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Dudley Newman Feuerzeig LLP

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Managing Partner: William S. McConnell
Senior Partners: George H T Dudley, Henry L Feuerzeig, Gregory H Hodges, Thomas C O’Keefe, G Hunter Logan, Samuel T Grey
Number of partners: 15
Number of lawyers: 20
Languages: English, Spanish, Russian

Firm Overview:
Dudley Newman Feuerzeig LLP, a US Virgin Islands limited liability partnership, is a general civil practice law firm whose members have diverse backgrounds and are drawn from various regions of the United States. The firm was established by a merger in 2019 of two law firms, Dudley, Topper and Feuerzeig, LLP, then the largest law firm in the US Virgin Islands based on St. Thomas, and Nichols Newman Logan Grey & Lockwood, PC, the leading law firm based on St. Croix. Both firms were established in the 1970s. Today DNF is the largest law firm in the Territory, currently with 20 attorneys, nine paralegals and related administrative and support staff with offices located on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The firm’s structure is patterned after full service corporate law firms commonly found in the commercial centers of the United States.

Main Areas of Practice:
Admiralty
Appellate
Aviation
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy
Commercial & Business Litigation
Construction
Corporate & Securities Employment (for Management)
Estate Planning
Insurance Regulation, Coverage & Bad Faith (Defence)
Mergers & Acquisitions
Probates & Estates
Real Estate Acquisition & Development
Tax including EDC Tax Benefits

Banking & Finance:
5 partners, 9 fee earners based in USVI
■ Outside Counsel to Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, FirstBank Puerto Rico and Bank of St. Croix, a division of United Fidelity Bank
Partners: George H T Dudley, William S McConnell, G Hunter Logan, Samuel T Grey
■ Represented various national and international lender clients in connection with many types of financings, including:
■ $100 million loan for the development and construction of a mega yacht marina, retail and office complex
■ $80 million loan to the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority
■ Local water and power administration lines of credit
■ $42 million loan to the West Indies Company for the cruise ship dock
■ $26 million loan for the acquisition of a shopping center.
Partners: George H T Dudley, Thomas C O’Keefe, William S McConnell, G Hunter Logan, Samuel T Grey
■ Counsel to several residential lenders handling the majority of residential loan transactions in the Territory.
Partners: Samuel T Grey, William S McConnell, Kurt E Petri

Mergers & Acquisitions:
5 partners, 8 fee earners based in USVI
■ Represented Lockhart Companies, Incorporated in its acquisition of Guardian Insurance/Heritage Insurance
Partners: Thomas C O’Keefe, William S McConnell
■ Represented large international timeshare developer in its acquisition of new flagship timeshare resort
Partners: George H T Dudley, Thomas C O’Keefe
■ Represented venture capital group in its acquisition of large local hotel property
Partners: George H T Dudley, Kurt E Petri
■ Represented international hotel chain in its stock sale of prominent local hotel property
Partner: William S McConnell
■ Represented buyer of hotel and marina
Partner: G. Hunter Logan Commercial & Business

Litigation:
7 partners, 10 fee earners based in USVI
■ Successfully defended client Lockhart Realty, Inc. on an appeal that resulted in the reversal of a District Court judgment for more than $6 million
Partner: Gregory H Hodges
■ Successfully obtained dismissal of taxpayer and Section 1983 lawsuit against the Governor of the Virgin Islands alleging misuse of public funds
Partner: Chad C Messier
■ Successfully litigated on behalf of a timeshare/hotel developer a challenge to the legality of Virgin Islands real property tax system
Partner: Chad C Messier
■ Successfully defended retail lumberyard from multiple products liability claims for defective pressure treated lumber
Partner: Alex Moskowitz
■ Successful defense of a major airline in catastrophic personal injury claim brought by a passenger
Partner: Lisa Michelle Kömives
■ Successfully defended many clients in administrative proceedings brought against them by environmental agencies
Partner: Henry L Feuerzeig
■ Successfully defended international hotel chain through appeal and served as coordinating defense counsel for multiple additional defendants against claims for breach of exclusive transportation concession
Partner: Charlotte K Perrell

Insurance Regulation:
3 partners, 4 fee earners based in USVI
■ Successfully defended nationwide health insurer in multiple matters before the Virgin Islands Bureau of Banking and Insurance Partner: Charles E Lockwood
■ Serves as Underwriters at Lloyd’s Attorney-In-Fact or General Representative for more than 25 years
Partner: Henry L Feuerzeig
■ Licensed several admitted insurers and obtained approval of several surplus lines insurers
Partner: Henry L Feuerzeig, Thomas O’Keefe
■ Acts as General Counsel to the Virgin Islands Insurance Guaranty Association
Partner: Henry L Feuerzeig
■ Successfully defended the Virgin Islands Insurance Guaranty Association standing in the shoes of insolvent insurers to defend their insureds when they or insolvent insurers have been sued
Partner: Henry L Feuerzeig Real

Estate Development:
4 partners, 9 fee earners based in USVI
■ Represented developer in its development of $250 million hotel project on St Thomas
Partners: George H T Dudley, William S McConnell
■ Represented Lockhart Realty, Inc. in its development and leasing of commercial property including shopping centers, commercial parks and office buildings
■ Acted as U.S. Virgin Islands counsel to the buyer/ borrower in connection the acquisition, financing and renovation of an oil refinery and related facilities (in excess of $750,000,000 in financing)
Partners: Thomas C O’Keefe, William S McConnell, G Hunter Logan, George H T Dudley
■ Acted as U.S. Virgin Islands counsel to the buyer/borrower in connection the acquisition, financing and renovation of an oil terminal storage facility (in excess of $300,000,000 in financing)

Energy:
■ Represented various traditional and alternative energy companies in connection with acquisition, development, operations and compliance issues
Partners: Thomas C O’Keefe, William S McConnell

Probate:
3 Partners, 7 fee earners
■ Represented complex estates in probate, trust and associated litigation matters
Partners: Samuel T Grey, Kurt Petri, Alex Moskowitz

Title Insurance:
■ The firm’s subsidiary, Title Wave, is an agent for Chicago and Fidelity Title insurance companies
Partner: William S McConnell

Tax:
■ The firm represents multinationals, smaller companies and individuals in Virgin Islands tax matters, including in connection with applications under the Territory’s tax benefit programs, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and acts as counsel to the Research and Technology Park (RT Park)
Partners: Kurt E Petri, G Hunter Logan

Labour & Employment:
■ Regular consultation and representation of employers in establishment and management of employment practices and Virgin Islands regulatory and licensing requirements
Partner: Charles E Lockwood
■ The firm represents employers in all types of labour and employment matters, including union negotiations and wrongful discharge and employment discrimination claims
Partners: George H T Dudley, Lisa Michelle Kömives, Alex Moskowitz, Charles E Lockwood