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PRACTICE AREAS

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Construction Law

Representation of clients in all aspects of negotiation and bidding of all types of both private construction and public improvement contracts; including assuring legal compliance, negotiating and administering the contracts and responding to and resolving claims that may arise from the commencement of a project through payment of the final retainage. Our experience includes dispute and claims resolutions, including mediation, arbitration and where necessary litigation, relating to time extensions, delay claims, mechanic liens (both public and private), Article 3A Trust Fund problems and compliance, and payment and performance bonding. We have a keen understanding of the oftentimes difficult legal inter-relations among the various and complex construction projects, the parties and partners, and how, the real world relationships between the parties often differ from contract language. We understand the approaches that benefit all sides. Although a business solution is normally preferred, we understand where only an aggressive legal representation can bring about a proper result for our clients.

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Corporate

Securities: representation of public and private companies including start-up companies; public offerings; partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures; private placement offerings and syndications; compliance with Securities Exchange Act of 1934; legal audits. Conventional Financing: including representing institutional lenders and borrowers in connection with short and long term financing for business enterprises; mortgage financing. Venture Capital Financingincluding representing public and private companies as well as venture capital entities in connection with debt and equity offerings, warrants, and structuring joint ventures both domestically and abroad. Privately-Held Corporations: develop and execute stock purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, employment agreements and contracts. Business Combinations/Reorganizations: including structuring and executing acquisitions, stock or asset purchase agreements, merger or consolidation agreements, recapitalizations, other business reorganizations and leveraged buyouts.

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Labor & Employment

National Labor Relations Board proceedings, union campaigns; strikes, picketing and collective bargaining; employment discrimination litigation including age, sex, sexual harassment, race, national origin and disability discrimination; Non-compete and Trade Secret litigation; litigation before state, federal and administrative agencies; ERISA litigation; employment policies and employee handbooks; employment and shareholder agreements; wage and hour laws; arbitrations; shareholder disputes in closely-held corporations and law firms; mergers or acquisitions of businesses, employee benefits and pension matters; partnership and corporate dissolution disputes in health care and professional firms; OSHA audits and supervisory training.  

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Litigation

Trials and appeals; business and commercial litigation; corporate and partnership disputes; non-compete agreements and theft of trade secret litigations; creditor/debtor disputes; employment and labor law litigation; ERISA litigation; real estate disputes; construction litigation; securities fraud; NASD arbitration; antitrust and business torts; civil RICO; intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets; Internet law disputes, including domain names and e-commerce disputes; bankruptcy court litigation; tax court litigation; class actions and shareholder derivative suits; section 1983 and constitutional torts; products liability litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

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Partnerships

Structure and formation of general and limited partnerships, and limited liability companies (“partnerships”); sales of partnership interests; admission to partnerships; amendments to partnership agreements and partnership tax advice.

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Real Estate

Acquisition and sale of all types of commercial property including but not limited to multifamily residential buildings, shopping centers, office buildings and industrial properties; leasing of shopping centers, office buildings, industrial parks; residential purchases and sales; construction, interim and permanent financing; commercial loan transactions; securitizations for lenders and borrowers; multi-state transactions; golf course and country club communities; ground, net and bond leasing; municipal law; real estate development; tax free exchanges; variances, special permits and authorizations; land use, planning and zoning; mortgage foreclosure proceedings; representation of homeowners’ associations, condominiums and cooperatives and property conversions to such type of entities.

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Social Media & Privacy

Social media-related non-compete and non-solicitation litigation; business social media and online integration into corporate sale; updating accompanying legal documents; social media employment policies and employee handbooks; employment disputes involving social media, updated employment and shareholder agreements; corporate governance and securities law policies for social media use; copyrights & trademarks litigation and protection; intellectual property audits (including social media network accounts and assets); social media trade secret protection and litigation; litigation of intellectual property disputes regarding digital assets; internet domain name registration and disputes; infringement and validity of intellectual property rights in social media; social media privacy disputes, defamation, libel and slander disputes on social media platforms; online misappropriation of privacy and/or publicity rights, and social media advertising and marketing issues.

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Tax

Corporate, partnership and individual; domestic and international taxation; tax planning for executive compensation; tax audits, appeals and litigation; employment tax planning; tax planning for foreign investors in U.S. properties and businesses; tax planning for offshore trusts; tax planning for U.S. businesses conducted in foreign jurisdictions; tax planning for domestic and international mergers and acquisitions; tax planning for domestic and international joint ventures; estate and gift tax planning and income taxation of trusts and estates.

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Tax Controversy

The Meltzer Lippe Tax Controversy group is comprised of highly qualified experienced tax attorneys including attorneys formerly with the office of IRS Chief Counsel and the United States Department of Treasury.  In addition, a number of the attorneys in our tax controversy group have worked in private practice in some of the finest law firms in New York City where they have represented taxpayers in controversy matters.  Our tax controversy group represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the New York State and New York City Departments of Taxation in addition to other state and local tax authorities. We represent clients at all stages during the dispute process:  Examinations, Appeals, United States Tax Court and Federal Court of Clams tax litigation, and Collection Division matters including Notices of Liens and Levies, Collection Due Process Appeals, New York State Warrants, New York State driver’s license suspension due to tax liabilities, Offers in Compromise and Installment Agreements.  We can handle your case entirely or, if you prefer, work with accounting firms as a team on tax controversy matters.  Although we are experienced in litigating cases before the Tax Court, we have favorably resolved cases at every level for clients before the case ever went to court, avoiding costly litigation expenses for clients.  Our attorneys are familiar with the inner workings  of the taxing authorities, allowing us to help streamline the process and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients who have a tax controversy matter. We are also readily available to address your concerns including time-sensitive matters such as your receipt of an IRS or New York State tax notice that requires an immediate response. We represent a broad group of clients, including high-net worth individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts, pensions plans and exempt organizations. We handle all types of income tax, employment tax, corporate tax, estate & gift tax issues, responsible person assessments, payroll tax, sales & use tax, residency issues, income allocation, pension plan compliance, exempt organization examinations, innocent spouse, penalty abatements.  Whether or not your particular situation is listed here, if a taxing authority contacts you for any reason, please do not hesitate to call us so that we can discuss the options available to resolve your case.

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Tax-Exempt Organizations

Designing innovative organizational and operational structures for the organizations to best meet their mission and goals; implementing effective policies to help directors and officers comply with their duty of care and duty of loyalty; obtaining federal and state tax exemptions; assisting with federal and state tax audits; creative planning for unrelated business income tax issues; effective education and training to comply with complicated federal and state laws and regulations; advising on corporate reorganizations, commercial and real estate transactions and joint ventures; keeping the organizations aware of new and increasingly complex legal developments; evaluating fundraising issues and developing planned giving programs; and assisting with state charitable registration requirements and charitable solicitation and fundraising laws.

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Trusts & Estates

Asset preservation; wills and trusts; family limited partnerships; dynasty trusts; business succession planning; international estate planning; testamentary trusts and intervivos trusts; installment sales; state domicile and residence issues; charitable organizations and their for-profit affiliates; estate gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes; elder law; personal tax planning; life insurance and charitable trusts; estate tax motivated partnership and asset planning; restructuring; post mortem estate planning and probate of estates.

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Wealth Preservation

Wills, simple and complex; trusts, revocable, irrevocable, dynasty, credit shelter, qualified terminable interest, qualified domestic relations, for minors, special needs, charitable, grantor retained annuity and qualified personal residence; inter-vivos gifting and estate planning; post-mortem planning; preservation of government benefits; multi-generational trusts; family limited partnerships; life insurance trusts and other advanced planning techniques; advising trustees in their administration of trusts, including amending and decanting existing irrevocable trusts; migrating trusts to more favorable tax jurisdictions; advising trustees on the investment and distribution of assets; and settling accounts of corporate fiduciaries;  representation in estate and trust administration matters; the representation of executors in probating wills and administering estates; will contests, preparing and filing estate tax returns; and in the representation of fiduciaries in estate tax audits. Clients include family business owners, real estate developers, investment bankers, private equity fund managers, physicians, inventors, entertainers, business professionals, retirees, non-resident aliens, domestic partners and those of inherited wealth.

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More Practice Areas

  Our office comprises over 50 attorneys offering a variety of legal services to local, national and international clients. In addition to our core practice areas, you will find seasoned counsel in the following: Art Law Structure art investment partnerships and joint ventures; prepare publishing contracts for multiples and graphics; general corporate representation to art […]

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