Washington, Hon. Klaus Scharioth, with Marc Redlich
Friends and Colleagues,
I hope this letter finds you and your
family well, and that you are enjoying the spring.
During this past year, we have been
working on a number of interesting cases in which we have had some
significant successes on behalf of our clients, which I thought you
might be interested in knowing about.
In a recent real estate case, we
represented the owner of an office complex which for many years had as
its principal tenant the subsidiary of a multi-billion dollar defense
contractor. The lease, entered into two decades ago, was an
unusual "quadruple net lease", which provided that the tenant was
responsible not only for all maintenance and taxes, but also for all
capital improvements and for restoration of the building at the end of
the lease term. The tenant left the building in what has been
referred to as a "tired" state; it had failed to make many of the
repairs and improvements necessary during the few years before the end
of its tenancy, when it was already contemplating a move to a different
location. Since a settlement could not be reached by the
parties, we commenced action and pretrial discovery. Before
any depositions were held, the defense contractor suggested mediation,
which was held before a retired Judge. We were successful in
reaching a settlement which resulted in our client being paid nearly
$900,000 to end the case.
We recently represented Northeastern
University in two cases, one of which was a complaint by a student
athlete seeking damages against the University. Our
settlement resulted in the student paying the University. The
other case involved a tenured faculty member who grieved an action by
the Univeristy. That case was resolved during arbitration,
favorably for the University.
During the course of this past year, we
represented an executive in negotiating a long-term severance agreement
with his company, and represented minority investors in a real estate
partnership engaged in selling a major piece of real estate in the
Boston area. Both of these matters were resolved amicably and
successfully without resort ot the courts.
As many of you know, I was recently
invited by the American Council on Germany in cooperation with the
German Government, to participate in a study tour to Berlin.
I was able to meet present and past members of the Bundestag, Germany's
parliament, as well as representatives of the business community, think
tanks and foundations, to discuss the present status of Germany and
Europe and their evolving relationship to the US. I was also
fortunate to have been able to attend the 50th Anniversary celebration
of Germany joining NATO. Here in Boston, we have helped to
organize talks by the new German Ambassador to Washington, Hon. Klaus
Last month, Friends of Switzerland, of
which I am president, gave its Julius Adams Stratton Award to former
Swiss Ambassador to the United Nations, Jeno C.A. Staehelin.
Dr. Staehelin has also served as President of the Executive Board of
UNICEF and on the Board of the International Committee of the Red
Cross. Dr. Staehelin previously served as Ambassador from
Switzerland to the Vatican and to Japan. It was quite a gala
occasion and we were pleased to be able to host our Award recipient and
assembled members and guest of FOSI.
If you are interested in knowing more
about Friends of Switzerland or American Council on Germany events,
please contact me. We are always interested in welcoming new
participants and members.
As Boston Chapter Director of the
Queens College Alumni Association, I was pleased to host a visit here
by the College's President James Muyskens, for an updated "Boston Tea
Party." In addition, for the last several years, I have
participated in events sponsored by the ALS Foundation, which battles
Lou Gehrig's Disease, and which is greatly aided by the involvement of
the Red Sox star pitcher, Curt Schilling. Photos of these
various events are attached.
Last but not least, I want to mention
that after 13 years at our present address, we will be moving our
offices to a new location. I will let you know our new
address within the next couple of months.
The last several months have been
exciting and successful for our clients and our firm. We
continue to practice in a wide variety of legal areas, including trials
and appeals, general business and commerical law, real estate issues,
employment, discrimination, divorce and university law.
you have any questions about these cases, or about any legal matters
where we can be of assistance to you or someone you know, please do not
hesitate to call me.
As always, kindest personal regards.