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Cullen and Dykman LLP

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Managing Partner: Christopher H Palmer
Number of partners: 97
Number of lawyers: 158
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
Cullen and Dykman LLP has been providing high-quality legal advice and representation to its clients since 1850. For generations, clients have chosen Cullen and Dykman due to its focus on strong client relationships and personal service, its commitment to quality and its cost-conscious approach. The firm is well known for its expertise in lending, energy and utilities, commercial litigation and real estate matters. The firm uses its extensive experience to develop effective project development strategies, negotiate agreements on favourable terms, formulate creative solutions to complex issues, and provide innovative and practical legal advice. The firm takes great pride in its achievements, but more importantly it takes great satisfaction in the successes of its clients.

Main Areas of Practice:
-Alternative Dispute Resolution
-Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
-Banking & Financial Services
-Commercial Litigation
-Construction Litigation
-Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
-Energy, Utilities, Water & Telecommunications
-Franchise & Distributorships
-General Liability, Tort & Insurance Defense
-Health Care
-Higher Education
-Information Technology
-Intellectual Property
-Internal Investigations
-Insurance Coverage & Risk
-Labor & Employment
-Not-for-Profit & Religious Organizations
-Real Estate
-Regulatory & Compliance
-Tax Assessment, Eminent Domain & Property
-Trusts & Estates
-Zoning, Land Use & Permitting

Banking & Financial Services:
48 partners; 75 fee earners
■Clients include commercial banks, thrifts, credit unions, and investment banks
■Involved in all facets of commercial lending including construction lending, retail/office and shopping center financing, multifamily property loans, SBA lending, hotel finance, aircraft, railcar and specialty finance, and all asset based lending and middle market credit facilities
■Handle all real property matters including real property tax protest and certiorari proceedings, leasing and purchase of bank property, zoning and land use applications, loan restructuring, workouts and foreclosure, as well as bankruptcy and creditors’ rights
■Advise on federal and New York State laws and regulations impacting all areas of bank operations, including lending, deposit-taking, and new activities
■Prepare and file notices and applications with regulatory agencies, and speak with the agencies regarding legal issues affecting the firm’s financial institution clients
Contact: Christopher H Palmer
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
22 partners; 39 fee earners
■Handle all types of real estate matters for both landlords and tenants including the purchase and sale of commercial properties, commercial retail, office and space leasing, sale-leasebacks, and all related litigation
■Represent clients in reviewing and challenging real property tax assessments
Contact: Paul A Michels
Email: [email protected]

Energy, Utilities, Water & Telecommunications:
12 partners; 19 fee earners
■Clients include electric, gas, combination electric and gas, water, and telecommunications companies
■Services include general corporate, commercial and contract matters; financing of energy-related capital projects; advice related to mergers and acquisitions; project-specific and strategic advice on tax and related issues; and rate, certificate, siting and other regulatory matters before federal and state administrative agencies, including the United States Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the New York State Public Service Commission and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and related appellate work before federal and state courts
■Played a major role in the administrative and judicial review of New York State’s methodology for valuing and assessing special franchise property (utility property located in the rights of way)
Contact: Brian T FitzGerald
Email: [email protected]

Commercial Litigation:
38 partners; 67 fee earners
■Clients include banks, private lenders, electric, gas and water utilities, telecommunications companies, construction companies, publicly traded corporations, closely held companies, individuals and estates
■Regularly appear in trial court and also handle appeals in state and federal courts
■Successfully represented a client on a breach of contract claim and related construction delay claim against the New York State Department of Transportation which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement
Contact: James G Ryan
Email: [email protected]

The firm represents both individual and institutional clients, including some of the largest finance and energy/utility companies in the Northeastern USA.