with Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I sincerely hope that you and your
weathering the financial storm that has recently befallen us, and that
you are in good health in all ways.
Over the past several months we have
in a number of interesting cases and activities which I thought you
might like to know about.
As you might imagine, our dispute
activities have been more active in the areas of real estate and
employment matters. We have been advising real estate
owners/developers in several matters. One involves efforts to
separate the interests of equal owners in real property
investments. In another, we are advising an owner in reaching
long-term lease under circumstances where there is a
net lease” requiring the tenant to make restoration and
improvements to bring the property back to its original
condition. Both of those matters are presently in the process
negotiation, and we are hopeful that each can be resolved without
resort to litigation. Also, we have been representing a
condominium association in a court action commenced by one of the condo
owners, which is pending and may soon be scheduled for trial.
As to employee related matters, we have
number of clients settle employment termination cases, in each case
obtaining for the employee more severance and better terms than had
been offered to them by the companies, without the necessity of
bringing litigation. Recently we were called upon to advise
executive of a financial institution with regard to fallout
accompanying investigations resulting from the recent banking industry
problems being encountered around the country.
On a very different subject, we were
the parents of a private school student who had run into trouble at the
school, following up on cases we have worked on in the past.
We have provided advice to a client
prenuptial agreements, as well as being involved in a long-term divorce
case, on which we commenced trial late last year. Several
trial days have been scheduled.
At the last Annual John J. McCloy Awards
the American Council on Germany, I had the opportunity to meet its
Award recipient, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
JP Morgan/Chase. Among the goals of the ACG is to foster
and understanding between the citizens of the US and Germany.
Coordinator of the Boston Eric Warburg Chapter of the ACG, I help to
plan luncheons at which we have speakers from the US and Germany on the
subject of transatlantic relations with Germany and indeed all of
Europe, including political, diplomatic and economic issues.
instance, we recently worked with World Boston to present a luncheon
event featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, Hon. Michael C. Polt,
who spoke about “Serbia, Kosovo and the Volatile
Recently, I was invited to
attend a talk
sponsored by Swissnex in Cambridge on the issue of Human Rights,
featuring Switzerland’s Permanent Representative to the
Nations, Ambassador Peter Maurer. A number of years ago, I worked with
the Government of Switzerland to help establish the Swiss Consulate in
Cambridge. Since then, the Consulate, known as Swissnex, has
enlarged and was re-opened in January. The new Consul and
Director of Swissnex, Pascal Marmier, is speaking at a Friends of
Switzerland luncheon this month to update us on its activities, which
include being a liaison point for the exchange of ideas between Swiss
and US academe and business in the areas of economics, technology,
politics and culture. If you are interested in knowing more
Friends of Switzerland or the American Council on Germany and their
events, please contact me. We are always interested in
new participants and members.
This past November, I was a
guest panelist at
a special alumni roundtable discussion at my alma mater Queens College
on the topic of careers in the law, along with my classmates, Kenneth
Newman, Senior Vice-President and Eastern Regional Counsel of the Walt
Disney Company, and Ira Sills, a partner at the Boston labor law firm
Segal Roitman LLP. I currently serve on the Advisory Board of
Queens College, and as Chairman of the Boston Chapter of its Alumni
Association. At the Harvard Club of Boston, where I serve as
Chair of the Music Committee, I attended a talk by novelist Salman
Rushdie. Enclosed are photos of some of these events.
As you can see, we continue to practice
in a wide
variety of legal areas, including trials and appeals, general business
and commercial law, real estate issues, employment discrimination,
divorce and university law. Further information about our firm is now
available online at our website, www.redlichlaw.net.
If you have any questions
about these cases,
or about any matters where we can be of assistance to you or someone
you know, please don’t hesitate to call me.
As always, kindest personal regards.