2014 Benchmark Litigation Names Kramer Levin to the Top Tier of New York Litigation Firms
FundsTalk: October 2013
Mr. Greenberg’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels. In particular, Mr. Greenberg has substantial expertise in litigating complex business and real estate disputes. His practice includes representing banks and developers, as well as commercial landlords and tenants. He also has argued more than a dozen appeals, and is an experienced practitioner in the Commercial Division of the New York County Supreme Court. For example, Mr. Greenberg:• successfully defended Kenneth Langone, the former Chairman of the NYSE Compensation Committee (and a founder of The Home Depot), in a lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General arising out of the compensation received by former NYSE Chairman Richard Grasso — the case against Mr. Langone was dismissed by the Appellate Division in July 2008; • defeated a defaulting borrower’s attempt to enjoin Citigroup’s foreclosure on a $126 million loan facility, and then won summary judgment on the personal guaranty of the borrower’s principal;• tried a commercial lease dispute case in Federal Court and argued the appeal in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in a judgment of more than $7 million for a large telecommunications client; • successfully defended a prominent Major League Baseball player before the New York State Department of Taxation; • won summary judgment for a major New York City real estate developer arising out of the unconsummated $201 million sale of a Tribeca office building, enabling the developer to retain the buyer’s $15 million deposit, and then successfully defended the judgment against the buyer’s ensuing appeal; • obtained the dismissal of two cases brought against another large developer, with Mr. Greenberg successfully arguing the appeal in each case — one case involved claims of approximately $30 million and the other permitted the developer to obtain the last property in a Manhattan assemblage; • represented a GE Capital Corporation subsidiary that owned a Park Avenue office building in a series of disputes with a number of its commercial tenants — all resulting either in judgments in favor of the GE Capital subsidiary or favorable resolutions; • successfully represented a former State Senator in an administrative trial before the New York State Department of Insurance; • obtained a defense decision (including an award of attorneys’ fees) in a multi-million dollar arbitration brought by a former officer of a public company; • successfully represented Forest City Ratner Companies in several multi-million dollar construction litigations;• represented J. Pedro Reinhard, the former CFO of The Dow Chemical Company, in an action arising out of Mr. Reinhard’s termination by the company; and • obtained an injunction in favor of New York Community Bank that permitted it to protect a $12.6 million leasehold mortgage.
Representative Appellate Decisions
• RCN Telecom Servs., Inc. v. 202 Centre St. Realty, LLC, 204 Fed. Appx. 920 (2d Cir. 2006)• In re Fayolle, 159 Fed. Appx. 221 (2d Cir. 2005)
• CARI, LLC v. 415 Greenwich Fee Owner, LLC, 91 A.D.3d 583, 936 N.Y.S.2d 892 (1st Dep’t 2012)
• El-Ad 250 W., LLC v. 30 Hubert St. LLC, 67 A.D.3d 520, 891 N.Y.S.2d 11 (1st Dep’t 2009)• Reed Elsevier Inc. v. Watch Holdings, LLC, 30 A.D.3d 322, 817 N.Y.S.2d 21 (1st Dep’t 2006)• Elghanayan v. Elghanayan, 265 A.D.2d 262, 697 N.Y.S.2d 268 (1st Dep’t 1999)• CRK Contracting of Suffolk, Inc. v. Jeffrey M. Brown & Assocs., Inc., 260 A.D.2d 530, 688 N.Y.S.2d 249 (2d Dep’t 1999)• Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent, Sheinfeld & Sorkin v. Mazzella, 262 A.D.2d 15, 690 N.Y.S.2d 561 (1st Dep’t 1999)• Modell’s N.Y., Inc. v. Noodle Kidoodle, Inc., 242 A.D.2d 248, 662 N.Y.S.2d 24 (1st Dep’t 1997)