Marc Redlich with former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, Hon.
Faith Whittlesey and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin at the American
Swiss Foundation Annual Dinner.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I hope this letter finds you,
your family and colleagues enjoying the long awaited and welcome spring
winter, I was asked
to participate in a contract dispute pending in the Florida State
Superior Court. It involved a medical device
company, which I was asked to represent along with the
company’s Florida counsel. My role was to handle
the technical issues in the upcoming trial, which was scheduled for
February, 2015. I was brought into the case in October and
quickly ramped up for depositions of the adverse party’s
engineers and technical employees who had contracted to construct and
re-engineer the medical device. My preparation included
in-depth technical meetings with the company’s engineering
firm in Massachusetts, which I had successfully represented in the
past, and which was hired by our client to correct the errors in the
device manufactured by the earlier contractor. Armed with
that preparation, I was involved in key depositions for a week,
followed by a mediation, which resulted in a settlement of the
case. I have been involved in technical
disputes before, including trade secrets and contract litigation for
medical instruments, high tech and scientific issues.
It seems there are no
completely unrelated events in life. Scientific and technical issues
have also come up in cases I’ve handled involving
noncompetition and non-disclosure agreements. In some cases,
I have represented the company seeking to enforce noncompetition or
confidentiality agreements; in others, I have
defended the former employee and/or the new employer accused of
violating those agreements. In one such case, I recently
represented a scientist who left a bio-engineering company.
The employee was offered minimal severance. Working together with
referring counsel, we were able to secure a six-fold increase in the
severance, and increased benefits, following the termination of
employment. The settlement benefitted both the former
employer and employee, since it assured the employer of continued
non-disclosure by the senior scientist, who was involved in cutting
We also worked successfully
with a Swiss university group in establishing a U.S. corporation to put
one of their projects into commercial use, arranging for the client to
establish a banking relationship here, and helping the new company to
begin its business operations.
I was recently asked by
Florida counsel to assist them as local counsel in a Federal Court case
brought in Massachusetts against that firm’s
client. That case involved ramping up to defend against
temporary restraining order hearing. To date, no restraining
order has been issued and the parties are looking into possible
solutions to their dispute. I was very pleased to be called
upon to bring local expertise and experience to a very important case
affecting two large international corporations.
Occasionally I find myself
relying on out-of-state counsel whom I engage to work for one of my
clients, or for a client of one of my colleagues in the consortium of
legal firms from around the world, ij International Jurists, of which I
am a member. Several years ago, I was asked by one of our
European member firms to assist its client who was injured in an
automobile accident in a neighboring New England state. I was
able to secure very good counsel who was able to settle the
client’s claims in the mid-six figures. As a
result, both the client and the European firm which referred him were
very happy with the result. One of the benefits of ij
membership is that I can call upon 37 firms in 33 countries, with over
1,300 attorneys when a client of mine needs assistance in other
countries around the world. I was recently asked to serve on the ij
Management Committee. Over the years I have also helped my clients
obtain good counsel in other states and countries, and I have myself
litigated matters elsewhere in the U.S., including New York, New
Jersey, California, Connecticut and Texas.
I continue to be involved in
Swiss-American relations both as a member of the Board of Directors of
Friends of Switzerland and as a participant in activities with
Swissnex, the Swiss Consulate in Cambridge, and the American Swiss
Foundation in New York. Guests at recent Annual Dinners of
the ASF have included
the Ambassador of Switzerland to the U.S., Hon. Martin Dahinden, the
Swiss Consul General in New York, Ambassador André Schaller,
and Presidential candidate, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Photographs
from some of these events are attached.
I also serve as Boston Eric M.
Warburg Chapter Director for the American Council on Germany.We have
sponsored a number of events over this past year.
One recent speaker was Justice Doris König of the Second
Senate Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, who spoke at a jointly
sponsored event at Harvard University’s Center for European
Studies about the role of her Court involving issues of human rights
within the structure of the European Union. We also
co-sponsored a panel discussion focussing on current difficult issues
in immigration for both the U.S. and Germany, featuring Boston
attorneys Gerald Rovner and Eva Millona and Professor Hilary Silver of
FOSI and the ACG will resume
their luncheon and speaker series in the Fall. Please feel
free to contact me directly, or go to our firm’s website,
www.redlichlaw.net, where you will find links to these
organizations’ websites and events.
We continue to practice in a
wide range of legal areas, including corporate, business and commercial
law, trials and appeals, real estate issues, employment,
discrimination, divorce and university law. If you have any
questions about our areas of practice or about any legal matters where
we can be of assistance to you or someone you know, please do not
hesitate to call on me.
As always, I look forward to
hearing from you.