Switzerland to the United States, Hon. Martin Dahinden, with Marc
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I hope this letter finds you and your family enjoying the lovely Spring
weather that we’ve been having here in New England.
certainly has been a welcome change from last winter. How
lasts is anyone’s guess, but for the time being we are very
grateful for the reprieve.
Speaking of change, I am pleased to announce that effective Monday,
March 14, 2016 our office will be moving to an exciting new location at
the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Our new address will be:
Our telephone number, email address and website will remain the same.
Our new office will look out over Quincy Market in Boston. We
hope that when you are in the area you will accept our open invitation
to stop by, say hello, and join us for refreshments.
As always, we have been working on some interesting cases. In
updated matter, our client in a disability discrimination case has
filed with the securities industry’s arbitration forum,
Since our action was filed, the employer fired my client, which
ironically strengthens our retaliation claim against the company. This
case involves an employee who was treated abusively by his manager,
replete with attacks on his character. The manager also contacted and
berated our client’s performance to his customers, which not
surprisingly, caused him to be less successful in his work performance,
and exacerbated his known history of depression. We are looking forward
to the arbitration hearing, which will be held in New York City later
I recently settled a hotly contested divorce case where, among other
substantial property division problems, there was a particularly
difficult issue concerning use of retirement funds while the divorce
action was pending. The wife was forced out of her house and
her job, and therefore had to draw on her retirement funds for her
ordinary living expenses and attorney’s fees caused by her
husband filing for divorce. Our rules permit a party to
her funds for such purposes. However, at the pretrial
the Judge presiding over the case opined that although the wife could
use her ongoing income for such basic purposes, she had to return half
of the 401K funds she used, thus benefitting the husband who had
initiated the divorce.
In another matter, we defended against a Will contest in which one of
the siblings challenged a parent’s Will and conveyance of a
somewhat larger portion to a brother and sister. We were able
succeed by showing the challengers that there was no factual or legal
basis for their contesting the parent’s Will – and
furthermore, that they would be jeopardizing what they did obtain from
the parent’s estate, per the terms of the Will penalizing
who contested the Will. This kind of “in terrorem”
provision used in some Wills, orders that any beneficiary who
challenges the Will or its bequests will be stripped of his or her own
bequest. As a result, what could have been a long, contested
litigation was quickly resolved.
I continue to serve on the Board of Friends of Switzerland.
recent monthly Stammtisch luncheon speakers have included
Switzerland’s Ambassador to the United States, Hon. Martin
Dahinden, who spoke about Switzerland’s historic and ongoing
humanitarian efforts around the world. Swiss-born Los Angeles Attorney
Eric Weissmann shared his wealth of knowledge about the art of
negotiation, honed over many years representing Hollywood stars like
Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Hackman, and various Hollywood
other Swiss-related activities, I attended an event organized by
Swissnex in Cambridge and the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Hon.
Dürr of the Basel-Stadt Executive Council attended and
spoke. Photos from the event are enclosed.
The American Council on Germany, for which I am Boston Chapter
Director, has presented several speakers this Fall and Winter,
including journalist Erik Kirschbaum, and foreign policy analysts, Dr.
Jörg Forbrig, Dr. Thorsten Wetzling and Hans
have successfully teamed up in the Boston-Cambridge area with the
Goethe Institute and several of our world-class universities to present
these speakers to our members, guests and the larger public and
The ACG and FOSI have ongoing speaker programs throughout the year.
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 welcome and
encourage your interest and attendance at our speaker programs.
As I was recently invited to serve on the Management Committee of ij
International Jurists, I attended its Management Meeting in London this
past Fall. Being involved with International Jurists not only extends
our firm’s reach, but also that of our clients, with direct
personal access to a large network of distinguished law firms
throughout the world. Should you ever need legal assistance
outside of the U.S., I would be pleased to make an introduction to one
of our member firms. Our next Annual Meeting will be held in
Burgas, Bulgaria on the Black Sea coast this June.
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
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.
Kindest personal regards,