included financial institutions, technology and software companies, accounting firms, media interests and a host of other businesses and individuals in a wide-array of complex matters, such as cases involving breach of contract, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, as well as intellectual property disputes, including claims of misappropriation of trade secrets. Norm has also litigated cases involving antitrust, unfair competition, business dissolution, real estate, securities, business torts, consumer fraud and professional services. He also advises clients and litigates all aspects of the discovery of electronically stored information. He is a co-author of “Requestor-Pays” Presumption Holds Hidden Costs and Pitfalls, New York Law Journal, Oct. 4, 2010, which explores the issue of shifting costs associated with electronic discovery under New York law.
Some of Norm’s notable litigation victories include obtaining the dismissal of a $3.3 million suit brought against his client, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, by plaintiffs asserting breach of contract and quantum meruit causes of action related to a purported oral contract to co-author and publish a book. Shahidsaless et al. v. Shirin Ebadi, No. 115835/07, 2009 WL 150520 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. [Commercial Division] Jan. 12, 2009) (Lowe, J.). He was also an instrumental member of the team that obtained the dismissal of a $200 million breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, aiding and abetting, tortious interference with contract, negligence and unjust enrichment causes of action against a hedge fund’s prime broker. Eurycleia Partners, LP v. UBS Securities, LLC, No. 0600874/07, 2008 WL 2937181 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. [Commercial Division] July 1, 2008) (Ramos, J.). Norm also obtained the first order by a federal judge holding that the "metadata" of government electronic records is integral to those records and must be produced pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. NDLON v. Immmigration & Customs Enforcement, No. 10 Civ. 3488 (S.D.N.Y.) (Scheindlin, J)
Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Norm was a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Electronic Discovery and Records Management practice groups of the international law firm, Mayer Brown LLP.
Norm received his law degree from the American University-Washington College of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor of the American University Law Review. He obtained his Bachelors Degree from Long Island University-C.W. Post, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Norm is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York, the federal Second and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association–Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and the section’s Committee on the Commercial Division. Norm is also a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the association’s Commercial Litigation Committee and the Federal Bar Council.
Norm lives in Stony Brook with his wife and two children, boys ages two and four.