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Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP

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Number of partners: 18
Number of lawyers: 28
Languages: English, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Ward Greenberg offers a client-driven, proactive approach to civil litigation and business counseling. Formed in 2010 with the merger of two established firms, the litigation boutique achieves practical solutions in sophisticated matters for businesses, institutions, and professionals, and serves as national and regional trial counsel for corporations across the country. The firm’s talented trial attorneys have earned a solid reputation as strategic, skilled advocates with deep technical expertise and a sharp focus on client priorities.

Main Areas of Practice:
Administrative & Regulatory Proceedings
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business Litigation & Counseling
Employee Benefits/ERISA
Gas & Electric Utilities
Government & Internal Investigations
Insurance Recovery & Counseling
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Medical Device & Pharmaceutical
Medical Malpractice
Product Liability & Tort Defense/Mass Tort Professional Liability
Tax Assessment & Eminent Domain

Business Litigation & Counseling:
■Successfully litigated breach of contract action arising out of a failed joint development agreement, which resulted in a $16.5 million verdict for multinational client
■Defended multinational corporation from claims of business destruction in a contractual services dispute, which resulted in a multi-million dollar award for the client
■Led the Appellate Division to clarify the scope of a statutory tax exclusion on information services, which preserved the client’s right to the exclusion and overturned the decisions of the New York State Division of Tax Appeals and Tax Appeals Tribunal
Key Clients: GE Power, The Gleason Corporation, Wegmans Food Markets
Contact: Jeffrey Harradine
Tel: 585 454 0722
Email: [email protected]

Labor & Employment:
■Defend employers in federal, state and administrative proceedings; representative cases resulted in dismissal of all claims against international manufacturing firm in federal multi-plaintiff race case, dismissal of all claims against major University in state ethnic origin case, and successful representation of large healthcare client in wage/ hour collective action
■Conduct internal investigations and coordinate response to governmental investigations; representative matters include investigations into: harassment and bullying claims against divisional president of multinational corporation; sexual misconduct allegations against corporate director; sexual violence claims under Title IX; and allegations of financial misconduct by corporate officer of major healthcare institution
■Provide workplace conduct and managerial training, and advise on various employment concerns
Key Clients: Alstom Transportation, Canisius College, Cornell University, EagleView Technology, Sarah Lawrence College and Syracuse University
Contact: Thomas D’Antonio
Tel: 585 454 0715
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
■Represented multinational company in patent ownership and infringement dispute spread over several jurisdictions concerning digital camera technology ■Established precedent in the Third Circuit that a holdover franchisee, who continued to use trade and service marks after termination, was a trademark counterfeiter under the Lanham Act
■Represented Fortune 100 company in multijurisdictional claims alleging theft of trade secrets and violations of restrictive covenants
Key Clients: Eastman Kodak Company, Xerox Corporation
Contact: Eric Ward
Tel: 585 454 0714
Email: [email protected]

■Defending multinational company in multi-party litigation involving alleged design and construction defects in a large wastewater treatment facility, as well as claims for breach of contract and breach of performance warranty
■Resolve through mediation claims on behalf of mass transit signal equipment supplier
■Resolving through mediation a claim arising from inadequate performance of air pollution control systems for addition to glass manufacturing facility
Key Clients: include a major hotel chain, a public utility, manufacturers, and universities, as well as construction managers, contractors, and design and engineering firms
Contact: Harold Kurland
Tel: 585 454 0717
Email: [email protected]

Product Liability & Tort Defense:
■Defend manufacturers, suppliers, and sellers against product liability claims involving a wide range of products, and represent clients in complex, multi-plaintiff mass tort and toxic tort cases
■Successfully defend gas and electric utilities in personal injury, property damage, and wrongful death matters, including actions arising from natural gas explosions, electrocutions, stray voltage issues, and construction accidents
Key Clients: Bridgestone Americas, Inc., New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, United Conveyor Corporation
Contact: Thomas Reidy
Tel: 585 454 0726
Email: [email protected]

■Counsel corporate policyholders on a broad range of insurance, risk transfer, and risk management issues; assist brokers in customizing insurance programs; review contracts for compliance with insurance requirements; and analyze coverage for complex claims
■Represent policyholders in high-stakes insurance recovery litigation
Key Clients: include a multinational construction firm serving the utilities, communications, and government sectors, and a Fortune 500 materials science firm
Contact: Kevin Merriman
Tel: 585 454 0749
Email: [email protected]

■Secured judgments invalidating denials of challenges to Medicaid rate calculations on behalf of numerous nursing homes, resulting in global settlements totaling approximately $12 million
■Secured dismissal of federal antitrust action asserted against medical center and physician practice group
■Obtained dismissal of defamation action against medical center and individual members of its medical staff and administration asserted by former medical staff member
■ Obtained dismissal of various reimbursementrelated qui tam claims under federal and state False Claims Acts, brought by a former facility administrator
Key Clients: Catholic Health System of Long Island, Thompson Health System, United Hebrew Geriatric Center, UR Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
Contact: Thomas D’Antonio
Tel: 585 454 0715
Email: [email protected]